Ultimate Outline 08

by Christopher Lovejoy on April 24, 2016

in the Art of Surrender,
reaction is not an option;
in the Art of Surrender,
reaction is a confession

’tis a confession of insistence
that invites evermore resistance;
’tis a confession of resistance
that breeds evermore insistence

allowing Being and Becoming,
receive reflect respond freshly;
allowing Being and Becoming,
no obsession, no compulsion

A month ago, I broached the notion of a Cosmic True Self as Art.

What makes this notion difficult to accept or even discuss is that it contains the presumption of ontological sovereignty, which is a challenge, not only to the authority of those who would presume to rule this world, but to the authority of those who would submit to a Supreme Being.

Sovereignty in itself is a sensitive topic for discussion. Where the sovereignty of nation states implies a capacity and a capability to govern themselves with political authority, so too does the sovereignty of individual persons implies a capacity and a capability to govern themselves with personal authority. Personally, I am wise to be true to be free (“the truth shall set you free” – and keep you free); indeed, the amount of personal authority that I can exercise freely at any given time in any given situation arises and rises in tandem with the amount of credibility and competence (both actual and perceived) that I can demonstrate freely, but then, the quality of this authority naturally lends itself to this question: do I exercise this authority from fear or do I exercise it with love? The tone and tenor of a sovereignty exercised through fear is a far different creature than one exercised through the eyes of love.

Worldwide, a fierce battle is being waged between these two types of sovereignty.

Ontology is an obscure branch of metaphysics that studies the nature of Being and Becoming, as well as their basic categories and relations. Being sovereign and being sovereign in relation to others naturally lends itself to the subject matter of approaching a realization of the ultimate in fulfillment. More specifically, if being sovereign alone and with others (personally speaking) lends itself to the subject matter of approaching a realization of the ultimate in personal fulfillment, then being sovereign alone and with others (ontologically speaking) lends itself to the subject matter of approaching a realization of the ultimate in ontological fulfillment. Such a lofty realization as this one encompasses fulfillment on all dimensions – impersonal, personal, interpersonal, and transpersonal – dimensions of fulfillment that I raised in my first post in this series.

Aside: I understand that such a realization would not be so lofty if more of us could be free to approach it.

Before I apply what I learn about the roots of fulfillment (as well as its essence and ideals) to my daily life, I would do well to integrate them in such a way as to facilitate their application. In other words, integrate to facilitate. In light of the foregoing, how might I begin to integrate?

The play of purpose lies at the heart of integration.

Paradoxically, my purpose in life could be “to live a life without purpose”, by relying on my native sovereign power at the level of Being and Becoming to expand my awareness of what is, to receive what is, to reflect on what is, and to respond in ways that harmonize my awareness of what is.

Here, my destiny flowers as I go along to get along.

Conversely, my purpose in life could be to live a life of purpose in harmony with the notion of “what I can be, I must be”. So, for example, if I think I can be a writer or a speaker, or if I think I can be an advisor or an explorer, then I must be that if I ever wish to fulfill my destiny.

Here, I presume to have a hand in crafting a destiny.

With a destiny that flowers, the basic task of my life is to be present enough to allow all resistance to rise and fall away as I remain receptive, reflective, and responsive, whereas with the second type, the basic task of my life is to work with the resistance that is generated by my insistence that I must be that.

For the remainder of this post, I will examine a destiny that is allowed to flourish and flower.

* * *

Surrender, in view of living without purpose, save the one purpose that paradoxically allows me to live a life without purpose, is surrender in view of (a) living with the reality of emotional arousal (love, pleasure, desire); and (b) living with the stimulus struggle (more, better, faster).

Colloquially speaking, surrender is “letting be, letting go, letting God”; surrender is “letting whatever happens be okay”. Ontologically speaking, surrender is “Being – being wholly receptive, reflective, and responsive to whatever arises in my experience – so as to allow Becoming to find its time and place”.

The ontological axis of Self and Other can be refined rather richly as “Observer and Observed”, as “Perceiver and Perceived”, as “Witness and Witnessed”, as “Watcher and Watched”, as “Receiver and Received”, as “Reflector and Reflected”, as “Responder and Responded”, as “Seer and Seen”.

With surrender on this axis, my relationship with the master switch (let it be or make it so) that resides at the core of my ego favors “let it be”, but this does not mean that “make it so” has no place in the course of fulfilling my destiny. In short, “make it so” arises naturally from Being.

