Life is sacred, the Natural World is a reflection of the One Consciousness that permeates the Solar system, Galaxy, and Cosmos. This abundant flow of creativity gives rise to and sustains every living thing.
How can we cut ourselves off from the Earth that sustains our physical life?
How can we cut ourselves off from space, the solar system and the stars, that sustain our life, and through which we journey when we leave our physical body, and return to our spiritual home that is not built of matter but of what we experience through the physical senses as light?
Many years ago, I began to experience the Light of Consciousness, just as my life opened out, and I moved to the beautiful mountainous area of North Wales on the edge of the Snowdonia national park. In this elemental place, this Presence grew stronger in me. I lived where mountains sloped down to meet the sea, and the constant changing light and sunsets melted into the open horizon.
There I began to experience the essence of life behind the thin veil of physicality, in the living rock, in the woodlands and forests with their flowers, birds, animals and insects, and in the rivers and waterfalls swelling the abundance of life. I began to feel how all physical existence comes out of light, and how light shapes and holds all the diverse beauty of the natural world.
Light is consciousness of Being made manifest in the Cosmos. The Light of Consciousness lives and breathes the rhythms and cycles of planets and stars, and they give life to the Earth in all its diversifying forms. Constant movement and change held by the still silence, that is the essence of life.
connected to all that is unfolded in the Vast Cosmos,
the Solar System, and the Natural World.
Breathe and be Present to the vitality of Life flowing through you: This is the Love of Elohim.
This post is an extract from the Book Patterns of Creation.
Everything is connected and comes from one formless, timeless, Source.
We can call this Eternal Presence.
In Biblical Hebrew this is expressed in the meditation Ehieh Asher Ehieh, the mantra on the conscious breath –
אֶֽהְיֶה אֲשֶׁר אֶֽהְיֶה
Usually translated I Am that I Am.
This I Am has nothing to do with the persona or ego, which is the identification with mind-made images, our thoughts and emotions, both personal and in the human collective.
Ehieh Asher Ehieh takes us deeper, beyond the thinking mind.
As you read this now, breathe consciously, feel the aliveness in your hands, in your feet, your arms and legs, and in your whole body, in every cell of your body. Feel the aliveness in your spinal cord connecting spirit and body into a unified whole.
You are one with the Source of all Life.
This is not a thought or a concept, it is beyond the comprehension of the mind.
From the conscious breath and the awakening to the aliveness in the body, realise there are two movements of the universe.
The inward towards stillness deep within the heart, and the outward into form and diversity of the One.
Practice the embodiment of the inward and outward movements of the breath throughout your day, this frees you from identification with thoughts and brings you into spacious Presence.
Ehieh is the still, silent space that allows the light of consciousness to shine through. This is an awakening in which consciousness becomes aware of itself – as itself: there is no subject – object, no duality, no other to be sought after.
Know that you are given life in this moment now, that you are continually supported by the One universal consciousness – Ehieh Asher Ehieh.
Be present, here, now, with all your attention.
This Presence will flow into all that you do and say – no more fear and anxiety, no more competitive actions or harsh words.
This is true Peace.
Everything is Alive – everything is Conscious.
All the stars, planets, all of the minerals, plants and animals: All are creative life forms within the One sea of consciousness. All are expressions of the single conscious breath, behind which, Life is Still, Silent, timeless, Presence.
In biblical Hebrew Elohim (usually translated as God) expresses timeless Creative Presence.
As you read this now: Breathe with awareness, feel the spaciousness within connecting to all that appears as external to you.
Eternal – timeless – formless – Presence;
Formless movement out of the present moment;
Conscious Breath of Life;
taking shape and form as the Great Ocean of Creative Space.
Feel the stillness out of which the movement of the breath arises.
The Universe shines forth continuous creativity, and we bathe in its Brilliance.
The Sun blazes this same Cosmic Brilliance, a cell within the great Universal body.
The Earth is that Brilliance;
All life forms are that Brilliance;
You are that Brilliance in Human form.
Become conscious of the movement of your breath, anchoring you in Presence.
You are a point of consciousness within multiple fields of consciousness that interpenetrate each other: A multi-dimentional being within a multi-dimentional Universe.
When you realise the formless unity of all these fields of consciousness you share life with, you partake in conscious communion.
You are connected to a vast web of life, from sub atomic particles to the Earth itself. You are connected to the Solar system and the Stars of the Galaxy, to the depths of the Cosmos.
Breathe consciously and feel the aliveness opening out beneath the surface.
