Create the Life You Imagine ~ November 2019
The Three Triangle Model: Making Connections
“It was a relief to see myself as just one bit of God’s creation.”
~ Joanna Macy from Rilke’s Book of Hours
Adding the Third Triangle of Spirit to our model makes the final connection to our spiritual operating system. When we attach this final triangle as the crown of our operating system and remember that we are energetically designed to flow from the crown down, we can understand more deeply that every one of us is simply a stream or a particle of the Divine Source of All That Is. When we make this connection with the Third Triangle of Spirit, we remember that everything in the created world flows from this triangle and thus each and every one of us is just “one bit of God’s creation.”
When we started this journey in the Lower Triangle Personality, we became aware of the debilitating and limiting life patterns of the isolated small self and its obsessive, reactive, anxiety-generating, shame-inducing, guilt-producing circular thinking about “Me, Me and Me.” When we re-membered the connection between our Lower Triangle Personality and our Upper Triangle Soul, we were able to rise above the small self and breath into the more spacious energy of our Soul where we could connect with the more life-giving, love-sustaining, peace-channeling and creative presence energy of “I Am.” From our Soul perspective, we could remember that we were bigger than our small self personality and could connect with a more stable and eternal sense of presence from which to inspire our life.
Now, as we connect the Third Triangle of Spirit, we go a step beyond our Soul and remember not only that “I Am,” but more fully embody the deeper truth that “I Am That.” Whether you imagine this Third Triangle energy as God, Spirit, Divine, Source or Consciousness, this Third Triangle makes it clear that you are simply a unique and beautiful expression of THAT. If we can see from the visual of this model that everything we are flows directly out of the energy of Spirit, then we will remember that we are always connected to this infinite source of energy at every moment of our life. The energy of Spirit is flowing through our Soul and into our Personality and is the animating power of every breath we take. This source of power is available to us through every brilliant and beautiful experience and through every demanding and difficult challenge of our life journey. We can never be separated from this source and despite all our small self illusions to the contrary, our Personality is never left alone or unsupported, as this Source energy is present in every breath and every heartbeat of our life.
We started exploring this spiritual operating system with the metaphor of a car and our need as the driver to read the operator’s manual to understand the advanced operating systems. Let’s return to our car metaphor and think about a state-of-the art, advanced technology, electric, self-driving vehicle like a Tesla to help us think about the functions and connections between these three triangles in our spiritual operating system:
We can think about the mechanical frame and body of the car and all of its moving parts as the Lower Triangle Personality level of our car. If we just sit inside the physical form of the car without any awareness of its operating systems, it might look like a luxury version of any other car we have been in. It has the same basic structure of any vehicle – nuts and bolts, seats, windows, tires, steering wheel, mechanics and frame. But without the ability to understand its operating system, it will be hard to get this beautifully engineered mechanical system moving elegantly along the highway. Your Personality—your physical body, emotions and thoughts—are just the parts of the mechanical vehicle of your spiritual operating system that allow you to move into life and operate on that highway.
We can consider all of the fancy smart technology interfaces that direct the movements of the car as the next level of the operating system. This is the Upper Triangle Soul level or the embedded intelligence system of the car that activates and guides the movement of all the parts and equipment of the mechanical body. This next level of the Tesla is advertised as having a “full Self-driving capability that enables automatic driving on city streets and highways as well as the ability to come find you anywhere in a parking lot.” Your Soul operates like this. It is always directing and navigating the vehicle of your Personality and when your Personality gets stuck in the parking lot of life it has the ability to come find you.
Finally, we might imagine the power source of the Tesla as the Third Triangle Spirit level of the vehicle. The Tesla’s real power source is invisible electric energy. At this high level of energy there is no discernible or visible form of activity, but when we hook up the vehicle to this invisible power source, that energy flows into the technology of the operating system and down through the mechanics of the vehicle and makes all the activity possible. Without this source of energy nothing in the car would activate and the Tesla would just lie still. Nothing operates or comes to life without this source of power and after hooking it up to this power station, this amazingly engineered vehicle is fully powered and ready for an amazing journey.
