Friday, October 22, 2010

On the Sea of Intuitive Knowing

We think of the intuition as something that must happen quickly in order to be accurate. Sometimes the intuition just has to work up to things, slowly, carefully, so that the inner perception can become clear to us. When the initial image appears, it is often murky, even whimsical, and it needs a trained eye and heart to interpret it and give it meaning and life. In order to train the intuition, we need to focus our intent on the idea of significance or meaning, because the intuition is very willing to stay in “code” through our subconscious unless we give it a clear attention and let it reveal itself as a visible, overt intelligence. The intuition is a part of our higher mind, and it enjoys cultivated attention, and when you start to address it in the proper manner it will serve you by revealing knowledge from the inside out.

To start, let an image arise in your awareness, particularly in relationship to something about which you feel confused or troubled. Be aware that the feeling of emotional disturbance connected to the issue is to be viewed objectively, by simply allowing it to arise, without judging it. Think about going to the artistic performance of a cherished daughter or son; you are appreciative of their efforts, knowing they are not yet highly skilled. You want your intuition to feel delighted and encouraged, willing to practice on an ongoing basis. The intuition likes to be treated in such a way, with the feeling of what people call “beginner’s mind” whether you have exercised it well in the past or not. This innocence combined with ease of focus gives it the vitality to begin to reveal itself as something powerful and useful.

Stay with the initial image and then let the image float on your inner awareness, like you were on a very gentle craft at sea. Let the image float there and place a light under it, like you were lighting the boat from under the surface of the water. When that light of illumination appears, let the light float through the “image craft” and climb up to the surface, above the water. You will feel a rising sensation in your body as it comes up to the top of your head. When it reaches its own plateau, it will begin to form other images, especially if you give it a “kick” with your inner will, holding to that feeling of eased significance without strain. Brand new images, sometimes even cartoon-like will appear on the surface of your mind, and then, they will fall down through your consciousness, like they are falling back into the sea.

Soon, a feeling of peace will come over you, but also an awakening into the insight level. You will note that the images are no longer coded, but appear to have been given an instantaneous translation. Listen to what they are telling you, again in a very objective, non-intrusive way, and let the message stay inside to percolate there. Do not make immediate decisions based on intuitive information alone. We have a right and left brain and ideally they both need to time to converse. Evaluate the intuition from your mind’s eye too, by objectively placing the intuitive knowing in the context of a clear-sighted mental awareness, where the debris of our fears and fixedness has been pulled away from the fabric of our thinking. This step comes from meditation, which is a different process.

Let your mind rest in its stillness, don’t try to form any thoughts, just let the natural thinking process arise. As each thought appears, let it have its own weight, its own gentle or fierce demeanor. Don’t fight each thought, let it arise gracefully, in its own choreography of feeling. As thoughts arise, maintain that non-judgmental neutral stance, but if judgment arises, be as patient with that as possible. You will notice your mind settling down a bit. After a good bit of this type of practice, then you can add the “spice” of intuition to the mix, letting the intuitive insight sit in your awareness and evaluating it from the level of deep observation. Notice your breath, notice any outside sounds, notice the tingling or pulsing sensations of our beautiful organic intelligence. Bathe the intuition in this, and the warmth and presence of your own inner knowing will rise to the surface. A swan that has found its way to sea.

The intuition finds benefit in repeated cycles, so follow the meditative portion with another round of letting the problem areas arise again if need be, until you feel that your challenge has been sufficiently met. The intuition loves a good problem and when you approach it with humbleness and a sense of wonder it will reward you with good insight whenever life demands it.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Identity, Intuition, and the Element of Surprise

Sometimes the intuition really sneaks up on you. You think that you understand something thoroughly, know all the parameters, and then there is a fact-let that comes out of nowhere and grabs you completely. The element of surprise is desperately important because it shows you that the mind can stop, it can retrieve information from a full stop position. When the mind is quiet, even for a second, originality can bleed through. A noisy mind leaves no room for anything but more of the same. It evokes repetition very nicely, but originality is not possible. When the mind has been silenced either by profound meditation, a spontaneous shift in awareness, or simply the recognition that enough is enough, then magic happens. Being bleeds through and restores the spontaneous, abrupt knowingness of truth.

