Ethics, Contemplation and Meditation

Ethics Individual or universal In our society ethics is not always appreciated, we brand many a codex of behaviour as old fashioned and not good for our psychological health. Many experts are following the modern trend, rather than a spiritual guidance. When we go for something, do we in fact know the consequences, and if we knew, would we still go ahead? The question is complex if we don't do something because we are told not to, but not because we in our own integrity understands or agree, we might act as we are expected to, but in our subconscious another energy will be brewing, maybe one day causing us to act unwise. Yet, if we do what we want, how much suffering will it take before we act from wisdom rather than ego Which is better?

Only integrity and ethics can be safe walking sticks Unconscious evolution end with man and conscious evolution (revolution) begins. But conscious evolution does not necessarily begin in any particular man. It begins only if you choose it to begin. But if you do not choose it - as most people do not - you will be in a very tense condition. And present day humanity is like this: No where to go nothing to be achieved. Nothing can be achieved now without conscious effort. You cannot go back to a state of unconsciousness. The door has closed, the bridge has been broken. The conscious choice to evolve is a great adventure, the only adventure there is for a human being. The path is arduous; it is bound to be so. Errors are bound to be there, failures, because nothing is certain. This situation creates tension in the Mind. You do not know where you are, you do not know where you are going. Your identity is lost. OSHO: The Psychology of the Esoteric p. 4

Why ethics If we go beyond the logical regulations of what to do and what not to do, life is easier if we can trust that people stop on red signal, and move on green signal, then the basic rules of ethics become very diverse and very difficult to distinguish from custom.

Why professional ethics It is obvious that we have to work within what is legally accepted; If we treat sensitive issues only by following our own customary rules, we can hurt people badly, and get in a lot of trouble ourselves, if we for example overstep what the client or the peers of the client accept. Sadly many professionals transgress even simple rules often, as can be seen in the reports from Australian Psychological Association's ethical Committee.

But there is one more level Ethics could be seen as an attempt to emulate what is the most harmonious way of existence, not only in terms of traffic lights, But even more so in terms of attaining inner states of being like worthiness, meaningfulness and joy. The Sanskrit term for this is Dharma.

Paramahansa Yogananda defines dharma this way: Eternal principles of righteousness that uphold all creation; man's inherent duty is to live in harmony with these principles Here from Paramahansa Yogananda: Man's Eternal Quest, glossary If we can learn the writing spread forth in the Cosmos, in the stars, in their ordering and motions, we shall find that from Cosmos everywhere there speaks what permeates our hearts with truth, love and what piety which carries forward the evolution of humanity from epoch to epoch.
Rudolph Steiner: Spiritual Beings in the Heavenly Bodies, p. 186.

Examples on Right living or Dharma: From the New Testament: Judge Ye Not that Ye be not Judged (NT, Matthews 7:1)

One of Buddha's most famous sayings about dharma is the four noble truths: What are these four noble truths? The Noble truth of Suffering, the Noble Truth of the cause of suffering, the Noble Truth of the cessation of suffering, and the Noble Truth of the Path which leads to the cessation of suffering Here from The Wisdom of Buddhism edited by Christmas Humphreys p. 56 Instructions- for- life A message from the Dalai Lama A tongue-in-cheek modern dharma-teaching.
  1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
  2. When you lose, don't lose the lesson.
  3. Follow the three R's
  4. Respect for self
  5. Respect for others and
  6. Responsibility for all your actions
  7. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
  8. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
  9. Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
  10. When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
  11. Spend some time alone each day.
  12. Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values.
  13. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
  14. Live a good honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you'll be able to enjoy it a second time.
  15. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.
  16. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don't bring up the past.
  17. Share your knowledge. It's a way to achieve immortality.
  18. Be gentle with the earth.
  19. Once a year, go someplace you've never been before.
  20. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
  21. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
  22. Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.
What are prayer, meditation, and contemplation?
  • Prayer is a stated wish
  • Meditation is a steady uninterrupted flow of attention towards the object
  • Contemplation is focusing the Mind on a topic
You cannot do away with the practice of meditation
If a person has a really deep interest in spiritual growth, he or she cannot do away with the practice of meditation. That is the key! Just a mere prayer or wish will not effect this inner spiritual change. The only way for development is through a constant effort through meditation! Of course, at the beginning it is not easy. You may find difficulties, or a loss of enthusiasm. Or perhaps at the beginning there will be too much enthusiasm- then after a few weeks or months, your enthusiasm may wane. We need to develop a constant, persistent approach based on a long-term commitment. Dalai Lama, The Good Heart p. 123

