A person’s own inner most awareness and the movements within their awareness field bring forth their direct personal experience of their cosmological archetypal field of awareness. This spontaneous event is given to us within the archetypal realm of awareness. The archetypal dimension manifests itself as us, and reveals itself to us through our experience of its self-manifestation.
Transitional Space and Awareness
Often the first movement is for a person is to enter into the experience of awareness, and this awareness is intrinsically a modality of transitional space and transitional relatedness. It is within transitional awareness, that the archetypal experience can and does manifest within us. This manifestation of transitional awareness can be experienced through dreams, apparitions, mythological symbolic experience, luminous relational events; and cosmological symbolic processes such as archetypal astrology, meditative awareness and contemplative praxis.
The transitional nature of awareness has been exquisitely described by Donald Winnicott, the great English psychoanalyst. Transitional awareness is the experience that arises when a person is not located in their mind alone, nor are they located in a singular ego function of the mind, such as mentalistic thinking.
Transitional awareness is the intermediary area of experience, and this intermediary area of experience has been described as the “space-in–be- tween.” It is the space in-between reality and fantasy, in-between thought and affects, in-between sensation and memory, and in- between the functions of the mind. Winnicott described this awareness experience as being in the space of spacious non conceptual knowingness, a thought free knowingness. The transitional time is the ‘opening of the opening’ that allows for the emergence and manifestation of the archetypal dimension of human experience within awareness. Transitional awareness opens during wakefulness and also opens within sleep. The dreams that emerge through transitional space and open during sleep will be dramatic dreams or archetypal dreams. Within transitional awareness we can experience a most basic sense of self which Winnicott describes as “the ongoing sense of continuity of being”.
Dr Rudolph Bauer in "Experiencing the Archetypal Realm: A Phenomenology of Self Liberation"
The Great Perfection of Being a Human Being: The Direct Knowing of Being and the Metabolization of Experience
Rongzom Zangpo, the brilliant Dzogchen Master of the 11th Century ce Tibet taught that All Human beings are the profound field of awakening. In the language of Phenomenology, this means that all human beings are the profound field of Being. In this paper, we will phenomenologically explore the profound human experience of awakening to Being. We will explore the phenomenology of the Direct Perception of Being and we will phenomenologically elaborate the Metabolization of Experience and the Power of the Transmission of the Field of Awareness which is the Field of Being. We will also elaborate the Traces of Metabolized Experience that are the energetic radiant field of Luminous Being that continues life after life and death after death.
Rudolph Bauer, Ph.D. Diplomate In Clinical Psychology, A.B.P.P.
It is not easy to understand the nature of the guru and understanding the nature of the guru can be bewildering. There is often bewilderment about the guru. One source of the bewilderment is that people think that the guru is an individual person and for most people the understanding that the guru is not a person has been foreclosed. The guru is not a person. And when people see and believe the guru is a person, such a belief will create illusions about the person whom they think is the guru, and their own relationship with the person whom they see as the guru will fall into various forms of the psychology of transference.
Moreover, the true and pervasive nature of the guru will be concealed and the power of the guru limited and anthropomorphized, and politicized. To use Heideggerian language the ontic dimension will become the focus and the ontological dimension becomes foreclosed. In fact, the guru is not an entity, the guru is not a thing, and the guru is not even a being. The guru is the field of Being. The guru is the field of Being’s manifestation of understanding, manifestation of protection and manifestation of self- revelation. The guru is the radiance of primordial awareness.”
Rudolph Bauer, Ph.D. A.B.P.P.
Washington Center for Consciousness Studies and the Washington Center For Phenomenological and Existential Psychotherapy Studies
Dr Rudolph Bauer
Rudolph Bauer, PhD is a Diplomate in Clinical Psychology and has a practice of Existential Psychotherapy for Individuals and Existential Consultation for Organizations. He is Co- Director of The Washington Center for Consciousness Studies and Director of The Washington Center for Phenomenological and Existential Consultation Studies. He lives in Santa Monica, California.