How do I relate to contracted parts of me?
Do I get caught up in them? Do they fill my metaphorical field of vision?
Or do I recognize them as part of a bigger picture?
And what happens when I do?
THE ESSENCE: IT’S ALL HAPPENING WITHIN A BIGGER PICTURE
It’s all happening within a bigger picture.
Any sense of contractions – bodily and mental – happens within who I am, and who I am is much more than this and much more diverse than this.
Any sense of contractions or expansion happens within and as what I more fundamentally am. It happens within and as the consciousnes I am. It happens within and as consciousness, just like any other content of experience.
And when I notice that, there is a softening of identification with the contracted parts of me. My center of gravity shifts more into the whole of who I am as a human self. And it shifts more into what I am, as this field of consciousness any and all experience happens within and as.
CONTRACTED AND RELAXED PARTS OF ME
My muscles contract and relax, and there are some chronic contractions in some areas. (Mostly shoulders, and a bit in calves and jaw.)
My mind also contracts at times. Part of me takes stressful thoughts as true and are contracted. Other parts are more relaxed and expansive. And different situations trigger one or the other or a mix and bring them to the surface.
AT MY HUMAN LEVEL, IT’S HAPPENING WITHIN AND AS ME
At a human level, all of this is happening within me.
Some parts of my body are relaxed. Some are more tense and contracted.
Some parts of my psyche are relaxed. And some are more contracted and tense.
It’s all happening within a bigger picture.
AT A MORE FUNDAMENTAL LEVEL, IT’S HAPPENING WITHIN AND AS WHAT I AM
And more fundamentally, it’s all also happening within and as me.
At one level, I am this human self in the world. That’s how most others see me, what my passport tells me, and so on.
And more fundamentally, I find I am something else. In my first-person experience, I find I am more fundamentally capacity for all my experiences. I am capacity for this field of experience as it is now.
I am what the sense fields – sights, sounds, smell, taste, sensations, mental imaginations – happen within and as.
To myself, I am consciousness, and the world, as it appears to me, happens within and as this consciousness.
I am what any and all experience happens within and as.
I am what any sense of contraction, relaxation, or expansion happens within and as.
WHEN I DON’T NOTICE THIS
If I don’t notice this, it’s easy to get caught up in whatever happens to be most on the surface.
A physical contraction gets strong and comes to the foreground of experience, and it fills my experience.
A mental contraction gets triggered and comes to the foreground, and I get caught up in it.
I get lost in what’s most salient and miss the bigger picture. I get caught up in it and perceive and live as if it’s all there is.
WHEN I NOTICE THE BIGGER PICTURE
And when I notice the bigger picture, it’s different.
A contraction may be strong and in the foreground, and I notice it as part of a bigger field.
At my human level…
I notice it’s a part of my body, and other parts are more relaxed.
I notice it’s a part of my psyche, and other parts perceive things differently and are more relaxed.
I notice it happens as one of many parts of who I am as a human being.
This helps me not get so caught up in it. I notice it as an object within the content of experience. I can relate to it more intentionally.
As what I more fundamentally am…
I notice it’s happening within and as the consciousness I am.
I notice it’s happening within and as what I more fundamentally am.
I notice I am fundamentally capacity for it.
This too helps me not get so caught in it. It helps me recognize that its nature is the same as the nature of everything else in my field of experience. It helps soften and release identification out of it.
PSYCHOLOGY AND BEYOND
This is something we use in conventional psychology and therapy. It helps us when we are reminded of the bigger picture. When we notice that contracted parts of us are parts of us and not all of what we are. It gives us a mental distance to it, and it’s a little easier to not get caught up in it.
And it’s also something we explore when we investigate what we more fundamentally are. Here too, the bigger picture helps soften identification and shift our center of gravity into the bigger picture.
Exploring who we are (psychology) and what we are (spirituality) is not so different here. We find very similar dynamics.Read More