Saturday, August 22, 2015

Into the wide open expanse of natural being



Underneath the narrative of your life, just below the grand storyline, even beneath the colorful emotional landscape, there exists a rich, mysterious world of sensations – a somatically-organized field of intelligence and creativity.

While it is so alive here, it is not ‘personal’ in the ordinary sense. Your immediate experience, in all its vastness and majesty, may be much less about ‘you’ than you thought. There are no ‘problems’ here, nothing to be ‘fixed,’ ‘shifted,’ understood, or even ‘healed.’ There is only an untamed fire of presence.

In any moment, you can send your miracle awareness into the center of this field and descend into the wide open expanse of natural being. And discover that your awareness, this field, and this openness are one and the same. Here, whatever arises is a reflection of the path, immediately workable, and a portal into the ocean of what you are. In the environment of pure intimacy, there is nothing working against you, even the most intense and electrifying feelings, emotions, and bodily sensations burning within. All path.

Dropping into the body, into this wide open, empty space can seem terrifying, because it is so unknown. The reference points you have previously sought refuge in to organize your life – including your most sacred spiritual beliefs – are nowhere to be found. There is no complaining here, no resentment, no 'understanding' - not even any 'transformation' or 'healing' as you have come to think of these things. Nothing is 'unhealed' or in need of transformation. Just raw, naked, experience, free from interpretation.

The body is an invitation, an entryway into the freedom, love, and vastness that you are. For it is out of this alive, pregnant mandala of creativity that flow the qualities of kindness, wild compassion, attunement, and presence. This is what you are.