WATER MODULE

PART II: AWAKENING PRACTICES
LESSON 5: View

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Lesson 5: View

In this lesson we’ll explore viewing through air and water and through the different levels of the hologram.  We’ll begin noticing where we are viewing our experience from, moment by moment.  There’s a lot of pain in the world that needs healing and  Luminous holds that we never want to ignore it, but want to instead feel our connection with everything, including all the suffering and all the pain.  We’ll ask ourselves, where do we meet this pain? In this lesson we’ll explore what gives us the capacity to be the holder?  What gives us the capacity to be in connection, but not be overtaken? 

LESSON VIDEOS

VIDEO 1

Video 1 - Introduction To View

In this video we’ll explore the concept of view to begin noticing where we are viewing our experience from, moment by moment.  There’s a lot of pain in the world that needs healing and  Luminous holds that we never want to ignore it, but want to instead feel our connection with everything, including all the suffering and all the pain.  We’ll ask ourselves, where do we meet this pain? In this lesson we’ll explore what gives us the capacity to be the holder?  What gives us the capacity to be in connection, but not be overtaken? 

 

Introduction To View Audio


VIDEO 2
VIDEO 3
VIDEO 4

LESSON VIDEOS

Video 1 - Introduction To View

In this video we’ll explore the concept of view to begin noticing where we are viewing our experience from, moment by moment.  There’s a lot of pain in the world that needs healing and  Luminous holds that we never want to ignore it, but want to instead feel our connection with everything, including all the suffering and all the pain.  We’ll ask ourselves, where do we meet this pain? In this lesson we’ll explore what gives us the capacity to be the holder?  What gives us the capacity to be in connection, but not be overtaken? 

 

Introduction To View Audio

 

 

 

Video 2 - View Through Water Contrasted With Ordinary Mind

In this video we will practice viewing from the limited ordinary mind, feeling the pain and suffering that is in our personal bodies, the collective body, and the world and then contrast that with viewing through the seamless, limitless, awareness of air and the compassionate heart intelligence of water noticing the impact that has on our view of ourselves, each other, and our world.

 

View Through Water Contrasted With Ordinary Mind Audio

 

 

Video 3 - View Through The Hologram

In this video we’ll work as a community to be true mirrors, to practice shifting our view being able to know ourself, our reality, and each other from that view.   We've been conditioned for a lifetime, so it's a practice that we all have to undertake to strengthen ourselves.

View Through The Hologram Audio

 

 

Video 4 - View From Water And The Atmosphere if Kindness

In this video we’ll explore what's it like when kindness is an atmosphere extended to all beings and all parts? What’s it like  when our awareness is intermingled with this kindness? There's a natural quality to it.  It's part of our true nature.   If you were to speak from this atmosphere of kindness and how it impacts our bodies and our experience of each other what would it say?  

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LESSON CONTENT

Introduction To View

An essential aspect of developing more awareness is our ability to bring consciousness to our view.  Here we ask ourselves, moment by moment, where are we viewing our experience from?  Why is that important?  

There's a lot of pain that we can feel in both our physical bodies, in the collective body and even the pain of the earth and there's a lot of healing that's needed

...for our personal bodies

...for our collective body.  

...for this earth.

What Luminous holds is we never want to ignore the pain. We're not here to bypass pain. We want to feel our connection with everything, including all the suffering and all the pain.

From where do we meet this pain? What gives us the capacity to be the holder? What gives us the capacity to be in connection, but not be overtaken? 

It has a lot to do with the power of our view.

 

“In the oral process, the shadow distortion of water, we take on the conditioning of parents that weren't awake and we take on conditioning of cultures that weren't awake and then we internalize that conditioning and we live as if it's true, which becomes the clouds that obscure us from our true nature.”

 

When reality doesn't appear as the frequency of God - as an expression of the enlightened mind, it's because of all of the projections we have placed upon reality.  When we have a more obscured and limited view we create these projections holographically, repeating the same limited view  in every area of our lives.  If we experience pain and confusion, we will often experience that same pain in our relationships, with our families, in our friendships, at work, and on as it is reflected back to us.

Shadow consciousness is an obscured view of reality - it’s reality with blinders on.  Ordinary consciousness is just a less filtered version. As we widen our view to an awareness that is “Awake,” our perception clears and we see a limitless view of reality. The greater our awareness, the more we can recognize reality as it is.

