Metatonin and The Bond of Power
In his book, Spiritual Initiation and the Breakthrough of Consciousness – The Bond of Power, Joseph Chilton Pearce, http://www.enlightennext.org/magazine/bios/joseph-chilton-pearce.asp, delves into the experience of profound, life altering insights; at one point he states that: “There definitely exists in this world a bonding power that can arc the gap and bring us into wholeness. This bonding power, like insight, is directly within each of us, a part of our mind/brain/world function, inherent in our very genetic development, and is the subject of this book” This “bond of power” he bases his book on may very well be the Metatonin connection that has been discussed previously in the first article.
One of the many things discussed his book is the phenomenon of shaktipat. This is a gift of insight bestowed upon worthy devotees by holy men in India who are able to bestow sensations of God awareness and even help save devotees lives through miraculous actions sometimes at great distances. There are thousands of recorded incidents describing the amazing healing, enlightening and life saving acts performed by enlightened masters. These masters are considered holy men, the word holy, according to Pearce, based on the word whole, that is: complete, fully formed. By Pearce’s definition we all share this same potential as individuals and as a society.
Behind the workings of our physical world and its’ Newtonian framework lies another layer of dynamic reality that invisibly weaves itself into our daily lives. Awakened masters are able to perceive both worlds at varying levels of clarity and are able to help those of limited awareness navigate their lives in harmony with both frameworks.
We all have God-within; however, as Pearce views it, we prefer to deny ourselves of this experience by putting it at an unattainable distance. This distancing may partly be due to our own reluctance, but our Western cultural mores are also a major contributing factor. Most enlightened masters have endeavored to teach us that it is the right and province of all men and women to tap the God-within at all times.
According to JCP, the western church/state had a different idea in mind. The church turned attainment of experiencing God-within into a blasphemy, into something to be condemned for. For if one did, if one proclaimed that they felt god-within and gloried in it, they would usually be condemned and executed….. and then turned into a saint. What right did cowering lowly man have to assume that God could be within him? What an outrage! Blasphemy! The only path to God, Jesus and sainthood is through the portals of the church! God and Jesus are such distant and perfect beings, that you humans… you beings of original sin, are hardly worth even acknowledging! This is what the church proclaimed.
This proclamation is the real blasphemy, the true original sin.
The church deftly turned the tables and cut us off from God-within.
They turned God-within to God-without
The Real Original Sin is the
Blasphemy of the church
To put itself as guardian between man and god
And to instill mankind forever more
with guilt, shame and anxiety
thus keeping man within power of the church/state, the first corporation
- or shall we call it the original corporation (based on original sin)
(one of William Blake’s favorite themes, and JCP’s as well, Chapter 9 says it all).
To be fair, of course, the church in many ways has been a calming and civilizing force in the development of most societies, instilling us with the stable foundations for family, industry and patriarchal community resulting in twenty first century world as it is today – for good or for worse.
Pearce believes that it is the God-given right of every human being
who, having lived a decent life among their community,
should have a chance to explore and develop the bond of power of the God-within.
This should be the goal of every human lifetime, the crowning achievement of every human life…
Those who choose the guidance of a guru to achieve this may ultimately experience shaktipat which is usually bestowed by the teacher in a blinding flash. Just by touching a devotee, usually between the eyebrows, the guru can catalyze the devotee into having an immediate experience of Shakti Kundalini….literally being shot into the bosom of god.. in a blinding flash of brilliance. This is an experience never to be forgotten. Lives are changed forever by the gift of shaktipat – dispensed by a Guru, a giver of the light of God, guru meaning “dark into light”
But maybe there should be a Paradigm shift here….
Who gives who the Shaktipat?
The tables could be turning again….
Perhaps the devotee is the one who allows the Shaktipat to be received.
Perhaps the power and the source of the Shaktipat experience is within the substance of the devotee, not the guru?
Quite simply, the guru allows the devotee to accept the fact that they are ready to turn on their own switch!
The guru was just standing by, tapping a finger. Timing is everything.
The devotee gave themselves permission to turn on their own pineal switch with the blessing of the guru – who knew when the devotee was ready. This is the big secret, we think that realized beings have the power in them, while they know that the very same power is within each of us. That is what they repeatedly tell us - that God is within. What most of us want to do is to give the power back to the guru, the saint, the healer, the chosen one, so that we can adore them and keep and their “special” gifts at comfortable and unattainable distance.
Joseph Chilton Pearce thinks that if we live to be full, whole beings, that every gesture of every day can become an act of incredible creativity and celebration; that it is our right to experience ourselves as fully developed whole God-being human beings.