Combining prayer, meditation, and contemplation It is my belief that if prayer, meditation, and contemplation -which is more discursive and analytic- are combined in daily practice, the effect on the practitioner's Mind and heart will be all the greater. One of the major aims and purposes of religious practice for the individual is an inner transformation from the undisciplined, untamed, unfocused state of Mind toward one that is disciplined, tamed, and balanced. Dalai Lama, The Good Heart p. 40-41

What is Contemplation? The following teaching is taken from a session of questions and answers that took place at Wat Gor Nork monastery during the Vassa of 1979, between Venerable Ajahn Chah and a group of English-speaking disciples. Some rearrangement of the sequence of conversation has been made for ease of understanding.
Q: When you talk about contemplating the body and Mind, though, do we actually use thinking? Can thinking produce true insight? […] A: In the beginning we need to work using thinking, even though later on we go beyond it. When we are doing true contemplation all dualistic thinking has ceased; although we need to consider dualistically to get started. Eventually all thinking and pondering comes to an end.
Q: You say that there must be sufficient tranquility […] to contemplate. Just how tranquil do you mean?
A: Tranquil enough for there to be presence of Mind.
Q: Do you mean staying with the here-and-now, not thinking about the past and future?
A: Thinking about the past and future is all right if you understand what these things really are, but you must not get caught up in them. Treat them the same as you would anything else - don't get caught up. When you see thinking as just thinking, then that's wisdom. Don't believe in any of it! Recognize that all of it is just something that has arisen and will cease. Simply see everything just as it is - it is what it is - the Mind is the Mind - it's not anything or anybody in itself. Happiness is just happiness, suffering is just suffering — it is just what it is. When you see this you will be beyond doubt.
Q: I still don't understand. Is true contemplating the same as thinking?
A: We use thinking as a tool, but the knowing that arises because of its use is above and beyond the process of thinking; it leads to our not being fooled by our thinking any more. You recognize that all thinking is merely the movement of the Mind, and also that knowing is not born and doesn't die. What do you think all this movement called 'Mind' comes out of? What we talk about as the Mind — all the activity — is just the conventional Mind. It's not the real Mind at all. What is real just IS, it's not arising and it's not passing away. Trying to understand these things just by talking about them, though, won't work. […]
Q: How can we arrive at this stage of the real Mind?
A: Your work with the Mind you already have, of course! See that all that arises is uncertain, that there is nothing stable or substantial. See it clearly and see that there is really nowhere to take a hold of anything - it's all empty. When you see the things that arise in the Mind for what they are, you won't have to work with thinking any more. You will have no doubt whatsoever in these matters.
Q: What degree of tranquillity are you talking about at this stage? And what quality of mindfulness is needed?
A: You don't need to go thinking like that. If you didn't have the right amount of tranquillity you wouldn't be able to deal with these questions at all. You need enough stability and concentration to know what is going on - enough for clarity and understanding to arise. Asking questions like this shows that you are still doubting. You need enough tranquillity of Mind to no longer get caught in doubting what you are doing. Excerpts from article on the net by Ajahn Chah at

Before we go in to the contemplation exercise, let us focus on the remaining 4 cosmic cards

1. Cosmic Birth (The ID point) cosmic birth id point
This is the only picture in the series where a human figure, a mother to be, is present. Furthermore an angel who simultaneously is the whole cosmos is present.
This picture represents the unique event a human birth or death is, because these two events are not opposites, but the same, in reverse order; the only difference is the individual subjective readiness. The cosmic proportions of the miracle of birth are mirrored in the birth horoscope in astrology. In this picture some of the central aspects of our connection with cosmos are depicted.
A central feature is how the planets are brought with us as a bridge between our human, physical aspect, and our angelic, cosmic aspect. Another way of describing this is to see the planets as the software that deals with or translates the hardware that is the zodiac.