Indeed, “make it so” is integral to Becoming, but why force Being into Becoming or Becoming into Being when I can allow Becoming to rise and fall naturally, easily, spontaneously, effortlessly?

And so, where do I begin to integrate to facilitate if my purpose in life is to live a life without purpose?

In a word? Presence.

I begin by being present to Being and Becoming, to sitting quietly in silence and finding stillness within and to picking up a cup of warm tea without thinking about it, without consciously intending to do it, without having any reason for doing it, and just drinking from it with pleasure (for example).

With presence, I have peace, and at peace, I find my promise, and in promise, I feel my power – a native power, a sovereign power, a native, sovereign power to be and do this or that, as or when I feel called to be and do this or that … not a power over …, but a power to

There is only one transformation,
only one revolution, and that revolution comes
not by being concerned with your character,
by your acts, by your doings, but by being
concerned with your own Being.
Being is a positive phenomenon:
once the Being is alert, awake, conscious,
suddenly darkness disappears
– your Being is of the nature of light.

Osho, Tantra: The Supreme Understanding, p. 56

Awareness of presence is key.

I can be present to feelings and desires and I can be present, by way of these feelings and desires, to objects, events, and situations – all of which can be perceived and received as positive, negative, or neutral in their valence. I have many options in my awareness of presence: I can be present to negating or affirming my feelings (attitude); I can be present to indulging or abstaining from desires when they arise for the very first time (initiation); I can be present to suppressing or expressing certain feelings and desires (orientation); and I can be present to my relationship with the master switch, receiving or asserting feelings and desires, urges and impulses, as I go along (or not) to get along.

In exercising these options truly, wisely, freely, I remain a witness to the thrill of mere existence.

With root consciousness (presence, peace, promise, power), living through a root-based divinity, I am safe. I am stable. I am secure. I have goodness and wholeness on my side; I have the Source of my understanding on my side. I have God on my side – the One Infinite Creator has my back.

Personal sovereignty, however, requires a heart of passion as well as a mind of presence.

As a creator and as a co-creator, the latent affirmation, “I am love”, grows naturally as a flourishing, a flourishing that, if it could speak, would say “I am safe, I am enough, I am worthy, and I am worthy of love”. The play of perception that arises from the roots of consciousness gives way to a constant dynamic between essence (“I am love”) and ideal (“I am light”), such that “yes …, I am love” (essentially) and “no …, I am light” (ideally), and conversely, “no …, I am love” and “yes …, I am light”. At the root of Being, in presence, the body is alive to Being even as the mind is awake to Becoming. In the essence of Being and Becoming, the heart of soul is everpresent, ever aware to that which is love and not love, even as the flowering spirit remains, ideally, ever alert to that which is light and not light, by tapping the prospects of prosperity, purity, and possibility as they rise and fall through Becoming. This overview of the integrating Cosmic True Self segues naturally into facilitating the Cosmic True Self as Art to practice the Art of Surrender by (to quote myself from above) “living without purpose, save the one purpose that paradoxically allows me to live a life without purpose”. Again, integrate to facilitate so as to move easily from integration to application. Let us now build a bridge between the two.

* * *

The Art of Surrender can be understood, appreciated, explored, and expressed as two fundamentally interweaving arts: the art of living with the reality of emotional arousal (pleasure, love, and desire as a Cosmic True Self) and the art of living with (but not for) the stimulus struggle (more, better, faster, in and from and through and with the Other) on these four dimensions of fulfillment: impersonal, personal, interpersonal, and transpersonal, which I first brought to light here.

continuum

A quick synopsis for ease of reference:

The Art of Surrender

1. The art of living with the reality of emotional arousal
(love mediates pleasure and desire as a Cosmic True Self

2. The art of living with (but not for) the stimulus struggle
(more, better, faster, in and from and through and with the Other)

The impersonal dimension of fulfillment reflects a stance where the Witness observes, impartially, the rise and fall of experience, neither attaching to nor detaching from the objects of desire; it is a perspective that is neither personal nor interpersonal nor transpersonal.

Impersonally, the Witness merely observes that which is, receiving, reflecting, and responding without any investment of feeling or desire.

Where the Cosmic True Self, operating inside the personal dimension of fulfillment, acknowledges the reality of emotional arousal, accepting a reality of feelings and desires, urges and impulses, the Cosmic True Self operating inside the interpersonal dimension of fulfillment embraces wholly and fully the reality of love as a mediator between pleasure and desire, so as to prevent pleasure from becoming obsession and desire from becoming compulsion.

