Perceiving emotions

In this blog I would like to share my current perception of, to me, rather important element of human overall existence: emotions.

Of course, hundreds of books and other texts have been written on the subject and accepted (psychological) theories about emotions vary considerably.

In this text, however, I will try to offer an overview of perception of emotions from the so called integral standpoint.

Integral standpoint in this context translates to not only one level of understanding of the subject in question, but from all existing levels of human awareness as per accepted Wilber map:
– mental ego,
– authentic level,
– subtle transpersonal level,
– causal transpersonal self and
– (Buddhist) nondual level.

It goes without saying that words below are colored by my current subjective perception and I invite you to view them as such. No absolute, no authoritative and final truths can you find herein.
🙂

The Mental ego or Instrumental level

Prior to Mental ego level there are two more levels of awareness, i.e. body self and family level (sometimes called also magic and mythical level).

As far as the Body self is concerned, I cant really accept the old and worn out notion that babies are born into this world like a white blank slates. A quick google search yields thousands results affirming this notion to be false.

Family self level is of course very important. A soul in a young and small body identifies with pretty much everything that is happening in her or his immediate environment (family, tribe etc…).

And when an individual leaves this primary environment and ventures into the world at large, the so called Mental ego or Instrumental self kicks in.

At this level individual has no real connection with emotions. Even as adults, many individuals have to be shown and taught how to open up and feel their own emotions. They are focusing mostly on the mental capacities and live their lives as others want, pushing their own inner climate away, to no avail, of course. The result of years of such avoidance might be a depression, physical diseases and maybe even psychotic episodes.

At this level, emotions can be seen as a sign of weakness, sentimentality and childishness. I am sure you understand what I mean here, for if your parents were not Authentic individuals, self-actualized and without any pressing issues in personal life, chances are that you have heard things like: good boys don’t cry or good girls do not show anger. That is a rather poor attitude, to say the least, in my opinion.

It is my observation from thousands and thousands of humanistic psychotherapy sessions that most adults are in fact little children in grown up bodies. They don’t or can’t really handle emotions, or in other words, they handle emotions like little boys and girls do. I will let you draw your own conclusions of what that means.

At this level, people are trying to fix things, pouring dis-harmonies into the relationships while doing it. They try to change others by hoping to repair all around them (instead of assuming responsibility for their own inner psychological climate and stop troubling others).
It is a war they will never ever win, for others can not be fixed or changed. Each and everyone of us has to do that on his/her own.

The Authentic level

To be able to ascend to this rare level of awareness, an individual person has to work hard to clear the so called Shadow (negative tendencies, traumas, compromises etc…) that cloud their perception of things as they really are.

Emotions at the Authentic level are felt as real, strong and important energies that origin inside. A person at this level can and does assume full responsibility for the emotions, for s/he knows that anger, guilt, shame etc. are products of unmet needs and positive emotions are result of met and actualized needs.

Emotions at this level are felt and expressed in real time and present no problem.

Truth be told, I personally know only a few persons that are at this level. In practice that means that most people I know are still not really dealing with their emotions as something real and personal. Mostly people still point fingers and blame others for their emotions.
Oh well…

The Subtle transpersonal level

Having cleared out most of the Shadow, a person at this level is conditioned by emotions no more. S/he can clearly see that emotions are only energies that do not even belong to them. Anger is not “My anger” but only an anger, an energy that needs to be felt and expressed.

At this level, even innermost so called needs (or potentials) are perceived as something that is an expression of even deeper reality. Deeper reality in this context of course means:

The Causal transpersonal self

Everything, everything in our lives originates somewhere. And that origin is the Causal self, The I am presence, the God within, the Pure choice-less witness.

At this level, emotions are only a seen through dream, insubstantial energy that is in fact integral part of overall Existence that is the only One.

Everything at this level is only a play, a drama, a projection on the screen of Pure and Absolute awareness that is the I am.

At this level, a person might appear as a distant witness to all human emotional drama.

The (Buddhist) nondual level

At this level, emotions (and everything else for that matter) is perceived as lacking inherent existence. There is nothing really there, all meaning is imputed, even in the so called happiness, love and joy – there is nothing there only emptiness.

Emptiness (or sunyata) is what is perceived at this level. And that translates to complete peace very very far from emotional “peace” from personal Authentic level.

