# Impermanence – removes the notion of ownership/possession. # Cyclicity of the nature of time – removes the notion of progress/gain So, it seems like both ownership and progress are temporary phenomena.
The greatest civilizations rose into order/glory and later fell into chaos/oblivion. The pain and suffering in life I feel is caused by – Trying to maintain the permanency of our illusions while also trying to make them endlessly progress.
The forward moving tides initially greatly assist us in building whatever we want, Then the same tides reverse their direction and oppose us until everything is brought to a halt.
Our so called free will seems to be at the mercy of these cyclic larger forces. We can only have anything or dance according to the terms dictated by these forces. Generally we try to oppose these forces tooth and nail, But nature eventually wins and swallows us back into itself at death. We can prolong our life by various clever strategies, But eventually, some day, we are forced to yield to death. And death acts in the same way to all.
Our life as an individual with freedom, Seems to be a kind of gift or privilege, Bestowed to us as a possibility by these larger forces. But whatever is given is also taken away.
The only way out of this I see, Is to voluntarily merge with the deeper reality, And gradually transform our individual self in alignment to that.
Every gain is a loss, and every loss is a gain, depending on how you look at it. ‘Psychological meaning making’ is sort of an art. We are then like artists, Shaping our experience through every moment, From wherever we are.
Birth is like the start of a skydive, The jumping off the plane. Imagine there are some clouds that you first pass through. Then just after that, one is overwhelmed, mesmerized, and stunned, As the stunning vista becomes visible.
There is the feeling of falling at warp speed, But the visuals look like everything is almost still, With the earth inching towards you ever so slowly. This is the time of great splendor of vision, Where you see a bird’s eye view of all the possibilities.
While growing up we go through 3-4 stages of faster biological development. -0.9-0 = Development in the womb (passing through the clouds) 0-7 = Physical development (grand vista first sight – 20s) 7-14 = Emotional/Sexual development (next 20s freefall) 14-21 = Intellectual development (next 20s freefall) 21-25 = Higher intellectual development (extra 10s of freefall) So till the age of 25, we are on a magical ride of sort, Hitting all the numerous developmental milestones. The part from 0-25years of age I feel is like the free fall part of the skydive.
Then once we reach a lower altitude of around 5000ft, The parachute is opened. There is then a drastic reduction in speed, Things slow down quite a bit, And now we stabilize mentally and emotionally. This parachute descent I feel is like the next phase of adulthood from 25-90. Here the number of possibilities for our life has been narrowed down to a great extent. We are fairly stable with a stable identity that moves us along through the rest of our life.
When the parachute comes fairly close to the ground, We still don’t realize the reality of the ground. It still looks like something unreal happening with toy buildings and toy cars put in place. The reality of the ground suddenly hits when you are around 50ft above. It is only then you realize, ‘Oh, this is for real!’. On touchdown there is last run you do before coming to a full halt.
I feel this mimics the stage when we are close to death. Death here is the ground. The final 50ft descent and the touchdown run is the final drama of death. Things once again get a bit dramatic in the last bit.
Here are the different combinations: # This Time, Same space, Same people # This Time. Different space, Same people # This Time, Same space, Different people # This Time, Different space, Different people # Different Time, Same space, Same people # Different Time. Different space, Same people # Different Time, Same space, Different people # Different Time, Different space, Different people
Here, time, space, and people refers to what/whom you hold in your mind more than the actual physical reality differences or the actual people around you. Since your conscious experience of reality is mostly only from what/whom you engage/invest/attend to in your mind.
A timeline for your life can be charted out with these 3 variables, Marking out the broad episodes and flow in your lifetime till date. A diagram might look something like this say:
I wonder if this time-space-people position is some sort of destiny, or prewritten to some extent. Is it prewritten that we would be at this particular time-space-people point now? Is the overall map of our life already charted out in a vague way? In terms of where and whom we’d be with in our minds at a certain time?
In our lifetime we may meet around a 1000 people? 1000 in proportion to 7.5 billion is like ‘7.5 millionth’ of the world population. That means I would have to live 7.5 million lives interacting with 1000 new people in each life to cover the whole population? And how much do we even understand the few people around us? (let alone the 1000 people we may roughly know). We may reach some depth only after many years with a few people, that too only if we keep up the intensity. Imagine the varieties of experiences possible.
