3. The lens of perception is cleansed by love ♥
Doing my early morning qi-gong I noticed cigarette smoke from the apartments above our place wafting down to me. I smoked from the age of 16 for about 11 years, ending up smoking at least a pack a day of strong cigarettes. Since I stopped smoking, I have been almost allergic to the smell of cigarette smoke. Today I spontaneously felt myself transported back into my time as a smoker, and the first cigarette in the morning out in the fresh air was always special and made me feel very good. It was the whole scenario: the match flame, the fresh, cool air on my face, the smoke curling up into the slight breeze… It is from this experience that the Madison Avenue people created smoking ads on television suggesting just that. Normally, noticing the smoke triggered immediate rejection of the smell, and as I now see, judgment of the smoker. Today, I felt a transcendent sense of “oh, someone is enjoying their early morning cigarette”, and I kept on with my qi-gong routine. On other mornings I have moved away to the back of our duplex to try to get away from the smoke. Now, it was just part of “what is” and I didn’t need to escape or separate myself from it. That was new. I was suddenly connecting to the situation “over there” from the inside – as part of it, or it was part of me, and as such it didn’t disturb me, but rather I connected to memories of mine that allowed me to actually enjoy the sensation of the smoke.
My lens of perception is the filter of my concepts and beliefs. Through this filter the sensations from the outside world are transmitted by my physical sense organs to my brain etc. How does the world look without concepts? I have no idea, but I know how my concepts and attitudes color what I see. If I am irritated, all that I see will be covered with a coating of irritation. I have experienced this many times. If I am accepting “what is” with a sense of affection and the attitude: “I like living and all that life presents to me” – then all I perceive is covered with a coating of affection. I am open and welcoming to all that I perceive.
This means that unconditional love, to the extent that I am able to open up to that frequency, defines the quality of my perception. I wake up to that quality of unconditional love by attuning my focus to the reality of this benevolent universe. Then looking into the world I am no longer a separate observer, rather I am looking at everything from the inside-perspective. There is no contradiction between what “I” want and what “the world” wants.
The next remarkable thing that happened on this Day Three of Living Love is the following FB message I received from an old friend, with whom I lived through a very intense period of my life. We were together for 10 years in an intentional community based on channeling. This was a time for me to learn many very valuable lessons. The community, which started out with the best of good will of about 25 persons plus children, ended up going the course of many such groups – a few began to take over leadership roles, trusted by the rest to be acting in the interest of all. Then slowly a cult-type structure arose and took over with the well-known fear-based psychological infra-structure. The group went spiritually, morally and financially bankrupt after about 10 years, after which I returned to the USA. This is the message from my friend, one of the few I still have contact with from that time in my life.
“Isn´t it obvious that channeling doesn´t exist? After all the hundreds of channelings we have heard, that were pointing towards a major event and then the excuses why it didn´t happen or the explanations that it did happen but we only could not perceive it because we are in the wrong frequency? I agree certainly that the human race as we know it has to keep evolving, now more in a mental and spiritual direction, if not, there will be no distant future. But do we need these channels who are nothing but channeling their subconscious selves? Just love and respect for oneself and everything/everybody else would do the trick…”
That said, my view is that I have no proof of the existence or non-existence of entities that I can’t see or touch that might be in communication with someone by means of telepathy. Our common experience taught me to beware of taking on such a belief, which for me means not trusting mere words to be a sign of something I can’t perceive of physically. Bin halt ein gebranntes Kind, nicht wahr? (English equivalent: Once bitten, twice shy.)
So, does channeling exist? I don’t know the answer to this question, whether Yes or No. Is it important for me to get an answer to this? No, not for me, not at this moment. “Channeling” is just another word, and so it is just another concept. For me all concepts are equally fraught with error as they can all only be a part of the individual psyche’s conditioned view of things. If you believe your concept, it will appear as real to you, and others who believe it will also find validation in what they perceive as “reality”, or “the world”.
My learning experience from our joint time together is this: know that all concepts are flawed by default, and do not buy in to anyone’s concepts, least of all your own. So where does that leave me? I subscribe to the use of concepts as per the following metaphor (another concept): Use a thorn to pick out the thorn in your foot and then throw both away. So I make use of concepts, as I have not yet mastered the art of living completely without concepts ;). I do, however, let go of concepts as often as possible and I am becoming more and more aware of “making use” of them as opposed to subscribing to them as part of a belief structure.
