Friday, June 24, 2011
Dancing with the Great Lion (poem by Dorothy)
NOTE: I WILL BE OFFLINE UNTIL SOMETIME AFTER THE 4TH. I AM OFF TO SEE THE GLACIERS OF ALASKA ON THE INLAND PASSAGE. HAPPY FOURTH TO ALL. KEEP ON DANCING WITH THE BELOVED.
Dancing with the Great Lion
I keep circling you,
You keep eyeing me,
growling in your throat,
saying, hurry, it’s time.
How long have we been
doing this dance?
How many lifetimes
have we moved like this
both of us
to see what will happen.
June 24, 2011
Thursday, June 23, 2011
"The Greatest Grandeur," poem by Pattiann Rogers
The Greatest Grandeur
Some say it’s in the reptilian dance
of the purple-tongued sand goanna,
for there the magnificent translation
of tenacity into bone and grace occurs.
And some declare it to be an expansive
desert—solid rust-orange rock
like dusk captured on earth in stone—
simply for the perfect contrast it provides
to the blue-grey ridge of rain
in the distant hills.
Some claim the harmonics of shifting
electron rings to be most rare and some
the complex motion of seven sandpipers
bisecting the arcs and pitches
of come and retreat over the mounting
Others, for grandeur, choose the terror
of lightning peals on prairies or the tall
collapsing cathedrals of stormy seas,
because there they feel dwarfed
and appropriately helpless; others select
the serenity of that ceiling/cellar
of stars they see at night on placid lakes,
because there they feel assured
and universally magnanimous.
But it is the dark emptiness contained
in every next moment that seems to me
the most singularly glorious gift,
that void which one is free to fill
with processions of men bearing burning
cedar knots or with parades of blue horses,
belled and ribboned and stepping sideways,
with tumbling white-faced mimes or companies
of black-robed choristers; to fill simply
with hammered silver teapots or kiln-dried
crockery, tangerine and almond custards,
polonaises, polkas, whittling sticks, wailing
walls; that space large enough to hold all
invented blasphemies and pieties, 10,000
definitions of god and more, never fully
~ Pattiann Rogers ~
(photo by Yvonne Mozee)
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Walking Out of the Treasury Building (poem by Rumi)
Walking out of the Treasury Building
Lord, the air smells good today, straight from the
mysteries within the inner courts of God.
A grace like new clothes thrown
across the garden, free medicine for everybody.
The trees in their prayer, the birds in praise,
the first blue violets kneeling.
Whatever came from Being is caught up in being,
drunkenly forgetting the way back.
One man turns and sees his birth
pulling separate from the others.
He fills with light, and colors change here.
He drinks it in, and everyone is wonderfully
drunk, shining with his beauty.
I can't really say that I feel the pain of others,
when the whole world seems so sweet.
Face to face with a lion, I grow leonine.
Walking out of the Treasury Building, I feel generous.
Anyone still sober in this weather must be afraid
of people, afraid what they'll say.
Enough talking. If we eat too much greenery,
we're going to smell like vegetables.
(translation by Coleman Barks)
(Picture from Google)
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Barbara Harris on NDE (video)
Here is an exciting new video from Barbara Harris Whitfield, a recognized authority on Near Death Experience. In the video, she describes her own profound NDE experience and discusses some of the implications of this phenomenon. She also has an interest in the relationship between the NDE experience and Kundalini awakening. She is a wonderful person to boot. She is on the board of the KRN and I have met her there.
Monday, June 20, 2011
"Holy Longing"--poem by Goethe
The Holy Longing
by Johann W. Von Goethe
Tell a wise person, or else keep silent,
because the mass man will mock it right away.
I praise what is truly alive,
what longs to be burned to death.
In the calm water of the love-nights,
where you were begotten, where you have begotten,
a strange feeling comes over you,
when you see the silent candle burning.
Now you are no longer caught in the obsession with darkness,
and a desire for higher love-making sweeps you upward.
Distance does not make you falter.
Now, arriving in magic, flying,
and finally, insane for the light,
you are the butterfly and you are gone.
