We do not truly realize our humanity until...
The Great Transition introduces the spiritual vision that is the foundation of practice not only in the Way of the Heart, but in the spiritual traditions generally. In this excerpt from a talk Heart Master Da speaks in the context of a process of spiritual unfolding realized through seven stages of life. Within this schema he locates the "great transition" between the third and fourth stages, or the movement from full human maturity into a spiritual perception of Reality no longer based on the point of view of the body-mind.
April 22, 1987
HEART-MASTER DA: The conversion that marks the transition from the third stage of life to the fourth is perhaps the most profound. Enlightenment itself, in the ultimate sense, is very profound, but in terms of transitions, the great event in human transformation is the transformation that occurs in a human being with the discovery of the Reality of the Divine, or That which transcends conditions. Afterwards, your whole life is based on that discovery and becomes more and more profound. That transition is the most profound and, therefore, the most difficult. Humanity as a whole is moving toward that transition, but most of humanity is not even coming close.
You cannot merely believe in the Spiritual Reality. Great self-inspection, a profound awareness of yourself, of life, and of the world is required. This process results in a great release of attention and gives you the capacity to "see"1 the Spiritual Reality and to know, if we can use that word, the Truth. The Vision of the Spiritual Reality is a unique Vision, a new Vision, that sets you free. It is different from the vision of bodily or human birth. It is the Vision of Reality Itself, That in which human birth occurred as long as you are doubting that, still struggling with the possibility, you have each foot in a different domain.
Truth is not a thing, not an idea, not something else, not an Other. The necessity of the human individual is not an encounter with something else but the Realization of equanimity, no contradiction, no problem, no stress, the Realization of the native State, which is prior to what you impose on Reality through your struggle, your stress, your reaction. When the reaction is overcome, you do not gain an idea, an Other, but you realize equanimity and, therefore, the capacity to Commune with That which is where you stand, as you are ultimately. This is the most profound conversion, and all the stages of life from the fourth stage on are merely the working out of that.
The ultimate growth principle is direct Realization of and Communion with That which Is. Therefore, this transition is what must be realized. This is the Great Affair.
1. "Seeing" is a technical term in the Way of the Heart. In The Dawn Horse Testament Heart-Master Da has described it as follows:
"Seeing Is Spontaneous (or
Heart-Moved) Devotional Sacrifice Of the self-Contraction.
Seeing Is The self-Transcending Reorientation Of conditional
Existence To The Transcendental and Divine Spiritual
Condition In Whom conditional self and conditional worlds
arise and Always Already Inhere." Chapter
20 (p. 314)
Making the transition to the fourth stage of life is the best almost anyone on earth is at the present time. Most people are involved in lesser stages of complication or growth. Very few people on earth are entered into higher stages than the fourth. And the urge of the Teaching in the world is to draw people toward the fourth stage of life, which is the foundation of higher existence or human sacrifice.
Middle and Higher Self
Until now you have adapted in
complicated ways to the three lowest stages of the
development of the whole body - the physical, the
emotional-sexual, and the mental. But the structural destiny
of mankind is to move into the fourth stage of life, wherein
the heart, the psychic core of the being, truly awakens.
But most people you see do not adapt beyond the third stage of life, do not even come to a point of maturity in the third stage of life. Very few people enter into the fourth stage of life in this society which is without culture. As a result we don't see much of higher adapted personalities in this culture, this society. We see people more or less of the same kind everywhere. And not much gracefulness, not much serenity, not much bodily confession of the existence of God. If God exists, you should be able to see it in the body of old men and women. Because such bodies have been in the fire for a long time you see, a body submitted to God for 80 years looks a lot different you see than a body that's just been indulged for 80 years. So the old should be a principle witness within the community.