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ALL ABOUT ENLIGHTENMENT

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BECOME A MAHASIDDHA
REINCARNATION, KARMA AND MERIT
HOW TO ATTAIN ENLIGHTENMENT
SOLVING YOUR OWN PROBLEMS
WHAT MAKES A MEANINGFUL PARTNER?
WELCOME TO YOUR DREAM WORLD

THREE-PART MEDITATION


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Saturday, 15 March 2014

Inspired by Dreamwalker’s post on of Sogyal Rinpoche’s meditation advice (see Spirit Train Chronicles here), I did a 3-part meditation that I found quite fascinating. I’ll continue to use this technique for a while and see what kind of results I get. If you try it too, I’d love to hear about your experiences here, if you care to share them.

Sogyal mentions value in taking breaks during meditation. Short ones that only last a minute or so… and then we resume our meditation.

This prompted the idea of doing three ten-minute meditations, with a one minute break in between. And for each segment, I took a slightly different focus. To me they feel like a progression, so I enjoyed the sense of going deeper during each segment, and finding continuity within the 32-minute exercise.

Each segment features a variation of mindfulness or vipassana meditation, and the object that’s being watched is an aspect of the mind.

As I contemplate how this world, life, emotions, thoughts, experiences all arise from mind, I like to wonder (or remember) how much of it depends on relating to it all through the filter of a mind that currently appears attached to a body also seems attached to a world. How much does our body affect our mind?

Last night, for instance, as I was falling asleep I was wondering: If we did not grasp at our bodies and panic at the thought of leaving them, how would that affect how we interpret the phenomena we experience every day? In a way, that’s the goal of the Yoga of Sleep: to practice dying so that when that time comes for us, we don’t panic, but choose where we propel our minds as we leave our bodies.

So I think this 3-segment meditation idea offers a way to step through different levels of consciousness, adding to our kit of tools for moving through life.

Here’s what came to me to try:

  1. In the first segment, I did a physical body scan, noticing what sensations arose from inhabiting a body.

The mind that is connected to, bound with at this moment, a particular body, observes what arises to the mind as a result. Remembering what it “feels” like to be body-less (physically, at least), what is the difference? How heavy does it feel where it’s sitting? What does the hair (or lack of it) feel like, covering the head? How does the breath feel passing through the nostrils, the throat and into the lungs? Can I feel my breath in my lungs? Does my skin itch? If it’s not itching, can it be felt? Can I feel it holding everything together? Can I feel my pulse resonating through my torso and limbs?

And what do I hear? Eyes closed… What do I smell?

Dispassionate observation, keeping the mind moving rather than becoming distracted by hunger, stiff joints or wanting another sip of coffee (OMG, you drink coffee while meditating!?!?). Pretending I’m watching someone else’s body – not taking it personally. Hmmm… so that’s what it’s like…

Then, in my 1-minute break, I got my sip of coffee. Fantastic! How did that feel going down? And taste…? Like Sogyal Rinpoche implied, here’s another opportunity to carry the meditation observation forward. Turn on the computer; it’s got 10 minutes to start up. Restarting the connection to “out there”…

  1. In the second segment, I did an energy body scan, taking the 10 minutes to observe what appeared energetically, compared to the gross physical sensations.

This was tricky for me, because I’ve always felt quite self-conscious about detecting my chakras and meridians. Maybe I haven’t spent enough time on this kind of meditation to be able to distinguish them clearly. Where others describe wheels and flowers and spinning at the main chakras, I tend to get imagery and sensations that feel more like a bustling city, a deep ocean, a placid meadow, or an atomic bomb going off. This morning my left arm’s main meridian felt like a flat wide ribbon of many-colored bands, almost like ribbon-candy, streaming with flashes and currents of life. It was kind of cool, but I was a little distracted by looking for something more conventional.

But I’ll just let that go, and ride the ribbon-candy highway. I’ve about decided my anatomy’s not really human after all (she says humorously), so who knows, maybe it was a valid image…

Second break: more coffee, start up my programs on the laptop. Taking things in gradual steps seems to be a nice theme lately.

  1. In the third segment, I went searching for the Guides I connect with, and other “entities” I have come across at times. Where do they reside within my mind?

I tend to describe these energies, awarenesses, personalities that as being somewhat, somehow, separate from myself in terms of this world, body, space and time. I prefer to attribute them this way because it helps me organize, you might say. I carry a recognition that Heruka’s mind and mine share a lot of “space”, but it’s easier for me to hear His “words” as “His”, so that I’m not caught up in editing them as they arrive. If I thought they were mine, my goodness I don’t think I would ever post anything.

However, I often use a pendulum when I’m connecting. It acts as a filter to help me tune out the other (sometimes riff-raff) that also pops up from time to time.

