The world is what you think it is
There are no limits
Energy flows where attention goes
Now is the moment of power
To love is to be happy with
All power comes from within
Effectiveness is the measure of truth
This is perhaps the hardest of the principles for me to work with because it literally means there are no limits. Not only do I find that extremely scary but it puts a lot of responsibility on my own shoulders regarding what happens in my own life. In fact it puts all the responsibility onto my own shoulders.
Everywhere around us we find constrictions. We have to be at work at a certain time. We need to drink, eat, etc . . . We live with other people who may have different rhythms then we do. Limits, I have said, prevent me from achieving my full potential. But not really. I am learning another way to think about it: We do need limitations in order for our infinite divine spirit to come to earth in our earthly bodies. But how we tend to our bodily needs, how we enjoy what the earth has to offer, how we heal from illness, how we see the world from within our bodies is our choice and our responsibility.
I recently saw the movie The Theory of Everything which has been showing on HBO. It tells the inspirational story of Steven Hawking, physicist, all round genius. About 50 years ago when he was in his early 20s he was diagnosed with ALS and given only 2 years to live. But I guess the doctors were not sufficiently convincing about the limits of his life and so Steven Hawking continued living past his 2 year benchmark. And then he just kept on living on and on. Today he is in his 70s and as I write this just came up with a much heralded new theory about black holes. Along the way he had several children, two marriages and not only made new discoveries but wrote books making his esoteric knowledge about the universe understandable to us laypeople. In fact, he says that his grim diagnosis actually spurred him on to new thinking and revelations.
I will share one of the few experiences I’ve had in my life of “there are no limits.” It was in the 70s. I was backpacking with a group in Baja Mexico back in my college days. One girl, Mary, and I were always the last to reach camp at the end of the day. The guys and stronger girls always left us in the dust. In fact they even resented how we slowed them down so they never even waited for us. One particularly hot day we were both having trouble walking with our heavy packs. I was struggling to walk but Mary actually began passing out. No one else was in sight. This was long before cell phones so we were completely on our own in desolate desert wilderness. We stopped to rest and hydrate, but after a time it was clear Mary could not carry her pack any further without serious intervention. Even though I could generally had trouble carrying the weight of my own pack, I strapped her pack to my own and then we interlaced arms around shoulders to hold each other up and keep walking. We sang loudly to keep each other’s energy up. My memory banks do not recall how long it took us to reach camp but it did feel like hours. It is not something I could have ever thought I could do (nor have done since). The need was great and my mind stopped reminding of what I could not do, and so I could.
The Kabbalah Tree: This concept is expressed really well in the Kabbalah Tree. The tree has three pillars. The center pillar is the equivalent of the tree of life. The two pillars on either side are named the Pillar of Severity and the Pillar of Mercy. One of the most interesting analyses I’ve heard about these are this: The pillar of mercy is like an infinite soft ice cream machine that keeps pumping out its treats. But we can’t use soft ice cream that is strewn everywhere and is constantly pouring out unless we have a container for it. For that we need pillar of severity which provides the metaphorical cone or the cup that allows us to use the ice cream. It gives a shape to the treat to make it usable.
It is easy to judge “severity” as bad and “mercy” as good. But truly, we need both in our lives making both of them not bad or good but “existing,” “necessary,” “functional.”
The 2nd principle of Huna in the Bible:
Thou shalt weep no more: he will be very gracious unto thee at the voice of thy cry;
When he shall hear it, he will answer thee.
Isaiah 30:19 (KJV)
This is a complicated passage with lots of overtones. There are two Hebrew words for weeping or crying. The first is used twice – bekow or bekah. This is not necessarily a weeping out of distress but means the action of flowing, an overflowing, torrent, tears, etc. . . In short, it can indicate a deep up welling of emotion which would presumably include happy emotion, that is any strong overflowing emotion. The word is also related to the Hebrew word for blessing which uses the root “B-K”. I have always felt that when I am experiencing blessings or giving them, I feel that the same deep flow of emotion, that deep upwelling of passion which is described by the word bekah.
The second word is used once and indicates a cry of distress. It is also considered a cry of trembling.
The words used in the second line are the same words used in Genesis 22:18 when Abraham takes Isaac for sacrifice but then listens to God’s voice, obeys it and thus is blessed. The two keys words which are in both passages are b’quoli meaning voice and samata meaning to obey (or in the passage above to answer).
B’quoli is far more than a simple meek voice. It can mean a musical instrument, the wind, thunder,stamping of hoofs, earthquake, or the din of war. In the Genesis passage, it indicates the voice of God specifically and by definition represents an earth-shattering vibration or uproar. In the Isaiah passage, the same word is used to indicate the voice of the community, of human beings.
Samata is the word used when Abraham “obeys” god. But in Isaiah it is god who is “obeying.” Samata‘s more literal meaning is to “listen with the breath.” This follows the beliefs of indigenous peoples who say that when knowledge is true, one can taste it. In both passages, knowledge of the divine is being shared back and forth through breath and vibration.
Here is my spiritual translation of Isaiah 30:19
Trembling, blessing tear-struck passion, weep no longer.
For the beauty of your wild thundering song
tastes divinity, scents harmony.
And I would say that this is the very definition of there are no limits. When we can taste the divine and live in harmonious interaction with that knowledge, there truly are no limits.
Breath and its vibrations contain power – deep, mysterious, sacred power. The animal world has its own vibratory essence as do we. In our human bodies, we can tap into this vibration of sacred mystery because of our ability to use sounds and words. Certain sounds hold uniquely powerful energy. These sounds are commonly found in the names that humanity has used throughout time to signify divinity or godhood. Because the process of breathing involves a physical interchange of energies it is our tangible connection to the heavens. It also has a symbolic and a spiritual connection. There is no life without breath.
What are these sounds? Ah and ha are two of them which I will be discussing in the next arc where I discuss mystery school teachings. Another important, but little known one is HU. HU is a deep breath sound, an original vibration of divinity in many pagan and ancient cultures.
Hu was one of the names of the Sphinx in Egypt. The Egyptian God Tehuti, who used his voice to create the cosmos, was known in Greece as Thoth. The Mayans had Hunab Ku, a god connected with the heart and a deity of movement and measurement. Huehuetcotl was an Aztec god of fire, one of their oldest divine images.
Asuku Nyorai (pronounced ashuku) one of the immovable Buddhas was connected with all-wisdom. Ahura Mazda is the Persian name of the Supreme Being in Zoroastrianism. Ahura means light and mazda means wisdom.
In Tibet, the sound of HU HU flowed out of the creator in the process of creation.
In Celtic old Europe, the god Hu was married to the great goddess Ceridwen Europe best known for her cauldron of life and magic potions. Druid acolytes would invoke both these gods in the process of their initiation into the great spiritual mysteries.
Hu was associated with music. Eleanor Merry in her opus on “Celtic Folk-Soul,” The Flaming Door, writes, “The God Hu . . . who represented the whole spiritual world, was attended by his oxen who ‘roared in thunder and blazed in lightning’ – a thrilling allusion to the music of the spheres.”
In the west, the Hu syllable is found in AL-LA-HU-YA, which is the original form of Alleluya or more commonly Hallelujah. AL-LA-HU-YA literally means “praise Ya,” which is shorthand for “praise YHWH.”
Jesus’ original Hebrew name, Yeshua, contains the hu syllable thereby recognizing and honoring his connection to divinity. Lest one think that Jesus had a unique connection to hu, remember that we ourselves carry the appellation of this divine syllable. We are, after all, human. The foundational etymology of the word recognizes that we human beings each carry the divine essence within ourselves. And that is made known to us by hu – by our breath.