Even our own utterances stimulate ourselves and each other to give attention to the flow of experience. Nothing is random, everything is for us. When we include everything, we love.
Our subconscious also exists within that flow to give attention to the “movie” that we are replaying in order to “work things out” and live a conscious life in love.
Physical work in devoted service, samu, karma yoga, or simply, “chopping wood and carrying water” puts us in touch with the subconscious where we can begin the process.
We can replace the movie with mantra in our conscious awareness to redirect our attention towards the infinite. That’s Japa.
We can learn to see within and behind the movie with daily meditation, sadhana. The meditations we practice come from the tantric tradition of our lineage.
“Chop wood, carry water” is a practice that creates a mini retreat that directs our attention to the flow of our subconscious, so we can hear it. Our awareness exists as original mind far beneath the differentiation that our subconscious stimulates. The subconscious is our personal predisposition to translate our experience from the depths of our unconscious awareness in terms that we can relate with. Giving attention (listening) to the silence within the sound of the subconscious can deconstruct its story and merge the experience with its origin, original mind.
Our life is our retreat. Maybe we can see what’s behind it all. Then what?
We share a common awareness with everything in the unconscious. Our subconscious stimulates a direction to our awareness in the flow. When we give expression we don’t need to separate it from the source of that expression. We can learn to live without a translator.
Doing 120 days of sadhana is a form that directs our attention beneath the subconscious into the unconscious and guides our attention within that level of awareness.
Somebody interviewed a Tibetan monk who had just completed decades of meditation in self isolation. When asked to comment on his experience, the monk responded “I witnessed all of my lifetimes from the very beginning to the end. Commenting on that experience would only serve to mislead you.”
Communicating verbally or in writing gives us a view and invites each other into our mind. A literal translation could only mislead. That is why we have to put some magic into what we say and what we write. When I was young, reading the writings of the early Zen masters led me into their mind.
The rules are: We are speaking, sharing experience now, today, tomorrow, whenever the words land and wherever the words land. That is the nature of the medium of consciousness. We must make it count.
Here are some meditations on the subconscious and sharing: