The only Tibetan thangka that I own is one of Maitreya – the future Buddha. The basis of Kalachakra Tantra is the notion of an enlightened society. Vidyadhara said that Maitreya, the future Buddha, would not be an individual, but a society.
Thich Nhat Hanh did a calligraphy that says in English: THE NEXT BUDDHA WILL BE A SANGHA.
Sri Aurobindo said that, “In the actual state of humanity, it is the individual who must climb to this height as a pioneer and precursor. But if a collectivity or group could be formed of those who had reached the supramental perfection, there indeed some divine creation could take shape; a new earth could descend that would be a new heaven, a world of supramental light could be created here amidst the receding darkness of this terrestrial ignorance.”
For the past 10 years, there has been something growing at my core, poking its nose out – searching for something. As I sense into it – it feels like a deep, but strange kind of sensing organ – so very sensitive, attuned, precise and yet relentlessly pushing with strength and passion for something it doesn’t know but knows when it is found or some part of it is revealed.
This aspect of myself (if you want to call it that) is somehow the driver of my life. At times, it’s more quiet and content, like a small child in the back of the station wagon after a pit stop, eating a mars bar, but not for long. The curiosity and inability or desire to compromise is steadfast and unquestionable.
This mysterious compulsion to evolve, the optimizing force of the soul exists and moves through us, as us, both personally and in the greater unfolding of existence. Our ego is a kind of speed bump to the power and velocity in which it’s possible to evolve and change.
The urge, compulsion and desire to awaken, live and express our selves is always there – under the surface of our habits and focus on survival.
To be close to this impulse, to lean into it with tenderness and profound love is like being close to the ‘Beloved’ for me. I don’t want to miss and be left going down a path without “Him”. To stay close is imperative. If I take a wrong turn, am distracted or lazy or fascinated by something and stop listening to that which is at the core – I end up feeling lost, dissatisfied and displaced. I’ve noticed with clients that I work with – that success, fame and wealth are no buffer for this kind of feeling lost and dissatisfied. If we are not close to our true life, where this mysterious compulsion to evolve exists, nothing will suffice.
At times, I don’t know where I am going or why. My feelings can seem strange and I don’t always understand why I’m not perfectly happy with my life, love or work as it is. When the “divine discontent” emerges I now know “He’s” flirting with me once more – inviting me to something new and a chance to grow ever closer to what I love and why I am here.
There are many things to discuss as to why we can’t hear, see or feel the urge to evolve or why we don’t want to, and what the veils of ignorance are all about.
But suffice it to say, that it’s easy to recognize those radiant, courageous, inspiring human beings that live close to this powerful impulse. They and their lives move quickly. When we are surrendered to this impulse we can sometimes have the sense of one’s life dissolving and a new forms of life arising, non-continuous and appearing miraculously in full manifestation. Other times there is a wonderful kind of chaos as all is rearranged and transformed.
Other people live more in slow motion. If you try to move or inspire them, their normalcy and stability reveal the stubborn, speed bump that their fixed sense of identity has become. Their way of being makes them impervious to the impulse and prevents it from optimizing their lives.
So… as I said earlier, I have been feeling a new awareness – a new discontent – that has been specific.
Ten years ago, the edge took me to a place as a spiritual teacher and student, where I knew that another course, retreat, teaching, training or certificiation program was just not it.
The spiritual edge that began in America in the late 60’s was exciting and brought forth so much change and growth for so many millions of people, and continues to do so. There was a time when I would never have said that I was a spiritual teacher – it would have been easier and more accepted to say I was a “consultant” – but now there are millions of people exploring alternative knowledge, meditation, yoga and various teachings. If anything, it’s now in vogue to be a teacher.
The next edge has something to do with a new paradigm – our collective consciousness and a higher order of relating which is different than all the experiments with communes and groups of people surrounding teachers, gurus or famous spiritual leaders. It has to do with coming together at a higher level and creating a ‘new being’ through our love and connectedness. As we practice together, focus on something larger than our own individual lives, we form new pathways like neurons between us that allow something larger to be created. That larger ‘Being’ is a new entity with greater capacities, consciousness and seems to activate our greatest potentials. This edge is just starting, we have glimpses of what is possible that are answering our deepest intuition.
We become ‘Maitreya’ – the enlightened Being that is made of the many as the One.
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