| In fact, there
are (and have been throughout history), very few highly spiritual
people who practice the habits we will enumerate in Habits
of Highly Spiritual People . In this
section and the next, we’ll begin to see why.
At the crux
of the issue is the matter of heat.
When we make a change in ourselves, even one that is rightly aligned
to the Greater Reality, in the manner described in the last section,
there is a friction between the old tendencies and the new habit.
This friction is experienced subjectively as heat. And it is anything
but comfortable. It literally is the energy that was about to
reach the surface of the body-mind as the expression of a psychic
impulse (a desire, an emotion, etc.), but which is consciously
frustrated before it reaches the point of expression. The now
freed-up energy registers as heat in the body. The more impulses
that are frustrated, the greater the heat in the body. So if you
are making an entirely new character out of the being, there’s
gonna be a whole lotta heat!
fact is, if you can’t stand the heat, you will
get out of the kitchen. So effective schools of transformation
have to explicitly address this matter of heat. It can’t just
be ignored; any school of change that is founded merely on good
intentions, positive thinking, or talking alone, will drop the
ball of change the instant things start to heat up.
Setting Right Expectations: The Ordeal of
So the first
principle for heat management and endurance in any school of transformation
is to set expectations right. It is going to be an ordeal, just
like any creative activity (and attaining absolute freedom and
happiness is the greatest of all creative activities). No pain,
no gain. But it is worth the heat.
Part and parcel
of this process of adjusting expectations is restoring the requirements
of adulthood. Only in recent years has “adulthood” or “maturity”
been a matter of simply living past a certain age (e.g., 18).
Traditionally, age was only one factor. Demonstration of maturity
was far more significant. Applicants for adulthood would have
to endure a “rite of passage”, whether it took the form of “running
the gamut”, “hunting the tiger”, a "vision quest", or
whatever. We need to be re-educated out of consumer society values,
and enlightenment weekends; come to fully appreciate what the
ordeal of growth is going to involve; and make a commitment that
will last through and beyond whatever arises during the rite of
passage. That is what it means to be humanly mature.
I recall a
personal experience that impressed me with this point about taking
up the ordeal in a manly fashion. In 1987, I was engaged in bioenergetic
therapy with Leslie Lowen, wife of Alexander Lowen, the founder
of bioenergetics , at their home in Connecticut.
In their living room, they have a “bioenergetic stool”, which
is a cushioned rack over which one stretches one’s back, thus
countering the forward hunch that otherwise tends to take over
the bodily posture with time and age, ultimately leading to death
and rigor mortis. The bioenergetic view treats the physical body
and the psyche as functionally equivalent; one’s character is
reflected by one’s musculature. Chronically suppressed emotions
are reflected (and implemented) by chronically tensed muscles
which disallow the energy flow that would otherwise result in
the expression of those emotions.
one's back over the stool is a means for helping to break the
rigidity of the body’s musculature, and allowing energy (and emotion)
to flow again. I was doing just this when Al Lowen walked in the
room, looked over at me, and, with a big smile, exclaimed “Best
thing for you!” and walked on.
this little exchange had an impact on me was because there I was,
in almost unbearable pain (trying to relax into the pain) as my
spine was forced to unwind, and here was this fellow saying “Best
thing for you!” At that moment, I happened to glance at a quote
he had posted right next to the stool, which seemed to underscore
kinds of souls, three prayers:
am a bow in your hands, Lord. Draw me lest I rot.
not overdraw me, Lord, I shall break.
me, Lord, and who cares if I break.
Report to Greco 
Lowen admired that last disposition the most! Indeed, the breaking
of the "bow" that is the identification with the false,
limited, egoic self so as to reveal and restore identification
with the True Self, the Divine Being, is the very point of Spiritual
The Revelation That Allows the Commitment
for such a commitment or vow is necessarily a revelation of some
kind about the greater alternative to which one is committing.
Especially for the ordeal of the spiritual process, one couldn’t
possibly endure the heat of the passage without Divine Revelation
(received not just once, but even regularly). When it comes to
heat, this Revelation even takes a particular form:
in the midst of this round of existence you realize that
you can feel a lot better than you now feel, that you can
feel absolutely blissful, that you can love absolutely,
that you can be absolutely free. But feeling blissful stands
in contrast to your common state. You are addicted to reactive
emotion, low levels of energy, gross fixations of attention,
psycho-physical obstruction. You are addicted to countless
programs that are less than love. In every moment your attention
is moving to one or another object, and your feeling in
every moment is an expression of the program of mind into
which you are locked in that moment.
what have you learned your whole life? Have you learned
to feel perfectly? To feel absolutely? Did you ever go through
a period of study in which you learned to feel to Infinity,
to feel Absolute Divinity? No, you learned all the reactive
patterns of life, all the desires for ordinary things. .
. . You cannot feel any better than you can feel,
and you are addicted to feeling less than love, to being
less than ecstasy.
Adi Da Samraj
The Fire Must Have Its Way
Adi Da Samraj
with the “low levels of energy” that we are adapted to, what must
happen instead is that we melt in an Ocean of Spiritual Energy
and Light — something only a true Spiritual Transmission Master
can provide on a steady basis:
In My Deep Light,
Tasting Delicious Quiet
That Oozes down the Spire
With every thing
an Alchemical Fuse,
Transmutating into Love-Bliss
Adi Da Samraj
Hridaya Rosary 
The recurring experience of melting in Love-Bliss, in an infinite
Sea of Energy — Gracefully granted by the devotional relationship
with the Spiritual Transmission Master — helps re-orient the being
to what lies beyond the ordeal (and is the point of the ordeal).
It is only because we are adapted to profoundly low energy states
that we make such a fuss about the heat, and distinguishing between
slightly more pleasurable and slightly more painful experiences.
But these are “slight” differences of state on the Scale of Infinity.
And these slight differences are completely melted by Energy,
completely outshined by Light, when the body re-adapts to conducting
the Force of God, instead of remaining in its pattern of low energy
And so Grace-given
Revelations of being melted in the Divine and All-Pervading Sea
of Energy are profoundly inspirational. We become aware that the
very same thing we are suffering as heat — namely, free energy
— when it encompasses the entire body is not different from the
Sea of Energy.
excerpt is taken from Book
2 of The
Practical Spirituality Series.
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