 

 

As we view through water - through the filters that obscure reality we begin to experience ourselves and others as needy, helpless, collapsed, the ‘hungry ghost,’ but as we widen our view, bringing in more and more of our awareness into the awakened mind, those same qualities of water are experienced as the boundless dimension of love as we feel the warm all embracing field of our interconnectedness where we can experience the fullness of being and can recognize the perfection and preciousness of everything. 

 

 

Viewing Through The Hologram

You have true self and reality that are actually one.  Many people aren't aware of their true self.   They're scared and they aren't aware of reality. They have a view, a reality that's obscured. 

 

Diagram: VIEW - True Self vs Limited Self

 

So reality is what our awareness can recognize.  Who we truly are is that goodness, love, and wisdom - that ultimate intelligence.   What happens is we forget and then we see reality through the filter, through the sickness of all of that painful conditioning.

What do we see when we are looking through the view of our conditioning?  Our view is limited and obscured and we can’t truly know ourselves or perceive reality. It  can be very intense. From this view, there's a lack of love, truth and peace. 

Many of us, when we are in our limited view, are attempting to see reality with horse blinders on.    Our limited mind, with all of its inner confusion, is attempting to see reality, but it is seeing reality through a filter and this view actually impacts everything we experience.. 

We're viewing the world through pain and we're sending signals to the world with our energy and pain.  This is how one being impacts the world from their limited view, and then this signal is reciprocated and amplified through the hologram of reality - in your body, your relationships, your family, your work, our culture. 

So imagine you are one being, being seen through your pain and there’s a lot of other beings out there all viewing you through the delusional conditioning and pain of their limited view.  

This is often called ‘Hell’ or ‘Samsara,’ where we are in our delusions and conditioning signaling the world from it and then receiving it as a mirror.  What does it feel like if we become a mirror from this condition, we call Samsara or Hell.  

How does that feel when we're all in that together? If we keep trying to solve the problem from within the problem, feel what happens? A vortex keeps recreating itself. How easy is it to stabilize your true nature, your true self when everyone around you is mirroring from a distorted self? When your whole culture and your whole world is mirroring from a distorted view?

 

DIAGRAM: VIEW - Obscured Reality ‘Horse Blinders’

 

So how can we get a view that's outside of that pain, but not so that we can avoid it or leave it behind disconnecting from reality, but so that we can know our true selves and perceive reality as it is?

 

“Feel what it’s like to go from a limited view to a limitless one that has no edges...an Intelligence, fearlessness, and love that’s not part of our conditioning becomes available. Our work in Luminous is to practice stabilizing that unobscured view.”

 

As we learn to shift our view we begin to penetrate and see through the veils of pain. It doesn't mean that we're not going to acknowledge that there's pain, but we're going to see what reality is behind those clouds of pain so that we can see what's actually here -  the reality of love, the reality of connectedness, the reality of truth, the reality of every sentience being's dignity and the right for our wellbeing.  

We see it and then we become the true mirrors of it.  Instead of being in our conditioning, fighting with our neighbor about whose done it, we can directly experience the presence and the love that can listen to those in pain.  As we learn to shift our view, we can begin to mirror the truth of who we are to each other so that we can stabilize it.  

 

DIAGRAM: VIEW - The True Mirror of Limitless Reality

 

What if, as a community, we did practices where we actually glimpse beyond the pain and then from that peaceful, limitless ground of awareness, we can become reflections reflecting each other to help us all collectively begin to know ourselves.  This is the focus of the work we do at Luminous in this community.

Every being in the world needs that mirror, and it's not just for us or for this group, but it's all beings who need us to be in that awareness that’s not merged with all the pain and cultural conditioning, but the awareness that can be a true mirror to know their truth and their wholeness where we can know reality and see through the veils.

Our goal in Luminous is to become that community of beings who can sit from that view and view each other and view the world and view the beings who need to be held and listened to and view and reflected in their goodness. 

Do you understand why we need each other?  That we actually need beings who want to commit to that together.  That we actually need a place to recognize our true self and to recognize reality beyond the storm of Samsara, but also to be reflected in each other, where we can feel safe enough and seen  to create some stability in our own systems..  As we stabilize that, it becomes something that we can then offer to others.

 

 

Viewing Through The Atmosphere of Kindness

What's it like when kindness is an atmosphere extended to all beings and all parts? 