As you go within, following the conscious breath, you enter a multi-dimensional creative Universe, obscured by the compulsive thinking of the egoic mind.
The intense aliveness within you is met by the intensity of aliveness in all that appears to the mind as the external Universe.
The call To Be in immediate Presence brings Peace and Inspiration into the World.
This is your gift to all Life.
Subject and object diminish into the One Conscious Communion of Life.
This is the Birth of creative potentiality within, which takes place when you become Conscious of Being Conscious. This is spiritual awakening. It means you are no longer identified with your thoughts. The mind is silenced and you are aware of the spacious stillness within.
The seed of spiritual awakening is carried on the Conscious Breath.
The seed of consciousness comes from the depths of who you really are. It exists as creative potential wihtin you now. For it to blossom, open, grow and bear fruit, you need to give it conscious space.
As you read this now, feel the space within you. Feel the aliveness of the energy field that continually manifests your body.
Feel the aliveness of the breath entering the body, entering every cell in your body.
The birth of Cosmic Consciousness is not someting abstract. The beginning is here, within you, now. You know, without thinking, that everything is alive; inner and outer are connected, continually emerging out of the formless, timeless One.
The Seed of Consciousness becomes a Great Tree.
Life is a Cosmic Event and the Cosmos is the visible surface of muti-dimensional space in which creation continually occurs. Life on Earth is inseparable from the creativity of the Cosmos.
Evolution is the continual creative change in the single multidimensional being we call the Earth. Our planet is evolving along with the Solar System, which is the fruit of the Tree of Cosmic Consciousness: The Tree of Life.
You are a Tree of Life.
The Tree of Life – depicted by the illuminated Minorah – symbolising the energy centres within you that give life to your mind and body.
You are the light of consciousness.
The light that animates spirit, that illuminates soul, that breathes every form you inhabit, into existence.
Spiritual consciousness is already here, within you now.
As awareness of the formless I of Being increases, the illusory i of the ego diminishes: You realise your connection with every living thing, on the Earth, in the Solar system and ultimately, the multi-dimensional Universe.
The Flower of Life
The Flower of Life is the fulfilment of the Universal potential in you, which grows out of the death of the ego.
This brings to an end to the illusion that you are a separate self within a vast, empty universe.
The universe is alive with splendour, full of potential and intimately here, now, breathing through you, bringing you to birth on every breath.
Meditation in the Forest.
Through the conscious breath I felt a deepening connection with the underlying Spirit of Life.
On the surface of things, Life is not meant to be easy, the struggle for life means death is ever present: the continual creative upwelling demands intense awareness from the life forms inhabiting the Earth.
Alert awakened Presence is the cutting edge of continual renewal, as the essence of Life shapes the manifest World.
In the intense Presence of Life – beneath the appearance of things – everything is known
to be One.
Beneath the different forms of multiple movements lies the great Ocean of formless fluidity, Ha-Main in Hebrew, potent life force, fluid space allowing all things to be in existence, to interact, one with another, to transform from one form into another.
Each life form has its time before it dissolves to be reborn anew.
Ha Maim – the Waters of Life.
Nothing is separate; the beholding consciousness meets that of the conscious whole. All our mind-made divisions resolve into One breath.
In ancient Hebrew the expression of the intensity of Life is found in the words, Ani El Shaddai. These words point to the reality that is the foundation of the Abundant Life of the natural World. Usually mistranslated as “I am Almighty God”, its meaning is much deeper:-
Ani – El Saddai
I – the One, the all nourishing essence of Life.
Ani – The I of consciousness – Being – The Real,
Be Still and breathe with awareness of the life force within you.
The physical Universe continually emerges out of intense alert Presence.
El -No-thing, Being, source of the continual flow of Life; the creative dance- every movement emerging out of, and supported by Stillness.
The potency and potential of every emergent life form.
Shaddai; all nourishing abundance, the vivifying fire, the breath of cosmic motion; the feminine breasts – to nourish its progeny into evolving, ever changing, diversifying life.
El-Shaddai: The power of Life that underlies nature, the planetary being, the solar system, the galaxy and the universe, continually breathes life into every form.
When we breathe with awareness we access the universal creative pattern of life.
The realisation of non-dualuality, each movement unified by awareness of stillness.
Universal Creativity revealed in consciousness beholding itself.
On Sun warmed rock, a gentle wind caressing my skin, the deepening rhythmic pulse of the sea fills my senses, opening out into the fathomless deep of creative potential.
Sun enraptured rock, the earth rising up blood-red into flesh and bones.
