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09/2011 對話訊息:身處當下的12個原則 |12 Principles for Presencing

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九月份的對話新訊息來自於八月份在科羅拉多山中參加的為期十天的願景探索工作坊。這10天內我們深入探索U型理論的「存在於當下」概念(presencing),與自己的靈感與心願根源連結,允許內在已知湧現。主講人為約翰‧米爾頓(John Milton),是「存在於當下」概念幕後的權威,也是U型理論作者奧托‧夏墨(Otto Scharmer)和彼得‧聖吉(Peter Senge)的精神導師。本月的通訊藉由米爾頓的十二個原則,為各位提出一個有關「存在於當下」的意義的闡述。


這些原則是佛教、道教、大圓滿、密宗、吠檀多與許多薩滿學派論述的精髓。約翰‧米爾頓(John Milton)構思出這些原則,用於引導我們,讓我們身處原始意識 – 也就是我們的根源處,敏銳感應當下,在U型態的基礎狀態時可以找到的無盡創意。


在研修的十天中,我們坐在科羅拉多克雷斯多(Crestone)山頂,在亞斯本的樹林下,大家圍成對話圈,共同學習下列的十二項原則。其中有三天是個人閉關研修時間 – 約翰比較喜歡形容為「貨櫃箱」,可以直接體驗內在身心與外在環境二合為一的方式 -  同時思考每一項原則的意義。當各位閱讀接下來的幾項原則時,我們在此邀請大家跟著約翰一起思考,走向U型底部的路程:

1. 基礎的真理:所有的型態都能彼此息息相關、不斷變化,持續循環地從原始的根源處出現,再回歸原始根源處

所有的型態 (物質、能量、感受、情緒與思考- 包括自我意識)都是獨立且不斷演變的,從我們源自根源處的體認,再循環回到這根源處。如果我們抗拒這種無邊界、無形態的生命精髓,就會因而痛苦。當我們屈服於下,就得以在它的流動起伏中舞動。


2. 允諾自己在這一生中全然釋放自我

薩門相信意念是最終極的力量,就如一根火柴可以點亮一切。


3. 放鬆並屈服於生命

找出身體、情緒與心智上仍然處於收縮與緊張狀態的部位。  接而學習如何鬆開收縮的狀態,讓身體、情緒、思想與心智放鬆。放下所有你所下載的東西:老舊的想法、判斷、情緒、結構、自己的期待、希望被肯定或接受的需求,以及你對進度過程的想法。 

慢慢地,將生活中如自動收縮的慣性模式,以開放與放下的態度養成的習慣取而代之。 

信任眼前即將展開的生命 –放開、完全淨空、對現今的狀態維持開放態度。逐漸加深的信任感,將引領你到第三項原則:屈服。 

當你真正屈服,願意全力投入於生命的流動起伏,引領自己進入無盡當下狀態的穩定心態,連自己想要放下、信任的意念也在此放下。


4. 定心停留於當下

察覺自己內心浮現的雜念。查覺當下的感應、情緒與想法時,定心把持住當下意念,而非縮回過去或跳到未來。磨練體驗當下的修練。當情緒與思想之間出現開放空間時,休息、沉澱自我,讓純粹的感應所展現的清晰透徹自然形成。享受當下的歡沁。

定心停留於當下時,需要真正的聆聽、促成彼此的連結感、信任與他人的互動關係,也不斷從內在源源不斷的創意泉源發想出適當的回應。當我們身處U型狀態的底部,互相激發創意的真誠對話就此展開。

第一項原則,所有型態的彼此息息相關、不斷變化,從原始根源處萌生,再回歸原始根源處。這項原則也奠定了第二項原則的基礎,也就是我們個人允諾要釋放自我(踏上 U型旅程)。