When mothers or fathers do not extend a bond to their children, The children may create an “idealized fantasy parent” and then seek for a reflection of that in the world. The reasons for why the mothers/fathers did not extend the bond could be related to their own past. After all they too were children at one time, subject to parents who might have done the same to them, and so on. The parents themselves might be victims of the same, pursuing an ongoing project of meeting an impossible ideal [parent imposed or self created (usually an oppositional reaction)] and redeeming themselves. So like the game of passing the parcel, they pass on their own failed project to their children, who then either continue that or choose otherwise.
PS: The roles of parent and child are in a kind of looping rotation. …Parent -> Child[Parent -> Child[Parent -> Child…
So this goes on and on in the threads of family lineage and genetics. In such cases, each next generation gets wounded by the projection of the ‘previous generation ideals’ on them. Then the next generation either make their own counter ideals or try to fulfill the projected ideals, and accordingly seek in the world. For such family systems, whole threads of genetic lineage then live off an attachment system that is entirely ungrounded/disconnected and based in the imaginal/imaginary spaces of ‘fantasy/ideals/mythic creations’. It is a kind of primal disconnection and dissociation from reality itself, by moving attachment to the imaginary rather than what actually exists.
This also has a close connection to idol (imaginary gods) worship, Which is also based on projection of ideals.
When forming relationships/bonds, I’ve noticed there are 2 clear categories: # The people who bond in reality/actuality # The people who bond in idealization/imagination I’ll talk about the 2nd category here. When both the partners meeting each other have an attachment to their internal idealized figure, they start to project the ideal onto each other. The agreement then is more like a fantasy role-play: “You play my fantasy, and I will play yours.”
There are different relational dynamics that can happen from here. One of them is: One of the parties projects the ideal onto the other, and the other tries to live up to that to secure the bond. Generally the one with the narcissistic wound will take it upon himself/herself to live up to the other’s ideal projection. “If only I can improve myself, strive, and be good enough, to meet the other’s ideal, then I can secure my bond with them.” The one projecting the ideal does so from some kind of primal entitlement that somehow escaped the socialization process. They are like the demanding baby that expects the whole world to come and serve their needs.
A relationship like this could work, if the fantasy projections are doable and somehow align (socialization generally tempers the ideals to realistic levels). But most of the time, the ideals are intense and impossible. In a way, by very definition, ideals are impossible right? Reality is always something else. So often in such relationships, there is alternating role play, Of the projector and the adapter. Both the parties wound each other’s real selves with each other’s ideals.
The bond is never secured from start to end. However these relationships kindle the inner flames of longing, passion, intensity, purpose, hope and other such feelings. In that sense they are like an adventure and gratify you with the above feelings. They make you forget your pain of disconnection and lostness. They are exciting but empty and illusory – like an extended more involving movie.
Imagine you were really thirsty and ran with full passion and joy towards a mirage in the desert. This experience is something like that. When you do reach the actual sand patch where the mirage was seen, The water has disappeared, and now the mirage has receded to the horizon again. This is how ideals are unsatisfiable and impossible. Even the conception of these ideals keep shifting to more and more complex and impossible forms. No depiction can fully capture the fantasy/ideal.
Various traumas and deprivations may be instrumental in what directions and forms these ideals take. Ultimately we long for the infinite. And when we focus this longing onto the realm of relationships, The above patterns happen. Relationships are a stepping stone and not the end goal itself. If seen that way, and if both the partners are actually seeking god through the relationship, The relationship will only raise them higher.
We live in a holographic field. We are the holographic field in essence.
Birth into form and Death into the formless, Is from the crystallization and dissolution of the ‘organic structure’, That creates the ‘point of view/lens/focal apparatus’.
A fully crystallized self structure creates/projects a fully crystallized world. On the other hand, when the self structure is in transformation, The world seen/perceived/experienced also appears to undergo a transformation. Birth and Death is like the shifting of the point of observation/attention/focus.
For visualization: Imagine a 360 degree camera moved around your room. At all times, all the contents of your room would be visible in the video. However, you would see the details and sizes of objects varying wildly depending upon the camera’s position. Similarly, we experience the same general field from all the points of view within it.
Since the field is holographic, Every point in the field contains the whole in principle, Just like a drop of water contains the same essence as the whole ocean. Or just like the structure of the atom is said to mimic the structure of the universe itself. So through studying the self, all knowledge of the world/universe too can be gained.
