(Concluded from Part 1, yesterday.)
Awareness of what?
Awareness of Self. Only Self. We’re not minding one another’s business or telling one another what to do. Those days are gone.
We respect the Law of Free Will and realize that everyone is on their own journey back to the One.
Why awareness of Self?
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Because life has a purpose. That purpose is that God should meet God the moment you realize who you are. And for the delight of that meeting was the world of matter (mater, Mother) created. (1)
We evolve from no-self-consciousness to self-consciousness to Self-Consciousness and beyond. Always we’re realizing who we are at deeper and deeper or higher and higher levels.
Bestowing awareness on our issues, resentments, and other persistent items that obscure the light of the Self, we watch them dissolve. We don’t replace them with anything but welcome the space thus created. Our faith is that love will rush into any space created.
In the beginning days of our three-month residential encounter group, we wandered around saying “I am aware that I….”
Even practicing self-awareness every day, it took me half the residency – six weeks – before I became aware that I was out of touch with my feelings. I didn’t know how I felt.
Awareness clears away obstacles to the experience of the love that always flows inside of us, in our hearts. There are other ways – forgiveness, service, sending out love to the world. But self-awareness, in the course of its very operation, draws us directly back to our source and destination, which is who we always, already were and are.
The path of awareness is very much experiential. We recognize the importance of knowing how we feel – and why.
We find, as we become aware of one script after another, of one core issue and automatic response after another, our facade begins to crumble.
For the most part this occurs as a result of the release of muscular tension in the body. While that can happen as a result of bodywork, rebirthing, bioenergetics, or other disciplines, I want to focus attention on telling the truth.
Telling, the truth, sharing a withhold, etc., sets us free from the lie we’ve been protecting. Protecting a lie requires, partly, muscular tension. We have to literally hold ourselves back from “spilling the beans.”
When we either tell the truth or share a secret or withhold, we release those muscles.
As we do so, we find our awareness increases.
To summarize, awareness increases, we find, inversely proportional to the decrease of muscular tension in the body. And it’s the truth of the matter that sets us free.
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