It is the most honest and open attitude towards emotions that one can produce. It requires total openness, acceptance and surrender.

Rarely do I meet a person at this level. In fact, I have met only one person thus far. It is like meeting a living being that has a strong peaceful presence of, well, absence of everything.

Conclusion

With all of the above been said, to me emotions are (for the most part), limiting energies that usually present a real challenge to a person on a Mental ego level. After the Authentic level has been attained, emotions present no problem anymore. Even more, from the Transpersonal stages of awareness (Subtle level and beyond), emotions are deluding components of human awareness at best and even at the personal levels it is really not all that wise to focus on them. They are important, yes, but even more important is a deeper reality.

How do you perceive “your” emotions?

🙂

 

 

Nasilje

Opažam, da se ljudje na splošno kar precej zavedajo(mo) nasilja v naši družbi in v svetu. Trenutno je pereča kriza beguncev in nedvomno je situacija res hudo nasilna. Niti predstavljati si ne morem, kako bi bilo, da bi s hčerkico izgubila dom in se v popolni negotovosti podala na beg v neznano.

No, v tem blogu bi pa rad spregovoril o nasilju, ki je, iz mojega vidika, še bolj uničujoče od nasilja, kateremu smo priča v naši družbi in v svetu. Le-to je, spet iz mojega vidika, tudi razlog za nasilje, ki se manifestira na zunaj.

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, priznani Mojster Mahamudre, je po smrti svoje hčerke, vseh treh Učiteljev in izgubi svoje ljube domovine, Tibeta, zapisal:

“A beautiful country is a dream-like illusion. It is senseless to cling to it. Unless the inner forces of negative emotions are conquered, strife with outer enemies will never end.”

(prosti prevod:
Lepa dežela je kot sanjska iluzija. Nima smisla vezati se nanjo. Vse dokler se notranje sile negativnih čustvenih stanj ne premaga, se bitka z zunanjimi  sovražniki ne bo nikoli končala.)

Govorim seveda o odnosu do sebe oz o nasilju nad seboj.

Človeška psiha je vsekakor kar kompleksen fenomen vendar vseeno ne bi dal roke v preveč vročo vodo in dejal: hja, ljudje se pač ne zavedajo svojih lastnih notranjih disharmonij in izbir, ki so jih pripeljale v trenutno stanje.

Sorry, moje mnenje in tudi izkušnja je drugačna. Vse je izbira, pa naj si to priznam/o ali ne oz. naj bo to zavestna ali kao nezavedna izbira.

Moja življenjska izkušnja in tudi izkušnje iz dolgoletnega vodenja seans psihoterapije je, da se ljudje preklemano dobro zavedajo/mo svoje vedno prisotne izbire in seveda istočasno tudi zelo prikladnih taktik izogibanja soočanju z globljo realnostjo v sebi in predvsem prevzemanju odgovornosti za svoje misli, čustva, besede in dejanja. Vendar je tako enostavno in lahko zatekati se v obrambne mehanizme projekcije, altruizma, zanikanja itd.

Vsakič, ko se posameznik odloči in naredi nekaj proti sebi, proti svoji volji in proti svojemu srcu in tako v bistvu zanika Življenje v sebi in v Srcu – tudi to je nasilje.

Namesto iskrenega izražanja svojih občutkov in hrepenenj oz svoje realnosti, se naš posameznik zateka v priučene igrice, igranje raznih vlog in s tem povsem sam dovaja razdiralnost v svojo notranjo psihološko klimo. Okolje, starši in drugi ljudje pri tem nimajo nobene direktne veze. Neuro-biološko nemogoče je, da nam drugi ali pa okolje direktno sprožijo srečo ali nesrečo v srcu.

In seveda, energija Življenja v srcu se vselej skuša izraziti, pokazati in ob zanikanju le-te se porajajo negativna čustvena stanja v obliki jeze, nemira, strahu in morda celo sovraštva.

In kam gre vsa ta samo-generirana energija? Nikamor. Energija se ne more kar izničiti in ne more nastati iz niča. Ergo, vsakič, ko se posameznik odloči narediti naredi nekaj proti sebi, proti svojim tendencam in hrepenenjem v Srcu, je reakcija vedno ista: negativna čustvena stanja.

