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Lesson 16 -
Bliss in Meditation (Audio)
AYP Plus Additions:
16.1 - Clarifications on Healing
and Self-Inquiry for an AYP Newcomer (Audio)
Date: Sun Nov 23, 2003 2:42pm
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Q: I have been filled with bliss since beginning meditation. I sit and I am gone into a tingly silence inside. I disappeared for ten minutes yesterday
before I realized it. I was gone in bliss again. I have such feelings of
gratitude. My background is devout Catholic and it has been difficult for me to relate to
the eastern traditions, though I have sensed there is much value there. This seems a
wonderful approach -- a bridge. I feel closer to Christ. Is it for real?
experience grows, stabilizes on a higher plane, and then keeps growing with
practice, never ceasing to expand, then we have the answer to the question:
Is it for real? The answer is in you. This is the truth of spiritual life -
as we practice and open from within, the experience becomes self-validating.
There is nowhere else you have to go to find it, to prove it to yourself.
Once we know, our life becomes a joyous never-ending journey of
self-discovery. Under these conditions, human life gradually morphs into a
kaleidoscope of bliss.
Jesus said, "Seek first
the kingdom of heaven within, and all will be added to you."
Bliss is our birthright,
our true nature. It is time for us to step forward and claim it by awakening
the natural abilities we were born with.
It is a long journey for
most of us. It took a long time for us to become blocked so completely from
our true nature. It stands to reason that it will take a while for us to
open back up, even with the best of tools. At times we will experience a
clear view of the bliss bubbling up in us. Other times we will feel blocked,
or like we are getting reamed from the inside as we continue our daily
meditations. The process will unfold in many ways. In time, bliss will
predominate, and we will see the world as we have not before. Bliss will be
seen bubbling up everywhere, constantly. A dirty pipe can't stay dirty
forever if we are flushing it through with the pure water of consciousness
So, while the bliss you feel is a treasure, and
certainly for real, keep in mind that there will be cycles of experience as
your meditation proceeds. Sometimes you will feel like you did when you
wrote of your bliss. Other times you may not feel so blissful as deep
cleansing is going on. There may even be periods where you feel like you are
stuck on a plateau of experience. Just keep meditating every day, no matter
what. In the long run, what matters is your daily practice. Whatever the
experience may be, if our practice is correct and consistent, we will have
the results in the end.
You will experience many
emotions in connection with your journey: wonderment, awe, gratitude,
impatience, boredom, anger, frustration, pain... whatever the feelings are,
use these to redouble your commitment to practice. If you can transmute your
feelings, whatever they may be, into an unceasing desire to do your daily
practice, then you cannot fail. For then you are devoted. Those who are
unshakenly devoted always succeed, sooner or later. Your desire will always
be the essential ingredient. Cultivate it well.
The guru is in you.
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