Meditation: dimensional existence

Layers and layers of Being. States upon states of Awareness. Expansive, unconditioned Presence pervading everything. That’s the truth for everyone. No matter how one approaches fullness of Being, as long as the experience is more fullness in any way, then that rich dimensional present-Awareness-Being will invite more of the same.

With even a fleeting experience of tranquility or centeredness or brightness of Presence or grace of understanding, one’s reality has changed. One might continue to default to old habits, but such no longer serves. One’s complacency has been disrupted by Awareness.

Yeah!

Happy New Year, everyone!

 

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Meditation: vibration OM AH HUM OM

All is vibration and space. Vibration takes shape, space remains space.

The manifestations of vibration are limitless. Common ones are variations in color, sound and tone, emotions and thoughts. When speaking of color or sound, science references wavelength; when identifying emotions or thought patterns, a therapist will identify them as expansive (like gratitude and joy) or contracted (like worry or anger). Nonetheless, it is the vibration of the thing that is being categorized.

Space is unchanging and the same everywhere. The space in your room, inside the cells of your body, and the space between thoughts and cravings is the same space that holds the universe. Space is space. That which is in the room also has air in it so one can breathe whereas outer space or that between thoughts has no air.

One of the reasons to engage a meditation technique that includes mantra or sounding is due to the fact that all experience and perception is due to vibration.

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January Day of Meditation coming up

Saturday, January 2, is the first Day of Meditation for the World and Humanity in 2021. Let’s set the tone of a new year together and envision Humanity doing the same.

Setting a tone of energy for the year is different from stating a New Year’s resolution. Often a resolution is personal, optimistic, and all-too-easily abandoned. Setting a tone energetically comes from the confidence that inner support for outer active life is already present and fully accessible to one. It acknowledges and is an acknowledgement of the fact that, by nature, each of us is wisdom-compassion incarnate. In other words, setting a tone of energy works from the premise of inherent goodness and wholeness rather than one of imperfection and wanting to fix.

And since this is a Day of Meditation for the World and Humanity, whatever energy tone you set for your year of wisdom and compassion will simultaneously be set in motion for all our brothers and sisters, fathers and mothers. Let us work from the premise that YES this is a new Age, a new year, a newness that need not keep repeating and reifying the old causes of misery in ourselves or in others and the world. YES!

The link to join for part or the whole Day of Meditation is the usual one. The schedule is the same also. Everyone is welcome. Pass it on!

Saturday, January 2, 2021 from 8 am MT to 3 pm MT. Please enter the meditation with the schedule so I can “admit” you (Zoom protocol). Thank you.

Schedule:

  • 8 am MT: Set the focus, meditate.
  • 9 am MT: A visual presentation on equanimity
  • 10 am MT: Directed outside contemplation/meditation
  • 11:00: Meditation
  • 
Noon: Lunch for 1 hour.
  • 1 pm MT: discussion, Q&A
  • 1:30 MT: Meditation
  • 2 pm MT: short presentation
  • 2:20 MT: closing meditation

 

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Constantly Dancing

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Three words for a year-end review

zen_mystery___enso_by_kancano-d319dvlTranslation, transmutation, transformation. Use these three words for a year-end self reflection. Hold them in your heart and mind in the days as the year ends.

Translation: Translation doesn’t change something’s truth or existence, it simply uses different words to label it. Water is agua, or l’eau, in Spanish and French respectively but water is not changed by the use  of various words. Similarly, we might call a habit, behavior, or set of thoughts by a new name but the habit has not been changed. It still exists. Translation is often used to approach a such ingrained patterns from a new angle, but also can be used to rationalize or condone. In society, translation has turned people into consumers,  grief into an illness, and spiritual awakening into an option. Have you been using translation for your benefit or detriment?

Transmutation: Something mutating in Nature is generally an attempt at evolution. It is an experiment in refinement or exploration of new traits. Transmutation for people happens through refining aspects of a habit, belief, or set of thoughts. It is also engaged through experimenting with new modes of behavior or thought systems. Transmutation tends to offer improvement from a functional point of view which is a vital encouragement to the one experimenting. But more significant is the evaluation process of what is factually being refined or what has the experiment in foundational change produced? If there is benefit, being steadfast will tend to produce more and wider benefit. It is unlikely that no change or evolution in habit, belief, thoughts or behaviors has transpired. Assessment is best served through non-personalized thinking and factual reporting to one’s self rather than holding ultimate goals in one’s mind. Mountains are raised centimeters at a time. Eroded in the same way, too.

Pregnant Woman

Transformation: A form is substantially changed with method. Alchemy has happened and will continue to bring forward results. Meditation is an example of a transformational practice. Meditation can foundationally refresh one’s sense of self, reality, and one’s participation in any (every) aspect of life. Getting and being pregnant is another example of transformation. Everything within and around one changes with this 40 week gestation. Then, as if those alchemical process of body, mind, emotions, and life intentions were not enough, a child is born into the world. Woman becomes mother, partner becomes father; and this child is dependent upon them for everything for the next two decades.

Transformation can be an internal process, unseen from the outside overall, or a demonstrative one like birth or death, going to college, getting a first job, or going through combat. Receiving a diagnosis of illness has the great potency of transformation within it. Those who engage themselves, lifestyle, spiritual Path processes, relationships, and inner relationship to one’s self with candor, openness, and discovery will tend to experience important and beneficial transformation.

A meditation and contemplation practice will assist all three: translation, transmutation, and transformation. They do so by being non-personal. If one is contemplating illness, a new child into the life, the ravages of war, or where one’s food came from, these musings include one but are larger than one. This is key. We can get self-absorbed in self-liberation processes!

Therefore, no matter what your New Year resolutions or intentions will be, add daily contemplation and meditation as support. Only benefit will come from it.

For the next number of days hold the three words and their meanings forefront in your mind. As this year completes, observe what you translate (unwilling to or not ready to change), and actively transmuting (refining and experimenting toward betterment), and transform (alchemically are in process of creating or re-creating).

graphic: Zen Mystery – Enso by Kancano on DeviantART

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