Thursday, April 20, 2017

The wisdom-field of the awakened heart

In a moment of activation, the emissaries arrive. When you find yourself overwhelmed by repetitive, habitual, ruminative thinking; when the thoughts are looping; when you are attacking yourself and falling down the rabbit hole of self-aggression … just stop.

With the power and fierceness of the warrior’s sword of compassion, cut the storyline. Slow way down and feel your feet on the ground. Breathe deeply into your lower belly and activate your senses. See what is around you with clear vision, enter into pure listening. Shift your sacred life energy out of the spinning and into the aliveness of the body.

It is an act of kindness to not fuel the dysregulating narrative, and takes practice, courage, curiosity, and imagination. Something is erupting under the surface, longing to be met and integrated, but it is raw, naked, and non-conceptual. Rather than turn into the center of the restless, claustrophobic, and sticky somatic aliveness, we default back into conditioned history—to the shame, the blame, the attack, and the aggression, anything to keep us out of the fire and the tender surging tingling core of the vulnerability at the center.

The invitation in these moments is into the shaky interior. Use your breath as your guide into the inner landscape. You are being asked to care for yourself in a new way. See what feeling state the very vivid and colorful storyline is attempting to take you out of, and slowly, with kindness drop underneath the conditioned history and into the hot, seething, pregnant life that is surging to be held.

In order to make this journey, that of the sacred return, we must set aside our agenda to understand, to change, to transform, even to heal … for a moment. We can return to transformation at a later time. For now, replace it with a fiery curiosity. To become more interested in our original primal experience than in our interpretations of it, turning our bodies into a crucible of open awareness, filled with the qualities of warmth, attunement, and revolutionary kindness.

And in doing this we call off the war. We dare to practice peace. To step off the battlefield and into the unknown mystery of the body, and the wisdom-field of the always blooming, awakened heart.

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  1. Dear Matt,

    For the past few weeks I've had a distinct experience that you are posting these particularly entries for me. Now I rationally know that isn't possible. And...I am working with some of my deeper childhood wounding through what has emerged in a recent shift in one of my dearest relationships. Themes of abandonment, irreparable damage, worthlessness are emerging, along with recognizing and deeply acknowledging (in some cases for the first time) my 'sins' toward others. It is progress that I allow them to be consciously engaged. And I am working meditatively on a path that offers some contextualization for the somatic distress that arrives. Every time I have a large or small incident of this somatic distress and I work with it in the 'new' approach, your blog comes in the next day and validates both my experience and my actions (my new and improved ones). Just want to say that I appreciate that you so faithfully find a million different ways to speak the same basic message and the nuances you use to do that are right now speaking to me profoundly. It is as if the beings that stand behind human development and human evolution are guiding your hand on my behalf. Thank you so much for offering this blog.

    1. Dear LD, thank you for your note and for the courage, bravery, and compassion required to make this journey. To turn into the rich, darkness of this material is an act of love, though one that will never be fully supportive of the inner and outer status quo. Wishing you well, my friend...