This application for the Parallel Perception Scholarship was submitted by Zuzana. If you would like to offer your support for Zuzana please leave a comment at the end of this blog post.
I have been following Parallel Perception only for few months. I wish I could share a personal experience in working with Lujan or some psychic insights; however I can only describe the initial perceptions on discovering this path.
I tried to listen to Lujan’s interview but hand on heart I mostly got lost. Encouraged by the scholarship program I got the Whisperings of the dragon on audio. I am so glad I did! It was a revelation, an eye opener for the areas I have been struggling with, offering approach I have not heard of before. There are so many teachers recycling common knowledge. Yet here I was in awe at the radiance coming from source; even with my limited capacity I recognised the genuine alignment and deep insights. But hey who am I to give feedback on the master!
Soon I came to trust that this path addresses the ESSENCE of the problems we face on spiritual path. How many times have I heard of the troublesome inner dialogue – yet with little helpful advice on what to do about it. Lujan’s way to direct the sight inwards and hearing outwards struck the nail on the head for me.
The concept of the first sin presented here, being so different from its usual meaning, is far reaching in explaining the wrongs of our lives and our ‘modern’ society. Here, I so much appreciate ecological considerations included without softening the alarming prospects we are facing. There is hardly a day I wouldn’t feel the pain and anxiety thinking about the environmental impacts and suffering we inflict on other beings and this planet. I realised the interconnection of our corrupted nature and the depressing outlook of mass devastations. This interconnection makes it responsibility of each of us to act and start to rediscover our innate capacity.
The path Lujan lays in front of us is not easy though. I appreciate that the difficulties facing on this path are shown realistically. I recognized several distractions and pitfalls we are facing (like talking about our inner experiences – at least I don’t have to feel bad for giving here just my observations! J). This shows how strongly our social-self clings on the lie we live in. There are so many insights, unfolding for me through this work.
Yet I am aware that this path is not about mental comprehension. It is practice of devotion; a difficult one because it requires a radical turn from the crutches I walk on to cope with the demands of life. Yet I believe this practice, hard as it is, can be greatly enhanced by the accompanying physical work described by the other students. For someone like me, the energy shift from bodywork may be a game changer. I have been already strongly attracted to the Taoist practice; yet as we learn, the concepts here may be completely different. This makes my desire to learn even stronger.
I know that following this path requires a teacher. This is a privilege of few, but then only few may be able to truly devote, have the strength of character and anew their social interactions. I humbly wish at some point I will be able to embark this journey of inner warrior and magically change my current outlook on life.
I have chosen the attached picture as a reflection of the wake-up call I received. We spent our lives conquering a mountain putting in huge effort and energy. In self-limiting mindset we miss to realise this mountain is a lifeless place swept by the destructive forces of our society and our toxic selves. Our impoverished reality perpetuates and is perpetuated by the global destruction.