Meditation: the mandala of the unified state

Through exploring our experiences we come into more knowing about the mechanisms of experience. Human beings tend to robotically proceed through a day and a life without this exploration. However, by participating more fully in the five common senses and the range they provide every moment of every day, we have the opportunity to awaken from a dull state of existence to a more full range of Presence and Awareness-Being.

Due to how we have proceeded with contemplation and meditation techniques, it probably has become apparent that a plethora of simultaneous experiences are occurring every second. When one is looking at something, sounds are being heard at the same time and tactile sensations are present. The temperature of the room, of our body, and of the tea we are drinking are also within the same experience of seeing, hearing, and touch. Though these senses, and the consciousnesses associated with them, seem to focus on external factors, examination reveals that these senses also assess the temperature of words or relational environment, hearing can become empathetic listening, visual cues might lead one to in-picture a deeper meaning or associated thought-image.

Truth be told, each experience is a mandala: a complex combination of myriad factors, perceptions, participations, thoughts and projections. Every experience is a unity that includes -but is not necessarily comprised of- diverse features and characteristics. Awareness is aware of it all. Awareness is also the greater unified state. It always includes. The proof of this is the simultaneity of factors and features within our common experiences.

The mandala-like quality of common awareness, which is our common awareness, is typically not fully engaged. Yet, in order to become aware, one must live from intrinsic Awareness. Doing so, one has more to bring to any situation.

Eventually, in this online practice, we will get to emptiness (sunyata). But, without the experience of being present to Presence, Innate Awareness, practitioners tend to misunderstand, misinterpret, and misidentify a fleeting or seeming emptiness as well as how to live with the emptiness of Awareness. Over years of teaching meditation and conscious awareness, it has proved wiser to first explore and examine the daily experience in which 90+% usually goes unexamined and unrecognized before moving onto equally already present emptiness.

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