This morning was the first time I’ve gone “looking” for Heruka by just sitting in meditation. I was also inviting whoever else wanted to show up – within reason. I didn’t want to receive information or ask questions – I just wanted to sit with “them”, perhaps get a new kind of glimpse or insight. Again, looking for that dispassionate observation. Just watch, without getting swept away into words or imagery. I wanted to notice how they arose.

This segment went very differently than the other two. It seemed there was nothing to hold onto, to identify and follow. I could sense lots of different “presences”, just sort of drifting around, but no clear “object” appeared (at least not in a conventional sense). In a way, that made this segment the most compelling of all; I feel left with a challenge, and I really want to get to the bottom of it.

When I arose from the meditations, I found that they stayed with me throughout the day more than my meditations usually do. I tend to attribute that to my being more personally curious about the objects than thinking there’s anything coming out of the meditation per se. But perhaps that’s all the same thing…

Postscript: Tuesday has arrived. I’ve tried this technique twice more, and find that it’s different each time. So for now, it feels like a nice journey to embark upon, at least for a little while. I’m still getting some very unusual perceptions whenever I’m looking for how things appear, especially my Guides.

I’m also noticing how much I presume about sensations and perceptions, based on what I’ve read about or learned in school. I’m using this technique to explore more of what it might be like to just land in a world and a body without acclimation, and try to detect, for instance, how the sound of what I consider to be the call of a bird, becomes just that, rather than random data flowing into the brain through the senses.

Mind is still a mystery. Thank goodness.

hurtling towards enlightenment – 03


RISKING EVERYTHING AND LOSING IT ALL

to gain freedom

Life is a dream. When you die, everything you hold dear fades into Emptiness. Everything that you think is important is a huge farce and everyone you meet is an actor following an elaborate, enticing script. Many layers create the scheme, and the actors depict roles within roles within roles… There are so many layers that most people feel quite successfully confused.

In the test run of life, you jump in, you act out, and you see if you can act your way out. If you can, then you don’t have to do it again, ever. You can come back if you want to – it’s your choice. Even hell is a dream.

This world appears dominated by rules.

Even Enlightened Beings play by the rules, because if you don’t play by the rules nobody takes you seriously. If nobody takes you seriously, you don’t get anywhere. So you are led to believe.

What happens – what really happens – if you decide to risk it all and stop playing by the ‘rules’?

What happens if you actually decide to believe the contents of this book? Belief requires action and decisions. You can change your mind at any moment, in any instant of time whatsoever. You are deciding right now. And now. And now.

If you decide to believe the improbable, it becomes probable. If you decide to believe the ‘impossible’, you suddenly find yourself watching the “impossible” unfold before your eyes.

When you decide that every single person you meet is an Enlightened Being, they function that way and help you in unimaginable ways. They may insist they’re ordinary, but this book explains why they insist they’re ordinary. So please smile and be nice to them, even if they just cut you off in traffic or took the last slice of chocolate pie.

When you become willing to risk losing “everything”, the entire world becomes yours. When you truly defy fear, then truly nothing can harm you.

Your families, friends and neighbors matter. They help you in many ways. They show you examples, good and bad. They perform the actions of Enlightened Beings. So do politicians, corporate executives, and tyrants. Some people cannot see this because they still believe in the rules.

The real revolution takes place when you set an example of mindfulness for others. People sense motivations on a very deep level. If you walk the walk, you will not have to talk the talk. People will notice, and they will understand.

When you leave the rules behind, there is no need to break them – they dissolve into Emptiness.

Then you experience freedom, and create your world of Enlightenment.

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BOOK TWO: chapter nine: the nature and meaning of dreams and visions (part 5)


PART FIVE: How You Can Act In Your Dreams

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[From Buddhas Heruka and

Shakespeare said “all the world’s a stage”, and Buddha Shakyamuni says all of life is like a dream.

We’d like to suggest that you may use your dreams as a stage: On this stage you can have a dress-rehearsal of your next lifetime.

At this dress-rehearsal you don’t need an audience and critics. You can try out different lines and different methods of delivery, and you can run through the scenes as many times as you like. The cast and crew await your beck and call, and even the heroes and villains can be made to do your bidding.

Leslee had a nightmare several years ago:

“I was about to be devoured by a huge, menacing, hairy monster with fangs the size of my legs and a gaping mouth as large as my bedroom. The monster was leering over me, mouth opened to engulf me.

“Just as I knew my life was about to end, the dream-set turned into a stage-set.

“My ‘camera’ zoomed out, and I suddenly beheld my tiny ‘self’ on the set beside a not-quite-so-tiny monster which was actually a marionette. The marionette was being controlled backstage by a huge fat jolly man sitting casually on a stool, wearing overalls and no shirt, laughing so hard that it seemed his scruffy beard was about to fall off.

