Precursor to Third Attention

He explained that what he called the key to everything was the firsthand knowledge that the earth is a sentient being and as such can give warriors a tremendous boost; it is an impulse that comes from the awareness of the earth itself at the instant in which the emanations inside warriors’ cocoons are aligned with the appropriate emanations inside the earth’s cocoon. Since both the earth and man are sentient beings, their emanations coincide, or rather, the earth has all the emanations present in man and all the emanations that are present in all sentient beings, organic and inorganic for that matter. When a moment of alignment takes place, sentient beings use that alignment in a limited way and perceive their world. Warriors can use that alignment either to perceive, like everyone else, or as a boost that allows them to enter unimaginable worlds. – Carlos Castanda, The Fire from Within

Someone contacted me inquiring how I was able to enter into the third attention as I described in my last post. I guess a precursor of some sort is necessary. I traveled to the Pacific Northwest two weeks ago to be in the big trees; my intention was alignment with the earth’s emanations for the necessary boost to perceive third attention fully and to integrate it. Once I entered a forest near a beautiful waterfall that I had visited many times when I lived in Oregon, I found a spot by the fast-flowing river and sat on the ground. Witnessing all the beauty around me with all of my senses I heard the roaring water in the river, breathed in deeply to smell the humus of the forest floor fragrant with soil, moisture, pine needles and decomposing leaves, touched the smooth river rocks at the river’s edge, and saw life on life as a fallen tree across the river had moss growing on it with grass and flowers emerging from the moss. I opened my mouth in gratitude to be surrounded by so much beauty and inhaled deeply, tasting the earthy substrate that surrounded and embraced me.

Sitting in silence was simple, I have no thoughts so I will see. Surrendering to the beauty around me, all sounds became one and filled my being. It brought me to a state of equilibrium both inside and outside of myself. My emanations coincided with those of the earth and our emanations became aligned. Everything softened and as I gazed at the forest around me it felt as though I had become one within it. I noticed every single little thing; twigs floating on the river, butterflies landing on the flowers, a variety of mushrooms growing on trees and earth, songbirds singing loudly, the spray of the water forming mist enshrouding me.

I leaned back against the bank of the river, fully embraced by the earth and closed my eyes while focusing on my hearing and when I did the imagery of the flower of life entered in and presented itself to me in a 3D live version of the images that I have always appreciated in 2D. Instead of a flat image I saw the entirety of the flower of life unfolding and expanding and knew that we are all a part of it. Starting with a simple circle that evolved into the Vesica Piscis to the Seed of Life to the Flower of Life to Metatron’s Cube. I knew in that moment that I was not separate from the universe or anything in it.

I stayed for hours, in deep gratitude for the earth, all of her beings, and of the universe, and I was humbled and honored to recognize that I was both observer and observed with a connection to all things in a way I had never really thought possible. Sense of “other” disappeared in recognition of absolute oneness. While I sat there I created a tiny stone circle to create a connection from this circle on the river’s edge to the large standing stone circle in my backyard which is energized as a toroidal portal/vortex of sorts.

Imagine my surprise when I returned home to the desert a week ago to find mushrooms growing in the stone circle, toadstools growing out of the gravel and a type of turkey tail mushroom growing at the base of one of my trees. It was an amazing validation to the fact that when alignment occurs, anything and everything is possible. It’s been 105 degrees here for the past week and oddly enough, mushrooms continue to emerge and grow in the circle. I have nothing but appreciation, wonder, and gratitude that the boost of the earth has provided me.

Keep Dancing!!!


11 thoughts on “Precursor to Third Attention

  1. Haha,,, you know I am just giddy with laughter, and tears too, celebrating with astonished joy, we are miracle workers, when we become one with the emanations. I am out to hug the giant oak that glows in my yard!


  2. OMG I couldn’t resist… these words have a whole new meaning when you put them with your experience:
    There’s a lady who’s sure all that glitters is gold
    And she’s buying a stairway to Heaven
    When she gets there she knows, if the stores are all closed
    With a word she can get what she came for
    Ooh, ooh, and she’s buying a stairway to Heaven
    There’s a sign on the wall, but she wants to be sure
    ‘Cause you know sometimes words have two meanings
    In a tree by the brook, there’s a songbird who sings
    Sometimes all of our thoughts are misgiven

    oh, it makes me wonder
    Ooh, really makes me wonder

    And it’s whispered that soon if we all call the tune
    Then the piper will lead us to reason
    And a new day will dawn for those who stand long
    And the forests will echo with laughter


    Led Zeppelin Stairway to Heaven


  3. Lorraine, this morning I read the 2012 blog post you shared with me as a comment on mine from your earlier post. I couldn’t help but think that it is not only trees that form Earth’s internet but mushrooms as well with their delicate rhizome networks! Then I read THIS post which magically included mushrooms. Oh, the connections are deep, wide, and strong! I am dancing and intending to make some circles of my own while road tripping.


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