Remember your history when there was a question about whether AC or DC current would power the world. AC current won because it, though more dangerous, could generate more power. I use this now as a metaphor for our continuing struggle over which current to use as the power of consciousness, Alternating current or Direct current.
Alternating consciousness is On/Off thinking. It is the binary language of our computers. It is also the morality thinking of our religions: On/off becomes Good/Evil. This is the consciousness of Noah’s Ark where every perception comes in pairs-of-opposites. One has to choose between tweedle dee and tweedle dum. Everything is either/or. There is no grey area, no ambiguity, and the mind’s primary concern is certainty and stability.
So what is Direct current of consciousness? Direct current is a metaphor for Awareness, direct awareness of reality by a consciousness that does not flicker in alternations of shadow and light.
But here again, binary thinking can deceive us into thinking there the mind but have either AC or DC consciousness. But that is AC thinking.
The no-drama mind is both AC and DC consciousness, but Direct Awareness is the primary light and AC consciousness is secondary, the consciousness you use to catch a bus on time. Direct awareness hold both the foreground and the background in timeless awareness, while AC consciousness flickers in time. In this way, the drama or shadows of the flickering flame of time do not hold your mind in a trance of mind created dramas.
The metaphor of AC and DC also helps me understand the two ways of knowing God. AC is through the mediator of Jesus Christ or a Buddha. DC is a direct knowledge of God or your true nature. You go directly to the source that dwells within you as You. You discard all the mediators or filters to the direct light of the sun. But you must do this gradually. If you look directly at the sun you will burn out your eyes. Direct Knowledge requires years of practice where you use AC knowledge to discover that you don’t need it.
Our language which is also our thinking is that final mediator between you and God, and this is the final filter between you and the direct light of your source. It is our thinking that buffers us from direct knowledge and the terror of burning up in the light like a moth.
When we have no access to Direct Awareness, the world is a flickering movie. When the movie audience used to smoke (I remember), you could look up and see the smoke dancing in the direct steady beam of the projector. On the screen, our minds are transfixed by the flickering images, but this world was created by the film of alternating frames over the direct beam of awareness.
DC or Direct Awareness in the history of religion is Gnosis, and Gnosticism or direct knowledge of God was eliminated from the cannon of the Catholic Church because it removed the necessity for the Church as a mediator between man and God. “You can’t handle the current,” said the Church. “Unless you filter the Light through the prism of the Church, you will burn up.”
This mystical path of Christianity died out with the Protestant Reformation, not because it removed the filter of the Catholic Church, but because it replaced the one church filter with a proliferation of denominational filters. Instead of one filter, you could select your sun filter from a rack of custom made shades.
So the bottom line here as I work with the metaphor of AC or DC is that we are afraid of our own source, our own light, so we are not ready for Prime Light unless we learn how to handle the candle. The alternating mind is a mind held in the trance of the world; the direct mind is a mind that is not moved by circumstance. It holds steady no matter what the world is doing. It sees directly what is real while the AC mind is caught in the light and shadow of the real and unreal. It is constantly asking the question: is this real or not?
I’m reminded of the breakthrough Zen Koan MU. “Does a dog have Buddha-nature or not? asks the monk. The master replies, MU! (which means NO, but dogs do have Buddha-nature) The monk’s mind is AC. The master’s mind is DC.
The koan pushes the monk’s mind to leap from AC to DC. DC awareness is aware of the AC alternations of either/or thinking. DC consciousness is not thinking consciousness but awareness itself.