The Vajra Self-Rectifying Processes
ESPECIALLY POTENT WHEN COMBINED WITH THE TONGUE MUDRA
~ The Lightning Bolt ~
(The Hammer of Thor)
~ The Thunderclap ~
(A Rumbling in the Canyon)
The TetraSeed of Every Experience
“Vajra” : “Thunderbolt” and “Diamond” (Sanscrit)
A word in advance:
This entry contains instructions for procedures that, due to their simplicity, are advanced practices. Known collectively as, The Vacuum Cleaner for Your Mind, they require sufficient control of your attention muscle to do them. Without that adequate control, some may find that their thinking-word mind is producing too much noise — noisier even, than The Vacuum Cleaner for Your Mind — impossible for some, for now.
The key for those with “noisy mind” and “weak attention muscle” is practice of The Gold Key Release and The Middle-Way Memory Matrix Ritual.
In this entry, I present two procedures — The Lightning Bolt and The Thunderclap (“Flashing the Unknown Unknown”), that, when combined, provide a quick, nearly-instant way to disarm and dissolve grips seemingly held upon us held by unconscious habits of self-contraction and distress, so they can be sucked out of your mind, right then. Mental quiet ensues.
Gate` Gate` Paragate
(The Hammer of Thor)
maneuver for surfacing and dissolving hidden grips that keep us buried
in the momentum of our habitual lives, confused and stuck — but . . . .
. hopeful !!! above all, hopeful !!! Another term for that is “dukkha”. It’s a “one foot on the accelerator, one foot on the brake” situation.
hidden grips show up as patterns tendency for things to go a certain way, of behavior habits and characteristic personal experiences
that are recognizable in a person, that have a feel to
them that are part of the person’s sense of self, their presence, their way of harmony in life, more or less, their personal quality and the habits by which people recognize
hidden grips show up as the chronic issues and ongoing complaints of a
person’s existence; perhaps unexpectedly, they also show up as the
virtues they uphold. They are the programs of a person’s existence, a
body of unfathomably deep-seated, totally unconscious tension sets (on
your mark, get set . . . . . ) maintained perpetually on automatic: all
kinds of memory conditioning, residual influences, sensations that are
below where attention ordinarily reaches in ourselves, unless flushed up enough to be recognized.
When flushed up, are
seen to major distortions in oneself in the form of, “How it the
world did I get that way??” But before that, it is generally something
unrecognized that we do and experience again and again, and again.
Such an experience, as and however remembered, can be “blitzed” by The Lightning Bolt or shattered by The Hammer of Thor
— to dissolve away the part or aspect of that behavior pattern that we
confuse with the basic reality of life and so believe is unavoidable.
We may artfully use The Lightning Bolt and The Gold Key Release, alternately, to good effect; one does “clean-up” after the other.
confuse conditional reality with our fundamental sense of
ever-hereness, which IS reality; we confuse (mentally fuse) conditional
reality with Eternal EVER-HERENESS — and the sign of this confusion is
the feeling that things will never change (which is how it feels,
whatever we may think). This confusion of EVER-HERENESS with memory
gives memory an air of permanence, even while it’s temporary.
BACKGROUND: Ever-Here-ness and Conditional Reality
doesn’t change — and it ain’t nuthin’ in particular. It “always
already IS”. However, for these words to make sense, you must have
awakened to the intuition of, “that which has been the same all my life”
— which is not an object of attention (inner or outer), nor anything that can be intended, remembered or imagined.
It’s what The
Buddha called, “a tacit intuition”.
Practice of The Gold Key Release
dissolves the sense of “something-ness”, so that we may intuit our
formless presence, which, in that moment of intuition, we recognize as
having always been.
When we catch that we are
considering “EVER-HERENESS” to be “something we can identify”, WE
RECOGNIZE THE FALLACY OF IT because EVER-HERENESS is not a product of
mind or an object of mind. It is of an order completely other than mind;
it is “formless feeling”, a kind of feeling that dissolves attention so we come to rest in a natural way as “consciousness without an object”. At that moment of recognition,
we may release what we have mis-identified as EVER-HERENESS,” and intuit
the field of radiant awareness that underlies everything and pervades
Contrary to everything we have thought or have heard, Reality is unknown by us, unknown to us — not a form of knowledge, at all, but ineffable experience that cannot be reduced to comprehension. Reality cannot be defined.
The reason The Lightening Bolt
works is that our habitual states are always forms of definition or
limited conditioning, whereas Reality is inherently formless. When we
let go of our sense of Reality, we are not letting go of Reality, but of conditioning mis-identified as Reality, but which we have held onto as if it were Reality.
we may think we are releasing the effort to intuit, identify, or locate
Reality (our Here-ness), when what we are really releasing an effort
that keeps us stuck in our conditioning, which, as I said, we confuse
with “Here-ness”. When we release the effort to intuit “Here-ness”
(or “Now-ness”, or “Reality”), we release the force of our conditioning
along with it. What’s left is the intuition of formless Reality.
way to intuit Reality, or Here-ness, or “The Now”, is to let go of it
and any effort to intuit it. Then, something entirely unexpected
flashes forward or the way clears into it. Beyond these words, nothing
useful may be said.
