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Post  dave on Mon Apr 27, 2009 3:09 pm

Stillness Meditation

This is a way of introducing stillness--to some, at first, a foreign-seeming activity which has often been expressed as a paradox or a self-contradiction, stillness being a not-doing as contrasted to your usual activities. We choose to avoid this contradiction and call it an activity, a definite doing, especially in your very time-regulated modern lives where you literally take your manufactured time as some kind of natural law, as if Mother Nature were wearing a wrist watch. You can become enslaved to this kind of time and so we remind you that, in addition to this mechanical time, there is also organic time. Mother Nature has a beating heart, not a wrist watch. It was upon her rhythmic cycles that you first conceived the notion of measuring this moving dimension, this dimension of motion. One of the gifts of meditating is taking her time out of clock time to feel your organic reality.



If it helps you to meditate, my children, consider it a paying of profound respect for the psychical dimension of your lifves you often overlook--or even consider with disdain, as if you were pure spiritual beings already and having a body was such a drag on your lofty thoughts. Rather, with being distinctly aware of your organic reality by contrast, you can grow in appreciation of being already a personality, a changeless, timeless being directly created by God, capable of being very distinct from the real, divinely evolved and living body you possess.



It is upon breaking the unconscious identification with your body that you can have an appreciation of it as a possession, perhaps--hopefully, something to respect and take care of. It is your body and its senses--mille-second by mille-second--that give you the instantaneous awareness of not only itself, but the whole world it puts you in contact with. So as you meditate and feel your breathing, feel your heart beating, you can return again and again to this part of your home base--this marvelous vehicle you were given free to take care of and enjoy.



ahoma">Some consider with bitter, deep irony the pain they feel, because without this information, most of the few, rare individuals ever born without any pain receptors generally lived very short, terrible lives. It pays to respect and understand pain this way as a source of information that is intrinsically difficult to ignore. Remember well your childhood accidents and realize what a necessary gift pain is to put you in the correct, respectful attitude towards your body. Think of your modern medical society that constantly offers pain relievers, a godsend to some, but which, if misused, can be a way of suppressing symptoms so you can go on doing the very thing that is harming you. There is also a thin but very critical line between understanding pain and accepting the information it is giving you, and being masochistic, crossing the line and thinking that somehow pain is to be sought. An extreme form of this is asceticism, the mistaken notion there is spiritual glory or reward in pain itself.
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Transcending Your Body/Mind

Post  dave on Mon Apr 27, 2009 3:12 pm

One mental activity we give you to start your meditation and realize a deeper stillness is the technique of counting your breaths from one to ten as a kind of handle on the physical, a way of staying with your body as your mind tends to wander off and leave it, unaware, as may be your normal habit. To remain continuously aware of your body while being still is quite a challenge. So start with ten minutes or so. It’s a further challenge to watch your breath so closely without affecting it, but something to experience--you body breathing by itself. You’re learning to observe the ineffable power and presence of life--your very own--without disturbing it.



This brings us to the question of mind and what you experience of it in your meditation. Just as you slowly acquire an ability to break the unwitting identification with your body so you can bring it into conscious consideration and health, so too you can evolve an ability to stop associating directly with your habitual thought patterns. This is your personality’s power to observe even the thoughts that come and go in your mind. Some call this the practice of detachment, and it is generally difficult for the beginner whose mind is swarming with all kinds of thoughts and impulses. It’s why even a few minutes of meditation can at first seem like an eternity because they are so immediately filled with such a blizzard of thought unanchored to any physical activity.



As soon as you sit down to be still and you break the connection of thought with some physical activity, suddenly your thoughts, deprived of this physical anchor, can go wild. Since your inner perception of time is, at first, so directly related to your thinking, you can feel that long minutes have passed; your whole twenty minute meditation is finally over. Then you check your watch and find it’s only been five minutes and the remaining fifteen seem like some agonizing eternity to endure. So yes, Mother Spirit and I do know well, my children, what you go through in your first attempts to be mentally still and deep.



Many simply try to hold their minds a blank. They concentrate on thinking of nothing, but this is only another kind of busywork that doesn’t work for long. You need to arrive at the very subtle ability of letting your mind become still of itself, and this you do by, again, like your breath, just observing without disturbing. Each thought or impulse or emotion is observed without acting on it, especially with no inner judgment. Let them happen. Then let them go: whatever they are. <span You begin to identify more and more with pure awareness, and this attitude, my children, is something you organically grow.



This attitude of detachment towards thoughts that you normally think of as yourself?--this is where you begin to break down those limiting identifications with all you have been so far, in order to become more present and creative. You begin to see your normal, conscious ego/activity as an evolving way you continue to be self-aware of who you are and have been: you as an object to yourself. It’s a great mode of consciousness you evolve as an inner tool--this sense of yourself, yet too its particular conditioning is a product of the culture and family in which you were raised. People in different cultures and home life do have different forms of ego--ways they were taught to consider themselves and other human beings.



