So, there you are, enlightened… by Bill Harris

So, there you are, enlightened… by Bill Harris (June 10th, 2008), continued

So what’s missing from this place, the Third Rank of Tozan, where you’re everything, everywhere, everywhen?  Heart, for one thing.  Though at this stage you see the suffering of humanity, and you feel compassion for all those who are caught in it, you can’t help thinking that if people would just wake up to who they really are they could step out of it, just as you have.  You certainly feel tremendous love for humanity – in fact, for everything – but you are, to a certain extent, detached from it all. So in one sense you do have heart, but it’s a detached heart, you might say.

Many great teachers live at the Third Rank.  A person at this stage has tremendous charisma, and what Eastern mystical schools call “shakti,” divine power or energy.  Others, if they have enough sensitivity, can “feel” you.  They sense your power, your centeredness, your equanimity, that you are somehow above it all and not caught in the same bullshit everyone else seems to be caught in.

In the 60s and 70s we used to say that you could get a “contact high” from being around such a person.  Because of this contact high, this vicarious taste of the transcendent, and the clear and potent teaching of someone at this stage, students typically love (and flock to) teachers who are at the Third Rank.

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