posted on Dec, 4 2012 @ 01:38 PM
I apologize I did not read the entire thread, merely OP's post in the beginning.
Being present and accepting what is, that means, being neutral to life events, even if the human mind has judgement. Being conscious of what's there,
as in, is there a potential for a threat? I am aware of that so that it has less power to harm ,me. Presence is a state of being. Pretending that
someone with a knife saying they will kill you and trying to do so won't kill you if you let it happen. That's just unwise. It isn't prudent.
Doing what makes you feel free is still enslavement to the senses, not power. You simply become addicted to entertainment, to drugs, to sex, to
games, to tv, to reading, to information, to food. You're unsatisfied with what doesn't fulfill your desires, so you work to match the experience
that will fulfill you, while it lasts. The freedom you speak of actually comes in the presence of the first option, to accept the situation, and even
if someone is attacking you, or the food isn't your favorite, you don't suffer because of it. Then, if there is a danger, or a more pleasant option
for food, you take it.
There is an experience called "Pratyahara" in yoga circles. It means to control the senses, or to discredit the information the senses give you. But
that does not mean to hide from, or exclude yourself from information, this limits what you can become conscious of.
The wisdom of pratyahara is multileveled so I'll try to give you the basics.
As a human being our senses are designed to bring our attention to the exterior environment, so that we can be aware of food opportunities, resources,
possibilities for procreation, dangers, etc. But what we see is a fraction of the picture. As the senses pull our attention "out" inside of the
body, in the guts, in our experience, we are not present. There is a space, which people often try to escape from, via the various types of
activities, sports, games, drinking, sex, all of which come, and go, like the wind, and half the time our enjoyment is limited because of our
insecurity that the experience will end.
Pratyahara is a mastering of state of being, where, despite a situation that may not seem pleasant, like being outside covered in mud and sludge, yet
despite the information your senses give you, you're still happy. You still feel love, you don't need to quick change the situation to feel things
It's about bringing your attention back within your body, and fulfilling your own needs inside, via a state of being, via conscious awareness of what
you are, not the image you want to project of yourself.
Many people misunderstand this wisdom. For example, many monastics say you must go to the temple, shave your head, avoid looking at attractive parts
of the body, avoid great variety in flavor of food, simple exist in peace.This is wonderful. The Buddha himself suggest that many avoid contact with
all people who are in any professions that do harm. This was all to encourage the most favorable environment for a state of peace. Yet, if someone
avoids all things that can cause temptation or conflict, you do not master their power on you, you are simply not triggered to react.
Eckhart Tolle, who mastered the specific "present" wisdom so greatly, he also suggests an avoidance of harsh music, violence in movies and TV shows,
the news. It would help someone's state of peace.
But there is a next step to that Wisdom. Pratyahara...Avatar. The Avatar portion of the process, is about, discredit your senses, fulfill yourself in
contemplative absorption, BUT STILL be in the world. For example, Krishna was often drinking, partying, having sex, going to war, but he was so fixed
in his state of divinity that he never lost touch with it, regardless of what happened. Sakyamuni Buddha was so absorbed in this that even when he was
dying of food poisoning which he did consciously, he remained fixed in his state of consciousness, Jesus Christ was such a master, that he kept his
focus on God, even among whores, being beaten, and upon the cross "Forgive them, they know not what they do."
The Pratyahara, reclaiming the importance of divine consciousness over sensory input, being absorbed in the highest state you can experience, and
still being fully engaged in life and it's events without losing that fixation. Avatar. In being exposed to the suffering of life, you can master it
and discover it's wisdom.
Because we are not fulfilled inside, we seek events to fulfill us, this is your "Path of Power." Yet, to be fulfilled inside, regardless of how
extreme life events become, is the ultimate goal.
BTW, you don't have to accept to die as Jesus. The Buddha avoided a murderer and used it as a teaching. Krishna killed those who fought him, acting
as a tool of Karma. It was a different way. Be wise. Stay absorbed in divinity, regardless of what you face, find the wisdom in it.