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LIFE 101

THE DOORS, BLAKE, & ETERNITY

By Coach Cary Bayer
www.carybayer.com

“Break on through to the other side.  Break on through to the other side.”
                                             —The Doors, “Break on Through”


            Fifty years ago this year, a Los Angeles rock band put out an album called “The Doors.”  They took their name from a book by the great British novelist Aldous Huxley, who wrote breathlessly about his psychedelic experiences glimpsing the “other side,” through mescaline. The book was called The Doors of Perception.  (Huxley would also write about the “other side,” or Enlightenment, in The Perennial Philosophy, a must-read for anyone interested in higher consciousness gained in more traditional and less chemical means.)   Huxley’s drug book, in turn, was influenced by a splendid quote by William Blake, the British Romantic poet/painter, who wrote,
            “If the doors of perception were cleansed, every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite.”—“The Marriage of Heaven & Hell”

            The visionary’s quote continues:

         “For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro' narrow chinks of his cavern.”

            Psychologists estimate that most human beings utilize only a small portion of their potential—perhaps five to 10 percent are the general estimates.   Living from such a tiny piece of who we are binds us in so that a person winds up seeing through “narrow chinks of his cavern.”
         Interestingly, three of the Doors---John Densmore, Ray Manzarek, and Robby Krieger—all learned Transcendental Meditation directly from Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, in part, to experience the infinite that Huxley their spiritual “father” and Blake, their poetic “grandfather,” wrote about. 
Eternity
            Elsewhere, their grandfather said that, “Energy is eternal delight.”  Anyone who has swum in the timeless waters of Eternity in the non-changing Transcendent beyond the changing mind has tasted that delight and that great energy from the unlimited energy source.  Blake was intimately familiar with Eternity—not in some endless horizontal sense of time without end, but in a vertical sense of being beyond time in the present moment, the power of Now, as Eckhart Tolle wrote about, or the Eternal Now.  In his “Auguries of Innocence,” Blake wrote:
         “To see a World in a Grain of Sand
         And a Heaven in a Wild Flower
         Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
         And Eternity in an hour.“

         This kind of timeless perception permeates psychedelic exaltations in Huxley’s The Doors of Perception and the tastes of cosmic life achieved through Yoga, meditation, and prayer in his Perennial Philosophy.
            Blake often lived outside of time.  In his poem, “Eternity,” he once again returned to the delights of life beyond the tick tock of the clock, as the last two lines indicate.  The first two speak of the need for the non-attachment that’s widely understood by seers in the Eastern tradition, but less so in the West.
         “He who binds to himself a joy
         Does the winged life destroy; 
         But he who kisses the joy as it flies
         Lives in eternity's sun rise.”

            Living inside of time creates limitations, Blake realized.   Living outside of it creates the freedom of Eternity and the dawning of wisdom.
             “The hours of folly are measur’d by the clock, but of wisdom: no clock can measure.”
            —“Proverbs of Hell” from “The Marriage of Heaven and Hell”

         Maharishi, the Doors’ meditation teacher, wrote, “Time is a concept to measure eternity.”  Blake recognized what the yogis of India understood; namely that Life is as if illusory when we fail to live it from our source, thinking of ourselves as only this limited ego. 
         “Do what you will this Life’s a fiction
         And is made up of Contradiction.”—“The Everlasting Gospel”

      In India, the sages call such a limited view of Reality Maya, which translates from the Sanskrit as “that which is not.” Seeing through the eye, as Blake put it, rather than with it, springs from a consciousness that’s settled in Eternity.  As he wrote in “Auguries of Innocence:”
            “We are led to Believe a Lie 
            When we see not Thro the Eye” 
           
Creativity

            Creativity springs, Maharishi taught, from the pure field of Creative Intelligence at the transcendental level of your mind.  This unbounded space feeds your mind with inspiration, and delights in its expressions.  As Blake wrote in his “Proverbs of Hell:” “Eternity is in love with the productions of time.”  The true artist, according to this visionary British poet and painter, soaks his consciousness in the infinite waters of Heaven that flow within.  As he wrote in “Annotations to Sir Joshua Reynolds’s Discourses:”
         “The man who never in his mind and thoughts travel'd to heaven is no artist.”

         Another way of saying it is that the truest art springs from our contact with the transcendental field of the Creator; in other words, it’s Universality-sourced. Otherwise, it’s ego-driven, and individuality-sourced. Such deep connections to the power of Now and the heaven of this very moment banish doubts about one’s true nature and the Reality that surrounds us.  Blake shows how ridiculous doubt itself is.  Again from his “Auguries of Innocence.”
“If the sun and moon should doubt,
They’d immediately go out.”