Transpersonally, the Cosmic True Self understands and appreciates the imperative of the Other (and other Selves) to involve itself and engage itself in a stimulus struggle to learn and grow, impress and express, expand and explore, evolve and ascend, even as the Cosmic True Self pulls back to practice (and eventually master) the art of living with (but not for) this stimulus struggle for more, better, and faster, in and from and through and with the Other.

This snapshot of ontological fulfillment as a (sovereign) Cosmic True Self as Art on all four dimensions of fulfillment offers an overview from which to examine the intertwining phenomena of abnegation and addiction, which we can view in the light of two widespread failures of Being and Becoming: obsession and compulsion.

obsession
compulsion

abnegation
addiction

reclusion
pretension

repression
suppression

hesitation
distraction

insulation
rejection

submission
domination

regression
aggression

inhibition
deception

procrastination
manipulation

dissociation
exploitation

* * *

From what I can gather from the ongoing narrative of Cosmic Disclosure in a push for full disclosure, it is apparent that humanity has fallen asleep at the wheel. I say “apparent” because the current human situation (in its poor, enslaved condition) is far more serious than this.

As far as I can see and hear, the human race is being drugged into submission by forces known and unknown for reasons that are not always apparent to those with eyes to see and ears to hear.

The word “drug” is befitting of the stuporous state of consciousness that it produces. After the administration of a drug, the body remains alive, but not alive; the mind remains awake, but not awake; the heart of soul remains aware, but not aware; and the spirit remains alert, but not alert. The whole of Self operates at a reduced capacity. When the pain of obsessing gives way to the pain of compelling, with no relief in sight, a drug serves as a salve for easing, even erasing, the pain by way of escapism and endurism both. Broadly speaking, a drug is any activity that offers and provides the illusion of lasting relief – while reinforcing the underlying pain. Osho says as much:

Activity is your escape from yourself. In action you are; in activity you have escaped from yourself – it is a drug. In activity you forget yourself, and when you forget yourself, there are no worries, no anguish, no anxiety. This is why you need to be continuously active, doing something or other, but never in a state when non-doing (Being) flowers in you (as Becoming) and blooms.

~ Osho, Tantra: The Supreme Understanding, p. 81 (parenthetical insertions are mine)

Osho makes a vital distinction between action and activity. Where action is immediate and spontaneous, arising naturally out of Being into Becoming, activity is conducted or performed with a view towards escaping or enduring the chronic pains of obsession and compulsion.

Here are some common activities that can serve to drug you into a stupor – body, mind, heart, soul, and spirit. Keep in mind that the addictive quality of these activities reflects abnegation on other fronts (self-imposed procrastinations and deprivations that serve to keep pain at bay).

drinking yourself into a stupor
smoking cigarettes (ad nauseum)
toking Mary Jane every chance you get (even if “medically justified”)
being glued to the boob tube (Crave TV, anyone?)
learning and growing for the mere sake of learning and growing
endlessly browsing the Web (the ubiquity of porn is but one example)
playing video games into the wee hours of the morning (and beyond!)
consuming comfort food past satiation and satisfaction
processing endless streams of email
texting endlessly in lieu of talking on the phone
engaging social media (ad tedium)
listening to music for hours on end
falling victim to immaginazione in lieu of being truly creative and productive
falling victim to immaginazione in lieu of exercising discernment
gambling your savings away
indulging in sex for its own sake with a constant stream of partners
watching ESPN for days on end
shopping daily for clothes you do not need

Are any of us truly free of drugs? One might ask: as long as I put in my 40 hours a week at work, and as long as I pay my taxes, what is the harm of indulging endlessly? In response, I would respectfully ask: could it be that these activities are tests and trials for humanity as a whole?

I wrote this post because I believe (perhaps naively) that there is still at least one person in this world who might benefit from the wisdom contained herein, but I must also say that I am not hopeful where the destiny of humanity is concerned (Is it too late? Are we past the point of no return? Are we in fact doomed?). Having said this, I remain aware that there are many who, like me, can appreciate the role of co-creating a new reality that sets humanity on a course that serves to heal all manner of affliction, even as the population control agenda remains in effect in service to a hidden program of eugenics.

In my next post, I address the nuts and bolts of application in the wake of integration.

Note: my evolving outline on approaching a realization of the ultimate in personal fulfillment can be found here, accessible from the nav menu under the page “Be Here Now”.

Next: Ultimate Outline 09

Note: this ever growing perspective began here: Ultimate Perspective

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