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Welcome again! A brief report first, for those who have been following the Yoga of the Sun articles Part One and Part two:
I have just entered the third week of practicing the sun-gazing technique, and I am happy to report that I am beginning to notice subtle changes in my levels of calmness and quietness of mind. I am looking forward to continuing the practice and will from time to time provide updates as to any effects that become manifest. If you have yet to read these two articles, please do! We are going to pick up where we left off with the article The Jewel at the Heart of the Lotus, and talk about meditation, how Symbiation bypasses issues with our modern society, and a little on what or who we really are.
Modern resistance to Meditation
In terms of human history, meditation as a practice in modern society is still in its infancy (more profoundly so in North America) and fails to have the impact it should for many reasons. This does not mean to say there is not profound benefit and advancement towards a more connected self available through meditation at all, quite the opposite is true. There are however, three fundamental flaws in the majority of meditation techniques that need to be addressed:
- Meditation techniques in the West are based for the most part on ancient traditions of practice, many with very specific demands to be placed on time, diet and other factors which do not easily transfer into Western lifestyle.
- There is a degree of rigidity as there is with any tradition or technique which can span in some cases five thousand years. This rigidity often fails to take into account the current state of the modern world, as well as failing to understand that we are indeed a media-driven society.
- Yoga and other active forms of meditation have in many cases been reduced to an almost purely physical component, with little stress put onto the subtler, deeper truths that these wonderful techniques have to offer. To paraphrase Iyengar in Light On Yoga, Yoga without all its integral practices is nothing more than calisthenics.
Sight driven world
One of the primary benefits of Symbiation lays in its ability to not only engage our minds, but also our primary sense; sight. This is especially fitting for Western culture and our need for external stimuli in order to find something interesting enough to hold our attention for any length of time. Traditional practitioners of meditation concentrate on achieving awareness through gradually becoming focused until such time as input from the five senses ceases almost entirely. Although this is still a perfectly valid practice and one whose success in the East and in the West is demonstrable, many of us born into Western culture are too used to instant gratification to benefit as quickly as necessary from these techniques.
Symbiation allows any practitioner new or experienced to use their sense of sight as strength instead of seeing attachment to one of the senses as a weakness. Symbiation embodies exposing our subconscious mind to visual ‘Keys to the Kingdom,’ unlocking genetically encoded information and affecting change at a cellular level and beyond to the quantum level without conscious direction or explanation. This is the inherent power of symbols – their ability to bypass our consciousness completely while unlocking our sub consciousness and affecting change that can instantaneously raise our level of awareness.
Do you know Your Self?
The first thing we must understand if we are to achieve full awareness through Symbiation is why we are here in the first place and who and what we really are. All of the ancient mystical traditions are united in answering these questions. They each claim in different words perhaps, that we are essentially shards of Divine Consciousness emanating from the Creator out of itself and manifested in this physical dimension to make the journey back to conscious union with the Creator.
For a Buddhist, this common purpose is to be incarnated here on Earth to unfold our innate Buddha-nature and enter into conscious awareness of its peace, bliss, and all-encompassing knowledge. For the Hindu mystics of the Bhagavad Gita and the Upanishads, the meaning of existence lies in realizing the essential unity of our individual soul (the Atman) with Brahman, the eternal timeless consciousness that is at once manifesting all things and yet beyond all physical manifestation.
Sufis claim that the human being has a unique relationship with God because God fashioned us with his own hands while creating the Universe by Divine Word. Sufi mystics believe that God breathed his own being into us, sowing a seed in our innermost core a memory of our origin in Him and decreed that the whole purpose of life on Earth should be to return in full awareness to Him, whose children we are.
Christian mystics such as Eckhart see the soul of man as being born into a physical body and placed on this Earth to undertake the journey to an awareness and ‘marriage’ with the inner Christ and his divine knowledge and compassion. For Taoists such as Lao-Tzu and Chang-Tzu, the whole of the Universe is a manifestation of the mystery of the unnameable – named Tao, which simply means ‘The Way.’ The person who realizes their own nature also realizes their own essential unity on all levels with The Tao (substitute God if Tao makes you uncomfortable) in perfect harmony with all of Creation.
When we look past the different terms employed by the various mystical systems and even most recognized monotheistic religions, we realize we are all talking about the same divine truth – that we are all children of the Creator and have been put here to make this realization in our physical form. This relationship awakens us to the realization that our fundamental consciousness is one with The Divine, and that we have never been nor can be separate from The Creator.
This extraordinary truth is spoken of in every major religion, if in different ways: Christ says in the Gospel; “The Kingdom of God is within you.” Rinpoche states that “nothing needs to be added, it is merely the Divine looking naturally at itself.” The mantra commonly chanted throughout India and many Eastern countries “Om Mani Padme Hum” is interpreted as “the jewel at the heart of the Lotus” – referencing the divine nature within us.
I leave this wonderful little tidbit to close this day, my friends. We are all divine nature, the ground each of us walks upon is holy ground, and the supply and bounty of all creation has been provided for us. Peace to you this wonderful August day.