Intermediate: States of meditation

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child-monk-levitatingAnd advancing practice of meditation requires more of the practitioner but also bears appropriate results. If the preliminary practices are understood and ingrained in the meditator, then the habits of meditation begin to take over and lead to a ripening of meditative states. The states, themselves, will depend on what aspects of meditation have come easily for the practitioner, for instance, light, vibrational refinement, serenity, centeredness, clarity, penetrating perception, and such. Each of these can open into a corresponding meditative state.

We explore this a bit in the experience of this meditation.

 

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14b: Chakra lights

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The joy of the final step of The Practice Entry level is that we can meditate with any aspect of our practice. The chakras (or centers) and the central channel comprise this meditation.

Such a meditation as this could be done daily for a year and would not be time wasted. Each of the sacred centers (chakras) holds to key to psychological and emotional states, ways in which the mind can be directed and used, spiritual states, as well as particular vibrational qualities. In a short meditation such as this one, a taste or a hint is all that is possible, but that might be enough to encourage a practitioner to get to know his or her insides in order to better understand how the centers organize one’s life.

 

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Intermediate: Living as a Wheel of Radiance

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With the Intermediate practice, we work with energy, inside and all around us, in a variety of ways. Some include:

  • the energy of gratitude, wonder, and gladness. These lead to the experience of less personalization, less drama, less stress, and more appreciation for people, events, and circumstances in our life. These are perfect in the role of teacher, teaching, and opportunity for awareness-compassion.
  • the energy of sacred sound and sacred word. There is much to explore with sacred mantra: the meaning of each syllable, the qualities of pure being and compassion that are behind, represented, and invoked by the mantra, as well as oneself as a vibrating being sounding through existence. This leads to the truth that cosmos is also a vibrating, dynamic whole that is sounding sacredly and energetically.
  • the energy of one’s body, thus of phenomenal existence. Stemming from the above points, one’s meditative capacity for Awareness and states of Being become more factual and begin to repeat as experiences in one’s practice. Due to these, one begins to perceive beyond the form of oneself, beyond the labels that daily expression is predicated upon and, instead, to perceive the energy and radiance that is demonstrating through existence.

golden_path_by_mysticalmikeGood things take time. These illuminations take practice on and off the cushion, but are accessible to any practitioner because these points are factors of reality which meditation reveals.

 

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14a: Living from awareness

how-to-calm-down-from-anxiety-or-panic-and-live-a-peaceful-lifeHundreds of books have been written on meditation, some from great masters of the art and science of it. Meditation thrives in a variety of spiritual and secular systems and, though variety abounds in styles and techniques of meditation, the essential components are the same in all systems. This is because those particular factors of meditation are what make it work.

What is it that is actually working, then? Your awareness. It is being brought more into the forefront of who and what you are by learning the skills of settling, conscious breathing, and of meditative concentration. With these in place – together with all that each includes and elicits from within – a practitioner will experience shifts in awareness and inner presence.

If the practitioner has practiced meditation, then meditation will result. This is like a child playing scales on an instrument. Practice will bring forward the ability to play.

This week, we experience meditation and the living awareness that pervades our life.

 

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