From the beginning there never was a secret, every mystery you have ever wondered about has been hidden in plain sight.

We are the Ātmeśvara Mārga School, and if we took ourselves seriously enough to have an "official" voice, this would be it. We are dedicated to the process of human integration, of moving from the segregated, mechanistic, conditioned state, to the Integrated, unconditioned state of the awake, adult human.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Space: The Final Frontier

In the journey to be awake, much time is spent in looking for what is real. Noticing feelings, reactions and stories. But when you get right down to it, what is this reality we seek to dance with? How much of it is based on assumptions? Is there a solid foundation anywhere on which to stand?

Quantum physics teaches that in spite of our perceptions of a solid world, emptiness takes up the vast majority of "space". The deeper into space we go, the harder it shakes established beliefs- about Self and the Universe. Stare long enough into the void, and precious stories dissolve. Some very primal fears must be confronted. Fear of no center. Fear of no meaning. And ultimately, fear of no Self.

Exploration of this frontier of vast and unknown space can be approached as an adventure or as a dreaded mission. Or it may refused as well. Consider beginning with small spaces. Notice the empty places inside your own body. Notice the space outside yourself.

This is the beginning of contact with reality.

6 comments:

Mendur said...

When I seek to understand the void, I let my imagination roam to the end of the universe (using the heat-death model of the universe). Everything we do ... *everything* ... is eventually done, forgotten, obliterated, dust. If that's the case, why bother to do anything?

I choose to believe that's why we created the stories.

"Stare long enough into the void, and precious stories dissolve."

I am a creature of stories. I need my stories to deal with this world as it is. Are the stories merely our brains, whistling in the dark? Perhaps. But I *do* enjoy the tune.

UB said...

Deep within us there is a space that some of us will never reach. I think it's God space and only those who are attuned to God marinate in that spot.

Janet said...

Mendur~ I think it's not so much the stories, a belief in them, that causes problems. Take a story and turn it on its ear. As one of my teachers says- "More stories! More stories!" Just don't attach to one. And remember, they're all stories.

UB~ I think we're all swimming (marinating- I like that) in that space. Mostly we just don't notice.

Sarah said...

My internal experience is that conscious awareness of space literally creates more "space" for me to BE - it opens things up and allows for more acceptance and possibilities. Thanks to all of you for your insights.

John said...

What can be said about space - it's only quality is itself yet without space no other apparent quality could manifest. To taste for a moment that there is only one space with "no inner or outer dimension" and that it is that space that is who and what we really are.

Sensing, feeling, experiencing space is I believe quite necessary and valuable. But what is it that senses, feels, experiences this space? Don't answer, just look. When you see the answer, you see the space.

John said...

@Mendur: perhaps the universe is eternal...as for "The Void" I would avoid turning it into a concept. Because a concept is just a concept. This is where the physical practice of sensing space is of great use. If your thoughts take you away from your body they are just thoughts, nothing more.