UN-CONDITION THE SPACE OF YOU
Birthplace of programs, patterns & conditions
Often in spiritual circles we talk about deprograming or de-conditioning ourselves from the programs and conditions we’ve learned, which are either untrue or don’t serve us any longer. Much of our personal work and development is focused on dismantling these patterns that create inauthentic ways of being, so that ultimately we can simply be ourselves just as we are with nothing added or subtracted. In fact much, if not all of our suffering, stems from disconnection from ourselves (i.e. not knowing ourselves) and then attempting to be someone or something out of that sense of disconnected emptiness. This creates the entire gamut of patterns, programs, strategies and conditions that come along with attempting to be someone or something other than what we nakedly and innately are.
What are these programs, patterns and conditions really made up of? All patterns are simply made up out of thought. Those thoughts inform, direct and mold the forms and behaviors that you see and experience. The root of thoughts are beliefs, the root of belief is perspective, and the root of perspective is simply perception or the ability to perceive. So the fact that you can perceive (i.e. that you are aware) creates a perspective or lens from which beliefs, thoughts and forms are birthed or brought into creation. Each level back is less conditioned or patterned. Forms are the most conditioned or patterned, thoughts a little less so, beliefs even less so, perspectives less so than beliefs, and pure perception/awareness is the least conditioned. This is why as people become more steeped in pure awareness (which is the most refined or primordial essence or substance if you want to call it that) the more transparent they become. Transparent in actual form, less fixated in thought, and less biased and strongly held in their beliefs. This is the space of what all of the work of de-conditioning or deprogramming brings us all directly into contact with and ultimately shifts our sense of identity.
See when we are fixated on the body and the thoughts in our head we think ourselves to be a separate human being, that becomes our identity. Be clear that separate human being is just a thought. When we start to recognize the beliefs that create the thoughts and forms, we see ourselves as less and less separate as we begin to be able to change our thoughts and see the direct impact of that change on our physical world. This makes us feel less separate from and more a part of or interconnected, so our identity is more like a web of beings rather than just a separate individual being. When the beliefs become clearer and clearer and lighter and lighter we open into the recognition of perspective, which is like the lens through which light is focalized. Here our identity is that of what I would call the soul or higher self. We realized our selves beyond a linear timeline seeing our entire trajectory or journey forward, backward and now. Until finally even the lens is transcended and all that remains is pure light or pure awareness, which is non-localized, spacious, all encompassing and all pervasive. Here identify is just one, one beingness, which is what I call the God state.
BEING UNCONDITIONAL SPACE
Giving the gift that you are
Now that we are clear on how conditions arrive in the first place we can easily see that as we track our way back to the source of it all we arrive in that unconditional, non-localized, all pervasive space of ourselves. This is the purest state of being possible and it is your true self; it is what and who you are. (Side note: There is a traversing beyond beingness itself which is to remove yourself completely from creation. It is quite advanced and another transition all together which I will not address in this article.)
When you know yourself as God, or as pure awareness, the space of you is unconditioned. This means that anything and everything is possible as no conditions are set and no programmed responses have been decided or determined. It also means that anything that interacts with this unconditional space has an opportunity to see, remember and know itself clearly. For example say that there is a group of 5 sitting in a room and one of those in the group has recognition of the unconditional space that they are and they’re completely rested in that knowingness. Through the restedness they have in themselves, in what they are, they naturally and effortlessly emit that and it becomes the container of the group or room. What will then organically occur is that any beings that are present in that group who are more transparent in their form, thoughts, beliefs and perspective will naturally and effortlessly meet that awareness. To whatever degree one is transparent in self will be the degree to which they can meet that awareness. Of course that awareness does not stop at the container of the four walls and therefore has opportunity to be picked up by any and all open enough to become coherent with it.
When no conditions are set and no programmed responses have been decided or determined God just simply is and moves. This is where we recognize that self-organizing principle of life that does itself by itself. Our heart flies open and moves towards God, merging into that source of what it is through the recognition of itself. If we are still fused with our thoughts including our worries, concerns, plans for our future and such, than we may try to define it, put it in a box, label it, force it somehow, or figure it out, but when we are beyond the box of our thoughts we simply allow it and recognize it as God and eventually as ourselves.
To un-condition yourself, which is simply to remember yourself, is the biggest gift and really the only gift any of us have to give. The giving being inherent and naturally occurring, you couldn’t stop it even if you tried. Your thoughts, actions, behaviors, and movements are all seamlessly in God as God. Nothing being out of flow or coherence. Not acting as the person you, but from the knowingness of what is prior to it all.
It all boils down to what you desire and where you place your focus. Do you desire to play in the world of forms, manipulating and achieving, moving from here to there, feeling like you have purpose in a particular way and hoping to find peace and happiness once everything settles into place? If so you will not have the penetrative power that you need to break through the layers of your own mind. Do you desire to know yourself, know the truth and know God and is that your one and only sole desire that you seek at the expense of all else realizing there will never be an external settling into place or peace and happiness found in anything you do, achieve or accomplish? If so you will have the fuel that you need to realize yourself and so it will be. You then become the gift that you’ve been all along and your radiance touches all.
Dr. Amanda Hessel, Chiropractor, Network Spinal Analysis and Somato-Respiratory Integration, Boulder, Colorado