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Lesson 13 - Meditation
- Awakening the Silent Seed (Plus) (Audio)
AYP Plus Additions:
13.1 - Mantra and Meaning (Audio)
13.2 - Placement of Eyes During Deep Meditation (Audio)
13.3 - Relationship of Attention, Mantra and Thoughts
in Deep Meditation (Audio)
- Using a Mantra vs. Emptying the Mind (Audio)
Effortlessly Losing the Mantra = Transcendence of Thought (Audio)
Contemplations versus Deep Meditation (Audio)
Ups and Downs During Deep Meditation with Steady Results in Daily Activity (Audio)
Difficulties with Meditating Right after Meals and Right before Bedtime (Audio)
How to Regard Experiences During Rest After Deep Meditation (Audio)
Can I do Deep Meditation Lying Down? (Audio)
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
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
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 step.
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:
... I AM ... (audio)
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 ...I AM... 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 endless ecstasy.
The guru is in you.
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