Interdimensional Tourists and Our I Am Presence – Part 1/2 – Steve Beckow @ Golden Age of Gaia

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Interdimensional Tourists and Our I Am Presence – Part 1/2

 

Written before posting Patricia Diane Cota Robles’s Ascension narrative.

“The truth of who I am [is the] I AM Presence,” Archangel Uriel told us in 2017. (1) But what is the “I am Presence”?

So far I haven’t seen a really definitive discussion of it. I haven’t known what to make of the phrase until very recently.

Most sources simply refer to it or relate one fact about it.  So all we can offer is the few facts we have – in this and one or two future articles on the subject.

Archangel Michael explains that “your own conscious I AM Presence [is] an individualized facet of the Creator.” (2)

If it’s an individualized facet of the Creator, then it must be part of the illusion. The Creator is indivisible, One without a second. Where it fits in in the map of the heavens is unknown to me, but there are levels beyond it.

Even our Self, Christ, or Atman is illusory. There’s a wonderful Biblical passage about Christ bending the knee to the Father and handing back to him everything that was ever given to him (including individuation), that the One might become All in all.

That describes the extinction of the last vestiges of individuation and ultimate ascension as the One. Only the One is beyond illusion.

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Is the I Am Presence another way of saying the Self? I don’t think so.

Michael told me once that the watcher is the Self, or Christ or Atman. Here he is:

Steve: Always there is something that is aware, always, always aware, something that never ceases to be aware. That aware part of me focuses on the mind, or focuses on me, or the higher self… What IS that part of me?? Is it the Atman?

Archangel Michael: It is your very soul

SB: Now is that the Atman or beyond the Atman?

AAM: No, it is your Atman.

SB: That is a question I have had for decades! Thank you for settling that for me. (3)

The I Am Presence is represented as being on a loftier dimension than my everyday consciousness, higher than the Higher Self.

It’s represented as being somehow separate from me until we “conjoin.”  It remains a mystery to me.

Archangel Gabrielle tells us that “your I AM Presence [is] the greater eternal part of you that illuminates your Soul’s journey through life.” (4)

The soul, the watcher – the Self/Christ/Atman – is always right here, right now, looking out from these eyes. I’ve had numerous minor experiences of it – glimpses is the best word.

The I Am Presence is depicted as being outside of me but I know the soul, which is more refined than the I Am Presence, as being “inside” of me.

This is a paradox. It results in cognitive dissonance and, if left alone to work itself out, can result in a paradigmatic breakthrough. How can my I Am Presence be outside of me when I know my soul is inside?

Cognitive dissonance can lead to realization.

(Continued in Part 2, tomorrow.)

Footnotes

(1) “Transcript ~ Archangel Uriel On Divine Authority, May 16, 2017,” Channeled by Linda Dillon, at http://goldenageofgaia.com/2017/05/21/transcript-archangel-uriel-on-divine-authority-heavenly-blessings-may-16-2017/.

(2) Archangel Michael through Ronna Herman, Feb. 27, 2011, at http://www.AskArchangelMichael.com.

(3) Archangel Michael in a personal reading with Steve Beckow through Linda Dillon, Jan. 23, 2015.

(4) “Archangel Gabriel: The Cosmic Escalator Carrying You Through April,” channeled by Shanta Gabriel, April 1, 2014 at http://www.thegabrielmessages.com.

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Divine Consorts – The psychology of Yab-Yum consorts, union of wisdom and compassion

Nagarjuna receiving the Heart Sutra Sacred Texts from Naga – divine water beings

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What’s with all this consort union in Tantric Buddhism? No, it’s not about sexual fantasies. The psychology of Yab-Yum consorts, union of wisdom and compassion

Tibetan Buddhism is above all practical. In Vajrayana, practice, practice, practice is the mantra of progress. Practical means, step-by-step progress, and that means daily meditation involving body, speech, and mind, in the form of mudras (body), mantras (speech) and visualization (mind).  By involving all three, progress is rapid, particularly by involving mind with complex visualizations with deeply meaningful symbols designed to trigger subconscious revelations.