      His heightened perceptions enabled him to see that “Exuberance is beauty.”  In point of fact, the reverse is true, as well, as anyone who has seen how divinely beautiful life can be knows at his core.  Life ceases to be dual when one has penetrated to the essence of Beauty itself.  As Blake wrote in “Jerusalem:” “I am in you and you in me, mutual in divine love.”   He seemed to have drunk from the chalice of the Creator Himself, writing in “Auguries of Innocence:”
            …When the Soul Slept in Beams of Light 
            God Appears & God is Light.” 

                Blake seemed to have been intimately familiar with the light.  And Jim Morrison, his poetic grandson, certainly yearned for it; his most successful song, after all, was “Light my Fire.”  It’s traditionally interpreted to be an erotic request made of one’s mate; but knowing who the Doors named themselves after, it may very well have been a spiritual request made of one’s Creator.

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Reprogram Yourself Mentally – third in the Love Yourself, Lose the Weight series


by Patricia J. Crane, Ph.D.

Last month’s article was all about awareness – the when, why, and where you eat. This month’s focus is on reprogramming yourself mentally with affirmations and visualizations, getting support for your healthy changes, plus one more awareness exercise you can use!

Since you’re reading Inner Realm, you are likely already using positive affirmations! Below are some affirmations you can use to create the healthy strong body you desire. I suggest you stand in front of a mirror and say them with enthusiasm while looking into your eyes. Notice how you feel as you say each one. Is there some negative chatter in your head? Do they seem impossible to actually achieve? Be willing to suspend any judgments and commit to saying these affirmations several times on a daily basis.  And be sure to create your own affirmations!
I love my body.
I am delighted to be the ideal weight for me.
It feels great to be following a healthy food plan.
Healthy foods are delicious.
I have a food plan I can enjoy for life.
I enjoy exercising and moving my body.
I like changing my exercise and eating habits for the better.
My metabolism is excellent.
Another technique that can help you become aware of negative thoughts is to write an affirmation and then write the response that pops up in your mind. You keep doing this until a positive response occurs. You can also change an affirmation so it seems more achievable to you.
Example:
I love my body.                                        No way.
I love my body.                                        That’s a laugh.
I love my body.                                        Maybe, once I lose the weight
I am willing to love my bod now.            Maybe.
I am willing to love my body now.          Well, there’s nothing to lose.
I am willing to love my body now.          OK, I can start with willing.

Visualization can also help you reprogram your subconscious mind. You are in effect giving your mind a new picture to replace the old one, and it will automatically help you change behaviors to support losing weight. It’s like a compass. When you change directions on a boat, it doesn’t immediately go in the new direction. It gradually shifts. So by using visualization, you can reinforce the changes you are making on the conscious level. It also helps you to relax and feel more positive, which in turn makes it easier to implement the habit changes you want.

Sit comfortably and close your eyes… take deep, easy breaths…
Allow your body to relax. Especially let your shoulders, neck and back let go. These are places where so many people hold their tension. Breathe in thinking “I am…” and breathe out thinking “relaxed.” Continue for the next few minutes. Then begin to imagine yourself at your ideal weight. Imagine looking in the mirror and seeing yourself at a healthy weight, strong and feeling great. Imagine going to the store and choosing clothes in the smaller size and having a wonderful time trying them on. Imagine friends and family complimenting you on looking great. But more than that you know you feel great, both physically and emotionally. Take a few more moments to enjoy the feeling of your strong, healthy body….
Then bring your awareness back to this room and time. Take a deep breath, stretch, and open your eyes.

Are you willing to try another awareness technique? It’s called a Food Diary. Each day you record everything you eat, where you were, how you were feeling, and how you felt afterwards. You can pinpoint some of the problem times and emotions that trigger eating. And just by keeping the Food Diary, it’s likely your eating habits will change! Another benefit of the Food Diary is connecting food with how you feel afterwards. When I began keeping a Food Diary, I noticed that the morning after I ate pizza I felt sluggish. When I ate fish and veggies I felt great the next day. Some years later I read the book Eat Right 4 Your Type by Dr. D’Adamo and discovered that my body does best with a dairy free and gluten free diet because my blood type is O! No wonder the cheese pizza left me sluggish. After going on an 80% gluten and dairy free food plan, I lost 15 pounds easily. If you’d like to connect your blood type and the recommended food plan for you, go to www.dadamo.com.

Making any kind of habit change takes commitment. There is a lot of research showing that connecting with others doing the same habit change can help you keep the motivation. It could be a group like Weight Watchers or Overeaters Anonymous, or a few friends who are willing to make the changes with you. And with today’s technology you have a group that spans the globe!
Have a great month!

--Patricia J. Crane, Ph.D. studied personally with Louise Hay and, with husband Rick Nichols, is authorized to lead Heal Your Life® training programs in Louise’s philosophy. She is also the author of Ordering from the Cosmic Kitchen: The Essential Guide to Powerful, Nourishing Affirmations. www.hyltraining.com and www.drpatriciacrane.com.