Cosmic birth There is pain in the process of birth and in the process of death; even though the enlightened tantric Master Osho claims that there is less pain in the process of death than in birth.
In astrology it is described how the planets and their positions during the course of our life are defined at birth, and at death the planets too determine how that process will go.
It is said that the position our planets have at our death will be the position they have at our next birth. In this picture all the planets are there, in successive order, including Pluto that here is red-wine-red. (Pluto is not a part of the planet cards, because even if all planets play a part in our life, it is not necessarily a good idea to attempt to consciously work with all the forces that play a role in our psyche).
The angel-space is our guardian angel, a specific, benign being, unique for each of us, with a relationship with us almost akin to a very good friend. The birth is almost complete, the child is crowned, and its head is appearing; it is the final stages of birth. The Sun, our higher Self is dragging the child into physical being.
The moon is seen in the baby's medulla point. The baby is a baby and at the same time the baby symbolises the Earth. The crowning itself is of utmost importance; it is a moment of intense suffering, followed by relief, both for mother and child. It is here the birth trauma is instilled. The child is surrounded and protected by the zodiac. The cosmic birth card is placed in the identity point, an arms length above the head, in the top-point of the mental aura.
The ID point represents Gods will for us to be, because being human means that we attempt to reach a state of being by the means of becoming.

Keyword: Birth is a grace and so is death
Contemplations: Send your love to all mothers What is being born?

2. The Zodiac
zodiac meditation painting

The heart chakra
The zodiac represents our totality. Strictly speaking our totality is all the stars and planets, the whole cosmos, but it seems that the zodiac represents this wholeness well enough. The 12 individual zodiacal signs have each their own uniqueness, often with a lot of tension and action in their mythology. They represent the higher archetypes, the immensely dynamic and complicated series of events in the evolution of life and within each moment of our lives, which together create a unity ourselves. Each sign may be paired with another, seemingly representing an opposite force; there are a lot of levels of polarities and complementarities in the human psyche, because we live in the world of duality. The zodiac, the sum total of all these forces, therefore mirrors diversity, which as a whole creates unity. In the mental aura the resonance of the twelve star constellations in the zodiac is located in the border area between the bliss sheath and the discriminative sheath. The zodiac is placed in the heart chakra because the heart has to do with desire and the consequences of desire.

Keyword: Wholeness
Contemplations: Imagine the zodiac inside your heart Contemplate that nothing is not you

3. Skull in universe (The right mental point)
skull in universe meditation exercise painting
When this card is considered for a client, make sure you know the client, is it the right time? The issues this card touches goes deep. Contra indications for using the card are psychiatric conditions such as paranoia, psychosis and schizophrenia. One can hardly imagine a more to-the-core-icon of our mortality, than this bone-case. Most of us do not want to face our mortality, and even in the everyday death-rebirth situations, we often have difficulty letting go, and yet, in the course of healing, of becoming alive, we exactly must let go of our attachment to what is dead. On the picture, the skull, our mortality, is in cosmos, surrounded by stars. This illustrates our uniqueness, our utter loneliness, our mortality and our connectedness to cosmos and everything else if we dare listen.

Skull in universe The star signs in the background of the skull represent those we knew from our inner makeup, those that were instilled at birth. In fact a sensitive and aware deceased will find himself in cosmos with a feel of familiarity because he came into the world with exactly that blend. The stars and star signs that are there are there because they represent recognition. The big star straight above the skull is Stella Polaris, the star everything circles around. This star represents the karma of mankind. There are several other well-known star signs; some of them part of the zodiac, some of them not. The Southern Cross, lying under the skull and a bit to the left shows orientation. The card is placed in the right mental point, sitting on an imaginative line just above our right ear, but on the periphery of the mental aura. Placing it here provides training in our ability to listen.

