advancing meditation: Patanjali 2 – layers

All inner teachings have layers. Some are as obvious as the layers of skin, muscles, and bones, each deeper inside and more substantial, while other layers are subtle. Those, however, are usually more pervasive. An analogy would be to the lymphatic or endocrine systems of the body. If lymph doesn’t move properly, illness anywhere is probable. If the endocrine system is out of balance, emotions, mind, and physical body will be rendered ill or significantly compromised.

Stemming from Patanjali’s sutra on the graphic, we explore a few words for some obvious layers before meditating.

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Only light is direct. Venus and Jupiter.

Right now, only the two light-bringer planets, Venus and Jupiter, are direct. That is to say that they are in forward motion energetically and psycho-spiritually in relation to humanity. All other planets are turned inward, focusing their illuminations on what lies under the surface societally and inside each of us individually.

Eighteen years into this new millennium and simultaneously on the threshold of a new zodiacal age, humanity is being assisted by all the planets and the aspects in the heavens to acknowledge simple truths. With that, we can move forward together into the new and dawning age.

Venus is the planet of relation. Due to relatedness, Venus is the planet of appreciation. But, as the Goldilocks story reports, appreciation is fickle when not rooted in open-heartedness. When value and worth are predicated upon the relation of getting and gain, then along the way and in the end, all beings lose.

Relation signifies inter-connectedness, interdependence, inter-being, and intimacy of the most life-giving kind. Venus’s embrace encircles us. It is the very air we breathe, shared by all beings of this one Mother Earth. Venus’s delicate touch is felt in the beauty of a flower, a butterfly probing that flower, as well as the colorful cultural diversity of human beings around the world.

Jupiter is the planet of joy, a Santa Claus kind of joy. Jupiter is huge; and from its largess, it gives and gives, never questioning if to offer kindness, a smile, or a hand.

Joy is lightness of being, humor, warm-heartedness, and childlike wonder with the moment. Jupiter is contentment – no need for more when there is such excellence in this moment right now.

There was a time when all people of the world would have noticed these two Light-Beings in the sky. Billions still do. Their presence has always meant blessing and is experienced in the goodness felt when looking at them dazzling in the evening or night sky. The awe that their radiance inspires is the same awe that we are called to by their presence: the recognition of the light in one another.

This simple action born of truth of being, born of one’s inner light, is the source of all benevolent and beneficent activities. Intuition is this recognition of light. Inventiveness and creativity is the illustration of recognized light. Revolution is stirred by the dawn of light in hearts and minds oppressed by the darkness of human indignity; and the new ways of a new age will be predicated upon this lightness of being. It is the energy of truth abundant within all.

Illumination is to live from an appreciation that values all, worthiness that brings joy and goodness into the world. Help humanity step forward. With Santa Claus patience and understanding, smile, and add your light to the emanating radiance of the Light-Bringers.

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advancing meditation: Instructions from Patanjali 1

The great rishi, Patanjali, gave meditation instruction long ago. Patanjali’s training is like that of a scientist: sequential, methodical, and based upon direct evidence. As with instructions from the Buddha, if one follows the training in its sequence, meditation will result.

The advancing meditation practice, along with The Practice of Living Awareness, uses the Raja Yoga instructions of Patanjali in tandem with various meditation techniques described and offered by Buddha Shakyamuni. These two awakened beings seeded humanity with the greatest gifts: the art and science of meditation. Meditation, alone, cultivates the natural luminescence of Awareness-mind to become the always-awakened state of Awareness. This, then, coupled with a life of warm-heartedness and altruism is the recipe for perfected harmonious living with all beings and of enticing the greatest light and purpose from Earth herself.

We begin two weeks with the Master Patanjali’s instructions.


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advancing meditation: Ease

What is the difference between ease and easy? Take a moment and feel their distinctions.

Ease is a feeling that one has to drop into to experience it. It has depth, space, gentleness, alert vibrancy, contentment, and simplicity to it. These are felt-experiences within the experience of ease as is contentment.

Easy is a mental process. Its movement is fast, sometimes fidgety. In contradistinction to the depth of ease, easy feels surface, like moving along the surface of things. The alertness is fickle, here and then gone, distracted and not so easy to sustain. And, the contentment of easy is ego/self oriented and self-driven. This is not a judgement but a discernment together with the others between ease and easy.

Vipashyana has one overall purpose: to look correctly. This means to expose the sources of limitation and the mechanisms for expansion and truth to oneself. Each moment and any situation is the time and place for vipashyana, including letting oneself experience the distinctions between ease and easy.

When easy comes from ease, the easy is experienced as flow – but not a flow that “I” have made happen. Ease has simply illumined the interconnectedness of all things. The relatedness of this to that, or the continuum of simplicity were brought forward due to ease. With that, anything is easy.

The volumes of teaching illumined by doing so are pointings-out that we give to our self. Practicing the insights derived is the next step toward true ease and the seeding of that in the world and our relations.

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advancing meditation: breath and rest

Look at this cat. Mind at rest, emotions or feelings at rest, senses at rest. Breath is moving, and yet breath is at rest. May we experience something similar but not due to sleep – due to vibrant wakefulness.

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