The concept of union — union of wisdom and bliss — is represented by Father (compassion) and Mother (wisdom) in intimate union. A simple handshake wouldn’t be symbolically up to the task of conveying “union as one.” Yet, sometimes, those visual metaphors are misunderstood — and even lead to controversy.

Historically, as little as a few decades ago, when British explorers first arrived on the Tibetan plateau, they were shocked by all the sex they saw displayed in Buddhist temples. They were quick to brand Tibetans primitive, shamanistic or Demon-worshipers. Until the seventies, this contempt for Tibetan Buddhism continued — except amongst a growing group of Western students. Instead of understanding the profound symbolism of Karuna (compassion) and Prajna (wisdom) in perfect union, many saw only lust.

Chakrasamvara Heruka (Father) in YabYum union with Vajrayogini (Mother) symbolizes the union of compassion and wisdom.

Words versus symbols

Western culture tends to lean towards the expression of ideas in words; eastern cultures tended more towards images as metaphor. Even Chinese calligraphy is image-based. Ultimately, Tibetan Buddhism teaches the language of the mind, which is visual metaphor and symbol. The most famous symbol in Mahayana Buddhism is the lotus, a flower that grows in the filth (muck) but emerges from the waters in a burst of glorious floral perfection. The lotus symbol speaks more than a book full of words: it’s a symbol of our own Buddha Nature emerging from the obscurations of our current lives; it is a symbol of compassion; ultimately, it has many hidden meanings as well.

In part, words are inadequate to the task of teaching Buddhism by their very nature: they are “labels” — which is discouraged in Buddhist philosophy. Labels give rise to attachments and cravings. Labeling one thing “good” and another “bad” leads to coveting the “good” and “avoiding” the bad.

The Lotus flower, perfect and clean and stunning, emerges from the filth and mud in the bottom of the pond. Likewise, our Buddha Nature will emerge from the obscurations caused by our attachments, ego, and negative karmas.

Attachment to labels

Attachment to “labels” go to the very heart of Buddha’s teachings on the Eightfold Path. The great Tibetan Buddhist teachers — instead of trying to describe with words — expressed using visual symbols recognized by the mind. In theory, symbols convey with more precision than words. Union of mother/father becomes:

  • the union of compassion (male) and wisdom (female)
  • skilful means (male) and insight (female)
  • relative truth (male) and ultimate truth (female.)

 

Advanced visualizations of Vajrasattva include his consort, representing the Wisdom of Emptiness.

Even in written form — as with elaborate spoken sadhanas used in practice — the teaching was still visceral and visual. A sadhana (words) would be largely a very detailed description of a visual symbol, down to the colour of hair, the expression on the face, and gesture of the hands, and the many specifics of the background mandala.

Not carnal — inspired by practicality

The horror some Westerners felt, before the liberating sixties (or even today), might have had to do with overall prudishness, puritanical zeal. This is also the reason why the Dalai Lama famously advised teachers not to openly discuss these higher visual practices, except with students who received teachings, due to the likelihood they would be misunderstood. In part, this is the rationale behind empowerments and teachings and authorization.

Unfortunately, along came the internet, and it was too late to “hide” images that might be misunderstood. Now, all teachers can do is explain them. Similarly, mantras were freely published on the internet — without accompanying teachings.

Two-armed Hayagriva in union with wisdom consort Vajravarahi. Hayagriva has a green horse head bursting symbolically from his fiery hair, representing Dharma speech in its active (green) form. Vajravarahi has a sow (pig) head, signifying overcoming of ignorance. The union is symbolic of the importance of combining both compassion and wisdom in practice.

Back in those days, especially before the liberal 1960s, sex just wasn’t talked about in the west. To the people of Tibet, sex was just a function of life, and it was also a reasonable non-ambiguous symbol of union — therefore, a highly practical visual symbol. Even in the sexually liberal sixties, when Buddhism flowered in the West, Vajrayana was still “exotic.”

