Glimpse 2 – Cave of the Heart

This is an interesting ‘Space’ practice I found in Lock Kelly’s book, ‘Shift Into Freedom‘, as I continue with my personal TSK related explorations…

On the left side of your chest is your biological heart. People feel that their emotional heart is at the top of their chests near their throats. The heart chakra—or energy center—has been described as being in the lower middle part of the chest. On the right side of the chest is the cave of the heart—the safe space of the heart. It’s where the physical heart would be if it were on the right side of your chest—but instead there is a space.

In this exercise, you unhook local awareness from thought and drop it down to the safe, restful place that is the cave of the heart. It’s a way of resting deeper than sleep, though you are wide awake. When your body rests deeply, the normal tendency is for our minds to fall asleep. Here, when you allow your body and brain to rest deeply, see if there’s also an awareness that remains wide awake—a kind of black-velvet clarity, like the night sky. p. 217-8

(Chapter 11)
David’s Practice Notes: Glimpse 2 – Cave of the Heart

Eyes closed, I unhooked from thought, a little jerky at first, thought kept intruding, but I gradually calmed down and dropped awareness to rest in the right side of the chest. There was a wondering what was there, if this was the right spot in my chest, and I realized, I felt it, this not-knowing was the knowing spot, the empty cave, where the absence of content was, where mind and empty awareness merged.

I rested there, but I may have overshot the ‘dazzling darkness’ that Kelly describes, because after about 15 minutes I arose from nothing. It was as if I went too far, I was not asleep, but I was completely gone, I lost awareness of being aware. I know I did not fall asleep because I was in the same unmoved position that I started. But I DID feel rested. As if I had a quick nap. Interesting…

About David Filippone

For more than 25 years I’ve been a 'student' of the Time, Space, Knowledge vision (TSK), not a teacher. And I write from an inquiring student's perspective neither proclaiming nor declaring. I figuratively sit in awe at the feet of a master, Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche. For the past 12 years, my personal TSK guide has been Jack Petranker, Director of the Mangalam Research Center for Buddhist Languages, and the Center for Creative Inquiry (CCI), past dean of the "Tibetan Nyingma Institute", and author of "When It Rains Does Space Get Wet?", "Inside Knowledge", and other TSK related books and articles... I've also received TSK instruction from the late, Carolyn Pasternak of the Odiyan Retreat Center... As a volunteer for the past several years, I've been curating the often TSK focused, CCI Facebook page at...
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3 Responses to Glimpse 2 – Cave of the Heart

  1. Rich Murray says:

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  2. David Filippone says:

    A friend on another website quotes from the A.H. Almaas book, ‘Diamond Heart: Inexhaustible Mystery’, chapter 6. It fits with what I have described in my practice notes, almost as if it was a commentary on it. Almaas says…

    “Astronomically speaking, the night is first, prior to the day. The night is the fundamental condition of the universe. The day comes and goes, as a periodic interlude in the limitlessness of the night. There is day only when the earth is facing the sun; otherwise, we are facing the immensity and endlessness of the night.

    Cosmically speaking, we can say that the night is before creation, before there is anything. In theological language, we say that the night is before the Word.

    Another way of saying it is that the night is before the big bang, before anything was. This emptiness and darkness of night continue, then, as the fundamental ground of the universe, interspersed with clips of light that make day possible.

    Experientially speaking, we normally live in the day, the world of light, perception, events, the world of experience. However, even though it is normal to live in the world of the day, there can be no absolute peace and rest there, for peace is the realm of the night.

    Day means there is light; when there is light we see all kinds of things. There is experience and the consequences of experience, with all of its pleasures and pains. But the night is the place and time of rest, deep peace, and stillness.

    We are not implying that the day is bad…We are not supposed to have night always or day always. We would be very tired if there were only daytime. We’d have no life if it were always nighttime. In the true night of reality, there is nothing; nothing happens.”

  3. David Filippone says:

    Ken McKeon responded to this in an email that I share here…

    “Lovely piece, inquiry seems best when nearly off-hand, almost casual, methinks it keeps the glue away, the stuckness from forming.”

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