What’s it like when our awareness is intermingled with this kindness? 

There's a natural quality to it.  It's part of our true nature.   

If you were to speak from this atmosphere of kindness and how it impacts our bodies and our experience of each other what would it say?  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you feel the wholeness, the edgelessness? The duality goes away. The ‘othering’ dissolves.

Notice the fluidity and softness.  Water is one of the feminine qualities of awakening and it's wisdom is connected to receiving and following and listening which allows for fluidity and softness. We don't have to get into the distorted masculine sense of control or domination or pushing, and there's love for domination and control and pushing. Water can love that too. 

 

Water is generosity itself.  Water is our giving nature, it pours into everything. Water naturally gives itself freely, openly, effortlessly, from an infinite source of love, fullness, wholeness. We don't have to dominate ourselves to be giving or to be good. It's natural. It's what outpours when we are connected to our source, when we're not living in the mind of lack.

 

Notice the infinity of fullness that just fills us that comes when we come out of push, trying and judging and into relaxation that allows the infinity to pour in.

Notice if you feel the generosity of heart which is very different than you owe, blame, shame, guilt, give me, or demand. Water is generosity itself.  Water is our giving nature, it pours into everything. Water naturally gives itself freely, openly, effortlessly, from an infinite source of love, fullness, wholeness. We don't have to dominate ourselves to be giving or to be good. It's natural. It's what outpours when we are connected to our source, when we're not living in the mind of lack.

Another quality of water is curiosity, openness, and wonder. Not already knowing, not already decided, not here to tell, but actually here to listen, to be curious, be open. Feel that childlike quality that hasn't lost its natural water intelligence that is part of our true nature that gets obscured by our conditioning.

Water is responsive instead of controlling.  It's listening,  it's felt.  It's following. So it's timing is in response to the need.  If you're with someone's emotional process, there is a pacing that would feel the timing.  It's in that connectedness and responsiveness of the timing, and the pacing is coming from a felt sense rather than a thought sense.

Water is the opposite of polarizing and it's sometimes hard to lead without contrasting.  There's a quality of openness, softness, and permission that actually makes our connectedness more like an atmosphere. 

 

Our True Nature Is All These Qualities

In Luminous we realize that our True Nature is all of these qualities. It is Air, Awake Awareness and Water, which is open, embracing, interconnected love that is fluid and receptive. True Nature is Tree, which is that presence and reliable, discerning, protective hereness that guides us and gives us an inner compass. Your true nature is all air, water, tree, earth, fire, realm crystal. That's our true nature, it is all qualities.

True Nature is who we are.  Ordinary mind thinks of us as a separate individual rather than when the veil is lifted.  There's more of a realization that who we are is an ocean, an interconnected oneness that’s here.

 

Putting On The Blinders Of Our Delusioned Mind

Most of us, because we're caught in an ordinary consciousness  seeing within the conditioned view of the ordinary mind that doesn’t actually recognize the abundance of who we are,and what this actually is.  In our limited view we put our blinders on. 

 

“In the oral process, the shadow distortion of water, we take on the conditioning of parents that weren't awake and we take on conditioning of cultures that weren't awake and then we internalize that conditioning and we live as if it's true, which becomes the clouds that obscure us from our true nature.”

 

The shadow distortions of these qualities occur when the external conditioning has been internalized. In the oral process, the shadow distortion of water, we take on the conditioning of parents that weren't awake and we take on conditioning of cultures that weren't awake and then we internalize that conditioning and we live as if it's true, which becomes the clouds that obscure us from our true nature.

That's how it happens. We adopt the conditioning. The mirrors that were around us as kids, and as we are in cultures, the mirrors are distorted, but they're the only mirrors we have and we adopt them and instead of our true nature being mirrored to us, what happens is we're being viewed and we're conforming to the view of unawake parents and unawake cultures. 

 

The Power of Shifting Our View

That's why it's so important that we learn the power of view, that our awareness is limitless and awake, and that as we learn to recognize it, we finally find a freedom from living within the view of our cultures and our communities and our parents, because if we're dependent on mirroring from our cultures and our communities and our parents then we are f'd up. 

We can work as a community here to be true mirrors, to practice shifting our view, being able to know ourselves and reality and each other from that view. We've been conditioned for a lifetime, so it's a practice that we all have to undertake to strengthen ourselves.

 

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