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Lesson 14 -
Not Much Happening in Meditation (Audio)
Date: Tue Nov 18, 2003 0:56pm
Q: Thank you for the meditation instructions. It doesn't seem be working for me though... Am I just not suited for this?
nervous systems are wired for the experience of blissful silence.
Indeed, we are created for this. No human being is an exception.
However, every nervous system contains obstructions which are to be
released and flushed out - lifetimes of accumulated impurities that
block our natural state from manifesting in the world, blocking us from
inward seeing. The practices of yoga are concerned with the removal of
these obstructions. Yoga is a cleaning process. It is the cleaning that
brings union between our inner and outer nature. During meditation, we
know the process is working when we lose the mantra and later find
ourselves in some other thoughts. During the meditation procedure, these
other thoughts are a symptom that something has been released.
Recognizing that, we go back to the mantra and continue the process. It
is important to be easy with the mantra, not hanging on to a clear
mental pronunciation, not hanging on to an unclear mental pronunciation,
no hanging on at all, just easily being with it. If we develop this
easiness, the mind will settle into its silence naturally. It is a
natural process of our mind we are facilitating.
Until now, all of our conscious thoughts have
been for going outward into manifestation in the mind, and into the
world. The mantra, I AM, is for going inward into de-manifestation,
taking us to the source of our thoughts, the source of us, pure
consciousness, unbounded awareness. But it isn't always experienced in
such glorious terms. Often it is just losing the mantra, having some
pleasant unaccounted for time of no mantra and no thoughts, then
becoming aware of thoughts again, and then going back to the mantra. The
cleansing process goes on. This is perfect meditation. This is the habit
we want to cultivate in meditation every day, for it will lead us to the
infinite. The experiences will be there as the cleansing process
continues. But the experiences, or lack of them, are not the measure of
the correctness of the meditation procedure. The procedure is very
specific, and we may or may not feel inner expansion on any given day.
In a way, it is like digging for treasure.
Good digging is moving earth in a very particular way that efficiently
takes us down to where the box full of gold sits waiting for us. The
digging itself may not seem to resemble a box full of gold.
Nevertheless, it is the digging that leads to the gold. The good news
with meditation is that we will glimpse the gold often during the
digging process, and also while we are not digging during our regular
daily activities. Our experience of the gold accumulates gradually over
time as we practice meditation daily. Then, one day, we realize that we
are the gold. We kept at it for a long time and everything has changed.
From day one we begin to see the world differently, for through the
inner cleansing process we are becoming that which underlies the world.
From the very beginning we have been that. With yoga we clean the window
of our nervous system and develop a clear perception that this is the
truth. This is who we are. The mystery of life is being uncovered. We
are that which underlies everything. We are eternal bliss!
So stick with it.
Continuously fan the fire of your desire to know the truth within you.
This will keep you going. Along the way, you will get positive feedback
from within yourself. Keep following the procedure of meditation twice
daily for twenty minutes. As your experiences go deeper you will not
want to stop facilitating this natural ability you have to go within,
because it is your own self you are uncovering. You will be
In time, we will add advanced yoga practices
that will greatly increase the power of meditation. If a sturdy garden
hose is not getting all the dirt, we have the option to hook the hose up
to a pressure washer.
The guru is in you.
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