Meditation Piece

Let us make our bodies comfortable. Taking in one deep breath, become aware of the tension in our muscles. Breathing out, let us start to relax the tension we feel. Breathing in, being aware of tension. Breathing out, letting a tension go. Breathing in, finding more tension. Breathing out, letting tension go.

Our minds also have tension; favourite negative thoughts, favourite distractions. The constant internal monologue. A radio station with one channel and favourite records to play. Continuing with our deep breathing we can permit ourselves to see that we are not our private monologue, and our private monologue is not who we are. Hearing this monologue we can allow ourselves to identify with the part of us that is doing the hearing; the part that is doing the listening to the radio station. This is the part of ourselves that does not need to talk or analyse endlessly. This is the part of ourselves as One with the Ground of All Being. It is. Unrestricted. Ever peaceful. Ever loving. Endlessly resourceful. Never dying.

In this way our monologue can cease to own us; can die down – leaving us free in the here and now to enjoy the vitality and peace of simply being, and being alive.

Continuing with our mindful breathing, let us be centred. Grounded. Identified with the peaceful vitality that we always-already are. Thoughts arise, then fall away. Freely letting them do so, without reflection or judgement, we are free to be empty of all desires and judgements, because this is our original nature. The face we had before we were born.

Let us empty ourselves of any desires, judgements, or expectations about tonight. They arise, they leave. The inner peace, freedom and calm that we are is a constant, and always remains.

Being aware of the light and energy qualities of simply being, we can allow ourselves to become aware of the light and energy within our bodies. We can turn our attention to this, and to our central chakra. This chakra, sometimes called the hara chakra, is where we feel this energy most strongly. It is the power centre, level with our navel, and a little bit behind the navel; at our core. The spot from which we grew in our Mother’s womb.

Being aware of our energy in this way we can allow ourselves as we wish to sense this energy going down through our body and out of our body into the ground beneath us. Once at one with the ground beneath us, we can sense and be aware of all the ground of the Earth; the vastness of this beautiful planet we call home. We can then sense its energy and our energy without separation, and we can see that the source of life is in the Earth just as it is in us and is us and is the Earth.

And with this, we can sense all beings upon the Earth, that they are living and being supported by, and not separate from, this life energy – the Source. We, the Earth, and all living beings upon the Earth are, in fact, as One. So it is that we can feel life’s energy flowing in our body, in the Earth, and from the Earth and into each being, and from each being. The other is the same as us. We are the same as the other. Yet all unique, and all wonderfully different.

So it is that we can know intuitively and esoterically that all beings in the cosmos know life and know love in the same way that we know it; emanating from the Source, its character of light and love is familiar to all creation because all creation is in it, and it is the origin of every vibration and frequency.

Now and here we can intuit all beings being unique and separate at the same time; sharing the same mystery of existence, and of life itself. Held in God’s arms. Starkly different, yet all as One.

Unbounded now by our bodies, and unrestricted by our mental records, we can now permit ourselves to expand our boundaries of knowing further yet; to the upper atmosphere, to the moon, and towards our Sun, Venus and Mercury. Expanding outwards away from our Sun we permit ourselves to be conscious of our Sun’s other planets: of Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, the Plutoids, and the Kuiper Belt. And then into interstellar space, and the vastness of our whole milky way. Then onwards again, to intergalactic space, to Proxima and Alpha Centauri and beyond. Then we know our galaxy supercluster – Laniakea and from there all of the beautiful vast cosmos.

There is nothing we cannot know, and nothing we cannot see. All of us can be held in pure divine nature because pure divine nature is in us all and is all. So with creativity and imagination we can now grant ourselves permission to become aware of sentient life wherever it may be; reaching out to others sharing the oneness and peace that we all are. As we do so, we can be aware that they too reach out to share Oneness and peace with us here now.

In their gentle way, the beings from our own galaxy federation reach out like this; encouraging us forward in our spiritual, mental, and physical wholeness; and in our evolution so that we, like them, can transcend primitive behaviours, can heal the damage we have caused to the Earth and save ourselves from ourselves.

Rising to this challenge, and making ourselves ready to join peacefully and cooperatively with any life wherever it is found, we can overcome the illusion of separation and the delusions we make for ourselves.

The beautiful gentle work of creation transpires to make us all well. Having risen to this challenge themselves, intelligent civilisations advanced beyond our own can share in this precise moment now with us, without separation, through the one thing connecting us all: the Source outside of time and space.

Their beautiful gentle work is our beautiful gentle work.

Reflecting our intention to be whole and know peace, to heal ourselves and thus to heal one another, advanced intelligent life is welcome to join with us here in this place and at this time.

Breathing in and breathing out together. Being peace.

Retracing our steps, let us invite the intelligent civilisations we have sensed to join with us here and now as each of them wishes; and as much or as little as they are willing or able to do; and in whatever form they wish to arrive – be it visual, auditory, mental or felt. From the cosmos to Laniakea, and from Laniakea, to our galaxy neighbourhood with beautiful Andromeda, and from there to our Milky Way, and in one of the outer spirals, our solar neighbourhood with beautiful Sirius, to the Kuiper Belt, the Plutoids, Neptune, Uranus, Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, and to Earth; and to the hemisphere we are in at this night hour with millions of electric lights marking out the perimiters of our land masses, and to our land mass, and to our location here in this place.

Namaste.

It does get easier

There’s a talk (I can’t remember which one) where someone asks Pema Chodron what non-attachment (a fundamental of Buddha’s teaching) gives someone, and Pema Chodron answers that you recover more quickly. She hesitates as she says it – almost as if wondering to herself ‘is that it?’ ‘is that all?’

But it’s so much.

I recently had another phase of poor mental health, and I can now testify that her answer is true. Sometimes life can take us back to a place (with our health, emotionally, whatever) and it can feel like we have stepped backwards in time; reliving situations we thought we’d left behind.

But it’s really true that when this happens, the fact is we are not ‘in that last time’; we are somewhere new. Now is not then. We’re somewhere new because we know more now than we did before. We have knowledge, and with knowledge comes some power over a situation.

Instead of giving up this time, I decided to fight. But it’s a strange kind of fighting. In order to ‘win against’ anxiety and depression, I had to surrender to it completely. I had to learn what the gift of anxiety had come to tell me about. Once that information became clear, the anxiety started to evaporate. Not immediately, but over a few days.

I also wanted to manage this time without anti-depressants. I haven’t managed that, but you know what? It doesn’t matter. I’m back in a job, and I’ve bounced back so quickly this time that it’s almost miraculous.

I couldn’t have done that without the learning which came as a gift from all of those previous tough experiences. Those previous lows. And yes, some help from therapists and doctors, friends, family, and so on.

Mindfulness and meditation were key too, of course. Years of meditating is indeed a ‘storehouse’, and if one is well enough to meditate one can give space for strong emotions to surface and learn from what those strong emotions came to say and then process that information. (Brandon Bays is good on this topic in my opinion.)

It’s exhausting of course. But this time that process took a matter of hours rather than weeks or months. Quite astonishing.

So yes I fought. But I fought by surrendering completely. I had no attachment to my drama, to past pain, to current pain, to my sense of the world. I dropped them all and surrendered to the pit of darkness and there I found the answers I was looking for, and then came light and love.