In order for the intuition to go from just a flash to a consummate understanding, there has to be an array of singular recognitions, strung together. Each leads to the confounding of the other, so that there is no logic but an internal richness of direct perception. The mind in its shut-off mode, drinks in the nectar of a small interior voice that rapidly becomes operatic and huge in its attempt to grab attention. The intuitive voice becomes a chorus, a fantastic selection of song, that eventually leads to a perceptual shift in the knower as well as any who view its results.

The intuition needs lots of room and when the mind is continually being made spacious by that which will effectively clear it, the intuition will start to glisten with internal magnitude. It will spread itself over the surface of consciousness like a bright, clean glass and then the ideas of creative nuance will begin to flow. Creativity demands attention and the mind in its usual state is too busy flitting from bee to bush to pay any clear attention at all. When the mind is stopped by the flow of spiritual energy and is overtaken, then the clarity of sight, smell, taste and sound can begin to identify attributes of awareness that heretofore were unknown. The intuitive mind is one of constant listening, receptivity, and awakeness to the fountain in which the stirring of being resides.

Once the intuition has cooled, and its initial heat of recognition is no longer so highly charged, then it can form into language, poetry, music, art or scientific discovery without being hindered by the mind. It can invite the mind back, like a lover who has to be forsaken temporarily because he/she had overtaken the mind and heart. When the mind is sent back into the room, the intuition can curve back on itself and remember its inner nature. The dialogue of clarity can be beckoned and sustained.

The first step in any intuitive process is to recognize that it needs its own language. Intuition cannot live on stale bread. It has to have new avenues that strike the match of non-conformity. The language can be visual, auditory, kinesthetic, it doesn’t make any difference, but the intuition must step out on the platform of its first encounter with wonder and sustain that platform for an ideally unlimited period of time. This is no game of smoke and mirrors, but a sustained, rooted foundation in the heart of being that holds fast to the intuitive and keeps forcing it to squeeze its roots, giving rise to intensity and the passion of original sensation. In this context, one becomes on fire with one’s own sense of importance, not from the standpoint of ego, but the standpoint of the relinquishing of ego so that something larger than the context of one’s own limitations can come to pass. This process of gaining stature through shrinking the smallness of the mind, is the key to sustaining intuitive flashes and making them into a brightness that lights the stage of the heart.

Once the choice has been made to leave behind the confines of an identity once highly cherished, new identity pieces can present themselves. Identity cannot be killed; it is part of the core of life itself, but it is the clinging to identity that robs life of the bulk of splendor. When the life of the intuitive becomes something that is never left behind, when it has singed the corners of the scalp, then something magical can take over and never again can that person see themselves as just one identity but as a parceling out of personal expression so that each individual layer can be made breathless and direct. The realized person usually possesses a good sense of humor because identity in its many contexts is hilarious.

It is a variety show of the mind where one sees that each aspect of oneself is good material for the best skit in town. The cherished fundamentals are given a fresh “do” and one is able to awaken fully without spoiling the makeup of the individually encoded soul. One does not want to awaken in neutral, one wants the colors of the rainbow to show out and personify. This type of intuitive, actuality of sprung experience is the essence of the mind that is functioning from the knowledge of spontaneous knowing. It does not shirk responsibility but it is not burdened by it either. It recognizes the power of its capacity to influence without becoming enamored by the glamour of it. Thus, the intuitive, awakened mind is free and can liberate others simply by showing up.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Multi-temporal Yoga

In order for us to communicate effectively with the realms of Light outside of our normal domain, the light body has to stretch and open into these multi-temporal landscapes. The Light thickens, becomes more elastic and more permeable to the spatial areas that will eventually fuse themselves into our Light identity. The physical body, its musculature, the sinewy aspects of the muscles, ligaments and tendons form a scaffolding upon which these new, more fluid areas of light musculature can be built. The body becomes capable of holding its physical mass and then moving beyond that to an area of consciousness outside of its usual surroundings. We are literally able to be in the world and not of it. This creates a profound freedom and sense of unification with ourselves, our surroundings and the sense of continuity with the planetary consciousness. This is the purpose of this type of multi-temporal yoga.