And so long as you haven't experienced this: to die and so to grow,
you are only a troubled guest on the dark earth.
Translated from the German by Robert Bly
(image found on Google)
Friday, June 17, 2011
Spring (poem by Dorothy)
falling on pink blossoms.
our thirsting throats.
Water rushing down
from the mountains.
When will our hearts
to the leaves of fall
that kissed the earth
in a final goodbye?
Where will we go
when spring has ended?
June 17, 2011
Thursday, June 16, 2011
"I Am" the movie, Precognition and Random Numbers Generators
Recently I saw the movie "I Am," the documentary based on the spiritual awakening of Tom Shakyak, the "successful" director of such films as The Nutty Professor, Ace Ventura, Bruce Almighty and such. He amassed great wealth, and in true Hollywood fashion, purchased a gargantuan house, several fancy cars and other fancy goods.
Then one day he had a serious bike accident that left him near death with a major brain concussion. When he finally recovered, he realized that his life path and his life values were totally erroneous, and he set out on a spiritual journey to learn more about what is wrong with our world and what to do about it. He sold his huge mansion with its exotic furnishings, got rid of many of his expensive cars and other goods, and began his hegira about the globe to locate wise souls of our time. In the course of his travels, he interviewed such luminaries as Desmond Tutu, Coleman Barks, Howard Zinn, and other notables.
As the net result of his journey he concludes what most of us reading this have long known, for these truths are embedded in wisdom literature from ancient times forward: massive wealth and success in society's terms will not bring happiness: we are in fact all one with connections to one another and the universe far beyond what we might imagine (Lynne McTaggert in "The Field" deals with this insight beautifully.) And consciousness itself plays a key role in determining what we think of as "reality."
Though this movie was playing in my city only two nights, each was filled to capacity. The audience included a high proportion of young folks, many of high school age. I felt that this movie's message, though not original, is one that needs to be presented again and again, for many young and old still do not seem to grasp its essential meaning. And because Shadyak is an experienced movie director, he was able to present his ideas in a novel and entertaining fashion.
One clip of the movie caught my attention in especial. This was a brief segment on the role of random numbers generators to--seemingly--predict and then reflect the response of global consciousness to extreme world events. The random number generators are located at various parts of the globe. When they are functioning normally, they generate evenly balanced numbers of zeros and ones. However, at times of world crisis, they suddenly depart from the expected pattern and produce "unbalanced" sequences, with long strings of either zero or ones.
Such unbalanced patterns occurred two hours before 9/ll and continued for 4 hours afterward, as if the "black box" (called an EGG) were responding to some outside force, perhaps human consciousness itself, for humanity at large was focused by the millions on this event occurring in the U. S. It is reported that many thousands of people world wide had "premonitions" of the 9/11 disaster, and it is thought these forewarnings may have influenced the EGGS even before the actual moment of attack. Such an anomaly also occurred with the great SE Asian tsunami that took place a few years ago, killing many thousands of people. The machines registered unexplainable deviations from the norm during this catastrophe.
So the questions is for this phenomenon--as it was also in the scientific conference I attended recently--to what extent does human consciousness influence non-human responses. The famous double slit experiment addresses the same issue--when the experimenter is present, the proton becomes both a wave and a particle. But when the experimenter leaves and places a mechanical monitor nearby, the experiment no longer works in the same way.
One more thought: in a recent post I referred to Bose, who discovered that at the quantum level, ordinary statistics no longer applied, but were skewed--that is, the ratio of plus and minus might be 40-60 instead of 50-50. The random number generators seem to act in similar fashion under certain conditions.
What does all of this have to do with Kundalini? A great deal, I believe, for Kundalini is above all a function of consciousness--we become aware of events generally below the normal threshold of consciousness. We become aware of our role in the cosmic field, our participatory function, and our personal consciousness is the key (though we do not control this awakening of consciousness.) We know that we are connected not only to others but to the ultimate itself, for everything is one vast field of consciousness and we are a part of it.
