This is taking me to the gift. As I am able to be with more reality my personal and collective worlds shift. That is important.
For example, cognitively comprehending what you and I can do about our big crisis—climate change, species extinction or the exponential growth of AI—is like trying to determine the shape of an iceberg by staring at its tip from a boat. The part that’s visible—like extreme weather, polar bears in videos or exponential technological advances—both captures our attention and freezes us in cognitive difficulties.
Fortuitously, it’s not just about what I ‘see’ directly. It’s about my ability to navigate, interpret and make sense of what lies beneath the surface.
That mirrors some of my year on the floor. I can call it a series of out-of-body experiences that throw me into an awareness of other realms, unfolding realities. As a person trained in western scientific method that’s very hard to accept. The floor is a year long teaching in differentiating my physical body from my subtle bodies. Hell, even writing that word ‘subtle’ is strange.
And that’s far from the whole of it. My boundaries are permanently fuzzy in the depths of these experiences. What is inside me and outside dissolves into one. Time and space, the it, gets all tangled up. I am non-local and local.
I’m entangled in a wildness I am totally un-used to. And used to. Slowly over many more months my experiences of analogous phenomena, things I’ve dismissed and forgotten as anomalous and irrelevant throughout my life, return.