In my last blog post we started talking about auras as life-force energy, prana, and chi. Ancient meditators glimpsed this edge of spirit where it meets and becomes the dream of being human and gifted us dreaming humans with metaphoric ideas of how spirit becomes the dream of physicality and being human.
Indian meditators glimpsed the edge of spirit as life-force energy and called it 'prana.' Hindu belief tells us that both presence and power—consciousness and energy—comes from a source they call Brahman. According to the on-line version of the Encyclopedia Britannica, Brahman is ‘the supreme existence or absolute reality, the font of all things.’ I love the use of that word ‘font.’ Brahman then is not just the source but also the container or receptacle of everything. The word also brings to mind, to my mind anyway, thinking of fonts and print types, the idea that Brahman is the essence from and with which the story of life is written.
The St. Martin’s Press book, Religions of the World, by Nielsen et al, talks of Brahman as ‘the basis of all things from the greatest of the gods to a drop of water.’ David and Margaret Leeming in their book, A Dictionary of Creation Myths, describe creation in Hindu mythology as the world originating from Brahman’s thought. They mention the confusion that can occur between the name ‘Brahman’ as the source of all things and ‘Brahma’ as the personified masculine creative expression that comes from Brahman.
Like Chinese Taoist belief regards chi, Hindu belief is that prana breaks down along the way becoming masculine and feminine polarities. In his book, The Energy Within, Richard Chin details the steps of this breakdown. He tells us that the first level is similar to the Chineses tai chi level. From this level comes three forces called 'gunas,' similar to yin and yang. The corresponding positive force is called 'rajas.' It's a centrifugal force that radiates outward. The negative force is called 'tamas' and it is contractive, working inward.
Hindu belief includes a neutral field, called 'sattvas,' upon which rajas and tamas move and flow and balance and create. Chin tells us that all three together comprise a whole like that represented by the Chinese tai chi symbol.
The dance of the polarity of gunas and rajas against the neutral background of sattvas carries through all of dreamed existence, all of physicality, all of human life, every aspect of all that we perceive around us. It moves and flows and continually balances itself out in one way or another, and as it does so it creates—it writes the story—it dreams the dream—of physicality and being human and being each and every one of us individual humans.