sábado, 11 de mayo de 2019

LAW OF THREE (58) Sin and The Law of Three



"Sin comes from a Greek word meaning to miss the mark, 'a term from the art of archery' What does missing the mark actually involve? It presupposes a target, which is called the bull's eye. A bow is the means by which the archer tries to launch the arrow into the centre of the target. The purpose of the art of archery is to hit the target every time or to get as closed to doing so as possible." Thomas Keating. Heartfullness.

In the same context Thomas Keating says: 'The psychological experience of a separate self sense is the root of all sin; get rid of that and there won't be any more sin."

From the perspective of the Law of Three, sin is a dual experiencein which the presence of the 3rd or reconciling force within is not felt. 

In Archery, when the archer, the arrow, and the target are in perfect alignement they become a unity. In this configuration the target does not exist as a separate entity: the target , as it were, enters creation when the archer is united with the target and the felt sense of separation no longer exists.**
Is the bull's eye everywhere? ? Last week in a Champions League football match Messi scored what seemed an impossiblegoal, seen from a dual perspective. One spectator commented that it was as if the target (the goal post) hadmovedto receive the ball. 

Nearly three thousand years ago the 'omnipresence' of the bull's eye is explained in the Mahabharata (sanskrit epic of ancient India)

"Dronacharya organised an archery competition to test the skills of his pupils. He kept a small wooden bird on a tree at a distance. He asked all the pupils to take aim at the wooden bird's eye. To every pupil he asked the question:'What do you see?

Each disciple replied the same: I can see the bird, leaves, fruits, sky, etc. Dronacharya's anwer was: 'put down the bow and leave.' 

The last one to be asked was Arjuna. Dronacharya asked him: 'what do you see?' He answered 'I can only see the eye of the bird', Dronacharya kept asking him if he could see other things but Arjuna replied 'No teacher I can see nothing other than the eye of the bird' Dronacharya, happy with Arjuna's  response told him to shoot. The arrow sprang from the bow and went straight into the bird's eye."

No doubt, at the moment of kicking the ball all that Messi could see was the target.

**I am in God and God is in Me.

viernes, 3 de mayo de 2019

LAW OF THREE (57) Attention, the Carrier of the Third Force



"We are carriers of the Third Force which we can bring into a situation through the power of Attention."         
J.G. Bennett

When we give attention to an object, we bring the Third Force into a Triad in the form of information 

Attention is the 'carrier' of the Third Force which we can bring into any situation.  Attention is not another force in a triad, but the carrier of a force.

Attention directed to a point releases information.  For example, if we put our attention to our left foot,  information from our left foot will arise.  The information arising from the left foot will be the reconciling force of a triad,  in which,  the decision to focus our attention will be the active force, and the resisting force will be the left foot. 

Since one triad leads to another,  let us suppose that the information received about the condition of our left foot is concerning.  Concern will become the active force in a new triad where the resisting force will be our reluctance see a doctor.  Our indecision will manifest in the form of contradictory circling thoughts which will prevent the entry of the Third Force (enabling decision)  Circling thoughts are brought to an end when the Third Force enters in the form of painful, swollen foot.  Upon the new information, the decision is made to visit the doctor.

Information may come from different sources.   It may come from the present or the past; from higher or lower realms.   It may come from memory or intuition. True discernment must, therefore, follow information.

For example, if we direct our attention to our hand for a couple of minutes, we notice all kinds of information and commentaries entering our awareness.  Information will come from the past, 'what worn out hand I have', etc.  By letting go of past ideas about our hand a new vision may come in from a deeper source of information revealing to us, perhaps, what an extraordinary miracle is the sudden apparition of 'a hand'.

sábado, 27 de abril de 2019

LAW OF THREE (56) The Third Force



"Imagine how the energies of our planet would shift if we as Christians took seriously our obligation to work with the Law of Three as our fundamental spiritual praxis. Face to face with the vast challenges of our times -environmental, economic, political - we would avoid making judgments (because according to the Law of Three, the denying force is a legitimate player in every equation), set our sights higher than "winers and losers" (or even negotiated compromise), and instead strive in all situations to align our minds and hearts with the Third Force."

Cynthia Bourgeault

What is the significance of the Third Force?

