There is a point of harmony between the eternal and the temporal. This occurs when we find the sweet spot of awareness we call presence. This is why you are here. This is what the world is waiting for. Stop living your life on autopilot.
When We Are Present
Presence enables us to enjoy the simplest things and situations in life. That’s because the real you can show up instead of just your Ego. There is more than one way to be present. You can be “jolted” into the present by a traumatic event, by mediation, and sometimes just by a glimpse of a sunset. Almost any experience can be a doorway. These are the calling-cards of our intuition. It’s trying to tell us to pay attention. It’s asking us to wake up!
The eternal and the temporal meet in harmony when we are present. — Guru Tua
Presence is the experience of a sense of harmony with our eternal nature. It’s an almost undefinable simple joy. It is possible to live in a state of continual presence. But something happens that gets in the way.
So, the question is, are you present? If you aren’t living your life with a sense of harmony and joy, there’s a problem.
The Problem — Living on Autopilot
Why do we live most of our lives on autopilot, missing these opportunities? Our soul seeks and craves these moments when we achieve real presence. However, our mind wants to maintain control, so it presents counterfeits to keep us busy. Our mind substitutes counterfeit superficial desires for the needs of the soul. This is why material possessions often seem empty when we finally get them. This is “buyer’s remorse.”
We feel the ache in our spirit when we’ve tried to substitute the temporal for the eternal. When we are present, we can experience without the filters of personality and instinct.
How Do We Solve This Problem?
How do we move beyond this cycle of being led by the mind’s counterfeit desires? How do we can gain control of the vehicle rather than just riding in the backseat? We can learn about ourselves through a systematic process like the Enneagram of Personality. This process of test questions will enable us to get an intellectual understanding of our particular personality profile and instinctual stack. In doing so, we learn these mechanisms of the Ego are just tools of consciousness.
The Real You — The Observer
These mechanisms of personality are tools, they are NOT who we are. The mind wants to maintain control because it is temporary and not eternal. So it presents the elements of Ego, our personality, and instincts as substitutes. The mind knows it is just a temporary tool. These tools are necessary. They are our default settings which allow our consciousness to manifest in our bodies.
The real you is the awareness that we talk to inside our heads. We are that element of consciousness which the ancients call spirit or soul. We are the Observer of this experience.
There are many theories about who we are and why we are here. Many ancient traditions tell us these basic questions prompt us to take the Hero’s Journey. It prompts us to explore the unknown. To do this we need to take back the steering wheel of our awareness. We need to learn about what triggers our emotional overrides, and what it takes to calm the mind so we can be in the driver’s seat.
The Observer is the Real You! The real us is what some call spirit, soul, or Source. “Source” is the underlying consciousness in everything. You’ve probably heard the statements, “We are One,” “We are all Connected.” This is how to begin to not only understand this intellectually but experience it first-hand. When we are present, we connect with the Source of pure consciousness. Bottom line, when you are present — the real you can show up. This is what the world is waiting for. Stop living your life on autopilot!
The Ultimate Goal of Presence
Through the use of the Enneagram and other similar inner work, we learn to deal with the self-sabotage that gets in the way of presence. The things that thwart our progress toward integration. Integration is the process of bringing the Observer into control, rather than just reacting to the default mechanisms of personality. As we described above, when we are present we connect with Source.
We are Observer the reflection of an infinite Source. So, the goal of presence is to unite us with our divine nature, our source. So, how do you stay connected with “source”?
Are you present?
Being present isn’t hard to do. We just need to make it into a good habit. So, here are some simple by effective ways to increase your presence. Use a kitchen timer. Set it for 3 hours. Put a sticky note on it reminding you to “get present”. Move the timer to different places in your house. If you don’t have kitchen time place sticky notes on places that you will come across during the day. Best of all, if you are not at home but have a smartphone set a reminder on your smartwatch every 3 hours. In the reminder place the simple three-word question, “are you present“?
You can use a simple form of beginning meditation to bring your awareness to the present moment. This will also keep you present and aware for several minutes after the mediation. Being present makes you feel better. It encourages rational versus emotional thinking.
We are not new to discover the value of presence. Many ancient traditions developed techniques to reach and maintaining “presence”. We call these spiritual technologies.
Spiritual technologies are tools for exploring consciousness. They result from generations of research by cultures around the world. These processes stand up to the test of science. They are repeatable and measurable. They do not require belief in religious doctrine. So, everyone who can follow a process can use them. We call the practice of these processes spiritual exploration.
You can list these tools in several ways. Some fall into more than one group. We like this simple method.
- Tools to enhance critical thinking. This study of basic logical reasoning along with spotting logical fallacies and logical axioms. Then we also use comparative analysis. This is a step-by-step way of comparing beliefs between different worldviews. Above all, these tools will help sharpen your ability to discern fact from fiction.
- The Enneagram Personality Profile. This is mostly an analytical tool. It provides insight into the mechanisms of ego, personality, and instinct.
- Seated meditation is often the heart of your spiritual practice. This includes a range from Beginning Meditation and Mindfulness Meditation through Japa Meditation and more advanced Siddhis of Patanjali.
- Moving meditation helps us strengthen the mind-body connection. It is also an important key to our health and wellness. This progression includes several methods of energy collection, such as Forest Bathing, Qigong, and Tai Chi.
- Pathways for expanding and exploring awareness. This progression includes a range of processes from lucid dreaming, the Shamanic Journey, and Guided Meditation to third-eye awakening and soul memory awareness. Practical tools to guide your path, a spiritual journal, and automatic writing.
- Healing practices are the final group. This branch includes Pe Jet, Reiki, and Shiatsu. Self-care is also a part of this group and is vital to our overall health and wellness.
Remember above all, it’s important for the real you to show up. There is a point of harmony between the eternal and the temporal. This occurs when we find the sweet spot of awareness we call presence. This is why you are here. This is what the world is waiting for. Stop living your life on autopilot. This happens when we are present. Showing up and getting “present” isn’t that hard. We simply need to remember to do it. Set a reminder prompting you to ask, are you present? Allow the real you, the observer to show up.
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Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia