On the one hand, this body mourns DC’s passing on this anniversary of his death. That despite his readiness and his own enthusiasm to take the next step on his journey, a true friend was lost.
On the other hand, the Self celebrates the end of a great soul’s incarnation, and remains in contact with that essence to this day.
DC used to say frequently that as a human being he was utterly insignificant, but as a Self he had power beyond imagining. He said that was true of all of us, of course – that we were just spread out on the way up the mountain, whereas he was at the top of this particular one.
His dearest hope was that his reservoir of writings would help others begin to realise what life is actually about, and, if they were ready, to make those difficult and irrevocable first steps to join him at the summit.
Love and blessings to us all
(A copy of a comment made today on http://theawakeningself.com/dcs-passing/ )
This is a quote of Jeddu Krishnamurti, spoken when he decided to refuse the mantle of world teacher that some were seeking to thrust upon him.
Unfortunately, having proven that he was, despite having reached the final stage of enlightenment, unsuitable as a teacher, he still continued to teach throughout his life. Continue reading →
DC Vision said to me one day that I should publish a short paragraph, every day.
It became as he knew it would, a touchstone of my awareness of Self, of Self-remembering.
I continue this practice, however no longer daily. Sometimes there is nothing that presents itself.
The brain tends to take shortcuts, to support what our personality dictates as important. Some of us don’t habitually see the wood for the trees.
Equally some of us don’t habitually see the individual trees in a wood. Neither is “right.” Both are limitations on how things actually are, imposed on us by the personality.
This is a characteristic example of how the personality limits our freedom to experience. But we can live in freedom outside our personality, if we are willing to undertake the necessary training, and give up the body’s limiting habits.
Matthew 6.5-6 gives instruction on how and how not to pray/meditate. This is often, translated as to pray privately, and not for public admiration. Yet Jesus, who certainly knew what he was talking about, took the trouble to tell people to pray/meditate in a small chamber.
Experience teaches that setting up such a “den” is very effective, especially when the body is not troublesome, or, indeed, if the body might be persuaded to be helpful.
- Make the room somewhere the body enjoys being in
- comfortable, warmish, small
- Use spiritually evocative pictures, candles, perhaps music
- Use small amounts of good quality incense, use the same one until you get a clear sign to change.
- An ioniser, or living plant.
- Don’t use this room for materialistic purposes, e.g. work, chatting on the phone,etc.
If you don’t have a small room, use a screened area, or a dedicated cupboard in a shared room which you can pack and unpack. If you are travelling, follow the Islamic and Hindu custom and take a familiar prayer mat or other sacred object (a picture, say, or your spiritual diary) with you.
Set the scene, sow the seed, reap the harvest.
Eventually you will be able to meditate anywhere. everywhere. For now, accept where you are.
“Spiritual” is used on this site as a not-quite-opposite word to “Material.” Spiritual “things” are not actually things at all, but things like love, aspiration, reverence, intuition – and also hate, denigration and irreverence. Material things, on the other hand, are actually things!
Although what the nature of material things is, is another matter.
As with Secular/Religious, there is quite a grey area.
I had the good fortune to meet with DC’s nephew, James, and his sister Edna yesterday, on Deer Isle, in DC’s former home. For me, as you might imagine, it was an extraordinary experience.
James mentioned that when DC was teaching him he often talked about “switches.” These are personal ways of switching on awareness, and each individual should pay attention to them closely. Many of us will have had experiences of stimuli engaging our attention and bringing us into the present moment, fully aware. It could be a picture, a crystal, a location, music, perhaps even an essay!
These are your switches. Note them carefully so that you remember them. Use them to turn your awareness on.
At a late summer barbecue, I was talking about being a vegetarian with another guest.
“Oh, I’m not a vegetarian for any kind of moral reason, meat just doesn’t agree with me” she said.
Does the body have it’s own morality?
Tomorrow, the 31st August, is a blue moon, in Pisces. A blue moon is so-called when there are two full moons in one month.
Am I reading too much into it that DC was born into a month in which there were no full moons at all, and passed away between the two full moons of this month? – Probably. I think we tend to look for meaning at such times as these, and perhaps there is none.
DC had great respect for the powers of the moon. He recognised the affect that it had on his body.
Lately I have been talking to DC from time to time about the various assignments he has given me, to expand my awareness. We were speaking about boredom, which he has not experienced for years http://theawakeningself.com/perpetually-awake/ .
I disclosed that it is difficult for me to sit still, as the feeling is that I need to be doing rather than sitting. The energy rising within my body is a stimulus to doing.
His answer, which I thought was pure gold, is that the problem is that I’m trying to quiet the wrong part down, The body is currently usurping the Self’s energy. The energy that the body wants to use for doing is the energy that should be arising. The part that wishes that it wouldn’t, that it is troublesome, is the part that needs curtailing.
I am identifying with the wrong energy.
I am identifying with the “doing” energy, which is the energy of the body, rather than the active animating force, which is the Self. When I notice a needing to “do” in these circumstances, I am to check that I am identifying with the Self, using DC’s formula “I am This, everything else is That” and dis-identify and observe the body in its neediness and discomfort. (That may be unpleasant for the body, but it isn’t boring!)
The key, as DC put it, is to use the body’s signs, but not the body’s interpretations. I am to identify with my Self, the animating force in the environment, being fully ACTIVE as the being self, not passive as the doing body.