The personal work that we all must continue to do, the investigation of our psyche, our structures of belief, our sense of personal mission and the quality of our interaction with others, is essential for the preparation of our light identity. No aspects of this personal story are irrelevant. As we are able to interface with our friends, relations and other animal and plant beings we create a distinct sense of harmony and oneness that allows for peace within ourselves and our environment. This is necessary for the sustainability of our own emotional surroundings as well as integration with the present shift in dimensional structure that is the hallmark of this time period. To sustain a life without fear and a sense of grief or anxiety, the light structure must undergo a complete overhaul of what it has known as stable and enter a different process of core change. Those of us who have volunteered our consciousness during this time are engaged in leading this process and helping others to break free from that which has bound them unnecessarily.

The many years of chakra work that I have been doing has created a ground for the development of the temporal yoga that I have introduced through The Reality of Time. This yoga includes psycho-spiritual exercises to move the heart chakra beyond the bounds of our usual orientation. This supports the full elasticity of the heart to develop, opening consciousness to the multi-temporal domains outside of our dimensional platform.

Thus, we can move past the personal traumas and inhibitions that have kept us bound to our past in ways that have been harmful to us and enter a more open-ended future within the context of our personal lives. Let's discuss this process together and understand who and what we are becoming as we move along in the shamanic re-making of ourselves and the Earth.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Mind, Intuition and Meaning

What does it mean to see internally? How does that arise from the depth of raw impulse? The intuition needs a form to operate from. It has to have fuel. The fuel is a hybrid of pure awareness and imagistic content to which the mind assigns meaning. If you get into your car in the morning and have forgotten how to turn on the ignition, the car will not run. The ignition for intuition is the imagination.

The artificial categories of intellect, imagination and intuition create a compartmentalized view of thinking reality. The mature mind takes the imaginative, imbues it with intuition and spits it out into a subjective logic. Then this logic has to conform to the atmosphere of cultural, tribal and historical contexts of belief that surround it.

Think of consciousness like a cosmic circus in which all the performers are trained to surround themselves with props to assist them in various contortions. As performers, we utilize the props in our reality to create spectacles of intelligence that teach us how the environment will respond to internal need.

The interpretative mind places value and significance on different levels of raw intuitive content. When intuition enters, it seals off rooms of its own, through which it will be able to send messages to other parts of the house of intelligence.

The mind automatically contains and processes information according to its own tendencies. To pull out of the “wrap” of the mind, one has to recognize the very structures through which the everyday thinking process clings. Through meditative practice one can spring the mind free from the templates that normally bind it, see through that wrapping and then make room for naked intuitive impulse to come forth.

Unprocessed intuition arises as an impulse in pure awareness that beckons the receiver to follow that impulse until it can be transduced into an integrative model. If one hears or sees an intuitive aspect, it has to be dilated, shrunk, into a package that the mind will be able to digest. Thus all information highways require proper assimilation.

The intuition is the interpretive mechanism that tells our nervous system how the feeling level will respond to the recognizable acts of the mind. We learn to tell time through our intuition, which tells us about the relativity of temporal intervals through our feeling existence. We are the repository of temporal views, strung together by the intelligence of the intellect and then wrapped in the pretext of intuition. We are the nomads in the domain of celestial awareness, tredding the desert of the mind.

The mind is never logical. The organization that intellect brings is highly subjective. My mind will never look like your mind no matter how hard we both try. Raw sequences of data enter from the level of impulse and hit the switch of imagination in long and short bursts.

The mind requires intuition to know how to think. The mind takes images, sensations, feelings, and processes them .The mind functions through comparison, analysis and reason. None of these functions are independent of intuition. The diet that the empirical mind relishes can only be enjoyed if the intuition has imparted the spice of meaning.

The sequencing that the mind follows never enters the realm of logic in the way that written or oral language demands. The raw sequencing of inner consciousness is more like a panoramic display of algorithmic processes, in which equations of consciousness are expressed imagistically and on the level of feeling.

To interpret the inner life, it is therefore necessary to unleash the intuitive process and allow it to interpret inner imagistic content at the same level from which it was birthed. Then the point of arising will match the depth from which the intuitive information sprang.

