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13342Acceptance and Rejection

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  • Jeff Belyea
    Oct 9, 2004
      In many of the traditions
      that include meditation
      or sitting quietly, there is
      the instruction to just
      accept what is happening
      while you are practicing

      This reference is to both
      internal and external noise;
      sounds from outside and
      internal chatter from inside.

      To simply allow what is
      happening rather than
      struggling with it and
      engaging emotionally,
      as though the noise
      were an intrusion or
      distraction, is to more
      easily maintain the
      inner quiet out of which
      the many benefits of
      meditation come.

      A suggestion is to be of
      the mindset, as you enter
      meditation, that any noise
      you experience will deepen
      your meditation. This simple
      choice will not only allow
      you to experience a ringing
      of the telephone, or a quick
      reflection on something you
      need to take care of later, as
      beneficial to your meditation,
      it will keep you from a
      negative energy impact

      At some point in meditation,
      a sense of dread or fear
      may (and according to many
      reports does) arise. This is
      the ego-identification (as we
      popularly use the term), our
      socially coerced and limited
      sense of self that seeks to
      preserve its dominance by
      "protecting" us. And while
      the rational, logical
      abilities do protect us in
      great part, when we shifted
      our entire identity to
      a thinking machine, we
      suffered a disconnect
      and accepted a limited
      view and experience of life.

      This ego tactic makes its
      appearance at the threshold
      of awakening (enlightenment)
      and a return to natural
      enlightenment - the natural
      awareness of being that we
      brought into the world.

      If our commitment, our
      mission in meditation, is
      awakening to, returning to
      our natural enlightenment,
      we will resist and reject
      this tactic.

      Though misinterpreted by
      some, the sense of dread
      or fear (or even a feeling of
      impending death), is what
      is sometimes referred to
      in Zen as "the stench of
      enlightenment". It is not
      that enlightenment stinks.
      It is the ego-identification,
      the false self, the little self
      that fears annihilation, that
      feels (smells) the stench
      of enlightenment. And the
      more invested one is in
      intellect and logic and
      rational thinking as "all
      there is", the greater the
      stench. Those so invested
      find claims of personal
      enlightenment repugnant,
      because it threatens to
      dethrone their intellect
      from its lofty ivory tower.

      The idea that there is
      "enlightenment", that a
      sudden and surprising
      wisdom can come like
      a thunderbolt and brilliant
      light (enlightenment) is
      repugnant to them because
      it would mean that there
      is "something" greater
      and grander than they are
      as an individual in their
      limited ego-identified being.

      Equally misinterpreted by
      the effete intellectual "teachers"
      who parrot fuzzy philosophies
      is the concept of "Acceptance".

      Acceptance of what "IS", while
      good advise, is not the end
      product, it is part of the process.
      For those who are responding
      to an intuitive stirring that
      there is something more, some
      sacred and divine "place"
      that is calling them to return,
      and especially those who are
      in despair, "acceptance" is
      not the answer. That would
      only mean more despair.
      If there is a darkness (dark
      thoughts of despair) in our life,
      then hope for light (enlightenment)
      is something to be pursued.

      Those who have come from
      despair into enlightenment
      can offer authentic testimony
      and encouragement, not bland
      prescriptions of acceptance.

      Acceptance is process, as
      is meditation. At their supreme
      summit is enlightenment.

      All is well. And this can
      be directly experience.

      So, you can accept or reject
      this little visit to the pulpit,
      or satsang seat, from your
      friendly neighborhood guru.

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