The Third Force 'allows' the power of 'direction' to enter all spheres of creation.

In a car the accelerator (active) and the brakes (passive) are forces that move in opposing directions. Only the presence of a third force, the steering wheel (reconciling), can bring accelerator and brakes into playful 'direction' *

Action (active) and reaction (passive) are equal and the result is zero. Zero movement in politics is alarming. In Britain the two main opposing political 'forces' are approaching zero movement. In their strenuous pushing efforts each of the opposing parties begins to crack. It follows that in time the least fractured party will succeed in imposing its will; following which, the habitual pattern of political activity will be restored and the temporary impasse forgotten. No 'new' neutralising force will intervene in this case, no new direction found, the force of habit will suffice to reinstate the routine of the pendular pace.

It is also possible that out of the fragmented parties a new third party arises capable of bringing a temporary and yet necessary respite to the two exhausted parties. A charismatic leader may arise capable of 'democratically reconciling' the wishes of a majority; although not necessarily to lead their enthusiastic voters to a much greater happiness. A war or similar tragedy may reconcile the quarrelling parties by a common aim, but such new 'arising' scenario will not necessarily be a welcome evolutionary one.

Even thought some times the Third Force in a Triad seem to lead us to involution or repetition, from a unitive perspective the Triad is an evolutionary force leading creation to its fulfilment. In the play of planetary forces, we, as spiritual travellers, are invited to work with of the Law of Three by aligning ourselves with the Third Force. It is in this sense I find Cynthia Burgeault words encouraging: we must "set our sights higher than (the world of) "winers and losers" (or even (the rational world of) negotiated compromise), and instead strive in all situations to align our minds and hearts with the Third (or reconciling) Force."

* Accelerator, brakes, steering wheel represent three distinct and independent movements in a triad working as a unit. At the centre, the driver (the will) decides in every moment which of the three forces will be active, passive or neutralising and in doing so he (the will) maintains direction.

viernes, 19 de abril de 2019

LAW OF THREE (55) The Observer



"In non-duality the separate self sense is greatly reduced and even disappears. Everything that happens is the direct experience of reality. It is being able to lead ordinary life without thinking of oneself. When you look at a tree, it is a tree, and not you looking at a tree. The latter is the response of our rational intellect."Thomas Keating 

The question is who is looking at a tree?

The Kena Upanishad says:

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

In the words of David Finkelstein:

The observer that can be observed is not the observer.

Both quotations point to the presence of a hidden dimension of ourselves beyond our rational thinking.

If we consider the triad of 'observation' as seer-seeing-seen, we realise that our attention enables us to exert the power of seeing (directing the attention to an object) but the source of sight does not come from ourselves. The power of 'seeing' is given. 

Full attention without reference to the ego (felt-self-sense) gives rise to those rare moments of experience without thought. In absence of thinking you are simply seeing.You see the tree and not you looking at a tree.This is the experience of the unity, seer-seeing-seen.

Do you have any recognition of this experience?

viernes, 12 de abril de 2019

LAW OF THREE (54) The I and the Will



"We have various, of what Gurdjieff called, 'centres' or 'intelligences'; but, ordinarily, these are in 'discord' They do not agree with each other in what they see or want. They are at cross purposes. The aim of 'work on oneself' was to clean up the centres and bring them into a co-operative state. It is so that they then coalesce and create something new, this is to create or realise one's true 'I'."

Gurdjieff's psychology

From the perspective of the Law of Three we may consider a car to be a three-fold unit in which three independent and mutually necessary forces give rise to an instrument capable of operating in the world of time and space. In this example the accelerator is the active force, the brakes the resisting force and the steering wheel the neutralising force. When these three powers are in tune, the driver, that is, the true I or the will, can direct the car in the direction he choses. We may consider the driver to be a 5th force which can only operate when the three sides of the triad are brought into a co-operative state.

Why the 5th force?

Gurdjieff's example of Man nos. 1,2,3,4,5 etc, (blog 47) may help to answer this question. According to his scheme man number 5 can only manifest when Man, nos. l,2,3 are in balance giving rise to Man No.4. When the three have become one, at Man no 4, Man no. 5, a true "individual" or 'will' can operate.

