We all have a predisposition to react either physically,
emotionally, or intellectually. This makes us unbalanced,
habitual, compulsive, and slave-like in our reactivity.
A good Meditation teacher will be able to advise us how
to recognize which of these characteristics is our most
predominate and suggest (âprescribeâ) meditation techniques
that help us gain control over our primary reactivity,
and others that strengthen the other 2 aspects of our nature.
The end result is being well balanced with Self knowledge
and Self control. As an example, letâs say that we are
primarily reactive emotionally. Our meditative task would
be to gain control over our emotional reactivity, and to
strengthen our physical and intellectual awareness and
reactions to the strength level of our emotions. This will
leave us well balanced. So, for example, the emotionally
reactive person, who is trying to get this reactivity under
control, may do well to do meditation techniques that
emphasize dispassion, while doing intellectual techniques
like pondering the ancient formula of âI am not my body,
I am not my mind, I am not my emotionsâ, as well as doing
physical awareness exercises such as the Zen tea ceremony.
In some traditions, like the Sufi, or â4th wayâ of Gurdjieff,
it is only the person who has achieved this balanced, Self
controlled state who is able to act. Until that point is reached,
the teaching is that we are merely in a robot-like dream state,
and cannot âdoâ anything. And our life is just one reaction
Meditation is the methodology that shines the light of our
inner Witness and wakes us up from our dream.