Jump Out Of The Fire
I sit, legs crossed in front of me, concentrating on not concentrating, un-focusing awareness into the energy that is my body...into the heart space above the head. As I watch, extraordinary, illusory images flow before my mind. My breath takes me deeper until mass/matter dissolve into a spacious space and I am filled with an extraordinary vibration. I...am awake. The first time I remember awakening to this state of consciousness, I had been practicing Yoga, focusing on breathing alone - watching Prana (life/breath) ignite the energy centers of my being. I was simply pulling oxygen into my body, but for the first time I realized the significance this unconscious biological process holds. The rhythmic inhalation/exhalation, inhalation/ exhalation was the most pervasive contact I had with the world outside of my being.
Breath was providing the means for a symbiosis between existence and awareness...the inner and the outer. Each breath bathed my being with atoms of oxygen, thereby fueling the chemical reactions taking place in every cell in my body. Prana, breath, energy, air, matter was being pulled in, incorporated, exchanged and then expelled. Suddenly I knew myself, my Being, to be the energy that surrounded me.
These tiny atomic particles of energy are everywhere in our world, they are our world, we are built of them; all creatures and plants, all thoughts and actions, every thing has as its basis these transmutable particles of energy. This is a kind of all I sit, legs crossed in front of me, concentrating on not concentrating, un-focusing awareness into the energy that is my body...into the heart space. As I watch, extraordinary, illusory images flow before my mind. My breath takes me deeper until mass/matter dissolve into infinite space and I am filled with an extraordinary vibration. I am awake.
In this way, through the breath, everything conceived has vital manifestation as world energy. With these thoughts divisive matters of difference begin to dissolve and the possibilities for becoming in fullness, for living dynamically through the manifest energies about one can be realized.
This knowing, that I am breath and that breath is energy and that energy is what propels all things into being, is the eternal aspect in all being; it is true, timeless history, it is Divinity. In this way everything all the time is causing everything else ( and so each thing can offer itself as an image of this constant Divine state.) "Whenever anything is experienced simply in and for and as itself, without reference to any concepts, relevancies, or practical relationships, such a moment of sheer aesthetic arrest throws the viewer back for an instant upon his own existence with out meaning; for he too simply is - "thus Come" a vehicle for consciousness, like a spark flung out from a fire " (Campbell, Joseph. Myths to Live By. The Viking Press, New York, 1972.p 137.)