All wisdom traditions are trying to snap us out of the trance of
looking at our life from the ordinary, egoic perspective, which
perceives the world through the eyes of linear causality. Their
intent is to introduce us to a new set of lenses through which we
can view our life from outside the reference point of linear time,
a place the Aborigines call "dreamtime." This new perspective, which
we can call the transpersonal dimension of consciousness, is the
very thing which redeems our suffering as well as restores a sense
of meaning to our life.
We enter this new state of consciousness when we begin to see the
deeper pattern inherent in the events of our life. Situations become
very synchronistic and symbolic, simultaneously both hiding and
revealing a deeper process at work. We begin to realize that there
is a deeper dream field that we are at the same time both playing
a role in as well as helping to create. It is a mutually arising,
interdependent situation with no causality in which energies in
the greater field that we are a part of and are helping to create
move through us.
It is important to realize that the group field that is expressing
itself through us is not separate from us at all; on the contrary,
we are having an effect on the greater field (our relationship,
the family or group we are in, as well as the entire universe) by
our reactions to what is arising in the field. Buddhism calls this
situation "interdependent co-origination," which implies that every
part of the universe is interconnected to and helps to evoke every
other part. There is no separation between any parts of the universe
in either time or space.
In terms of dreamtime, we begin to realize that we are all sharing
a mutual dream in which we are all, literally, dreaming up our shared
universe moment by moment. Every moment is recognized to be the
unmediated manifestation or expression of the deeper dreaming process
which is unfolding. We could even say that the recognition that
this is actually happening is the key to receiving the blessing
from our situation.
This recognition makes no sense whatsoever to us and hence remains
so much nonsense as long as we are interpreting our experience through
the intellect, which by it's very nature is separative and dualistic.
The transpersonal dimension of consciousness is only available through
a much more wholistic way of viewing our experience, which, quite
literally, is transcendent to the conceptual mind. Seeing the universe
in this new way is not a question of belief or figuring something
out via the intellectual mind; rather it is simply a matter of experiential
realization. We either see it or we don't. Christ's saying from
the Gnostic Gospel of Thomas comes to mind, "The kingdom is spread
all over earth and people just don't see it."
This all-embracing realization is not of the ego, which would be
what Jung would call inflation, but rather is itself an expression
of our getting in phase with our true nature, which is by nature
whole and one with what Jung would call the Self. This realization
points to the essential part that each of us plays in the creation
of our universe moment by moment. As more of us awaken to this astonishing
situation, we discover that we can actually begin to dream a better
dream. The only limitations are self-imposed by our own minds; the
possibilities are truly endless.
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