In your memory, fully experience whatever
experience you would like to dissolve, whether a negative condition, an
ideal that you recognize compulsively limits you, or any arbitrary thing
you might like to change.
The steps are:
1. Feel its existence. [advanced:] Intend its existence. (one breath)
2. Feel its persistence. [advanced:] Remember its persistence. (one breath)
3. Feel its location. [advanced:] Attend to its location, as felt or experienced. (one breath)
4. Feel its direction (where it’s going). [advanced:] Imagine its direction. It’s a kind of opening-to (one breath)
Do not think, ruminate about, or analyze it; that’s not experiencing. Steady your attention on each step long enough for it to stabilize; you’ll get an experience.
You do the advanced forms once you easily remember the basic steps.
Feel it all as a single intensity.
- Notice what is not that. Feel until your
attention steadies a bit. Relax into it. Let yourself lose track of that shape.
you can’t let yourself lose track and feel outside the shape, notice
what constrains you — some tension or holding on. Feel that and continue.)
- Now, switch to noticing your sense of “Here-ness” — that which has always been the same, all your life.
ALTERNATELY: Feel your whole body as the shape of a sensation.
- Notice what you do to locate, “Here-ness”.
The action feels like “centering”. It’s the target of the lightening-strike.
ALTERNATELY: Hold the sensation, draw and release three breaths.
- Recognize that sensation as a temporary, stressful effort. Stop holding onto it. Let it go. Lose track of it.
have felt the experience as it is, diffused your attention as much as
you can, and then located and struck at the center of your sense of “persistent reality” and then dissolved it — hence the name, The Lightning Bolt. Imagine a little puff of smoke where your sense of reality used to be. Just kidding.
The Hammer of Thor
The Hammer of Thor uses the power of intention to undo the effects of conditioning. It reveals how our own intention, running on automatic, keeps that conditioning in existence, and relieves us of that condition either in big chunks or, in the case of extremely dense conditioning, layer by layer.
The structure of The Hammer of Thor is as follows:
Locate and identify the feeling of the condition or conditioning you want to pulverize and dissipate. This step is similar to the equivalent steps in the other procedures presented on this page. You may use variations of this step found in other procedures. Use what works well, for you.
With that feeling-attention, follow these steps:
Think to yourself, with intent to experience it:
- Intending intending
- Intending [the condition or conditioning].
- Feel for and release your intention about it.
The Thunderclap / (a-Rumblin’ in the Canyon)
have a certain momentum to them, maintained by our memories of them.
Those memories occupy the space in which we would like to put a new
experience, so we have to remove them to make space.
The Thunderclap consists of two parts.
alternating between remembering our current experience and imagining our desired experience,
we loosen the grip and dissolve the density of the current experience.
That action is the part of the “Thunderclap” that creates the needed space.
- In the space created, we attend to and intend our desired experience.
That “attending” and “intending” is a new reverberation in the world.
- Identify an experience you would like to have.
- Call up whatever you may remember about it.
- Imagine the possibility.
- Return to your memory of it.
You will notice that your memories color your sense of possibility.
- Imagine how it all might change.
- Remember how it all might change.
- Imagine how it all might change.
All experience arises within and from the Unknown Unknown. We arise from and within the Unknown Unknown.
The Unknown Unknown may be intuited by noticing the totality of
- what we see in this moment — and what is beyond it
- what we hear in this moment — and the silence beyond it
- what we feel in this moment — and what is beyond all that
This is not a thinking process (other than to get us started); it’s a sensing process (possible only when your ability to pay attention to something is stronger than your attraction to thinking).
A verse by Lao Tzu, found in The Tao Teh Ching, “points to” the Unknown Unknown:
- Identify your “item” (conditioning).
- Feel its location in you, its shape and intensity.
- Switch: Feel it and all what is beyond it (radiationally outwardly) toward the space that contains it all.
- You cannot feel that space because it’s the Unknown Unknown; what you can feel is your inability to locate it.
- Return to your item in the intuition of “inability to locate it”. Bring that intuition toward your item.
At first, you may not be able to locate your item, same as you couldn’t locate the Unknown Unknown.
When your item reappears to your noticing, notice that it is a location of density within the Unknown Unknown, which pervades it.
- Feel the contrast between the density of your item and the lack of density of the Unknown Unknown.
- Stay with it until your item starts to lose its cohesiveness, to dissolve and dissipate.
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