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- “Integration” – becoming present in our experience by attending to posture,
soma, hara, core, breath. As hindrances abate, shamatha manifests.
- “Positive emotion” – further ‘integrating’ with the direct somatic experience of
the heart centre and its qualities. Opening to any feelings that are present, letting
them be what they are. Opening to kindness, sensitivity, confidence,
unconditional love, compassion, etc. Allowing or simply noticing that the heart
qualities are boundless.
- “Spiritual death” – now, integrating vipashyana inquiry into direct experience.
Using prajna ‘wise discernment’ as a nonconceptual ‘tool’ to become
experientially clear regarding our essential nature and what is. Somatically,
exploring shape, boundaries, somatic space, sensations, somatic energy.
Inquiring into all kinds of sense experience for the substantial entity which our
self-narrative posits that “I am”.
- “Spiritual rebirth” – the corollary of any seeing-through of a previously held
illusion (i.e. a “spiritual death”), is the state of positive freedom from that illusion
and seeing ‘what is’, in its absence. With any such deepening or paradigm shift,
there sooner or later comes an arising of unintegrated ‘stuff’ that needs
integrating – this is the ‘work’ of the spiritual rebirth aspect.
- “Receptivity” – Effortless and spontaneous integration and embodiment of all
the previous principles. Formless shamatha-vipashyana. Wholeness,