From Eblanna : a series of commentaries
on the setbacks and obstacles encountered during Imramma.
To understand the blocks and obstacles ones mind throws up during IMM. one needs to understand the process. Imramma works to bring three physical realities into alignment: the outer physical reality of this world; the inner landscape of the soul; and the sacred/magical landscape of the Other worlds. The purpose of Imramma is to exist within all three at once, and fully. In order to do so one needs to explore the inner landscape and the Other Worlds and know them as one knows the physical world. This requires to some extent that we leave aside ego, self consciousness and over intellectualism.
Many very intelligent people fail at Imramma because they allow preconceptions to get in the way of experience. And make no mistake Imramma is primarily an experiential event: understanding and knowledge of the Celtic philosophies and culture will make it a much deeper and richer experience, but no amount of learning and knowledge can replace the actuality of Imramma. Many people are overly burdened with theories and expectations or overly concerned with appearing highly intellectual. Ego is the biggest obstacle to Imrammic Meditation. #
There are voices inside our heads, all dedicated to the preservation of our borders and of the terra incognita of the soul. I am too complex, says one. Its all right for others: they dont have the secrets I have, says another. And yet another, I already know myself/am experienced in meditation/know all about this sort of thing, I can just plunge in I dont need to read or study or practice.
Our mind tries to distract you, trick you, defeat you. Why? Because you are disturbing the very foundations of your illusion with this reality. You are opening yourself up to things that you have been taught consciously and subconsciously to fear from an early age.
Imramma is essentially an experiential event. Therefore it is also essentially a solitary event. Avoid reliance on others interpretations or guidance of your meditation. Imrammic teachers do not guide meditations. We provide the tools and descriptions and examples and then the student explores their own inner landscape and through it makes connection with the other worlds. It is a fine and delicate line between providing these tools and controlling the student, and even experienced teachers have to watch for the ego which makes a bid for control.
Imramma is essentially solitary and therefore a lonely experience. We are thrown back on our own judgement: asked to plumb the shifting depths of our selves, with both discrimination and detachment, while remaining fully present and involved.
The scientific mind at this point usually runs into an obstacle it is biased towards the detachment and control, towards the observation. It finds it difficult to accept the fully experiential can co-exist with the analytical. It throws up its own set of ego-based obstacles as a reaction or exacerbates already active weak spots.
Imramma is an experiential event, which requires us to exist in several ways at once, and to operate at several, seemingly dichotomous levels simultaneously, reliant on our own judgement which also actively trying to sabotage us.
Noone said it was going to be easy
9/2/06..........part two to follow;
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