Yab Yum means Father Mother

Deities visualized in consort union are Yab Yum. Yab means literally “father” and Yum means literally “mother.” This gives a sense of the concept of YabYum as a higher emanation of Buddhas — it’s the highest of visualized practice, Highest Yoga Tantra — because it is a complete visualization combining the Enlighted Compassion and Wisdom as Father and Mother, not just one, or the other.

Stunning visualizations such as deities in YabYum—symbolic of the union of wisdom (female) and compassion (male) — were often misunderstood. The symbolism is profound and universal. Deity yoga visualization is growing in popularity in the West.

In Tibet and other countries where Vajrayana flourished, even monks and nuns — who renounced sex in the same way they renounced any other craving or attachment (including food) — would not have felt arousal from the symbol. It is true, that in Highest Yoga practices, the notion of “bliss” is important — clear light and bliss — but here again sex is a precise metaphor, since the pleasure of sex is instantly recognized as “blissful” (therefore, the mind instantly recognizes it), and not carnal. These images did not encourage rampant sex; they merely conveyed a clear message.

The transformative symbol — transforming ordinary appearances

The key difference between Mahayana Buddhism, and advanced Tantric practices is the objective of “transforming ordinary appearances.” Vajrayana is advanced Mahayana, and includes all the sutra-based practices; then, adds advanced visualization practices designed to help the mind transform.

Vajrasattva YabYum. Vajrasattva visualization and practice can be performed with and without a consort, as with most practices (such as Yamantaka solitary), however, the visualization with consort completes higher practices by combining Compassion and Wisdom together.

So, in addition to being a symbol of the union of compassion (male) and wisdom (female), the symbol is also an expression of transformation. In Tibetan Buddhism, the transformation is a key practice. We try to transform our incorrect perceptions of the “real” world and open the way for intuitive, wisdom perception.

There’s also a sense of “union” with the divine (which is ultimate clear light or realizations of Emptiness). As psychologist Rob Preece explains:

“…an intimate union with the divine… We sense the potential of totality that is only possible through this union, but fail to recognize that this is an inner experience, not an external one. Animus and Anima are known as the Daka and the Dakini in Tantra.” [1]

According to some accounts, one of the reasons then-Vice-President Richard Nixon denied aid to Tibet was an image of Yamantaka in union with his Wisdom Consort. The horns might have been too much for that era, but equally the “sex” played a role.

Images that prejudice

As late as 1959, Richard Nixon (then Vice-President) reportedly refused to consider helping those Tibetan “Demon-worshipers”— this apparently because he saw an image of Yamantaka with consort. Of course, the symbolism of Yamantaka is wrathful compassion — as the foe of death — in union with his wisdom consort.

In 1962, this reputation persisted, when in a book titled Buddhism, Christmas Humphreys wrote: “Nowhere save in Tibet is there so much sorcery and ‘black’ magic, such degradation of the mind to selfish, evil ends.”

Later, as refugees from Tibet migrated around the world, the perceptions changed from “primitive and demonic” to “compassionate and wise.” How could this perception so radically transform, and so quickly?

The perception changed because, instead of judging from words in a book written by Victorian scholars, we experienced compassionate wisdom first hand — exemplified in teachers such as the his holiness the Dalai Lama, Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, Lama Yeshe, among many others.

The great Padmasambhava in union with his Wisdom Consort Yeshe Tsogyal — the mother of Tibet. Her name means “Victorious Ocean of Wisdom.”

Psychology of Union

The eminent psychiatrist Carl Jung, early on, helped clarify the language of symbols — and helped us understand the sound psychological base of Tibetan Buddhism. But, still, it was difficult to put aside the urge to unfairly characterize sexual union. In Ganpat, the Road to Lamaland (a derogatory book set in the time of the first British explorers), the author wrote:

“The Tibetans, a mountain people with the natural superstition common to all ignorant races who live under the high snows, with the terrors of gale and snowfall and avalanche ever before them, and the bleak solitude of the heights about them, inevitably come under the thumb of the Lamas, and so today the Lama is the most important person in Tibet, and the Tibetan’s life is literally one unceasing round of devil-dodging from birth to death.”

