Learning to 'separate' when you are this free of boundaries can be really challenging.
Even if we understand these energies it's still relevant to understand what is ours, what is not, what is ours to respond to and how and when and to what degree we can and should respond. I could drive authorities and myself absolutely nuts 'reporting' intention rising. In some ways this is why we 'turn it down'. But if we can be open, we can also learn to manage our own expectations and response abilities wisely and not attach our judgement to 'what is' or might be unfolding.
Zendrumming said: I'm having a bit of trouble understanding how these points don't contradict each other. How can we "turn it down" without judging a situation as one in which we shouldn't open up? ...
Do I really maintain by closing myself off from these people? And how do I do that without making the conscious decision through judgment?
That's a great load of questions zenD, if you can think back to all the myriads of stimuli the human being is processing and making interpretation of through our senses, and depending on which state we are resonating in, and then deciding to respond to some of it.
The thing is we 'decide' by our attention, by our focus and by the story we 'interpret' the stimuli into - all the time. Most of the time we do it unconsciously. We go with the flow and that's great. In the music sense we 'align' with energies of harmony and we 'notice' but don't necessarily follow disharmonic elements.
Our bodies are like radios picking up all the energies and depending on which station/frequency we are 'tuned to' we can lessen or heighten the strength of the frequency. With awareness we can 'notice' frequencies while also staying in our own frequency range, we can change frequency if we want or need to - but consciously, rather than unconsciously.
So, say if you're on radio station GHA - ( Radio Gentle Happy Alpha) and along comes someone else playing their radio on radio station ABB (Radio Active, Busy, Beta) you can 'notice' the difference in station / frequency but it's up to you whether you decide to change stations or not - if you are working on a team project it 'might' be better if you tune into the same station, but you could probably work just as well with both playing simultaneously. It's likely given the frequencies that Radio Active Busy Beta will take the lead in the project and Radio Gentle Happy Alpha will be 'assisting'. You don't need to change 'you' and you don't need them to change 'them'. If the project requires more 'action' maybe then you'll switch to Radio Active Busy Beta for awhile and then maybe in the lunch break you might both tune into Radio Gentle Happy Alpha for awhile.
We have the whole dial to play in!
Okay so the two of you are happily working playing your own music at your own frequencies and along comes someone with a boom box on Radio AGRO - radio AGRO is so well known it doesn't use an acronym - it screams 'deal with it!'
Just then - just in your response reading that/Radio AGRO coming into 'range' - what happened?
What stimuli did you notice?
What story/picture/resonance from the past did you feel?
Did you stay on the same frequency or did your dial shift at all?
If we judge our state is no longer going to be Radio Gentle Happy Alpha - it's going to shift in response to the story we interpreted from the combination of stimuli available. And sometimes that's a good thing, sometimes it's necessary, and sometimes it's like a 'false alarm' and it's not necessary. Pre-empting things is pre-judice, and sometimes its good to be prejudicial in fairness - like me warning my boss that things in our neighbourhood were ... a bit out of harmony with what was normal around there. Going over the 'line' would have been to form any 'conclusion' about what 'might' happen. So I 'noticed' while in Radio Gentle Happy Alpha that Radio AGRO was turned waaaaayyyyy up high in the street, but I stayed on Radio Gentle Happy Alpha and didn't switch to Radio JEGO - Radio Judgemental Ego Gone Overboard and start pre-empting that which was not 'real' in the moment.
Oh, I've spent a lot of time on Radio JEGO in my time, outraged at the tragedies of the world, joining others persecuting people for their thoughts, beliefs, differences, going into bat for all the 'victims' out there, making enemy of any two different perspectives and screaming about unfairness and being selfish and one-eyed on issues arising for discussion.
It's probably the most popular radio station in the developed world.
Thankfully I've also spent a lot of time, much more time, on Radio LWAS - (Radio Let's Wait And See) and Radio IIWII (Radio It Is What It Is) and even more time on Radio ... hmmm... don't know whether to call this one Radio SH (sh...it happens) or Radio NOTU (Nature of the Universe) - they're on the same frequency.
If you become aware of the frequencies you can learn to move the dial wherever you want or need it. Sometimes you absolutely get interference and sometimes you're not sure which station you're on, or which station you want to be on, and that's okay like anything the more you notice, the more you notice.
I sometimes get confused between Radio SH/Nature and Radio AGRO cos sometimes they play the same sounding music - think thunderstorm or earthquake music. I've started behaving as if I'm listening to Radio AGRO and am looking for the 'enemy' in the environment and responding to those around me in absolute Radio AGRO music, then later realised I was just picking up on an earthquake song frequency from Radio Nature.
Lots of Radio LEA (Radio Loving, Embarrassed Apologies) time followed
Does this make sense of the 'separate' yet 'open' notion? If it does I can move on to responding. If it doesn't, rabbit at me.