If we use this metaphor to think about our spiritual operating system it will become clear that we want to anchor our life from our Upper Triangle Soul. From the level of our Soul we can more intentionally plug into the invisible energy of Spirt and can then channel and guide that energy through the thoughts, emotions and actions of our Personality. Living from the Upper Triangle Soul is a fundamental identity shift that completely changes the way we live. From this level of awareness we remember that, “I am the Soul and I function through the body,” and the presence energy of the Soul uses this awareness to stabilize and integrate the thoughts, emotions and actions of our personality in alignment with the infinite potential and possibilities that are engineered into our human operating system. The more time we spend in the upper triangle the less interest we have in the drama of the lower triangle. It becomes increasingly difficult to identify with our small self anxieties and we are drawn more and more fully into the unifying and life-fulfilling reality of our Soul.
We have all had moments when we felt the power of the connection between these three triangles. We experience these moments when we are able to be fully present in the unspeakable beauty of nature, in the untouchable feeling of love for another person, in the inexpressible feeling of joy in a life celebration, or in the ineffable spiritual awareness of the Divine Mystery in which we all participate. These are all mystical experiences of our connection to the Source of All That Is, and the great news is that these mystical experiences don’t have to be confined to monasteries or to fleeting moments. This level of high-powered spiritual connection and awareness is available to all of us. It is who we are and it is how we are engineered. It is time for each of us to remember that we are all mystics without monasteries and to use the vehicle of our personality to live more fully each day from the power and presence of our Soul.
Wishing you the blessings and light of the Soul, as you create the life you imagine.
For this week’s meditation practice let’s continue to practice making that connection between these three triangles. Read through this meditation a couple of times letting your mind feel and create the images I describe with the help of the image below, and then find a peaceful place where you can sit uninterrupted for ten minutes or so. If you like, play some quiet meditative music, light a candle or burn some incense to create the conditions for your mind to grow still and quiet. Begin by simply noticing your breath. Take three deep breaths and as you breathe in and as you breathe out, let your mind grow still, remembering that its only job for the next few moments is to follow your breath with awareness and attention. As other thoughts move in, simply return your attention to your breath, and with each breath in, and each breath out, let every part of your body relax just a little more deeply.
After a few minutes, as your mind and your breathing steadies and slows, use your inner vision to picture the Third Triangle of Spirit right above your head. This Third Triangle is glowing with brilliant white light and you can feel the warmth and energy of that light flowing over your body. Now let’s imagine that you take a cord from the top of your head and plug it into that Third Triangle of Spirit. As you make that connection with the Source Energy, your Upper Triangle Soul starts to light up and the chakra lights of the upper triangle come on and start to spin and vibrate with energy. The light energy starts with the violet chakra at the crown of your head, then moves down into the indigo chakra in the middle of your forehead, and then down to the light blue chakra in your throat center. The light of these three chakras fills your head and upper body like a funnel of multi colored light, and that energy flows through the bottom of that funnel and into your chest, activating the brilliant green light of your fourth chakra. The energy of your heart chakra expands throughout your chest and lungs growing more brilliant with every breath as your heart center fills with that emerald green light. Let that emerald green light start to descend into your Lower Triangle. As it moves into your upper abdomen it activates the luminous golden yellow energy of the third chakra, and then the radiant orange energy of your second chakra in your lower back and pelvis, and then moves down into the red energy of your first chakra, as that warm red light moves from the base of your spine down through your legs and feet and down into the earth.
As these three triangles and seven chakras come into connection and alignment, imagine a channel of colorful swirling light flowing from your Third Triangle of Spirit, through your Upper Triangle Soul and down through your heart to your Lower Triangle Personality.Feel the channel of connection from the heavens, through your body, and down into the earth. Continue breathing through this channel, noticing the energy flowing effortlessly from the crown down. The energy of this channel flows from the stillness of Pure Being, moves down into the higher intelligence of our Soul, activates the energy of Becoming through transformation of the energy in our heart center, and then moves into the energy of Doing through the vehicle of our Personality. We are all Pure Being, channeling through our Soul, and Becoming Human. When we let our energy flow from the crown down, this channel provides the power for all the things we need to do in our daily life.
After ten or fifteen minutes, slowly return your awareness to your body and to the room in which you are sitting, and bless the universe for providing all the connection, support and power you need for your life experience. Place your hands over your heart and let yourself smile as you receive this powerful stream of energy into your body. Do this meditation exercise several times this week to open this channel and notice what you feel in your body, mind and spirit. See the images above and below to open your imagination for the meditation.