On getting a grip

AngelI have always worked at making some sense out of my experiences. Plenty of high-profile people offer to show us how to get a grip. They often charge high prices for that service.

So, who has a grip in this world? Is it even possible to do that? Personally, I don’t think an ordinary mortal like me can achieve that.

Darren Rhodes, owner of Yoga Oasis in Tucson, posted this on Facebook yesterday:

If you practice with enough diligence, then your relationship to the conceptual dharma becomes more and more refined, until it becomes so refined that it is ungraspable, and then you’re really getting some place.

I was struck by the word ungraspable. Granted it is a bit awkward, but it is also informative. I take it to mean that as we surrender our desire to be literal our environment transforms into something that does not obey logic as we know it.

We ought not place too much importance on the definition of dharma. It has many definitions. I’m willing to settle for “the way things are.”

I think Joseph Campbell was describing the same thing when he wrote this:

What this represents psychologically is the trip from the realm of conscious, rational intentions into the zone of those energies of the body that are moving from another center, the center with which you are trying to get in touch.

A new arrival from another reality.

A new arrival from another reality.

He warns that this experience defies all the behaviors we were taught in school. He tells us we must experience a total giving up and put this incomprehensible version of “reality” in charge of our lives. We are not able to grasp at anything in that mysterious field of energy.

I have read some of Rumi’s poetry and I sense in it the same shift in perspective that Campbell describes. Rumi, in my opinion, endeavors to shake our faith in our personal worldview.

The sum total of our personal views of reality produce starvation, war, hatred, anger, and various forms of crimes against innocent people. Most, if not all of these results, indicate our desire to be in charge, to impose our will on our environment. The apparent reality that the universe is in charge runs counter to the lessons we are taught from an early age.

I think Darren’s notion of the ungraspable points to a deeper wisdom.

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