(picture from NASA internet site)
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
If you go to the above site, you will discover an amazing array of archived presentations from many of the major spiritual teachers of our time. I particularly recommend that of Sally Kempton, once a disciple of Muktananda, who studied to become a monk under his direction, now a respected workshop teacher whose wisdom shines through her recording.
One of the points that impressed me in her discussion of spiritual awakening was her description of the first stage of awakening as the "honeymoon," a period which is frequently followed by a "fall" later. After that, progress continues, but not in a linear progression, but rather as a back and forth, advance and regress pattern. This describes my own experience and also that of many I have encountered. This erratic pattern is contrary to what many of the texts describe, for they imply that awakening occurs and then continues in a straight line smooth progression thereafter.
Some of the other speakers represented are Ken Wilber, Thomas Hubl, Gangaji, Brother David Steindl-Rast, Lama Surya Das, Jean Houston, Ram Das, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Adyashanti,
Carter Phipps, Andrew Harvey, Sharon Salzberg, Byron Katie, and many, many others. This site offers a golden opportunity to hear the words of living luminaries who together present key ideas fueling the spiritual shift we are now in. They are free and available for the asking. You can listen at your own preferred time, stopping and starting as you please.
This is an invaluable resource, a chance to sample the teachings of famous spiritual teachers without the need to travel to far away workshops or buy expensive CD's.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
This video, from youtube under "Korea's got talent" is a must see. It is truly amazing and will give you renewed hope for our world.
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Larry Dossey and Precognition
Dr. Larry Dossey is well known in both medical and spiritual circles for his unorthodox views on medicine and healing over many years. He has long promoted prayer as a major healing modality, and has insisted that medical practitioners frequently encounter “anomalous events,” things which simply do not fit the expected patterns (as, for example, seeming “miracle cures.”)
Recently he presented a paper here at the national conference of the Society for Scientific Exploration, a group consisting primarily of scientists and other researchers who investigate unusual phenomena, such as remote viewing, human energy fields, the effect of the experimenter on the results of experiments and the like. Larry’s topic was precognition as a healing modality. He has just published a book on this subject, and he recounted several of the stories of precognition included in this book.
Here is one of the stories he related:
A new mother has her baby sleeping in a crib in another room where a chandelier hangs above the crib. The night is calm. Suddenly, she wakes up and tells her husband she has had a nightmare in which, during a storm, the chandelier has fallen on the crib and killed the baby. The clock at that time reads 4:35. Her husband tells her not to be worried since it is only a bad dream and to go back to sleep. But she does not go back to sleep. Instead, she brings the baby back to sleep with her and her husband. About two hours later, there is a fierce storm, during which the chandelier crashes on the crib below. Had the baby been sleeping there, it would doubtless have been killed. The clock reads 4:35.
Now, I am a bit of a skeptic, so I immediately began to challenge this account in my mind. Quite possibly the mother had subconsciously picked up on the fact that the chandelier over the crib posed a possible threat, and had woven this apprehension into a dream of disaster. However, this anxiety did not explain the clock with the exact time as in the dream, nor did it explain how the weather turned from calm to fierce.
If you would like to read other similar accounts, go to his website, where he offers other narratives included in his new book.
Actually, when I reflected on the topic of precognition I realized that I also had had several similar incidents in my life, and, in talking with a friend, found that she likewise knew of such related “coincidences” in her circle of family and friends. One had to do with a friend who refused at the last minute to make a plane trip to Europe on a plane which subsequently crashed. It has been discovered that the planes involved in the 9/11 disaster were only about a third full, a most unusual circumstance. Did some prospective passengers simply choose not to fly in those fated planes? And apparently many thousands of persons had premonitions of the 9/11 disaster through dreams and visions.
Another story my friend told me was this: a relative’s family was literally packing the car to go on a trip, when the mother announced that they must unpack and forego their plans, for something was wrong with the car. Actually the car had just been checked and proclaimed safe. With reluctance, the family unpacked and canceled their plans. Next day, when the husband was driving to work, the brakes failed on the car and he was seriously injured in an accident.
