That’s what he said last weekend. I only attended a couple hours of the seminar. This is one of the snippets that was given, and received.
If you have, like me, exposed your mind into the workings of Anthroposophy, then you understand how thick reading material can be. It’s not easy reading. The works are G.I. Gurdjieff are similarly dense literary material. Similarly rare, somewhat strange, and esoteric. Similarly profound in possibility.
I only dipped my toes in, last weekend. It was an interesting dip. I came away with some thoughts I hadn’t had before.
The esoteric, the inner teachings, workings, wisdom of any and all paths, necessitate a certain amount of internal space. There were spaces between Anthony Blake’s words. He could have elaborated on many points, but didn’t. There was space, quietness, in the music that accompanied the event. Spaces for the words that aren’t being said. Spaces for thoughts. Spaces for experiences that might not express themselves in thought or word. And more than just the space itself is the invitation to explore it.
Inner space is a constant. We may not know it, or feel it. We may ignore it all together. But even in the thick of the things of life, there is space inside of us, and we have an choice about how to use it. We have the choice to be conscious.
Being aware of our inner space opens us up to amazing opportunity. It may not be an easy opportunity. It may sometimes, or often, be very difficult. Staying awake to the fact of our inner space may lead us to see uncomfortable things about ourselves and the world around us. But it also opens us to experience the miracles of everyday existence.
Life is fast. It flies by, and it is sometimes easier to not pay attention to the details, not to connect to ourselves and our fellow people as it goes. Engaging our sense of inner spaciousness gives us more tools for engaging with our world – outer space, if you will, which certainly includes everything from the dust bunnies in our closets to the far reaches of the Universe. It looks to me like the people who have lived well and pass out of this life in peace and without regrets are people who have integrated their inner and outer spaces. They live fully, love fully, share freely and enjoy the fleeting waking moments of this precious opportunity to be alive.
All paths of esoteric spiritual thought are concerned with this inner space. The word esoteric itself is from the Greek eso, meaning within. But that doesn’t mean you have to join a secret metaphysical society to be aware of your inner space. So many “secrets” are right out in the open. A deep slow breath in the open air, under a warm sun. What does it do to your senses, your mine, your heart? How secret is that?
There are worlds within you, within each of us. Galaxies. Ecosystems. Fertile garden beds, pastures, and deep forests. Lightness, and darkness too. It only takes a moment to turn your attention there. You may not even have to stop what you are doing. But turning your attention that way will probably change the way you are doing whatever that is. Letting yourself live and work in this world, with a living connection to the inner world….