A reader described an old issue that completely stops her from being herself and asked for comment. Her question reflects perfect timing because the rising energies on the planet are bringing up all our old issues and so it’s the right time to discuss this matter. The matter is what Hindus call “vasanas” or what we in North America call old issues and unfinished business.
A large number of articles from the Company of Light have been on exactly this topic.
You couldn’t have given better expression to what Hindus call a “vasana” or what others call a “record,” “old business,” “unfinished issue,” etc. All our unfinished issues are coming up at the moment so you’re right on time.
Perhaps I can comment on what you’re encountering. I’ll write at length on this topic because it’s so important.
A vasana or unfinished issue, according to people like Ramana Maharshi or Werner Erhard, is the chief obstacle to enlightenment. It exists as a wave or as movement in the mind and so prevents the stillness of mind necessary for illumination. Vasanas are known to all spiritual teachers, psychologists, etc., just under different names: records, engrams, issues, scripts, earlier-similars, stack attack, etc.
Vasanas are stubborn. They hang around forever and shape our behavior.
They reside as “sleeping volcanoes,” according to meditation master S.N. Goenka. When they are triggered, we go off like a volcano, or break down in tears, or shake in our boots. They are the chief mischief makers in life.
Here you report yourself more or less stopped dead in your tracks by fear of something not well known to you. Being stopped dead in our tracks is something that often happens when a vasana or issue goes off. Or we get angry. People say to us: “Do you have an issue with that?” And we get angrier.
We’re often completely unaware of our vasanas or issues. Here we are yelling and someone says, “You sound angry,” and we reply, “I’m not angry” (shouting our heads off). As tension goes up, awareness goes down. So vasanas also limit our awareness.
A vasana is created when something happens to us when we’re young that is too difficult for us to simply be with and experience. We’re attacked. We’re in a car or plane crash. We get shot at in a war zone. Whatever it may be, instead of completely experiencing the event, we balk, clam up, shut down, and then resolve never to open up again in the face of a similar event.
The mind makes a note of the characteristics of the frightening event and resolves to warn us in the future of anything that even vaguely resembles it. And when the reminder goes off, we switch into automatic behavior (fear, anger, dread) that limits our effectiveness and causes us to lash out at others, blame, judge, reject.
And then the whole episode goes back to sleep awaiting the next trigger. And we say “I’m better now” or “Sorry for shouting at you, dear.”
What needs to happen with a vasana is that we need to allow the mind to tell us what the original, earlier, similar event is that has us be stopped dead in our tracks or in other ways acting automatically. We need it to send up a picture, thought, phrase or feeling that allows us to identify that original incident.
Then when the original incident is known to us and present for us as an emotional experience, we need to be with that memory, with all our dread, shaking. anger or whatever, until we complete the experience that we earlier blocked.
That is how to “source” a vasana, to “flatten” it, to get beyond it. Until we complete the experience we earlier refused to complete, we are “at the effect of” or a prisoner of the vasana.
I’ve written a large number of articles in the section of the site called “Preparing for Ascension,” in the righthand column on how to source or flatten a vasana. (1) I took 23 enlightenment intensives to have the opportunity to flatten some of my major incompleted vasanas or issues and I never spent such a large sum of money better in my life.
In short, that’s what’s needed to be done.
Now, having said that, there’s one more side to this. As well as “sourcing” a vasana, you can also challenge it. By challenging it, I mean stand up to it, face it down, and break through it. I call this “emergence.” We take the vasana on, do that which it counsels us not to do and emerge in the process.
My chief recollection of emergence occurred the moment when I hit the “send” button on an article I wrote on 9/11, sending it to every Canadian parliamentarian. I knew that by doing that I was saying goodbye to any chances of holding a job again with the federal government (I was a member of a federal tribunal before that). All my fears were up at that moment and by hitting the “send” button, I emerged from my fears.
Things like fear and all other strong emotions can be challenged and overcome. So there are two strategies to sourcing or breaking through a vasana – getting the original incident and completing our experience of it or breaking through it and emerging.
That is the work that faces all of us at this time in which the rising energies are raising up all our old, incompleted issues to be completely experienced and transcended. On the other side of your vasanas, you will be … normal.
Just like other people. You won’t be jumping out of your skin at the prospect of your loved ones knowing what you are up to. You won’t be afraid of being yourself. You’ll just be normal … again.
I declare I am normal. I did it. I was once a nut case and I flattened my major vasanas.
Not quite the achievement we expected, eh? But a ground-breaking achievement that sets us up to be able to tolerate all that comes after, I’m willing to bet, all the way up to ascension.
Virginia Satyr used to say that it’s best to have three therapeutic approaches to any psychological challenge. One and you may hit a roadblock that you can’t get around. Two and the mind will forever make one approach right and the other wrong. Three and the mind can no longer play with the choices.
So here is a third therapeutic approach to vasanas: Tell the truth about the situation.
Telling the truth about anything draws on a unique property of the truth. I think God so designed life that telling the truth about any condition sets us free from it.
Jesus first made this prediction: “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (2) He was referring to the fact that knowing the truth about who we are will liberate us from life and death. We would become “a pillar in the temple of my God, and [we] shall go no more out.” (3)
Let’s spend a moment on why the metaphysical truth liberates us from life and death and then a moment on why it provides a self-regulating, self-validating therapeutic approach.
