Western man, in his ambition to fly out of his body, has identified with the head or, at lowest, with the heart. Orientals, with no less spiritual ambition, have stressed the importance of attaining rootedness in the body first and have cultivated the feeling of the centre of gravity in the belly. This experience, which might appear to be a matter of trivial psychological gymnastics, has proved to be an exercise of far-reaching consequences. The pursuit of centredness on the abdominal region is the dominant element in the method of eastern meditation, and I have found great benefit in it for reaching out.
The preparation is common to most meditation practices:
1. Choose a quiet room, neither dark nor bright. In a bright room one is disturbed by outward images, in a dark room, by inner images.
2. Choose a comfortable position, which the body will not be compelled to change soon, a sitting position. Crossing of the legs in the traditional lotus posture is quite unnecessary for anyone not accustomed to it. On the contrary, it is a good idea to set the feet firmly on the ground.
3. Hold the back straight (supported by a back rest if desired) and the head high but bent backward a little, so that the tip of the nose is vertically over the navel and the "light of the eyes" can easily be directed toward the body's centre (solar plexus), that is, so that consciousness can easily be directed toward the unconscious.
4. Keep the eyes half closed. The same would be true of entirely open or entirely closed eyes as of bright or dark rooms. The eyes -- their gaze converging over the tip of the nose -- are directed toward the solar plexus.
5. Hold the hands together, as in the Chinese greeting -- the right hand forms a fist which is held clasped by the left. This represents a communio naturarum of the yin and yang, if you wish to really know.
6. Before beginning to meditate, breathe from three to five times, deeply, slowly and evenly, so that the "sea of breath" is stimulated in the abdomen. In this way you will avoid being disturbed in the course of meditation by the need to take a deep breath. During meditation, pay no attention to breathing. The mouth must be closed, you must breathe entirely through your nose.
7. Look profoundly inward, at the mental image of a mandala (or another image of your pleasure - you form the image: it must be YOUR creation, from your brain energy). You must picture the interconnection uniting all of us into you. Thus you will be in our presence as it were, and will keep yourself open to meditation with confidence.
8. Banish all thought. A total emptiness of mind is created. Meditation consists in "letting go". It is not the surface consciousness but the creative genius of the deep psyche that should speak to us.
9. This emptiness of thought is facilitated by its positive counterpart, which consists in directing consciousness toward the body's centre, that is, the unconscious.
10. You now enter upon the first of the three preparatory stages of meditation. All thoughts are bound fast in imagination to the body's centre (eros!) like monkeys at the foot of a tree. The bond between logos and eros paralyzes the "monkey" thoughts. Consciousness by an act of the imagination is shifted to the solar plexus, that is, the unconscious.
11. This produces a certain degree of relaxation, though there is still a faint striving to hold fast.
12. One now attains the third stage, in which there is no further effort or tension, a state of peaceful beatitude.
Now at last the stage has been reached in which something can "happen" to you. What you now experience is the content of your meditation -- but images and ideas must be expelled at once! It is impossible to guess beforehand what this content will be. Certain temporary disturbances of the meditation will occur, but these are actually an indication that you have meditated correctly.
At point No. 7 you may use soothing music to prepare for the oncoming three stages. Relaxing ambience would assist in achieving a release of tension.
Now something WILL happen to you, and you MUST record it.
The inner journey to creativeness has started with ecstasy.
Write your experience to me, if you please. Email it to me or post a comment. I'd be delighted.
You may find it difficult to write on your "revelation". But you MUST.
Because of its openness to the promptings from your deeper nature, and its attunement to your inner creative voices, the way may be expected to be a highly individual one.
Indeed, if we seek analogies for this experience, the closest might be found in the life of some artists, whose endeavour has been to follow their "calling" or vocation. Their attunement to themselves cannot in general be divorced from their process of expression, so that their art is at the same time a result and a discipline.
When the Greeks spoke of the poet as one possessed by the Muses, they were not merely indulging in a metaphor. For many, the visionary or clairaudient experience was as true as that which Socrates reported in speaking of his daimon, and this has continued to be true among a number of artists in our own tradition.
I am one who when Love inspires me, takes note; and I go on setting it forth after the fashion which Love dictates within me.
In Whitman we read:
Oh, I am sure they come from Thee, the urge, the order, the unconquerable will, the potent, felt, interior command, stronger than words. A message from the heavens, whispering to me ever in my sleep.
They are both speaking of the true experience of inspiration, which most people today have come to regard as little more than a figure of speech. Such experiences do not differ in essence from that which Alfred De Musset describes in the following terms: "...it is not work. It is merely listening. It is as if some unknown person were speaking in your ear."
The direct transmission of spiritual energy, or the possibility for a superconsciously inspired individual to bring another into contact with his/her own superconscious source of inspiration, is well recognized in the different mystical traditions both as verbal and non-verbal processes.
The river flows, the watcher sits by its bank. Swallows cross the sky, the sky remains.
Make your meditating exercise one of action-in-inaction: watch your stream of consciousness without interfering with its course. Swallows cross the sky, the sky remains. "The mind is like a mirror -- it projects nothing, it clings to nothing."
Mind is like space...
Our must be an exercise in spontaneity and freedom. The river must flow on its own. You accept its course. You follow the calling. Precisely because, like space, you are like nothing, you may be filled by everything. You can let everything be and reach your creative ecstasy.
Follow the calling.
Manifest with your mind the true dimensions of the self-spirit.