In ta energija negativnih čustvenih stanj ne more nikamor, vse dokler se jo prav zavestno ne občuti in izrazi. In to je seveda lahko velik problem. Posameznik potem izraža svoje notranje disharmonije navzven, v odnosih, praviloma s kazanjem prsta na druge.

Heh, v bistvu je to prav ironično: z namenom povezovanja z drugimi in z namenom izogibanja samoti, se dogaja prav to: osamitev in prekinitev stika z drugimi.

Obstaja pa, iz mojega vidika, še ena vrsta nasilja, o kateri se niti ne govori preveč naglas, kot kaže. To je nasilje, ki ga poraja gradnja svojega ega, čaščenje t.i. avtentičnosti in sledenje tistemu vselej prisotnemu vplivu temelja materialne zavesti: jaz in moje.

Verjetno so te besede malce težje za prebrati in me bo/bi večina avtentikov, torej posameznikov, ki si prizadevajo doseči in vzdrževati avtentičnost (nivo Avtentičnosti oz Centaur, po Wilberju) vsaj malce po strani gledalo, vendar dejstvo je, da Avtentičnost še zdaaaaaleeeeč ni vse, kar nam človeška zavest nudi.

Koncept “jaz in moje”, ter “jaz sem jaz in ti si ti”, ter razmišljanje, ki izvira iz tega koncepta (vse, kar lahko naredimo je, da se skušamo (empatično) vživeti en v drugega), je iz mojega vidika res močno nasilno dejanje nad Seboj in Drugimi oz nad področji zavesti, ki presegajo Avtentičnost.

V bistvu je tak način razmišljanja lahko v odnosih precej destruktiven. Postavlja namreč omejitve tam, kjer jih v bistvu sploh ni oz ni res nobene potrebe, da bi obstajale.

Moje opažanje je, da se predvsem v partnerskih ali prijateljskih odnosih prav zaradi Avtetničnosti oz prav v imenu Avtentičnosti, dogajajo res čudne (beri: nasilne) stvari.

Moja izkušnja je, da se s sledenjem vtisa v umu (jaz in moje), ki neprestano vnaša ločenost v notranjo psihično klimo in s tem tudi v odnose, v bistvu prav uspešno oddaljujem od svoje prave narave in s tem od res trajne sreče.

Imamo svoje stanovanje, svoj avto, svoje poglede in svoje kognitivne procese. Vsak lepo na svojem bregu oz na svojem lepo urejenem otočku Avtentičnosti.

In kam nas je to pripeljalo?

Navkljub strokovni literaturi in tudi lastnim izkušnjam iz preteklosti iz nivoja Avtentičnega jaza pravim, da si prav zares nihče (morda razen psihotikov) NE kreira svoje realnosti. Ego oz Avtentični jaz seveda igra svojo glasbo, glasbo v ritmu “jaz in moje” ter “sam si kreiram svoj svet”.

Boring. Dolgčas.

Kaj posamezniku potem še preostane?

Mir, svoboda, free falling, daaaaleeeč onstran družbenih in osebnih igric, onstran vseh možnih struktur, brez neprestanega tekanja in vlaganja energije v spremembe v sebi in v okolju.

Morda je čas, da se posameznik počasi poslovi od pumpanja svojega ega in se morda počasi res odpre in preda tistemu, ki že je, Večno in Popolno: transpersonalni Subtilni ali Kavzalni jaz.

🙂

 

 

 

 

Attainment claim

I intended to include the text bellow in my upcoming book “After anatta” and I changed my mind.

It does bring certain things about my current perception across so I post it here:

“There is a lot of commotion going on around the so called attainments according to various existing maps. We have Wilber map of lines, states and stages, the Four Paths Theravada map, Sri Ramana Maharshi’s levels of samadhi, Meher Baba chart;  A∴A∴ or O.T.O. initiatory grades etc…

Attainment claim in this context would be: I am at anagami stage; I have attained Nirbikalpa Samadhi; I am arahat; I am at Nondual; I am finally at the Subtle level; I am past the Subtle level; I have passed the Abyss!; I have attained and experienced AQAL (all quadrants all levels as per Wilber) etc…

I usually hear questions and comments like: “Oh my God, have I attained the Subtle level, am I there yet? When will my effort bring fruition?”, “I am at Subtle level, finally!”, “How do I stay at the Causal level?” and “How exactly to enter and stay at Nondual level?”.

