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The long arc

Posted by Mike on September 19, 2012

September 2012 is turning out to be almost as strange as September 2011 was and I’ve been thinking about all of it a lot this month. Perhaps closest to the front of my thinking is the idea of the long arc. This is the idea that with spiritual practice one transitions from the single ego perspective to a much greater and longer perspective. One transitions from thinking that it’s all about you to realizing you’re a part in a play.

I had been slowly growing into this perspective until it took a turn for the weirder on August 25th. This experience had me scrambling for some answers as it appeared to be something that my tradition is somewhat silent about in the literature. It is really difficult to describe what is a genuinely and slowly increasing web of synchronicity. Synchronicities that used to profoundly affect me two years ago are almost unnoticed at this point. Because the whole web seems to go back almost as far back as my first journal entry in 1997. Recurrent dreams that presage events. Visions from meditation that connect people and events. It just goes on and on and just gets increasingly more impressive.

So last Thursday after a couple weeks of researching a new paradigm, which means applying Sturgeon’s law and realizing there’s a few gems mixed within piles of cheap baubles, I managed to talk to what is probably one of if not the leading experts in this particular paradigm. I struggled with it quite a bit as the paradigm is buried under new age nonsense, the hopelessly romantic and piles and piles of false assurance.

I spent years in atheist and skeptical forums, so I’m just not inclined to believe everything I hear or read, but talking to this person was impressive. It is very difficult to disbelieve that this paradigm is actually a real and functioning, if completely logic defying, thing. I don’t think I could even lay out the hundreds of weird connections that have affected everthing from energy bodies to random encounters. It is the very epitome of the long arc situation.

Those who have worked with the lower sephiroth learn a lot about the way they emote or think or behave in the material world, but there is knowing far beyond these states. It seems to me that at a certain point we’re being directed to move in a direction of what is essentially faith. We know we can’t think or feel our way to the One but in learning about these aspects of our selves, we learn that our Self is much more than this.

So essentially I’m slowly becoming aware of my long arc and on Thursday I was introduced to the major theme. The only difficulty in experiencing such a thing is realizing there aren’t any shortcuts. The best thing I can actually do is forget about it, simply because its the rocky shore that the intellect and emotional selves will continually dash themselves upon. And it seems to me these universally built pressure cooker situations are among the universe’s more effective ways to create change for the better.

Anyway this is probably the best explanation I can give for where I’m at personally. It’s all very profound and partially responsible for those moments where I’m staring into space over the wonder of it all.

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