Keyword: Separateness
Contemplations: Imagine a light between your eyebrows What in you is different?

4. Universe in skull (The left mental point)

The Universe in Skull may for some be difficult to relate to, which is not so strange, because a conscious recognition of the state of being the picture describes is higher consciousness. This time, all of the cosmos is within the skull; our being is the whole of cosmos. The stars and star signs that are included have the same meaning as in the previous card, the skull in universe, recognition and orientation. The stars are placed according to wisdom, each star and star sign relates to specific œbone plates in the skull. (We have yet to explore the deeper aspects of this). Stella Polaris was outside and above the skull in the previous card, representing the direction of mankind, or mankind's karma. In higher consciousness there is a being, and beingness has no direction, and therefore Stella Polaris is inside the skull.
Universe in skull The star sign Cassiopeia, that is not a part of the zodiac, is placed high on the top of the head, and represents joy. Another star sign that is not part of the zodiac, Orion, Orion is sitting on both the temporal bones; it represents seriousness. Aldebaran, the red eye of the Bull, represents the idea of Karma, and can be seen at the base of the nose bone, at the point of silence. Aldebaran is here because stillness can be reached through pranayama, control of the breath, and in stillness karma can be seen through, or even dissolved. The Moon can be seen on the jaw, because the moon represents the tight grip of the ego, a grip so strong, that the seed of the ego is still present, even in higher consciousness, making sure the ego will bounce back to full control as we come out of higher consciousness. The star sign Pisces is seen in the point of silence, because projection is noise. An outstanding feature in this picture is the star(s) in the eye sockets. It is Sirius in both eye sockets, because in higher consciousness our eyes are single. It is Sirius, because the human consciousness the consciousness about kundalini, stems from Sirius, as we described in the legend about Prometheus in the star sign Libra. In higher consciousness we see with Sirius-consciousness, there is a close connection between man and Sirius. The card is placed in the left mental point, because it relates to our ability to be.

Keyword: Everything within
Contemplations: Imagine a light between your eyebrows while you with a relaxed gaze look at the picture, and contemplate: Who are you? What is a problem? FOCUS AND EXPANSION
We have used contemplations throughout the course - on the zodiac, the planets and the tarot cards, we will here use the four cosmic cards as focus for a contemplation on the mental aura. The purpose of this exercise is FOCUS AND EXPANSION

aura sheaths

Let us just recapitulate where the mental aura is: 1: The bliss sheath or Causal 2: The intellect or discriminative sheath (part of the astral) 3: Mind or Manas (part of the astral) 4: Life sheath or Prana (part of the astral) 5: Gross matter, physical
mental aura

The mental aura
The discriminative sheath and the Manas sheath this aura seems to be something unique for man. It is found as a sphere with its centre in the centre of the brain, and a periphery that touches the edges of the shoulders, the heart, the mental control points, and the identity point above the head. This is the aura of thought. The aspects of this aura, Manas and discriminative sheath, are visible as different vibrations or layers in the mental aura.

The Mental healing
Using the four cosmic pictures focus and expansion

1.First each picture is contemplated in their own right, and in whatever order that makes sense for the client. This can take several sessions. Take your time
2.When appropriate time has been used on the individual pictures, the client is asked to visualize all four pictures in the periphery of the mental aura.
3.The exercise has to be done in this order:
1.Start with the cosmic birth-card in the ID-point above the head
2.Then move to the heart chakra, where the zodiac is placed.
3.Then to the point on the rim of the mental aura that is just above a line from the right ear, here the skull in universe is placed.
4.The universe in skull is lastly placed on the left side of the mental aura in the point above a line from the left ear.

These four pictures are then all simultaneously imagined in these positions, while their contemplations may be contemplated one by one This exercise can have a powerful immediate affect, but it will even more so work long term, inviting the psyche to gradually confront and reconcile issues for example around life - death and expansion-contraction, or ego versus higher consciousness.

Contemplation Focus and expansion 1. ID: The mother in labour and cosmos

Keyword: Birth is a grace and so is death
Contemplations: Send your love to all mothers What is being born?

