Whenever I seem to experience what I’d call a Newness of Attention/Awareness I recognize these two distinctions:
If the Newness of Attention/Awareness is experienced on a lower level emotion; i.e., fear, anger, despair, disgust, arrogance, regret, resentment, unforgiveness ….
Usually, almost always, it is the direct result of a duality-focused mindset – the analytical, thinking, separate mind of egoic consciousness.
However, when the Newness of Attention/Awareness is experienced on a higher level emotion; i.e., compassion, acceptance, gratitude, wonderment, faith, humor, glee …
There is no mind-causality – it’s bestowed as pure grace.
I noticed this, especially, because it happened TODAY.
Out of nowhere.
Like a sunray peaking through a cloud-filled sky.
Not of my own doing – or of anyone else.
I clearly recognized the power/strength of my human will while simultaneously feeling the equanimity of the mystery of God’s perfection in guiding my every moment.
A peacefulness beyond any logical understanding.
In this state of grace, I knew something had downloaded into my consciousness. An unexpected gift after a brief time of sadness.
I was intuitively moved to revisit my tattered copy of the I Ching for a reading … for perhaps a deeper insight to this momentary opening to the Presence of Peace.
Here’s what the coins I threw revealed …
43. Kuai / Break-through (Resoluteness)
above TUI THE JOYOUS, LAKE
below CH’ien THE CREATIVE, HEAVEN
This hexagram signifies on the one hand a break-through after a long accumulation of tension, as a swollen river breaks through its dikes, or in the manner of a cloudburst. On the other hand, applied to human conditions, it refers to the time when inferior people gradually begin to disappear. Their influence is on the wane; as a result of resolute action, a change in condition occurs, a break-through.
The hexagram Kuai actually means a break-through as when a river bursts its damn in seasons of flood. The five strong lines are thought of as mounting from below, resolutely forcing the weak upper lines out of the hexagram. The same idea evolves from the images. The lake has evaporated and mounted to the sky. There it will discharge itself as a cloudburst. Here again, we have the idea of a break-through.The I Ching or Book of Changes, Wilhelm/Baynes
As I acknowledge the Source (God) of ALL THAT IS, I cannot neglect appreciation and honor for every being that contributes to my life
– every being – human and non-human –
who has held me up
and made me laugh
and made me weep
and evoked every potential emotion out of this bodysuit I dwell in.
It is unspeakable how miraculous this life really is.
May that understanding keep hold in my heart forever …..
and in yours …