Vajrakilaya is a popular Yidam

Vajrakilaya is the fierce aspect of Vajrasattva and is treasured for very powerful karma purification practices. Here, Vajrakilaya is shown with consort.

Highest Yoga Tantra symbolism

In Vajrayana, the Highest Yoga Tantra deities are “aspects” or “emanations” of Buddha. Ultimate truth — prajna or wisdom — speaks the language of oneness and emptiness of ego. In conveying this truth, instead of portraying the Buddha seated under the Bodhi tree, then “telling” us about these higher practices, the great teachers instead visualized the deities in wrathful forms (skillful means) and in union with consorts (wisdoms). Rob Preece, in his breakthrough book The Psychology of Buddhist Tantra explains:

“In Highest Yoga Tantra, the deities that embody masculine and feminine are known as dakas (Tib. khadro) and dakinis (Tib. khadroma)… In order to understand the daka and dakini, we can look in the Western parallel found in Jung’s view of the Animus and Anima and their influence both individually and in relations… In our projection of Anima and Animus we may have been beguiled into a relationship — not in the outer world, but with an inner reality… In the [Western] myth of Tristan and Isolde, Tristan falls irretrievably in love with a female figure who is not a real woman. She is like a chimera or muse. When he meets a real woman who is able to help him back to some semblance of normality, he cannot love and accept her for who she is… He is pulled so strongly to the romantic image that he chooses to return to imaginal reality…

“This story depicts something each of us years for — an intimate union with the divine… We sense the potential of totality that is only possible through this union, but fail to recognize that this is an inner experience, not an external one. Animus and Anima are known as the daka and the dakini in Tantra.”[1]

Yamantaka YabYum with Wisdom consort. The YabYum represent Father (Yab) Mother (Yum) in union: compassion and wisdom together as one.

Body, Speech and Mind: three Vajras

Another reason images, symbols and activities are incorporated into Vajrayana practice is that Tantra incorporates all three of the “vajras”: body, speech and mind. Mudras and gestures are activities, for example, are body; mantras and praises and dedications are speech; meditation and visualization are mind.

NOTES

[1] The Psychology of Tantra, by Rob Preece.

Source: Buddha Weekly

Artist Appreciation – Gratitude to all artists

LOVE TRANSMISSION & HEALING OF TIME AND SPACE – Ulrike Kussike 

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LOVE TRANSMISSION & HEALING OF TIME AND SPACE

Ulrike Kussike

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TIME OF THE LIFE HAS COME please do all join in dear friends hear my call:

We have built towers all over the world for communicating.

They are tall and powerful.

We can alter reality and use them to send love vibes. It is very easy to do. We simply need to focus on our hearts warmest memories and then imagine this energy to spread from the top of the tower.

We can also imagine our love to fill the top ball or expansion most towers have and power up its force and last forever.

Do so for your town or closest place with a tv or communication tower, no matter if in function or not.

This will build a highly intense net of love transmission towers around the whole globe. If you feel called by certain other towers do the same there.

I also dreamt of more this time.

This is the best time of great changes for our planet and life.

We can alter reality too by activating the deep sea force of creation.

I was led to find this tower and picture of the Tianjin tower standing in water.

By activating this one it is also meant to send the love vibes downwards through its base into the green water basin and from there into any more artificially made water basins and ways and then into any water on this planet and into deep sea at last.

Whoever is feeling a heart move when reading this can join by imagining to fill the base of this tower with your warm heart energy AND your whole stomach and womb energy.

When you feel the base is almost bursting of this energy open the locks at the bottom of yourself and that of the tower and let it all flow down into the earth and her waters.

More is not necessary.

You can do all this in a really relaxed physical and mental state.

Only your heart is truly required.

Love is the highest power and it comes naturally when we are truly and deeply connected.

Let yourself be flooded by your most precious heart memories and feelings first, then focus and spread.

I am so very grateful and happy you read and care and join.

And there is no start or end time or date. Time is not a point nor line.

It is a shared space.

Let us enter and fill this space!

THANK YOU.

Ulrike …

Ulrike

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