Weekly energy pulse: Oct 13-19
Hacking the Akasha
In this reading: If value judgments hold the karmic edifice together, we can ‘hack’ the Akashic field by disbanding with good-and-bad polarities. The Akasha is not a repository (or library) of moral history. Instead, it is an infinitely creative field dynamically responsive to our intentions.
Akasha is a Sanskrit word meaning sky, space or ether. We might refer here to a Buddhist description of consciousness as, as vast and limitless as the sky. The Akasha not only holds the past but the future as well, which raises some obvious questions: if ‘the future’ has already happened, then what of free will? What is the point of moral regret, when the whole field is all a kind of virtual reality in which all possibilities exist?
As such, if all offending acts deemed worthy of regret are already in the field, then someone had to live that version…
Choices are paramount. An idealised free will supposes that we make choices in full awareness of the ripple effect of our decisions. That’s never the case, at least from an egoic point of view. The moment a choice is made, the whole field changes. Much like the observer effect: the observer is not neutral because the very act of observation changes the subject being observed. Is it still a ‘free’ will if it impinges upon the will of another?
The Akasha is dynamic, constantly changing to match our choices – and everyone else’s for that matter. No wonder it is as vast and limitless as the sky. Only one thing can hold that much information: infinity.
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Freeing will from its cell
TRUE FREE WILL REQUIRES us to assume the consciousness of infinity. That means the collapse of the ego and its narrow perspective. That means the collapse of all boundaries. The irony is that means the collapse of will itself, the very engine driving the desire for free will in the first place.
That means – and this one is for all the dummies, like me – there is only one true free will: divine will. Now we get the picture.
But if those choices have already been made – and the ripple effect of those choices have already changed the field – then what version of reality we are observing depends entirely on the perspective of the observer; what the observer expects to observe.
Expectations virtually pre-load the perceptual apparatus of consciousness. If all possibilities exist, then expectation (of course layered with conditioning) simply trains our focus on one set of possibilities.
The karmic glue of moral judgment
All of this undercuts moral judgment. To be a full player in the holographic script, we wanted to have an experience of playing all roles, after all. But it is the very judgment that keeps us trapped in a vicious karmic cycle. Karma is a Pali word meaning action, work or deed – and what goes around, comes around. The value judgment comes later when we make assumptions about what we sowed based on what we reaped. If we don’t like the pushback, then our original action must have been wrong or bad.
But both the sowing and the reaping are only two strata of possibility. Spiritual tradition tells us they are causatively linked, without mentioning that it is only our value judgment that keeps them linked. Popular spiritual writing tells us we planned this as souls as a school of lessons, and duality means experiencing the effects of our deeds.
And that’s fine, for as long as we wish to hold that matrix together. When awareness becomes aware of itself, however, the game is over.
Value judgments hold the karmic edifice together, because judgments assume our most basic binary: good and bad. Old religion keeps judgment intact, because without it, there is no need for old religion. To hack the system then, the task is both relatively simple and crazy difficult: rid ourselves of moral and value judgment. An advocate for the old world might argue that this creates a free-for-all, while ignoring it already has been a free-for-all for a long time.
Decisions, decisions …
What does all this mean in terms of decision-making? It implies that our primary focus should be on what we wish to create, rather than whether a decision is a right one or a bad one. The Akasha is dynamic: it has already adjusted to whatever decision we make. It’s the observer effect. ‘Observe’ what we wish to create, and reality will reflect it back to us, collapsing the wave into the particle.
There are two questions or doubts arising from this:
–Aren’t some environments more conducive to the thing we wish to create? In which case, there are indeed better and worse choices, based on the criterion of what we wish to create.
–We have to make decisions while we are in the middle of the long and arduous journey of clearing conditioning (and value judgment). How do we make them in the meantime?
Tara and the sound of one hand clapping
There are 21 emanations of Tara. The two most well known are Green Tara and White Tara, crystalised from the tears of the Buddha of compassion, Chenrezig. Tara, in whichever guise, is known as the swift protectress. She comes to our aid in this world of cause and effect. She is also the liberator. We call upon Tara to loosen the bonds of ego.
