Imagine yourself as consisting of several planets and orbits. The sun of enlightenment is in your center. The furthest away planet is the physical body, orbiting out there. Next planet inward is the emotional body. Further in from that is the mental-thinking body. More interior is the bliss-body.
Bliss is still not enlightenment, but it lifts you to happiness when you’re in it.
Finally at your deepest core is the sun, true enlightenment without personal identity.
You have all these bodies all the time, whether you visit them or not.
Even if you have never felt bliss, you do have a bliss body. It is available always.
Here’s a suggested practice in the coming weeks. When you sit down to meditate, check in with each of these bodies.
Start with the outer orbit. How’s my physical body? Feels okay.
How are my emotions? Fairly stable.
How’s my mind? As busy as ever.
When we relax into deep quiet, we visit the bliss orbit.
Yet we are mostly mental people. It’s like we have a rubber band attached to the mental world. We may visit bliss, but the rubber band keeps snapping us back into thinking.
We keep slipping into the orbit of thoughts.
Good thoughts give rise to good times. Bad thoughts give rise to bad times. Yet if we release thoughts and go more inward to live in the sheath of bliss, then we don’t care about good and bad times. Good/bad doesn’t make such a big impression on us, because we have the stability of bliss. We’re not so impressed with our health or lack of health, our wealth or poverty. Our priorities change. We disengage. We don’t take things personally. We prefer returning to bliss.
Practice now going into bliss. Now is the time, as we are coming into a world shift toward peace. When more people live in the bliss orbit, there is no more urging toward peace, because peace is the very air you breathe. It’s not an issue.
Those sages who have lived in bliss always had a smile playing about their lips. It’s a happy place to live. It makes everything in your view appear blissful, no matter the circumstance.
Yet we can easily see that in our world now, in the mental world, people are in constant conflict, striving toward peace. Struggling. You see it on the news. This is the thinking world. Not peaceful.
The mind was designed to create problems and to solve them. So the mind will always have problems. It needs problems. It wants to chew on them. That’s what it does.
Also. The mind takes this teaching as information, as a key to use later. Don’t save it for later. That’s missing the whole point. Why wait to open the door, when you can open it now? All learning occurs now. It’s not for later.
Learn now to let go, to release into a state of contentment. Breathe.
Those in the bliss world have learned to use intuition, which is a higher intelligence than the mind.
In the outer orbits of body, emotion, mind, a person may be flapping around crying out: “It’s the end of the world!”
But in going to bliss orbit, a person can observe happily and simply say, “It’s not my world.” It is what it is, and I don’t take it personally. It’s not my role to fix it. Not right now. I accept that God has charge of all of it.
You won’t lose touch with your practical life. All of that continues. You still need to do the practical things. But you won’t take life so seriously.
Imagine yourself having worked a long time to go on vacation, and now finally you’re in Hawaii, on your towel, on the beach. What do you do then? Do you think about it and keep planning how it could be better? Resting on the beach, do you struggle over what’s for dinner? The best approach is to simply stop thinking and feel it, be it, soak in it. You are speechless. You touch your heart. You simply love it.
When you fully connect with your surroundings, you don’t label and reframe and think it all out. You simply embrace it. You want to BE the tree, BE the beach. When you lie on the beach, soaking in all the sights and sounds and tastes, the only proper response is, “Ahhh.”
This is the learning. Go to the place in you that simply says “Ahhh.” No words. Just, “Ahhh.” You have arrived.
This is a way of being.
This excerpt is Chapter 21 of Vol 1, Walking the Bridge with a Fearless Heart.
Thanks to pixabay for this solar system pic.