Our Spirit, our breath: 21 pointings on the journey to realizing our true Self – Listen to the breath of a sleeping baby.

Our Spirit, our breath: 21 pointings on the journey to realizing our true Self

NB Enjoy 3 breaths * after each line is read.

1 In most languages spirit means breath. With each breath we murmur Yah – wehhhhhh….. Listen to the breath of a sleeping baby.

  • 2 Breath is life. The difference between you, or me, alive or dead is the presence or absence of the life-force, or chi.
  • 3 We don’t have life we are life – in the form of the human spirit. Life flows through us and flowers in our individuation, our being, & our doing.
  • 4 At birth the human spirit is undifferentiated. Almost immediately the process of socialization into modes of being begins.
  • 5 Socialization, in addition to physical expression, enables us to form a self, an identity formed out of selfing & ‘me not-me’ boundaries.
  • 6 Gradually we learn to read the world & our self with greater sophistication via language & subtler modes such as body-language & intuition.
  • 7 At the same time we learn to express our self in three states or modes of being; the Caring the Creative, and the Critical.
  • 8 Although early socialization comes from home & extended family the 3 “C’s, above, correspond to the Humanities, the Arts and the Sciences.
  • 9 They are three forms of truth & knowledge acquisition & expressions; moral, subjective, & objective.
  • 10 Over and above the three modes there is the no-self mode, in which we rest as awareness.
  • 11 When we return from resting as awareness we re-enter the dual ‘normal’ realm & engagement via the 3 Cs.
  • 12 The fourth C then is Contemplation but at the level of unitive meditation – i.e. the state of no-self, transcending our self, at-one-ment.
  • 13 As we mature in no-self, or no-selfing we bring that resonance to our Caring, Creativity & Criticality.
  • 14 Our participation in the dual world becomes imbued with the Spirit of our true Self awareness.
  • 15 We are citizens of two realms the contingent dual ‘normal’ world and the nondual transcendent world.
  • 16 The three Cs are sub-divisions of the dual realm and the ‘normal’ world.
  • 17 But every separate thing in the dual world is enhanced as we realize our true Self as being awareness.
  • 18 Another view of the singleness dividing is in this explanation by ‘Abdu’l-Baha, of the singleness behind soul, mind & body;
  • ‘Human Reality is the same reality which is given different names, according to the different conditions wherein it becomes manifest. A) Because of its attachment to matter and the phenomenal world, when it governs the physical functions of the body, it is called the human soul. B) When it manifests itself as the thinker, the comprehender, it is called the mind. C.) And when it soars into the atmosphere of God, and travels in the spiritual world, it becomes designated as spirit.’
  • 19 Conscious, circular breathing is the primary portal to enable us to step into, and expand consolidation of our true Self; & rest as awareness
  • 20 We heal & reduce our ‘me-me-itis’, clearing out our inner rubbish of ‘selfing’ you might say, by conscious, circular breathing as we practice unitive meditation – “moment-to-moment presence that excludes nothing & sticks to nothing”. Joan Tollifson in her ‘Bare-Bones Meditation’.
  • 21 God is as available as the breath, the air we breathe. God is breathing us. In our last breath, as in our first, we murmur the name of God – Yah-wehhhhh….. Listen to the breath of a sleeping baby. Yah-wehhhhh….. Yah-wehhhhh…. Yah-wehhhhh…. * * *

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EXPLANATION of Yahweh as the ultimate breath-mantra

RP Yahweh = the ultimate breath-mantra – a mantra said in unison with conscious breathing – because it is something we do automatically from birth to death, regardless of our beliefs.

From Richard Rohr;

“In Hebrew, all you write are the consonants and what it means to be an educated Jew, is that your eye automatically fills in the appropriate vowels and there are four consonants in the sacred name Yahweh, and he, the rabbi, said, “Did you know that those consonants if correctly pronounced do not allow you to close your lips or use your tongue”.
In fact the reason the name could not be spoken is it could only be breathed, in fact the sacred name Yahweh was an attempt to imitate and replicate the sound of inhalation and exhalation.”
(on the recording Fr Richard Rohr slowly breathes in and out several times with a whispering sound.)

“He did it about 30 times in this crowd of PhDs and I’m not exaggerating. But at the end of it I heard sobbing in the room, that people got it. God is as available as the breath, the air, the wind and the words are the same in many languages.”

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SOURCE: https://tsvceo-web.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/Richard%20Rohr.pdf

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