- 1.Meditation defined in the most accurate and clearest way I’ve come across, in 3 quotes, and explained even further by me.
- 2.Enlightment process described, further defined.
- 3.The feeling of Nirvana given context and described.
I always had an issue with the definition of ‘Meditation’. I’d heard it used and seen it written in all manner of contexts, some seeming contradictory.
I didn’t bother with understanding it, but did my own thing, going with what I knew inside and with what worked for me. I read a description just now that is exactly what my experiences have been:
Initially, when you sit to meditate, you are not really meditating. You are practicing concentration. Using the classic definition, meditation begins when you are able to stop all thought in the mind. So, until then, we practice. We learn to focus the mind on a single object. *
For me it began with a curiousity. My father meditated on the floor in the dark each evening, I discovered, from the time I resided with him in Australia at 9 years old. I would join him, and we lay next to one another in slence, at my Great Aunt’s place in Canberra where he’d been living.
After that I was doing it more from determination. Just like I’d tried all the tricks in case they really did work- like the wriggling your nose on Bewitched.;) I wanted to gain from this exercise if it really did work, as it sounded like it’d be a huge benefit.
So, I spent time trying to meditate. I would lie down with my eyes closed and I would experience that. I would do the noticing the thoughts. I would do the trying to stop them. I would do the noticing any space, then noticing when a thought came.
In time what happens is, it just gets easier and easier. You train yourself, quite literally. Awarenesses along the way occur as if by magic, as you are able to notice what else is going on around you that your thoughts and your focus on the physical reality are obscuring.
Then I ran into some challenges, as I was still at this stage attracting all manner of hardships, as my ‘I could get through anything, as my whole life experience has been suffering’ style, was still creating my reality.
In absolute desperation, when I really just wanted to die, I again did the meditating thing, but this time with a “I’m gonna get there or else, I can’t stand to be alive!” attitude.
It was then I realised I knew this place as the safe place I had to go to as a child, when life was too much. I had just taken on the current adult words and descriptions in favour of my own. Well I didn’t have the words to describe my personal experience or knowledge yet of what it was.
With practice you will learn to pass through the gateway of the chakra into dimensions of light. Beyond these dimensions of light lies the ocean of nirvana. The result of true mediation is the stateless state of nirvikalpa samadhi or nirvana, when the individual self is absorbed into the Universal Self. *
Words I will use, to use common English language words, so we can easily incorporate it into a knowing in every day life are:
What happens the more you meditate, when you do hold a thoughtless space, and when your awareness becomes such that you are aware you are moving your consciousness, is you can clearly see light.
You can see passage ways toward a light. As you are able to hold a thoughtless space for a longer time, so you can go further along, toward the light.
There are breaks or gateways where you go through a space of no light and suddenly, it is brighter and stronger as the light reappears. I prefer the term ‘portal’ for these. You need to pass through 3 to 5 of them – though it is not a space where you are counting! Counting being a lower consciousness activity that involves the mind.
It IS a journey. The longer you can hold a thoughtless space – and why it is a requirement – is, you need to travel in this state to get to where your consciousness feels to be floating in an ocean, or a cloud, or an area of absolute resonance, OF LOVE.
Whatever word you choose to best describe to you, will do, for a supportive comforting thing you cannot actually feel….;)
Floating is the way to describe it. A warmth of feeling, but not temperature wise. A smile comes on your face (actually it has come long before this) but here it is SO WIDE, and it is not in your conscious control, it has just happened as your energy has felt it necessary to do.
There is nothing else happening for you, except a feeling of the utmost peace, love, serenity and bliss, all wrapped up in a warmth light, that you feel has you wrapped up like in a snuggly doona/duvet.;)
It was in my state of determination and desperation “I am going there!!!”and getting there, that caused me to realize that this place is there for everyone.
I feel anyone can get there who wants to , and who knows how to, and is determined enough to.
It was my already knowing it was there, that made me able to stick it out. It was my feeling so terrible and not wanting to be alive, that gave me no other option but, to stick it out til I felt it.
During this time, I went there whenever I had the opportunity. I was in a house where I had put string hammocks inside, as I found them the most comfortable thing. I would climb into a hammock and I would go to the light. I would have the intention, I made time, and that was where I was going to go.
You don’t just wake up one morning and ZAP! your enlightened…it’s an ongoing process. Everyday brings another change. *1
I had always – since my early childhood experiences of suffering combined with church visits;) – wanted, and intended to, attain enlightment.;)
When meditating, when you reach as high as you have been able to go, there are times when light just enters you. It gets brighter and whiter the closer to it you get, before you can feel it.
The first time it enters you by ‘cracking down’ it feels incredible. I say cracking down as it looks just like a lightning flash/bolt you may have seen on tv or in the sky. There is a sudden warmth and flow about you and a joy, an incredible joy.
The light you see inside yourself is brighter than the light of the day, so it is really interesting to open your eyes and things are darker! It makes you want to close your eyes again. : )
I wrote a chapter in my book ‘Living In Me’ called ‘Fast track to the light’, where I explain more of my experiences, more specifics of the journey and a more detailed ‘how to’.
It is very real this thing, this thing called joy, and unconditional unbelievable love, and divine light. It is also there awaiting us at any time we choose to experience it.
I do not go there every day now, but only because I know it is there for me at any time.
I am still experiencing all the changes and know how we are meant to bring to earth this light. How it transforms us, betters our life experience, maximizes our potential and alters for better, the energy of our Earth. : )
* Quotes from Lucia Rene’s ‘Unplugging The Patriachy’ 2009, where she quotes her spiritual teacher.