Re: I, Manipulator! Edited
not sure how the idea of fearing *life* connects...but again, it depends on one's perspective.(fearing ego=fearing life? was that the equation?)Too long and turgid a subject for this day :-)
Life! Hmm. That too, might be a hard word though ;-) a bit shifty, like reality. People talk about it as if it implies full (though usually outer-directed) vitality, when in fact that sort of idealized vitality is more rare than ordinary. Life can be a great big projection, and it can be very disorienting, when the veils of it start to fall away and *reality effaces*. Maybe this experience is something more typically available to women? It certainly has happened to me and a few other women (mothers) I know, and we can easily share the language of it.
Is someone in deep retreat, say, meditating and offering up any and all *attainments* fearing "life"? Fearing ego? Is someone who feels more connected in that space
than being with the fragmented social 'parts' of others fearing life? Fearing ego?
hmmm. Religion is another tough word.
and yes, agreed here: I absolutely believe being creative is *very* important.
Or is that: being IN the space of creation? <<<< I lose all ability with words at this point.
There's something of the glittering, latticed and heavenly dome about that state. It is a being now state, and really, form is not of it, or oneself. It has a kind of glass music that is more like light, and the *solidity* of it is all energy, intricately directed. And one feels more oneself, being less so.
But everyone can be creative, with simply an attitude of intention/attention and receptivity. Or we could call it *intent and allowing*. Then, there is mystery and Grace! and one taps into that. One is integral to that. No more so than another, but *connected*. There's a simple openness that has to happen. (I think Sophia articulated something of that place of grace very well, with her passage about form becoming more fluid. Symbols speaking...
Almost anything (any study or creative act, even a simple "tedious" chore)approached with devotion and absorption can push one through to a place of the coherency of all points. One of the great Mahasiddhas of India: Dhobipa, was a washerman...a rather lowely position, and finally, through sheer attention and devotion he attained awakening--with that came the "power" to point at the stains and have them disappear!
I think that capacity for devotion is quite rare in the west, doesn't come naturally to us...and too often we seek the powers, when in fact, they are only the ornaments of Liberation. This is where error can come into play, or as you put it, the laws of free will.