Posted by: Doc NiRo | April 18, 2010

Stages, Shadow and Nirvana

“States are Free stages are Earned” ~ Ken Wilber

There aren’t just states of consciousness, like being in a state of now awareness, but there are stages of consciousness. There are structures of consciousness and these develop. States of consciousness generally don’t develop, although if they are trained they can, but states of consciousness are things like waking, dreaming, deep-formless sleep, not ever present now awareness and those states of consciousness tend to come and go.

Structures of consciousness, on the other hand, tend to develop. They develop in stages and one of the first Westerners to point this out and discover this was Jean Gebser and he called these stages, which are stages that actually humanity have gone through and stages that individuals go through, even to this day. Everybody born today goes through these stages and they are archaic, magic, mythic, rational, pluralistic and integral.

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“A Wise Man looks into space and knows there in no limited dimensions” ~ Lao Tzu

The entire western developmental psychology is indeed some sort of the entire panoply of the world’s mystical traditions and we find that in the East and we find it in the West, we find it of course in Zen and Vedanta and Taoism and in the West we find it in Sufism and Neoplatonism and Kabbalah and certain forms of centering, prayer and Christianity and all of these are designed to take awareness beyond it’s ordinary, conventional, egoic orientation and open it to a radically vast, open, infinite super-conscious domain. And by whatever name this super-conscious domain is called, whether it is called Brahman or Allah or Vishnu or Shina or Dharmakaya, that is a person’s true and fundamental and ultimate sort of identity and for the world’s great mystical traditions.

The discovery of this Timeless now awareness is the ultimate goal and aim of life and it is the aim of spirituality itself, of course.

So what you start doing when you start paying attention to the now is that you realize fairly immediately that when you’re resting in the now, when you’re really just giving pure awareness to the pure present, most of life’s difficulties seem to evaporate. It’s really true that you are free of the past and free of the future and open to this pure present and the pure present seems to have no boundaries and is wide open and is free of most anxiety and free of most depression and clearly that’s a place where one would like to live and certainly the mystics agree. But as you start doing that as a practice, you will notice that okay, “I’m aware of the now moment, I’m aware of the now moment, I’m aware of the now moment” and then at some point, you’ll realize you are not. At some point you have lost track. At some point you got caught in thoughts of yesterday or thoughts of tomorrow or some distraction. Shadow?

And and the shadow is any unconscious or dissociated material from one’s self that you have pushed out of awareness, tried to deny, tried to project or dissociate and it could be feelings of anger, could be feelings of jealousy, could be feelings of sexuality, it could be power drives. At some point in the past, these became uncomfortable feelings and so, you know, in a typical sort of Freudian way, we push these out of awareness and we tend to project them onto other people. “Oh, I’m not angry, but that person over there is angry,” or tend to displace them, tend to have these feelings show up in disguised, morbid, uncomfortable forms and so what happens is you’re paying attention to the now and you’re paying attention to the now and you’re paying attention to the now and all of a sudden you’re not, and one of the reasons you’re not is that you are caught in shadow material.

We recommend Self-Transcendence Workbook by TD Lingo to be your (FREE) tool for removing Shadow stuff 🙂

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Enjoy – A *Taste* from these Higher Stages of human development, In-joy;

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi: “Perfect mental and physical health is natural in this state of fulfillment of life where divine intelligence speaks in all phases, where God-consciousness permeates all daily experiences and activities, where universal love flows in and overflows from the heart and where divine intelligence fills the mind.” (page 250, The Science of Being and Art of Living)

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj: “As long as you imagine yourself to be something tangible and solid, a thing among things, actually existing in time and space, shortlived and vulnerable, naturally you will be anxious to survive and increase. But when you know yourself as beyond space and time—in contact with them only at the point of here and now, otherwise all-pervading and all-containing, unapproachable, unassailable, invulnerable—you will be afraid no longer.” (page 485, I am That)

H.W.L. Poonja: “When you are yourself, there is no fear and you are aloneness. You never touch anything else. Time doesn’t touch, mind doesn’t touch, fear doesn’t touch. You are beyond all that. … Duality is only in dreaming. When you wake up, nothing else existed. That is total freedom.” (page133, Wake Up And Roar)

Lao Tsu: “The Sage has no interests of his own, but takes the interests of the people as his own. He is kind to the kind; he is also kind to the unkind; For Virtue is kind. He is faithful to the unfaithful: for Virtue is faithful. In the midst of the world, the Sage is shy and self-effacing. For the sake of the world he keeps his heart in its nebulous state. All the people strain their ears and eyes; the Sage only smiles like an amused infant.” (chapter 49, Tao Te Ching)

Paramahansa Yogananda: “When the divine joy comes, immediately my breath is still and I am lifted into the Spirit. I feel the bliss of a thousand sleeps rolled into one, and yet I don’t lose my ordinary awareness. This is universally the experience of those who go deep in the superconscious state. When the profound ecstasy of God falls over you, the body becomes absolutely still, the breath ceases to flow, and the thoughts are quiet—banished, every one, by the magic command of the soul. The you drink of God’s bliss and experience an intoxication of joy that not a thousand draughts of wine could give you.” (page 161, Man’s Eternal Quest)

A Course in Miracles: “The outcome of the lesson that God’s Son is guiltless is a world in which there is no fear, and everything is lit with hope and sparkles with a gentle friendliness. Nothing but calls to you in soft appeal to be your friend, and let it join with you.” (page 647)

And Where is this ‘Oneness/Transcendence/Nirvana Computed?

Brain and behavior researcher Lingo spent a great deal of time investigating (unconventionally) and his ‘hypothesis’ is that the locus of these mystic, peak-experiences are, our, frontal-lobes. (This is still not mainstream science) – Keeping in mind that the states are “free” but the stages are earned! Means; you can have PEAK mystic experience or experiences but still NOT grow or ‘quantum leaped’ a stage UP! – That’s the deal. Transcendence doesn’t necessarily means stage UP. More on TD in next post. Thank you and Have fun.


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