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13 January 2009 @ 08:22 am
"Let It Go" and The Mandala of Being  
I have loved e.e. cummings' poem Let It Go for a long time. It addresses a fundamental truth -- of that, I have been sure -- but it's been difficult for me to articulate precisely what that truth is. Some insights I am gaining from the book I'm reading now, The Mandala of Being by Richard Moss give me a new way to understand it.

Just briefly, Moss discusses identity through the symbol of a mandala where the center represents full resonance with present moment awareness. It represents that space within which we fully and spontaneously inhabit our lives without fear-based strategy or negative self-consciousness. He explains how most of us are easily pulled away from the center of the circle in one of four directions visually equivalent to east (other), west (self), north (future) or south (past).  We are inauthentic (i.e., we express only a small fraction of the totality of our selves) to the extent that we unconsciously occupy one of these mind state positions and believe it to be the truth of who we are. In other words, when we inhabit our thoughts, feelings, or beliefs and take any of these to be the truth of who we are, we are trapped in a dream of partial, two-dimensional identity. As Moss points out repeatedly (but in richly varied ways), whatever or whomever witnesses or observes something is larger than that which is witnessed or observed. If I am angry, that which can notice and bear witness to that anger is larger than the anger. That witnessing part of my consciousness is more highly evolved than the part of me that is captured by anger. Learning to remember and occupy that witnessing self requires what Moss terms "muscular attention." 

In rereading cummings' poem while using  Moss' philosophy as a tool of textual analysis, I understand that everything the poem describes as that which must be let go represents the inauthentic identities we inhabit when we take our thoughts and feelings to be the final and real content of who we are. We are bigger than that.  When we remember to assume that larger perspective, available to anyone at any time, we move back toward the center of the self, to that place where love resides. 

I found the following You Tube video of Moss explaining how he became interested in devoting his professional life to exploring the philosophy of consciousness.  

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