The world, all things, time, space, everyone we know, in this present moment all this is experience to us.
There is no world, there is only ever experience. No one has ever seen a world that exists apart from experience. We could call all experience sense perceptions, thoughts and images. Through the thinking mind these sense perceptions are then given names and take on an apparent solid form.
Notice that what you experience, your sensations, thoughts and images, are changing every moment and cannot truly be described.
As soon as you spoke, your actual experience would be already different. You think you can describe your experience and in this idea there is a sense of I. In trying to describe your sensations, this activity appears to give the non-existent I a sense of control. What you are is open space which is aware of experience. This awareness is always present.
Whilst being this awareness, can you describe awareness?
We have the capacity to objectify experience and it seems like there is an observer and something that is being observed. From this we can see that the sense of I is an activity. As soon as the activity ceases, like in deep sleep, there is no sense of I.
But you also know that during deep sleep, being remains.
When you truly experience the totality of the present moment, there is no possibility to objectify, hence no sense of I. Notice what happens if you would like to have a different experience from the experience you are having. Is it possible at all?
If the thought that it is possible to have a different experience to what you are having right now, is entertained, then it looks as if I can do something about it and I can change what is happening right now, I am in control.
As soon as you do not want the experience you are having, the not wanting it is also an experience and adds another layer on top of the entirety of experience.
This inevitably leads to a sense of contraction. In most cases we are never consciously aware of this contraction, but somehow we feel that it might protect us. But we also feel a resistance to this contraction, which then locks it even further in.
We can be absolutely certain about experience and say that it is always changing. When we don’t want the experience we are having, we are trying to fix it, to objectify it, because we can’t get rid of something that is always changing. So in order to get rid of an experience or change it, we have to make it into something that seems to be fixed.
This the human drama; actively resisting and not wanting the present experience and needing to change what is.
Not wanting the experience we are having, feels uncomfortable, the body registers this and tries to adapt. The mind tries to solve the seeming problems by projecting the problem and the imagined solution onto a screen we call the world. The mind now believes that by projecting it, it has gotten rid of it.
When we don’t want the experience we are having through this sense of resisting, all that happens is that our experience gets more intense, we feel even worse.
Now that it is worse we don’t want that either, so we resist again, which makes it worse again and now that it is worse again we don’t want that either, so we resist, a seemingly endless circle.
In a matter of moments we feel out of control, yet the experience we don’t want in the first place is still there and we feel utterly overwhelmed. Sadly most people live their entire lives this way.
There is a constant underlying feeling of stress and struggle just to survive.
Everything we never want to experience again and everything we think we want to experience, in other words our shadows and desires, we could call the subconscious mind. All of this represents the resistance to our present moment experience and our mistaken belief that it will bring us peace and happiness.
Simply become aware of resisting the experience you are having.
Pay attention to this moment, to simply being. Welcome all experiences. You could call this unconditional love or non-judgement. It is never the experience we are having that troubles us, it is whether or not there is an automatic habit of trying to not have the experience we are already having that troubles us.
May these impulses reach you and awaken you. I am here to support you!
With Love + Respect
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A LITTLE EXERCISE
We often hear about a move from head to heart, and it can be difficult to comprehend what this is really experientially referring to.
This shift is often spoken about in relation to freedom, in relation to knowing oneself more fully, more truly, so it's quite an important aspect of self inquiry.
Here is an exercise to demonstrate what the shift is referring to quickly and simply, so let's give it a go.
For the sake of the exercise you'll need to drop into one of your feeling experiences - let's play with this one for demonstration purposes ...
"I'm really quite upset" (replace it with one that is more applicable to you).
Pick whichever experience comes most easily in this moment and really embody it, repeat it a few times, loud and clear in your mind and really feel it.
“I'm really quite upset!”
Close your eyes and really feel what this experience feels like, it shouldn't be hard, it's part of your experience after all.
Next, instead of directing your attention ‘outwards’ towards the story of what happened or the actual feeling sensation, direct your attention ‘inwards’ towards the one who is experiencing the feeling of being upset.
THEN EXPLORE THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS
Until you find out - just stay with feeling upset!
Finally focus on the one question ... where or who is the one who is upset ... instead of giving your attention to the story or the feeling/sensation!
Then clearly see the non-existence of the ‘self’ that is feeling upset!
Now, here's the moment of shift, don't think about the answers to the questions, maybe you just drop into Being!
I hope you found a moment of resting in Being. A drop from the head to the heart.
Contact Rolf for guidance with this little exercise.
WITH LOVE AND RESPECT
The best service you can render to humanity is to recognise the true nature of your being!
The deepest instruction within us is to KNOW THYSELF. This is not a limitation because even if we choose to ignore it , or go against it , it is something that automatically occurs through experiencing a sense of being.
To say, KNOW THYSELF does not point you in any particular direction and does not limit you, pressure you, or tell you how you should think and act.