2. Heart: The zodiac Keyword: Wholeness Contemplations: Imagine the zodiac inside your heart Contemplate that nothing is not you
3. Right mental point: The skull in the universe Keyword: Separateness Contemplations: Imagine a light between your eyebrows What in you is different?
4. Left Mental point: The universe in the skull Keyword: Everything within Contemplations: Imagine a light between your eyebrows Who are you? What is a problem?
In our description of tools available for development, we have reached a tool for the advanced meditation.
The state of meditation is difficult to obtain, and many don't know it is there, and confuses the technique of meditation to be the same as the state of meditation

The Dalai Lama writes: If a person has a really deep interest in spiritual growth, he or she cannot do away with the practice of meditation. That is the key! Just a mere prayer or wish will not effect this inner spiritual change. The only for development is through a constant effort through meditation! Of course, at the beginning it is not easy. You may find difficulties, or a loss of enthusiasm. Or perhaps at the beginning there will be too much enthusiasm- then after a few weeks or months, your enthusiasm may wane. We need to develop a constant, persistent approach based on a long-term commitment. The Dalai Lama, The Good Heart p. 123
It is my belief that if prayer, meditation, and contemplation which is more discursive and analytic- are combined in daily practice, the effect on the practitioner's Mind and heart will be all the greater. One of the major aims and purposes of religious practice for the individual is an inner transformation from the undisciplined, untamed, unfocused state of Mind toward one that is disciplined, tamed, and balanced. The Dalai Lama, The Good Heart p. 40-41

Yoga is the cessation of movements in the consciousness Yoga is the cessation of movements in the consciousness. Then the seer dwells in his own true splendour. At other times the seer identifies with the fluctuating consciousness. The movements of consciousness are fivefold. They may be cognisable or non cognisable, painful or non painful. They are caused by correct knowledge, illusion, delusion, sleep and memory. Correct knowledge is direct, inferred or proven as factual. Illusory or erroneous knowledge is based on non-fact or the non-real. Practice and detachment are the means to still the movements of consciousness. Practice is the steadfast effort to still these fluctuations. Long, uninterrupted alert practice is the firm foundation for restraining the fluctuations. Excerpts of Patanjalis Sutras (1:2 - 1:14)

Contemplation As Dalai Lama indicated, contemplation is more analytic than meditation, and therefore it is easier accessible for the western Mind to start there, and the technique can create positive change. The hands-on healing technique we teach has particular contemplations related to the different tarot and cosmic images as an integral part. These contemplations are important in their own right, and also helping the Mind to open up for the non-intellectual and non-verbal energy-transmission in the pictures. A good way of using these contemplations is: Look at the picture with a relaxed gaze while you at the same time allow the question given in the contemplation to stay open. Do not solve anything, allow the question to remain open, contained, alive, but not solved, boxed in. As with any technique, it requires some concentration, time and repetition, there is no way around it practice is the means.

Example of contemplation as a tool The mental aura, the discriminative sheath and the Manas sheath
This aura seems to be something unique for man. It is found as a circle with its centre in the centre of the brain, and a periphery that touches the edges of the shoulders, the heart, the mental points, and the identity point above the head. This is the aura of thought. The aspects of this aura, Manas and discriminative sheath, are visible aslayers in the mental aura, two different vibrations.

Meditation is one of the greatest arts in life -perhaps the greatest, and one cannot possibly learn it from anybody. That is the beauty of it. It has no technique and therefore no authority. When you learn about yourself, watch yourself, watch the way you walk, how you eat, what you say, the gossip, the hate, the jealousy - if you are aware of all that in yourself, without any choice, that is part of meditation. So meditation can take place even when you are sitting in a bus or walking in the woods full of light and shadows, or listening to the singing of birds or looking at the face of your wife or child. J.Krishnamurti: Meditations