In the vocabulary of the scientists, such events strongly suggest that consciousness is not “local.” That is to say, our awareness is not bounded by ordinary space and time, but can function well outside the “norms” of our daily experience.
And indeed, when we experience Kundalini bliss, it is as if we too were wafted out of ordinary space/time realms and carried into other regions where only timelessness prevails. We exist solely within awareness itself, which is unbounded.
(picture by N. M. Rai)
Thursday, June 09, 2011
For the Beloved (Once Again)
For the Beloved (Once More)
Do not think
that because I say words
that I have forsaken you
love like ours
does not begin
it is ours forever,
bound in the net
of eternal longing
no matter whose face
it may wear
May 28, 2011
Wednesday, June 08, 2011
"Bose" (poem by Dorothy)
Satyendra Nath Bose, born l894
in British Calcutta,
was an ordinary looking man.
He could have been
or worked for the railroads
as a clerk or under engineer,
the way his father did.
Even his eyes do not
yield his secret,
his hidden seeing.
Without a Ph. D.,
the world of science
and came up
startling for their novelty.
At first his ideas
his notions of skewed statistics
seen as absurd
(everyone knows that if you
flip a coin, one side
is bound to come up
exactly fifty percent of the time,
not two-thirds as he claimed
for the subatomic realm).
the journals turned him down,
and not until Einstein lent his name
to the discovery
did he see print for
his mind boggling notion
(later further verified
His approach was later
known by both their names,
In physics, he is remembered
as the namesake of “bosons,”
indescribably minute subatomic particles
which exist at the quantum level
and are hard to pin down.
Many made reputations for
on his findings,
but he never was given
the Nobel Prize,
though his now is ranked
among the most
significant scientific contributions
of our time.
The most famous boson
is the God particle,
the one that will explain everything,
the one we are still looking for.
June 8, 2011
Note: I was inspired to write this poem this morning as I perused the galleries of artist Jeff Richards at http://www.hexagonart.com One of these is on bosons,and that led me to research this somewhat esoteric subject as it operates in quantum physics. Jeff is a most unusual artist, with a distinctive style of presentation like no on else I have seen. He is interested in all the exciting realms of current (and earlier) thought, such as Swedenborg, morphogenetic fields, angels, and quantum physics. It is refreshing to discover an artist so in tune with significant spiritual and metaphysical topics. By all means look him up!
Tuesday, June 07, 2011
"I Am" (documentary movie)
I have not seen this movie, but it sounds like something we all need to see. It includes interviews with many significant figures, including Desmond Tutu, Noam Chomsky, Lynne McTaggert, and Coleman Barks. Read the description to see what you think. The message itself is not new (many of us already knew this--it is the essence of ancient wisdom), but each time it is repeated it ripples out to a larger general audience. We need to be reminded endlessly of its essential truth. (And the proceeds will go to a worthy cause.)
It is as if each era, each generation, needs to discover this universal truth anew--that material accumulations will not bring happiness, that the way to inner peace is through simplicity of living and dedication to that which is greater than self.
These principles are the foundation for spiritual progression--and Kundalini itself is the ultimate affirmation of this path, allowing as it can union with divine love.
(I plays tonight at 8 p.m. at the Boulder Theater).
(the following is from the website for the movie):
I AM The Documentary
The shift is about to hit the fan.
I AM is an utterly engaging and entertaining non-fiction film that poses two practical and provocative questions: what’s wrong with our world, and what can we do to make it better? The filmmaker behind the inquiry is Tom Shadyac, one of Hollywood’s leading comedy practitioners and the creative force behind such blockbusters as “Ace Ventura,” “Liar Liar,” “The Nutty Professor,” and “Bruce Almighty.” However, in I AM, Shadyac steps in front of the camera to recount what happened to him after a cycling accident left him incapacitated, possibly for good. Though he ultimately recovered, he emerged with a new sense of purpose, determined to share his own awakening to his prior life of excess and greed, and to investigate how he as an individual, and we as a race, could improve the way we live and walk in the world.
