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July 19 The Inner Being calling Karf Friedrich Graf von Duerckheim

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July 19 The Inner Being calling

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Today I would like to go back to the basic question which we started this show:

The world calling us outside and the Inner Being calling us inside.

I will read some text from Karl Friedrich Graf von Dürckheim and look in general at the idea of the transpersonal psychology. The Inner being is calling us and yet we are literally caught up in the world out there and its demands.

And we go back and forth between these 2 planes of existence in our Life as Karl F. Dürckheim says it so clearly

From morning to night the world calls us outward, wants to be recognized as the world and mastered.

The Inner Being calls us consistently from inside and into our Inner World.

 This is a quote from his book Daily routine as practice from which we will hear more in this episode.

It is not wrong to do and gain, and to move toward something to create reality…yet the key is that it must be controlled so to speak by our True Self our Inner Being and not as most of the time by the ego the small Life.

So to live a Life this is guided by our Inner Voice, while we learn to be human.

Karl Friedrich Graf von Dürckheim was born in 1896  and died in 1988 when he was 92.
He was a German diplomat working in Japan,  a psychotherapist and Zen-Master. The words Graf von means that he comes from a family of nobility.

In his early twenties, he was reading in the Tao Te Ching of Lao-Tzu and studied with Zen masters. “Suddenly it happened! I was listening and lightning went through me. The veil was torn asunder, I was awake! I had just experienced ‘It’. Everything existed and nothing existed. Another Reality had broken through this world. I myself existed and did not exist. I had experienced that which is spoken of in all centuries: individuals, in whatever stage of their lives, have had an experience which struck them with the force of lightning and linked them once and for all to the circuits of True Life.”

He had recognized the Christian Mystic, Meister Eckhart who lived in the 1400 in Germany as his first inspiring master. In the early 1950 he found a centre together with a wife Dürckheim founded the “Center of existential and psychological formation and encounter”  It was located in the Black Forest in South Germany and quiet influential in Europe in these years. He said that what I am doing is not the transmission of Zen Buddhism; on the contrary, that which I seek after is something universally human who comes from our origins and happens to be more emphasized in eastern practices than in the western.” END OF QUOTE

With the so called initiation therapy, K.F. von Dürckheim is part of the transpersonal psychology movement. This is the only psychology who acknowledges the existence of an inner spirit, an inner Being. One could say that the founding father of transpersonal psychology is Carl Gustav Jung, the famous Swiss psychotherapist and also
Charles Tart Ph.D.  He works especially on a bridge between modern science and spirituality. For Charles Tart says that by the consistent and stubborn denial of modern science of what we could call consciousness, or the reality of the spiritual, people really could get hurt. Vital aspects if not the main aspect of their being are rejected and so not expressed in our western society.

Also the holotropic breathing of Stanislav Grof is part of transpersonal psychology, which works guided by the Inner Being of the client with the vastness of the Inner consciousness, .We covered his work in our episode from March 23, 2012.

Dürckheim says, the basic concept of all transpersonal psychology that the therapist is not the healer, but rather a companion on the way. And in his work and Initiation therapy, he focuses on that the paradox of our Ego and little self being in the world out there and out Inner Being, the true self our own true nature calling us. And this Inner calling is increasing for many of us, challenging us to forget what we know and do.
“The world demands from us knowledge and proficiency.
The Inner Being demands from us, that in our Service of Becoming, we forget the Known and the Doing of it. “

In transpersonal psychology the therapist is like a midwife, who is helping the client to move beyond the ego self. That is very scary because on would indeed have to give up what it knows and how it understand the world. As Paul Lowe says it is easy to give up your house, your work for a moving closer to the demands of the Inner True Nature. But to give up the knowledge and values of the egos, to give up what we know, to empty ourselves is very scary of the Ego. As Paul Lowe says: “ It might be easy to give up our home or our house to move on a spiritual path However to be willing to completely questioning how we live, and what we think about the world, that is very difficult. “

The therapist – as a midwife accompanies us in this process: to find your true self, your true nature and you can know start a Life in the world with great contentment, inner peace and happiness, solely guided by your Inner Being

And I quote again from the writings of K.F. Duerkcheim:

The world demands consistently that we are doing something.

The Inner Being demands from us that we simply let the Right Thing happen.

 

There is nothing bad about that, as long as we serving having faith and trusting in  the guidance of our Inner Being and not our ego, as long as we are coming from our Inner being and are in this world but not off this world. It’s not about escaping somewhere else, but it’s about consciously expressing who we really are and from that Beingness doing and working in the world.

How different would our world look today if the majority of people lived like that?

Karl Graf von Dürckeim (KFD) says:  The Inner Path and the Outer Path (the path of the world are not ruling out each other. They actually determine each other, as we know we are creating the world out there.

We are challenged day and night by our Inner Being and by the looming world which is in our hands and responsibility. So the focus of our spiritual effort must be a never ending to reconcile both.

The world presses us forward and keeps us going without pause,

so we could come to something stationary.

The Inner Being demands from us to look at It, non-attached,

The world forces us to think about security.

The Inner Being encourages us to constantly Dare Something New.

END OF QUOTE

To let the right thing happen, without the busyness and the clinging and attachments of the ego is quite difficult for many of us.

I remember many years ago Grandmother Parisha asked me to write down, journal for myself the question: why am I not giving more time to the advancement of my spiritual being? And while I was writing I discovered that one of the main theme was that I was afraid, afraid to give up my comfortableness, the so called security of the little self, and most of all not wanting to give up control, not to allow to let things happen.

