domingo, 15 de septiembre de 2019

THE LAW OF THREE (66) Who Is The Third One?



WHO IS THE THIRD who walks always beside you?
When I count, there are only you and I together
But when I look ahead up the white road
There is always another one walking beside you
Gliding wrapt in a brown mantle, hooded
I do not know whether a man or a woman
-But who is that on the other side of you?

"The Waste Land" T.S. Eliot

According to the law of three, every phenomenon and event in creation is the work of three independent forces: active, passive, reconciling. A dual perception is only aware of one or two forces: the initiating force and the resisting force. Awareness of the presence and action of a third force requires developing a non dual perception. It is a dual perspective that Sta. Teresa of Avila describes when she says: "We pray to God as if He was absent."

Duality is the world of thinking. Thought is responsible for the illusion that 'I' (an imaginary character) 'can do'. The illusion that 'I can do' was fatally shaken when St. Paul discovered: " I do not understand what I do, for what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do." St Paul seem to be struggling with the idea of sin. Could we suggest that what St Paul was really struggling with was his dual perception?

With the eye of duality we are not intuitively aware of the 'independent' presence (the source) underlying all experience: the Seer, described in the Upanishad scriptures as:

"That which makes the eye see, but needs no I to see, that alone is Spirit"

But who is that one on the other side of you? The seer that sees though all eyes cannot be seen* but it can be revealed in the sudden entry of a Third Force when we realise that we are neither the seer or the seen but the seeing that brings us into a unitive experience of the relationship God-Man-Cosmos.

* "The observer that can be observed in not the observer." Dvid Finkelstain.

domingo, 8 de septiembre de 2019

THE LAW OF THREE (65) Manifesting God



"Except for the point, the still point, there would be no dance and there is only the dance."

T.S. Elliot

What is a point? A point has no dimension. It is the foundation of all shapes and the beginning of all dimensions. We first experience ourselves as a point in relation to the manifest creation.
This point is the centre where our 'I' manifests. This point is the eternal now. "If we cannot live in the present we cannot live anywhere," says Huang Po

Where is this centre? In a conversation with Raimon Panikkar, I mention that we practised Centering Prayer, with which he was familiar. "Ah, he said, the Centre is everywhere!"

From the perspective of the Law of Three, a triad is a unit of dynamic relationship. One God, three persons. If we are looking for one God we will find God and me, a dyad. If we look for our relationship with God, we will discover the triad God, Me and Love. Love is the reconciling force that unites us.

"I and my Father are One", is the discovery that gives meaning to our existence. The meaning is in the word 'father' which brings into existence the relationship between God and Man.

To paraphrase Raimon Panikkar: "The unknown God manifests as Father only in relationship to the Son. God recognises us as sons only in our experience of recognising him as Father."

It is the Son's experience of the fatherhood of God that enables God to experience himself in the Son.

martes, 20 de agosto de 2019

LAW OF THREE (64) Making One Out of Two



"When you are able to make two become one, the inside like
the outside, and the outside like the inside, the higher like
the lower, so that man is no longer male, and a woman,
female, but male and female a single whole. When
you are able to fashion an eye to replace an eye, and form
a hand in place of a hand, or a foot for a foot, making one
image supersede another -then you will enter in."

The Gospel of Thomas (22)

"When you are able to make two become one...then you will enter in" This quote signals the way to a non dual level of 'actualisation'.

How can we make two become one?

The task of the Triad is to make one:

Making one out of two is not a question of eliminating one of the two opposing forces (as for example in war) but the incorporation of a reconciling third force which brings equal meaning and significance to the two opposing forces, making out of the two one.

Making one is the task of Love:

The well known statement: "love your enemies..." describes the nature of the reconciling force of Love. We are invited to become transmitters of Love. If we only 'love' our friends we do not know Love. Love is indivisible.

The task of the Triad is to make meaning:

In the statement "I and my father are one" the third force is father. Father brings into a relationship God and Me (I), giving rise to the form of One. Three distinct and mutually 'related' terms giving rise to a unit of meaning.

Raimon Panikkar's reflection:

The relation between God and man, therefore, instead of being one of pure transcendence (which does not admit any relation) is one of immanence. God is the transcendent mystery immanent in us. Hence there is a conviction common to different religions that someone that claims to have seen the transcendent God is not telling the truth...
It is in immanence that transcendence is discovered. We realise that we 'remain' in something that, being within us, is greater than we are, transcends us.

Immanence is the link which transcends the duality of God and Me and brings the unitive (triadic) experience of God in Me and I in God.

viernes, 2 de agosto de 2019

THE LAW OF THREE (63) Transforming Suffering



"If thou hadst known how to suffer thou wouldst have been able not to suffer. Learn thou to suffer and thou shall be able not to suffer." Apocryphal Gospel of St. John

The above points to to the transformation that can take place through suffering that transcends suffering itself.

