March 31 …as close as a breath
Excerpts from the shownotes March 31 episode
I will discuss also Breathing and the findings of Stanislov Grof, with his Holotropic breath work. Stanislav Grof was born in 1931 in Prague, Czechoslovakia) is a psychiatrist, one of the founders of the field of transpersonal psychology and a pioneering researcher into the use of non-ordinary states of consciousness
His 60 years of experience of working with people who moved out of oneself into the realm beyond physical reality breathing is a fascinating and extraordinary source to learn about the qualities of Inner Self and the Oneness of all.
Before we move into that, I like to explore a bit more the idea of oneness which we dived into for the first time in our last episode on March 17.
In our last episode last we discussed the famous saying You are That from the Upanishadic sages and seers 3000 years ago. They clearly say the innermost pure self is identical with the Ultimate reality, the sum of all that is existing – the All That is
And also the German Sufi teacher Dinesh said on our last show in the interview that the tension between Inner Calling and Outer Calling is an experience we creating PAUSE an illusion PAZUSE ultimately
All is One.
Let us start with a quote from Grandmother PaRis’Sha.
She keeps saying The universe is inside of you.
The same was said by a Sufi master over 1400 years ago
His name was Amir al Mo’memium. He said:
“Whatever exists in the universe also exists in the human being.
Do not ponder that you are a microcosm,
Contained within you is the macrocosm,
And you are the Clear Book of Existence.
In other words, the substance of the universe, of your reality, may be nothing more than consciousness or thought. all you need to do is change the frequency of your thoughts.
Or as Grandmother Pa’Ris’Ha says There is nothing there unless you think of it!
Stanislov Grof also says in an interview in 2010.
“So the Hindus have a whole other idea: that you see exactly what you’re supposed to see, but the things that you see are not there in the way you perceived them. In the same way as in the movies—you see?—you see exactly what you are expected to see, but those things are not what you perceive them as being. The horses, the trees, the people . . . it’s just the play of energy that you interpret in a certain way.”
SOUNDS TRUE: INSIGHTS AT THE EDGE
Stanislav Grof: Learning from Non‐Ordinary States
Interviewed by Tami Simon ‐ Tuesday, August 24, 2010
“My consciousness was catapulted out of the body I lost connection with ..the clinic, with the city, the planet and I had this amazing experience my consciousness embracing everything, becoming every thing there was.
When I was coming down I was in the physical universe I actually became the physical universe..I did not have names for this then, but when I read later about black and white holes it was something like that.
It generated this life time interest innon ordinary state of consciousness alternate states. END OF QUOTE
He had discovered with the LSD experience what he calls
non ordinary states of consciousness and that it had a profound healing effects on all levels of the individual.
The name Holotropic means literally “moving toward wholeness” (from the Greek “holos“=whole and “trepein“=moving in the direction of something).
The process itself uses very simple means: it combines accelerated breathing a hyperventilation with evocative music in a special set and setting. With the eyes closed and lying on a mat, each person uses their own breath and the music in the room to enter a non-ordinary state of consciousness. This state activates the natural inner healing process of the individual’s psyche, bringing him or her a particular set of internal experiences. With the inner healing intelligence guiding the process, the quality and content brought forth is unique to each person and for that particular time and place. While recurring themes are common, no two sessions are ever alike.
In his work with holotropic breathing Stansilov Grof developed his maps of the psyche The realms of the so called unconsciousness
I say so called unconsciousness because I feel that this word does not serve what we are dealing with here.
It is the Greater Intelligence inside of us, through which we have not yet have consciously contact all the time, so it is there as close as a breath you take. Grandmother Pa’Ris’Ha keeps pointing out that we only have a small percentage of our conscious abilities expressed about 2 % some more or less. So in my view we are accessing through these techniques a vastness which cannot yet be described.
We are definitely un conscious about this vast Intelligence inside of us, yet I prefer to say Greater Intelligence instead of unconsciousness.
Stanislov Grof developed a map of the realms of the psyche the patients connected with. The following is from his book The adventure of Self Discovery.
He clearly states that it is in an inner intelligence which guides the patient. This is not a remembering like in traditional verbal psychotherapy but a re living of events. The body has actual physical reaction from convulsions to aggressive acts or there can be great suffering and pain and there are nearly indescribable states of bliss and union with The All that is. .
Also there is no one straight line to an issue which is experienced.
Rather The Grater Intelligence works in themes or what Stanislov Grof calls the Condensed experience COEX.
Inside of this theme or issue the Inner consciousness stirs the person beyond linear time and space.so the theme can be lived through in the own birth experience and all the way up to events happening 100 or more years ago.
Is it not amazing that this giant and vast Inner world is just a breath away?
When done in the right setting and with the right intention. It is not enough to simply hyperventilate, there must be a certain setting and attitude of the support or I could say a clear intention expressed with the setting.
Let us now focus more on the transpersonal part of these experiences.
The people who experienced the cosmic consciousness in a session shared that;
That they embraced the wholeness of All That is and have entered into the Ultimate Reality behind the reality. They were very clear about the fact, that they had touched the principle of All That is and had access or Glimpses of the final and all encompassing the Beingness of All.
They experience that time and space and all other aspects of the physical reality are not real and only sourced by this principle of the All That is.
People share cosmic and universal experiences of oneness and identifying with all beings may it be animals or plants. Encounters with the creative forces, the gods and beyond: the Absolute consciousness.
As Grandmother Pa Ris Ha once said:
“One day we will proof the existence of God” Meaning All That Is that holds it all together and resides within us.
“Never be so spiritual, that you cannot be earthly good”
is one of my favorite sayings from Grandmother.
After this excursion into the the processing with transpersonal psychology let us quote this wise woman one more time:
“You will most assuredly transcend this body and return to Light, so ask yourself why you “spend” so much of your time seeking what you always are.
The “reality” of what you are is always transcendence.
It is given so Grandmother Pa’ Ri’Ha says: The “reality” of what you are is always transcendence
there is no, she also says much value in processing old wounds and habits again and again.
However when we are in total service to others, when we surrender as a godly instrument then we can see clearly and know Great Spirit, says Grandmother Parisha in her teaching Follow the question inward.
And I quote her:
“……. When man is strong enough to truly look at himself objectively, he will find it happened when he was totally involved in service to others. This is when we remember and the question is answered of who and what we are. Then and only then, can we see clearly and know Great Spirit.”
This is when we are so focused to the sacred altar of our “being”.
So its not about moving into a quiet place to sort things out, its not about spending much of lur Life processing our pains and wounds.
It is about relating, about serving the other where we have the opportunity to find the Beloved.
Or as Dinesh said it a bit differently: Marriage is a way to remember.. to remember who we really are.
The awareness of who we really are is a moment by moment decision.
Breathing is a way which can bring us back into the moment, relax your shoulders, in the shoulders you are holding on to the worldly life, breath into the bowl the openness of a bowl which is holding you in your lower torso…and move inward.