Step 1: What is the Meaning of This
Today a stone is cast in the pool of humanity, a complete and unique concentric circle rippling into the Universe, sending shivers down its starry spine. And as with the Japanese Koan for Peace below, this circle never ends. Likewise, in the world of Peace that connects all of the human, animal, plant, spirit and other worlds, the door never closes. In fact, there is no door, only pure Perception.
A Koan is an unanswerable question that demands an answer to reveal the limits of logical thinking and used in Zen practice to provoke the “Great Doubt”. It is a symbolic paradox to abandon dependence on reason as to bring about sudden, intuitive splashes in your Understanding that lead to enlightenment. Note that the key word to this passage is “dependence”.
Upon step one we begin to alchemically burn off your dependence on meaning “calcified” by extended time in reason, which has access only to the past and creates doors between you and your Pure Perception. As such, Imagination can soar no higher than your previous experiences and Inspiration derived solely from the childhood myth, no more than overtones of convictions derived by a 6 year old. As for the doorway to your Intuition, we will come to that upon subsequent steps in this Course. What is most important now is that you understand the vitality of Meaning as the fluid force of True Communication amongst Earthly Life.
As each step brings you a higher Vision of what can be achieved, based on the simple Truths of What Is, do you move forward in your spiritual development, working to cleanse yourself of the contaminating influences (defilements) of the bonding-rejection (duality) impulses so attracted to your earthly existence. Step by step, you transcend (pass over) your ego to the Conscious Ego, directly responsive to Divine Consciousness and its reality within you, your living and your environment, all of which are one.
You have already burned much away during the first Alchemical stage of Calcination that added to the enforcement of the Western Front, yet one cannot light ash. So must we go deeper, behind the curtain, to the old one who got lost in a hot air balloon and use that billowing energy as for the Phoenix to rise and so shed its healing tears that the alchemical process of Transformation may be carried on.
As you cast your Changing Mind through our website you read this script:
You Don't Know that You Don't Know.
In Arabian Proverb these words are attributed to the Fool, yet fear not. Even the Tarot begins here for it is preferable until this stage of growth changes in taking a walk through the Mistakes Wheel. For now consider not knowing as what keeps the mystery alive in you. Christ did not know he could not walk on water. But he did it just the same. So it said, that one must do only that which you cannot not do.
And too it has been said, as if a warning, that “the fire has gone out in the West”. Yet this is natural, for the West is the place where the sun goes down and so natural - not a threat at all. Let these words put your fight or flight system to rest now, for it is a good time to let the you that thinks they have been running the show die down that we may come to where the sun also rises.
When something dies, another something is born. As with the Tibetan teachings on death and dying, which we will also cover in this Course, that which has died must be ushered or guided out, which generally takes 49 days. In this time there is grieving, wailing, sadness, a sense of loss as long held trauma releases from the body. Simultaneously, one must also tend to the needs of the newborn that has come in the very same moment as the death. Many would say there is no greater pain than to bear a child; others that there is no greater pain than to bury one. The key word here is Pain, which is present for both events, the kind of Pain that Love is so good at sharing that no one should carry it alone.
The moon, Grandmother Kia, who shines light into the Darkness, knows this well, as conveyed in The Shaman’ca Loop. If you do not already have the CD, please click on the link for the audio download.
Yet and still, how are we to work with this practically? That my Friend is why you are here for as Christ, Muhammad and Buddha were fully aware, the practical application of Enlightenment is within you. To access it the teachings and texts, stories and pictures given to us are to be taken allegorically, for there is little room for logic in the 5th dimension, even practicality can get squeezed out there yet a good launching pad.