I choose occasionally to post messages that someone says they received telepathically from someone else who is currently not in-body here on Earth. I may feel that the content of the message itself is useful to dispel fear, for example. I may perhaps be contributing to someone being attracted to the subjective experience that is commonly called “channeling”, but that is not my intent. I also see no harm in that happening, as everyone nowadays needs to find their own take on the channeling phenomenon.
My further view that comes from my own direct experience is that Existence contains myriad energy streams that make up the entire field of energy that is Existence. And since all energy seems to be in constant motion, I call Existence as a whole a river of energy, something which I have experienced while in a kind of lucid dreaming state. I had the view of all of this immense vast (infinite? at least to my eyes) energy flow is conscious. It is what I have heard called “Intelligent Infinity”. I got a sense of It being composed of myriad streams that weave together and all act in concert with each other, as parts of Itself.
Any sage, such as Buddha, who expressed a certain quality of the Intelligent Infinity, is like a stream, or thread within the huge River of Energy. This energy structure that Buddha created can be accessed at any time by anyone, and when we do that, we may have the sensation of an ‘entity’, such as Buddha, is ‘speaking to us from the beyond’.
Each human speaks as a mouthpiece of this Intelligent Infinity. We “think” we are speaking as individual entities, but actually nothing of the sort exists. Every living form that appears to be an ‘individual entity’ is actually no more individual in the absolute sense than the leaf is something on its own without the tree. Messages that we give off, like this one I am typing right now, are like the perfume of the rose: that is what it does. If we are open to the greater flow through us, it smells sweet, but if I cut myself off from that greater One, I will stagnate and soon I will stink: I will express ‘ego’.
That human who opens up to the vastness of Intelligent Infinity, may come into contact with a certain ‘frequency’ of that Intelligence, a certain stream or thread, under whatever name they chose to give It, (ascended masters, angels, etc) and they will become a conduit for that higher quality, and it may be expressed in words, or it may be expressed in gourmet ice-cream. You are probably channeling St. Gelatiere Del Cielo, the well-known ascended master who brought many to enlightenment through his divinely gourmet ice-cream creation… 😉 (My friend used to make amazing gourmet ice-cream.) Thanks for asking.
A related subject is off planet beings. I have seen a few very unusual lights in the sky here where I live in Oregon, and twice they were quite low in the sky, maybe 500 meters high. Some say they have been physically on ships… true or not? When they land and shake my hand I’ll know. I may faint when it happens but it would be worth it 😉 Can I be open to the possibility that all the contacts people say they are having are illusions created by this amazing mind we have? Yes, I am open to that, and likewise to the possibility of them being a reality that I may be interacting with relatively soon.
What I really KNOW is simply that I AM and that is a very mysterious condition to be in. All else is something that I observe in my field of perception, which is another deep mystery: I have no idea how it really works. In the meanwhile I respond to what I see more and more in a relaxed and loving way, enjoying myself and others, as you said:
“Just love and respect for oneself and everything/everybody else would do the trick…”
Do we need channeling? No, in my opinion we do not, along with a lot of other things that we surround ourselves with in order to “pass the time” in an interesting and pleasurable way. We especially don’t need the stuff that makes this experience of physical existence much less than pleasurable, and that is where my interest lies: letting go of all that vexes me and us. I also support anyone who interested in a peaceful and loving world, whether they say they are channeling or motorcycle racing. (He likes to race motorcycles.)
End of my response to my friend.
Where is the connection to my Day Three Living Love meditation? Well, today, in responding to my friend I noticed the very gentle mood I was in, and the total lack of rancor or judgment of myself or any of the others who were involved in the whole ten year experience. It was a time fraught with emotional turbulence, many times ugly and painful for most of us, if not for all. Over the years I have often had the occasion to speak with others about the trauma I went through and I have processed many aspects of the experience in various ways. Today I felt completely at peace with this entire chapter of my life and with each of the persons I interacted with then. I can truly say, “The lens of perception is cleansed by love” and I am able to look clearly at this chapter, with affectionate perception. It is Done.
Thank you all for giving me the platform to speak this, that has helped to liberate me from this part of my past.
- I Am, Therefore I Think by Gangaji (vividlife.me)
- 23 Qualities of Love – A 23 Day Meditation (newearthpulse.wordpress.com)
- Living Love: Day One (newearthpulse.wordpress.com)
- Living Love: Day Two (newearthpulse.wordpress.com)
- Unconditional Love (newearthpulse.wordpress.com