The self and the world are complements of each other. As is the self, so is the world. As is the world, so is the self. They both go together. They arise together and pass away together. Studying the self is also a study of the world. Studying the world is also a study of the self. You are only aware of the world, to the extent you are aware of the self. You are only aware of the self, to the extent you are aware of the world.
I could say, from more practical terms, The lens through which you perceive the world, Would be the entirety of your biochemistry (inc. all neurotransmitters). So the biochemistry and neurotransmitters would be the switching station to access all possible worlds in the human body.
I am generally witnessing the play of the field/existence/god through a point of attention within my body. If I move this point of attention outside/beyond my organic body, then it would be called an out of body experience. Generally when we say out of body, or this concept of beyond or outside, we imagine a certain direction or a different point in space-time. But in my experience, out of body experience is far vaster than that conception. It is a non-linear, non-Euclidian movement in the field. It is like the idea of ‘concepts’. All ‘concepts/ideas’ actually transcend space and time. Even simple ones like a ‘chair’ etc. When you shift your mind from one concept to another, what direction are you moving in? (x, y, or z axis?)! When you move from between the states of consciousness from waking to dreaming, what direction do you move in?! Even in general science today, we speak about movement in the 4th dimension, but this is quite inconceivable. What direction would you move in to move in the 4th dimension?! There are many such movements possible in the consciousness field that are outside of the space-time physical reality framework we generally think in.
Karma means ‘action’ (verb). Samskhara means ‘imprint/engram’ (noun). In colloquial usage though, karma and samskharas are used interchangeably.
The mind in its clear pure state is like a clear mirror, Where it simply reflects reality exactly the way it is. Now, imagine a mirror that holds memory. Suppose you go on a trip and carry the mirror to various places. On returning home, you would be seeing colorings/ghosts of the past all over the mirror image, right?
This is the nature of a mind loaded with samskharas (impressions/imprints from the past). The completion process (samskhara dahana kriya) is about thinning out these imprints, so that you can eventually see clearly through them.
One good visualization to imagine this is: Imagine you are holding a ‘color checker board’ in front of you.
If the color slots on the checker board are totally opaque, then, you can only see the color and nothing through it. If the color in the piece is made more and more transparent (decreasing opacity), you would gradually start to see what is behind the color piece more and more. After reducing the opacity i.e. thinning the color to a certain point, you would be able to easily see through it even if there is a bit of coloring still present, right? This is what is done in the completion process.
Generally in psychology, when the light of your consciousness shines through the color pieces in the checkerboard, it is known as ‘projection’. # If the color piece is totally opaque, then there is ‘total projection’. That is, you are entirely seeing your past imprint and nothing of the actual reality in front of you. Total projection completely obscures reality. # If the color checker board has no colors and if all the colors are replaced with clear glass pieces, then there is no projection at all, and you are directly seeing what is in front of you with no coloring. There is then 0 projection. So essentially, the spectrum is like this: Projection(0% transparency) ——- (50% transparency)——- Reality(100% transparency)
For most of us, there is a wide spectrum of opacity variation for these color pieces. It is neither 0% nor 100% transparent but somewhere in the middle. Positive colored pieces make us see life through positive colorings (seeing through rose tinted glasses). This is commonly referred to as good karma. Negative colored pieces make us see life through negative colorings/lenses (seeing through a hell bent mind). This is commonly referred to as bad karma.
The very process of living exhausts karma (colloquial usage). The main difference between a regular person and spiritual seeker is that the spiritual seeker exhausts the karma at a much higher intensity. Exhausting karma here means thinning the colors out. All samskharas in a way are partially unlived or undigested experiences. That is why they continue to color our present experience. To digest all these imprints is therefore the goal of the completion process. In a way, these positive coloring and negative coloring set of lenses are what you call your identity (that is, the combination of our specific likes-dislikes). So in the completion process, you are also thinning your identity out and eventually merging with the actual reality.
Consider the experience of eating physical food from a plate. At first we have a more intense experience of it in our tongue, And then we experience the more subtle experience of the consumed food getting digested, right? Then what follows is, the nutrients are extracted and the remaining food is sent out. Similarly, Karma is food for the gods/soul. Digestion of karma (the completion process), enriches the soul with wisdom which are the nutrients in this case.
