“THE GREATEST OF ALL THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF 20TH-CENTURY SCIENCE has been the discovery of human ignorance.” Lewis Thomas, Lives of a Cell. “OUR IGNORANCE, OF COURSE, HAS ALWAYS BEEN WITH US, AND ALWAYS WILL BE. What is new is our awareness of it, our awakening to its fathomless dimensions, and it is this, more than anything else, that marks the coming of age of our species.” Timothy Ferris, Coming of Age in the Milky Way.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Energy Initiation

Spiritus is Latin for “Spiritual Power” and also for “breath.” The Greek word with this same dual meaning (“spirit” and also “breath”) is pneuma, the root of the word “numinous” (meaning luminously conscious) and “noumenon” (meaning “unmanifest spirit”). Similary, the Sanskrit word prana means both “life-force” and “breath.” As do these words:
      • Chinese: Chi
      • Japanese: Ki
      • Egyptian: Ka
      • Hebrew: Ruach
      • Arabic: Ruh

  • The Spiritual Power (or Cosmic Life-Force) that moves the atoms and the galaxies and drives evolution; the dynamic, radiant force manifesting as this ever-changing world; that Energy which animates us, which actually lives the body and mind—it is all a Single Power—and it is linked with your own breath!

  • In the company of someone who is alive with spiritual power, your own life-force can be spontaneously activated and intensified to an amazing degree. Such initiation can bring about       revolution in your life.

  • Accounts of such initiation (“Baptism by Holy Spirit,” “Shaktipat” “Pentecost,” “Direct Transmission from Buddha-Mind to Buddha-Mind,” etc.) feature in every religious tradition.

  • Most traditions describe the process as if it were a transmission of power from teacher to student, but this is misleading. “Spiritual Baptism” is NOT truly a transmission. The initiator does not add one penny to your treasure store! Rather, the awakened person “alerts” you, whole-bodily, and at depth (below the conscious mind) to the wealth of energy that already lies within you. (Using metaphors from kundalini yoga, the life-force is said to lie asleep, coiled at the base of the spine or at the level of the navel, until awakened by an initiator or some other agency or event). All the while, this dormant life-energy is your own power and not radically separate from the totality of cosmic power.

  • When a string vibrating at high frequency is held near dormant strings, they begin, sympathetically, to vibrate at the same pitch. Spiritual baptism (initiation) is an activating resonance of this kind—not an actual transmission (energy does not travel from point A to point B).

  • The “initiator” does not give you one quark of energy that you do not already contain within your being. The “initiator” does not “fill you with spirit” as if she were a brimming pitcher, pouring juice into your empty cup.

  • At the very least, this kind of blessing happens at the vital-emotional level, and is simply a contact high, like hilarity in a comedy club. However, it is a mistake to interpret these blessings as never more than psycho-physiological, because at its most powerful, the blessing can happen at a vastly deeper and more powerful level than the mere physical body and vital mind. It can occur in the subtle body and the deep psyche and opens the so-called “unconscious mind” to direct awareness of its own depths. The experience itself might be as subtle as the echo of a dream, or it can be overwhelmingly powerful, more intense than a sexual orgasm.

  • According to Greek myth, Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love, gave birth to twin sons: Eros, god of life, and Thanatos: god of death. That which is erotic is lively, is life-arousing, life-pleasuring, life-sustaining and literally life-giving. But we have narrowed and limited our life-force, our aliveness, to the genitals and to the ego. We have gone from polymorphously pleasured infants to genitally mature sexual adults, but at a great loss of eros, of life. The unfolding process of awakened Life-Force in the body-mind is a reversal of the narrowing of pleasure to the genitals. Becoming whole-bodily alive and pervasively erotic again. All the energy centers of the body light up. The whole body is an instrument of energetic pleasure, which includes (but is certainly not limited to) sexual arousal and pleasure.

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