Week Seven

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Week Seven 2016-10-14T07:47:27+00:00

Week Seven

Pacification

Stage seven is referred to as thorough pacification.

We have let go of the reigns, the worries of rules and form, and we are able to sit within the open space of the mind. We no longer chase after thoughts, fret over what arises, or combat discursive thinking. We are now comfortable in watching and examining what surfaces.

As the stages progress, the lessons become shorter becomes the openness of the mind becomes greater. There is no longer a need for constant direction. We are not swayed by laxity or excitement and the process of sitting has shown itself to be an open channel of learning and connection with everything that is.

Our meditation is now intentional absorption. Like Einstein, we sit with our “thought experiments” and arise not based on a set time but when we are done with our thinking. We have found the process is no longer about control and now the breath unifies with the topic at hand.

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance. ~ Aristotle
This is a stage where onlookers see clairvoyance or the miraculous when in fact, it is simply being witness to someone who meets and walks through an experience without it being directed by the intentions of an ego.

This stage of meditation is what is referred to in the sutras as the absorption of wisdom, or compassion, or loving kindness.

We are now sitting with the idea or the goal, fully and with open and focused intent (whatever that may be for each of us).

I have often heard that Buddhism is a path without teachings or goals. It is unveiling our “buddha within.” This would seem to fly in the face of 40 years of the Buddha teaching across the country, to thousands of people, in all walks of life. There is a path and there are goals. The idea is that we remove what we have covering them—ignorance and attachment—so that we can see the truth as it is without our projections clouding it.

We now are at the stage where this is possible. This is a stage where onlookers see clairvoyance or the miraculous when in fact, it is simply being witness to someone who meets and walks through an experience without it being directed by the intentions of an ego.

Think of this process like a door (our ego) and the empty space of a keyhole (reality).

Say we want to take cake to the room on the other side of the door. We can either push the cake through the keyhole, demolishing it entirely and taking the stance that there is no way to the other side that is not destructive, or we can open the door and remove our ego from the path and pass through without obstacle.

Over the past seven weeks, we have encountered our ego repeatedly. What we feel is a certainty. What we can and cannot do and this will never change. Hopefully you have been keeping track of your experiences in your notebook. Looking back over these weeks, you should notice that certain things that seemed to be a certainty in the beginning, have changed.

Take some time during your meditation to look at these changes and how they happened. What kept you bound to that perspective and what set you free from it? When you have settled into this, broaden your view and place it over the rest of your life.

What do we feel bound by? What chains have we shackled ourselves with that can be undone?

Make sure to note what you come up with and present them in discussion or send them to me with your questions.

The path is only obscured by what we put on it.

What do we feel bound by? What chains have we shackled ourselves with that can be undone?

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