I had a wonderful time this weekend. My band got to play at the annual Barbeque Fest in my town. I feel bad for all those pigs that were killed so the towns people could celebrate the consumption of deceased animal flesh. Though, I did not partake in the pig meat my band did provide music for the last day of the event.

The show went great, they usually do. One particular moment has stayed in my mind and it was strange. It was during a cover song we were playing, "Till Summer Comes Around" by Keith Urban. I'm not a huge fan of Keith Urban, but my band plays "Till Summer Comes Around" in a way that basically makes the song into a huge sexy bass solo. I remember at one point in the song I stopped thinking about what I was doing. It was almost as if I was observing myself from an omniscient point of view. I could see what I was doing, I could see myself standing there playing the bass, as if it wasn't me I was even looking at. I could see the notes I was playing and I could feel the rhythm in my groove but It didn't feel like "only" me. It didn't feel like ME at all. For a moment I wasn't ME, it was weird, I was A LOT more than me in that particular moment.

There is not doubt in my mind that something relating to opening up to essence is what happened to me that day. Before every show that I play, I usually sit and have a "one on one" with essence (I call him Hugo). During this time I just relax and let "Hugo" know that I'm about to play music and that I want him to join me. I ask him to co-create the music with me and I let him know that I am mentally open to the idea of Manifesting Essence. I have noticed that the more I make a conscious effort to invite Essence into my ever day life the really intimate moments like playing music become much more profound and "sexual." (sexual as in the way Michael would describe "sex" as "moving in unison with something other than self.")

I really don't know what to say about my "essence contact" other than, "Cool, I'd like to do it again sometime." It was a really crazy feeling to totally drop my EGO, if even for a second I felt like everything at one time.

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Comment by ViP on June 11, 2014 at 12:14am

You're welcome Hunter. I'm deeply interested in experiences like these.

Comment by HunterG on June 10, 2014 at 11:01pm

You might also want to check out this post by Nicholas G.

Wow thanks ViP, I've read that post before but I thank you again for bringing it up. It was about time for a re-read. I would say that my experience was very similar to Nicholas G's, albeit mine seemed much less intellectual. The stillness Nick mentions was certainly part of my experience too. For that brief second I couldn't physically hear the music being played. I couldn't feel anything physical actually, but some how I was sensing the music. I really can't describe it. I could "hear" it, but I wasn't actually hearing it. I could "feel" the music, but I wasn't really feeling it. It's a total paradox for me... as an Artisan I am totally Ok with that though. I thrive on paradox! The totality of the experience has given me much to think about, and that's the way I like it!

Comment by ViP on June 10, 2014 at 10:44pm

You might also want to check out this post by Nicholas G.

Comment by ViP on June 9, 2014 at 4:02pm

That's interesting. I think I kind of get it - it's kind of like whenever I write something and end it with an ellipsis "...", I feel like I'm not thinking it all the way through and leaving it open ended. Like if I said "Well, that makes a lot of sense, but I wonder..." as opposed to "Well, that makes a lot of sense, but I wonder if X+Y=Z because X might be less effective on that day due to the temperature changing". Ending something with a vowel sound seems to feel like it's open ended (for me), the consonant sounds like it's more definite. (This is what happens when I drink more coffee than usual, lol)

 I decided "Hugo" would work better than "Hugh" because the consonant sound at the end of the word Hugo just flows better for me.

I'm not vegetarian either, but I've been getting what I think might be impulses (in Michael-speak) to stop eating meat, for a while now. I've put it off for various reasons (not least of which is finding a somewhat palatable alternative, for me.) Eggs are kind of a grey area but if one's reasons are to do with humaneness then I guess a lot of mass produced eggs would be avoided.

Comment by Bobby on June 9, 2014 at 1:49am

Hunter, your Essence mantra could very well be:

Wherever I go, Hugo  :-)

Comment by HunterG on June 9, 2014 at 1:43am

Lol Bobby and Maureen.

@ ViP, there is no significance to the name "Hugo." How it came about was one day I was talking to Essence and I got tired of calling it "you" or "essence." So I tried "Hugh" because it rhymed with "you." And from there a natural progression to "Hugo" came about. I decided "Hugo" would work better than "Hugh" because the consonant sound at the end of the word Hugo just flows better for me. I just figured it would help me to name Essence, because the word aids me in focusing my mind on Essence when I want to tell him/her/them stuff.

And to answer your other question, I'm not really vegetarian. I eat mostly vegetarian, but I have meat from time to time. I figure if I'm craving meat it is because my body is deficient in some nutrients or something and meat is the only place it knows where to get them. My biggest deal with the BBQ Fest is, I feel it is somewhat unnecessary and morbid to celebrate the consumption of food, especially meat. I don't know why but "supreme gluttony" is what comes to mind when I think of it. When I eat meat I am acutely aware of where and how the meat was harvested, I am sad for the animal, but at least the animal is contributing to the sustenance of an individual who respects and acknowledges him. I have been phasing meat out of my diet for the last two years, soon I will not eat any meat... so It's just a matter of time!

Comment by ViP on June 9, 2014 at 1:08am

This is awesome. For sure, it must be related to you opening up to your essence. From the things you've written before, it sounds pretty likely that you have a strong connection when you play, looks like it came through at another level this time. Are you vegetarian or just didn't feel like having barbeque that day?

Any particular reason you chose the name Hugo?

Comment by Maureen on June 8, 2014 at 8:22pm

Get it on Hunter ...get it on!  :)

Comment by Bobby on June 8, 2014 at 7:47pm

Always... practice safe Essence contact  LOL  ;-)

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