Let's face it, the world is in turmoil and people are freaking out. The pace of life is speeding up at an unprecedented rate. The energetic nature of the world is becoming more and more saturated with
the passage of time and this trend promises to continue and also increase for some years. All around people are becoming overloaded and erupting in explosions of irrationality as their lives inexplicably come apart and they are overcome by the intensity of their experiences. Experience surfing the deep and turbulent waters of this potent period of evolution has taught me the wise words of the teacher who said, "Don't believe everything you think" to be both eerily prophetic and one of my most valuable tools for keeping my head.
Recently I spent a week in a deep fog ( and not the usual kind for San
Francisco), unable to see the edges or even seriously imagine a world
without it. Several days later, the fog lifted, the anxiety and
confusion cycled through and I could clearly see how the illusion that
is the samscaras burning through comes out of the body and forms
awareness filling and indeed becoming all of reality. The tricky bit
is that this also fills all of time since time is an extension of the
perceived reality. Thus, when in your personal soup of expanding
awareness and emotional overload, it extends to all of history and
permeates the future as well. It colors everything in our perceptions
until the state shifts and releases everything. For a time there
is no other reality, never has been and never will be. Until it isn't,
like the sun dawning after a very dark night, clearing away the
overwhelm and bringing a sense of hope and relief.
The best way to address this is to simply do nothing including believe your experiences are "real" in the sense of being the sole functioning experience possible. In most cases, keeping your head and seeing what happens next rather than responding automatically out of anxiety, fear or grasping will allow the experience to simply dissolve on it's own. Getting caught up in the drama and adding to it with compulsive fear-based action will actually perpetuate it. From a Bhuddist perspective, this is the primary way to dissipate karma, simply experience the energy of the situation and do nothing but watch it dissolve.
Our perceived reality is composed primarily of input from our senses.
This input is colored by the environment so this includes the food we
eat, environmental toxins, weather, other people's energy, etc. and
how we react to them emotionally. All of these myriad variables swirl
around in a complex and graceful dance forming the seemingly stable
fabric of our reality and life experience. This fabric of reality
tends to feel quite solid and impermeable until it is examined
closely, then it dissolves into component parts, then into nothing but
energy and perception. Physical matter is a good analogy, look at
matter closely and it breaks down into space and energy. The current
bleeding edge of quantum physics is looking at increasingly smaller
and more probabilistic particles that keep giving way to more space
and more energy. Slippery stuff, matter. Reality is the same.
The brain is an organ that experiences, manages and synthesizes the
input of the other sensory organs, using the brain as the primary
instrument to establish and evaluate reality is actually using a
powerful tool that is also difficult to calibrate and highly
susceptible to influences from the other sense organs which are in
themselves powerful, sensitive and easily influenced. The end result
is a delicate chain of instruments, each one differing in it's level
of cultivation, easily influenced, constantly morphing and adding it's
own particular spin to the field of perception. At every stage of this is a window of available input and anything outside of this window
will be either disregarded or overwhelm the system clogging up the
works and causing it to shut down. Healing is the process of
defragmenting the field, cultivating and calibrating each of these
levels of perception and experience, with time becoming clearer and
closer to the "natural" state of perception (and therefore reality) of
the being. This, according to great many people that have mapped this
territory before, is illumination, enlightenment, christ
consciousness, original face etc.
Most people have only part of their available system open and
operating at any given time, the rest of it shut down, twisted and
immobilized due to past trauma and toxic overload. Notice how some
days you have clarity and energy and can easily see what needs to be
done and do it while other days life is a fog of confusion and simple
tasks seem difficult? Imagine the energy you might have with all those
pathways clear, open and functioning at the same time. That is what
you are heading toward with this process of healing. What else is there?