Namaste Center, 8 October 2017
SONG (Bob Sima): Insignificant Somethings, from The Movers The Shakers and The Peacemakers
In honor of this month’s energy around Halloween, we will be talking about non-identity. The tradition of dressing up on Oct 31st-Nov 1st dates back to the Gaelic festival of Samhain (SAH-win). The costumes – the guises – were intended to mask and protect oneself from intrusions of spirits that might cross back over into this earthly dimension during this liminal time when the veil is thin between worlds.
So how does that relate to our spiritual path? How does that relate to the insignificant something of the everything and nothing that we are?
We could start by recognizing that this physical human body is the most significant disguise of our true – capital S – self. Our soul-self is already masked by this human person, so we immediately arrive into this world with a huge physical challenge. Not only do we think of our self as this meat suit, we begin to compare our meat suit with everyone else’s. When we compare, we judge, we qualify, and we disconnect from who we truly are by being of this world rather than simply a temporary adventure in this world. We allow ourselves to further disconnect from the other soul-selves who may not look like us or think like us or feel like us or walk like us or speak like us in their current human form.
The mask: Our physical self.
What is it protecting?: Our soul-self Truth.
The task: Experience the lessons necessary to transcend this human form.
As if the physical challenge isn’t enough, then comes the mental challenge. The distance from our soul-self is made even more unrecognizable by all the false impressions and illusions we are taught. We learn to identify so closely with our appearance, clothing, possessions, titles, and roles that surround our physical body in this three-dimensional world. Though none of those “things” really reflect who we really are. To me, all of that stuff is the biggest lesson in distraction that we humans have to overcome. We are taught to accumulate and personify in order to be individualized and unique and to feel important and successful, yet it is not until we declutter and simplify our mental constructs that we connect back to the true essence of the soul-self.
The mask: Our mental self.
What is it protecting?: Our human programming.
The task: Remove the definitions and categories to destruct the mental form.
One, physical challenge. Two, mental challenge. Let’s talk about the emotional challenge. Here is where we begin to associate feelings and emotions with the mental constructs we are taught. Once we have an internal feeling and an outward emotion of that feeling, we begin to anchor those vibrations into our physical body. We embed a feel-good or a feel-not-so-good experience into our emotional body which prevents us from experiencing anything in the future that has a similar look and feel with a pure and open heart. Regardless of what might be completely different or what outcome is possible in this new moment, we re-member the previous feeling and emotion. If we had a feel-good moment before, we typically have high expectations of a pleasant, ecstatic, or energizing experience. If we had a feel-not-so-good moment before, we typically have high expectations of a scary, uncomfortable, or pressured experience.
The mask: Our emotional self.
What is it protecting?: Our human beliefs.
The task: Neutralize our emotions by conscious awareness of the source of our imprinted feelings to clear the emotional form.
Physical. Mental. Emotional. What else could possibly be working us? How about the intellectual challenge. Boy do we think we have life figured out, right? That intellect can be so strong within us that when we lock into a logical path, we can’t even see the other pathways of possibilities. The intellect combines an emotional experience with a mental construct and determines what will happen to our physical body. Then we make decisions and choices based on these three layers of input. This is a wonderful tool when we are being hunted by saber toothed tigers. This is a limiting faculty when we can – in most situations – set aside the fight or flight concerns and allow ourselves the joy of living in rest and digest mode.
The mask: Our intellectual self.
What is it protecting?: Our perceived safety and security.
The task: Overcome our fears to walk as the Luminous Warrior of Love and Light.
In Bob’s song, he sang these lyrics, “I have found that it matters that the past has passed. If you dare to let it go, when you stare down the ghosts, will the ghosts stop staring back?”
What ghosts are haunting you to the point that you can’t even see that most of what we believe we are protecting are thought forms that have been masked by layers upon layers of our human adventure? Which ultimately means that when we let them go and stare them down, we will find our true Self – our soul-self – staring right back at us. I suspect our soul-self isn’t just staring back, they are welcoming us back to the all encompassing truth of our being. Our truth. Our center. Our core. Our stardust. Our light.
When we reach that revelation – that revealing of the soul-self – doesn’t it feel like we removed the mask, that we tore away the guise, that we are more firmly protected from those haunted spirits that access us through those four layers of human conditioning? When we release something that we have identified with that does not support our spiritual expansion, we undo our formed identity. We become closer to to non-conformity, to non-duality, non-identity.
Take a little journey. Invite your spirit guides, angels, power animals to be with you. Enter into a landscape that is completely void of life so that you – and any of your guiding accomplices – are the only life there. This is the landscape where you can toss out whatever conditioning you are ready to release. Whatever form it is in – physical, mental, emotional, intellectual – will be transmuted into a gift for your spiritual self. When you identify it and ceremonially release it in whatever fashion resonates with you, remember to ask for the spiritual gift of the transmuted energy. You don’t want to leave anything in this landscape that could come alive and haunt you in the future. You want to transmute all mucky energy – hucha – into pure divine energy – sami – that will support your personal spiritual path. Remember to receive the gift.
