9c. Empty

zen_mystery___enso_by_kancano-d319dvlA third quality of mind-awareness is empty: void, unpopulated, thus unaffected and smooth. This quality is just as natural as is the exacting or expanding qualities. The smooth continuous nature of awareness is present and can be experienced as one learns to leave awareness un-interrupted, unpopulated.

It’s not easy to speak or write of such things, but we can attempt to experience it. Try this meditation.


Downloadable: Entry: Empty

Inter: Hum – It is so.



EB04-OmManiPadmeHumHum in the mantra OM Mani Padme Hum has layers of meaning just as the other words do. Yet, essentially the word has to do with emphasis and a definite statement about reality. Hum = It is so.

What is so? The meaning of the rest of the mantra.

  • OM: Each person is a creator and all in his or her existence is one’s creation. (Therefore, make a good one for others and oneself.)
  • Mani: jewel. That which is most valuable about oneself, others, and life is that which is precious, irreplaceable, and requires being discovered.
  • Padme: lotus. Everything and everyone is unfolding and growing. Some are growing roots – roots of what is a good contemplation. Some are growing a stem, are stretching into a newness, or are finding center and centeredness. Some are expressing outwardly, like a plant puts forward leaves. These expressions of individuality enable the person to touch, to feel, to communicate, and to take in life more fully. Some are coming inside to the sacredness within. They might do that through yoga or meditation or prayer or loss or birth or love or countless other experiences that turn a person inside to find something more than the outer life can give. And, some are blossoming.

Hum or Hung in Tibetan states that yes, this is so, and that reality is what one makes of it.


Downloadable: Intermediate: Hum

9b. Openness


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powerfulCreative thinking, contemplation, appreciation, and inspiration are by-products of the expansive or open quality of mind. This is the second quality that we are engaging this week with Step 9 of the Entry practice.

We recall that the human mind includes all thinking, emoting, sensing and sensation. In general, these are related to the exacting or contracting quality of awareness-mind. Human beings also experience expansive states such as love, care, respect, and appreciation. These are born of the open or expansive quality of mind. Other daily experiences of this are creative thinking, ingenuity, gratitude, acceptance, and letting go. Tranquility, ease, and flow are also experiences of this open quality that is innate to us as human beings and, because it is, provides us with rest, gentleness, and artistic expression.

We engage the open quality of awareness-mind with this meditation.


Downloadable: Entry: Openness