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Archive for June, 2012

What is Meditation?

Many believe they are making great advances in their journey to Self by performing an action they have been taught (and told is of vital importance) called meditation. This practice usually involves sitting quietly, with their eyes closed, in a struggle to locate happy thoughts in the mind. Perhaps someone is using the practice “being in the now” with the hope they will develop an everlasting wonderful joy. Yet is the ancient Hermetic or Zen concept of meditation really about any of those things? Or something else? The two following quotes I think provide very good food for thought into the question of “what is meditation,” and secondly “am I doing that?”

    “Any product of thought is not proper meditation, as that is of the mind’s memory. Meditation is a total denial, a total negation of everything that mankind has created. To meditate is to refuse all postures, breathing exercises, all things set in motion by thought. Meditation is the total comprehension of the whole of existence, the place from which correct action flows. Meditation is absolute silence of mind—not relative silence (lack of noise), but absolute silence (lack of self). Order, projection, structure, all silenced. Such is true freedom. Only in that total and complete silence do we abide in Truth. A position where time no longer exists—an everlasting beginning and end.” (Gary Harmon, on Spiritual Books Worth Reading website)

     “Any meditation that puts you to sleep or makes you feel nice and happy is garbage. We will have plenty of time to sleep and relax in the cemetary. It is a tremendous struggle to find out the nature of our Self. You do it by stepping behind yourself, see the thought process from above, from a superior position…missing nothing.” (Richard Rose lecture 1985)