Step 10: hawk-like meditation

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Red-tailed-HawkLuminous perception is innate. The light of mind already is the quality and substance of mind, thus of awareness. The practitioner simply trains him or herself to pay less attention to the thoughts in the mind that obscure the already-present luminous awareness. This is done through the training of meditation. Essentially, meditation is a re-orientation to come inside because, since a person was born, the emphasis of life has been to what is outside of one’s self. There are millions of hours of outer oriented training to counter-balance.

A hawk-like experience occurs in meditation when the practitioner has blended two things: effort and focus together with ease and space. A few things then naturally occur for the meditator:

  • a luminous or bright quality in the mind
  • a simplicity in the mind even though there is mild activity
  • ease and peace, contentment as the overall experience
  • one discovers that balance, like a hawk on the wing, offers the way to meditation.

This is part of luminous perception. It “dawns” on us that meditation is not all effort, but is instead the right balance of effort and ease which creates both the focus and the spaciousness of meditation.

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Trust Being

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leaf_drops_by_adambettley-d3i1gon copyAs one learns the beginner steps in meditation, one must then learn to trust in them and trust in oneself. In other words, the practitioner must have the courage to leave things alone – to allow one’s practice to ripen, to provide the opportunity of time and non-tweaking for the benefit of a step or technique in meditation to actually bring forward what it will (if given the chance). This is a significant juncture in training in meditation. This point for the practitioner is one of trust: trust in the method, trust in the teacher, but also trust in Being.

At some point, the practitioner must stop fussing with the internal process or trying to make it better. This usually is done under the guise of curtailing the natural activity of the mind. But, if a step or technique has been learned, then one must give it a chance to work. This means leave the state alone, no matter its quality. Why? Because the constant pre-occupation with correctness, perfection, and such is the mind derailing itself and the personality chasing after figments of perfection. The meditation sitting, then, is nothing more than a dog chasing its tail. The practitioner is in constant inner modification – doing – instead of allowing Being and meditation to have a chance.

Trust in one’s practice, training, and in Being is not easy at first. That is so because a) we are in fix-it mode from morning til night, constantly adjusting, moderating, curtailing, detailing through the day. It is also so because b) we don’t trust Being – why should we since we only know reality through doing? Yet, a shift in reality or transformation of one’s mind is only possible through arresting the habit of doing, experienced as chasing after or repulsing thoughts and arisings in the mind. Let them be, and learn to BE.

This is an Intermediate meditation.

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Emanating into the World

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Underwater_by_nik_pwnsThis largely a silent meditation after the introduction focused on emanating Beingness into the world. The meditation makes clear the steps of The Practice that settle the body, feeling nature, and then the mind leading the practitioners to a state of bright focused awareness. Then we emanate this into the world.

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Step 10: Noticing Awareness

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good_morning_by_evelynrosalia-d4dm6vcLuminous Perception is Step 10. Luminous perception is both a result and a fact. In The Practice, it is a result of “noticing the usually not noticed.” As one notices more of the wonders of life, the sparkle of energy and radiance that is everywhere all the time can be in one’s awareness. The luminous nature of reality becomes self-evident. This is an ongoing awakening to life. The lightness and vibrancy that one perceives increases the vibrancy and brightness of mind, demeanor, creative inspiration, and problem solving. With this sparkle of life, one’s light heartedness is more present. This creates space, patience, listening, allowing, smiling through various daily events and circumstances.

Luminous perception is also a fact. The quantum nature of substantial reality has been directly experienced by master meditators for a few thousand years. They, as well as meditators today, perceived through the veneer of form and habituated patterns of thought. Accessible to anyone is the radiant dynamic wondrous and luminous nature of all existence, its energy and karmic paths, and its ceaseless dance of limitlessness. Step 10 calls the practitioner to once again “notice the usually not noticed” of what has developed regarding living awareness in one’s self. Are you perceiving life in any way differently now that you are meditating consistently? Do you have new skills to bring to life, to bring forward from yourself – and are you doing so? It will be in doing so with regularity (similar to having a regular meditation time) that luminous perception will awaken in one.

The wide ranging perception of the Awakening Mind is accessible by anyone. Meditation is the key that frees the mind of awareness.

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