Ecstasy Spiritual Principle
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The experience of Ecstasy introduces you to a wild conundrum. On the one hand, when Ecstasy shows up, you feel a physical sense of alignment with the universe. All your bodies – physical, mental, emotional, ethical, etheric, astral, energetic, dreaming (all the way out to God and back) feel like perfect concentric circles, and your aliveness creates a thrilling chill in your body. On the other hand, for Ecstasy to really express through you, your bodies have to “disappear.” The sense of separation from the All the the Everything dissolves, and you BECOME the All and the Everything. You merge with all that is; you exist within all possibility; you ARE all potential.
Unfortunately, that perception of all-beingness comes in short spurts because we must also be actively, materially, in-the-body engaged in consensus reality. Sometimes the craving for that sense of Ecstasy makes us lonely, makes us feel isolate.
But when you fully understand the profound gift of Ecstasy, even when the surge of “oh-my-god-I-feel-so-alive” isn’t present, an awareness of that divine aliveness sings its song in your heart! Ecstasy brings such joy into your life! What a wonderful gift it is.
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We find Ecstasy, along with Resistance, is in the very middle of the Containing Principles, where Spirit and Matter meet. In The Invisible Garment, we learn that “Ecstasy …is the principle that reconstructs form after it has been deconstructed by Resistance.” The angels tell us, “Ecstasy occurs when all of one’s bodies (physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, and energetic) are perfectly aligned so that energy is able to express itself truthfully through you. . . Your whole being is alive and alert—awake to its reality.” Several years ago, Jack Kornfield wrote a book called After the Ecstasy, the Laundry. Could it be that when heart and mind and soul agree, even the laundry seems holy and rewarding?
We moved to the country thirty years ago. Back then, we lived amid farmers and buckwheat fields, dairy barns and hay wagons, tractors and combines. When my sixth grade students grew up, they went off to college, got advanced degrees and moved away. The fields grew quiet, the gravel roads were paved. The fourth (and fifth) traffic lights in our county were installed in front of the big new box store. The country wasn’t quite as rural as it had been.
Recently, I’ve noticed something new occurring in this West Virginia neighborhood. My “kids,” 30- or 40-something now, are returning, and change is happening on these back roads. Phyllis is an engineer who raises chickens and guinea fowl in her side yard. Brad works for a government sub-contractor, but in the evenings and on weekends, he’s a lumberjack who also raises rabbits and hogs. His wife is learning to grow sweet potatoes in five gallon buckets. Serena is a landscape architect who works for an East Coast firm. She sends her site plans over the internet. When her baby is older, she plans to get a Jersey milk cow. Tracy is a pharmacist. She uses expired IV solutions to rig up drips for her tomato plants. Her husband, an electrician, does the wiring for Larry, the remodeling contractor. Larry has a degree in geology, but likes working with his hands. Remember Yeats’ poem about the rough beast who slouches towards Bethlehem to be born? It happens because “the falcon cannot hear the falconer; / Things fall apart, the centre cannot hold.” As I write this, I see on the national news, a piece about some teen boys who have rediscovered the Rubrik Cube, the popular twisty puzzle from the ’80s. One boy is able to put the colors back into place in 16 seconds. He says the secret is that the center block does not move. Could it be that the principle of Ecstasy allows the center to hold? Could neighborhoods be ecstatic centers, energetic vortices that ask us to say “yes!”? But how do we say “yes”? In the book of Luke, we are told “Love the Lord your God, with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” All the bodies emotional, spiritual, physical, and mental are aligned – and moving always toward the other. After the Ecstasy, the neighborhood? I hope so.