SONG (Bob Sima): Because You Are Light, from It’s Time
How do we live from that illumined place? That place of the “I Am”? That place where we know our soul-self so intimately that we never need to put anything after those two words. That place where there is no identity in human form that could expand our spiritual life more than those two simple words, combined in the shortest, yet most profound, complete sentence in the English language.
Living from the I Am doesn’t happen alone. It doesn’t happen by locking ourselves in our basement with a library of self-help and personal-growth books and recordings and videos. It doesn’t happen by hiding ourselves away from the rest of the world so we don’t get triggered by someone else’s crazy.
It happens when we look in the mirror. When we look at ourselves in the mirror. When we look at the pieces of our own self being mirrored back to us through others. In either scenario, it takes two… our self as the observer and the other involved as the reminder.
Re-mind-er. Re-mind. When we see the haunting ghosts in the mirror, we are reminded. When we remind ourselves who we are, we are re-membered. Our human self is put back together in the wholeness that our soul-self already is. The more frequently we encounter our soul-self, the less identity we carry in this world. We are all reflections of the insignificant human experiences that remind and remember us back into something.
So? We are challenged with our own personal human conditioning and undoing the identities we wear as masks through our human experience. And every time we accomplish a new level of non-identity, we ripple a wave of possibility into the world, a wave of unity. We all need each other. We all need Mother Earth, Pachamama. We all need to non-identify with our human to re-identify with our soul. There is a concept called the Overview Effect that ties this all together on a cosmic scale.
This article is from the Science section of Business Insider, published on 31 Aug 2015.
———When astronauts first saw Earth from afar in the Apollo 8 mission in 1968 — the US’s second manned mission to the moon — they described a cognitive shift in awareness after seeing our planet “hanging in the void.”
This state of mental clarity, called the “overview effect,” occurs when you are flung so far away from Earth that you become totally overwhelmed and awed by the fragility and unity of life on our blue globe. It’s the uncanny sense of understanding the “big picture,” and of feeling connected yet bigger than the intricate processes bubbling on Earth.
In a Vimeo video (https://vimeo.com/55073825) by Planetary Collective called “Overview”, David Beaver, co-founder of the Overview Institute, recounts the sentiments from one of the astronauts on the Apollo mission: “When we originally went to the moon, our total focus was on the moon. We weren’t thinking about looking back at the Earth. But now that we’ve done it, that may well have been the most important reason we went.”
Seeing cameras turn around in a live feed of Earth for the first time — even for viewers at home — was absolutely life-changing. The iconic “Earthrise” image was snapped by astronaut Bill Anders.
Until that point, no human eyes had ever seen our blue marble from space.
“It was quite a shock, I don’t think any of us had any expectations about how it would give us such a different perspective. I think the focus had been: we’re going to the stars, we’re going to other planets,” author and philosopher David Loy said in the Planetary Collective video. “And suddenly we look back at ourselves and it seems to imply a new kind of self-awareness.”
NASA astronaut Ron Garan explains this incredible feeling in his book, The Orbital Perspective. After clamping into an end of a robotic arm on the International Space Station in 2008, he flew through a “Windshield Wiper” maneuver that flung him in an arc over the space station and back:
“As I approached the top of this arc, it was as if time stood still, and I was flooded with both emotion and awareness. But as I looked down at the Earth — this stunning, fragile oasis, this island that has been given to us, and that has protected all life from the harshness of space — a sadness came over me, and I was hit in the gut with an undeniable, sobering contradiction. In spite of the overwhelming beauty of this scene, serious inequity exists on the apparent paradise we have been given. I couldn’t help thinking of the nearly one billion people who don’t have clean water to drink, the countless number who go to bed hungry every night, the social injustice, conflicts, and poverty that remain pervasive across the planet. Seeing Earth from this vantage point gave me a unique perspective — something I’ve come to call the orbital perspective. Part of this is the realization that we are all traveling together on the planet and that if we all looked at the world from that perspective we would see that nothing is impossible.”
Author Frank White first coined the term, the “overview effect,” when he was flying in an airplane across the country in the 1970s. After looking out the window, he thought, “Anyone living in a space settlement … will always have an overview. They will see things that we know, but that we don’t experience, which is that the Earth is one system,” he says in the Vimeo video. “We’re all part of that system, and there is a certain unity and coherence to it all.” …———
To go back to the first song that Bob sang:
“We rise and we fall and we run then we walk then we crawl.” When we stop running through the conditions in this world, we walk toward the truth, and crawl into the comfort of our soul-self. That return to home is the catalyst to remove the barriers of human conditioning.
“We might not have it all together but together we have it all.” We need each other. We need the mirrors. We need the reminders. We need non-identity. We need the wholeness that is created as we rediscover the pieces of our soul-self, The I Am.
SONG (Bob Sima): I Am, from putalittlemoreloveintheworld