At present, over seven billion people are alive on the planet. With the emergence of the incredible power of global communication, across time and space and across borders of nationality, culture or religion, for many the very idea of countries with borders and separate identities begins to appear ‘last century’.
Within the collapse of both local and global consensus on the nature of ‘reality’ there is born a whip-lash of individualism. Each living perspective of human perception seeks to ‘make something’ of his or herself, or to ‘do something’ with their enhancing, perfecting, embellishing or inflating the importance of their own point of view on this experience we call ‘life’.
Yet, just as the pressure on individuality increases, so does the very lie of individuality, separate self, or separate identity begin to fail. It implodes through the sheer stress of having to be ‘somebody’ other than what it already is. It collapses in exhaustion or burn-out as it stumbles through the unending labyrinth of ‘getting somewhere’ (else). It psychosomatically explodes through the un-felt voltage of repressed and socially prohibited emotion.
Within the increasing impossibility of conformity with insane and inconsistent power structures, inorganic mental structures break down in what can seem to be local insanity or mental disorder but with what is – in purity – the potential revelation of a new dimension of mental clarity.
In this, we are witnessing a widespread, global phenomena of conscious awakening – in which consciousness arises as an all-powerful, neglected bride of the night and frees itself from the fetters of inherited identity. Consciousness is revealed to herself amid the ruins of social norms as a perennial, uncaged freedom beyond all norms. The realization gradually emerges that the prison of materialistic identity to which it had been charged is no longer a viable cage. She is free.
How does awakening feel?
With a shock, as if from outside of the habitual body and mind, wordlessly, evidently, unequivocally, there is the perception I Am Here. From beyond the thought of the moment or the emotion of the moment, from behind the state of the body or of the environment there is a tremendous opening to the irrefutable. I Am Here.
There can be a sense of strangeness, accompanied by a rapid loosening of the hold of all content and context on this fact of being here. We don’t know who we are, what where we are or where we are, but even beyond the greatest treatise of existence, there is this perennial back drop. I Am Here. I Am Here, irrespective of identity, substance and location. I Am Here, although time passes through me, space contracts and expands through me, location or point of view changes out of me. I Am Here, as a stillness whether there is a sense of speed or a sense of slow down. I Am Here, at the source of all happenings through my body, heart and mind, yet also here as freedom from all happening.
“Truth is not a reward for good behaviour, nor a prize for passing some tests. It cannot be brought about. It is the primary, the unborn, the ancient source of all that is. You are eligible because you are. You need not merit truth. It is your own….Stand still, be quiet.” Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, I Am That
The awakening of this perennial, unformed, unconditioned, location-less dimension of the living source can have the effect of a shock to the nervous system. A sense of strangeness in one’s own body-mind; the sense of the surreal in what were once familiar contexts, the apprehension of alienation from one’s own family or friends – others we believed we ‘knew’, can activate a fear response of freeze/fight/flight.
The ingrained reflex of the psyche is to ‘grab hold’ of something. This could be a therapist, spiritual teacher, an idea of a new found identity beyond identity. It could be a glorified image of the self. It could be power, status or influence. At core, it is a grasping at the experience of awakening, which can rapidly become confused with the adrenaline rush of sudden arousal or excitement.
It is very important not to confuse the liberation of consciousness from the structures of belief and psyche with the arousal of the nervous system. In time, with a practice of disentanglement where we become reabsorbed, a practice of letting go, letting be and being for real, the greater freedom of awakening becomes increasingly established without fireworks. We become – in a grounded and real way, by ever increasing degrees, free of the constraints of the collective bad programs of our times.
Divide and conquer
If there was not an awakening ‘from’, there would be no awakening. When we are born, we inherit a character composed of genetic threads of the character of our ancestors. We enter a collective field where the chief vibration is still all about survival. Through our unenlightened education systems, endorsed and enforced by the social thought police of our cultures, we are presented a mental program based on fundamental duality. This duality is reflected in a mind that reflexively discriminates between good or bad, right or wrong, pleasure or pain, inferior or superior, self and other. At it’s core, Nondual Therapy aims to support the release from this fundamental binary program of mind and experience into the wider dimension of the ‘and-and’ as well as beyond that, into infinite possibility.
The current collective state of mind as amplified through the dominant culture of individuality and materialism is deeply narcissistic. The blind agenda is to keep the rapidly expanding global population in a state of conflict – with itself. As long as this conflict continues, the transcendental position beyond warring opposites is maintained by the anonymous ‘higher power’. This higher power, in this generation is the materialist machine that entirely depends on human acquiescence to a system of division between self and other, based on the quantification of value according to the ability to consume. It’s a system which has an energy source of fear and threat – the instinctive base-line of personal survival. It infuses in a structural manner every detail of mental, emotional and physical form – all we could believe ourselves to be and all we could ever become.
We are part of an evolution out of this collective miasma. It’s an evolution that depends on our generation of an ability to be in this world but not of it. This entails are a repeated free choice for freedom: to come home to that dimension of perception that is unconstrained by time and space, that is free from the conditioning of thought and feeling. Part of this is a training of the nervous system to recognize this dimension that can contain fear but is itself beyond fear as home – as positive to the well-being of the whole, individually and collectively.
When we step out of the bubble of a narcissistic psychopath and refuse to bend to the psychology of fear, threat and consummation, there is a response. The threatening behaviour increases, the attempts to tempt back through the reward of ‘stuff’ escalates. The maxim of ‘Divide and Conquer’ goes into full swing. They will try and show that you are divided from yourself, divided from the whole (collective field), divided from your sanity, divided from other humans. Whether the division is between you and the evil ISIS, or you and the collective ‘norm’, the agenda will be to reject, delegitimize and annihilate this awakening, and its spread among other humans. It is as if true freedom were an allergen to the dimension of fear and threat in which we live.
Form is empty of a separate self, but it is full of everything in the cosmos. The same is true with feelings, perceptions, mental formations, and consciousness. Thich Nhat Hanh
The real battle lines, are the same battle lines they have always been. This rift is not between religions, it is not between communism and capitalism, it’s not between black and white. As long as these conflicts continue, the wider rule of fear, epitomized by George Orwell as the command “BE AFRAID”, is perpetuated. The real battle line is deep within ourselves, between our guilt-based loyalty to a toxic psychic program – the same program that enslaved our ancestors – and the loyalty to the existential core of presence, of life, of consciousness – that on which ultimately, the whole show, and every dimension depends.
This awakening and consolidation as the core of existential freedom is not beyond our reach. Across the planet, irrespective of education, culture, nationality or religion, people are awakening to who they truly are. They are awakening to the birth-right of unconditional freedom, the power before creation, the perennial beyond birth and death, the benevolent source of joy and well-being that is entirely free of fear. The responsibility of each and every individual is not to conform, but to go to the heart of that selfishness, the core of the “me”, the essence of that sense of separation from the whole, and to find that here, at the eye of the storm, there is a stillness that is beyond all threat. In this, we are one.
The passion to serve the 'other' in the relief of suffering through processes of awakening is born out of the simple truth that it makes me feel better. Your welfare is my welfare. We never were divided. The love we share is the love we experience. So it is with peace.