In the Collective Evolution group discussion which started with my question, 'What is your highest potential?', Rod MacKinnon wrote, 'Now, now, now, now.'
I see the point. My highest potential can only be lived by living fully in the moment.
So then, there is no point in envisioning what my highest potential looks like or considering it at all.
Besides, as Xan Maranya wrote, 'If you think you know, it can't be your highest — as that is necessarily beyond your current imagination.' and 'Imagination is creative as well as destructive, and is limited by the mind. Our greatest potential comes from beyond the mind.'
Then, no matter how large is my vision, it will never be as great as the actual. The mind-generated imagination could hinder rather than support the fulfillment of highest potential.
I thought that having a well-formed idea of highest potential could enable one to be a directing principle in their own life, but see it now as an un-needed complication.
It is, as Rod has been trying to tell me, much simpler.
Still, I like to lift my idea to the 'universe' like a balloon and release it without attachment. Perhaps my 'highest potential' is rather a longing of the heart:
'.... to have a direct experience with the primal source of all that is, to be a co-creator with it in service to life, and to be fully aware of who I am, really, before exiting the body.'
Xan also commented,
'Our individual potential comes from the same source as everything in form, in the universe. This source can be experienced and known directly within ourselves as our own essence of being. We can find out what we really are beyond the mind and any ideas. We may investigate for ourselves.'
In search of a practice to support the actualization of my highest potential, I found a yoga meditation and experimented with it. In the Isha Kriya of Sadhguru, the practitioner breathes with the specified thoughts:
Inhalation 'I am not the body.'
Exhalation 'I am not even the mind.'
I practiced this meditation over the past few days and experienced it as separating and contracting rather than merging and expanding. Asking within, I replaced those thoughts with:
Inhalation 'I am this moment.'
Exhalation 'This moment is all there is.'
This is part of my on-going exploration, experimentation and evolution. Thank you to any who take time to read.