Most of what I write about here these days is the third form of awakening, a reorientation of the patterns of our human self so they align more closely and more consciously with reality, with what’s revealed when images and thoughts are examined.
And this can be referred to as integration. It’s an integration of parts of our human self, in a more conscious way, into reality as it’s revealed to us, our true nature, all as Spirit, or all as love. These parts of us were formed as images and thoughts were taken as true, often early in life, and continue to live and function in and through as as if these images and thoughts are true.
During and within, and sometimes before, the two other forms of awakening – an awakening (a) out of what images says is who I am, and an awakening (b) as all there is including these images – life invites in this third form or aspect of awakening. Whatever is not aligned with all as awakeness, all as love, comes to the surface to align more closely and consciously with this.
How can “I” support or more consciously align myself with this process?
Most simply, I can met and welcome whatever surfaces – whether they are emotions triggered by images held as true, or these images and thoughts held as true. I can notice they are awakeness itself, the play of awakeness. They are love. They are devoted to me. They are there to support me. They are there to protect me. They are worried love.
I can inquire into my thoughts about these emotions and images:
It’s overwhelming. It’s too much. Another experience is better / easier. It’s easier / possible to escape this experience.
It’s fear / sadness / anger. It’s an image. It’s a memory about the past. It’s a scenario about the future.
This emotion / image is mine. This emotion / image is separate from me. This emotion / image is other than me.
I can inquire into the images and thoughts behind and associated with these emotions:
I lost out. She abandoned me. I made a mistake. I am unlovable. (etc.!)
I can notice and welcome emotions and images/thoughts as awakeness/love, and also as an energy, a vortex keeping itself in place. I can allow it to spin, unwind itself. You are welcome here. You are allowed here, as you are. This is a safe place for you. (Noticing it’s already allowed, it already has a safe place, independent of how it’s met at a human level, and also my intention to notice this, and consciously welcome and provide a safe place for it.)
Sometimes non-dual folks dismiss the word integration and what it points to. They see it as a misconception and perhaps misguided.
I can find the same for myself, and also where the word integration is a very helpful pointer.
When it’s clear that all my images and stories about the world, and all meaning, happens within my own world of images, that’s it. There is a huge liberation right there. It’s all revealed as happening within and as awakeness. No “integration” of anything is needed, because all is revealed as awakeness. It’s already “perfect” as is.
And at the same time, there are very human parts of me that are quite confused, wounded, hurt, created from taking certain images and thoughts as solid and true. They seek liberation from their suffering. In a sense, they seek integration into a more conscious awareness of reality, of the clarity that comes from examining the images behind their formation, of a recognition of all as Spirit and Love. This is where the word integration can be quite helpful.
The first view reflects an awakening from and as form. The second reflect an awakening of the patterns within form to align more closely with a conscious awareness of our true nature.