Yesterday I received a letter! Now this may not seem much but when your only form of communication is either spoken or handwritten, letters become important.
There’s something magical about a letter, a piece of paper with words written on it. The letter for me has something that a text, e-mail or instant message doesn’t have. I know the electronic forms may contain all the same information, it may be written exactly the same, but the electronic version seems to lack the energy of the author. A hand written letter, or typed in this case, seems to carry with it all the feelings and emotions of the writer, if just seems to me that these energies are somehow lost during the delivery of an electronic letter.
Is the true art of letter writing being lost in a sea of electronic shorthand and smiley faces and funky fonts?
Thanx Mel, g8t 2 no u care <3! Thank you Mel for making my day!
Up to this point I have limited myself to places where either I can control the tech or avoid the tech with ease, The Woods, my flat, the old fashioned green grocers. Last night I ventured out to see some friends for the New Moon celebrations and ritual.
I ventured to a house with loads of tech, knowing that there would be several very techie people there… could I resist the pull of the tech?
The first thing that I noticed was how harsh the glare from the electric lights is. Over the past few days, my eyes have become accustomed to the soft flicker of candle light. However this wasn’t too much of an issue, as is normally the case we spent most of the evening sat outside around the fire. With hind sight I should have taken some candles around, as finding the toilet in the dark, without flicking the light switch was a challenge! Mental note to Self, take candles when you go round for Samhain!
The other thing that I noticed was how loud the tech is. Noise from the TV (I didn’t go into the front room where all the tech is housed, but I could still hear it), the computers, the mp3 player. So much tech related noise. Until you remove all of these distractions you don’t fully realise just how much noise they make! Even when they are not meant to be omitting any sound, the tech seems to have a constant hum that fills the silence; that fills the void.
Once again I observed the way that people interact with their tech. Constantly changing the playlist on the mp3. Constantly checking their phones. Constantly checking the time. Constantly using tech to distract themselves from the experience of the evening.
When a group of people come together, how often do you hear it said “Stop! Wait let me get my phone and video that” or “I must get a picture of that” or “Let me show you this video on youtube”. Constantly distracting themselves from the moment, from The Now. Don’t get me wrong it’s great to have photos and videos to remind ourselves of a great time, or show others who weren’t present but surely the videos and photos should be spontaneous in order to fully capture the energies?
The other thing that I noticed, and I hope that I don’t offend anyone from last night with this observation, but those who use their tech the most were the ones that had the least inner calm. Those who are happy within themselves were the ones who left their tech alone. Those who got constantly distracted by their tech were the ones who have the greatest inner turmoil. This observation came from a single evening, maybe it was a one off, I don’t know, there may be no correlation between inner clam and the distractions of tech. However I feel that those without an inner calm more fully utilise the distractions of tech and I’m sure that if I took all their tech away they would find some other distraction.
All in all I passed the challenge, I didn’t interact with any tech and everyone was considerate in making sure that photos on phones etc were not passed in front of me and that no one told me the time. It’s not easy when you see the sudden glow of a mobile phone in your peripheral vision not to look to see what’s going on. I would have preferred it if there was no tech but this is my Tech-Free 10 days not theirs. These are going to be the challenges that I face when I come out the other side and make the decision about what tech I keep and what I loose.
This Mornings Meditation
My meditation this morning was somehow different. I didn’t do anything different, I went through my usual routine but for some reason this morning a deeper sense of calm descended upon me. It was just me in the void, in the silence, in the stillness from which everything comes and everything eventually returns. Just me in the void, with a still candle flame burning inside me. Peaceful!
Food Glorious Food
I am rediscovering the joy in preparing, cooking and eating three square meals a day! To some this may seem strange but when you consider that up to the point of starting the 10 days or Back To The Basics, my life was so busy and filled with tech that most of my meals where out of a tin or bottle, anything that was quick and easy. I suppose it’s not dissimilar to the bath I had on Tuesday, when you actively and consciously engage with the process that you are doing the result is far more fulfilling and joyful. If you take this one step further and actively and consciously engage with every process that you undertake then life becomes more fulfilling and joyful.
The food tastes and looks better, the bath is more relaxing and soothing, the colours outside and inside are brighter and more vibrant, even on a dull day like today. The sounds are softer and more pleasing, life just seems so much better when you actively and consciously engage with it. Worries, what worries? Stress, what stress? Life is just so much more enjoyable.
The Brick Wall
I suppose it was going to happen at some point, not unlike a junky going through cold turkey, at some point you hit a brick wall, where all you can think about is that which you don’t have and that which you want. I’ve started thinking about tech, getting back on-line again. The whole situation isn’t helped by the pile of tech stacked up in front of me! Calling to me, asking me to plug it in and fire it up!
