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Unlocking a New Sphere of Reality

--by Jacques Lusseyran (Aug 02, 2011)


Being attentive unlocks a sphere of reality that no one suspects. If, for instance, I walked along a path without being attentive, completely immersed in myself, I did not even know whether trees grew along the way, nor how tall they were, or whether they had leaves. When I awakened my attention, however, every tree immediately came to me. This must be taken quite literally. Every single tree projected its form, its weight, its movement—even if it was almost motionless—in my direction. I could indicate its trunk, and the place where its first branches started, even when several feet away. By and by something else became clear to me, and this can never be found in books. The world exerts pressure on us from the distance.

The seeing commit a strange error. They believe that we know the world only through our eyes. For my part, I discovered that the universe consists of pressure, that every object and every living being reveals itself to us at first by a kind of quiet yet unmistakable pressure that indicates its intention and its form. I even experienced the following wonderful fact: A voice, the voice of a person, permits him to appear in a picture. When the voice of a man reaches me, I immediately perceive his figure, his rhythm, and most of his intentions. Even stones are capable of weighing on us from a distance. So are the outlines of distant mountains, and the sudden depression of a lake at the bottom of a valley.

This correspondence is so exact that when I walked arm in arm with a friend along the paths of the Alps, I knew the landscape and could sometimes describe it with surprising clarity. Sometimes; yes, only sometimes. I could do it when I summoned all my attention. Permit me to say without reservation that if all people were attentive, if they would undertake to be attentive every moment of their lives, they would discover the world anew. They would suddenly see that the world is entirely different from what they had believed it to be.

--Jacques Lusseyran, from Against the Pollution of the I


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On Aug 25, 2012 bill larsen wrote:
 This was wonderful.  I desperately need to find recordings of Jacques Lusseyran's work, and would be most grateful if you could point me in a lhelpful direction.  Many thanks...........Bill larsen

On Aug 9, 2011 Bee wrote:

"Emotional Awareness" by The Dalai Lama & Paul Ekman discusses the very same concept....awareness / being conscious of your life, all life & how we all affect everything will increase with practise / meditation



On Aug 5, 2011 Samir wrote:

wow! That was heart-blowing =) I was stunned with love. These guys are soo soo intense. I have never being in the presence of such people in my life. phew! It was such a reminder to love more, love others, something greater than my selfish being and my own desires and cravings. The interaction between Pancho and Rusty was super intense.

Thanks so much for continuing to host such amazing souls in your home. Can never thank you guys enough, but I will keep trying.

love,
samir



On Aug 4, 2011 Dinesh wrote:

This Wednesday, we had the privilege of hearing two remarkable guest speakers. One was Jacques Verduin, founder of Insight Prison Project, who shared some of his beautiful stories after 15 years of work in bringing mindfulness practice to the toughest prisons in the US. With Jacques was Rusty, who spent 30 years in prison for taking a life, and whose life was transformed by daily practice of meditation. A very moving evening.

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On Aug 3, 2011 Ricky wrote:

This is in response to n/a...A quote from the Dalai Lama:  If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.  If you want to be happy, practice compassion.  This can mean show kindness and empathy to others as well as yourself.  So, first of all, view your activities and your decisions in a way that stays away from judgment.  Do not judge yourself or others.Second, begin to spend time finding ways to give back.  In other words, try not to focus so much on what you don't have; just begin to give what you do have.  Example:  When you are feeling out of touch and lonely-spend time with people who have been abandoned by society through very little fault of their own.  The elderly, the disadvantaged, the disabled, the disenfranchised.  Give exactly what you believe you lack...develop friendships by being a friend. Third, decide today that nurturing your soul is of great importance.  This takes a few moments several times a day.&  See full.

This is in response to n/a...

A quote from the Dalai Lama:  If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.  If you want to be happy, practice compassion.  This can mean show kindness and empathy to others as well as yourself.  So, first of all, view your activities and your decisions in a way that stays away from judgment.  Do not judge yourself or others.