To enter the human experience is to KNOW THYSELF through the forgetting of who you are , which is unlimited, ever-present consciousness , and then remembering.
In remembering who we truly are, we learn about ourselves, our true self. To forget and then remember seems therefore to become more than you were before you forgot, hence your sense of evolution.
In this it should be noted that this more does not imply superiority; instead it is to have focused on an alternate perspective on what consciousness is.
To be human is to continue the eternal journey of spirit to KNOW THYSELF. Ultimately this is to know ALL beings as equal expressions of unlimited, ever-present consciousness and is realised through the experience of unconditional love for ALL.
To understand this is to realise that the human experience did not randomly evolve but is the expression of a focused intention.
The human experience has been designed to focus on the instruction of KNOW THYSELF.
The basic principle of that design is for each of us to become a focused aspect of the whole, instead of knowing ourselves as the whole, in order to better understand that aspect.
Although we tend to view that understanding in a mental way , which is a valid and valuable perspective, it should be recognised that even before we developed language and writing, we were operating within the design.
Our mind is something that has evolved over what we perceive as three dimensions of space and one dimension of time. We started out as instinctual creatures on a feeling-based journey of self-discovery.
Coming to an understanding of what we are as human beings is a fascinating field of discovery, but the design of this reality is all about the journey of coming to love ourselves.
At the heart of all intentions for this life is our intention to love the aspect of All That Is, of which we are a localised expression, just as well as love the other as an equal aspect of All That Is, of which they are a localised expression.
We are here to love ourselves and each other, or to recognise the other as oneself.
As we start to move from extreme individualism to a wider state of perception, through which we can love, so we come to embrace more of ourselves, others and the perceived world.
As we mature as a species, despite how it may look outwardly, we are coming to not only care for ourselves and our immediate family, we are evolving a feeling of care for all human beings, even when they appear to be different from us.
This may be causing tensions in the world at this time but that is all an expression of resistance to change, and that change is arising through a greater sense of being one species than ever before.
Although social media would seem to imply that we are divided, this does not change the fact that communication technologies and social media have made the world seem smaller.
Social media is full of people telling each other they are less than human beings. Rewind fifty years and many more people meant not deserving to be seen as human beings.
That feeling of complete detachment still exists today, but the trend is that we are becoming more conscious, not less, you just have to stand really far back to see it.
It only seems worse now because so much is on the surface to be seen. This is a good thing because it means we are becoming conscious of something we were previously unconscious of.
The rise of social media is a significant turning point in our evolution as we move beyond being so individualistic. Our focus on social media reflects a move from predominantly seeking to love and connect with our immediate family and a small social circle of friends, to seeking to love and connect at a much wider level.
This technology would not have developed if we were not ready to move forward into a different type of experience. What we are currently experiencing is the infancy of mass communication and it is causing us to change in positive ways far more than we tend to realise, because we tend to focus on the negative noise.
The internet has fundamentally changed the nuclear family by making it far less insular. A part of you may feel this as a loss or simply as not a good thing.
What should be remembered is that space and linear time are an illusion and, unlike the traditional view of reincarnation, we are not limited in what time period we can birth into. To spirit, what we call time is just a marker point for an event.
This means that the traditional nuclear family and the good old days are not something that modern society has destroyed. Every time-period is available to us when we birth. This is why your choice to be alive at this time in history is not a compromise. If you wanted simpler times then you would have birthed into them.
What this all boils down to is the realisation that the people who surround you aren’t just some random selection of humanity, they are a web of meaning, presented as the face of other, which reflects your desire to expand in a particular direction.
In this we are not just talking about the people you personally know, but also the public personalities, social media, and news stories you choose to pay attention to, regardless of whether that attention is positive or negative.
That which surrounds you is what you are choosing to integrate.
What you are isn’t contained within a single, physical body. There are circles, within circles, within circles of people that surround you, with each circle and your level of focus upon it representing a layer of meaning.
When you look at your life in this way, what is seen is that the closest of these circles is what you are most focused on integrating, with the circle outside of that being the next, and so forth. This means that your focus on these different circles of other is like a road-map of your intention to expand, rather like looking into your future.
In this vision of circles I want you to feel how what you are is represented not just by your immediate self, but by everything you choose to focus on, regardless of whether that is perceived as being your personal self or other.
In this we begin to see how what we have called other is actually a description of the human qualities that are currently awakening within us. In this light the other people upon whom you are most focused are seen to reflect and reveal your choice of evolution, through the direction of your attention.
What we call other could also be called our personal next in terms of it representing our expansion of focus.
For example, as a society we are currently collectively focusing on the aspect of abuse. This is being reflected through many public individuals having the world become conscious of their abusive behaviour.
In its current initial presentation of anger, which is a natural and necessary stage of the process, it is easy to think we aren’t integrating abusive behaviour but are trying to fight it.
This is because we are still in the stage of vilification where we pronounce ourselves to be the opposite of the abusive other through the expression of how it disgusts and repels us.
