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Stuck in the Mudaphor


Lingam and Yoni Mandala

When the male protrusion of a puzzle piece fits perfectly into the female indentation of another piece, providing a slightly larger view of the totality of reality... THAT'S real "knowing." It takes male and female pieces working together to accomplish that.

God turns you from one feeling to another and teaches by means of opposites, so that you will have two wings to fly, not one.~Rumi

Optimal Experience Chart
This chart is in essence the same as the "Map of Consciousness" chart that is seen in the essay Dreams and Dreaming, the only difference being that this one is curved... like a pendulum (if rotated 135 degrees clockwise!). It is also, in essence, the same as the chart above, where Reckoning... added to Imagining, or Imagining... added to Reckoning produce "Knowing." Take a long look at this chart. Where are you on this arc of consciousness? Stuck in the fantasy, out of touch with reality? Stuck in the reality, with no imagination? Formerly stuck in the reality and now stuck in the fantasy? Or bringing both sides together as one, like the needle of a record player interfacing with the groove of a record to produce beautiful sounds of music and voice? Does one hand wash the other? Or are you at war with the hate you have been taught to have for one half of yourself, and everyone not like you? Is that what tarot is meant to be, a sanctuary for lopsided thinking that shuts out half of life? The path from C to B is the path of "sobering up" mentioned in the essay Imagine a Reason to Believe. The path from D to B is the path of "letting go" or relaxing, mentioned in the essay Dreams and Dreaming. Lots of people find themselves stuck to the Reckoning side of this diagram, and view enlightenment as a path leading to the other extreme on the Imagining side - where they proceed to get just a stuck. The theory being presented here is to suggest that true enlightenment comes from the merging of both sides in a delicate balance of influence. That's why this study of consciousness doesn't call this heightened awareness enlightenment but engrayment!

 


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