In similar paradox: "Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, pray for them that despitefully use you and that persecute you." Sermon of the Mount. Matthew 5:44

Both quotations challenge our ordinary views of the obstacles we encounter in life. They are invitations to welcome the negative forces we need to face. Without enemies we should have no chance to grow and play the cosmic role of the reconciling force and in doing so become co-creators.

In the the language Law of Three:

"We are always fighting the negative part of us, and therefore we cannot grow. The one who rejects is the ego who feeds on rejection" J.G. Bennett

"In no way can we eliminate the second or negative force: life would loose interest if anything we wanted were instantaneously produced without any effort from our part to overcome resistance.
P.D. Ouspensky

In spiritual language:

"Suffering is never an end in itself, but a stepping stone to transformation. In this view it may be the necessary step to force us to let go of what we overtly depend on (ego) for the fulfilment of our idea of happiness." Thomas Keating

viernes, 12 de julio de 2019

LAW OF THREE (62) The Still Point



Bhagavad Gita (400 BC):

"One who sees inaction in action and action in inaction, is intelligent among men, and he is in the transcendental position, although engaged in all sorts of activities." Bhagavad Gita

T.S. Elliot:

"At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless;
Neither from nor towards; at the still point, there the dance is,
But neither arrest nor movement. And do not call it fixity,
Where past and future are gathered. Neither movement from nor towards,
Neither ascend nor decline. Except for the point, the sill point,
There would be no dance, and there is only the dance." T.S. Elliot

The still point describes the third dimension of our experience. In the quote from the Gita it is "the transcendental position'', free from the tensions between two absolutes. Neither action nor inaction, at the point where the dance flows.

The still point is where two working surfaces meet (active and passive). It is where we reside, our home. When Thomas Keating was asked in one of his last interviews wether he was longing for home he answered: 'I wold like to think that I am already at home.'

In the method of Centering Prayer as taught by Thomas Keating our intention is to return to the still point with an open invitation to the divine presence to join in the transcendental dance.

domingo, 7 de julio de 2019

LAW OF THREE (61) The Purpose of Thinking (2)



"If you are going to think, at least THINK. Use your own mind, heart, and grounded presence to see what is actually going on and try to understand with what is the most awake in you, not the most asleep" Cynthia Bourgeault

The question is: can we THINK?

"The most thought-provoking thing in our thought-provoking time is that we are still not thinking"

Martin Heidegger, What is called thinking.

Implicit in the above quotations is that the power to THINK needs to be developed. In an earlier blog (59), I wrote: "From an intellectual perspective, thinking needs to evolve into understanding in order to become an instrument of the will." As it is, in its undeveloped state, thinking maintains the dream of a separate existence, preventing us from thinking for ourselves. We are prey of a thinking process that goes on subjectively without purpose or self-critical reflection.

In its undeveloped state our attention is trapped by thought. When the attention is free from its attachment to thought we are able to observe consciously and objectively the stream of thought. Out of this detached observing understanding may arise. This arising of understanding requires our conscious presence (reconciling force) or as Cynthia puts it, it requires the presence of 'what is most awake in us'.

In true thinking our attention needs to play a discerning role in the articulation of thought. We need to actively be able to think our thoughts, instead of our thoughts thinking us. This change of direction of thinking can start with the question: Am I in control of my thinking?

Only when we are in control of our thinking are we responsible for our thinking. The first step in the evolution of thought requires our witnessing presence. It requires the discerning presence or what is the most awake in us.'

Perhaps Rene Descartes was right after all in his famous 'cogito, ergo sum (I think, therefore I am) if he meant: 'I can think, only when I am'.

viernes, 14 de junio de 2019

LAW IF THREE( 60) Conscious Influences



"When the attention is not free and independent it is trapped in the world of duality lending its power to like and dislike, belief or not belief. It feeds duality and cannot choose independently. When directed consciously it can become the gate through which conscious influences can enter creation."

J,G. Bennett

Our degree of freedom depends on our power of choice. Choice depends on the attention not being caught within the limits of like, dislike, belief, non-belief, right, wrong.etc.

When the attention is not subject to the pairs of opposites it can become a bridge between them, through which conscious influences can enter creation .

For example, when giving full attention to a person in need, our conscious attention becomes a gateway through which the afflicted person can connect to the inner listener. In this way we enable the speaker to hear what his 'deeper self' has to say (conscious influences).

The ordinary state of our attention is undirected, or as said in the Gospol of Mark: "having ears do you not hear?" This is a familiar situation. People may be speaking to us and although we are aware of their voices, we are unaware of their meaning. We are lost in our thoughts. Suddenly a sentence catches our attention and we lend our consciousness to the speaker. We are hearing. A new dimension enters our awareness.

When our attention is free and independent we can direct consciousness, and in this voluntary act we become neutral (3rd, force) to the opposing forces and align ourselves with the intelligence that transmits meaning (4th force). What arises, and we see, is the solution to a deadlock, leading forward or into a new direction.

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