Through relaxation the self-being expands itself outwards into everything and everyone
October 31, 2015

Advaita Post, Volume 16, no. 11

Text Satsang

From an introductory talk in Stoutenburg, August 28, 2005 – Part 1 

Through relaxation the self-being expands itself outwards into everything and everyone

It is a beautiful process, the process that occurs when silence falls for awhile. The restrictions of your own realm disappear. You can have the experience that you are sinking down through the bottom of your own personal sphere, that you are slicing into the unnamed, the inexpressible.

When you remain internally lucid, it is very easy to confirm that this happens. When you remain clear, you can also see what is not yet dissolved.

That process of elimination and dissolving is the most important. Just let it continue. When it proceeds radically, excellent, then we don’t have anything more to talk about. To the extent that that process does not fully proceed, it’s useful to look at a few things. Then it’s important that you recognize for yourself which mechanisms are there, which situations are there. When you recognize these, then you know what’s going on. Then you also know what your approach should be in order to allow the dissolution process to continue. When your orientation is good, the process of expansion proceeds. In the silent openness the process continues. That’s what it’s about.

Shall we take another look at those different features that change within that process?

You sit down and there is relaxation. There is silence. The space expands. Just look from your own experience: first you chatted like an ‘I’-person with others; you looked at the world around you; there was action and reaction. Then there is silence, relaxation. Your own being-sphere expands.

This expansion – what does it mean? That the borders that initially were there with the “I’m talking with someone else,” and “I’m looking at something else”, that these boundaries between yourself and the others and the world disappear. When this expansion continues even just once, then there is no stopping it, because this expansion proceeds into infinity. Just take a look.

When there is still a blockage somewhere, when there are still tensions, you notice it right away. In clarity you confirm it: the expansion could go even further. When you notice that, you also have a sense of that ‘further’. There is a sense of infinite-being.

When you open yourself in this way, the process continues in that direction. This means that the ‘I’-tension which had kept you limited disappears. Then there is unlimited self-being. Within it nothing is rejected, because with every rejection you hold something at a distance. It is an acceptance of everything that presents itself. Through relaxation the self-being expands itself outwards into everything and everyone.

This occurs most readily on the level of instinctively intuitive self-being. When you return to your heart-feeling, it opens up very easily and becomes infinite. For the other sensory realms, it is the same. With sight you usually look at the things that you see, but that’s not necessary. There is another kind of seeing which is open, infinitely open. You can see your body at a distance, as a thing, but you can also see your body in a way that includes your bodily feeling, by being the internal experiencing body. Unless there is something wrong with your body, like in an accident or something like that, you look at your hand as an object. Then there is a separation between yourself and that which you are looking at. But for the most part, your body is absorbed into the sphere in which your experience is open, without boundaries. You see the many forms of your body and yet you experience your body internally as one whole; you are the totality. In your instinctively intuitive experience your being sphere is universal. The entire cosmos is your body. Returning to yourself in relaxation, you experience that the entire reality is your own, one, unbroken sphere. It is an infinitely spacious being.

When you experience this even somewhat, you see the limitations of a return to a limited ‘I’: I against the other, I against the world. You see how much that is associated with tension, and how artificial such a situation is.

Anyone who is on a spiritual path will experience these phenomena to a greater or lesser degree. You also see that people recognize this very easily. When a little more space comes, there is also the recognition that this is important. Everything that gives space is positive, everything that limits is negative.

So just let the process of expansion proceed radically. The infinity of space without borders has always, already been there.