State Change

“I take pleasure in my transformations. I look quiet and consistent, but few know how many women there are in me.”

―Anais Nin

Outer Teaching

Traversing States

The media machine tells us we should be in control of ourselves, that we should permanently shift from chaos to discipline, from disease to fitness, from ignorant to woke. Peers reinforce these perfect pictures as much as adversaries do. Everyone is telling everyone else they need to get their shift together. While there is nothing wrong with exploring and cultivating various states, the idea that we should make some states permanent is impossible and highly toxic.

We are each a complex layering of changing states. The attempt to fixate certain states, and outcast others, is avoidance of wholeness. The soul knows this and rebels against such attempts at tyranny. The lucid soul will always move to be present with all states that arise, exploring them and allowing them to settle themselves. Doing so unfolds our self-understanding and nurtures an awakening to the larger picture.

Inner Teaching

Choosing States

The attempt to sustain one state permanently is a defiance of perpetual change that cannot last. Still, we can use our knowledge of states, what creates and dissolves them, to invoke preferable states in a given moment. We do this naturally when we gather focus to set about a task, relax into light-heartedness to enjoy our company, or summon difficult forgiveness when we see it set us free.

We may use tools to create the desired state. Substances, physical practices and social behaviors are all called upon to change our state. Such permission slips are like training wheels. We use them to discover and explore the state we prefer and, with time, learn to call forth the state without the tools. Such sorcery is not for the culturally mind-locked. It requires great personal responsibility for one’s own experience and a radical playfulness to allow for such freedom.

Hidden Teaching

Uniting States

As we become more and more aware of our various states, a cartography of experiences begins to emerge. We learn the territories that guide us, that rule us and that most challenge us. The inner landscape becomes a realm of myriad territories that we traverse just as we do in the outer world. Some different rules apply between the inner and outer worlds, but they always have in common that they will change.

Even more impactful than one’s ability to see through the emotional light show of a given moment, though, is that we begin to see the sameness in the states. This is a breakthrough, a recognition that what all states have in common is that they are all experiences. This commonality begins a conversation between the states, which fosters an ever-deepening inner coherency. Seeing this emergent unity, we are pointed to our true self in the field within which it is all taking place.

Suggested Divination Meanings

Am I grasping at a given state rather than embracing what is?

How is my state seemingly limiting my choices, and is that true?

Am I responding from the ideology of my current state rather than my totality?

Am I letting this state tell me what is real and what is not?

What state am I in and what state do I intend I be in?

What is the larger situation within which this state resides?

What responses of my own have helped bring about this state?

What am I letting go of and what am I becoming?

How can I be with and tend to the states which I prefer?