People and students ask me all sorts of questions, these being the most glaring: “How does it feel when you enter Nondual or anatta or sunyata? Do you still feel pain and do you have problems in life? Are you aware of God all of the time? How does it feel to be able to enter samadhi at will? Are you Enlightened?”

Well, here is my claim of attainment, speaking in and for the domain of conventional reality:

As far as I am concerned, I have nothing special to say on the subject. Despite all experiences presented in the present work or on my Blog, on a personal, Authentic level, I can still be a complete shithead (just like I was twenty years ago) and I usually am, too. I am so used to just witnessing the drama of life that I take all that is happening to me and others as an elaborate joke; this usually means that people around me get hurt due to my lack of empathy. I can appear to be quite dispassionate and withdrawn. It is all just a play or drama to me (as of late, however, all the anatta insights combined have changed that somewhat).

I cannot levitate, I can’t read minds (for the most part), and I don’t know when Maitreya and His Masters of Wisdom will emerge. I do not know what your mission in life is and I don’t care much about it either. I cannot awaken your dormant Kundalini (whatever that means); I have got no clue who built the Egypt pyramids; I have no healing powers, sorry; I have not seen any UFO yet and I have got no more miracle powers or siddhis by myself than the next guy from the street.

Basically, I am just another guy.

Furthermore, I really can’t stand insincerity and I love to withdraw if I even suspect a manipulative and calculative person approaching. I shun the company of people infected by the victim mentality. I usually fuck up my daily appointments and would be lost without a digital calendar (I usually can’t tell what day it is). And when driving a car, well, I am quite lost even with the GPS on.

On top of that, I am very, very, very sensitive, much more than it shows; I tend to cry when I am away from my darling daughter Lara more than four or five days – I relish our time together, she is so alive, so full of Life. And my heart is quite shattered whenever I see or hear a mother scream at her three year old child without any reason and at the same time I sometimes still raise my voice to my own little girl.

And so, what about my attainment? I don’t know. What I do know, however, is this (from a personal standpoint): I truly hope to never ever again come to this fucked up Planet where people in general are either violent or polite and kind to each other only to avoid confronting deeper truths about themselves; there is nothing here to stick around for anymore, apart from contributing to the well being of others (which, for the most part, can and do take care of themselves anyway); and I would gladly give my life even for a few minutes in real physical presence of my Spiritual Master, Sri Babaji.

And, at the same time, all of these thoughts are not really convincing anymore, not even to me; it is all just currently arising and it will soon cease.

gate gate pāragate pārasaṃgate bodhi svāhā”

 

Wilber map: typical statements :)

Well, I am being playful so lets take a look at the Wilber map and typical statements from each level:

Mental Ego:
My daughter, well, no doctor of science will ever be good enough for her.
(this actually crossed my mind a few times, LOL)

Authentic level:
Patience is just procrastination without anxiety.
🙂

Subtle level:
We will all die, yes?
Well, I suggest we make peace with our various Gods and just go.
LOL

Causal level / Vedanta Nondual:
I used to be lonely, but now I am alone.
<deep sigh>
LOL

Buddhist Nondual:
What’s been felt,
What’s been known,
Never shined through in what’s been shown.
Always free.
Never me.
So I dub thee nonexistent.
<empty silence>

LOL

 

Integral Life?

Integral approach to, well, Life, has become an important element of my daily existence. Fragmentary perception of Life, alienated by my own ignorance and attachment to partial comprehension of personal and transpersonal states and stages of awareness – well, all of that is long gone.

There is no conflict in my mind regarding psychological-spiritual identity development of a human being. LOL What a mouth-full that was.
In plain words: Gods and the winds willing, I may be able to relate to the needs of anyone at any level of pre-personal, personal, extra-personal or transpersonal level of awareness.

All thanks go to my dear Living Buddha, Dr John Rowan
and respected Ken Wilber.
<deep bow>

 

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Integracjia izkušnje Enosti

Sprememba na vidiku?V tem Blogu bi rad izpostavil zame zelo pomemben element duhovnega oz transpersonalnega napredka: integracija duhovnih realizacij v vsakdanje življenje.

Izraz “duhovne realizacije” v tem kontekstu pomeni tiste res transpersonalne (nad-osebne) izkušnje, ki popolnoma presegajo vsakdanje zavedanje povprečnega zemljana in katere ga praviloma pustijo precej zmedenega ali pa vsaj praskajočega se po glavi, češ, kaj za vraga je bilo pa to.

Spominjam se seminarja NVC-ja v Franciji pred leti, na katerem smo na eni od delavnic govorili o duhovnosti, o naših potrebah, hrepenenjih in zavedanju le-teh. Ena od udeleženk je tako podelila zanimivo izkušnjo v kateri je, po njenih besedah, očitno prišla v stik s stanjem zavesti, ki je sam po sebi povsem popoln in daleč nad njenimi “potrebami”. Izkusila je stanje, ki ga, spet po njenih besedah, ni povsem razumela.

Seveda niti pod razno ne morem vedeti, kaj je moja kolegica izkusila, lahko samo sklepam po njenih besedah, da je njena izkušnja presegala vse, kar je spoznala do tedaj.

No, kakor koli že, iz mojega vidika in izkušenj tako stanje zavesti dejansko obstaja in je prosto na voljo, zelo zelo blizu, vedno. 🙂
V transpersonalni psihologiji sliši pod imenom Kavzalni Jaz ali Causal Self / Level (po Wilberju).
Več o tem stanju zavesti pišem, v angleškem jeziku, tukaj >>.

Preden se posvetim sami temi integracije take izkušnje v vsakdanje življenje, bi rad podelil tudi nekatera moja opažanja glede doseganja tega stanja. To stanje, torej Kavzalni nivo, je lahko na prvi pogled oz po prvih izkušnjah povsem neosebno, nad-osebno ter ne-materialno, daleč onkraj še tako abstraktnih misli.

In tako je lahko taka izkušnja res popolno presenečenje in lahko predstavlja ne-ravno-blagi pretres za um in osebne elemente psihične dinamike (misli, čustva, osebnost, ego itd…). Morda lahko botruje temu pomanjkanje informacij glede takega stanja zavesti (Wilber lahko pri tem zelo pomaga, po moji izkušnji) ali pa navezanost na osebne elemente psihe, kdo ve?

No, moja izkušnja je, da je to stanje resda nad-osebno oz transpersonalno in v primerjavi z osebnimi elementi mojega obstoja (osebnem, intimne misli, občutki, hrepenenja itd…) celo ne-osebno, ampak tako je samo na videz in iz zelo osebnega (beri: relativnega) vidika.

In tako smo prišli do glavne tematike tega Bloga: integracije take izkušnje v vsakdanje življenje.

Recimo, da ima posameznik izkušnjo tega stanja zavesti: izkusil je popolnost, neosebnost in vseprisotnost nečesa v Sebi, s čemer se v bistvu lahko povsem poistoveti, saj je to njegova nespremenljiva identiteta. In ta identiteta povsem in zelo zelo presega vse, kar mu je dragoceno v življenju; pravzaprav, To je v bistvu Izvor vsega, po čemer hrepeni v življenju (torej izvor vseh t.i. potreb oz hrepenenj v srcu, torej tega, kar išče zunaj sebe, v strategijah, delovanju, v službi, v odnosih, seksu, položaju v družbi itd…).

Naš posameznik je torej ozavestil tisti del svoje (transpersonalne) identitete, ki ga sam skozi lastno direktno izkušnjo in v svojem ritmu (na Intenzivu razsvetljenja, recimo) dojema kot svojo pravo in dokončno naravo. Prava in dokončna narava zato, ker direktno doživlja Večnost in Popolnost tega dela svoje notranje psihične dinamike.

Še več, ob poglabljanju zavedanja tega stanja zavesti naš posameznik dojame, da ničesar razen Tega sploh ne obstaja, da je To v bistvu vse, kar Je: Izvor in Reka istočasno. Sčasoma dojame, da je vse v tem svetu minljivo, zgolj projekcija na platno Njegove zavesti, katero dojema kot Samega Sebe. Lahko je nema priča dogajanju pred seboj ali pa Eno z vsem, kar obstaja v njegovem polju zavesti, ne glede na njegovo početje. Vse njegove misli, besede in dejanja namreč izvaja Tisto, s čemer je v zavestni in trajni Enosti.

