Visited my sister “south of the border” and dove deep into my past, into the letter of my father and mother during WWII. What treasure did I discover? Can a old tree revisit the rings of time when it was a sapling? How can we make sense of our life journey while we are still on the trip?
Here is the certification that my father passed through the equator and entered Neptune’s domain. Did he finish his journey? The danger of going “South of the Border” is that you can get stuck there, you can be caught by your own dream. You need a totem to remember to keep going.
What is Awareness? It’s an ever expanding cir circle of consciousness. Our human goal, our human dream is to make the unknown conscious, to make the unconscious conscious. To day I Know. And the ultimate goal, the achievement of the Buddhas and Christ’s is to say I Know That I AM. To know knowing itself ends the search to know everything. When you know Knowing, you know what is when what is happens. Knowing is a verb. Knowing is an action. Knowing is what is. But Knowing happens in a dance with the Known. Knowing is constantly making what is happening known. Knowing never stops expanding to include what is happen to you as it happens. Life is constant realization. Life is constant enlightenment. Life is constant satori (Zen).
The Body is the Key. The mind and the body must become one, because it is in the body, in Being that life is happening. Body is not just your bag of skin. Body is Being, the interconnected Being that is the All. So Body is the One, that is happen as this. The journey of integration, of atonement, with the Body is a journey of letting go of the mental thinking consciousness that lives in its abstract world of thought and concepts about reality. The body wisdom, like the wisdom of your dog, is not thinking.
So to go South of the Border is to leave the Thinking World of our historical mind, our mind that is conditioned and shaped by our culture and our times. Like Indiana Jones, the Treasure cannot be attained by logic and science. One needs to learn how to read the world as both fact and metaphor at the same time. If you can’t read both languages as One language, you are stuck in either a logical trap of your own making, or a dream trap of your own making. One can only break free when you can read your life as both fact and metaphor, as both fact and fiction, as both science and art, as both secular and religious.
We are cultivated to read either with a realistic mind or an idealistic mind. But neither mind can complete the journey of an interactive consciousness. The waking state of our believed in everyday world or the dream state of a mythic world are both just states of mind, and neither is the integrative consciousness that we are really seeking.
The Totem I mentioned in this talk, holding up the small mandala I carry in my pocket, is an important tool for a successful travers of the equator, going down and coming back. It’s the coming back to the surface world that is important, for most get stuck in some compartment of the lower world, believing the dream is real, and. unable to complete the journey because there are certain comforts there that one is unwilling to give up. One makes a bargain and puts up with the pain for a small compensation of pleasure. But the Hero goes on because he pulls out his totem and remembers his true nature that is calling him on.
In a Christian context of symbolism, that Totem would be a cross, for instance, and the Remembrance of Christ to keep on your path, on your pilgrimage to at one meant with the Father.
The Father is a metaphor for the World, for the Father to the child is the World. Atonement with the Father then is atonement with the World…where one can say I and the world are One. There is no place that God is not. All is one…all is One. The journey is done.
I cannot repeat this enough. In order to go “south of the border” and come back to the conscious side of the border, one must cultivate the metaphorical mind, and reading Joseph Campbell is the best way to do this. However, there is a great danger in this mind if one doesn’t also have the Sword of Discrimination. A metaphorical or mythic mind can lead you in into the hell hole of paranoia and conspiratorial thinking where everything is a “sign” that point of the unseen, which, of course, only you can see. So here is truth:
The fact or realistic mind. is a valid mind. The idealistic or mythic mind is a valid mind. Both are equally valuable for an integrative consciousness, however, we are conditioned in our dual world to choose one or the other, and by choosing one reality—as each mind creates its own reality—we are forced to discount the other. Yet both are true, even though they are contradictory realities.
This bring us to Zen. Ah….here is the Transcendent Way that makes the insane leap to hold both at the same time, like two wall eyes coming together…suddenly the world has a new dimension of depth. You can put two fingers together so they touch. That touch is Zen.