To answer those questions, let’s draw reference to Tara’s twin role: one in the world, and one designed to free us from the ‘world’. Tara, of course, is more than a multi-tasker: the two roles are intimately linked. We need our basic needs met in order to focus on the deeper tasks of undoing conditioning. A starving man is unlikely to be too interested in enlightenment.
But Tara breaks all dichotomies. Rather than linking these two roles by cause and effect, they become merely waves in the same pulse of consciousness. What does that mean?
It means the resolution (rather than answer) to those questions comes by breaking down the dichotomies on which they are based. Like a Zen koan (“What is the sound of one hand clapping?”), it can’t be resolved by the mind. We must release our desire the solve the riddle, in order to discover the very purpose of the Koan was to relieve us of the mind in the first place. The ‘answer’ is actually beside the point!
Let’s take our cue from that. The decision itself is beside the point.
The point is breaking down duality itself (ironically, whereupon it becomes a non-point): where the decision and the desire to create collapse into one thing, one phenomenon, that shows up in the world while being derived from the infinitely creative space of the Akashic field itself. Before we get too Zen, let’s revisit the questions.
Process vs Outcome
Aren’t there better and worse choices, based on the criterion of what we wish to create?
Well, this assumes that we cannot transform any environment, based on the only environment that matters: our internal ecosystem. For example, say, someone wants to start a business and they have an option of location, at Point A and Point B. The assumption, based on narrow ego logic, is that one is more conducive than another.
Point A and Point B in linear terms are separate. If we fold time on itself, however (code for ridding ourselves of core value judgment), Point A and Point B merge. The key is training our focus on process, rather than outcome. You know the schtick: it’s the journey not the destination.
That means we can turn any environment into being conducive for the business. There wasn’t an ‘answer’ to the Koan. The point was to disband with the notion of good and bad, better and worse in the first place. Then a strange thing happens. If the person chose an environment that according to conventional logic was not ideal, but disbanded with the value judgment, the dynamic Akashic field shifts to reflect the new decision.
That run-down neighbourhood becomes the popular bohemian quarter. A new wave of gentrification is unleashed. Thus, we become the change we wish to see in the world.
You could say that it’s all just a matter of perspective, and you’d be right.
The choice has already been made
How do we make decisions while in the middle of the long and arduous journey of clearing conditioning?
The subtext of this question is that our present conditioning will undermine or even sabotage the decision-making process.
Again, we invoke the koan. How do we know that the ‘wrong’ decision in this regard is not the ‘right’ decision in the undoing the conditioning itself. This is not a reference to a hard lesson – sometimes framed a karmic lesson. Let’s get beyond all that.
In fact, we are beyond all that, but perhaps we don’t know it. This is the essence of our new dimensional space. It has been mentioned here before that we have cleared our field already, but are still dealing with the psychic residue. Specifically, this is a reference to fear-based navigation. The understanding or revelation at this point – not the lesson – is that we are multi-dimensional and there are multiple centres of consciousness. Right now, we are identified with the centre called “me” or “I”. But in a field as vast and limitless as the sky, did we really think we were alone?
Just as this centre of consciousness has been ploughing the field, so have our future selves. This rests on a point of resonance. Sometimes we make decisions without knowing why. Sometimes we simply trust our heart. Sometimes we make a choice we later regret as unwise. Sometimes we make a choice we later regard as optimal. But, really, how would we know? Infinite space, remember.
What is ready for this resolution in our field will simply resonate with the resolution itself. That we can trust. In terms of making choices, that really lightens the gravity of the decision. Taking the pressure off, in turn, helps undo the fear-based conditioning informing how we navigate our new dimensional space. A virtuous cycle.
Here’s the thing: the choice has already been made. In linear time, we are simply remembering that choice. And at the moment of remembrance, a key stratum of conditioning is wiped from the institutional memory of the corporate self. We are the awareness that generates the decision, rather than the small self operating with apparent agency to act upon the decision already made. Smoke that!
Put another way, in the Akashic field, the present self and future self are the same. And that’s the sound of one hand clapping.