In Zen Buddhism there is a phrase used to describe the spiritual journey … Roots & Wings.
But what does that phrase mean?
It means simply that the higher you fly up into the sky, and the more your consciousness soars up to the stars above, then the more your roots must sink and grow down into the earth beneath to keep you stable and safe.
And so to remain safe and stable on your spiritual journey… you need to acquire a pair of wings… and… a strong and deep root system.
If you don’t work on your grounding, and you proceed to forge upwards, then you are like a tree without a strong root system.
Without strong and deep roots… well… a strong gust of wind and you topple over. This is why being grounding is so important on any spiritual or personal development path.
And if you are someone who is a total space cadet, who only likes going up, who only likes flying… and you can’t be bothered with digging down, either because it is boring and non-glamorous… or because it is messy and you might uncover something which you would rather remained buried and forgotten… then you are not doing yourself any favours, because your experience of the upper levels of consciousness will be incomplete and shaky at best.
Another way to think of this issue is as a pyramid.
If you create a very tall pyramid, and you want it to be as stable as possible, then you don’t give it a very small base… because that will only increase the chances of it falling over when something or someone nudges it.
If you want your pyramid to be as stable as possible then you give it the widest, broadest base possible… so there is then literally no chance of it toppling over.
And the same principle applies to personal and spiritual development as well.
If you do this, if you create your inner pyramid with a broad base, then when you experience Unconditional Love, or any other higher energy, you will do so from a place of inner stability.
This is true for all the high inner states, such as Unconditional Joy, Bliss, and Unconditional Peace… if you approach them from a place of inner grounding, then your experience will be deeper and more fulfilling… and there is less chance of your falling to earth with a big and painful bump.
However, if you don’t do this, if you are not grounded, and you are not internally stable, then there is a greater chance that you will topple over, and so end up crashing down into the lower, negative emotions… such as anxiety, fear, shame, guilt… which, paradoxically, are probably the very feelings you have been so desperate to avoid all along.
It is a truth that many people crave the bliss of the higher spaces in an attempt to escape the pain of their past, the pain which still stalks their conscious and unconscious mind. They believe that if they can only remain in a state of bliss 24/7, even if that bliss is mostly fake, then they can keep all their pain securely locked up in their unconscious wardrobe. They use pseudo-bliss to block out all their too real pain.
If you want to go up into the higher spaces, and remain stable while doing so, then you want to also be as grounded as possible.
Note: Anyone trained in Jungian psychology will probably put this in different terms, saying that you can’t remain in the light without also digging down into your own Shadow side, and healing and integrating what you find.
Now, according to David R Hawkins, who discovered the Map of Consciousness (detailed in his famous book Power vs. Force) anyone who has obtained a level of consciousness Level 540 or higher has a vibration which is able to counter-act the negativity of any and all of the lower vibrations (i.e. Level 199 and below).
But the vibration of Level 540 (i.e. Unconditional Love or higher) has to be real, it cannot be faked or imagined.
(c) Brian Parsons, August 2016.