OK, denimo, da je naš posameznik vse to izkusil in sedaj se vrača nazaj v svoje življenje. Vrača se nazaj v odnose, službo, družino ter okolje, ki na prvi pogled prav zares ni v harmoniji s Tem, kar je izkusil.

Kaj sedaj?

Ponujam nekatere subjektivne misli glede integracije takega stanja zavesti v vsakdanje življenje.
Posameznika vabim, da:

  • nadaljuje z meditacijo na ta neosebni aspekt Sebe, vsak dan; naj torej nadaljuje s svojo duhovno prakso ali pa naj jo prilagodi novemu stanju zavesti,
  • si poišče skupino ljudi, ki jih druži podobna realnost in podobne izkušnje in v tem okolju naj se izraža, poišče podporo in tudi ponudi svojo,
  • si uredil življenje po svoje (če še ni dosegel in presegel Avtentičnega nivoja), drugače ga bodo osebne neizpolnjene želje lahko ovirale pri nadaljnjem duhovnem razvoju,
  • se ne odpoveduje svojim željam, raje naj poskrbi, da jih v potankosti izpolni; naj torej, če še ni, resnično postane avtentičen oz samoaktualiziran; brez doseganja in preseganja avtentičnosti kot kaže res ne gre,
  • ne beži od družine, prijateljev, življenja tukaj in sedaj; naj morda raje prepozna Tisto v vsem, kar je v njegovem vsakdanjem življenju, s pomočjo predanosti,
  • upošteva svoje osebne (torej zemeljske, vsakdanje) potrebe in hrepenenja in naj ima fokus na njih in ne na strategijah oz delovanju,
  • kontemplira na že znane koane iz Zen budizma, ali na sledeče, recimo:
    – kje se konča Absolut in začne materialno življenje, ali
    – če v gorah ni nikogar ali potok res oddaja zvoke, ali
    – kje sem obstajal pred začetkom vesolja, itd…
  • se fokusira na zavedanje Priče v Sebi, vsak dan in v vsakem trenutku na Prisotnosti,
  • se druži z osebami, ki so to pot že prehodili,
  • upošteva navodila svojega Učitelja (če ga ima) in
  • naj ohranja zdrav humor.

Slej ko prej pa se pojavi realizacija, da integracija nima smisla, ker se Vse že dogaja samo po sebi.

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Q & A: Wilber map, the Causal level

In this Blog I share my answers to the questions about the Causal transpersonal level. Some questions were received via this Blog and some are from my students at the TCT Academy.

Q: What is the Causal level?

A: It is complete One-ness, non-differentiated awareness beyond duality. In practical terms, it is the complete freedom from cause and effect. Why? Simply because there is no difference between inner and outer realities; the Source, the thoughts, emotions, words and deeds – all is only One. There is none else besides Him.

Q: I don’t understand. What do you mean by “beyond duality”?

A: Yes, duality (right-wrong, here-there, me-you, sorrow-happiness etc…) seems to be based on something, right? And the sense that we are something, somewhere in time and that we do things (which is basically the ego, the I & Mine sense deep within) is doing the differentiation. Well. at the Causal level of existence, the ego is recognized as a part of the Source, right along with everything else. Hence: there is none else beside Him (Him being the Causal Self, the I am presence, God if you want to believe in Him).

It is as if the Pristine awareness, the Pure potential of the Causal Self shines through all that we see before us, overshadowing the previously perceived “duality”, eradicating even the most subtle traces of separateness and duality clean.

At the Causal level, there is only One. And That is the only Reality that is really Real.

Q: Does that mean that the world is an illusion?

A: Well, according to Vedanta teachings (propagated by Ramana Maharshi, for example), the answer to your question is, yes.

On my planet, however, the answer is, no/yes. It is not that the world is an illusion, it is only that the duality is not the final reality. It is all a matter of perception, a mental, authentic or subtle one, or the Causal one. At the Causal level, only the Causal Self IS, everywhere.

It is true (according to my experience), however, that while aware of the Causal Self, all else seems to fade away. But then again, that exact Causal Self is also every thing else, inner, outer, everywhere. So, my answer is yes and no. 🙂

Q: Would you be willing to share what the Causal level is like?

A: Yes.This level is one of the experiences on my spiritual path that I value the most. It is also the state of consciousness I can enter at will, thanks to my spiritual master and mentors.

