‘The Rainbow Bridge’ describes two aspects of awareness, that which is relative and that which is absolute. As dualistic mind switches from one extreme to the other, they often remain fragmented. Thus causing confusion and suffering in our lives, building up section-by-section the book describes the benefits of being aware of their conjugal nature.
The content, layout and design of ‘The Rainbow Bridge’ all define essential aspects of its overall meaning, leading to the perfectly inseparable reflection of absolute awareness as relative appearance being described through certain methods detailed in ‘The Rainbow Bridge’.
One photograph of a rainbow arching through a deep blue/grey stormy sky stretching over a traditional Himalayan monastery, whose deep red brick colour stands out amongst a small cluster of buildings, covers the front and back jacket of the book. The rainbow is cut in half down the middle at its apex, so that when you open the book, you are in effect “opening the rainbow”.
The seven standard colours of the rainbow traversing from violet to red border the outer margins of the pages of the entire book, so one progresses through all seven when flicking through them from start to finish
The seven standard colours of the rainbow traversing from violet to red border the outer margins of the pages of the entire book, so one progresses through all seven when flicking through them from start to finish. This is to emphasize that whilst reading the book, you are in effect “opening the rainbow to cross the rainbow bridge”.
Using logic as the basis of its philosophical debate as it is logic alone that may take itself beyond itself and the way of Great Perfection of Tibetan Buddhism as its spiritual foundation, ‘The Rainbow Bridge’ describes the path of human consciousness from its inner source of absolute awareness – ie. that which is yet still unformed, perfectly poised potential, to its outer manifesting aspects of relative awareness, ie. form which relatively appears as thoughts, words, deeds and environs.
Depicting the process through which relative manifest appearance comes into being from its absolute awareness source using techniques of inner yoga and energy control at various key points of the human body, ‘The Rainbow Bridge’ describes how to attain one’s inherent qualities by maintaining perfect balance of one’s outer and inner reality so that suffering caused by dualistic mind may never arise.
The book starts with the essential points of the teaching and then repeats and evolves those points throughout the book, whilst expanding their meaning to eventually bring them back to the essential point at the end.
Starting with an Author’s Note two main sections follow, namely a Text that comprises verses of poetical prose divided into seven sections, to match the number of seven colours of the rainbow and a Commentary section that has nine sections of ordinary prose, whose seven main sections that are each titled by a colour of the rainbow running from red through to violet, that discusses the seven sections of the preceding text.
Two additional sections are included in the commentary to create an introduction and epilogue to it, titled ‘Infra-red’ and ‘Ultra-violet’, the two colours both preceding and succeeding the traditional rainbow spectrum.
Photographs of the trans-Himalayan valleys of Mustang, especially those of the Muktinath valley are spread throughout the whole book, at least one on every page, to both complement the meaning of the text on that particular page as well as to break its depth and to give space to the reader as he/she proceeds.