Create the Life You Imagine ~ November 2019
The Three Triangle Model: Making Connections
“There is an unseen life that dreams us, it knows our true direction and destiny. We can trust ourselves more than we realize, and we need have no fear of change.”
~ John O’Donohue
Let’s put together all that we have discovered about our higher operating system. First, remember that everything in the created world, including each of us, flows from the invisible energy of the Third Triangle of Spirit. The energy of Spirit is the energy of Pure Consciousness or Pure Awareness, and this energy is the source of All That Is. We can describe the energy at the apex of this triangle as both the point of Fullness and the point of Emptiness at the same time. Because it is the ground of all Being, it is full with every creative possibility in the Universe, and because Spirit emerges from the ever present now, it is empty of any need, attachment or desire that is bound to the past or the future. It is the neutral point of all power—a point of both potency and peace. As Spirit begins its descent toward matter, it creates the polarity of energies that support all Life. It creates the positive-active energy that we can think of as masculine energy or light, and the negative-receptive energy that we can think of as feminine energy or love. This energy system might sound like the physics of the atom, including neutrons, protons and electrons, and like atoms, it is the relationship among these energies that sets everything in the created world into motion. This Third Triangle models for us that everything arises from the source energy of cosmic relationship and that we are all co-existing and co-creating inside a cosmic whole.
What I love about this description of Spirit is that it includes both masculine and feminine energy at the core of all being. In Western faith traditions, God has most often been described using masculine pronouns and imagery, making it difficult to think about the more feminine qualities of God or Spirit. Fr. Bede Griffith, a Catholic monk who established an Ashram in India where he discovered a much deeper connection to the feminine energy of God, taught that for Christianity to come into its fullness it needed to recover the balance between the masculine and the feminine energy. He described it like this: “We take clay and make a pot, but it’s the empty space that makes it useful; and we take brick and mortar and make a house, but it’s the doors and windows and open spaces that makes it habitable.” Whether we are male or female, for those of us raised in western faith traditions, the ability to be still, to receive, to sit in silence, to be open, to be present, and to allow for the spontaneous arising of new possibilities in the unfolding Mystery of life, are the balancing feminine aspects of Spirit that most of us need to cultivate in this new spiritual era.
As we move down from the Third Triangle of Spirit into the Upper Triangle, we enter the energy of your Soul. This level of your being epitomizes feminine energy. Your soul is the receptive vessel for Spirit energy to flow into your unique being and to unfold into consciousness through the creative force of your life. You are a whole being emerging inside the wholeness of the Cosmos. Fr. Bede said that “every human being has an opening to this transcendent Mystery—the Divine, the Holy, the Spirit—this other dimension.” Think of this triangle as literally being the open space or funnel where we receive Spirit and give birth to our unique possibilities. Sr. Ilia Delio, OSF, PhD, is a Franciscan Sister from Washington, DC, and an American theologian specializing in science and religion with a special interest in evolution and physics. She is the author of The Unbearable Wholeness of Being: God, Evolution and the Power of Love, and teaches that "Christian life is a commitment to love, to give birth to God in one's own life and to become midwives of divinity in this evolving cosmos. We are to be wholemakers of love in a world of change." In this teaching, Sr. Delio captures the receptive, feminine, adaptive and creative power of the Soul. As Souls, we are all just funnels of Spirit in the process of becoming human in an ever-changing world.
From our Upper Triangle Soul, we funnel our unique energy through the womb of our heart, steeping our True Self in the energy of compassion as we prepare to enter into our human body or our Lower Triangle Personality, as an embodiment of our Soul which is an embodiment of Spirit. Our Personality is the active-masculine part of our being that experiences itself in movement and action in the Universe. Our Personality is a form or a vehicle through which we can experience the dynamic play of Spirit in ourselves, in each other and in the very nature of the Universe. Again, we are a whole, inside a whole, inside a whole. Our personality can never be separate from our Soul and can never be separate from Spirit, because Spirit and Soul are the reality in which our personality exists. When we let our Personality be controlled by our small self, that little bit of our brain that is responsible for our ordinary, everyday, conscious awareness, we see our human identity as separate from this larger reality, deny our true identity and make life feel small, limited and perilous. If we can use our inner awareness to remember our connection to Soul and Spirit, then we will hold our personality together in integrity or wholeness with our Soul. When we re-member the truth and integrity of who we are—Personality, Soul and Spirit—we will see our body, our emotions, our relationships, our thoughts and our actions as expressions of this Mystery that we embody, and we will surrender our fear to the power of Love as the unifying force that binds everything together in relationship in the cosmos.
I hope these triangles and images provide you with a map to understand the powerful nature of your being. As I have said before, a map is simply a model representing a larger and fuller reality, but maps clearly just point us in the right direction. Viewing a map of the Grand Canyon will not give you the experience of standing in that majestic natural landscape, but it can help you to get there. This map is just a model to help you see that your being is bigger than your body. It is a way to calm the anxiety and fear of your small self and to help you imagine the metaphysics of your being with a cosmology that inspires your deeper dreams and intuitions about Life. If we use the image of the hour glass to help us remember that we must let our life flow from the crown down (it’s hard to throw the sand up after all), then we will remember that at every moment of life, Spirit is flowing into our Soul and into our Body and we are never separated from the stream of Life, Light and Love that powers the cosmos. Remember that you are the point where that Mystery meets matter, where Being Becomes Doing, and that your life is potent with all of the possibilities of the Universe.
Wishing you the blessings and light of the Soul, as you create the life you imagine.
As you prepare for your meditation practice this week, spend a few minutes looking at the image below. Notice the beam of Life energy flowing through the beautiful mandala of intersecting triangles. Imagine that this image is your energy system when you are aligned in perfect balance and when you remember the truth of who you are.Imagine that this beam of Life energy powers all forms of Light and Love in the Universe, including you. Now, 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 that beam of white energy radiating just above your head and pouring through your body and out your feet and into the earth. As you make that connection with the Source Energy, your Upper Triangle Soul begins to fill with brilliant light and vibrate with life energy. Next you feel that light and energy move into your Lower Triangle, and you experience a deep sense of love, belonging and connection flowing through every part of your body. Now imagine that rather than three stacked triangles, the energy of the upper triangle has descended into the lower triangle with the center of each triangle resting at your heart center, enveloping your body inside a multi-dimensional six-pointed star of light. Continue breathing from the center of this star and feel your energy system radiating and expanding with each breath, energizing every cell, tissue, tendon, muscle, organ and system of your body. Feel your energy body like a star of brilliant light in the universe, and let your body, mind and spirit rest in a gentle state of peace and love.
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.