I continue to work with active clients using Attention Practice, and they’re getting more and more out of it. So am I.
Yesterday, for example, I had a great session with a student of mine in Iowa, Christopher, during which he experienced a fresh awakening. We both had our eyes closed and were doing the practice together. I was leading, and he was sharing commentary as we went. Suddenly I heard him say, “Oh!” immediately followed by deep laughter and, “You did it again!” At that point I cracked up, too.
This morning I worked with Patrice in Spain, and we did AP for pretty much the entire session. Conscious awakeness is already being experienced through that unit, but he discovered new insights and deepening, as did I. His comment as we closed the session was, “That was amazing! Thank you!” This kind of experience is becoming more and more common.
This afternoon I had a Clarity Session with my friend Greg, who’s out in San Francisco. We’ve been working together for about a year. There’s a lot of clarity there. Anyway, I answered a few questions for the first half of the session, and then we did AP for the second half. At the end of it Greg said, “That’s beautiful! Can we go ahead and book another session and do nothing but Attention Practice? I’d like to hit the ground running!” So we did, and we will.
Even if you’ve done AP with me before, I want to invite you do try it again. My work with it has become more skillful even in the last week or two. It’s not something that gets to be “old hat”. AP is always “new hat”!
In these sessions I do not simply narrate AP, I do it with you, and as my “experiential understanding” becomes ever clearer and deeper, it tends to elevate the client’s experiential understanding as well. These days, if I am doing AP live with a client, I notice physical side-effects, and I’m finding that more and more clients are experiencing the same thing. Yesterday my Iowa client declared at one point, “I can’t move!” but he said it from wonder, not fear. This morning Patrice and I both experienced prolonged, profound bliss–which just like Christopher’s frozenness, came and went. This coming and going is the fundamental nature of all appearances, which we then judge to be pleasant, or unpleasant, something we hope to either repeat, or avoid.
I have a friend who’s a naturalist, and he’s fond of saying, “The difference between a wildflower and a weed is a judgement.” Such is life. The “goal” of utilizing AP is a goal-less goal. It’s not necessarily to reach a fresh, conscious, apparent awakening, nor is it to stimulate heightened sensual sensation. Both of those spiritual experiences are rising and falling within you.
It is the recognition of your very own, always present, always available, completely unavoidable Natural State that is key. In many cases, AP has proven itself to be the fastest way to freshly move through the Gateless Gate that I’ve ever seen. I invite you to book a Clarity Session and mention then remind me when we meet that you want to do AP. Attention Practice, as I use it, is a post-awakening experiencing, so please remember that an Awakening Session is a prerequisite to booking any Clarity Session.
See you soon!
May 23, 2014