Pearce feels that one of the main inhibitors of the development of this wholeness is the all-pervasive sense of anxiety that is incurred by Western civilization. Anxiety, as he points out, is fear without a focus. It powers our worry engine. It is the meat of Madison Avenue. It is a favored tool of political power. It destroys our ability to be content with the physical world. It keeps us so busy with the outside that we never have time or desire to search the world within. We must consume! And grow! And fight! And control the forces of Tyranny. Bigger, Better….More! Never is enough enough. Testosterone forever! The trouble with the modern mindset is that it is going to choke on all its toys and weapons and take the world with it.
There is a way out…. a way to find the path that leads to the switch that activates our God-within awareness. Mr. Pearce maintains this is done by understanding the chatterbox zone at the top of the head and how to quiet it. The modern day chatterbox phenomena are exceptionally prevalent– we even take pride in our ability to multitask!..as soon as quiet exists there is another mental task in line to keep us forever busy, neurologically this is known as the brain's default mode network or DMN. This DMN chatterbox mental activity is just a collection of continual ever-tumbling thoughts – like thoughts bubbling in a pot.. and what keeps the pot bubbling are the flames of Samskara – a Sanskrit word that Pearce introduces us to.
Samakaras are little emotional trigger responses that we accumulate as we encounter taboos and other cultural warnings and encouragements as we mature…things we shouldn’t do or say in front of other people, naughty things we shouldn’t feel or think of. They can be fears of abandonment, condemnation, alienation, or potential loss of social status or goals we should always keep in mind. These little fireballs of emotional stimulation keep the chatterbox pot boiling.
By making a concerted concentrated effort to cool the pot, to quiet the thoughts, to recognize the samskaras, the higher self, the super self, makes its entrance. The old adage is “I think, therefore I am” no longer works. The new adage is” I must watch and quiet my thoughts if need be, lest I identify with my thoughts and lose the consciousness of who I really am” We are not our thoughts, we are not endless chatter box beings, we are mind, and mind is not thought. Mind is beyond thought. Mind is knowing, awareness.
Muktananda, JCP’s guru, made his entrance into Joseph Chilton’s life inexorably. Muktananda kept popping up from different directions, Chilton chose to ignore the little reminders.. until lightning struck and then everything made sense. JCP is deeply grateful and indebted to his guru, but he doesn’t ask his readers to follow his path. We each must develop our own agenda – which usually appears as soon as one begins to seek . There are many messengers of awareness: Tibetans, Native American, Japanese, Thai, South American, Aboriginal, African, European masters, they come from most every culture. Generally, they all teach a way of quieting thought and opening mind and most use some kind of meditation. That is, a focused concentration on quieting thoughts while embracing higher unfoldment.
Muktananda taught Siddiha Meditation – a lineage of wisdom passed on through the centuries. He suggests the mantra Om Namah Shivaya or HamSa. These say that “I am one-with-god” with each breath. It is a song being sung in the background as play of life passes by in front. When you meet another person who is quietly singing the same inner song, then there is more God presence. When there are 10 quietly singing, even more .
Joseph Chilton Pearce never made any reference to the pineal gland in his book; he did not look for a physical manifestation of the bond of power, though he suggested that it is in our genetic programming.
Dr. Strassman's work proposes that the pineal gland when activated and properly channeled can supply the neurochemical key that opens the door.
The pineal gland is there, in the center of the brain, but can it be felt? Probably not. When one tries to “feel” the third eye, somewhere between the ears or behind the eyes – there really isn’t much of a sensation there; it seems to be empty, devoid of feeling…no heat, no cold, no itch, no pressure. Maybe pain is felt once in awhile, but for the most part – nothing.
However, if you sit quietly with your spine erect and cool your thoughts, perhaps with a mantra, and try to bring you conscious focus into the center of your brain, and stick with it, you will become aware of some slight changes. A noise in your head may begin to grow louder – don’t be alarmed.
You may see some colors – don’t be alarmed ….just go along with it.
You may start to feel a pulsing sensation coming in at you from all sides – this is the walls breaking down – don’t be alarmed. Let the walls fall.
There will be long periods when nothing happens, just be patient, perseverance furthers…
You may feel heat moving from the base of your spine up the spinal cord…give yourself to the pulse, to the heat, to the light; your bigger self awaits you….
It is your right to know of who you are really an instrument of,…and of how great you really are…… how great we can all really be.
As the silence between thoughts grows, the seed is formed
The seed grows in the soil of quiet mind…
And then one day, it flowers
This is the Bond of Power that we have in each of ourselves waiting to be awakened.
Thank you, Joseph Chilton Pearce for naming it and Rick Strassman for locating it……..