Can meditation really be practiced? Does the meditation involve ascending up a continuous ladder of experience to suddenly reach a certain spiritual goal? The truth is that real meditation arises from the Being, when we discover the Natural Mind – Being within the self. True initiation is also for that purpose; to let the other experience true effortless meditation, Yoga, samadhi and equanimity.
With time and refinement, the depth and length of the natural meditation prolongs and it starts permeating all the areas of our life. Meditation is not a practice and it can never be one. Either one is meditation or one is not yet. All the other voluntary forceful efforts are there due to the lack of awareness about true spirituality and evolution.
When one discovers by chance and grace the actual equanimity of one’s Being, one stops looking for any spiritual boost from the outside. Then one dwells in inner contentment, cultivating inner simplicity, selflessness and silence. Most of the things people practice blow up their egos and make them think they are special. Yet, the actual elements of natural absorption and refinement are missing.
One steps on a true path (within) only by the grace of inner maturity and selflessness, and not otherwise. Guided practices are not complete spiritual transmissions, but rather they are the transmissions of those people’s limited consciousness. Such practices, however, similar to TV and music listening, have a hypnotic effect on people, when the mind falls into passivity and partial unawareness. Such a state without awareness can be quite dangerous and can in some cases lead to possession/hallucination if the channel of such transmission is impure or in contact with any occult practices, as most of the current so-called gurus are.
True kundalini awakening – the conscious awakening – is about the expansion of awareness and awakening to the equanimous Self-Being first. From there the actual journey within begins. One’s experience expands and one’s body transforms.
So should the idea of a deliberate, conscious meditation ‘practice’ be abandoned completely? It depends, because at a certain stage, if we are only used to living through a state of constantly projected subconscious issues, inner dramas and false ideations and concepts, then it may be beneficial to discipline ourselves once every day to at least freeing the mind on the active level (where one is either voluntarily producing or consuming information).
When we begin just to sit quietly, if doesn’t matter if many thoughts or feelings arise. The point is not to achieve anything, but rather to step out of the hallucinatory trance of constant doing and consuming information, and just be present with our own mind, however it is at that moment.
We have to always bear in mind, even if it is not yet our experience, that meditation already is – it is the natural condition of Reality itself. Therefore sitting practice is not something that should be approached in an action-driven ambitious way. We are not to think that we have to sit down every day and ‘somehow’ progress in absorption. Do we sit down every day to eat or use the bathroom with the notion that we are going to achieve something or progress anywhere? If we were able to conduct ourselves at all times with the same naturalness with which we urinate or defecate, then we would be content, naturally meditative people. There is not one single element in life that should be more complex than these simple natural acts of the physical body, and yet we have created a whole world of complexity and misery by our own hand. The path of meditation lies in undoing this self-created prison of complexity and congestion and restoring our Natural Being and flow of life.
Meditation practice is not to be used as an escape. To sit in a room alone on the floor, whether it feels pleasant or not, is not a situation to be continually longed for or sought after. It is a moment amongst any other ordinary mundane moment of any day, but a moment that may be used to contemplate on the natural simplicity of life. As we begin to connect in these moments to a space of inner-contentment and lightness, then we should allow all of our moments that we interpret as busier or more complex, to also sink into this naturally simple presence of Being.
Any ‘practice’ of meditation is to be used to go beyond any notion of practice or progress into the naturally meditative Being that is there at all times and is really never far from us. We are not to glorify a certain practice or state of being as the moment when we ‘transcend’ the mundane or become more fully ourselves as a Being. Because as long as such a notion or attitude persists then there can be no true integration within the natural flow of life.
Meditation is just as present when we are washing the dishes, shopping or having an interesting conversation, as when we are sat on the floor in silence trying to concentrate and still the mind. Meditation simply Is, and if there is any real meditation practice, it is simply getting of the idea that it is otherwise.