Light enters belly of intuition
wanders through mind
like finest curds
strained through cloth

Elephants appear
feigned causes of insanity
redirected to logic
that intellect defends

we are ice on the curved wind of sea
dealt the final blow by end
of all belief

Saturday, March 20, 2010

The Den of Pure Intuition: Why Enter?

People always ask me what benefit it would be to them to open, train and/or tame their intuition. It’s a good question, because without a reason for spending the time and practice to evolve this art and skill, it will not work skillfully and the time will not be given. The answer to this is simple, “why do we spend our time developing the mind, the emotions or the body?” The reasons are self-evident. Since intuition, ultimately, is a fine blend of something that involves body, mind and emotions it should not be too hard to see why we are compelled to experience it. Yet, we hang back.

Perhaps this is because where it gets a bit out of the ordinary or uncharted is that the intuition is ultimately not a function of the mind. It actually, skins, trims and takes the mind to new places of recognition and retrieval beyond the boundaries of known or controllable. To truly open the intuition, one must surrender to something out of one’s control, one must skim the surface of the believable to get to the unbelievable. When one is inordinately shocked past self-containment and becomes the kindling for the fire of spiritual being, then one discovers quickly that truth can only be born in that fire. The garden of knowing is a fertile, authentic and fiery bed where coal can alchemically be transmuted. It is only when that fire is truly hot, that intuition, like spun glass, can be skillfully blown into something translucent and beautiful.

The first image one sees that is truly intuitive, that arises from someplace outside of the usual realm of thinking or feeling is the edge-curve from which we are given a glimpse of the infinite. Intuitional development therefore is not for cowards. It requires a type of interior bravery of see/feel that is a bit foreign to us in the superficial circumstance of the Western life. The breeding ground for intuition is silence and contemplative self-recognition, but in our world all three are at a shortage. Thus, the modern world seems to require a cheekier, faster avenue of intuitive development. The modern intuitive must literally see/feel their way into the food store, their parent’s living room, the traffic jam at the end of the road and come away with a cured glimmer of the invisible.

The higher mental faculties gradually develop the practical asset of the self-recognitive. For the modern intuitive, the inner film-maker, the lower mind, with its envies, fears, angers and pain cannot be left behind on the cutting room floor. The modern intuitive is like a cyclone that has been given a pause button. He or she has to learn to handle the rapidity of environmental change, noise and confusion. The finely tuned ears of the subtle auditory and visual stimuli must contend with both Being and Traffic.

The other reason to develop the intuition is that it is the great conveyor of compassionate witness. It is the intuition that ideally informs us of what we left behind, the blindspots, weaknesses and dramas of an unhealed life. The intuition not only takes us out of our own comfort zone but imposes upon us a sensitivity to the comfort zone of others. It cries out to us about how our own narcissistic self-emphasis is blocking the way towards actually knowing that there is another human being out there. And finally, as the intuition really cooks, we realize that there is really only one being of which we are expressions. Yet it always exhorts us in a paradoxical way to mind our individuality carefully, thank you very much.

The intuition is an elliptical orbit of sensory deprivation in which one becomes deprived of the mind’s own superficial exercise of consummate ego. In return for that painful sacrifice we are gifted with a God voice that is ever-present, incumbent and sometimes even ominous. The intuition however never means to frighten us, but it does mean to give us a startling reminder of what we have left behind.

When one learns how to really translate the symbolic information that the intuition provides, be it auditory, kinesthetic, visual, or multi-sensory, the translation is always filled with ambiguity. No one’s intuition is perfectly translated just as no beautiful translation of a 2nd century Chinese poem would be. We realize that context is everything. Iconic imagery rests on its own unknowable and unfathomable laurels and the best we can approximate is a translation of depth intuitive levels that serves us or others in a fortuitous and timely manner.

The knower has to be trained and like any animal-like being, it actually enjoys good training, and will eventually repay the trainer with a taste of accomplishment, upliftment and pure joy. We develop the intuition ultimately for our own satisfaction and a sense of our humanity that satisfies a deep craving of soul/spirit to be free. And in the end, that satisfaction leads to a type of non-grasping intelligence that speaks constantly and eloquently, ultimately bypassing the means of translation altogether.