Along with this increasing awareness, and as a function of it, something begins to emerge simply called the present moment. This is your true spiritual home base. Only upon personally experiencing its freedom can you understood then, ironically, it is the reality in which all that past you felt yourself to be--that you defended so strongly, and all those future plans you really need to make provision for, are not destroyed if you relax their grip in this emerging now.



This is a fearful thing--this letting go of the seeming certainty of who you’ve always felt yourself to be, and all the notions of who you want to become--to experience who and what you are, as there is no top or bottom to this. It takes great courage and you can only do so a little bit at a time. We once compared this ability to feel an ever more creative and decisive presence of oneself to picking up a musical instrument. It takes a lot of determination and courage, and, in the case of meditation, real faith to keep contributing to this strange activity you’ve brought into your life.



This is why, at first, stillness meditation can be experienced as such an intense not-doing. In this sense, my dear children, you are definitely paying your dues and earning a kind of freedom. This is also why so many of your religious traditions include thanking all those who came before and passed on this strange activity. Being still highly consciously--just feeling yourself living--paying respect to this ultimate gift of God’s just as it is in its pure state: and so you sit and fidget and wonder: am I enlightened yet? What time is it? How long has it been since I felt my last breath? What are these enormous looping circles I’m going on in my mind? Who am I? Is this really necessary?



The human mind has been likened to a wild horse that takes a great deal taming, yet that taming can only be done with love, and consideration, and respect, with hope and faith in achieving something beyond thought that cannot be grasped, let alone perfectly articulated. But it can be experienced. And meditation not only adds these moments of reflection to your soul, this living presence can actually be a doorway to your soul. Here in this ever expanding consciousness of just being alive, you can relive moments in your soul because you are not grasping them as with a particular memory. You’ve all known these wonderful moments of realization, of enlightenment, that seem all so brief as soon as you try to capture them. It seems a miracle how complete and moving they can be, and you have to find a way of letting them be. This is how you can know in deep reverie that your soul is there, and it is a spiritual creation, far, far beyond your ability to imagine or remember on your own.


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Contacting Your Soul (Continued)

Post  dave on Mon Apr 27, 2009 3:15 pm

Here in your deep stillness these spiritual transcripts of moments of your life come to you as a sure touch of timelessness just in the way they feel. So while in one way stillness is like other activities, say some beloved hobby, as an exercise of your willpower, something you are choosing to create that has its own continuity in your life day to day, it’s contra-distinct from habits which are characterized as intrinsically unconscious repetitions. Rather, it’s the means to break out of habitual, knee-jerk unthinking and unreflexive ways of doing things. It’s the expansion of a living consciousness of now, the eternal now that is your true home. It’s getting in touch with the creative spirit that’s also your possession. It becomes an opportunity to create in highest consciousness that which is not so strictly bound by the past.



This is where you rediscover yourself anew. This is also where you have some choice, some say in re-inventing yourself, for it takes all that willpower, first to start, and then to continue doing this strange thing. Ultimately, my children, this is nothing Mother Spirit nor I, nor anybody else, can prove to you insofar as these are moments of self-discovery. We can only tease you into giving it a try. The experiences will be unique for each one of you and, as we’ve mentioned before, there will be a large quotient of what you experience in stillness that will remain affable beyond your ability to grasp, or even share with others; but nonetheless real.



This ineffable reality is what you share with God, and is your truest link to Him and His presence within you. This is the way, the means by which you establish a relationship with the Mystery Monitor within you. Here in this swelling, burgeoning sense of now you become ever more still and clear of all your concerns coming out of the past, all your worries about the future. It is within this growing clarity you can distinguish His ever-present gift of discrete ideas and ideals. Again: I cannot anticipate what this will be for each one of you for that is truly between you and our Father, for here you find yourself more truly.



style="FONT-WEIGHT: bold; COLOR: rgb(128,0,255)">Once you have begun to experience this ever so subtle but ever increasing certainty of your real actuality, you’ll find that it is truly tenacious indeed. This detachment of constant letting go of oneself, this self-forgetfulness that is one and the same with open-mindedness, begins to stick with you more and more through the day. Your soul begins to pop up all by itself, sometimes as an ironic reflection on what you’re doing.



So be not afraid of this, my children, even though it will challenge and break through your habitual identification with this or that group, this or that set of values. Initially it seems to destroy the security of whom you have always thought yourself to be, but you will find that for every iota of yourself you forget, you will be rewarded ten-fold or even a hundred-fold with a real living world that has lain hidden to you before. For this is how you grow. It is how you break through all of your immature prejudices, how you see through all the screens of generalities and cultural conditioning, how you find the courage to open yourself to the yawning chasm of the future opening at you feet--your true human condition.
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