Armed with nothing but his innate curiosity and a small crew to film his adventures, Shadyac set out on a twenty-first century quest for enlightenment. Meeting with a variety of thinkers and doers–remarkable men and women from the worlds of science, philosophy, academia, and faith–including such luminaries as David Suzuki, Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Lynne McTaggart, Ray Anderson, John Francis, Coleman Barks, and Marc Ian Barasch – Shadyac appears on-screen as character, commentator, guide, and even, at times, guinea pig. An irrepressible “Everyman” who asks tough questions, but offers no easy answers, he takes the audience to places it has never been before, and presents even familiar phenomena in completely new and different ways. The result is a fresh, energetic, and life-affirming film that challenges our preconceptions about human behavior while simultaneously celebrating the indomitable human spirit.
The pursuit of truth has been a lifelong passion for Shadyac. “As early as I can remember I simply wanted to know what was true,” he recalls, “and somehow I perceived at a very early age that what I was being taught was not the whole truth and nothing but the truth.” He humorously describes himself as “questioning and searching and stumbling and fumbling toward the light.” The “truth” may have been elusive, but success wasn’t. Shadyac’s films grossed nearly two billion dollars and afforded him the glamorous and extravagent A-List lifestyle of the Hollywood blockbuster filmmaker. Yet Shadyac found that more – in his case, a 17,000-square foot art-filled mansion, exotic antiques, and private jets — was definitely less. “What I discovered, when I began to look deeply, was that the world I was living in was a lie,” he explains. “Much to my surprise, the accumulation of material wealth was a neutral phenomenon, neither good or bad, and certainly did not buy happiness.” Gradually, with much consideration and contemplation, he changed his lifestyle. He sold his house, moved to a mobile home community, and started life—a simpler and more responsible life – anew.
But, at this critical juncture, Shadyac suffered an injury that changed everything. “In 2007, I got into a bike accident which left me with Post Concussion Syndrome, a condition where the symptoms of the original concussion don’t go away.” These symptoms include intense and painful reactions to light and sound, severe mood swings, and a constant ringing sound in the head. Shadyac tried every manner of treatment, traditional and alternative, but nothing worked. He suffered months of isolation and pain, and finally reached a point where he welcomed death as a release. “I simply didn’t think I was going to make it,” he admits.
But, as Shadyac wisely points out, “Death can be a very powerful motivator.” Confronting his own mortality, he asked himself, “If this is it for me – if I really am going to die – what do I want to say before I go? What will be my last testament?” It was Shadyac’s modern day dark night of soul and out of it, I AM was born. Thankfully, almost miraculously, his PCS symptoms began to recede, allowing him to travel and use his movie-making skills to explore the philosophical questions that inhabited him, and to communicate his findings in a lively, humorous, intellectually-challenging, and emotionally-charged film.
But this would not be a high-octane Hollywood production. The director whose last film had a crew of 400, assembled a streamlined crew of four, and set out to find, and film, the thinkers who had helped to change his life, and to seek a better understanding of the world, its inhabitants, their past, and their future. Thus, Shadyac interviews scientists, psychologists, artists, environmentalists, authors, activists, philosophers, entrepreneurs, and others in his quest for truth. Bishop Desmond Tutu, Dr. Noam Chomsky, historian Dr. Howard Zinn, physicist Lynne McTaggart, and poet Coleman Banks are some of the subjects who engage in fascinating dialogue with Shadyac.
Shadyac was very specific about what he was after, wanting I AM to identify the underlying cause of the world’s ills – “I didn’t want to hear the usual answers, like war, hunger, poverty, the environmental crisis, or even greed,” he explains. “These are not the problems, they are the symptoms of a larger endemic problem. In I AM, I wanted to talk about the root cause of the ills of the world, because if there is a common cause, and we can talk about it, air it out in a public forum, then we have a chance to solve it.”