第三項原則,放鬆,打造內在探索的環境,因為如果我們的身、心、精神層面都已飽和,就沒有空間可以產生精神層面的洞悉和冥想的練習。 

 第四項原則,當下存在(presence),是放鬆、打造可以促成敏銳感悟但是放鬆的冥想。所有的原則都是如此相互串連。

5. 讓自己與宇宙能量結合為一

以存在於當下為導向的感悟(presence) 與放鬆狀態做結合- 堵塞的情形 (身、心、情緒與能量層面的堵塞)就此釋放而出,釋放出生命的力量(Qi/氣)。將個人的慣性視為好友,將堵塞的情況視為良師。

6. 順著宇宙的流動節奏走

當能量釋放出來,你會感應到心扉的敞開;(愛的活力)以及自然的動與靜,即將毫不費力地表達出我們的充滿創意的根源處。 

7. 在開放的心的光芒中停歇

放鬆狀態與感悟當下結合為一之時,堵塞的環節暢通,孕育內在,讓內在的生命光芒就此釋放而出。此時,我們在放鬆、當下釋放出的能量,會自然地讓純粹、無條件的愛浮現而出。當這開放的心所綻放出的光芒不斷深入,自我與他人的隔閡也會逐漸退去。

8. 積極的同理心自然衍生自無條件的愛

衍生自第一到第七項原則的開放且無條件的愛,會自然引發出的行為,就是同理心的動作。這樣的動作自發性地由內心展開,透過施受法(Tonglen)或其他內在的修練及其他外在的練習而展現。

9.穿透至純粹根源處所展現的清澈、寬敞與透明狀態

一件穿透性的事件(有時就如雷電般充滿力量,有時則是如落葉般微不足道的小事)在瞬間讓整個世界停下,穿透所有障礙(雜念、收縮、依戀和憎恨等),直接體驗到我們的根源處。內在的蒙昧,其中包括對於開放心胸感應到的歡沁感覺的依戀,在這一瞬間全都卸除,只剩根源處的精髓(我們最純粹的感悟)。

10. 回歸到根源處

第九項原則敲開自我對根源處裹上的外層。將感受引領回到感悟,此時我們會發現,根源處(原始狀態)其實就是所有型態最基礎的真相,包括自我;也在此時,驚人的創意就此展現。大多數的創新與突破就是因為與根源處有了最深層的結合,因此產生。

11. 維持體認的狀態

熟練掌握第一到第十項原則後,我們就會來到這個階段,持續、完整、流暢地體認到根源處的感悟。所有內在與外在的型態,都成為根源處純粹的創意的自然表象。

12. 做一位戰士,捍衛開放的心和釋放的精神

戰士精神必須面對的挑戰,就是不但自己身體力行這十二項原則,也必須為他人而有此作為。在U的底部,我們就能運用根源處的資源,將這創新且合宜的方式,為我們所有的關係帶來癒療、快樂、整合與釋放狀態。

13. 別太認真看待這十二項原則

12 Principles for Presencing

This August 2011 the CPYF took a deep dive into Theory U’s  presencing concept by joining a 10 day vision quest in the Colorado mountains with John Milton, pundit behind the presencing concept and spiritual teacher to Theory U authors Otto Scharmer and Peter Senge,  This September’s newsletter offers one perspective on the meaning of presence as explained by John Milton’s Twelve Principles.

These principles are an essentialization of Buddhist, Taoist, Dzogchen, Tantra, Vedanta, and several Shamanic paths; John Milton developed them to serve as a guide for discovering our immense creativity available at the base of the U where we presence from our primordial awareness - our source.

John taught these 12 Principles to a small group of practitioners, for ten days they sat in a dialogue circle beneath the foliage of aspen and pinion trees, on a mountaintop in Crestone, Colorado,  Three of these days were spent in solo retreat - John’s preferred “container” for directly experiencing the union of one’s inner and outer nature - and contemplated on the meaning of each principle.  As you read the following principles, we invite you to likewise contemplate this pathway to the bottom of the U:

1. The fundamental truth: all forms are interconnected, constantly changing and continuously arising from and returning to primordial source

All forms (material, energetic, perceptual, emotional and thought - including the sense of self) are interdependent and constantly transforming; arising from and dissolving into our Source awareness.  If we resist our boundless and formless true essence, we suffer; by surrendering to it, we dance in its flow.