Your head may well be swimming here as the ripples of Peace make their way to wash over you, so let us come to the key that opened the tiny door for Alice when she experienced this sensation on her way to Wonderland. The magical “key” to any passage, any thread of words, contains the Truth within it. Sometimes the key is lost upon you for it is far beyond the seemingly measurable meaning mustered up your minimized memory yet right under your nose. Tug on that thread, breathe it in, and the Truth unravels in the inner invisible space of the Third Eye, the “seat” of Consciousness. Then Consciousness rises from its seat for a walk-about through the entire body, the world as Body. Here, there is no longer need to search outwards for the ever-expanding place of Freedom for he who is free wants nothing. And as this sense of Freedom develops you may dip into your Key Word Apothecary when you feel as if the water is pulling you back into calcified meaning.
In the world of Meaning it is not enough to sit in the West and say “the fire has gone out”. The Christened and Bodhisattvas do not hide in a cave when Enlightenment comes to them, though it can certainly send one in that direction with its blinding light. Yet in Enlightenment, even a shooting star understands Right Place.
Before enlightenment, chop wood and carry water.
After enlightenment, chop wood and carry water.
What is the difference? The difference is subtle, Sublime. Just as each planet has its own bodily functions, spinning at different rates of time, different “climates” etc. so does each world (or “realm” as used in Buddhism) have its own set of rules and laws. The laws that govern Ignorance for instance are different than those of Enlightenment, those that govern Judgment subtly different from Discernment and those which govern Before different from After. This difference is also true in relationships between people who are operating in different worlds with different laws which can bring confusion, isolation and loneliness in one unable to celebrate Difference as key to Diversity.
The Great Mystery celebrates the ability of the Spirit to take flight from the body and return to the human form at will, rising like the flame from the wick yet never separate from the candle. Likewise, the seekers and travellers of the Cosmic Mirror must return to the people with The Vision that it bestow us with. If one does not or cannot find Expression in what they find there in the Here and Now, energy does not move. This is the basis of the Age of Aquarius, oral communication, which is limited not to verbal communication yet Transmittance which requires opening to the frequency of the Goddess, the Great Mystery and making it clear. Remember now these words:
Ours is not to clear up the Mystery.
It is to make the Mystery clear.
What impedes the ability to take what is there in your own two hands (manifest) is that something is out of alignment, the road within you too crooked and tight for the breadth of The Vision to come through. And so that road, the pathway, must be straightened out and widened. Furthermore, when energy is trapped it not only turns to “black goo”, but begins pumping cement into ones ruts, and in doing so impedes the return as for one to be stuck in Forever, often experienced as replays of childish convictions. We will speak more of the southerly world of Forever as we pass it along our Journey as well as many views of mental health and the power of Conviction in Right Place.
Let us now dwell for a spell in Enlightenment, which for many still seems like something hovering around you, something you dream of when you look towards the stars yet more like the sunglasses perched on your head that you thought were lost. The fact is one must reach for their star and pull it on like a cozy sweater for, like your Soul, it is waiting to be incorporated so as to warm the place reserved precisely for the unexpected guest.
It is possible you will not recognize the place Enlightenment has reserved for you at its table and so your host shows you the way. Too you may not be accustomed to the culture and customs of this transcendent field of existence where all opposites are unified into the Middle Path nor be familiar with the response abilities inherent to the place of the Adult. You may not know what the little spoon and the little fork are for. Or that Trust has no sense of direction. For this reason you need a guide, which is different than the host yet serves it, until all becomes familiar enough for the little ego to take its Right Place in Consciousness and Consciousness to move from its tiny seat within the brain into the wholeness of the body and oneness of the world as body.
The Course of Changing Mind will guide you through familiar though forgotten inner terrain with readings that are a challenge to get through that you might not seek trouble in the outer world. Your eyes will see only what the mind is prepared to comprehend. And this is fine, for the fact is, the Words (and worlds) are reading you, finding the places where the extraordinary lives in you, calling you back into circulation, bringing forth the teachings of your own medicine bundle inside you. Eventually you will take the medicine of your own voice and the value of your own word as your Best and in blending your best with that of others, make the world a good place.
