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Thinking about The Thing Itself

Talking can occlude, and I’m not posting so much right now, but I’ve got things planned that will go in a new and I think interesting direction, tying everything together and inaugurating another phase of the blog. That new way should better handle talk about “the thing itself”, and also give a set of bamboo sticks one can push into the ground to guide understanding of Glenn’s practice, and Kundalini experience and ascent generally. Some people have been asking about that for a while and I think I have an answer or two coming up.

Meanwhile here are some thoughts on “the thing itself” which may be particularly useful if Kundalini is already active within you, or anyway worth bearing in mind:

those who seek for it externally lose it internally;
those who preserve it internally attain it externally as well.

Huainanzi 7.1

What you are looking for is what is looking — St Francis

That which you are seeking is causing you to seek — Zen proverb

I felt the sentiment of being spread
O’er all that moves.

— William Wordsworth, Prelude

It is like an infinite Ocean of Awareness pervading my own small pool of consciousness within and the whole universe I perceive with my senses, outside. It is as if a radiant living Presence encompasses everything that exists both within and outside of me.

— Gopi Krishna, The Real Nature of Mystical Experience

Unknown, unthought of, yet I was most rich,
I had a world about me — ‘twas my own,
I made it; for it only lived to me,
And to the God who looked into my mind.

— William Wordsworth, Prelude

That is, one, instead of being a pygmy, in this state feels himself to be a king, feels himself to be the master of what he sees. It is not the ego, it is the very condition of this consciousness. That is the reason why it is said that no mystic would change his state, even for a kingdom.

— Gopi Krishna, Last Interview

a person who can have the world is invariably
someone who will not strive for it.

Huainanzi 2.11

Though the myriad things are boundless in numbers, which of them will they not possess?

Huainanzi 2.4

All things were spotless and pure and glorious: yea, and infinitely mine, and joyful, and precious.

— Thomas Traherne, Centuries of Meditations

Their spirits:
cross Mount Li or the Taihang Mountains and have no difficulty;
enter the Four Seas or the Nine Rivers and cannot be trapped;
lodge in narrow defiles and cannot be obstructed;
spread across the realm of Heaven and Earth and are not stretched.

Huainanzi 2.12