The Field

We exist within an unlimited field of potential and possibilities.
In this field, anything is possible. 

Relevant verse:
“Creation having been brought forth by sacrifice, by sacrifice you will evolve and prosper. Sacrifice is the milch cow of your desires.” — Verse 10  

In This Series:

  1. The Golden Womb
  2. The Field
  3. Great Expectations
  4. Accessing the Abundance of the Field

The Field Is Closer Than You Think

“By sacrifice you will evolve and prosper. Sacrifice is the milch cow of your desire.” — Verse 10

In the verse, sacrifice is likened to a Wish Fulfilling Cow named Kamadhenu, that fulfills desires on call. She is our access to this field where everything exists and anything is possible. She is sacrifice.

In this life, we exist within an unlimited field of potential and possibilities. You can’t get any closer than that.

Chitta

The Sanskrit term, chitta, refers to the Field as the ‘stuff’ of the individual mind. Your mind. Chitta is is often translated simply as ‘mind’, but it is mind in the sense of being the mind’s own personal, private Field.

Think of chitta as a microcosmic version of the Field. You rely on this Field for memory and thinking (manas) and making determinations about things (buddhi), so it is very close to home. It is not ‘out there’ somewhere where you can’t get at it. It is unlimited, everywhere, always—and even though it is everywhere, it also serves as the stuff of your own individual mind.

The core of this complex (your mind) is your sense of being the doer of actions (ahamkara, ‘I do’), which has its roots in your sense-of-self (asmita, ‘I am’), which has as its roots in You (atman, ‘I’). This entire complex we call our minds is made of chitta, mind-stuff, the Field.

Chitta
Mind-stuff
A microcosm of the Field that is
the stuff your own mind is made of.

The Source

Why not just call this Field by one name that encompasses the full meaning? We could call this field the Field of Right Action, and though this expresses the truth of it, it is incomplete because we would be missing an important hint that is being given to with the use of two names.

Consciousness takes two—the one being conscious (you), and the thing one is being conscious of (other-than-you). Chitta is the very subtle energy of consciousness generated by the relationship between You and That.

Chitta
Mind-stuff

The energy of consciousness generated by the relationship between the Divine You and the Divine Other-than-you.

Subconscious Expectations

There is only one thing in the way of our utilizing this Field: subconscious expectations that are inconsistent with the Field. 

Many of your expectations are sub-conscious (you are unaware of them) and match neither the Field nor You. These expectations are very strong, for they have been reinforced your entire lifetime by parents, teachers, religion, and society in general. Limiting ideas about yourself that were learned from birth and stored in your subconscious, have caused you to have certainties about yourself that are not true, when in fact, you and the Field have a lot in common:

You are everywhere. You are ‘in’ everything. Nothing exists that you are not already ‘in’. The same is true for everyone else. Everything that exists, including you and everyone else, is ‘in’ this Field that has no bounds, no limitations—so neither do you.

I have said in other posts that a desire is an affirmation of lack, and that this is why you are asked to give up desires, not because you shouldn’t have your desires fulfilled, but so that you can. That you have a desire can only mean that, in your estimation, you do not have the thing you seek. And you do not expect to have it. If you expected it, you would already have it and the desire would not exist, because…

The Field responds to your expectations.

What you expect is what you get, so
“Expect a Miracle”

Sacrifice

In these verses we are being given a formula for accessing the unlimited possibilities of the Field so that we have what we want and need. The key is sacrifice. Sacrifice happens in the Field. If you have forgotten what this is, the last post will remind you.

In forthcoming posts I will share my thoughts with you regarding how to access the Field, should you wish to enable or improve your ability to gain access to it.

Namaste (I bow to the Divine One that You really are),
Durga Ma
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Vibhuti — Supremacy and Powers

In the next few entries, we will take a brief look into Royal Union (Raja Yoga), which is what Sun-Moon Union (Hatha Yoga) leads to. The function of Hatha Yoga is to bring about sufficient clearing of the body to make it fit for Raja Yoga. The function of Raja Yoga is to clear the mind.

It may come as a surprise to some of you that Patanjali has placed the last three of the Eight-Limbs of Union (Ashtanga Yoga) in an entirely different chapter. Why do you suppose this is?

Consider the title of this third chapter.

This chapter is called Vibhuti, Superhuman Powers. I think we can safely assume by this that the last three of the eight limbs, or steps, of yoga are special in and of themselves, and manifest (develop) over time as a result of reaching the stage of sadhana that we call Raja Yoga.

III:1  Concentration (dharana) is the binding of the mind-stuff (chitta) to one place.

You can think of concentration as getting your attention to concentrate on something, or as the Life Energy (prana) becoming concentrated in one place in the body. It works either way—where the attention goes, the energy flows, and vise versa.

In this first sutra, we have the word chitta showing up right of the bat. Now you know why I went through those last three issues on “The Mind and How It Works,” where you learned that chitta, or mind-stuff, the ‘substance’ of the individual mind, consists of consciousness and energy. You might think of chitta as having coalesced ‘somewhere’ in the mind of God, as having become concentrated around You with your own view-point, and is now busy collecting all sorts of data at the beck and call of the senses and dancing around with all that stuff…collecting and collecting and thinking and remembering and trying to figure things out. So, even your own mind is “a binding of mind-stuff to one place.” Your own mind is made up ofa concentration of consciousness and energy—chitta—in one place.”

Consciousness and energy are not the same thing, but as mind-stuff, chitta, they are a team. When you try to concentrate on something, you attempt to establish a flow of consciousness, or attention, to that one thing, one object, one place, and the energy automatically goes with it: “Where the attention goes, the energy flows.” You’ve heard me say that a million times. Now you know why. But what has all this to do with Royal Union (Raja Yoga)?

In Sun-Moon Union (Hatha Yoga), union was of prana and apana, the up-trending warming energy in the body with the down-trending cooling energy in the body. The purpose of Sun-Moon was to prepare the body for Royal Union (Raja Yoga). Sun-Moon Union occurred at the base of the spine at the first chakra. This rattled the snoozing evolutionary force, Kundalini, into waking up so She could do what She was there to do in the first place: start moving up the central channel (sushumna nadi) so She could get you what you have been chasing after for so long, for so many lifetimes. So long in fact, that you’ve probably forgotten what it was: Home.

Home is God, God in the Absolute sense. Absolute God, absolute freedom and timeless bliss. Royal Union (Raja Yoga) is the union of you and God.

Now, someone will probably say something like this: “But we’re already in union with God, so what on earth are you talking about?” I’m talking about this as a shift of your sense of Reality as a result of having directly experienced this, not as something you know about from a book or a blog or a guru. You may already know about this, but it isn’t truly Real for any of us as long as we’re identified with our bodies and our minds. It isn’t truly Real for us as an idea that we believe to be true.

A direct experience only takes an instant and may only last an instant, but it is significant. This instant is but a knock on the door, but it will leave you with a mental impression of it, a memory, that you’ll never forget. As direct experience of Truth continues to crop up, you will begin to see through the door, and ultimately you will walk through the door and meet God face to face.

One has entered Raja Yoga when Kundalini moves house from the base of the spine (muladhara chakra) to the center between the eyebrows (ajna chakra). Like all moves, this can be quite a job and take some time—it’s a transitional process aided by Hatha Yoga until the job is done. This first sutra is about this move, this transition.

Once Kundalini is settled in, we get settled in. This is the subject of sutra number two, coming up next week.

Love,
Durga Ma
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