So you listener might have had the experience that we have been at a retreat, a workshop a seminar and felt really in touch, in touch with who we are and we came home with visions and inspirations
in spiratio we were in spirit, fired up to live our deepest Inner callings and we were ready to dare something new.
Though, the world came and pressed us forward demanding doing without pause in we lost it again, the conditioning of our ego forced us to do the things we thought we need to do, the demands caused us to be proficient again…and slowly over time we lost touch with our true calling again.

In the Iniation therapy K.F. D. included very much the body and its energetic fields, so working with the breath, the voice and the energetic fields opens a client up to his body. The body in this context is seen as an armor,  a muscular tension which does not allow the flow of the energy of the Higher Self to happen. This armor must be broken with intense breathing work (rolfing, breath therapy and similar methods are based on this findings of Wilhelm Reich in the 1920)

We have tightened up, we have so much tightened up that we are not even able to bet in touch with our True nature, because all energies are blocked. So intense body work is part of the Initiation therapy of K.F. Duerckheim.

The world makes us speak and act incessantly.

The Inner Being demands, that we become silent and act, without doing.

As in the TAO: doing without doing is important…once we have moved beyond the protective shield, the armor, the tightness showing in our body-mind unit, we are able to move into a powerful Beingness which creates simply out of being not doing. So the work here is over the body, like in EFT which works with the meridians to remove false beliefs and habits, by working with the meridians the energy field of the body.

For me this approach has been very helpful…I find that the body not only has wisdom and his own consciousness working miracously all the things which need to function, it also holds the key to unlock the walls of our my True nature, my true Inner calling.

The world obeys to us, when we understand and grasp it.

The Inner Being opens itself to us, when we endure The Incomprehensible.

To endure the incomprehensible…to have faith in that, what we cannot describe nor put in words which our mind cannot grasp : we are consciousness and  part of the Absolute consciousness that is the underlying omnipotent force or God which is the underlying reality of all there is.

To endure that we have no real understanding what our Inner Being is, and when we are finally making that connection consciously, Now we have no need any more to understand, because the ego, the critical mind does not exist in this very moment..

The bearing force of the Inner Being will proof itself,

when we let go that which holds us in the world.

The practice in our daily Life as KFD calls is consistent moving within and turning away. It means letting go of the world and allowing the Core to become expressed.

KFD says we either are very tight have an armor or we live in a constant state of disintegration, dissolving, loosing our self. The right balance is allowing and trusting the Right thing will happen and self responsible cooperation. However, says KFD most of us are moving back and forth between tightness and the disintegration.

Loosing one self: Alcohol, being constantly occupied with tv, business, shopping, sport, hobby could become  part of the disintegration as we are not allowing to relax into who we really are.

Much of the tightness in the shoulders which we hardly notice, is the symptom for a tightness an armor of our ego.

It is important to let that go and move into the center of our body: the Hara. That is the energies of our lower bowl which is holding the upper corso, describes KFD, The Hara is an energy point located two fingers under the naval and a vital point of concentration, breath work in Zen and in KFD work. Here once could not only find the center of his body-mind untit, but also access to the center of himself, the Inner Being.

The Inner Being renews and transforms us only,

when we disconnect ourselves again from that, which enriches us in the world.

This were we might need help, be it through a therapist who encourages us to move beyond our fear of letting go all who we are in the world, all that enriches us here or a spiritual teacher who moves us  to dare the Unkown in us.

And I like to end this episode with a quote from KFD in his book called “The way of transformation”.

Quote:

The man, who really is on the Way, and therefore has hard times in the world will not  turn to that friend who offers him refuge and comfort and encourages his old self to survive.

Rather, he will seek out someone who will faithfully and inexorably  help him to risk himself. So he may endure the suffering and pass courageously through it. Only to the extent that man exposes himself over and over again to annihilation, can that which is indestructible arise within him. In this lies the dignity of daring.” – from “The Way of Transformation”, Karl Friedrich Graf von Dürckheim

The practice of your Inner Path

 The practice of your Inner Path

 The practice of your Inner Path is foremost an opening-up for the Being which one experiences inside.

From here the Inner Being speaks and calls.

From morning to night the world calls us outward, wants to be recognized as the world and mastered.

The Inner Being calls us consistently from inside and into our Inner World.

The world demands from us knowledge and proficiency.

The Inner Being demands from us, that in our Service of Becoming, we forget the Known and the Doing of it.

The world demands consistently that we are doing something.

The Inner Being demands from us that we simply let the Right Thing happen.

The world presses us forward and keeps us going without pause, so we could come to something stationary.

The Inner Being demands from us to look at It, non-attached,

So while standing still we would not fall short.

The world makes us speak and act incessantly.

The Inner Being demands, that we become silent and act, without doing.

The world forces us to think about security.

The Inner Being encourages us to constantly Dare Something New.

The world obeys to us, when we understand and grasp it.

The Inner Being opens itself to us, when we Endure The Incomprehensible.

The bearing force of the Inner Being will proof itself,

when we let go that which holds us in the world.

The Inner Being renews and transforms us only,

when we disconnect ourselves again from that, which enriches us in the world.

from Karlfried Graf Dürckheim, Zen Master and psychotherapist, Germany

from his book “Alltag als Übung”- Daily Life as practice, 1966

translated by Rosemarie Heyer, host of the Just Be It blog talk radio show

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