Our purpose in life, according to what I was shown in a vision on February 13, 1987, (4) is to discover our true nature and identity because, every time each one of us does so in a moment of enlightenment, God meets God.
God is formless and all there is. Imagine yourself being formless and all there is (well, in fact you truly are!). How would you be able to meet and know yourself? There would be no mirror, no other, no words, no sights or sounds. You are all there is and formless. There is no way you can encounter yourself. You fill up the space. There is no room even for you to turn your head – and no head to turn.
And so God, in this version of events, created illusory life forms, finger puppets and we are they. And He/She/It tasked them with the work of growing up in consciousness until they knew themselves, knew their true or original nature in a moment of illumination or realization.
That true or original nature, stripped of illusion, is God.
Each finger puppet is thus destined to know it’s a part of the hand, a part of God. And when the truth is known in a moment of realization, that finger puppet says: “I am God.” And God meets God. Purpose for which life was created accomplished.
But life being constructed in this way has ramifications. Knowing the absolute truth rids us of and releases us from the unwanted condition of ignorance of our own true nature.
But it just so happens as well that knowing lesser truths rids us of lesser unwanted conditions. God having created the truth as being liberating, it can be used to liberate us from our unwanted conditions.
When we’re trapped in a vasana, which others have called a record, an engram, a piece of unfinished business or an incomplete issue, telling the truth about it can result in our being freed from that issue.
“Now that you mention it, I am angry with you. Here’s the truth of why: you wouldn’t give me what I wanted; you said something last night that hurt me; you make me beg for intimacy.” If we tell the truth, we may be freed from the immediate grip of the vasana.
That’s the operational benefit. And there is a greater existential benefit as well.
Because at the exact moment that we tell the truth, the deeper truth may also reveal itself briefly. Just as we tell the truth that we’re angry because we didn’t get what we wanted, at that exact moment, the deeper truth of the vasana may also flash across our mind. We may see the underlying incident, the earlier, similar incident, the incident from our long-buried past that lies at the heart of the vasana.
At which point if we switch over to the way of being with it which I described in Part 1, we may complete the vasana entirely and win the brass ring on the whole matter. Not only momentary release, but complete release.
If we’re really lucky, we may see an even greater truth than that. And the more we tell the truth, the better we get at the process.
Why do I say that telling the truth is self-regulating and self-validating? For this reason. Telling the truth sets us free from the tension stored in the body that has to do with that vasana. It causes release and relief of tension. We find ourselves relaxing and the relaxation is palpable. We may even say, “Whoa, what was that? I feel release. I must have discovered the truth about that circumstance.” The onset of release validates whether we’ve told the truth or not. No truth; no release. So it’s self-validating.
Moreover, if we want to reach the point of release, it’s self-regulating in that the way to reach that point is to keep telling what we think is the truth until we experience release. The process regulates itself. It needs no outside opinion to validate it and it runs without the need for any outside process.
The self-regulating, self-validating nature of this therapeutic approach makes it most valuable in handling a vasana.
There is no fooling ourselves using this approach. The truth will set us free and not-truth will not set us free. We have immediate feedback that cannot be fudged. So add telling the truth as a third approach to handling a vasana.
(1) These articles deal with how to process a vasana:
- PREPARING FOR ASCENSION
- What is a Vasana? – Part 1/2
- On Being Rebuffed … and Getting It
- The Truth Will Set You Free
- Sooner or Later We Must Forgive Everyone in Our Lives
- How to Handle Unwanted Feelings: The Upset Clearing Process
- On Looking like a Fool … and Getting It
- How to Deal with Upset People as the Energies Rise
- From Reaction to Completion
- What Are You Invested In?
- Dealing with Stored Emotional Trauma
- I Know I Came Here to Communicate This
- OK, I Feel Upset. … Oh, Great!
- To Be With and Observe
- Presence Dissolves Issues
- No Mask, No Box, No Path
- Clearing an Upset in the Moment
- Running the Process
- What is ”Emergence”?
- Just Simply See
- Karma and Issues Are Not the Same
- Sri Ramana Maharshi on the Problem of Our Habitual Tendencies
- Can Illness be Caused by Reactive Habit Patterns?
- Deconstructing “Me,” Removing the Masks
- Time to Complete Old Issues – Part 1. Rising Energies are Awakening Us or Exposing Our Barriers
- Peggy Black: Emotional Alchemy
- Time to Complete Old Issues – Part 2. We Must Heal the Barrriers to Love
- Time to Complete Old Issues – Part 3. Dropping Rackets and Completing Karma
- Time to Complete Old Issues – Part 4. How to Clear Old Issues and Upsets
- Time to Complete Old Issues – Part 5. What Can Go Wrong?
- Time to Complete Old Issues – Part 6. Philosophical Considerations
- Conclusion to “Time to Complete Old Issues”
- Let Go, Let Go, Let Go
- What We May Need to Leave Behind – Part 1/2
- Cathy Heath: Liberate Yourself from Destructive Emotions: Become the Objective Observer
- What We May Need to Leave Behind – Part 2/2
- Yayayayay! We’re Reactivated!
- Processing the Upset
- Processing the Sleeping Volcano and Moving On
- Inelia Benz: Anger – Why It is Important to Process It
- Looking in the Mirror – Closely
(2) John 8:32.
(3) Rev. 3:12.
(4) Described here: “It All Works Out in the Final Reel,” at http://goldenageofgaia.com/16244-2/it-all-works-out-in-the-final-reel/