I had this thought,
long long ago, that if one of us evolved into
what shall we call
it? "God consciousness", then they could guide all the others
through. Of course, in my "fantasy" it was going to be me.
Tee has found a new
guru, and she's glowing. Glowing bright as "Wild-eyed Neil"
in his loin cloth down at our little ice-cream kiosk in North Street.
I bumped into Neil ten years on and he was a wizened, worried man without
the guru glow. Didn't quite stick.
Tee's new guru, Swamiji, keeps talking (on
his youtube videos) about "the master", the "enlightened
master", proclaiming that the gift of enlightenment comes from having,
from finding a God-realized Master.
I was asking my mindfulness meditation teacher
about this difference between Hindus and Buddhists, rather like Protestants
and Catholics. Catholics think the priest and Pope own the channel to
God. Protestants preach a direct personal connection, and Hindus, it seems,
are looking for that heavenly connection through The guru (with a capital
"T"), while Buddha said, "Do the practice;" but Philip
replied, "Oh, its Very helpful (with a capital "V") to
have a teacher, particularly once you've entered the first stages of enlightenment,
prone as we are then to delusions."
But I'm balking at all this Master cant.
I had an insight
today. I was taking Tee's guru's weekend meditation course(1), and a penny
dropped. But let me take you back a step
I've been searching awhile,
that spiritual stuff. I've been deeply involved in "Native Spirituality".
A very important part of those practices is the ritual of "smudging";
cleansing with the smoke of medicine herbs: sage, cedar, sweetgrass. Then
I worked a while with a "spiritual healer" and she would often
have me smudge her patients. She once asked me, "Where do you think
the cleansing, healing power comes from when you smudge?"
"From the cedar," of course I
"No," she said. "Maybe twenty
percent comes from the cedar. The rest comes form you."
So it seems that we may use the smudge to "tune" our energies.
We tune to the vibration of the smudge. Perhaps it's the same principle
at work with people who play with crystal healing:the gem stones may help
patients tune to certain vibrations.
A word about vibrations:
recent research has shown that simple, quiet, low amplitude vibrations
can incease our bone mass, muscle mass (and cause weight loss!): simple
low frequency vibrations. Hmm? Then what does chanting "Om"
So the penny dropped, for me, watching Mahaliny's
eyes light when she spoke to me of her first teacher, Amma. I saw how
brightly the resonance can glow. I could feel the guru shining there.
So, in part, that's what the Master's for: not just a verbal guide, but
he can help us tune in: we can resonate with the Master's vibration to
actually attune to the "higher" conscious, experience.
What if one of us
evolved into higher consciousness; then perhaps they could guide the rest
of us through.