Ironically, in the process of trying to figure out what’s wrong with the world, Shadyac discovered there’s more right than he ever imagined. He learned that the heart, not the brain, may be man’s primary organ of intelligence, and that human consciousness and emotions can actually affect the physical world, a point Shadyac makes with great humor by demonstrating the impact of his feelings on a bowl of yogurt. And, as Shadyac’s own story illustrates, money is not a pathway to happiness. In fact, he even learns that in some native cultures, gross materialism is equated with insanity.
Shadyac also discovers that, contrary to conventional thinking, cooperation and not competition, may be nature’s most fundamental operating principle. Thus, I AM shows consensus decision-making is the norm amongst many species, from insects and birds to deer and primates. The film further discovers that humans actually function better and remain healthier when expressing positive emotions, such as love, care, compassion, and gratitude, versus their negative counterparts, anxiety, frustration, anger and fear. Charles Darwin may be best known for popularizing the notion that nature is red in tooth and claw, but, as Shadyac points out, he used the word love 95 times in The Descent of Man, while his most famous phrase,survival of the fittest, appears only twice.
“It was a revelation to me that for tens of thousands of years, indigenous cultures taught a very different story about our inherent goodness,” Shadyac marvels. “Now, following this ancient wisdom, science is discovering a plethora of evidence about our hardwiring for connection and compassion, from the Vagus Nerve which releases oxytocin at simply witnessing a compassionate act, to the Mirror Neuron which causes us to literally feel another person’s pain. Darwin himself, who was misunderstood to believe exclusively in our competitiveness, actually noted that humankind’s real power comes in their ability to perform complex tasks together, to sympathize and cooperate.”
Shadyac’s enthusiastic depiction of the brighter side of human nature and reality, itself, is what distinguishes I AM from so many well-intentioned, yet ultimately pessimistic, non-fiction films. And while he does explore what’s wrong with the world, the film’s overwhelming emphasis is focused on what we can do to make it better. Watching I AM is ultimately, for many, a transformative experience, yet Shadyac is reluctant to give specific steps for viewers who have been energized by the film. “What can I do?” “I get asked that a lot,” he says. “But the solution begins with a deeper transformation that must occur in each of us. I AM isn’t as much about what you can do, as who you can be. And from that transformation of being, action will naturally follow.”
Shadyac’s transformation remains in process. He still lives simply, is back on his bicycle, riding to work, and teaching at a local college, another venue for sharing his life-affirming discoveries. Reflecting Shadyac’s philosophy is the economic structure of the film’s release; all proceeds from I AM will go to The Foundation for I AM, a non-profit established by Shadyac to fund various worthy causes and to educate the next generation about the issues and challenges explored in the film. When he directs another Hollywood movie, the bulk of his usual eight-figure fee will be deposited into a charitable account, as well. “St. Augustine said, ‘Determine what God has given you, and take from it what you need; the remainder is needed by others.’ That’s my philosophy in a nutshell,” Shadyac says, “Or as Gandhi put it, ‘Live simply, so others may simply live.’”
Shadyac’s enthusiasm and optimism are contagious. Whether conducting an interview with an intellectual giant, or offering himself as a flawed character in the narrative of the film, Shadyac is an engaging and persuasive guide as we experience the remarkable journey that is I AM. With great wit, warmth, curiosity, and masterful storytelling skills, he reveals what science now tells us is one of the principal truths of the universe, a message that is as simple as it is significant: We are all connected – connected to each other and to everything around us. “My hope is that I AM is a window into Truth, a glimpse into the miracle, the mystery and magic of who we really are, and of the basic nature of the connection and unity of all things. In a way,” says Shadyac, a seasoned Hollywood professional who has retained his unerring eye for a great story, “I think of I AM as the ultimate reality show.”
Written & Directed by: Tom Shadyac
Monday, June 06, 2011
Society for Scientiic Exploration annual meeting
The Society for Scientific Exploration will hold its annual meeting in Boulder, Colorado, beginning June 9. For more information and program announcements, go to:
I am a member of this group and find its topics and listed presentations very interesting. Although it is designed for "scientific exploration," many of its members are not scientists but people interested in "anomalous" topics. Often these are subjects the mainstream ignores or simply denies. Our local chapter has offered presentations on channeling, quantum physics, UFO's and the like in recent months.
