I wanted to share some notes in support of the channeling process and wanted to comment, in particular, about Sohra's "leaning toward being Vegan" as part of the criterion for linking with her. The second and more central item is to "commit to moving into light body" as the third enlightenment.
Sohra had shared, from time to time, things about diet and herbs. When she started to do this, she had prefaced her communications with "I am not a cop about this". She is not wanting to take on the role of a police and watch over anyone with any rules. There is mode of interaction with each other based on commanding, obeying or rebelling, and arguing about who is right and wrong, which really leads nowhere and causes a lot of tension between people.
She had showed me pictures of people eating flour products, starches and processed foods, and showing me how their aura collapsed in five minutes. About fifty short video pictures of people at various restaurants. I was at a restaurant myself and was eating something that fit what she was showing, ate the food the same way as the others, and waited with awareness for five minutes, and indeed the energy field suddenly became weak. I realized that we, as humans, survive this food impact often, and are able to function fairly well. But it is not an optimal state. When we are moving to light body, our energy system needs to learn how to function better than this. We need to remove all the glitches in our thoughts, emotions, and biological processes. We need to eat very optimal diets and let go of anything that does not work for us.
When we are addicted to food, nicotine, alcohol, marijuana, chocolate, and relationships, we go through a curious ambivalent process with them. We are for it one day and against the next day. There is a kind push pull struggle with the substance. These dances can take a long time to shift, if ever. Many people die in their addictions and then these addictions propell one through the bardo where they are active factors in selecting our rebirth. In some renditions of the bardo, there is things like "life reviews" and other events, but these do not happen for all people. Many will speed through these events and simply seek rebirth in a place which can fulfill their addictions. They do the same thing with friends and healers who may gently try to guide them to explore and transcend their addictions.
In one Sufi bardo work that I studied, they had a Dharani:
"All phenomena is illusion,
Neither attracted nor repelled,
Not making any sudden moves,
My habits will carry me through."
Dharanis are slightly longer mantric chants than the single line ones and double as alchemical transformational formulas. Each line is a summary of a key.
The first line is "all phenomena is illusion". It is a shift in understanding and perception. It parallels the Buddhist understanding of emptiness. It also parallels Sohra understanding about "releasing the thought of matter" that appears in the Ascension Sutra that she channeled through me (it is located on this blog). The thought of matter is that something exists, some stuff, that is not affected by thought. In Quantum physics, this idea of matter, that most humans hold, was disproven by noticing how Quantum particles change behavior relative to the observing scientist. If the scientist expects Quantum waves, then they behave as waves and conform to wave function equations. If the scientist expects Quantum particles, then they behave as particles and conform to particle mapping equations. There is, therefore, an interaction or interdependence between the five shandhas of consciousness, thought, emotion, sensation, and body, all of them interacting with each other and mutually influencing each other, and nothing that can exist or stand apart as "real" separate from this unity field. The seeming material universe takes on something of what is projected upon it from the observers who collectively shape the events each species and their reality tunnel moves through. The whole process is "illusion" in the sense that there is no reality "out there" separate from the participant observers and how they affecting what is seen. The whole process is a convergence of multiple causes merging to produce experiences and multiple effects emerging out of these events to produce more causes for more events. This dynamic field is what we live in moment to moment.
The phrase "all phenomena is illusion" does not say much about what reality is, but says a lot about what it is not. We release the perceptual hold of "seeing phenomena as real" so that we can move from conceptually dominated awareness to free awareness which can move with the mystery of what is as it reveals itself moment to moment.
The next phrase "neither attracted nor repelled" is the foundation of Vipassana Buddhist awareness insight meditation. We learn how to watch our experience with "simple attention" or "bare attention". We learn to watch everything that arises, abides, changes, and passes away with no clinging (attraction) and no resistance (repelled). The second phrase is therefore a reminder to not push anything away ("How can I get rid of X?") and no clinging ("How can I stay in bliss/enlightenment?"). When we watch our watching, we notice how our attention gets pulled into dramas and gets lost in dramas and reacts to dramas with more drama. When Sohra shares to meet her at the 3rd Eye chakra and gently hold attention there, meeting her blessing energy there, it is holding attention in a focus where all phenomena is seen as illusion and where we are above cling, resistance, and reaction to any dramas of thought and emotion that we might have been lost in.
The next phrase "not making any sudden moves" took me a long while to deeply understand, but it is a key to how to handle "trauma". When we move through the bardo, all our traumatic stored repressed experience will come up to be healed. Because we repressed them for not so good reasons, because we could handle the events when they happened, we will feel overwhelmed, shocked, and freak out when they surface to consciousness again. A samskaric activation is happening. Sense experience is activating a latent unit of subconscious conditioning and triggering a full blown experience again. The key to handling all of these experiences is in the third phrase. It translates into: THERE IS NO EMERGENCY GOING ON AND THERE NEVER WAS. Questioning the sense of emergency on this deep a level is the key to understanding, "not making any sudden moves". We have to move fast, suddenly, and quickly in an emergency and at the same time we do not know what to do. The answer is this: There is no emergency going on (since "all phenomena is illusion") and there is nothing we need to do (except watch with no clinging and no resistance to whatever is arising).
I have been noticing little "speed throughs" to move past certain mental/emotional states and count these as little "sudden moves" that we are meant to slow down and be present for. There are little reactions of resistance to what is, something we are speeding through and avoiding (in order to seek and cling to something else). This is combined with another sudden move which are hesitations and slow downs, where we resist moving through something (in order to hold on to a more pleasurable present state that we seem to be in). When we relax our sudden moves, then we sink into the natural flow of human experience.
The last phrase "my habits will carry me through" is about maintaining each and every moment the habit of meditation or the habit of processing. With Sohra, the yoga that she is sharing is to link with her through the 3rd Eye, let our breath be guided, and giving 70 percent attention to the 3rd Eye focus, 20 percent to the breathing focus (including body awareness and sensations), and 10 percent to thoughts and emotions. The habit of grounding, again and again, in this gesture is the "my habits will carry me through".
The term "habits" is plural and suggests more than one practice. On the spiritual path, we will practice many different meditation methods. They are not mutually exclusive and will build on each other. They will converge into a kind of single practice with many aspects working together. Ideally, when we move through the bardo, the habit has become natural to us and will allow us to flow through the bardo and eventually rest in the clear light, and allow us to birth into light body.