What is the Shadow? by Matt Licata

What is the ‘shadow,’ anyway? What are these ‘unwanted’ parts of ourselves that we have spent so much of our lives avoiding, never contacting, never allowing into the light of conscious awareness?
When I use the words ‘shadow,’ ‘unwanted,’ or ‘abandoned,’ I am referring to those feelings, emotions, and qualities which as young children we very intelligently disconnected, disassociated, or split off from, in order to maintain the critical tie to our caregivers. In other words, there were certain feelings and ways of being, when expressed, which led to the withdrawal of mirroring, contact, and attunement from those important figures around us. As a result, our little brains, hearts, and nervous systems became overwhelmed with intense material which we did not have the developmental capacity to digest.
In response, we brought forward various strategies of dissociation and defense, all in the attempt to care for ourselves. It took a tremendous amount of intelligence and creativity, actually, to remove ourselves from conscious experience. Even though these strategies were critical in preserving the integrity of our sense of self – as well as in some cases our actual psychic or physical survival – they did not dissolve this material and purge it from our tender, sensitive systems. Rather, it simply became pushed into the unconscious, into somatic coagulation, forming what some refer to as the ‘shadow.’
For most of us, this undigested material is most vividly triggered in intimate relationship, especially as we start to allow another to actually matter to us, to let them into our hearts, and to take up the journey and the risk that vulnerable, exposed, embodied intimacy will always require. As nearly all of our early wounding arose within a relational matrix, it makes sense that it will be most powerfully activated (as well as untangled) in an interpersonal environment.
So the ‘unwanted’ are those archaic organizing beliefs, feelings, and emotions which, when arising in the here and now, trigger a subtle (or not so subtle) survival level sort of panic and sense of urgency. Things just do not feel safe. As a result, we habitually return to our young strategies to disconnect from our immediate experience, through a variety of avoidant behaviors designed to take us out of the panic and back to safe ground. The challenge of course is that by not working with this material – and never offering it safe passage into conscious, holding, loving awareness – we continue to keep it alive, burning within us until it is inevitably triggered yet again. It is this chronic abandonment of ourselves over time that may lead to a variety of symptoms such as anxiety, depression, flatness, and so forth.
This unwanted can take form as sadness, rage, loneliness, or shame – as feelings of dependency, abandonment, rejection, or as waves of unworthiness and unlovability. Look carefully into your experience and see what it is that, above all else, you just do not want to feel – and will do just about anything to avoid: You don’t receive a text when she says she will text you, you receive some feedback about your performance at work, he doesn’t see you the way you would like to be seen, she yells during an argument, he bails instead of processing a difficult situation. All of a sudden it’s as if you are 4, 5, or 6 years old, in your family of origin, hurtling into fight/ flight/ freeze response. Anything to escape the panic, uncertainty, and sense of impending danger.
The invitation, of course, is to gradually, slowly, and skillfully re-invite these abandoned qualities back into conscious experience to metabolize them with adult-level capacities that you did not have as a young child. It’s neither easy, nor fun – and is sure to trigger all sorts of secondary feelings of unsafety and fear. But slowly you can do it. You can stay with what was once not possible to digest, and contain it in the vastness that you are. It is difficult work to do, especially on your own, and it is worthy to consider finding an attuned other to help you.
You need not abandon yourself any longer. You are worthy of care, of holding, of self-attunement, that you perhaps did not receive as a little one. You can come to discover that the shadow or the unwanted is in some paradoxical way only love in disguise, come to re-introduce you to the field of space, kindness, warmth, and holding that you are.
To do this work is a radical act of kindness – toward both yourself and others. For when you re-own the unwanted, you no longer place the burden of its holding and metabolization onto others. As you remove this burden from them, you are able to truly love them, and no longer look to them to digest your unlived life for you. In this way, love is not something you seek more of or something you will ‘give’ to another, but rather you become the activity of love itself, in your interactions with those in your life.

by Matt Licata

Bypassing and Adyashanti

“In my case, which I think is similar for many, many people, the greatest solvent for ego is found within our lives—the fabric of our existence, the grit of what’s actually happening in our everyday experience.