Another useful example of three forces giving rise to one unit or 'articulation' can be found in the arising of understanding. In the arising of understanding, when sensations (no.l) feelings (no2) and thoughts (no.3) have become one, 'understanding' (no.4) , then the I or the will (no.5) can enter and act.

Metaphorically speaking...

If I can manage my three energy centres I can manage everything else. If I cannot, then everything is hard and has to be forced. If I do not know that the engine can take a car from one place to another, I push it, and this is how most of us do things: we push our machine about like a person pushing a motorcar, and then it can easily happen that the steering wheel is out of reach.

viernes, 29 de marzo de 2019

LAW OF THREE (53) Decision



"God made man so that He could know Himself." G.I. Gurdjieff


The nature of decision has occupied my mind for some time. It is easy to converse about every day decisions but when referring to essential decisions, those taken beyond our ordinary level of consciousness, the answers are not so easy to discern.

For example: Did I decide to be born? This is a question that cannot be resolved with our ordinary level of consciousness, we need to rely on the reassurances of belief.

For its relevance to the Law of Three, in its link with the third force, I will give two examples which I have observed identifying two different levels of decision

1. Decisions that come from the Ego, the Me, or the False self.
2. The decisions that come from an I, or Self, beyond the sphere of my ordinary consciousness.

Let us suppose that one morning we get up with the desire of purchasing a new pair of shoes. At the first shoe shop window a pair of shoes catches our attention. The price is within our budget. We enter and to try the shoes on. But, oh, such disappointment. They are uncomfortable! And yet they are so nice. Unable to make up our mind we leave the shop in deep thought. Three streets later a large poster catches our eye. A famous figure we identify with is proudly wearing those very same shoes! Instantaneously we turn around, the decision made to get those shoes. The ego or our desire for power and control (one of the three forces in a triad) has lent its power of identification to our feelings (like-dislike) ignoring the voice of our sensation. No real change in our pattern of habits! Pairs of shoes will continue accumulating at the bottom of the wardrobe.

However there are decisions that the ego cannot make:

As a young man at the age of 26, I was walking down a local street, when a decision struck my being. I was to leave my comfortable life in Spain and move to England! The decision came out of nowhere. And even though such possibility had been playing in my mind for years the enabling power and force of the decision until that instant had not entered my veins. From then on the pattern of my life was completely restructured

Strictly speaking, I did not take the decision... and yet.... something beyond myself... which is still at the very core and centre of myself ... took the decision... which I was bound to obey!

An experience that should not be alien to most of us.

sábado, 16 de marzo de 2019

Law of Three (52) Centering Prayer and The Law of Three



"Just by the very nature of our birth, we are on the spiritual journey" 

Thomas Keating.

The question is: what is this spiritual journey? Who is in this journey?

 Thomas Keating says:

"Our basic core of goodness is our True Self."
"The acceptance of our basic goodness is a quantum leap on the Spiritual Journey."
"This basic core of goodness is capable of unlimited development, indeed of becoming transformed into Christ and deified."

In other words, the True Self (our basic core of goodness) is the Self engaged in the spiritual journey, This Self is capable of unlimited development, indeed of becoming transformed into Christ and deified.

Centering Prayer and the Law of Three.
The Law of Three stipulates that nothing is brought about, or nothing is really changed unless there are three independent forces involved. In Centering Prayer our intention is to consent to God's presence and action within. In this practice three independent forces are clearly identified. They are intention (the active or initiating force); thoughts (the passive or resisting force); and consent (the reconciling force). When these three independent forces working together come to a harmony, a "gap" opens "though which" God's presence and action can enter. (Intention and Consent as two different forces: intention comes from the Ego and Consent from the True Self *)
Consent is a "step" that only the True Self can take. Consenting to God's presence and action may give rise to unsuspected events which the Ego may find difficult to welcome:
Thomas Keating says:
"God will bring people and events into our lives, and whatever we may think about them, they are designed for the evolution of his life in us." Thomas Keating.
There is a hint in this statement reminiscent of Jesus words: "take up your cross and follow me" It is an invitation to follow the spiritual path of transformation of our core of goodness into Christ himself. An invitation to welcome the resisting or negative force as a necessary step on the spiritual path.

LAW OF THREE (58) Sin and The Law of Three

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