The rising wind blows through me.
Cells suspended in ever expanding space, the rhythmic sea, mirrored in the rising and falling Breath.
Landscape, wind and ocean merge as one continuous up-welling movement within timeless, still space, continuously filling to the brim.
I am no more.
Life moves through and beyond any thought of me.
Ani, the I of consciousness in Hebrew,
the fullness of Life; No-thing, Presence, becoming all.
The Universe’s singing like a great bowl consumes me into her song.
She takes me into herself,
I, without thought; deepening Presence – the spirit of the breath of Life.
The radiance of every form of Life rings out continually to humanity calling us into awakening.
אֶֽהְיֶה אֲשֶׁר אֶֽהְיֶה
Ehieh Asher Ehieh
Ehieh is the unspoken manta heard in each consciously taken Breath.
One Breath filling every form of life with song,
each part in communion as the dance unfolds in the blaze of the universe.
The spiritual teachings contained in the Bible can be summed up by this simple phrase.
When you are Present with all your attention, and all thinking subsides, you begin to glimpse the reality sustaining every form of Life.
Where is the Kingdom of Heaven?
You cannot say here it is or there it is.
Once the mind stops looking for something that stands out as if it were a distinct place you have to search for, reach or find, you begin to see, hear and feel the formless creative presence of life, the Essence of the visible universe. At first this awareness is so subtle that it goes almost unnoticed. Yet, it is here as potent reality within you now; that which the mind cannot grasp, own, or contain, the transcendent beauty that brings a deep sense of Peace.
To enter the Kingdom of Heaven is to become still, silent – no thought, no mind, just an alert awareness, the realisation that all forms in what appears as the external world are transparent, an empty fullness, an unfathomable beauty, the pressure of creative life seeking to be consciously known within you.
Letting go of thoughts and emotions is the beginning of freedom. The ego, the person, becomes transparent, there is nothing you need, to be who you are. This is to enter the place of Peace.
In the language of the Bible this is to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. However as the mind notices the deepening Peace and beauty, it begins to label and conceptualize it as a “spiritual” experience. The essence underlying all forms of Life appers to vanish, obscured as the mind resumes its chatter. And we think the the Heavenly realm is gone, that we have lost it.
To regain a sense of Presence: Be Still and alert: breathe with awareness: feel the aliveness in the spinal cord, in the arms and legs, in the heart, and the deep centre of the skull, flowing into and out of every cell in your body: As the awakened Soul, engage with the Spirit of Life flowing into and sustaining all things.
Every creative Idea, every creative act comes from this point of conscious stillness within the heart. All subject – object relating diminishes into the realisation that all is One.
The Kingdom of Heaven is dynamic potential of every living thing.
Continual change, yet underneath never-changing.
The Kingdom of Heaven – Malkut Ha Shamaim in Hebrew – Is Here within you Now, as it is within every form of Life.
It is not something you need to wait for, or somewhere you will go to if you believe in a story, or follow a set of rules.
Heaven and Earth are a seamless garment of non-duality: the real and the appearance of that eternal reality within the One consciousness.
Spiritual awakening is not personal; it is freedom from all ego identity and its resultant suffering. Spiritual awakening is part of the collective awakening of humanity, the evolving consciousness of the life of the Earth, the Solar System and Stars, and the Cosmos itself. In Conscious Presence you come to Know that everything is alive, and that everything is connected.
The dawn light is always present on the Earth.
Awakening illuminates all of the pain that we carry within us. The pain that you feel is not only personal, your pain is linked to the human collective pain and suffering which have accumulated over thousands of years.
To feel our emotions is an essential part of healing: realising wholeness. Even more important is to feel the stillness of space underlying and surrounding our emotions so that we don’t become identified with our emotional body. The mind will quickly turn powerful emotions into ego identities, unless we bring them into conscious presence: the intense aliveness that cries out from every cell in the body; and beyond that, the stillness that brings peace.
Breathing from the heart and solar plexus stills the mind, and brings awareness to the aliveness of the spinal cord. Awakening to the vibrant aliveness of the spine through the conscious breath, you feel life flowing through the arms into the hands, and through the legs into the feet, and the opening of the Pineal gland at the top of the spine – behind the forehead.
Holding still, thought-free, space for a few seconds during quiet moments throughout your day, calms the emotions and allows all the thought forms that cling to the ego identity to begin to dissolve.
Allow yourself moments of freedom from thought throughout the day.
Be Still and move from there. Be silent and speak from there.