Great Expectations

What you expect is what you get.

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  

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

In This Series:

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

Characteristics of The Field 

The Field is Truth Itself. The Field is perfectly harmless in all ways at all times. The Field is without limitation. The Field is everywhere. The Field can provide all you need or want. The Field is accessible to everyone equally. The Field is plentiful and never runs out of anything. The Field will supply us as long as we avail ourselves of its bounty.

Foundations for Success

I am of the belief that there are certain things that act as foundations, and like a house, anything you build without a foundation will come tumbling down. The following ideas on accessing the bounty of the Field will supply some of these practical foundations for this purpose.

The Dharma of Doing

The setting of this dialogue between Krishna and Arjuna that makes up the Bhagavad Gita, is a geographical area known by two names: Kurukshetra and Dharmakshetra.

Why not just call this Field by one name? We could do this, but we would miss an important hint that is being given to us with the use of these two names: Kurukshetra, ‘the field of doing’ and Dharmakshetra, ‘the field of dharma’. Both represent this same Field.

Dharma — Right, good, true, the way things Really are.
Doing — Performing action.

A field can be a place or the scope or context of something. The two names of our Field indicate a twofold context: dharma and doing. Sacrifice, the key to accessing the bounties of the Field, happens in this Field. In other words, sacrifice happens in the context of righteousness (dharma) and the performance of action (kuru).

Sacrifice has been explained to us as spontaneous action devoid of attachment to the doing of it, and to the results of it. True sacrifice can only happen where this kind of action is being performed where the action is consistent with dharma*.

* Dharma - The first principle of dharma is harmlessness, hence the characteristic of the Field that says, "The Field is perfectly harmless in all ways at all times."

Sacrifice on the Field of Dharma and Doing

Spontaneous action performed (‘doing’) devoid of attachment to the action and the results of it (‘sacrifice’), that causes no harm (dharma).

This kind of dharmic action is consistent with the Field and with You. When, as human beings, we act in sync with sanatana dharama, the way of eternal Truth, we are acting in sync with our true Selves, and what we want and need will come to us with greater ease. It is also the key to attaining and maintaining success in any undertaking. So what’s stopping us?

SUBCONSCIOUS EXPECTATIONS*

Conscious Thoughts and SubConscious Data

Your conscious thoughts reflect your subconscious. Your thoughts and the data stored in your subconscious are not the same thing, but your thoughts are influenced by subconscious data*. In fact, I think it is fair to say that your thoughts are what they are because of the data stored in your subconscious.

*Subconscious data - memories stored within your body and mind of which you are unaware.

Logically, by consciously noticing your thoughts, you should be able to uncover your subconscious. This is particularly important if you want to un-do what I take to be the most powerful obstacle to accessing the bounty of the Field.

Subconscious Expectations

Some of the contents in the subconscious are expectations of things to come. These expectations are most likely unpleasant and unwanted, otherwise, they would have no reason to hide. But fortunately, because our conscious thoughts reflect them, it is possible to discover what they are. This is important because… When subconscious expectations are inconsistent with the characteristics of the Field, they diminish our capacity to access it. We will call these kinds of subconscious expectations, ‘negative’. We must bring these unwanted, negative expectations out of hiding. To do this, we first need to pay attention to our thoughts, because…

Our thoughts reflect our subconscious expectations.

In a forthcoming post, I will give you a four-step process for dealing with negative subconscious expectations so you can bring them out into the light of day and either change them altogether, or tweak them into something useful and far more pleasant.

Will or Surrender?

Now, obviously, we are talking about ‘will’ here, because we are talking about doing something with a desirable outcome in mind, so those of you who practice Surrender Meditation will have to forego this in the meditation room (though revelations may present themselves there), but outside of the meditation room, it is not inappropriate for you to utilize the Field. By all means, do. 

In this country, if you should someday want to take surrender sadhana all the way, you will need to have all your ducks in a row. You can take it from me—I didn’t have this advantage—this is a really good idea, and it will save you from some serious struggles when that time comes. And it will also put you in a better position for reaching the stage of not-giving-a-hoot sooner by having accessed in your meditation, even greater wonders than what your desiring mind can ever imagine.

* Subconscious Expectations, Sanskrit, samskara संस्कार — The faculty of memory, mental impression or recollection. An impressions in the mind of acts done in a former state of existence.

Namaste (I bow to the Divine One that You really are),
Durga Ma
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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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