In the Plan of the Higher Order, what we refer to as “meaning” naturally flows and follows through without question or doubt. But this new, subtle muscle of “meaning” must be worked out with the fluidity of your developing Understanding. We work this muscle gently yet with regular cycles of repetition throughout this Course that make random calls or “drop ins” on many things as we make our way. Here is an exercise from The Plan designed to gently awaken dormant DNA that they might assist in the development of your Understanding. Notice that each portion is completed with a period, a full pause of stillness after each movement to do so.
Love manifests Beauty.
Contentment expresses Gentleness.
Tenderness begets Humility.
Humility creates Compassion.
Compassion creates Tranquility.
This Rite of Passage to your Enlightened Adulthood is for those seeking a direct, transformative experience of the sacred, until now, reserved for the mystics. You may not even know that this is what you have been looking for, nor what the real meaning of it may be. No matter. Word is, it has found you. In the words of Rumi:
"When I run after what I think I want, my days are a furnace of stress and anxiety;
if I sit in my own place of patience, what I need flows to me, and without pain.
From this I understand that what I want also wants me,
is looking for me and attracting me.
There is a great secret here for anyone who can grasp it."
Indeed we are taught that our place or purpose here is inside our feet. And Spider teaches that Life is always counterbalanced in perfect equilibrium with no ultimate right and ultimate wrong. This is not likely what you have been taught but you are here with us now. And as a spiders web, the Course of Changing Mind continually bringing you back to what you thought you understood as to see deeper truths inside them that run both straight and spiral lines.
Some feel that coming across familiar situations or patterns means they have failed in some way. This is not true. One who makes no mistakes has no opportunity to learn from them. Learning from our mistakes is the way to step out of Karma, out of Samsara, and into the Medicine Wheel. Indeed one of the introductory Medicine Wheels we will travel is the Mistakes Wheel. And as to move from wheel to progressive wheel, going ever deeper into Transcendence, there is Council to keep things flowing in the Interactive Field and our one-on-one shamanic sessions for when one might be digging too deep without removing the debris and so bury them selves alive. For we truly need more people here who are upright and dignified.
As you find yourself craving more insight, more understanding, more wisdom, education, learning and even more, know that you are on the right track for Knowledge is Light. But too know that what you gather must be met with Experience as for the Light to be illuminated. With this light you will go beyond learning and knowing to Realization, and in doing so ignite a being enlightened with your gift of spiritual and intellectual “fire”, your emotional maturity seasoned with know-how and the ability to respond, proudly powered in this Course by The Word, imagery and song. Quite the horn of Plenty!
These teachings are not just about the words yet the energy transmission and guidance that flow therein. Not only do we ask that you take this course in through the computer rather and the printed page and furthermore, that the words ought to be listened not just with the ears or eyes, but with the heart, unhurriedly, with peace and stillness moving through you in the constant motion that is healing, which comes of Listening, from which Authenticity blooms.
There is much to be harvested from The Word. We are already aware that words can as easily bring peace as star wars. It is said that our Ancestors fought to get us here. The Rest is up to us. May we all Rest in Peace for the Rest of our Life. I request that you review the title of this step now, noting there is no question there.
I leave you in this resting place today with the words of a great medicine people of the Amazon who speak the sound of light, transliterated by the Plant Kingdom.
I will open your thoughts.
By doing so, I'll fill you with joy.
By doing so, I'll straighten your thoughts.
By doing so, I'll straighten your body.
Now, I will heal you to the depths of your heart.
By doing so, I'll fill you with immense joy.
By doing so, I'll return Life to your body and thoughts.
I will heal your being, your body
With the powerful essence of The Tree and The Universe
So you are Joyous.
Remember my words
So you will remember them,
I will repeat them in many ways.
Though I am small,
I made your thoughts shine like jewels.
The Universe is in Harmony.
The Word is and will ever Be.
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as your preliminary Akashic Record "library card".