Second, begin to spend time finding ways to give back.  In other words, try not to focus so much on what you don't have; just begin to give what you do have.  Example:  When you are feeling out of touch and lonely-spend time with people who have been abandoned by society through very little fault of their own.  The elderly, the disadvantaged, the disabled, the disenfranchised.  Give exactly what you believe you lack...develop friendships by being a friend. 

Third, decide today that nurturing your soul is of great importance.  This takes a few moments several times a day.  When you feel that you are not enough, that you are lonely, that your thoughts are filled with rage, or sadness, or frustration, focus on breathing in deeply, and then slowly letting the breath go out.  Whatever was going on in your self talk comes to a halt.  It can immediately come back, but take a moment and celebrate that for a split second, you let go of that type of thinking and you found calm for a moment.  During these moments of stillness, you will gain clarity...clear thinking.  You will learn that the only change you will be able to make is the change within you.  You will begin to see your value, and you will start to connect to your gifts, your passions, your true desires, which may have nothing to do with acquiring more money.

Finally, with this shift in thinking, you will notice that you will have many more moments throughout the day in which you sense being calm.  When we do this, we connect to our essence.  Paul Williams wrote "You are a source of warmth and light.  Children who are cold or lonely or unsure come to you for comfort, and you always have comfort to give.  Even at your moments of greatest doubt, when you feel totally closed down to the world and to yourself, the life still burns in you, and your essence remains pure and powerful and untouched." 

n/a, this is essence of love.  Be kind to yourself and others.  Break out of the thinking that has gotten you to writing your comment here today.  We are all pulling for you.  Connect to what we offer you today.  We love you.  You are enough, just as you are.  Godspeed.

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On Aug 2, 2011 n/a wrote:

 this is a small story of my entire life. born on 14 oct 1992. a cute child... got problrms in my childh0od in my family. mum used to say i hav'nt got any happiness. sorry its hard for me to write in english. i dont want this to read by anyone, m writing diz because m just nt feeling well.i always tought k i will become big.( no define) passed my higher sch0ol. felt happy that nw no tnsn left in my life. bt i dont its just a beggining. hehe... nw i dont want to study. just want lot of moneyy, more than anyone or everyone. in between this tym i am losing my all friends and i hav'nt realize, what the hell i am doing. at one point of time i lost my all hapiness. m still the same. men in my are not allowing me to work, says that m v. small for all diz. mum keeps encouraging me. nw i used to think there is nothing without money. my frnds spend whole time in watching movies and enjoying. bt i hav'nt got enough money so that i could enjoy with them, its been really hard to deal with the  See full.

 this is a small story of my entire life. born on 14 oct 1992. a cute child... got problrms in my childh0od in my family. mum used to say i hav'nt got any happiness. sorry its hard for me to write in english. i dont want this to read by anyone, m writing diz because m just nt feeling well.

i always tought k i will become big.( no define) passed my higher sch0ol. felt happy that nw no tnsn left in my life. bt i dont its just a beggining. hehe... nw i dont want to study. just want lot of moneyy, more than anyone or everyone. in between this tym i am losing my all friends and i hav'nt realize, what the hell i am doing. at one point of time i lost my all hapiness. m still the same. men in my are not allowing me to work, says that m v. small for all diz. mum keeps encouraging me. nw i used to think there is nothing without money. my frnds spend whole time in watching movies and enjoying. bt i hav'nt got enough money so that i could enjoy with them, its been really hard to deal with the situation. got an another problem, i used to think a lot, bt i always think about money only money coz i want to be happy. i hav'nt realize that exept money there are many things in life which can make me happy. nw i started feeling lonely. sitting all day at home, dont have anything to do, watching sad faces. nw irritated, frustated every time. crying for whole day and night. only at a particular tym i feel happy when i am talking to my girlfreind, bt thats not enough. watchings boys of my age enjoying with thier freinds. damn fucking between all this i completely lost myself. a single thing keep running in my mind that only money can give us happiness. i am losing my most pleasurable days.  i am feeling haapy while writing this story. i want to know how can i become happy? how can i keep everyone happy? i got critisised by my family members just because of one person. thets not my fault. again crying days, they usedh to say that you also gonna become like him, keep sitting all day at home, dont able to do anything. i can do everything. they never allowed me to do anything, so why do they all say like this. really hurting. i know i will become big very rich, more than everone. bt i am still not enjoying my best days. dont have any freind. alone almost. want my freinds back, bt idont know how will they come back... i really very badly miss them all... sorry guys. :) enjoy every day of your life. this world is very interesting... problems to hai sbke sth bus nazariye ki hai baat.

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On Aug 2, 2011 Vera wrote:

This is another way of describing shamanic experience along the lines of Arnold Mindell's book The Shaman's body. He talks about a specific kind of awareness to our surroundings that can communicate to us vital information and the whole process is not as much about who a person is but rather on what is noticed.



On Aug 1, 2011 Kinjal wrote:

" They would suddenly see that the world is entirely different from what they had believed it to be." - Of course, because at that point we have started paying attention outside of our ownselves. I am not there yet, I am trying :). Wonderful passage. Thank you so much for sharing.



On Aug 1, 2011 Ricky wrote:

This reading sent me off on my greatest adventure this morning…trusting many other senses beyond the ‘five’ I have as a human being, many beyond today’s accepted educational scope and culturalization in the United States.  The reason I call this an adventure is only recently I have allowed myself to trust, tune into, and connect with the additional sensations around and within me.  I am intrigued by written and spoken language; translation, interpretation, and definition.  For me, by interpretation, ‘pressure’, as it is referred to in the reading, means a change in vibration…perhaps denser, perhaps airier, perhaps atmospheric, perhaps sedimentary, perhaps auditory, perhaps even enigmatic-Love.  For me it describes how the hair on the back of the neck rises up when I perceive a scary unknown in the dark.  It explains the goosebumps on my arms and the general overpowering sense of warmth when I am listening to a serendi  See full.

This reading sent me off on my greatest adventure this morning…trusting many other senses beyond the ‘five’ I have as a human being, many beyond today’s accepted educational scope and culturalization in the United States.  The reason I call this an adventure is only recently I have allowed myself to trust, tune into, and connect with the additional sensations around and within me. 

I am intrigued by written and spoken language; translation, interpretation, and definition.  For me, by interpretation, ‘pressure’, as it is referred to in the reading, means a change in vibration…perhaps denser, perhaps airier, perhaps atmospheric, perhaps sedimentary, perhaps auditory, perhaps even enigmatic-Love.  For me it describes how the hair on the back of the neck rises up when I perceive a scary unknown in the dark.  It explains the goosebumps on my arms and the general overpowering sense of warmth when I am listening to a serendipitous story.  This now helps with my understanding of reality.  ‘Pressure’ defined as a change in vibration helps explain how sometimes I perceive a black cloud around someone, and conversely can instantly watch the change in energy to happy abandon just before the smile reaches the face.  It explains attitudinal shifts during the various cycles of the moon, and the seasons.  ‘Pressure’ can guide us on our connections with nature during activities such as hikes, swims, walks, play, and most certainly when taking our shoes and socks off as we ground and center ourselves (earthing) after air travel.  It can also give us with wide open arms the sense of wonder we experience in the melody of bird song, the kaleidoscope of colors in the sky, the giggle of a child, the softness of a loving touch, the emotional response to music...       

‘Pressure’ in complex sensations can also shed light on our gifts…why we are here, what we have to offer, our passions, our desires.  When we are truly attentive to vibrational signals from the heart, the universe, and begin to listen closely to internal wisdom, the more we can ‘see’.  This is the great adventure I have been on.  I awake each morning with a sense of wonder and gratitude for the day’s offering; presence in this body and at this time.  I experience this precious and impermanent existence most fully when I slow down, mindfully moving, breathing, and opening up to endless possibility.  When I note subtle changes within myself and in relationship to interactions of all kinds, and enjoy the vibrational shifts, I am most alert and alive, dwelling in this earth suit.  What an adventure!        

