Space moves within us, and we ourselves move within space. We are always opening to space, and space is always open for us. If we understand this much about space, time manifests differently, with a more allowing rhythm, offering knowledge new points of access. We open to the ratio, to form without edge or character, and discover a rich vitality that is like living forever. We fall in love with space.
…..’Sacred Dimensions of Time and Space,’ Tarthang Tulku, p. 63
This quote by Rinpoche reminds me of an exercise we TSK students often work with. It is one of my favorites for the FEEL and ‘in-touchness’ with a Zero-point… the non-occupancy of space, the formless openness of that foundational feeling… TSK Exercise 10, ‘Space Arising’, invites us to access space saying:
“…a richness that is available to be explored: a quality or feeling linked to the quality inherent in being alive, or simply the quality of being. Within the continuum of stillness, cultivate a transparent quality, as though you were preparing the silence to receive light. As you continue with this practice, you will develop the ability to dwell within the silence in a way that allows for a light and clear awareness. It is like activating a silent witness, whose steady presence we might consider ‘nowness’.
Eventually this presence can become a ‘place’ that you can identify and enter with ease, even though it still has no specific identity or qualities. We might call it the womb of space. Some people may find it fruitful to spend long hours there, familiarizing themselves with the spacious silence it offers, deepening their contact.
As you come to know this foundational ‘place’, you can see how ordinary experience arises out of it. A sense of being becomes ‘being here’; from this arises ‘being here in time’. Presence becomes presence ‘of’ something, which is then established and felt to exist. Existence becomes ‘I am’, which is felt to be identical with the original sense of being.”
….‘Dynamics of Time and Space’, Tarthang Tulku, p.281
For me, this cone of knowing, the FEEL of layers of meaning in the process of expanding… is what? Is an expanding, widening focal awareness, ‘space awareness’… it’s the movement of knowing… radiating outward…