There is the ‘field/class/world/realm/abstract cloud’, And there is the ‘instance/object/particular/literal’. For example: “The world of relationships” is the field/class, While the specific relationships you have in your life, Are the instances/objects of that field/class.
Another way to look at this (conventionally speaking) is: Imagination/Possibility/Dream —-vs—– Reality/Actual For instance, you could day-dream about having relationships with all the characters in your favorite TV show. But the people whom you are directly in contact with, are the actual relationships in your life.
The direct objects are the ones that give you traction and access to the corresponding worlds they come from. For instance, your initial relationships with primary caregivers in life shape a lot of the “world of relationships” you will experience later, unless there is a stronger influence from within or outside.
I have mostly used relationship examples here. But this applies to everything. The object is your point of access and introduction, To its corresponding world.
For example, below are a bunch of technology examples: # Smartphone field —-and—- my smartphone # Smart band/watch field —–and—– my smartband/watch # Laptop field —-and—- my laptop # Desktop field —–and—- my desktop # TV field —-and—– my tv # Headphones/earphones field —-and—- my headphones/earphones # Speakers field —-and—- my speaker set # Camera field —-and—- my camera
In a way, each of the blog posts I write are also windows, Into a certain way of seeing the existence/reality/world. # The field of thought of the blog post —-and—– the specific blog post.
Holographic principles of reality:
# “In an infinite circle, there are infinite centers.
Every point is then a center”
# “Every point is the whole looking at itself through the point.”
# Indra’s net: “In a spiders web filled with dew drops,
Every dew drop reflects every other dew drop within itself.”
All experience is:
Generated from within,
And is known within.
The outside is a reflection/correlation/correspondence.
(For instance, take astrology, palmistry etc.
They are all correlations on the outside,
Of what is seen/known within.)
Whatever is awakened within therefore gets awakened in the outer vision too.
You are the whole housed in the part.
Contemplate on these statements:
# Every part contains the whole.
# The whole moves the whole,
No part moves the whole.
So the notion of causation,
Which is the relationship in time between the parts,
Is only an appearance.
In the higher reality, the singular field (the ONE) moves everything,
Just like your dream at night.
The whole dream is a single play.
Every pain basically demands (seizes) attention.
When we would rather attend to something else,
That is when the pain creates suffering.
The suffering is from the resistance,
Of not wanting to attend to that which is paining.
It could be argued the pain itself appears,
Only after one has ignored something for long enough,
That it starts to break into the threshold of consciousness and escalate.
I’m creating 2 definitions here:
Selfish = attends to self, neglects the other.
Selfless = attends to others, neglects the self.
Broadly I’ve seen:
The selfless person may suffer from a lot of pain themselves,
But others are fairly happy/ok with them.
On the other hand, the selfish person may be quite well themselves,
But others struggle and have a lot of pains in relation to them.
Whatever is not loved creates pain.
When the self is not loved, it creates inside pain = selfless person.
When the other is not loved, the other gives you pain = selfish person.
Only what is loved is satisfied,
And what is not loved is in pain.
The separated disowned parts of your psyche are wanting reintegration,
And the pain is to get you to attend to them and finally own them.
This self-other distinction I wrote above,
Is more for the convenience of speaking and analyzing.
In reality or essence, there is no such division.
They both are only parts of a single landscape.
They are both parts of your current dream in consciousness.
Healing is a commitment/decision.
It is a direction/dedication/orientation/choice.
Healing is a learning process,
Of figuring out what works and how much.
It is the journey of getting closer to causation.
It is a journey of getting closer to the root.
It is a journey of getting closer to reality.
It is a journey of getting closer to source.
It is a journey of getting closer to truth.
It is a journey of getting closer to essence.
It is a journey of getting closer to honesty.
It is a journey of discovering and transcending,
Ever larger cycles/loops or recursive patterns.
It is a journey through higher and higher planes of understanding,
And through higher and higher planes/dimensions,
Whose structures and relationships are through intuitive insight.
The healing journey is a journey of revelation,
Of greater and greater underlying mysteries.
Healing is a journey of moving from the gross to the subtle,
And of moving from compulsion to awareness.
Healing is to remember (re-member) yourself,
To connect all of your fragments,
And move towards becoming whole,
And move towards atonement (at-one-ment).
To heal is to yield to and feed the fire within,
That wants to know the ultimate truth.