Post title: response to question, from cat on Tao Bums
(Oct 4 2010 at 10:34 AM)
You are welcome to post my comments anywhere you feel is appropriate. I confess, I copied them to my blog. I believe in the vocabulary I have developed to describe these things (of course, it's bits and pieces of the Pali Cannon, Tai-Chi teachings, and cranial-sacral theory, so I'm just the collector of it), and I have come to understand that I have to realize it fresh every time I sit, and every time I write it down. That means I have to encounter my personal necessity very physically, very emotionally, and very intellectually in order to communicate to myself and others, at the moment. So to speak. So if I think I done good, I copy it to my blog, because ultimately I am writing to myself and I might need to refer to it. Hope you don't mind.
As to consciousness rooted in the body and the heart, I certainly have benefited from Goleman s "Emotional Intelligence", where he describes the way the amygdala charges memories with adrenalin and then can override our learned behaviour patterns when something comes up that matches the memory. In order to experience the place that consciousness occurs as moving, I have to deal with a fear of falling, and the thing I do with my consciousness and my body as a consequence of that fear conceals the movement of consciousness and the involuntary activity of the body that keeps me upright. I realize you are perhaps talking about responding more from emotion than intellect to your circumstance, but that's all I can say about it with regard to sense organ sense contact-consciousness-impact-feeling.
I don't think it has to do with a trigger (people collapsing next to me when I am practicing intensely). In both instances I described, I was looking to develop feeling for activity generated by weight on the sacro-spinous and sacro-tuberous ligaments. There is a balance in anything like this, between looking for feeling and experiencing the free occurrence of consciousness, and at some point the free occurrence of consciousness is the activity of the reciprocal muscle pairs and we step beyond volition. That is how a person develops what the masters refer to as tenacious strength, rather than muscular strength; the ligaments and fascia generate activity at a certain level of stretch, and the stretch and activity reciprocate between the paired ligaments and between paired ligaments around the body. I have years of experience letting go and allowing my body to walk on, so to speak.
Having said that, I have to add that to really let go is to experience a continuity, and the continuity for me is in the whole she-bang: sense organ/sense contact-consciousness-impact-feeling.
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