Meditation; a story: A disciple who had been practicing for some time came to see Ikkyu. It was raining, and as he went in, he left his shoes and umbrella outside.
After he had paid his respects, Ikkyu asked him on which side of his shoes he had left his umbrella. Now, what kind of a question? You expect masters to ask about God, about kundalini rising, chakras opening, lights happening in your head! But Ikkyu asked a very ordinary question. What does shoes and umbrellas have to do with spirituality? But there is something immensely valuable in it; the question has meaning. The disciple could not remember - who bothers where you have put your shoes and on which side you have put your umbrella? But that was enough - the disciple was refused. Ikkyu said, Then go and meditate for seven years more. Seven years the disciple said. Just for this small fault Faults are not small or big, Ikkyu said. You are just not yet living meditatively, that's all. Don't make any distinction between things, that this is trivial and that is very spiritual. Pay attention, be careful, and everything becomes spiritual. If you don't pay attention, don't be careful, everything becomes unspiritual. Spirituality is imparted by you, it is your gift to the world. When a master like Ikkyu touches his umbrella, the umbrella is as divine as anything can be. Meditative energy is alchemical; it goes on transforming the baser into the higher. Peel an orange as if you are conducting a symphony, and you will be coming closer and closer. The more meditative you become, the more you see God everywhere. At the ultimate peak, everything is divine. Osho: Take it easy, vol 2, here from Neo Tarot p. 28-29.

The purpose of meditation The purpose of meditation [..] is to teach the mental layer to open up for the higher and faster spiritual energy. It is imperative to understand that if one can establish a vacuum in the consciousness, if one can stop the thoughts, be still, then this mental vacuum will immediately attempt to fill itself up with some other non-mental energy.
Therefore it is very important that there is a relative tranquillity before the meditation, relative balance in the lower aspects: The physical, the etheric [pranic], the astral. If there is not balance and thus control, in these lower aspects, the mental vacuum will fill with what there might be of blockages, physical unbalances, pain, sexual blockages emotional disturbances, weaknesses in the character, shadow-material.

The meditation will, without previous and continued training of the physical-etheric-astral, result in more energy flowing into extremes and unbalances in the total psycho-physical system.
Only if there are relative balance and control in the lower aspects, the vacuum created by meditation will be filled with the higher, healing, spiritual energy. The risk that is connected with […] meditation techniques therefore precisely lies in that the meditation - if it really is effective - because of the mental vacuum, strengthen and enlarges all the imperfections, unbalances and unconscious aspects in the person. Jes Bertelsen: Dybdepsykologi 4, p 10 11, our translation

Four steps in the meditative process Recollecto; Silentio; Iilluminatio; Unio Mystica
In the Christian mysticism […] the four steps is described this way: Concentration consists of the act, the exercise, wherein the soul constantly is focused on and remembers God. When walking, standing, speaking, working, eating, resting, constantly to remember God, constantly to direct oneself towards God. […] This process is often called Recollecto.
Meditative equilibrium between inward and outward is by Master Eckehard described as the condition where the soul and God is in harmony, that the soul is born into God and God is born into the soul. This clearly meditative, double-poled awareness in harmony between soul and God is called Silentio (silence). [The third step] Illumination is by the mystics Teresa, Eckehard and Ruysbroek described as momently-enlightened, a state where the soul and God in a brief moment are one. This condition is called Illuminatio. Finally the lasting higher consciousness is described as Unio Mystica, permanently to be one with God. In the east for example Patanjali describes in the 3' book of the yoga sutras the same phases:
  1. Fixing the consciousness on one point or region is concentration (dharana).
  2. A steady, continuous flow of attention directed towards the same point or region is meditation (dhyana).
  3. When the object of meditation engulfs the meditator, appearing as the subject, self awareness is lost. This is samadhi.
  4. These three together - dharana, dhyana and samadhi - constitute integration or samyama.
  5. From mastery of samyama comes the light of awareness and insight.
Edited from Jes Bertelsen: Hoejere bevidsthed (Higher Consciousness) p 65-66

Obstacles to meditation
Tricks of the Mind don't be fooled by experiences All experiences are just tricks of the Mind, all experiences are just escapes. Meditation is not an experience, it is a realisation. Meditation is not an experience; rather, it is a stopping of all experience. Experience is something outside you. The experiencer is your being. And this is the distinction between true spirituality and false: if you are after experiences, the spirituality is false; if you are after the experiencer, then it is true. And then you are not concerned about kundalini, not concerned about chakras, not concerned about all these things. They will happen, but you are not concerned, you are not interested, and you will not move on these by-paths. You will go on moving towards the inner centre where nothing remains except you in your total aloneness. Only the consciousness remains, without content. Content is the experience; whatsoever you experience is the content. I experience misery; then the misery is the content of my consciousness. I then experience pleasure; the pleasure is the content. I experience boredom; then boredom is the content. You can experience silence; then silence is the content. If you experience bliss; then bliss is the content. So you go on changing the content you can go on changing ad infinitum but this is not the real thing. The real is the one to whom these experiences happen to whom boredom happens, to whom bliss happens. The spiritual search is not what happens, but to whom it happens. Then there is no possibility for the ego to arise.

Osho: Meditation the First and Last Freedom p.314 -334 You are not a becoming you are a being […] A wants to become B; B wants to become C. Then the fewer of becoming is created. You are not a becoming; you are a being. You are already that which you can be, which you can ever be you are already that. Nothing more can be done about you; you are a finished product. This is the meaning I give to the story that God created the world: when the perfect creates, the creation is perfect. When God creates, how can you improve upon it? Just think of the whole absurdity; the whole idea is absurd. You are trying to improve upon God; you cannot improve. You can be miserable, that's all. And you can suffer unnecessarily. And you will suffer diseases which are just in your imagination and nowhere else. God creating means: out of perfection comes perfection. You are perfect! Nothing else is needed. Look right now, this very moment, within yourself. Have a direct insight. What is needed? Everything is simply perfect and beautiful. Not even a cloud in your inner space. Everything is full of light. But the Mind will want, sooner or later, to be something else, to be somewhere else, to become. The Mind doesn't allow you to be. The Mind is becoming, and your soul is being. That's why Buddha's go on saying: Unless you drop all desiring you will not attain! Desiring means becoming. Desiring means to be something else. Desiring means not to accept the case as you are, not to be in a total yes mood no matter what the situation. Osho: Meditation the First and Last Freedom p.332 - 334

The levels of consciousness [Consciousness] has several levels, and they can roughly be described in this way], beginning on the lowest and ending on the highest level: Deep dreamless sleep; dream; awaken; holographic consciousness; non-dual totally awake consciousness. While the ordinary consciousness is isolated, dual and separated, the holographic consciousness in its essence is connected with all other consciousnesses. […] The practices of double-poled awareness, practicing consciousness non-verbally knowing of itself in glimpses, gradually train the ordinary consciousness to refrain from the isolating and sequential way of functioning [that are the earmark of ordinary consciousness].
The ordinary consciousness [..] is identified with, or primarily interested in the object, while the double poled awareness is turned back, inward, towards […] awareness, and in that process, let go of attachment and identification with the object, and first and foremost, in a glimpse, know of itself. In double-poled awareness, any content in our consciousness, any condition, is treated simply and only as an offset for double-poled awareness. […] All contents and conditions are equally well suited for the Mind, to momentary know of itself. What happens or do not happen in the Mind immediately after a moment of double-poled awareness is without consequence for the practitioner.
Any incident after the moment of double-poled awareness experienced or hoped-for as a possible outcome of the techniqu , is just once again the sequential, understanding-producing, normal dual and Causal Mind. […] The other condition is that the practitioner must have trust, must dare letting go of the known, and open up to the unknown. This trust is about the trust towards ones own practice, but, […] this trust is also connected to the process of teaching and thus to the teacher and the lineage of the teacher. Translated and edited from Danish: Jes Bertelsen: Bevidsthedens inderste, Dzogchen. P 17 ff

