The Lure of the Deep Inner World
For half a decade I have focused on what I have been calling the “deep inner world”. To me it has been the ultimate—the experience that can open our consciousness and lead it into awakening. Over these last 5 years I have written about my own deep inner experiences and the insights I have derived from them.
The deep inner world takes us down into the depths of consciousness and brings us toward a threshold of the Transcendent. Here it is possible to personally experience for ourselves the mysteries talked about in the ancient spiritual traditions. Here we might find what Buddha himself discovered.
I have looked forward to writing about the deep inner world. I was hoping to make this the climax for all the other articles. When the time came to write this article, I did what I usually do—which is to open myself to receive inspiration—and I waited. And I waited. And waited. Nothing happened.
It was not working. There was no inspiration. When I tried to see how all this works in the inner world, I could not. Finally, it hit me: I am wrong! There is a reason I am having writer’s block; there is no deep inner world! There is no such place. It does not exist.
But then I felt a catch-22: If it does not exist, how was I able to experience it?
The Deep Inner World, Universal Consciousness and the Transcendent
My confusion here was to equate the experience of the Transcendent with the place where such experiences most often occur. I was equating the deep inner world with the Transcendent itself.
Of late I have been wrestling to understand the dynamic relationship between universal consciousness, the deep inner world and the Transcendent. How do these three things work together?
- Universal consciousness enables us to experience the Transcendent;
- The Transcendent is a special type of experience that transcends our normal human experience;
- The deep inner world is where we most often connect with universal consciousness.
- Universal Consciousness.
We have talked about 3 forms of consciousness:
These three forms of consciousness are personal to us. Each is connected to a part of our physical body. Each creates a reality that is uniquely our own.
1) Universal consciousness is different. It is not personal to us. It is the only form of consciousness that is outside of us and that transcends our unique human experience. Each of us can experience universal consciousness in much the same way. We do not all have the same experience, but the nature of our experience is the same. There is nothing in this experience that is unique to us.
2) The Transcendent. The Transcendent is not a form of consciousness; it is the kind of experience that is revealed through universal consciousness. Sentiency cannot give us this experience. Self-awareness cannot give us this experience. Feeling cannot give us this this experience. Only universal consciousness connects us to the Transcendent.
The Transcendent lifts us out of our own unique human perspective on life. It enables us to experience a reality that is far greater than what we think we are. It reveals a domain of experience that strips away our uniqueness and reveals that oneness of all humanity. The Transcendent has a common core and each human is part of this core. Our human experience is that of being alive in this moment, but at the core we are all one undivided existence.
3) The deep inner world
The inner world is not a place, like the outer world is, rather it is a collection of experiences. Some experiences are rooted in our physical body and organs, others in our emotional body, still others stem from our energy body and our chakras. Some experiences are emotional, others are based in energy. We have not had a lot of training in how to sort out the varying experiences we encounter of the inner world. The deep inner world is a special aspect of our inner experience.
What is the deep inner world?
The inner world is all about us. But not the deep inner world. The deep inner world is a universal experience.
The inner world is a set of experiences which we encounter. We are the ones who have these experiences. These experiences occur in the privacy of our own bodies. No one else knows about them unless we share the experience with others. The experiences give us more insight into who we are and the very nature of what we are. The inner world is all about us.
But not the deep inner world. I like to think of the deep inner world as a region that lies beneath the rest of my inner world. That is the way it seems to be. But then again, the inner world is not an actual place. This is just the way I have come to picture this.
The deep inner world is a portal into the Transcendent. It is a transition experience of going from one kind of reality into another. We all experience the deep inner world in much the same way. The nature of our experience and our understanding of what we have experienced is similar. In the deep inner world, our sense of who we are is altered.
We realize that the human race is not alone in the universe. Life takes on many forms. Life has many different kinds of experiences. We cannot separate ourselves from the rest of all life.
We have separate bodies but one overall consciousness. Life is one universal consciousness experiencing itself through many bodies.
The Six S’s of the Deep Inner World.
No one taught us about the important role our heart plays in our experience of life. We have had to figure this out on our own.
There are times when we cover over our heart to protect it from the craziness in the outer world around us. We do not do this consciously. Actually, the heart does it itself. Instinctively the heart knew how to protect itself. It creates a shield to protect itself. The shield shuts out the world so that the world cannot hurt it. Unfortunately, at the same time, the heart cuts itself off from us. Our challenge is to protect the heart while at the same time being able to feel the heart.
As we become more familiar with our inner space, we become more acquainted with our heart. The more comfortable we become the safer we feel. We discover that this inner world is more truly us than the outer world around us. We see the outer world for what it is: a relative reality that we need to satisfy the needs of our body.
The heart can feel much of the pain and suffering in the world today. For this reason, we have to keep the heart closed and protected. It can be very painful to walk around in the world today with an unprotected heart. But in doing so, we also make it impossible for us to feel our own heart.
The outer world is very noisy. Somehow our culture has come to equate loud noise with excitement, energy, music, coolness, etc. Loud noise is an intrusion from the outer world into the inner world. There is nothing to recommend it. We have to learn how to screen out the outer noise so that we can maintain a connection to the inner quiet.
There are two aspects to stillness: stillness of the body and stillness of the mind. In time we can learn to be active on the outside while feeling stillness on the inside. Action and alertness are the way of the mind. Stillness is the way of the heart. With stillness, there is empathy for human suffering. We recognize that most suffering is self-inflicted. People are upset because they are not getting their way. Stillness comes about when we learn how to release our thoughts and our repressed emotions. When these are cleared out, we are able to be still. Stillness comes from within. It exists within. We can find it anytime we want. Stillness receives all that is around it. No push or pull. Just taking in what is. Stillness is taking in.
On the inside all is quiet. Normally.