Being filled with 'what I am' and detached from 'who I am' is the ultimate mindfulness.
When I am in love with what I am, which is Everything (no exceptions), and detached from who I am, which is nothing, I live as a whole human. The Everything, the timeless inner landscape, is accessed through the temporal inner landscape.
The temporal inner landscape includes the conditioned mind, thoughts and emotions.
In the timeless inner landscape, Everything is one in consciousness. In the temporal inner landscape, there is only a consciousness of separation.
When the temporal inner landscape is contracted, such as by triggered emotions or an imbalance of mental activity without feeling, a barrier is made which prevents access to the timeless inner landscape.
When the temporal is in an open, expanded state, it becomes a bridge to the timeless.
Inner landscape work consists of being acutely aware of one's inner state and making many tiny choices over the day, choosing the timeless over the temporal. For example, in the instant of feeling a contracting thought or emotion, the question may be asked within, 'Is that temporal or timeless? I choose timeless.' It may require some willpower to let go of the contraction, and the process may be difficult at times for the conditioned mind, but it is simple.
The dance between temporal and timeless, in harmony and balance, blossoms into qualities such as compassion, wisdom and equanimity. In the timeless there is inner peace and bliss beyond anything the personality can achieve. One's temporal work, both within and in 'outer' action, then becomes a play.
There may be words that you relate to or resonate with, more than 'timeless' and 'temporal.'
Feel free to replace those with words of your choice, such as 'sacred' and 'profane,' 'spirit' and 'matter,' the 'seen' and 'unseen,' 'known and unknown,' or 'stillness' and 'motion.'
Comments on this Post in the Collective Evolution Facebook Discussion Group
Rex Mago But how does one get there?
Anja van Loon By asking yourself questions, start with what am I and change that in answering I am . . . . . ;) (it will take a while and ends with just be)
Gary R. Smith Rex, this is a wholly individual journey. There is not one way that fits all.
When I read your and Anja's comments, my first inner response was, "first we have to know where 'there' is."
Are we talking about enlightenment? Cosmic consciousness? Something else?
I haven't come across anything which says exactly the same thing as what I've been writing, and am often surprised as new realizations occur. They are written into blog posts, and chronicle my spiritual evolution. Living as an individual from the timeless inner landscape — rather than from the personality — may have some correlation to schools of thought which I haven't yet encountered.
To get there, a good place to start is as Anja suggested, by making self inquiry. My early notes says this of inquiry:
"Over the day, do you often experience contracting emotions, such as resistance, reaction, judgment, anxiety, tension? Over-thinking also contracts as it removes one's presence.
"Are you aware of your contracted and expanded states?
"Do you recognize in the moment what triggers you to contract?
"When contracted, I am less in touch with my deeper, authentic nature. I am disconnected experientially from myself and more mechanical towards the 'other.'
"When expanded, I feel compassion for all beings. Borders defining my sense of self, my sense of separation, dissolve. I feel warmth, openness, harmony and trust toward all, and feel at one with the larger picture.
"In the expanded state, I am more in touch with the greater existence and may feel a sense of oneness."
That is as far as I got with my notes, and there is more to come.
Then, on my journey I began doing deep breathing combined with toning long A and long O, using key phrases, integrating conscious movement such as the Five Tibetan Rites, and having telepathic conversations with cooperative networks of conscious particles over the focal point of a stone. Some of that may or may not fit with you, Rex.
If you have interest to know more, the Whole Human site offers a 'How To' for the above, called 'Heart Breathing.' It is non-commercialized. Please feel free to ask questions here or contact me.
Rex Mago Thanks, Gary R. Smith By "there", I was talking about home... I've had this longing for home ever since I was a kid... And I noticed it started become intense when this year started. I may have finally found it (or maybe it has found me) here in 3D...
Gary R. Smith Thank you for responding, Rex Mago. I'd love to hear more about what 'home' means to you. I have revised my post on the Whole Human blog with new realizations this morning. May I include your comments in the post?
Rex Mago Sure, you may, Gary. By 'home', I meant our true home... Some would call it the Source. Others would say it's the All Mind. Others realize it by achieving nirvana or samadhi. But all of them is just the One. "I wanna go home... take off this uniform and leave the show." If you've resonated with that song, you'd have known the feeling... My twin had dropped into my lap. And I'm in turmoil...
Xan Maranya Rex... With all these words, discovering what you are can seem very complicated but it is actually very simple. Notice the quiet open space and relax into that.
Anja van Loon If you allow the silence (not necessarily by meditation), and so the emptiness, there will become space for suppressed thoughts and feelings. Like Xan said, very uncomfortable and overwhelming.
If there is a lot of pain and hurt stored most people will "think" that they finally will "collapse". There is a lot of trust needed, that that will "not" happen. More kind a "thingy" too dear to collapse, but you won't, (although it will feel like it at first). A kind of daring to be small and vulnerable. Giving up the ego, and to surrender as a part of a whole.
Afterwards it will be a relief, to finally see yourself in the face and to release your feelings. Giving them a way to express. To let go all what is stored and suppressed in every cell of your body. Negative and positive. To finally be the real self. It is a personal process which is not linked to a certain time. Some need weeks, some years. To finally be freed and to create space for a "new" kind of awareness.
And than it is time to "really" experience so you get a conscious awareness and that also can be very overwhelming at first. To see yourself as enough will be followed to "see" others in the same way. The ego is gone, the real you "reborn". After that your family and friends look different, even your living and working space, etc. A "knowing" will arise about why you are what you are and what you are. And why you are where you are. A "new knowing" of which choices were and will be responsible for where you want to go. If you still "want" to go, because mostly you will become aware you are right there were your place will be, only as an other you. ;)
Anja van Loon Still trusting will be the keyword :) Trusting you will be okay and everything around you is also okay. Eventually it will be okay, maybe not "today" ;) but it "will be" okay. There will become a moment you "know" everything is already okay.