Transcendence vs embodied


This is what many talk about these days, but it may still be worth a quick mentioning:

The initial awakening or opening is usually a transcendence. The center of gravity shifts from the human self to Big Mind/Heart (Buddha Mind, Spirit etc.), and it also seems that many of the old patterns of the human self goes dormant for a while. This may last from a few seconds or minutes to years or even decades. (10+ years for me.) And some portion of the old human patterns may heal and reorganize through this, again with a wide range from very little to a moderate amount to a great deal. (A moderate amount for me.)

Then, the rest of the human self wants to join in. The parts of the human self not yet aligned with love and clarity surface to align, and this includes wounds, trauma, and any other patterns formed through beliefs and identifications. Again, there is a wide range in how this is experienced. It can take a short or long time, and it can be easy or tremendously difficult. How it plays itself out may depend on degree and intensity of what’s left, how deep and thorough the process is, and how much struggle there is to this healing process.

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The divine takes over


This sequence (the first one, up to 3:20) from The Fountain by Darren Aronofsky illustrates a process that’s getting to be more familiar to me than I – the surface I – wanted.

The conquistador really wants the tree of life and what it offers, and then realizes in terror that it requires everything of him and doesn’t look at all like what he expected. First, he chased the tree, then the process took over and he didn’t have a choice anymore – as if he ever had a choice.

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