Thomas Hübl, a contemporary spiritual teacher based in Germany and Israel, has been traveling in the U.S. recently to give talks and workshops related to a new form of humanity which he calls “We culture.” Several resources providing glimpses of Hübl’s teachings are available online at his website and various videos on YouTube. There is also an online dialogue between Hübl and Terry Patten, one of the founders of Integral Spiritual Practice.
I’ve selected one short clip to give readers a small taste of of Hübl’s approach to spirituality, one which explains the way he looks at friction in evolutionary processes. He says, “Every time evolution can manifest itself it manifests itself without the friction. Every time there is a creative impulse, we are very connected to the source within.”
Transcript from “Natural Flow” (YouTube):
There are two things that we can say about friction. One friction is a very creative friction that pushes us to the limits, to the borders. It starts like if you take a diamond, the friction will clear the diamond. This is a very healthy friction. Also some of the conflicts can have a very healthy friction in them that allows us make a step in our life, that allows us to grow.
There is another kind of friction that feels more destructive than creative. It feels more stuck and this stuckness starts to accumulate more stuckness and more stuckness and more stuckness. The lives of the people don’t expend, they just don’t integrate a wider range of reality. It feels like a swamp that is getting heavier and heavier and heavier, which is also part of our experience. And at the same time, a clear seeing of the places that are the crystallization points of this heavy stuckness start to release energy. Through the release of this energy life can come into a flowering again.
So we need to discern where is the friction coming from. In this lovely metaphor that says if you put a hand in the river there is a natural movement to evolution. Every time evolution can manifest itself it manifests itself without the friction. Every time there is a creative impulse, we are very connected to the source within. Every time the creative impulse comes it expresses itself as an awake life, no friction.
In the moment we are living in the conditioning, in an automatic way of living our lives. It is not present, not aware every moment. This creative impulse happens, but it bumps against the addiction to this behavior, and then tension happens, and we feel this tension in our body-minds.
So when we are not living according to our own inner truth, according to our own authentic energy, then the creative impulse, for example, to express sexuality … if it bumps against a No to sexuality, then the body produces a lot of energy that cannot connect in a natural way, fulfill itself… and by the fulfillment there is a natural movement to it. It’s not a big thing, it’s not a small thing, it’s just what it is.
In the moment it cannot express itself, then energy will stay stuck and it will create tensions, muscle tensions, even diseases maybe, because the healthy impulse of life cannot express itself. Sexuality is just one example, but this happens on all levels of our life. Again, if you have an intuitive insight to not take the next corner but to continue three streets and then take the corner, we don’t follow this intuition, even if our mind says why this is the shorter way, we end up in a traffic jam.
By not listening to the deeper place within us, we start being more and more consumed by the noise of reality. So if the noise of reality is louder than our inner connection, then we live our life like a machine, like an automatic… We are driven by the past, thousands and thousands of years of human conditioning.
The more we align ourselves internally and we live our life from the Source within, less and less friction will happen, and evolution will take place within this eternal Now. There is development, there is innovation, evolution, and so the friction will get less by listening moment to moment to the freshness, to the originality of who we are.
On October 22-23, Thomas Hübl will be in Seattle at Seattle University’s Wyckoff Auditorium and Gallery. He will be presenting a workshop on “Sharing the Presence and a ‘New We.’: Evolutionary Ways of Creating Community, Society, Spirituality.”
Tickets are on sale now from Pacific Integral. Courtesy of Pacific Integral, I will be attending Hübl’s workshop in Seattle as a participant and member of the independent media, and will be writing at least one blog post about the experience.