Integral Presence 5

Ah, the following quotation is taken from pages 274 & 275 of Ian Baker’s Tibetan Yoga Principles and Practices (as well as the accompanying image of a Yogini demonstrating one particular posture) and I’m borrowing from it to illustrate HOW it is possible for an holistic “energetic recalibration” of one’s Embodied Manifestation eh ? 😉

The word hathayoga first appears in the Guhyasamäja Tantra where it serves as an adjunct practice for facilitating visionary experience. Although the specific method of that initial Hatha Yoga technique remains obscure, its stated optical intention relates it with the recursive visionary practices of Tögal.

As with Indian Hatha Yoga, the somatic practices of Vajrayäna Buddhism use dynamic means to harmonize polarized modes of consciousness through the symbolic medium of the body’s central energetic channel, or madhyanädi. In Dzogchen, body-based yoga evolves into a reorientation of physiological and attentional processes and an awakening of the heart’s posited potential as an organ of recursive perception. By directing attention [1] to what is commonly overlooked the mind becomes increasingly aware of normally subconscious processes and thereby develops insight, clarity and adaptability, which contribute to an openness of being and expanded experience of human embodiment. Yoga in Vajrayäna and Dzogchen ultimately transcends its cultural context and points towards the awakening of collective human capacities. Forceful Hatha Yoga-like practices ultimately matter less in the optimization of the human condition than the integral consciousness represented by ‘leaping over the skull’. [2]

As a deeply embodied form of yoga, Tögal recalibrates physiological processes through changing the way they are perceived, leading to creative synergy within all experience. The liberating reorientation of consciousness at the heart of Tögal is expressed concisely in the Tantra of the All-Creative King, one of Dzogchen’s earliest texts : [3]

“With no need of transformation or purification, pure presence [within the body] is perfected in itself”. Rigdzin Jigme Lingpa reaffirmed this view in the 18th century by stating that, “The pith essence of the Great Perfection is to dwell in the natural radiance of all that occurs, at one with actions, energies, and thoughts and beyond all contrived boundaries of view and meditation; at ease in the naked clarity of the present moment“.

Beyond the tradition of Vajrayäna Buddhism, the 18th-century poet William Blake, who first introduced the influential phrase doors of perception, expressed the essence of the self-transcendent and liberating vision of Tögal in a resonant line in his poem The Mental Traveller. As Blake evocatively wrote: “The Eye altering alters all“. Applying that perceptual meme to the persistent illusion of an ‘I’ and awakening to transpersonal dimensions of consciousness absent of cognitive and emotional strife lies at heart of Tibetan yoga, a process that involves altering (‘making other’) our embodied experience and, in so doing, promoting alternate forms of awareness that transcend perennially limiting perspectives and preoccupations. The fruition of Tibetan yoga, and by extension life itself, is thus the unveiling of the pure ecstatic presence that sees through the eyes of the heart into a world that is forever renewed by our synergetic perceptions and interactions.

The Dzogchen posture of the Soaring Garuda opens subtle energy channels within the body so as to reveal the self-existing, innately pure and expanded consciousness that is inseparable from enlightenment

Oh, now I’d say it’s very likely that most of us are “Householders” and therefore will have to adapt as best as possible to try and capture the “essence” of the Dzogchen teachings because WHO has a “Dark Retreat” room or even sufficient time-off from their Mundane-Employment to go-into-retreat and get a “real taste” of what is being pointed at eh ? ⏰

Thus, in the above example, it’s the directing of your Eyeballs upwards (with some effort at first until it becomes an effortless habit) [4] that I suggest Induces (or Activates) our inner physiological processes at the heart of such Esoterica eh ? ❤️

[1] See topmost image illustrating HOW to reverse the direction of your “attention” eh ? It is as though you are directing your attention towards the top of your head and sensing “what is there” 🧐

[2] i.e. Tögal

[3] The All-Creating King: A Root Tantra of the Great Perfection / Supreme Source: The Fundamental Tantra of the Dzogchen Semde / Kunjed Gyalpo Series

[4] Or, if you are at home, seated in a Meditative Posture, with the Head kept level gently direct the Eyeballs upwards eh ? 👀

5 thoughts on “Integral Presence

  1. Reply Simon Jun 21,2020 11:05 am

    Oh, with respect to the necessity of “reversing the direction of your attention” (if only during some formal practice) here’s an interesting quote in this regards eh ?

    When you run after your thoughts, you are like a dog chasing a stick – every time a stick is thrown, you run after it. But if instead you look at where your thoughts are coming from, you will see that each thought arises and dissolves within the space of that awareness, without giving rise to other thoughts. Be like a lion, who rather than chases after the stick, turns to face the thrower. One only throws a stick at a lion once.

    ~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

    Monkey Mind

    Ah, but why do it ? The “idea” being “I” suggest, that it may just dawn-upon-you there’s simply no-reason-at-all to always “follow after” such momentary appearances, in fact, with some “luck”, it may Trigger a sudden insight into the “nature of your [Monkey] mind” and you may “experience” a felt-sense-of-release from what before now probably seemed like an unstoppable torrent-of-thoughts eh ? 🧐

    Indeed in general this whole process is described as something along the lines of “the taming of your mind” but psychologically (for those who are interested) I’d suggest it will at the very least (in the long run) let you “Live Life Lighter” eh ? ❤️

    Free As A Bird

  2. Reply Simon Jun 26,2020 11:21 pm

    Ah, but of course, “I” should probably mention that with respect to the apparent intention to “practice” (directing your attention) :

    Looking inward into one’s own consciousness, an act being intended and enacted by the Absolute, it dissolves into Itself

    From : Realization in the Way of Light

    Is Free Will an Illusion or Not ?

    In other words I’d say that it (the decision-to-practice) seems real but actually isn’t eh ? 😉

  3. Reply Simon Jun 27,2020 9:36 am

    Plato's Cave Allegory

    Oh, now, similarly as with Plato’s Allegory of the Cave wherein “a prisoner who is freed from the cave and comes to understand that the shadows upon the cave wall are not reality at all” (merely our Sensory Impressions), so it is “I” suggest, the “Real Gold” of Non-Dualism as promised by all Spiritual Traditions is NOT some Freedom-FOR-the-self” but rather it is a Freedom-FROM-the-self eh ? Indeed, believe it or not (which may depend on whereabouts in the Allegory “you” consider yourself as being), it is possible “I” maintain for a total cessation of the self-ing dynamic, whereupon the seeming center-of-consciousness-falls-away … it’s like the “undoing of a knot in the chest area” as your Heart Chakra fully opens and expands eh ? 🧐

    Furthermore I’d say “it” can only truly be known in the absence-of-self and no amount of Intellectual Analysis or Conceptual Thinking will get you one-inch-closer to what “we” all subconsciously desire : A Contented Heart eh ? ❤️ 🙏

    A Contented Heart

  4. Reply Simon Jun 28,2020 1:20 pm

    Oh, just “for the record” (so-to-say) : Whereas Sam is saying (in the above video clip) that TUR was pointing to a palpable-sense-of-the-absence-of-self in his “pointing out”, I would say that what is “pointed to” in such “Initiations” is our common Ground-of-Being : the Fresh Vibrant Presence that is always prior-to the arising of the Conceptualising-Dualistic-Mind … And crucially, I’d emphasize, it’s your Recognition (or the lack of it) of this Ground-State which is so fundamental in Dzogchen eh ? 🧐 ❤️ 🙏


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