Luminous 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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