Finding Fulfillment with Intuisdom
(Original publishing date: November, 2009)
(Original publishing date: November, 2009)
“…The sage is guided by what he feels and not by what he sees…”
Chapter Four: Becoming The Natural Self in The Natural World (p1)
At this point in the book we have softened the hold the false self in the false world has on you by making you aware of its existence as falsely representative of what reality really is. But you will begin to experience the natural self more fully as you orient your moment-to-moment perceptual mode to it. With the practices of exploring resonance, recognizing emerging awareness, single-point meditation and exposure to natural rhythms, you will start to actually shift into the natural self as your primary mode of perception.
Resonance is one of the two primary aspects of the perceptual mode of the natural self. It is how we sense what is real and what is not. Resonance is the sensation of something existing that is not accessible by your other senses. It might help if you think of resonance as the ﬁrst sense instead of a sense that exists after the so-called primary senses.
Active and Passive Resonance
Just as with your other senses, there are diﬀerent components to resonance and to developing your use of it, starting with two main types, active and passive. Active resonance is deﬁned by the conscious intention of putting it into motion, of consciously using it to learn how it works, as well as to achieve glimpses of your natural self. Passive resonance is achieved when enough blocks are removed from your moment-to-moment experience and what comes through you from the natural world does so primarily of its own accord.
Active resonance is practiced by simply sending your awareness through your own body as if it were a small wave of water that starts at the top of your chest and moves quickly to the base of your pelvis. Just practicing active resonance is beneﬁcial, as it brings a heightened consciousness of what your body feels like, something many of us completely ignore. But what we are really seeking here is the occasional reflection that comes back to our awareness, a sign that something is there you weren’t aware of.
At ﬁrst, the reflections just provide location information—where in the body you feel it—but as you get better at it, other aspects of what you are sensing will show up and you will become aware of the nature of whatever it is. It could be something that needs to be released (e.g. particular abstractions) or it could be an aspect of the underlying structures or dynamics of the natural self or natural world.
Now, once you start to sense these things your ﬁrst response is often to try to attack this curiosity you have discovered within yourself by analyzing it. Using what you will learn from meditation, let this impulse go. Once you have made direct contact with your natural self, it will start to release itself into your consciousness and experience. This is one of the most beautiful aspects of this path—that once the doorway is opened by your own actions, the natural self will begin to reveal itself more and more actively and then the natural world will begin to reach through that natural self into your experience.
Conﬁrming is simply checking what you have found or observed using resonance by letting the sensation disappear and repeating the process. Finding the same feeling again lets you know there is something legitimately there. Once again, the act of conﬁrming is not about attempting to analyze what you found—just acknowledge it and it will begin to take care of itself.
Passive resonance is simply the awareness of what you are, what your potential is, what your relationship to reality is, what the nature of reality is and what is passing through you without abstraction. It is experienced across a spectrum of quantity and quality, from little bits to torrents, from things that don’t make any particular sense to things that are deeply meaningful. A bit is just a small piece of a speciﬁc awareness that appears in your consciousness, while a torrent is a huge stream of awareness that may erupt within you like an eloquent and extemporaneous poem, beautiful, concise and unquestionably real.