How to prepare ourselves for meditation The physical aspect is the body. The training of this aspect as a preparation for meditation happens in physical exercises as for example hatha yoga, tai chi etc. The pranic or etheric aspect is the life-force, the auric layer that is of the opposite sex to the physical. The training of this layer happens in breathing exercise (Pranayama), training of chakra structures, meditations on the opposite sex etc. The astral aspect is the emotional. This is trained in cathartic techniques as for example encounter, gestalt, bioenergetics, meditations on the shadow and exercises in the astral aura. The mental aspect is the thinking itself, the basic activity of consciousness. Meditation understood in the Eastern way is precisely training of the mental layer. The spiritual layer is the higher and highest layers of consciousness, the form of energy that expresses itself in the Self, in intuitions, compassion, bliss, peace, wisdom. Jes Bertelsen: Dybdepsykologi 4, p 10 - 11, our translation

Patanjali on meditation. 1.28 The mantra aum is to be repeated constantly, with feeling, realizing its full significance.
1.33 Through cultivation of friendliness, compassion, joy and indifference to pleasure and pain, virtue and vice respectively, the consciousness becomes favourably disposed, serene and benevolent.
1.34 Or, by maintaining the pensive state felt at the time of soft and steady exhalation and during passive retention after exhalation.
1.35 Or, by contemplating on an object that helps to maintain steadiness of Mind and consciousness.
1.36 Or, inner stability is gained by contemplating a luminous sorrow-less effulgent light.
1.37 Or, by contemplating on enlightened sages who are free from desires and attachments, calm and tranquil, or by contemplating Divine objects.
1.38 Or, by recollecting and contemplating the experiences of dream-filled or dreamless sleep during a watchful waking state.
1.39 Or, by meditating on any desired object conductive to steadiness of consciousness.

Meditation techniques: A Shadow Meditation Edited from Jes Bertelsen notes sit down and imagine as openly as you can, in front of you, the actual person or dream you have chosen as shadow.
  1. Think about all the rational reasons you have for not liking the person.
  2. Re-experience the emotions, which show the projection of the shadow hate, disgust, insecurity, embarrassment.
  3. Try to identify the character traits in yourself that exactly activate the strongest emotions.
  4. Imagine white light above or around or through the shadow- person from the meditation. This is a healing, a transformation and a thank-you to the other person for giving you a mirror to work with.

Meditation techniques: Why we feel like victims an exercise in healing of mental polarities The technique: When something happens, understand and feel that it could just as easy have been yourself doing that the other way, that you actually in other connections do it. A person that in a certain situation is mistreated, finds himself in this situation to a large extend because this person is helplessly unaware about his own ability to do the same. When something happens and I can not see my own part, then the energy in the situation freezes me in the role as a passive, innocent victim. If I, when something happens, can understand and feel that it could just as easy have been me doing that the other way, that I actually in other connections do it, then the energy will not solidify, but move towards the Self. Jes Bertelsen: Selvets virkelighed

Meditation techniques: Double-poled awarenesson the Cosmic pictures The Cosmic pictures are also meant as meditative tools. A very powerful meditation on them is the double-poled awareness: We recommend you to give this exercise with caution, since it at least potentially is very powerful.
The most obvious card, to use among the Cosmic cards, is the Core-card, the zodiac sign that was chosen first in the hands-on healing mandala. The technique is as follows: Focus your gaze in a relaxed way on the picture, at the same time as you in your minds eye connect with the 3' eye. This technique is called double-poled awareness, and is a classical technique to enhance meditation. It is used in the western spiritual traditions for example on Christian Icon's, in the east for example on mandalas and the Thangka's. The idea is that when the two directions of thought - towards the image and towards the 3'eye are of equal strength, a qualitative leap will happen. The Mind will be suspended and a meditative state is experienced. This will most likely happen only in fractions of a second at a time, with the normal Mind taking over in between.

Advanced Meditation technique:
Double-poled awareness on a crystal ball Place the crystal ball in a pleasant distance from where you sit, and level with your eyes, and look at it with a relaxed gaze.
  • After some time, simultaneous with the relaxed looking, imagine a light in the ajna centre in the forehead, thus creating a double awareness.
  • This exercise may with some training bring true meditative states, where subject and object merges into oneness, light, bliss etc.

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