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Lions Roar : March 2006
burning water starts to come out of the tap. It is so instant, so real. For a moment, when the hot water first comes at you, you still think it's cold. Then you begin to feel that something is not quite right with that particular coldness. It begins to burn you. It is unprogrammed experience, si- multaneously experiencing hot and cold water, in its own individuality. The present is the third moment. It has a sense of presence. You might say, "I can feel your presence:' Or, "I can feel the presence of the light when it's turned on. Now there is no darkness:' The present provides a sense of security: you know where you are. You keep your flashlight in your pocket. If you encounter darkness, you take out your flash- light and shine the light to show you where you are going. You feel enormous relief, cre- ated by that little spot of light in front of you. You don't see the whole environment, but you feel the sense of presence and the pres- ent. The fourth moment is a state of totality. Basic awareness is taking place that doesn't need any particular reassurance as such. It is happening. It is there. You feel the totality. You perceive not only the beam of light from the flashlight, but you see the space around you at the same time. The fourth moment is a much larger version of the third moment. Without the experience of the fourth moment, there isn't enough intelligence tak- ing place. You are just accepting things na- ively, and that naivete may become the basis for spiritual materialism. Naivete is believ- ing in something that doesn't exist, which means that it becomes a sense of ignorance or stupidity. You turn on the cold shower, and you hope everything is going to be okay. You try to make sure that everything will be predictable and okay, and then you just give in. You are not prepared for any reminders. Then this little twist of hot water takes place. Whenever there is a reminder, it is part of the fourth moment. If there is a reminder, everything becomes very real. If you don't have a reminder, then you are just at the mercy of chaos, samsara. That is why the sit- ting practice of meditation is so important. It boils down to that.. Copyright @ 2006 by Diana]. Mukpo. Transpersonal Counseling Psychology at Naropa University-where the psychological and the spiritual unite. MA programs in Art Therapy, Counseling Psychology, Wilderness Therapy and low-residency Transpersonal Psychology with an Ecopsychology concentration. 'N'N'N.naropa.edu ßI9pa Boulder, Colorado 800-772-6951 vacation paradise programs · retreats · conferences U o :I:: ;>-t t-l t-l o CANADA'S LEADING ÞT-I WEST COAST RETREAT CENTRE t-I-t CORTES ISLAND, BC Free Catalogue 800-933-6339 hollyhock.ca SHAMBHALA SUN MARCH 2006 95