2. Commit yourself completely to liberation in this lifetime

Shamans believe intent is the ultimate power.  It activates like a match.

3. Relax and surrender to life

Locate where you still hold contractions and tensions in your body, emotions and mind. 

Then learn to decontract and relax your body, emotions, thoughts and mind.  Let go of all that you download: old ideas, judgments, emotions, structures, your own expectations, your need for approval or acceptance, and your idea of progress. 

Over time, replace habitual patterns of automatic contraction, with habits of meeting life through openness and letting go. 

Trust your unfolding life - unwind, empty completely and remain open to the fresh present.  This deepening trust brings you to this 3rd Principle: Surrender. 

As you surrender completely to the flow of life's forms and anchor your being in the stability of timeless presence, even the effort to let go and trust is released.


4. Remain in the Now

Become aware of your distractions.  Stay with present perception, emotion, and thought as it arises rather than withdrawing to the past or leaping to the future. Refine Nowness.  As open spaces arise between emotions & thoughts,  rest in the gap and let the clarity of your pure awareness settle naturally in itself.  Enjoy the bliss of Nowness.

Remaining in the Now elicits true listening, enabling connection and trusting relationships with others, spontaneously generating appropriate response from our innate source of infinite creativity.  When we live from the bottom of the U a co-creative genuine dialogue occurs.

The First Principle of the interconnected, constantly changing nature of form, arising and dissolving from Primal Source lays the foundation for engaging the Second Principle, our personal commitment to liberation (embarking on the U).

The Third Principle, relaxation, cultivates the conditions for inner exploration, because if we are filled with bodily, emotional and mental contractions there is little room for real spiritual insight and meditation practice. 

 The Fourth Principle, presence, is the necessary companion for relaxation; creating the essential qualities of alert, yet relaxed meditation.  All the Principles build on each other in this way.

5. Cultivate union with universal energy

When present-centered awareness (presence) combines with relaxation - blockages (bodily, emotional, energetic and mental) are released, liberating life force (Qi/氣).  Make habit your friend and blockages your teacher.

6. Go with the universal flow

When energy liberates you experience an opening of the heart; (love vitality) and the flow of natural movement and stillness effortlessly express our creative Source

7. Rest in the radiance of your open heart

The union of relaxation & presence unblocks and cultivates our radiant life force which is experienced as pure, unconditional love which naturally arises as the direct innermost quality of relaxed, present, liberated energy. Through the natural deepening of this openhearted radiance, the separation between self and other gradually dissolves.

8. Active compassion arises naturally from unconditional love

The natural activity of open, unconditioned love, generated from principles 1-7, is compassionate action.  It spontaneously arises from your heart essence and manifests through inner practices like Tonglen, or through outer services.

9. Cut through to clarity, spaciousness, and luminosity of pure source awareness

A cutting through event (powerful as a thunderbolt or subtle like a falling leaf) stops the world in an instant, cutting through all obstacles (distractions, contractions, attachments and aversions) to the direct experience of source.  Inner obscurations, including attachment to the bliss of an open heart, are cut through in a moment laying bare the naked essence of source (our pristine awareness).

10. Return to source

The ninth principle cracks through the ego's seed coat blocking source.  By following perceptions back to awareness, source (primordial state) is realized as the underlying reality from which all form, including yourself, manifests; and extraordinary creativity occurs.  Most innovations and breakthroughs have come through deep communion with Source.

11. Remain in recognition

By mastering principles 1-10 one's path naturally culminates in remaining in continuous, complete, flowing recognition of source awareness.  All forms, inner and outer, are experienced as the natural display of source's pure creativity.

12. Serve as a warrior of the open heart and liberated spirit

Warriorship comes with the challenge of living the Twelve Principles not just for yourself.  At the bottom of the U we access our source capacity to bring innovative and profoundly appropriate means of healing, happiness, integration and liberation for all our relations. 

13. Don't Take All These 12 Principles too Seriously

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