Pg 17. So many layers of reality/consciousness that we cannot possibly know with our minds, but we intuit it, we “infer the presence of something else” (pg 18). All the levels, known, unknown, unknowable, are all out there, all in here. Except trying to grasp at them doesn’t seem to work. As a matter of fact, I have learned that the more I try to read and reason the existence of spirit, the less likely I am to believe it! Why? Because I’m trying to apply dynamics/rules from one level of consciousness to a completely different one (among other reasons in all levels–more on that later). There are just so many ways to experience being-ness–even just at this level of waking consciousness! Not to mention the other layers William James writes about. We get to just be HERE now! But we know those other places are there too, but for this, we stay here.
We all are tuned in to some of these other ‘realities’ around us. It’s different for each of us. We may experience them as intuition (intangible knowledge), or as natural talent (often behaviorally expressed). We just know there are pockets of ‘understanding’ that we cannot quite explain. So we don’t have to (explain, that is). And we may even recognize some healthy things to do that encourage these periods of ‘getting it’: Yoga, Taiji, meditation, music, prayer, exercise, Qigong, Pilates, reading good books . . . the more you do them, the more you seem to have the ‘times of understanding’ last longer. You’re actually just paying better attention.
Sometimes though, we get back here to the more simple things, like just letting the sight of a child help you experience God in your soul, your gut, in your bones (Pg 16, “it’s got intuitive validity”), with no intellectual explanation needed. You know the feeling I’m talking about. . . when you’re busy being all grumpy, and you inexplicably allow yourself to melt into mirth at the site of child barking, pretending to be a puppy; no longer worrying about that project you’ve got to turn in, no longer ‘worried’ about ‘losing your center.’ Besides, what’s so special about the center anyway? At this point, I’m not so certain there is a center, except when we draw boundaries (and most of us do), then ‘center’ is a useful practice. Do you draw boundaries around surrender? (Pg 20)
Please remember that page numbers refer to the Brown Pages, From Bindu to Ojas, in Be Here Now. Be Love Now soon to come!