When we settle down to Focus, we are far more likely to have a rich experience, and one that we can fully trust, if we allow ourselves a little time to settle into presence. I have talked about this in earlier posts. Here is a description of settling into presence; and at the foot of this page is a pdf sheet which you can print to help you settle into presence when you are Focusing alone. And on the same page is an mp3 audio recording, so you don’t have to keep squinting at the page.
As someone recently told me, just settling into presence brought into sharp focus the reason why she was feeling agitated and angry with a particular situation. This completely changed her view of the situation, and enabled her to deal with a problem without all that previously unrecognised anxiety getting in the way. Everything progressed more smoothly after that.
And sometimes we need time to explore this space, and to find out what is keeping us away from the peace which we all seek.
Being in presence gives us a clear space in which to explore our feelings, and we don’t usually have to try to hard to find them; they come up in this peaceful, nourishing space.
I particularly like the way Rupert Spira talks about presence:
Presence is peace itself. Like the space of the room in which you are sitting (relatively speaking), it cannot be agitated. All agitated activities take place within it but it is itself without agitation. Presence is like that. It allows everything to appear within it, choicelessly, without preference, including sometimes very agitated appearances of the mind, body or world, but it is itself the inherently and eternally peaceful ‘space’ in which all these appear.
So there is no need to look for a peaceful appearance of the mind or body in order to be knowingly this peaceful Presence. Nor do you need to have any special knowledge. Knowing that you are this Presence is all the special knowledge you need. And the more we abide knowingly as this Presence, the more its inherently free, unlimited, peaceful and happy qualities are revealed in our experiential understanding.
And as well as Focusing happening more easily in a space of presence, as we Focus the space of presence expands. And as Rupert says, knowing we are this presence is such a freeing feeling, that understanding comes to us more easily. We, like my friend above, begin to understand why we sometimes act the way we do.