Spirit Breath and Conductivity
From a talk by Heart-Master Da,
originally titled, Authority, Certainty, and Freedom,
taken from T
he Way of The Heart Student Text Series,
Vol 1, No 2.
Adapted and edited by Beezone.
ADI DA SAMRAJ: Another idea thatcorresponds to aspects of our discussion is that you all areinvolved in a psycho-physical process of Spirit-breathing.If you are a devotee, then you are involved in the process of conductivity. And in your practice of conductivity what are you breathing?
Like everybody else, you breathe the air. You breathe the chemical energies in the air. But that is not what differentiates you from other breathers. Anybody can breathe the chemical energies in the air, and people who are more responsible than others know they must breathe deeply, below the navel, but still they are merely breathing air. Some even understand that through the breathing of air, they are also governing the energy in the nervous system. But what is the Spirit-breath truly?
Ultimately, the Spirit-breath is the breath of the Divine, the very Presence that transcends conditional existence. Thus, Spirit-breath obviously transcends the mere breathing of air. But is it merely the breathing of energy? Depending on how you understand it, energy is elemental. There is energy in chemicals, in the air, in the body. There is energy in the nervous system, which is a chemical structure. Through conductivity breathing you are not merely indulging in a superior form of the transference of chemical energy. The transference of chemical energy is a peripheral aspect, the grossest aspect, of breathing. What makes breathing Spirit-breathing is the breathing of the Divine, Communion with the Divine.
Viewing breathing in terms of the conditional universe, it is the breathing of space, the breathing of that within which air or gaseous substances are floating. Spirit-breathing is based on the principle that space is psycho-active. You breathe not merely air, not merely chemical forces, but also psycho-active space. In the practice of conductivity, you breathe space itself. You imbibe space or participate in space as a fundamental quality of conditional existence.
Ultimately, you breathe the Divine, but as a conditional process, conductivity is a process in space, a process of space, and not merely a process in the context of the elementals in space. Elementals are part of the process. You eat food and you breathe air, and, in terms of health, there is a good way to breathe and a not-so-good way to breathe. But you do not practice conductivity merely for the sake of your physical health. At the most, health is a secondary aspect. You practice conductivity or Spirit-breathing because it enhances your Spiritual life, and it cannot do that if it is not psycho-active, if it does not involve psychic participation. To engage in conductivity is to awaken and activate the process of psychic participation in what is arising. It is to transcend what is less than psyche, less than mind.
Psychic participation in what is arising
Spirit is ultimately Divine, but in the context of conditional existence it can be understood as space. Spiritis the subtlest of all the elements, space itself. It isthat of which all the elements are a modification. How can you breathe space? Space does not go anywhere. Space has no outside. Space is curved. But breathing is also curved. Breath occurs in a circle, or, if you like, an ellipse, as with the planets. What is psychoactive is space, not merely the chemistry of the nervous system, not merely the oxygen and other chemical contents of the air.
Spirit can be understood as Space
Space is the modification of all elements
To truly breathe in the Spiritual sense is to breathe space, to combine yourself with space or to be released into the condition of space, to be in space as space itself. It is to be without obstructions, even without location. This is why conductivity at some point leads to “the Thumbs.” The realization or the Samadhi of the Thumbs is a spacious realization, is it not? Many of you have had this experience. The realization of the Thumbs is a realization of space itself, energy itself. It transcends the body. It simply relates to the body, and the ordinary sensations of the body are lost or become profoundly different because you are imbibing space. I am saying to you that it is possible for the human being to inhale and exhale space.
Space is beyond physical conditions
Space is without obstructions and location.
Inhale and exhale space.
You are claiming to inhale and exhale space by practicing conductivity. Maybe you never thought about it this way before, but obviously Spirit-breathing is to combine yourself with the most fundamental of all elementals. You do that by using the body itself, using an elemental structure. You are using earth, its wateriness and its fieriness, and you are using the air, but you are devoting all of that to the condition of space, and by doing so you are devoting it to that Condition which is prior to space itself.
Spirit breathing combine, use and transcend elementaland mind forms.
Use earth energy, elemental energy (fire and water)but your attention and intention is with that which is priorto conditions and space itself (if there is spaceitself)
Conductivity has a unique form in the context of the sixth stage, wherein the space elemental, which we might call “Cosmic Shakti”, is resolved in the heart. In other words, it leads to, or submits itself to, the condition of Consciousness Itself, prior to space, prior to space-time, prior to things, prior to thinking or forms of psyche. The conductivity in the heart is the ultimate form of conductivity, but even that limit is broken, not only in Jnana Samadhi, or the Realization of Consciousness Itself, but in the Recognition of phenomena, which are all modifications of space, through total Awakening in the seventh stage.
Thus, ultimate Realization is, in some sense, the Realization of Space itself, but Space in its most prior or Divine sense, which is Consciousness Itself. Consciousness itself is a great sphere without an interior or an exterior, without a midpoint or a self-point, without an outside. What is the universe scientists are describing, using their material model? They are describing the universe of Consciousness Itself, the Divine universe. The Divine universe is without an outer limit and without a center.
Space is Consciousness. Space is Light. Space is Energy. Space is Shakti. Space is God but only in this ultimates ense. Apart from the ultimate sense, space is one of the elementals. Space, therefore, is the most subtle substance, the primal means, in the context of the body-mind. Thus, itis the secondary or supportive principle of the consciousprocess. The conscious process is senior, because it is Consciousness itself, identification with Being itself. But in the course of the stages, the conscious process makes useof the principle of space, of conductivity, of the ability to submit all elementals to the primal element, which is Space itself, and to realize Space itself, or Primal Shakti, as the very Divine, the inherent Radiance of Consciousness Itself.
Only in perfect or ultimate Realization, Divine Realization, do you fulfill the vision of science, by Realizing the true, ultimate, perfect, inherent, and Divine Nature of this paradoxical appearance that you call the universe, Big-Banged before you. And only in that Realization do you transcend the terror, the awesome, wonderful horribleness of being a point of view defined by elementals, defined by space-time. That limit is fundamentally what you do not like, but it is a limit that you yourself are choosing by contracting, by identifying with the limit. Therefore, you can grow beyond it by progressively identifying with That which transcends it perfectly. And even if you do that, you do not dissociate yourself ultimately from this appearance. You achieve the perfect Disposition even in the context of this appearance.That perfect Disposition Outshines all of this, but it mayalso function in this context compassionately, as Love-Bliss itself. And that is the fulfillment of the Way of the Heart.