I find that this is often overlooked within the context of spirituality. Many of us are using our spirituality as a way to avoid life, to avoid seeing things we really need to see, to avoid being confronted with our own misunderstandings and illusions. It is very important to know that life itself is often our greatest teacher. Life is full of grace—sometimes it’s wonderful grace, beautiful grace, moments of bliss and happiness and joy, and sometimes it’s fierce grace, like illness, losing a job, losing someone we love, or a divorce. Some people make the greatest leaps in their consciousness when addiction has them on their knees, for example, and they find themselves reaching out for a different way of being. Life itself has a tremendous capacity to show us truth, to wake us up. And yet, many of us avoid this thing called life, even as it is attempting to wake us up.

The divine itself is life in motion. The divine is using the situations of our lives to accomplish its own awakening, and many times it takes the difficult situations to wake us up.”

~ Adyashanti

The End of Your World

An article on Biocentrism and death………

A book titled “Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness Are the Keys to Understanding the Nature of the Universe“ has stirred up the Internet, because it contained a notion that life does not end when the body dies, and it can last forever. The author of this publication, scientist Dr. Robert Lanza who was voted the 3rd most important scientist alive by the NY Times, has no doubts that this is possible.
Beyond time and space
Lanza is an expert in regenerative medicine and scientific director of Advanced Cell Technology Company. Before he has been known for his extensive research which dealt with stem cells, he was also famous for several successful experiments on cloning endangered animal species.
But not so long ago, the scientist became involved with physics, quantum mechanics and astrophysics. This explosive mixture has given birth to the new theory of biocentrism, which the professor has been preaching ever since. Biocentrism teaches that life and consciousness are fundamental to the universe. It is consciousness that creates the material universe, not the other way around.
Lanza points to the structure of the universe itself, and that the laws, forces, and constants of the universe appear to be fine-tuned for life, implying intelligence existed prior to matter. He also claims that space and time are not objects or things, but rather tools of our animal understanding. Lanza says that we carry space and time around with us “like turtles with shells.” meaning that when the shell comes off (space and time), we still exist.
The theory implies that death of consciousness simply does not exist. It only exists as a thought because people identify themselves with their body. They believe that the body is going to perish, sooner or later, thinking their consciousness will disappear too. If the body generates consciousness, then consciousness dies when the body dies. But if the body receives consciousness in the same way that a cable box receives satellite signals, then of course consciousness does not end at the death of the physical vehicle. In fact, consciousness exists outside of constraints of time and space. It is able to be anywhere: in the human body and outside of it. In other words, it is non-local in the same sense that quantum objects are non-local.
Lanza also believes that multiple universes can exist simultaneously. In one universe, the body can be dead. And in another it continues to exist, absorbing consciousness which migrated into this universe. This means that a dead person while traveling through the same tunnel ends up not in hell or in heaven, but in a similar world he or she once inhabited, but this time alive. And so on, infinitely. It’s almost like a cosmic Russian doll afterlife effect.
Multiple worlds
This hope-instilling, but extremely controversial theory by Lanza has many unwitting supporters, not just mere mortals who want to live forever, but also some well-known scientists. These are the physicists and astrophysicists who tend to agree with existence of parallel worlds and who suggest the possibility of multiple universes. Multiverse (multi-universe) is a so-called scientific concept, which they defend. They believe that no physical laws exist which would prohibit the existence of parallel worlds.
The first one was a science fiction writer H.G. Wells who proclaimed in 1895 in his story “The Door in the Wall”. And after 62 years, this idea was developed by Dr. Hugh Everett in his graduate thesis at the Princeton University. It basically posits that at any given moment the universe divides into countless similar instances. And the next moment, these “newborn” universes split in a similar fashion. In some of these worlds you may be present: reading this article in one universe, or watching TV in another.
The triggering factor for these multiplying worlds is our actions, explained Everett. If we make some choices, instantly one universe splits into two with different versions of outcomes.
