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Practising Presence

empty_spaces_500x500I have already been writing on this subject but it is not redundant. I am not writing to entertain or feed the mind, I don’t write essays, I build bridges between the impermanent and the permanent.

I use words because I don’t have any other choices. It has been said before, “the best instructor is silence”. The essence of my message is beyond the words, beyond the thoughts they triggered. The essence of my message is what is left when the sound has faded, when the thoughts have vanished. When the activity of the mind stops, what is left is Presence, you are essentially that Presence, it is my message.

The mind can conceptualise Presence but it can never be in Presence, Presence can only be “felt” by Presence. By analogy, for those of you who have some programming knowledge, Presence would be a recursive function that calls itself from within itself and can only refer to itself from within itself.

So let’s try to describe what is happening in consciousness with a bit more details. How does consciousness suddenly move from, “Me, John Doe, I think of Presence” to “I am Presence”? It is fairly easy. If you think of something, it is a mind activity, when the mind activity stops, and to a certain extent all identification to labels and forms, all that is left is Presence, it is not more complicated than that. What often takes time is to become aware of the dictatorship of the mind and to slowly regain that conscious space, filled with thoughts, that it occupies while usurping your true identity.

Another name for Presence is Awareness or Consciousness. Not Awareness and Consciousness as in “I am conscious I have a beautiful haircut” or “I am aware that I am late for dinner” but I am talking of pure Consciousness, pure Awareness, in its pristine unidentified state. What do I mean by “pure”? I just mean that it is consciousness aware of itself at the source before it has morphed into mind activity, before the labelling and identification process started.

That pure transparent Presence is what humanity call “God”, a word that has been so overused and trampled over the centuries that I don’t think it is a great idea to ever use it. I am only using it here because I have judged that it is important enough to mention it in order to reconnect some dots.

Presence is that clear conscious space in which, objects, sensations, thoughts and emotions arise. Like a dream “exists in” and is “made of” the consciousness of the dreamer, the world “exists in” Presence and is “made of” Presence.

If there is one “dreamer” and the world is the dream then we have the power to awaken within the dream. In a “real dream” it is called lucid dreaming, while awake it is called spiritual awakening.

In this article, I won’t elaborate on a point that is essential in spiritual awakening but I will mention it nevertheless as you need to keep it in the “back of your mind” at all time. Awakening to Presence is only half of the story. That realisation is only the beginning. Once you are clearly established in your permanent self, Presence, your impermanent identity and personality will align itself on that new found clarity. Every personality has its lines of least resistance, imperfections and particularities and make no mistakes, spiritual awakening doesn’t brutally change any of that, it just brings a new “point of view”. That vision will progressively manifest through the personality as true compassion and with vision and compassion comes the correct action.

Finally, I would like to add that Presence, pure consciousness, does not exclude anything, it embraces all because it is the source of all. You will hear in some spiritual circles that the ego is the enemy or that there is “nothing to do” because there is “no person”. Those claims are never made in Presence, they are the claim of spiritualised egos. In Presence the permanent and impermanent are essentially one, embraced and united in Love.

From someone to no one, from no one to someone , I am complete.

Calwen

Group Consciousness & Presence

groupVery few spiritual strategies elaborate on the impact of individual awakening in relation to the human group and the direct consequences on the substantial reality we live in, what we call the world.

What I want to talk about here is the development of group consciousness in relation to awakening.

By analogy, group consciousness is a form of family consciousness. In a loving family, the bond between the children is created by the accepted fact that they have the same mother and father and are therefore brothers and sisters.

What we include and exclude from that family circle is completely arbitrary if we let the mind run the show. “My brother and I have the same mother so we are family’s member”, “My neighbour and I don’t have the same mother so we are not family’s member”. It is an include/exclude game based on the dual appreciations of the mind.

The important point is that when an entity finds a common origin with another entity its vision changes and when the vision changes so does the heart and those changes impact our daily reality.

Nationalism is also, but also only by analogy, a form of group consciousness, here the limits have extended beyond the family circle and now include the nation. Individuals share the same history, traditions and culture and a bond is present.

Nevertheless, group consciousness is still fairly absent on this planet. The feeling of belonging (family, nation) is still driven by biological urges, compulsive and unconscious cultural undercurrents. What we currently have are collections of egos, the term mass consciousness is more fitting.

10423939_10152294606416793_6925035123639177356_nTrue group consciousness is of a different nature, it will only manifest after the reign of the mind has ended, after awakening. Awakening to what ? To the reality that your essential nature is essentially pure consciousness, Presence, that it has no limits and that it is the nature of all and everything.

Every time a fragment of Presence awakens, group consciousness expands.

If group consciousness seems absent in an “awakened individual” you can make sure that we are dealing with a spiritualized egoic activity masquerading as an awakening.

Group consciousness is vision and compassion, Presence is acknowledged and a spontaneous activity for the benefit of all is naturally occurring.

Ants and bees demonstrate by analogy what group consciousness would look like humanity. For those insects It is happening at subconscious level through the activity of the substance but the analogy is useful and it is easy to extrapolate. A child can easily understand what group consciousness is just by observing the activity of those little insects.

What could the world look like once group consciousness as fully settled in?

  • Goods (no planned obsolescence anymore) will be produced for the good of all not out of greed as it is currently the case.
  • Technology will accessible to all. Engineers will team up together to create resistant and durable products.
  • Resources won’t be hoarded by a minority to the detriment of the majority and will be shared based on the geographical needs.
  • Cooperation will become second nature between individuals and countries.
  • Working “for a living” will become a thing of the past. Individuals will naturally follow their lines of least resistance and do what they love and are meant to do.
  • Travelling will expand. Humans from different geographical areas of the world will meet and share their cultural particularities, knowledge and life experience.
  • The concept of “family” will expand out of the current concept. Individuals will progressively see each other’s as brothers and sisters all united in the same family.
  • Compassion will become an embedded second nature manifesting as joy, enthusiasm and humour.
  • Religions will drop as dead shells as everything appears as a manifestation of the One Life

Every time you think of a better world you give substance to it, you are making it real and you hasten its manifestation. Every time you think an idea is a utopia you prevent its manifestation you have the world you deserve because you are the world.

You will become what you think you are but you are not what you think you are. There is nothing wrong in becoming as long as you remember that your true self does not reside in the river of impermanence but in Presence, the silent source of all.

Calwen