It is the fullness of awareness, the totality of existence where everything is all right exactly as it is: there are no problems at this level, no issues and challenges. Nothing needs to be added or altered; even more, it is not possible to alter anything as there is only One, perfect and eternal.

It is the Witness, the Choice-less Presence, the I am presence, the only One that really exists, for all eternity. It is He that does everything, Is everything – it is the ground Reality. And I am one with Him. And so are you, whether you are aware of it or not.

It is also the so called transpersonal state, above the personal impressions in our awareness. I mention this because I have observed that for some people the impersonal or transpersonal aspect of the Causal level is quite a challenge. It seems that they are used to the personal (read: material) experiences to the extent that negates the impersonal and transpersonal (read: non-material, transcendental) experiences.

The irony is that the Causal Self is the most intimate and up close and personal thing there is. Way more personal and fulfilling than the most intimate feeling from the bedroom, for example. It is THE Self, the only really real, completely beyond the changes of time and space (read: our daily life) and at the same time in complete Oneness with time and space.

It never ever changes, It is Formless, the Un-manifested and is the Pure Being which alone is. Hmm. I speak as though It is something elsewhere, something different from you and me, while in truth it is Me and You beating as One.

Q: How to attain the Causal transpersonal level?

A: You can’t, at least not on your own. No way you or me can enter that realm for good only by our own efforts. It is like trying to capture the Atlantic ocean in one glass. No way. What is needed (along your sincere and firm effort, of course) is a blessing or mercy from above (directly from the Source or through someone who has already been there).

There is a difference between attaining the Causal level or stage and having temporary experiences of that level. The latter is available to anyone, anytime, of course. It is very very easy to enter the Causal level, due to only one reason: it is already attained. There is nothing and none else beside It.

That been said, the meditation on the Formless Reality is one of the ways, in my opinion. Mantra yoga is another way. Enlightenment Intensive technique also tends to help a lot.

Q: What is the value of the Causal transpersonal level in your daily life?

A: That is an excellent question!

Well, to start with, my first experience of the Causal level back in 1993 was the turning point in my life. After the experience, it was as if I viewed the world for the first time. My existence finally received something solid to build my daily  life on. I finally knew what and who I was.

AnandamayiA lot of water has flowed below the bridge of my life since then. Nowadays, the picture is different: the Causal level has been integrated into my daily existence thanks to my mentors and Gurudev. It offers peace, freedom from dualities of life and above all the Presence that is always, well, present no matter where. It is only the scenery that is changing, the Witness is always the same, changeless and free.

I would also like to mention that the Causal level insights have added a lot to my life in terms of detachment. It is very easy to see through the dramas of this world from the Causal level; and so the detachment has become pretty much constant in my daily life.
So much so that I may come across as distant, dispassionate and not very compassionate.

Free access to this level has also provided me with the insights into what all great teachers (Ramana Maharshi, Anandamayi Ma, Ramakrishna, Yogananda etc.) are speaking about. No secrets anymore.

The One Presence also endowed me with almost complete disregard for any kind of activism, elaborate strategies for elevating suffering from this planet and/or trying to master my mind and helping others to master theirs (strategies that belong to personal Mental / Authentic levels, in my opinion). Only one reason I see behind this: why make stormy waves in the perfectly calm lake?

In short, the Causal level brings freedom and peace to my life.

Q: Does God exist?

A: I don’t know. All I know is that there is a level of human psychological-spiritual identity development, a transpersonal one, which amounts to what more religious oriented person might call God.
It is a purely subjective state of awareness and although very well described and sought after in virtually all religious doctrines on this planet, it needs to be experienced to be really understood.

It is the Causal level of existence, the Source of every thought, emotion and everything else.

Q: What is the difference between the Causal and Subtle transpersonal level?

A: Well, according to Wilber map (which is empirically validated by many persons I met and also by my own empirical knowledge), the transpersonal levels of human awareness are as follows:
– Subtle,
– Causal and
– Nondual level.

The Subtle level is in turn experienced as lower and higher. Lower Subtle plane is full of elemental spirits (gnomes, undines, sylphs, and salamanders), souls of persons who passed on from physical reality, our ancestors, animal and plant spirits, lower “demons”, angels, duality.

At the higher Subtle level, there are more spiritually evolved and liberated souls, masters of wisdom, forms of gods and goddesses, arch angels etc…

Subtle level is one of the polytheistic nature, where diverse non-material and spiritual beings dwell…

…and yet, even the most exalted gods and goddesses have their Source. Everything originated somewhere.