 

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On Jul 31, 2011 Ganoba wrote:

we have 5 sense organs. By using them we get information(data) about various aspects of our environment. How often do we use all 5 of them together to know about our environment? Not often. Most used are the eyes and then the ears. Touch is sometimes used but sense of taste and smell are used very rarely. We end up knowing only fractionally about our environment. Then the mind is not there in its wholeness to process the data. As a result we often see our environment as being useless to be ignored or worse still as hostile and hence we react defensively to it.Various forms of meditation are a training to start using all the senses together and then allowing the mind to collate the data before coming to any judgment about the environment and then deciding how to respond to it.I have personally developed many simple exercises to help this process.and would be willing to share them with anyone interested.In time the process is turned inwards when the 5 senses are not needed  See full.

we have 5 sense organs. By using them we get information(data) about various aspects of our environment. How often do we use all 5 of them together to know about our environment? Not often. Most used are the eyes and then the ears. Touch is sometimes used but sense of taste and smell are used very rarely. We end up knowing only fractionally about our environment. Then the mind is not there in its wholeness to process the data. As a result we often see our environment as being useless to be ignored or worse still as hostile and hence we react defensively to it.
Various forms of meditation are a training to start using all the senses together and then allowing the mind to collate the data before coming to any judgment about the environment and then deciding how to respond to it.
I have personally developed many simple exercises to help this process.
and would be willing to share them with anyone interested.
In time the process is turned inwards when the 5 senses are not needed to be used. The mind is now the direct observer. Initially it observes the physical sensations and then moves on to observing itself (thoughts, emotions, intentions, biases and so on. Later it seamlessly moves on to observing the source of all this. Now we are in the spiritual domain. Finally all boundaries that divide our world/identity into fractions (inside-outside, me-you etc.) are dissolved and we enter a state of samdhi or oneness.

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On Jul 30, 2011 Conrad wrote:

Thank you Somik for the opportunity to respond.The word "pressure" does not fit when I  attend to present experience. The opposite is often the case. I feel less pressure and more openness with a greater connection to everyone and everything  when being in the present.  My connecting is still mainly mental, as is much of what I say and do.Attentive presence helps me think and feel more at one with everyone and everything. Each moment is  new , but in another sense, there is no other moment. Being in the present moves me towards experiencing all of reality all at once. I notice the past is a present remembrance and the future. As a present anticipationWhen I am attentive to my desires, I notice pressure relieved when I ignore desire. I find that at times, perhaps often, I avoid noticing detail in order to notice a peaceful connection to everyone and everything. As Sir Arthur Eddington said: "the universe is not only stranger than we  See full.

Thank you Somik for the opportunity to respond.

The word "pressure" does not fit when I  attend to present experience. The opposite is often the case. I feel less pressure and more openness with a greater connection to everyone and everything  when being in the present.  My connecting is still mainly mental, as is much of what I say and do.

Attentive presence helps me think and feel more at one with everyone and everything. Each moment is  new , but in another sense, there is no other moment. Being in the present moves me towards experiencing all of reality all at once. I notice the past is a present remembrance and the future. As a present anticipation

When I am attentive to my desires, I notice pressure relieved when I ignore desire. I find that at times, perhaps often, I avoid noticing detail in order to notice a peaceful connection to everyone and everything. As Sir Arthur Eddington said: "the universe is not only stranger than we imagine, is stranger than we can imagine,

Sorry to be so lengthy but I think it is helpful to notice the following:

From "Gilles Deleuze: An Introduction" by Todd May:  “Consider the possibility that there is more to our world then we can perceive, and more than we can conceive.  Suppose the world overflows the categories of representation that the dogmatic image of thought imposes on it.  This is not to say that our particular categories are lacking something that other, better categories would give us.  Our imagination must go further than that.  We need to consider the possibility that the world -- -- or, since the concept of world is too narrow, things or being or what there is -- -- outruns any categories we might seek to use to capture it.” 

 

 

  "How has an attentive presence helped me unlock a new sphere of reality in my own life?"

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