Intermediate: Instructions and that which is inseparable

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unfolding essence.001All meditation training has few foci. Those are used by most, if not all, meditation methods around the world, and always have been. Breath (inner flow and spacious serenity), focus (point of focus, learning true concentration, then sustaining that such that it refines into something powerful and more), and letting go (of the sense of self, of controlling the meditative process, of wanting a “good meditation”, of all the ways that the ego co-opts the training or distracts one from it.

One of the factors that is engaged in advancing meditation practices is the fact of qualities being inseparable within one’s experience and, furthermore, that one’s experience is inseparable from Awareness Itself. For example, when one settles there could be an experience of peace or serenity. Yet, if one rests fully in that experience, one discovers that peace is actually dynamic. It is vibrant not dull. Thus peace and dynamism are inseparable. Another example is light or luminosity, brightness or lightness of vibration that is a common experience as one breathes and assumes good asana. The mind-emotions clear. Ahh, light/clarity. But, if one stays with the experience and does nothing to interrupt its purity and acuity, one experiences that this clarity or luminosity is continuous or smooth, that it is a flow of effortless transparent light. Thus luminosity and continuous effortlessness are inseparable also. What separates these qualities is our mind; and what bifurcates our experience into moments of clarity and then a fall out of it, moments of effortless serenity and then self-talk to re-establish centeredness, is the ego and its absconding of the mind and emotions.

This meditation is about 20 minutes of silent practice of the simple (but potentially powerful) instructions given early in the sitting. Give this training a try.

 

Downloadable podcast: Intermediate: Instructions

 

12a: The Shared Flow of Existence

Fun-Facts-for-Kids-All-about-Earths-Magnetism-Image-of-the-Earths-Magnetic-PolesThis image could represent a human being. It is, of course,  an image of the energy field of the Earth. One of the challenges with two-dimensional imagery is that they are usually trying to convey multi-dimensional (or at least 3 dimensional) expressions. For example, in the image to the left, one might assume that few energy field lines go across the body of Earth, but that is not so. Furthermore, they not only go across the body of the Earth, they go through it and are called leigh lines.

A human being generates a collective field of energy. It is comprised of subsidiary fields such as:

  • the energy field related to the physical form,
  • one emitted by the feeling and sentient nature (which also renders people psychic and/or intuitive, sensate and personally aware),
  • one radiated by the mental workings of a person,
  • gratitude, appreciation, joy, patience, and ease generate energy through the mental and sentient fields,
  • and there are levels to the spiritual energy fields related to their refinement.

Torus_aloneThe flow that is depicted for the Earth is called a toridal flow. One way to think on it is: take a donut and turn it inside out from the middle so that the inside hole becomes the outside. That’s what’s happening inside you and I all day and night long. This field interacts with those of other people just as it interpenetrates itself. As one cultivates meditation or virtue and goodness, the energy of the toroidally flowing field brings benefit to others and magnetizes benefit to oneself.

 

Downloadable podcast: Entry: Shared flow of existence

Service: The Womb of Existence

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One day, I was meditating outside. Nature teamed around me, everything in flow, beauty in all directions. I looked up at the sky and the thought came that “everything is still inside the womb of Mother Earth.” The flash of awareness that swept through me was profound: everything seen, perceived, and related to; all in existence, even the view of the starry night sky, is all the perception of creation from within Her womb. And, furthermore, if this stunning wondrous expression of life is a gestational state, then what will birth at the time of fulfillment? That exploded and expanded sense of Earth-based reality has never left me and I believe it to be metaphysically and spiritually correct.

earth__s_mothership_by_killa02-d5baqhu“We are pregnant with the Earth, and the Earth is pregnant with us.” (from Womb of Existence meditation)

Everything evolves, including continents, weather, the inner geological processes of the planet, as well as biological entities and kingdoms such as animal or plant or human. I do not think that human beings evolved from apes. Instead, as a species of spiritual Beings, we looked around a long, long time ago and determined that walking upright would serve our aeonal purpose for being part of Earth’s evolutionary processes, and so we created an upright form.

One can observe that all human beings are in a constant state of becoming. There is likely no end state, not as a human being. (Even within Buddhism, though there is an ultimate state: buddhahood, that state of purest Being is ceaselessly dynamic and perpetually beneficent, thus there seems no end state of that state as well.) We will always refine our capacity for creative genius and it will always and perpetually be for the good of others. When anyone acts otherwise, only degradation, disease, and death result in environment, in the lives of others, and in the Earth. So, then, observationally thus by logical deduction, human beings are in gestation (becoming) and the fulfillment that can be reached (thus producing true birth) is beyond anything that anyone can imagine or conceive.

One can wonder: Is Mother Gaia the original source of the pervasive archetype of “mother?” Mother: the generative point from which life ensues, as well as the source of that which sustains an existence. Mother, as an archetype also includes protection: starting in the womb or nestled in the husk of a seed, but then producing the knowing of necessity for security (nest, burrow, hive, home) and for sacrifice (the very substance of the body of the female produces the body of the young), and for courage (which is gender neutral).

For two consecutive Sundays, the World Service meditation has contemplated some of these considerations. The intention is the same as all other World Service meditations: to generative awe and appreciation for Mother Earth such that we live an increasingly inspired harmonious life with all creatures and beings who share this Earth. Both meditations stretch the imagination of the practitioner. Womb of Existence is especially refined and sublime.

  1. Womb of Existence: 

2. Pregnant Earth:

11c: Living one’s light

Without a doubt, centeredness feels good. One experiences stability from the inside that then produces calm with which to engage the outside world. With Step 11, we practiced breathing down from a state of or created image of the lighted awareness down through the heart and down along the spine – all the way to the bottom. We imagined or felt a cascade of living lighted awareness pouring down through us until, at the bottom, it seeps into and permeates the ground of our life.

As one repeatedly feels that cascade of living awareness through the heart and center of one’s being, the cascade becomes real. We truly are infusing ourselves from the higher nature of our being. It is an magnetic process that invokes the light of the soul and the light of awareness-compassion. Like a tea bag infusing clear water and turning it into tea, we too are infused by this inner light of Being. Little by little, we find that we are living from that light, from that centeredness, and from that authentic way of being.

 

Downloadable podcast:Entry: Living One’s Light

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