After a summer with days of 40 degree weather and no problems, I had a case of (medium severity) heat exhaustion yesterday. I allowed myself to be less vigilant because of the cooler weather, so I was dehydrated in the morning, skipped a meal, and then got heat exhaustion in the afternoon – during a hot ride to Crater Lake.
Brilliance, and human self in trouble
It was an interesting experience.
On the one hand, there was the brilliant clarity and space within which and as everything unfolded.
On the other hand, there was also the seeing of this human self not functioning very well, especially cognitively. The thinking apparatus was mostly far in the background, and the small moves it made did not always make much sense in the situation.
There was an almost complete absence of identity or identification, although the possibility of access to personal info if anyone had asked for it.
It was just what is, the brilliant clarity and space within which and as everything happens and unfolds. It was quite beautiful in a certain way.
In the noticing of this human self not doing so well, there was also the recognition of patterns which seems similar to dementia, retardation, delirium and so on. There was noticing of the mental level operating in ways which matched these, and yet this too within and as the brilliant clear space.
It is all OK
There was also the noticing of it all really being OK, even if this human self ceases to function (a possibility, but not likely, yesterday) . It is OK. The brilliance is timeless. It is that which the world of phenomena – including space and time, and this human self – arises within and as. It all arises as waves in an ocean, and there is no need – or possibility – to hold onto any particular wave.
I often hear stories of people with hyper- or hypo-thermia, saying it is all OK, that it is OK to leave them alone. This is how I experienced it yesterday, and I wonder if the other cases are similar to this one.
When the center of gravity shifts into the brilliant clear space – the Always Already, the Nature of mind – then it is revealed as OK. This human self continues to live for a while. This human self dies. It is really all OK, in the context of the nature of mind revealed to itself in this way.
Not OK and OK
Of course, in a conventional view all is not OK. The body needs urgently to be cooled down, it needs water and salts, it needs rest. This is where “it is all OK” is a sign of delirium. (It may come from a place where the human level is not seen as significant anymore, and exclusively so). Yet, “all is OK” is perfectly accurate when seen from the Ground of the brilliant clear space.
So the delirium of heat exhaustion is very real on the human level. Others typically need to take care of the person since she/he is not able to – or really not interested in, doing so for her/him self. At the same time, the center of gravity may shift into clear brilliant space, the nature of mind, allowing it all to be recognized as perfectly OK as it is.
The ground of the clear brilliant space is always here, right now.
The ground of the clear brilliant space is that within and as the world of phenomena unfolds, right now.
The ground of the clear brilliant space is sometimes in the background, when there is an identification with particular phenomena. And it is sometimes in the foreground, when it becomes aware of and recognizes itself.