Friday, June 03, 2011
Internet Broadcast on "Supra Sex"
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Sunday, June 5th, 2011
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Please join me for a lively dialog with my beloved friend and "telerotic" (telos + eros) evolutionary inspiraration, Barbara Marx Hubbard. According to her, "a third great human drive" is surfacing, due to the phase change on planet Earth. We have hit a limit to many forms of growth -- including population. The drive to be fruitful and multiply cannot continue much longer..."
Many of us are responding to this new, evolutionary pressure by feeling a yearning to express our creative potentials, and to do it with others--to find our evolutionary, co-creative partners. Such individuals are stimulated by what Barbara calls, "vocational arousal", a new form of the sexual drive that is moving upward toward the suprasexual drive -- a massive awakening of human creativity and the desire to join together to express our unique potentials.
Have you felt something like this? I have had the privilege to dialog actively with Barbara, and I've experienced this kind of ecstatic activation -- a totally sexy (and at the same time chaste) enlivenment through co-creative visioning. She has pioneered many leading-edge perceptions for decades, and with SupraSex, she's expressing another important emergent property of evolutionary culture.
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(Now from Dorothy): It is an interesting development that this group has "discovered" a capacity called "suprasex," based on turning sexual energies into creative efforts. This is a good approach to the evolutionary unfolding, but Freud discovered much the same force years ago, calling the process "sublimation." Sublimation is not the repression of (sexual) energetic drives, but rather the transmutation of the drive into other forms--in this case creativity. It is thought that many great artists and thinkers worked from this principle--instead of using their energies to enjoy sexual pleasure, they turned them to creative channels.
However, I feel that these folks are missing what is--in my view--an even more important form of "supra sex." This is Kundalini itself, the ananda which is bliss, the power of shakti, the joy of "feeling" the sweet play of ecstatic arousal throughout the entire body (or even a specific part of the body, as hands, cheeks, or head.) And of course, Kundalini pleasure often leads directly to creative activities--one supports the other.
Recently, I talked with a new friend who had had an unusual experience while visiting a mosque abroad. While meditating quietly in the corner, he suddenly felt an erotic explosion, as if every cell in his body were awakened and dancing in joy. He was not sure what was happening, and added that it was "almost like an orgasm." This was in fact Kundalini arriving in its full power. It was "supra sex" in its most sublime form. I explained to him that this was indeed the spiritual energy of Kundalini awakening, something akin to but not the equivalent of ordinary sex. It is called "supra sex" because it is beyond ordinary sex. It is not to be confused with "super sex," for it involves spiritual, not merely biological, energies.
And in my view, this kind of awakening is where humankind is headed, and once enough people experience it, we will have reached the "tipping point." We will know divine love in its fullest. Our creativity, our active engagement in the world, our cooperative efforts will then be enhanced beyond measure.
My question is, how is it that many of the most advanced thinkers, such as these, do not yet seem to be aware of the profound power of Kundalini? It is as if they have not themselves yet experienced this sacred essence in its full expression and are thus blind to its capacities to move the race to a new level.
Thursday, June 02, 2011
What I Now Perceived (poem by Dorothy)
What I now perceived
Until I perceived it, no thing was complete.
So, what was it
I was looking for then.
Like entering a room
to find an object,
what it was
I came to find,
only odor of roses
When I encountered the ultimate,
I thought searching
nothing more required.
Then I met one
who took apart
my notions of who I was
crumbled around me
like walls of ancient cities
assaulted by time,
again I became
a captive of longing,
what I now perceived.
May 28, 2011
Wednesday, June 01, 2011
Full Face (poem by Dorothy)
Every happiness is the child of a separation
it did not think it could survive.
even when it turns to you
Do not turn away,
when it invites you
to enter into unknown embraces,
breathes its breath
like a coy animal
on your unsuspecting nape.
What is entering
is what has always been.
a reality beyond
your own small
familiar, bounded dwelling place.
May 28, 2011