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The below article was read to a workshop at which I was participating in our final Savasana together. It made a profound impression on me, so much so that I asked to share it with you. Hope you enjoy! Blessings!
Written by Marc Woolford
We are vibrational beings… we vibrate with everything, from the frequency of light we receive through our eyes and skin, the more dense but near lightening speed vibration of the movements of the eletricity in our nervous system, the sonic and subsonic oscillations of our cells and structure, the rhythms of our hearbeats and breathing, the waves of fluid rhythm of our organs and the fluid spaces within, to the daily, monthly and annual oscillations caused by the pull of the moon and sun and planets as our earth and our solar system spins in an intricate dance of gravitational harmonic variations that effect the rhythm of our lives … the movements of heavenly bodies within our galaxy and the music that our glaxy makes with others as the entire cosmos resonates with its own symphony influencing our species at wavelengths that span centuries, millennia, entire evolution … at the centre of this vibration that we call life is the most powerful creative force imaginable – it is the witness.
The witness is powerful because it has the ability to resonate at any frequency it is witnessing, and in doing so, it knows directly the nature of the thing precisely as it is, and identifies with it, and in its resonance with it, feeds it, creates it, becomes it.
As human beings, the witness mostly identifies with the vibrations of the organ of the senses, the thinking brain, and in identifying with those vibrations it creates its own experience of reality based on what the brain calculates is reality. The thinking brain is performing its function of collecting information from the vibrations of the senses, and draws the maps it needs to in order to survive as well as it can, without having to continually process the billions of bytes of vibrational information that is continually streaming in through the senses.
As long as the witness is busy identifying with thought, it cannot experience the nature of anything outside of the senses, it can only guess and predict through the brain’s calculations that are hard-wired by the sensual/ emotional/ actual experiences of the past. The thinking brain is deeply selective in what it occupies itself with and it becomes stagnant and un-vibrant in its linear, hard-wired repetition. And in this stagnancy, the magnificent witness is submerged into the base frequency of the personality with all its fears and untruths.
“Yoga (Union) occurs when the movements of the mind become still” … Patanjale
The physical practice of yoga (which in my opinion includes meditation – it is a physical practice that in its simplicity can take awareness of the physical into the energetic realms … and in my experience, it turns out that the energetics are simply more subtle physical manifestations), gives the mind and its thinking process, time to explore the vibrational nature of being – to investigate the cycles of breath and movement, until the mind begins to resonate with these rhythms, and draws new maps that are a little less conflicted between the desire to change/move/be still, and the rhythms of breathing. And in removing discord, the mind feels safe and can become less busy with superficial control, so that it may travel deeper into more subtle frequencies of fluid systems that may benefit from a refinement of harmonic resonance. From there it can extrapolate into understanding and letting go of cellular disharmony and perhaps beyond.
The dissonance was put in place by the mind in the first place, so its job is first to replace the obvious conflict with something more truthful, more natural, something that might happen if the mind was not influenced by the history of its experience. (… at other times the witness identifies with the movements of the mind ... there is upward thinking and downward thinking – Patanjale)
The brain is clever enough to be able to imagine how things would be if it was once again innocent, and then put into practice how things would vibrate in relation to each other if there was no conflict… and in practicing, it re-draws the map it is holding, and the body starts to resonate with this new, ever-refining mind-set.
When there is enough harmony, or when the mind can accept that harmony is something that arises naturally when it lets go of the map built from fear and perception of history, when the thinking mind becomes aware of the fact that its movements are the source of the fear and injury, it begins to quieten gracefully, without a fight, without the nonsense of trying to use thought to stop thinking. In its quietening, the tables turn and the mind can start to become the tool of the witness.
When this proper order is restored, the mind and ego surrender to the unfathomable wisdom of the witness with total trust (faith), and so it can be employed to guide the person(ality) along a rhythmic/vibrational path that is in harmony with the witness’es greatest desire – to experience all that is, and in experiencing it, to reunite with it and become it. This of course will happen anyway…once thought has died along with the body, the witness is no longer hidden behind the veil (the map that has been constructed through thought), but in returning to source, there is no-one to experience the re-union except perhaps briefly as the mind is dying.
So this is the gift, by allowing the mind to resonate with the witness rather than the witness being deceived by the dissonant mind, we have the opportunity to have both the experience of life, and the experience of vibrational resonance with whatever the mind is pointed towards, including all other life, all other realities, all time, everything. And the low-frequency experience of being human can become elevated until mind and body resonate with the direct experience of the divine. Heaven on Earth.
Resonating in this way is called love … and it has many many different harmonics, from the most base to the most divine. As the frequency steps into higher resonant frequencies, it simply resonates with more of all that is, but it is all love. This is what the witness requires so that it can create, and its power is immense, increasing exponentially with each quantum step to the next harmonic.
Have i experienced everything that i am talking about ? Of course not! I’m just a bloke that lives in brighton and travels around alot teaching yoga to people that want to become innocent in their bodies again. This is just my thinking mind extrapolating from its experience of my yoga practice and teaching today.
In my priviledged position of being fed, housed and deeply appreciated for what i absolutely love doing, my mind can get comfortable enough to let go and start functioning as it is meant to – as a tool that simply resonates with the vibrations of what the witness shines its light on. Will i change my life for ever to resonate with the will of the Divine?… probably not tomorrow – i will be more preoccupied with having breakfast and a coffee so i can go and be in the role of teacher to the lovely people that have welcomed me and opened their own minds to my musings, inspirations and ideas … but perhaps my musings will have risen a notch in frequency , into a higher harmonic of the love that drives me to do this work, so that i can communicate more directly with the witnesses that reside behind the eyes and minds of my ‘students’, for whom i am truly grateful. Because without them, i would not have such a pleasant way to uncover the lightness in my own being…
“the light i see in you, shows me the light that lives in me” , or: namaste !