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Direct Perception and its Distortion

Joann Bakula
May 2006

 

The full moon of May or Taurus could well be called the moon of Enlightenment in our spiritual calendar of new age rituals. It occurs on Saturday at 6:52 am UT and at 11:52 pm Friday night Pacific time. Now we know it as the moon of Buddha named after the day of his birth, the day of his death, and the day of his enlightenment. The disciples of the world have also come to know it as the supreme moment of spiritual blessing, when the doors between the planetary centers stand open and energy is communicated between Shamballa, Hierarchy and humanity, stimulating the aspiration of humanity. The ritual itself takes place on all the planes and in all three bardos of life and three of after life: waking state, dream and sleep state, and meditation state, and in the three bardos after death, uniting all those in the new group of world servers whether “in a body or out of a body” as Alice Bailey quoted in her famous Wesak address. All come together for this sublime moment when the energy of synthesis flows from the touch of Shamballa brought by the Buddha and transmitted to the living Christ as head of the Spiritual Hierarchy and then shared with all present equally. This is the yearly ritual of sharing a communion of blessed and magnetised water containing properties for healing and purification of the inner vehicles of thought, emotions and perceptions--as fitting for a planetary school known by its primary name of the School of Magnetic Response. The Wesak Festival stands as a moment when East and West are united, when all faiths and wisdom traditions are blended into a union reflective of the underlying reality. It is also a time when past, present and future are united in a timeless moment, revealing through direct perception what has always been true and always present, what is changeless within even as we live in the zone of time.

Buddha and Christ were two of the world's greatest religious teachers as well as greatest psychologists. They accurately diagnosed the obstacles to enlightenment and salvation in their cultures and as well as for people of all times on the spiritual path. Both taught compassion first. Both were kind, not vindictive, judgmental nor punitive. Indeed, leaders in both religions speak out against war; war is wrong method . Buddhism is often called a religion of method. The major method taught is meditation.

The blessing of the world is especially needed in a time of difficulty, when doubts about the direction we are going in abound. And when the choices made can have profound long-term consequences for future generations.

This is why the opportunity of Wesak is so important. This is the sublime meditation of direct perception of the ultimate Reality of Truth or Dharma given to East and West alike in one continuous stream of life itself. In this meditation as world service we experience the Reality of enlightened Beings and of enlightenment itself, the path we are all on whether we know it or not, a path which is more than a concept. It is the luminous nature of the spiritual triad itself, covered over by sensory perceptions, those very temporary illusions and distortions we are often captivated by and have such faith in. It is the underlying synthesis of life itself that empowers the Forces of Enlightenment. Their methods are sound because they are the embodiment of compassion and wisdom. Wesak is the supreme opportunity to refresh perception by perceiving directly, to perceive life as it actually is when the unreal processed perceptions fall away. This enables us to stay true to the course, linking short term and long term goals together with right method.

Direct perception is the safeguard of vision and direction. We know this ability as intuition, which alone allows us to perceive what actually is, undistorted either by the second-hand perceptions of the senses, or the third-hand perceptions of others, that compose such a large amount of what we think we know. The Buddha called this body of knowledge mis-knowledge. Inner perception allows us to see much more of the total environment than the third-hand perceptions of the world seen by others, processed as they are through the political and cultural lenses of our time, whether by the media, science or education. Many have already asked, like the popular film, ‘What do we really know ?' Many of the prominent thoughtforms of our day are now seen as illusions. The distortion of ideas, words, reasons and motives by selfish and self-centered interests is coming to light. The combination of these two has resulted in the maya of a false reality.

What we bring is the ability to see the true behind appearances. This is a function of intuition, which is never the result of third-hand information. In the light of Wesak we see the world and the environment in which it lives, as observers open to being observed. The nations and peoples of the world are seen as one family, the wider environment of spiritual worlds as containing the stream of ever-changing forms, and the background luminosity of synthesis and life cradled in limitless space. Direct perception refreshes us with perception of who we really are in essence and allows us to share that communion with others. We hold up an image of reality to a world mired in the distorted images of a fictional world, monsterized and demonized, caught in “the whirlpool of terrific forces seeking violent outlet on the physical plane,” as the Tibetan put it. What a startling revelation it is to perceive the many unimagined ways in which the observer is the observed, and the observed the observer. Once seen, the vision never leaves.

 

 
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