From a shamanic perspective, ordinary reality is the world of form, and non-ordinary reality (Bardo of Becoming) is the transitory realm of power or revelation flowing between the physical world and the infinite. The transmission of divine wisdom is without ownership and always points to who we already are. That perpetual broadcast prominently appears in non-ordinary reality as a spontaneous spark of knowing or creative insight without referring to a discrete knower. From a transpersonal perspective, we are beings of light and sound vibration. Until we fully surrender to the natural, unfiltered rhythm of life, we will continue to rely on the latest evaluation of how life should or should not be for us to be all right.
Starting with simple or relatively mundane tasks, we can consciously focus all of our attention on whatever we are doing at the moment and nothing more. Inevitably, there is a moment where absolutely everything around us is perpetually in perfect harmony. Everything appears within, including the separate sense of self that feels lacking or the victim of original sin. When we root attention in the now, all the people, birds, animals, plants, rocks, trees, elements, and all other forms that appear in life are a part of the same vast background presence – experienced directly as one nature. A sure sign that we are in harmony with the essential nature of life is the existence of a causeless, ease, and lightlessness of being.
For me, the pilgrimage style of sitting silently or walking in nature is a powerful shamanic practice. Undivided attention rooted in presence leaves no distinction between its various expressions in the material world. It is the same spirit that animates the entire ecosystem of the planet. To truly appreciate that all nature is one nature, we must cast aside the habituated patterns of ordinary perception that refer to a personal self. Then, we can open to the essential nature of existence, not as an animal obsessed with survival or a human hung up with words and concepts. Freedom must be more important or exciting than the security of the known, liked, or appreciated. Just Watching exposes a pivot point of undifferentiated awareness where the part of us watching are doing so without expectations or beliefs. It shows a capacity to temper modulations of energy so that one sound or thought is no more interesting than another. I know well that there is no conflict with life when we make peace with divisive tendencies. Also, if we take the time to look directly at the workings of mental activity, the precise and fluid nature of existence is proper in plain sight.
Suppose we hold on to the belief that life is a lot of work or somehow an ongoing burden. It sure appears that way. I know that the tension-filled heaviness associated with holding onto a bad image of self is a cue to wake up and open to a more conscious aspect of myself. It’s more a matter of staying receptive to the present, allowing for a fresh response to ever-changing life circumstances. We can never forget who we are, only who we imagine ourselves. Surrendering to what is in the eternal presence of the moment is yielding to, rather than opposing, the organic and timeless flow of life.
As we awaken to our true and divine nature, we discover that the heat of your spiritual renewal brings us to a place where profound and lasting healing can occur. As part of our spiritual awakening process, I encourage you to please explore the mix of healing modalities I offer. If you feel drawn towards one or more in particular, or perhaps have a sensation of some new sense of expansiveness as you read the overview descriptions, take a chance, jump in, and you may find that they are highly beneficial as you fully embrace your divinity. We are here to support and guide each other.