Most everyone that is on the path to self knowledge (the art of being) is doing so from the perspective of trying to achieve it. Interestingly, it is this attitude that most holds us back from arriving at “Being”. We must also remember that it is an evolving process, not just an end result. Many believe that we will arrive and that will be it. In our experience, this is not the case, we are a constant evolution of awakening. Today’s understanding is tomorrow stepping stone to more awareness and due to its subtlety, more Being. Enjoy the journey. ~Alain & Jody Herriott
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“When you seek a cause you have already created a result.” This is such a lovely phrase. The very act of doing anything puts into motion a whole series of events and any expectation within that creates Need. That is the nature of all Maya. That is because if we seek we are in desire. This action causes expectation and that leads to tension. If we choose to feel our feeling within any issue, then we unfold and balance and openness is the result. We end up in harmony and there is nothing that needs to be done as we are simply there. ~Alain & Jody Herriott (quote from Gravity Dreams by L.E. Modesitt, Jr.)
Being, there are so many ways to talk about it. Yet doing it is, well, presence. So here’s a little poem. Just feel it.
Clear quarter moon
Branches in silhouette
Enjoy the journey ~Alain & Jody Herriott
Every experience we have is an opportunity to experience opening. This means everything that happens! People believe that being present doesn’t include everyday interactions and experiences and that we need to leave the state of presence in order to interact with others. In our experience this is not the case, just the habit created from years of patterning. Every experience can now take on new meaning. We are in the world but not of the world, nor are we drawn into the drama of a situation.
The Tao te Ching would say:
Can you deal with the most vital matters
by letting events take their course?
Can you step back from your own mind
and thus understand all things?
This is the nature of Being versus being caught in the drama. Feeling the feelings within us and allowing them to unwind takes us there and sets us free. ~Alain & Jody Herriott
Have you ever noticed that when we really let ourselves feel, there is a sense of motion within us? On the other hand when the mind thinks, the motion is stopped. From this we learn that feeling creates movement, and too much mind creates stops. Movement is the beginning of freedom and stops are what keep us locked in place. We encourage you to feel; the movement will set you free and return you to Being. ~Alain & Jody Herriott
Supraliminal: of or relating to any stimulus that is above the threshold of sensory awareness. In psychology: being above the threshold of perception of a stimulus
As we unwind the issues that limit us, we become aware of states of being and stimuli that exceed previous levels of awareness. We are actually able to experience life in a supraliminal way. The extremely subtle becomes the new normal; we are now present and the world opens before us. ~Alain & Jody Herriott
Wu Wei (Chinese, literally “non-doing”) is an important concept of Taoism and means natural action, or in other words, action that does not involve struggle or excessive effort. Wu wei is the cultivation of a mental state in which our actions are quite effortlessly in alignment with the flow of life.
This is why we do feeling work. It is not that we are attempting to achieve an outcome that has these attributes. It is because as we unwind that which limits us, we quite naturally find ourselves experiencing this. Life truly does just flow and we find ourselves quite naturally in effortless harmony. ~Alain & Jody Herriott
Duality: the quality or condition of being dual. The state or quality of being two or in two parts; dichotomy.
We are experiencing life as duality. We appear to need highs and lows, rights and wrongs and so on. The mind appears to crave issues to talk about in order to immerse itself in duality. This is just the mind believing the illusion; that it needs comparisons in order to define “self”. When we feel, duality unwinds and we experience Being. There is no longer a need for the inner turmoil of who or what is better; quite simply we are. ~Alain & Jody Herriott
“If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.”–Amit Ray
So often we hear this kind of suggestion and as everyone breathes, the opportunity to use it is there for all of us. Within it is the chance to discover sensations that lead one deeper into awareness than most would believe possible. It is so simple when we are willing to feel the breath. Feeling really is always safe and it will always lead us deeper into discovery. –Alain & Jody Herriott