I’m sharing what’s happening with me as I go deeper and deeper into a path that has presented itself to me only recently.
Until now I’ve characterized my path as passive awareness, using a term from Krishnamurti. I firmly believe that “passive awareness” was Krishnamurti’s codeword for God.
But it’s becoming a path of active meditation, of active love.
God is often said to be awareness, existence and love. Instead of approaching God through awareness or even beingness (existence, presence), I am at this moment approaching God through love.
I’ve said many times (1) that the basic spiritual movement is to turn from the world to God. If we want to describe that in more words, I’d say that the basic spiritual movement is to discriminate between the Real and the unreal, detach ourselves from the unreal, and attach or devote ourselves to the Real.
The action of detaching ourselves from the unreal is best typified, as far as I can see, by Lao Tzu’s (Dhjwal Khul’s) recommendation:
“The Way is gained by daily loss,
Loss upon loss until
At last comes rest.” (2)
“Touch ultimate emptiness,” he says; “Hold steady and still.” (3)
That which we “lose” is our attachment to the things of the world – sensory pleasures, possessions, etc. This is a form of the via negativa. The better known form of that path is called by Vedantists neti, neti (Not this. Not this). It involves the denial of everything until one is left with only God.
But the way of detachment could also be, I think, characterized as the via negativa. (I apologize if this sounds too abstract or obscure, but I feel the need to say it.)
This way that now presents itself to me I’d call a form of the via positiva, the way of positive action.
The action that I’ve fallen into doing is to radiate love to all the world. Since love alone exists in the emptiness, we’re invoking love rather than emptying ourselves of the objects of worldly desire. (4)
Usually the way of love is characterized as bhakti or devotion. The bhakta or devotee loves God to the exclusion of all else, all actions, thoughts or feelings. But here we concentrate on radiating love continuously, not simply to God (but then since everything is God, how can we not be loving God?) but to everyone and everything, without discrimination.
I take sustenance in this new direction from what Jesus told us in An Hour with an Angel on Dec. 13, 2013:
“It has never been completely sufficient to believe that you love another or that you love yourself. It is being and embodying and acknowledging that who you are, your core essence, that spark of what you call light and I call divinity, is love.
“In that surrender, in that deep surrender, you open the floodgates to the totality of who you are, to the meaning not only of this life, but of all lives, your entire journey, and to the journey and the meaning of every other being on Gaia and far beyond, far, far beyond. It opens the floodgates for you to truly see, to know, not to simply hypothesize, not to think, not even simply to feel, but to know the truth of existence. In that opening, what you are really doing is jumping through the portal.” (5)
What he says here seems so clear to me at this moment.
The experiment then becomes to try on what he says, test it out and see if it fits, to experiment with it and see if he’s accurate.
In this act of radiating love to all and everything, I’m finding joy, a release from stress and strain (and thus an increase in awareness).
I’m finding life being converted into an active and continuous meditation and I intend to carry it as far forward as I can. My basic commitment has always been to go through Ascension publicly. It can be excruciating at times to be this transparent but it nonetheless is the assignment.
(1) See for instance “The Basic Spiritual Movement” at http://goldenageofgaia.com/spiritual-essays/back-to-the-basics-2/the-basic-spiritual-movement/ and “Clarity, Purity, and Love: The Basic Spiritual Movement Restated” at http://goldenageofgaia.com/spiritual-essays/the-divine-plan-for-life/clarity-purity-and-love-the-basic-spiritual-movement-restated/
(2) Lao-Tzu, The Way of Life. The Tao Te Ching. trans. R.B. Blakney. New York, etc.: Avon, 1975, 101. Lao Tzu was an incarnation of the master we now call Dhwal Khul.
(3) Ibid., 68.
(4) But, then again, consider detachment plus love: “Detachment Plus Love: Eureka!” at http://goldenageofgaia.com/spiritual-essays/emergence-2/detachment-plus-love-eureka/.
(5) “Jesus: You are Love. It is All You Have Ever Been,” Dec. 21, 2013, at http://goldenageofgaia.com/2013/12/jesus-you-are-love-it-is-all-you-have-ever-been/.