In the 1980s, Andrei Linde, scientist from the Lebedev’s Institute of physics, developed the theory of multiple universes. He is now a professor at Stanford University. Linde explained: Space consists of many inflating spheres, which give rise to similar spheres, and those, in turn, produce spheres in even greater numbers, and so on to infinity. In the universe, they are spaced apart. They are not aware of each other’s existence. But they represent parts of the same physical universe.
The fact that our universe is not alone is supported by data received from the Planck space telescope. Using the data, scientists have created the most accurate map of the microwave background, the so-called cosmic relic background radiation, which has remained since the inception of our universe. They also found that the universe has a lot of dark recesses represented by some holes and extensive gaps.
Theoretical physicist Laura Mersini-Houghton from the North Carolina University with her colleagues argue: the anomalies of the microwave background exist due to the fact that our universe is influenced by other universes existing nearby. And holes and gaps are a direct result of attacks on us by neighboring universes.
So, there is abundance of places or other universes where our soul could migrate after death, according to the theory of neo-biocentrism. But does the soul exist? Is there any scientific theory of consciousness that could accommodate such a claim? According to Dr. Stuart Hameroff, a near-death experience happens when the quantum information that inhabits the nervous system leaves the body and dissipates into the universe. Contrary to materialistic accounts of consciousness, Dr. Hameroff offers an alternative explanation of consciousness that can perhaps appeal to both the rational scientific mind and personal intuitions.
Consciousness resides, according to Stuart and British physicist Sir Roger Penrose, in the microtubules of the brain cells, which are the primary sites of quantum processing. Upon death, this information is released from your body, meaning that your consciousness goes with it. They have argued that our experience of consciousness is the result of quantum gravity effects in these microtubules, a theory which they dubbed orchestrated objective reduction (Orch-OR).
Consciousness, or at least proto-consciousness is theorized by them to be a fundamental property of the universe, present even at the first moment of the universe during the Big Bang. “In one such scheme proto-conscious experience is a basic property of physical reality accessible to a quantum process associated with brain activity.”
Our souls are in fact constructed from the very fabric of the universe – and may have existed since the beginning of time. Our brains are just receivers and amplifiers for the proto-consciousness that is intrinsic to the fabric of space-time. So is there really a part of your consciousness that is non-material and will live on after the death of your physical body?
Dr Hameroff told the Science Channel’s Through the Wormhole documentary: “Let’s say the heart stops beating, the blood stops flowing, the microtubules lose their quantum state. The quantum information within the microtubules is not destroyed, it can’t be destroyed, it just distributes and dissipates to the universe at large”. Robert Lanza would add here that not only does it exist in the universe, it exists perhaps in another universe.
If the patient is resuscitated, revived, this quantum information can go back into the microtubules and the patient says “I had a near death experience”‘
He adds: “If they’re not revived, and the patient dies, it’s possible that this quantum information can exist outside the body, perhaps indefinitely, as a soul.”
This account of quantum consciousness explains things like near-death experiences, astral projection, out of body experiences, and even reincarnation without needing to appeal to religious ideology. The energy of your consciousness potentially gets recycled back into a different body at some point, and in the mean time it exists outside of the physical body on some other level of reality, and possibly in another universe.
Robert Lanza on Biocentrism:

About The Author
This article was written by Steven Bancarz, the creator of Spirit Science And Metaphysics

Read more at http://higherperspective.com/2015/01/consciousness-death.html#Xj9iQ3pgyPU32ZBl.99

Velcro Thoughts by Adyashanti

~ Velcro Thoughts ~
When these velcro thoughts and emotions arise, the key is to face and investigate whatever belief structures underlie them. In that moment, inquiry is your spiritual practice. To avoid this practice is to avoid your own awakening. Anything you avoid in life will come back, over and over again, until you’re willing to face it – to deeply look into its true nature.
Again, the only way to know that we’ve seen into the true nature of something is that the story were telling ourselves releases. It is not only seen to be illusion; it is felt to be illusion. I often tell my students to stick with it until it falls away. The choice is between meditative inquiry and becoming a victim. That’s the choice you have – to be a victim to your own ideas and beliefs, or to feel into them until they drop away.
Adyashanti, End of your world.

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