“As the scene zoomed out a little further, I saw another version of myself, this time in scale with the man in overalls, and I was also sitting on a stool, watching the puppet show and looking a bit dumbstruck (but very relieved).

“Around myself and Shakey (the fat man) stood several empty stools, and the floor was littered with the bodies of monks and nuns who had collapsed from exhaustion.

“When I awoke from the Dream, I realized that ‘Shakey was Buddha Shakyamuni (and Shakespeare), appearing to show me the true nature of my experiences in life.

“The exhausted monks and nuns represented people who had thoroughly exhausted themselves by grasping at appearances (such as the appearance of how a person in robes should behave).”

This dream dramatically changed Leslee’s life.

It showed her how everything experienced in this life is not only not ‘real’, but Enlightened Beings also arrange it, for everyone’s best benefit (Enlightened Beings often defy our expectations of appearances).

In the dream, unlike the monster, Leslee was not a marionette being controlled by Shakey.

She was free to choose her actions. Fortunately she chose to step back from the scene of menace and get a wider perspective of the situation. From there I could see that I was in no danger.

Contemplating this dream may open a clear understanding that all of your experiences are lessons. This knowledge offers powerful guidance for decision-making.

Please allow your dreams to show you how to act in life.

This can happen in many ways. Enlightened Beings can give you very clear and obvious lessons like the dream about ‘Shakey’. This often happens when you’re ready for the lesson, because your guides see you headed for a challenging situation or decision.

When you receive these special dreams, please pay attention and question their possible meanings.

Quite often, dreams can be interpreted in many ways, and each interpretation offers a lesson.

People commonly dream about playing roles that they’ve never played in ‘real’ life. These dreams take you out of your comfort zone and force you to think on your feet, so to speak. In your dream world you really can’t make mistakes, so try to remember: you have nothing to lose.

Dreams are just rehearsals.

You can master your role, playing it out however you like, until you gain a deep understanding of what role you wish to play in the ‘real’ world.

As your roles in life continue to shift, your dreams are at your disposal as tools you can use to work through your new positions.

If you keep in mind that you’re using these tools while working with Enlightened Beings, you may feel inspired to look very closely at your dreams.

Every detail you remember probably serves as a cue for you to find a lesson about how you can use your dreams to guide you through waking life.

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BOOK TWO: chapter nine: the nature and meaning of dreams and visions (part 6)


PART SIX: Fantasy And Reality

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[From Buddhas Heruka and Naropa]

You can also use your dreams to create your waking life.

This differs from literally turning your fantasy world into your ‘real’ world, because the dreams and wishes of the other actors powerfully affect the ‘real’ world.

You can, however, use your wishes to bend reality somewhat, and influence energies to flow in the direction that you’d like.

How quickly and to what extent this can manifest depends considerably on the wishes of the other people surrounding you (this is one reason why many spiritual traditions emphasize community). But even if you often feel like a stranger in a strange land, your wishes constantly affect your experience.

For instance, let’s say you’re in a job that you really don’t enjoy. Or maybe you just need to find a job. If you focus your mind on an imagined situation that you wish to find yourself in, the energies of your wish flow in the direction of that outcome.

If you can also manage not to think negatively about your ‘existing’ situation, that keeps the way clear for the energy to flow more precisely in the direction of your desires. Your energy goes where your mind goes, so negative thoughts, especially discouragement, tend to divert or short-circuit the fulfillment of your wishes because they dilute the amount of energy that actually goes in the direction you want.

It’s essential to understand that this manifestation process works in a rather unpredictable way.

So it’s best not to focus too much energy on the specifics of what you wish for, or you may miss opportunities arising.

This shows another example of how grasping may sneak in, disguised as part of your spiritual endeavors.

Generate your wish enthusiastically but try not to grasp too tightly at how you think it ought to come true.

The more clearly you can understand what it is you’re really wishing for (the stripped-down version), the more latitude Enlightened Beings have to influence outcomes. Then, the more quickly and easily you’re likely to notice results.

Even the smallest inspiration you get could be coming from Enlightened Beings trying to help you open up and allow your dreams to come true.

You can do this with any wish you have in your life. The state of mental relaxation that allows Us to plant seeds resembles a dream state, and with some people, dreamtime is the best time for Us to plant those seeds. You can take your wishes to sleep with you, and We may use that opportunity to both give you ideas and show you how you may need to fine-tune your wishes.

During your waking time you can process what you remember from your dreams, and also work on focusing your energy towards them.

In this way We can help you to dream yourself to a more fulfilling life.

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