This reminds me of a few decades ago when statements like ‘I’m not racist, one of my friends is’. (insert race of choice here) were commonplace.
Whereas now, we have a wider understanding that a racist is not always some overt thing that you either are or aren’t. Instead we have found there are a myriad of subtle ways in which it can operate.
We aren’t quite there yet, but eventually it will be realised that to be an individual is to carry some level of prejudice by design, with the understanding that you can have positive prejudices as well as negative ones.
This is because to become an individual is to express a preference of qualities that lead you to experience yourself as different from those around you. It could even be said that the point of humanity is that we feel different from each other and see each other differently.
Whether we bring a positive or negative charge to that difference is up to us, but we are designed to see each other as different.
By this I am simply saying that this world was always meant to contain other, which includes the journey to meeting and connecting with that other.
We came here to be different and to integrate that experience of difference. Equality isn’t about seeing everyone as the same. Equality is about the celebration, rather than fear, of what makes us diverse. And you can’t celebrate diversity by pretending it makes no difference.
In relation to our current situation with the abusive aspect that is now coming into the light of our consciousness, even though it has gone on since the beginning of humanity, we are at the let’s condemn them phase.
However, once we have drained the swamp of the past abuses, we will only be left with the present. And then, pretty soon, that anger will start to shift as our personal pasts start to not look so comfortable when compared to the new values we are adopting.
What is currently a discussion about those abusive people who we see as other will become more and more personal. Increasingly, either ourselves or people we love, will come to be labelled as abusive and we will have to find our own personal balance of love and condemnation.
The positive shift in this is that going forward we will put less and less weight on the past and who we were and instead be all about who we are now. This won’t be some cosmic enlightenment; it will simply be because we each personally want to be judged for who we are today rather than who we were in the past.
This will be the beginning of a new era that births from the current state of pain we are expressing through the social media as a platform for people expressing their anger and pain.
The current state of anxiety and tension is not sustainable and it will collapse in on itself as the human drive to be famous changes.
So-called fame at any cost is still prevalent in our collective psyche and this is fuelled by those who are famous choosing not to be transparent as to the negative aspects of their experience.
The war we see on social media today isn’t just some sad aberration; it is a magnification of the abusive aspect within the human mind.
Social media isn’t making people cruel and abusive; it is showing us our cruel and abusive aspects and tendencies.
All this abuse that currently seems to be about other people who are out there and did things in the past is going to eventually become about each and everyone of us in the present.
This is why it is ultimately going to be meeting and integrating our own abusive aspects and tendencies as opposed to humanity becoming kinder by identifying and locking up all its abusers.
Let’s go even one level deeper.
Today we have looked at how the people who surround you are there with a purpose, meaning they are your chosen focus rather than a random cross-section of humanity. In this I highlighted how we can birth into any period in history. What this means is that not only are the people around you there by your choice, but…
The entire state of the planet , as a whole , is your backdrop to your human experience.
Therefore, it is not that those who surround you are a choice, but the whole of humanity is just what it is, and you have to take it whether you like it or not.
This present version of humanity, which you chose to experience, seems to be your individual choice for the collective other that is providing a profound level of context to your life.
Although it is normal to have some resistance to this idea, as it doesn’t give you many options to deal with your frustrations, there is a clear logic because the whole exists within each self. We have painted this picture of expansion through other where we are integrating more and more of what it is to be human.
This eventually leads to a point where you are capable of seeing things from ALL perspectives. This is when a human being realises that they are not only connected to the others that most closely surround them, but are connected to ALL others.
The realisation of SELF AS OTHER and OTHER AS SELF leads to the recognition that the WHOLE WORLD is a reflection of you.
The reason this is so mind-blowing is that although you are a part of what could be considered a collective project called humanity, the whole of what humanity is, is the perfect vehicle for the experience you personally came here to have.
This is the realisation that there is ZERO compromise in your choice for this life. This seems impossible as our linear minds cannot logically comprehend how billions of people could be having a shared experience where everyone is getting exactly what they wanted.
When we started being human we enjoyed the challenge of coming to love ourselves and those closest to us. Now, at this time of awakening, we are enjoying the challenge of coming to love each other at much wider levels.
See how, although this can be seen as an evolution of intention, it is in fact still the original intention , just seen through a wider lens. This is because ultimately consciousness is holographic with each self containing the whole. This means that…
To love ALL THAT YOU ARE, as opposed to just your most celebrated aspects, is to come to love the world. And to open yourself to love the world is equally the path of coming to love ALL THAT YOU ARE , the I AM that your are.
It doesn’t matter what face you love, the face in the mirror or the face of the other. Every way in which you do not love this world and the other it contains, is a way in which you do not love yourself!
Love is love and, when fully realised , cannot be divided. To love the whole of anything is to love everything.
With Love and Respect
Rolf Krahnert. ConsciousLiving Coach - Mentor for Awakening and Transformation.