A friend had a question for me. “I think that if there is such a thing as evolving human psyche it is an evolving towards a sixth sense (for now) that enables us to give and take with the rest of the “what is” in the universe. So I am not looking for self improvement so much as a tuning in. I want whatever is blocking off my listener to be removed. So, what is it I need to accept, past the basic concept?”
And my response was this. First of all, I like that you begin with “if there is such a thing”. There are so few things I’m truly sure of, that I always hesitate to use absolutes.
But let’s go with the supposition that we do have a developing sixth sense. Oh heck, let’s go further and say that we HAVE a sixth sense that is actively feeding us information and we’re just not yet fully open to it. My own experience is, there are multiple ways of communication and information gathering beyond what I can see with my own two eyes.
Whatever this soup is that we are all a part of; it is ONE THING. And there is constant communication going on between all parts. Current science tells us that we are constantly sharing atoms with everything else in the Universe. If I’m sharing atoms and who knows what else, then the information is already a part of me. It’s not just in front of me, it’s a part of me.
So, in my exploration if I want to know what a tree is, I don’t go cut it down and dissect it. That will give me a physical description of its parts and how the physical parts perform, but that doesn’t give me the whole story. And, I’ve just killed a tree.
If I share atoms with a tree is there any reason I can’t explore the tree from the inside? I’m sharing the physical atoms and I’m in the soup of dark matter that connects everything. IS THERE any reason I can’t explore the tree from the inside? The answer I get to that question is, no. So I go for it.
As I write, you’ll find I have many more questions than answers. I don’t know if I’ll ever get to all the questions, but it keeps me busy and it feels like that’s part of why I’m here.
So, my process is to go inside. If I am not my brain and not my body, if I am Consciousness, then wherever I focus my attention, that’s where I Am.
My face is where I interface with my physical world. I see everything that’s in front of me. Because my eyes are my primary tool for obtaining information about the physical world, I use them as a starting point for my inner exploration. My journey begins there.
Take some time with this exercise. If you’ve not done meditation before, remember that it’s like exercising your muscles. You get stronger and better at it with regular practice.
I close my eyes. Sitting quietly, I feel my breathing soften, slow and become very even and steady. Then move my attention back into the center of my head and let my attention drop down, down, down into the center. Some call it dropping into the heart center. I explore from there.
Okay, now there’s a tree. What’s it like to be a tree? What does it feel like? Practice feeling what it feels like to be a tree. Pay attention to what shows up. You may feel the limbs and leaves and roots. You may feel the respiration cycle of the tree. If you go deep enough you will likely begin to see and hear even more. It’s not for me to tell you what you will experience. This is YOUR experience. Your exploration.
What about a dog? I really like this one. What is a dog? Now I’m more of a dog person than a cat person. Not that cats aren’t wonderful, but I still have ancient memories residing in my brain of being chased and eaten by cats, while dogs were licking my hand and keeping wild beasts away.
So what does a dog feel like? What does it feel like to be a dog? Ask as many questions as you want and wait for answers.
In 2005, I watched What the Bleep Do We Know. The film gave me further confirmation and explanation of the interconnectedness of everything. I personally love all the possibilities that the exploration of quantum physics opens for us.
About 15 years ago, after reading one of his books, I called Fred Alan Wolf who was in “What The Bleep Do We Know” to talk quantum physics . A friend couldn’t believe I’d called him to talk, but I laughed and told her, he’s just a person. And he was a really nice person to talk with. But that’s me, willing to follow leads anywhere.
Those who are studying such things are now thinking that we what we call reality is something like a hologram. It’s certainly not solid. It’s a projection from somewhere else. Hmmmm, would that be what I call Source?
I have continued my contemplation of the illusion of separation and the reality that we are connected on the atomic level, not only to every other person on this planet, but to every leaf, tree and star in the Universe.
The most important thing I’ve learned in the last few years is to notice what I notice. Pay attention to what’s right in front of you, be present and show up.
One evening, soon after watching the “What The Bleep” film, I sat in meditation and asked, “IF I am in connected to EVERYTHING, then I should be able to be anywhere at anytime.” I looked up at a star high over my head… and thought myself there. There was suddenly blazing light surrounding me and I was so startled, I popped right back into my body. I was there for only a moment, but I know I was there. I don’t know if I was physically there, but my consciousness was there. It’s one of the things I KNOW right down to my toes.
That’s my experience. Now go exploring.