Connected to this year’s on-going group, Awakening, I am writing a series of five Red Line posts, about five styles of awakening. Here’s the intro to the series…
Maybe it sounds a bit grand, calling this year’s on-going group “Awakening”. My English tendency towards understatement didn’t have anything to do with it. It’s not even my idea. Or Eckhart Tolle’s! Everybody’s saying it.
All over the world, from Tibet to the Amazon rainforest, indigenous wisdom keepers have been saying for a few decades now that the time has come for their most sacred teachings to be shared freely with anyone who will listen – human consciousness ‘technologies’ that have for countless generations only been passed down orally to carefully trained initiates.
But beyond even that, we all feel it, see it, know it in our guts: we’re not just on the brink, we’re off the edge and falling.
Well, that’s Chaos. Chaos falls. The wave needs to break.
After ten thousand years of gathering Staccato momentum, pushing out and forwards like all good waves do, it’s come to the point where that forward motion has become unsustainable, and the pull of mamma earth is taking over again. Such is the nature of Chaos, and this wave is so huge, we’re seeing the beginning of a break so mighty, we can barely begin to grasp it’s depth or power.
How are your surfing skills, people???
How are you with ‘down’ as a direction?
(You know that Flowing moves in, Staccato out, Lyrical up, Stillness centred, right? Got a problem with “Down we go!”?) ***
Having been through one of the most difficult passages of my life so far in the last few months I feel both stripped and stronger, ready for a big year ahead. Ready to explore this theme of Awakening, which no doubt will be present at all dance floors, all mediation cushions, and all kitchen stoves all over the world as we go farther in, farther out, farther down, farther up, farther through.
Because as far as I can see, there’s no escaping what’s going on. For any of us. We do get some degree of choice as to how, like whether you want to do pharmaceutically engineered, mass media driven, ego feeding nightmares on the one extreme, or whether you’re willing to turn around and look deep into the mirror, dancing with what you find there.
You going to live in the shadow of Chaos?
Or dive into the eye of the storm, and keep waking up?
The answer is probably a bit of both isn’t it? Because awakening is not a one time thing. It’s a moment to moment, day by day, step by step process. Never ending.
I’ll break down the process into five clear stages or styles of waking up. First one coming in a few days. Watch this space.
*** Seriously, on that subject, if you do have a fear of down as a direction, or Chaos as an experience, ask your local teacher for some guidance that’s specific to your personal chemistry.
Let your head go. Feel the feelings, do the practice anyway, and have faith in small steps as well as big ones. Trust that as you learn on the dance floor, so it’s easier to be in the kitchen. Remember you’re an organic system not a website: change happens as a spiral process not an immediate result.