“The practice of knowing & flowing, in the inner stillness of our being”
Although the spiritual dimension of life is experienced as motionless space, all of the content of experience is movement. Feelings move, thoughts move, our physiological systems all move, even circumstances move. We experience the stillness of fundamental consciousness and the dynamic flow of life at the same time. The more we attune to and become the stillness, the more the movement of life occurs without obstruction, without resistance or distortion.
The content of experience is inseparable from the stillness of fundamental consciousness, in the same way that waves are inseparable from the ocean. Everything that we experience in the spiritual dimension appears to be made of the same subtle consciousness that experiences it.
Zen Buddhism describes the unobstructed movement of life as “leaving no trace.” It passes through the stillness of our consciousness without our grasping or manipulating it and without disturbing or altering the stillness in any way. For example, if we feel sad, and we do not interfere with this feeling at all, it will register vividly in our consciousness and then dissipate.
But if we try not to feel sad, we will have to clamp down on the spontaneous movement of experience by constricting our body and energy system, and this will actually maintain the experience of sadness within our organism. If we continue to prevent this emotion from moving, the holding pattern will become a chronic rigidity in our being. It will become an ongoing limitation in our ability to feel emotion.
Any rigidity in our own being is also a barrier between ourselves and other people. The bound sadness will also colour our experience, so that life always seems a little sad. For this reason, spiritual realization requires that we accept and experience life just as it is, in each moment.
Source- The Intimate Life, by Judith Blackstone, PhD
Adapted by, G Ross Clark