The Human Experience
The human experience of cosmometry is as vast as the innumerable volumes of books we've written over the millenia describing what it's like to live in this universe of constant change and epic proportions. Our bodies and the environment in which we live are synergetically united in a continuous interchange of energy and consciousness — "reality" and our "perception" of it. And as with all things in the cosmos, our bodies and awareness of life within us and without us have the same fundamental relationship to the source and to each other, as is natural in a holographic cosmos. What follows is a simple introduction to the human experience of cosmometry.
The One Point
Ki energy permeates the entire cosmos. There is no thing that is devoid of ki energy, as fundamentally there is only one energy animating all of existence that can "clothe" itself in a myriad of outer expressions. As a basic principle (found in the the Primary Assumptions of cosmometry), energy articulates into various forms, and moves and transforms in a constant exchange from one form to another. In Aikido (and other Asian energy arts) we learn through direct experience that it is possible to consciously and purposefully direct the articulation of ki energy with our minds, and that in fact we are doing this at all times but are generally unaware of it. Becoming conscious of this fact and engaging in the daily practice of it offers one of the most powerful and stabilizing activities we have available to us.
In the cosmometry of the human experience, the One Point is the center of the torus of our energetic presence embodied. It is the still-point singularity that connects our physical-energetic being with the entirety of the universe, into the Unified Field itself (there are other such centers as well, which we'll explore below). As such, through conscious connection with the One Point we have access to the infinite energy potential of the source field and the ability to engage that energy creatively and powerfully.
In Aikido we learn four basic principles:
- Be in your One Point (keep your attention focused and move from there)
- Extend Ki energy (radiate from the source)
- Relax your body, mind and emotions (allows maximum flow of life force unimpeded)
- Feel your weight on the underside of your body (natural gravitational grounding)
The One Point is one of three primary energy centers that align on a central axis of the toroidal energy system of our beings. This energy line is at a more basic level than the seven chakra energy centers (of course they're ultimately all interconnected into one unified energetic). In some teachings it is called the Hara Line. Imagine a laser-like line of energy running vertically through your head, neck and torso, connecting you outwardly to the celestial and inwardly to the earth. This is the axis of spin and stabilizing central shaft of our personal toroidal energy field.
Along with the One Point are two more energy centers, or tan t'ien, on this line. Whereas the One Point (or lower tan t'ien) connects our physical being to our energetic central source, these two centers connect us with our higher emotional and mental centers and are located in our "higher heart" (middle tan t'ien) and "center of the head" (higher tan t'ien) respectively. These three centers comprise a core stabilizing and harmonizing trinity that is foundational to our energetic experience in life. By bringing conscious awareness to all three of these centers in a manner similar to what is described above for the One Point, we can become deeply integrated in our presence as physical, emotional and mental beings. Starting in the One Point, we drop our attention into the central core of the physical experience of being human, tap into the infinite source of ki energy, and then lift this energy upward into our Higher Heart and Higher Mind centers. What's most powerful and compelling about this is that we are providing both a solid and stable physical foundation, and a strong and radiant emotional foundation, upon which our mental activity can engage with the knowing that the thoughts and perceptions that arise are informed directly by and integrated with a solid, calm and empowered body-heart-mind wholeness.
The Institute of HearmMath has produced this lovely reminder of the presence and power of the heart-field to engender coherence in our personal, social and global lives.
Produced by Liquid Buddha Studios, a close ally and collaborator with the Cosmometry Project.