Hi Mudramudra wrote:
You laid down on the screen concepts I have come to understand by my own through personal experience:
Bodhi nature is inherent to all of us indeed and to me this is the realization we are not our bodies, nor our minds but rather something on the order of a spiritual observer of these. Not a mental grasp but a direct experience of it being so.
The opening of the Heart Chakra makes one make a quantum leap from there for you then reach a point where there is no separation between the observer and the subject of observation. Love being the bond allowing for this. You are the universe and the universe is you. You discover you are a creator and you create from Love. You also understand that from fear you create too but then the world isn't so pleasant. So you are able to choose.
And then ... well then it's an ongoing process of keeping the Love going nice and clean and share it around. Place yourself in the most challenging situation and see if what you now realized holds
It doesn't make a Saint out of you specially if you are not somewhere up the Himalayas in a safe place alone with your Heart and some disciples to feed and take care of your needs but have chosen instead to face the worldly jungle at large.
And beyond this ... well there are possibly many more new stages of perception to explore but this is still all speculation for me.
Still in the process of exploring the depths of stage 2 for I would say this is not an end but rather a beginning to me.
Love from me
Like you. I had experiences that went beyond the normal day to day explanations of life that most folk accept without questioning. For myself I needed terms to explain my perceptions to myself and to others. So began my journey into Yoga, Buddhism and shamanism.
What you describe above is consistent with my own experiences and I found yoga the best vehicle to carry my experiences to others, and to explain to myself.
We are spirits in a meat body ! The spirit is atman, and atman empowers the sheaths around it (the 'body') to create maya, the illusionary phenomenal world that we perceive as real.
Our true identity is pure consciousness (purusha) but we attach our true selves to our mind (antakarana) and body, creating ego in the sense of ‘I-am’ (ahem), ‘I-exist’. This process of attachment is called ahankara.
Your 'spiritual' observer is ahem, 'I-am' ego. Asmita is the I-want ego, with its cravings and desires and avoidances, driven by the monkey mind. Manas is the mind acting as an intermediary between the senses and the intellect.
Just words, labels, but I find it helpful to compartmentalize these components to better explain them.
Fear is mental construct, created by the monkey mind. Fear is only ever a projection into the past or future, it cannot exist in the moment, in the now.
All the above is my logical approach. The heart is beyond logic, and is my greatest obstacle. I can generalize, so I will ! Women work much more easily from the heart and men struggle to do so! (Not everyone, but a good generalization). My heart chakra was opened by a cactus! Seriously. If you cook St Pedro to remove all the mescaline then the brew that is left connects you to the earth completely, opens the heart chakra, a profound and real experience. It wears off though, though my heart was open for a few months, I am not in that space most of the time. I am not sure how to recreate this from within my body, it goes beyond kindness, compassion and 'love' for others.. most 'love' is a combination of head and sexual energies with little to do with the heart.
I wish you well as you place yourself in these challenging experiences When you arrive in hell, create heaven there. I was 13 years travelling the world as a nomad, the last 8 years mostly without money. I am tired of that life now and will be going more fully into my hermit life on the land :) (and soon! ) the forest garden beckons.....