If I weren’t sharing my experiences with you the temptation would be even stronger, but for some reason I feel that if I crack then I’m not only letting myself down but I’m letting you down as well.
I will soldier on, I DO NOT NEED the tech, I don’t need the distractions, I am strong! I’m off to meditate!
Indulge me please, I’m going to jump into the esoteric here, if it’s not up your street then please skip the rest of this post I won’t be offended but I feel that I need to say this as it’s been slowly formulating all day, bringing all the coincidences and thoughts and feelings together.
We Are All Energy
Quantum physics has shown what the indigenous people have always known. That the fundamental building blocks of the Universe and its multiple dimensions is energy. Not protons, neutron and electrons, not even quarks, neutrinos and other very small bits(!) but raw energy. Everything that we see, feel, smell or hear is just energy; we are just clouds of energy.
The Three Energy Fields
Some of which is confined to a finite space, our physical bodies; and some to a more dynamic space. This energy that is confined to the dynamic space is often referred to as our auras and these have been researched and photographed. However I believe, and this partly based on what I’ve read, been told and what I’ve experienced, that there is a third boundary which is even more dynamic than the aura boundary, and even more subtle but seemingly far more powerful. I’m going to refer to this as The Life Force Energy. Which really is not a good name, because everything has this Life Force Energy, even rocks and stones, but it seems to fit so that’s what I‘m calling it?
The Life Force Energy
I believe that it’s this Life Force Energy that healers use, it is the power behind what some call magik. The indigenous peoples would access and interact with this third energy field, The Life Force Energy via Witchdoctors, Shaman, Sages, Medicine men, and the like.
So to recap, I believe that we are made up of at least three energy fields, the first in confined to a finite space and is the physical body, the second is a little more dynamic and permeates out from the physical body a short distance (centimetres) and is called the aura, the third is far more dynamic and permeates out from the physical body far greater distances and I’ve called it the Life Force Energy.
This Life Force Energy is so dynamic that it interacts and mixes with other Life Force Energy fields around it producing a global grid of interconnected Life Force Energies. Carl Jung would have called it the collective subconscious, a global or even a universal consciousness, a Oneness. Of course the other two energy fields identify us as individuals.
Life Force Energy and Time
This to me seems to be the only way to describe this, the connection between time and the Life Force Energy. Not only does this Universal Consciousness; this Life Force Energy, connect ALL of space it also connects all of time, effectively making time a dynamic experience and not a linear experience. From what I understand this also touches on Einstein’s theory of Special Relativity. I have personally experienced this, when time slows down or time expands the Life Force Energy becomes less subtle and more observable.
Observing The Life Force Energy
In order for us to observe and interact with this Life Force Energy we must achieve two things.
1. We must slow down time.
2. We must develop our senses; sight sound, smell and touch to the extent that we can observe the most subtle of energies.
Introducing Expanded Awareness
This is where Expanded Awareness comes in. As I said in an early post I knew I would elaborate more on Expanded Awareness, I just didn’t know where at the time. I have only been practicing Expanded Awareness since July this year when I met Ben on his “Into The Heart of The Earth” course. As such my interaction is limited and my observations fluctuate.
Expanded Awareness is a process that teaches you to focus on everything and nothing simultaneously. So you can see everything but nothing, as if focusing on everything all at the same time, I know this sounds like a contradiction but it’s the only way that I can describe it. This is applied to sound, touch, smell and sight individually and then all combined. The result is that you become 100% aware of EVERYTHING around you. It is a truly amazing experience. In this state you can see, feel, smell and hear the most subtle of changes or fluctuations in the energy fields, you can sense the most subtle.
Expanding Awareness and Time
Interestingly enough this state of Expanded Awareness seems to have a side effect, it slows down time or expands time. I believe this is because in this state we expend the space around ourselves which has a direct effect on the time-space continuum. When in this state time passes so slowly almost as if it’s been suspended. The more you expand your awareness the slower time goes.
Ben’s approach to Expanded Awareness comes from his Apache training with Tom Brown in the United States of America. This means that these teachings are coming from one of the planets indigenous cultures, centuries old knowledge.
All of this because of my observations of how my perception of time has changed when I don’t have a clock, now to me time feels far more fluid as if I have control over it and not the other way round. A downside to tech is that it all seems to have a clock, a tick tock that keeps us in a linear time experience and further from the Life Force Energy.
I’m not saying that when all this is over I’m not going to follow a clock, we all have timed appointments, but I do feel there would be some benefit from eliminating time when it’s not needed.
I will hopefully me going into this subject in more detail over the coming months as I experiment with and experience the Life Force Energy.
Please feel free to comment or ask any questions, and I’ll do my best to answer them from what I know.
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Flame courtesy of andersnelson
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