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 →
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.
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.
To actively follow up on a conversation I had with DC last night, I decided to make an effort to write more essays for the blog. And, sticking with the thread of that conversation, I asked myself where should I start? As always, the best answer is at the beginning. When did my journey toward awakening start? It seems like it’s been going on all my life, even when I was a small child, but when it really started was after I walked away from teaching. This was especially hard because becoming a teacher would lead me to become a productive member of society, and fulfil my parent’s expectations of being a good son. Plus, I love, and still do, working with young people. But there was something nagging in my soul that said this wasn’t the right time or place, that being in the teaching profession wasn’t my calling. Needless to say, this decision made my life more difficult in many ways, but looking back I have come to realize that I made the right choice by walking away. Slowly but surely my true calling–writing for young adults–is presenting itself. I know now that I made the right choice. Some may call this intuition, or a gut feeling, but whatever it is it is important to listen to that feeling. Never go against it, otherwise you’ll end up causing more long term problems for yourself. Sure, in the short term maybe a job or money is the cure, but awakening the Self is a long-term cure. So where to start? At the beginning. With the mechanics. Start by making a choice to awaken the Self. The tools are on the website and the help is in the chatroom, which is currently undergoing a change–to the beginning idea of why the room was created in the first place. But no one is going to do this for you except you by actively pursuing this side of life. The ball is in your court. Start at the beginning.