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Easy Lessons for Ecstatic Living Books.
Lesson 13 - Meditation -- Awakening the Silent Seed
Date: Sun Nov 16, 2003 0:08pm
Your mind has a natural ability to be quiet. When it becomes quiet, you are in touch with
your genius. Albert Einstein said the ideas that led him to the theory of relativity came
during moments of quiet reflection. Mozart heard sonatas and symphonies resonating through
the silent reaches of his mind. All he had to do was write them down. We know that Isaac
Newton came up with laws of motion and gravity while relaxing under an apple tree. Whether
he actually got hit in the head by that apple or not, no one knows, but there is no doubt
that his quiet mind yielded a treasure of knowledge. We could cite more examples, but you
get the point. Silent mind has great creativity. But this is not all. Silent mind is
peaceful, blissful and healthy, and radiates these qualities out through the person to the
surroundings. People who know how to cultivate quiet mind not only are in touch with their
inner creativity, they also radiate a youthfulness and optimism that effects everyone
nearby. They have "good vibrations."
Earlier we spoke of consciousness (awareness -- the observer), and the objective world
(the observed). The essential nature of our consciousness is blissful silence. It is what
is behind the mind, what is experienced when the mind becomes still. It is an infinite
storehouse of the qualities just mentioned, the realm of what we know as God, always right
here within ourselves. This is why it is proclaimed in the Psalms, "Be still and know
I am God." To access the divine all we have to do is know how to be still.
Meditation is the process of systematically allowing the mind to become still for specific
periods of time each day. In doing this daily over weeks, months and years, quietness,
consciousness, gradually becomes more evident when the mind is active while we are not
meditating, and worldly life is enriched. Through meditation, the relationship between
consciousness and the world gradually changes. This is a process of yoga, the joining. It
is the first step. Once blissful silence is coming on in daily experience, many other
things can be done to enhance and expand it. But first we have to establish a base in
consciousness, awaken the silent inner seed of who we are, so to speak.
It was mentioned that your mind has a natural ability to become quiet. In the deep
meditation method we will practice here, we will harness that natural ability. In fact,
all of the practices which will be taught here (and there are quite a few), we will be
harnessing your natural abilities. The idea is to show you how to utilize the gifts you
have already. We will just be adding special levers here and there to activate your
natural abilities. The rest will be up to you. If you apply what you learn, and keep at
it, one day you will know that you are a perpetual bliss machine, capable of experience
far beyond the imaginings of the mind. Oh yes, you really are. Meditation is the first
Thoughts are coming up in the mind from the minute we wake up in the morning until the
minute we fall asleep at night, and then more are coming during dreaming. Yet we say the
mind has a natural ability to be quiet. How?
We will use a thought to do it. Not just any thought. A special thought called a
"mantra." We will use a particular method of thinking this mantra that allows
the mind to do what it can easily do if given the opportunity, settle down.
Actually, any thought can be used to meditate, as been amply demonstrated by researchers
over the past thirty years. But we'd like to use a particular thought, one that has
certain vibratory qualities, one that produces a certain effect in the nervous system. It
is also one we can enhance as our practice advances, but more about that later. The mantra
we will begin with here is:
We will not be focusing on the meaning of I AM during meditation. No doubt it has sacred
meaning in the Judeo/Christian tradition in particular, and also bears similarity to the
sacred sounds of other traditions. It is the sound we are interested in, not the meaning.
It is the sound we will be using, within. We are after the profound vibratory quality of
the sound when it is used effectively deep inside the mind and nervous system. Perhaps
these profound effects inside the human being are the reason why I AM has been revered for
centuries. What we will be doing is focusing on the correct utilization of the mantra in
the practice of meditation. Then we will have the best results.
Here is how we will use it:
Find a quiet, comfortable place where you can sit, preferably with back support. We want
to remove unnecessary distractions. Just sit and relax somewhere where you can close your
eyes for twenty minutes without interruptions.
Once you have gotten comfortable, slowly close your eyes. You will notice thoughts,
streams of thoughts. That is fine. Just observe them without minding them. After about a
minute, gently introduce the thought
and begin to repeat it easily and
effortlessly in your mind. If your mind wanders off into other thoughts, you will
eventually realize this has happened. Don't be concerned about it. It is natural. When you
realize you are not repeating the mantra, gently go back to it. This is all you have to
do. Easily repeat the mantra silently inside. When you realize you are not thinking it,
then easily come back to it. The goal is not to stay on it. The goal is to follow the
simple procedure of thinking the mantra, losing it, and coming back to it when you find
you have lost it. Do not resist if the mantra tends to become less distinct. Thinking the
mantra does not have to be with clear pronunciation. I AM can be experienced at many
levels in your mind and nervous system. When you come back to it, come back to a level
that is comfortable, not straining for either a clear or fuzzy pronunciation.
Do this procedure for twenty minutes, and, then, with your eyes closed, take a few minutes
to rest before you get up.
This practice is to be done twice each day, before you start your day and before you
begin your evening activities. It is best done before meals, as digestion can
interfere with the process of meditation. Make a commitment to yourself to do it for
a few months. Give it some time to work. You will be amazed at the results, and then
you will want to keep going forward to more and more.
That's enough for now.
In the following lessons, we will go into more detail about the process and
consequences of meditation. After that we will begin to work with another natural
ability we each have, our ability to use the breath to move silence in us with
See lesson 106
for a Q&A on mantra and breathing in meditation.
The guru is in you.
For detailed instructions on deep meditation, see the
AYP Deep Meditation book.
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