And that Origin is the Causal self, the Pure potential, the Un-manifested.

It is as if the One manifested Himself/Herself and transformed into many. From the Causal Level down to the Subtle level.

Q: Is the Causal level of any use in psychotherapy?

A: Yes, yes!
Very much so.

The directness, sharpness and dispassionate insights that the Causal level may offer, can and indeed does help a lot in practical settings of psychotherapy sessions.

Dispassionate and direct insights into dramas of the client can help much more than long hours of soft and compassionate climate in sessions. If and when client is ready, of course.

 

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Review: A Guide to Integral Psychotherapy

Knjiga,  ki je meni kar precej doprinesla k jasnosti in razumevanju Wilberjeve mape v kontekstu humanistične ter transpersonalne psihoterapije, je A Guide to Integral Psychotherapy: Complexity, Integration, and Spirituality in Practice

Forman se sicer malce oddalji od klasične Wilberjeve mape in Subtilni, Kavzalni ter Nedulani nivo kar združi v eno polje obravnave v psihoterapiji, vseeno pa je sama vsebina zelo berljiva in všečna (meni).

Skozi celotno besedilo lahko jasno vidim razvoj psihološko-transpersonalne identitete posameznika, ki je voljan delati na sebi na integralni način. Pot se ne konča zgolj pri razumevanju svoje psihodinamike (kar nudi psihoanaliza, po mojem mnenju), niti se ne zaključi pri samo-aktualizaciji in avtentičnosti (k čemur strmijo terapije iz humanističnega kampa, torej recimo geštalt, psihodrama, bodywork, tudi naša TCT® itd… ).

Pot se ne konča niti na Subtilnem nivoju, ki ga jaz rad poimenujem tisti pravi transpersonalni oz duhovni nivo. Tle se zame duhovnost šele začne. Prej je vse več ali manj usmerjeno navzven (v osvobajanje od jarma socialnih/religioznih/izobraževalnih/političnih sistemov) in v čiščenje t.i. sence.

Včasih slišim besede v stilu: “Eh, kako ti lahko pomaga psihoterapija v duhovnosti?! To je nemogoče in brez smisla.”
Ob tem zaznavam malce frustracije, ker mi je res pomembna jasnost, učinkovitost in seveda napredek (nas vseh). In iz tega hrepenenja se porajajo misli, ki jih lahko zapišem tudi tako:

morda ne more pomagati duhovno prebujenemu človeku denimo psihoanaliza in ostale terapije, ki temelijo na analitičnemu pristopu (transakcijska itd…), vsekakor pa obstajajo metode, ki zlahka doprinesejo k napredku celo posamezniku, ki je že na Subtilnem nivoju. Tukaj imam v mislih delo direktno iz Subtilnega ali Kavzalnega nivoja, Linking, sliding, invokacija, evokacija, dialoško delo (s stoli)  itd… itd… Tudi te elemente zajema recimo naša TCT®.

No, kakor koli že, niti zavest o sebi kot povsem duhovnemu bitju (zame, recimo) še vedno ni zaključek razvoja priho-transpersonalne identitete. Tu je še t.i. Kavzalni nivo, Izvor vsega, Absolut sam. Vsi aspekti transpersoalnega na Subtilnemu nivoju nekje izvirajo; in to je Kavzalni Jaz. I am. The Self. Adonai. Sadashiva.

Večinoma se posamezniki vstavijo na tem mestu, po mojih opažanjih. Predvsem Vedske poti se končajo tle. Neosebni aspekt Absoluta. No, Wilber in tudi Forman v knjigi, ki jo predstavljam v Blogu tokrat, pa pokažeta pot še naprej, in sicer na Nedualno.

Zanimivo mi je, da Forman poda primere iz kašmirskega Šivaizma, ki po mojem mnenju še vedno ni tisto čisto nedualno, kot ga predstavlja prijazni Buddha.
Torej, zame je Nedualno tisto, kar opisuje recimo Heart sutra ali besedila na temo anatte in sunyate.

Kakor koli že, zame je ta knjiga zaklad in lep uvod v integracijsko delo v psihoterapiji.

Naročite je lahko s klikom na slikico zgoraj.

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