April 2017

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See what is before you

Using various techniques and exercises in the Fourth Way, it is possible to still the mind. With its chattering narrative gone, the heart can expand. In such a state, we are more able to see what is before us, freed from inner associations and fears.

Jesus said: Recognize what is before you, and what is hidden from you will be revealed,
for there is nothing hidden that will not be made manifest. – Gospel of Thomas

What can create this fresh vision?  In the Fourth Way, the intellectual center is the seat of language, which verbalizes the thoughts, emotions, and instincts we think, feel, and sense. It is relatively slow compared to sensations or emotions, and this presents an opportunity. We can briefly stop thoughts— given a strong emotional desire and techniques in the moving center—to direct ourselves out of ourselves. This aim must be constantly reaffirmed to be successful for more than a few seconds. 
To create this state, we can try selecting an impression from outside us while simultaneously remembering ourselves (our body, our inner state, our heart). This double-headed arrow of attention is called “divided attention,” a step towards full self-remembering.

Dropping the usual sense of “I” creates a connection to a Higher Self, the “I Am.” Looking into this Real World, without the usual clouds of our own thoughts and ordinary emotions, we begin to see what is before us.

With a quiet mind, it is also possible at times to glimpse the great cosmic laws in operation. Two of these laws, described at length in the Fourth Way, are the Law of Octaves (Law of Seven), and the Law of Triads (Law of Three).  Rather than being personally invested in what we see, in this new state of “I Am” we can see more deeply into cause and effect when we look at something. Newly visible, entire processes can be seen, together with any true intervals occurring. We may also be able to see triads, both complete and incomplete—where there are catalyzing forces acting on an impulse, sweeping obstacles away; or, alternatively, where a desire cannot find sufficient motivation, and remains unfulfilled. Seeing what is occurring, and not what we prefer or hope to see, represents a new state of being. Life itself begins to invite us to view the mystery of great laws in operation. Our fears and preferences, after all, do not change what is occurring, in the real world. And this Real World invites us in, to participate in what is truly here.

Dear friend, your heart is a polished mirror.
You must wipe it clean of the veil of dust that has gathered on it,
because it is destined to reflect the light of divine secrets.
Al Ghazali

 

 

Rowena Taylor