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- Dear Grant,
Welcome! I think what you have been experiencing is your mind using
your body to distract you from your meditation. I suggest that you
relax your body well, prior to starting your chanting, and also
actually command your mind to not do any commentary and to stay in a
state of relaxed alertness, your emotions to stay in a serene mode,
and your body to not distract you in any way. Silently Witness the
meditation as it takes place. As you notice yourself being
distracted, don't waste any time chastising yourself. Simply say "Oh
well", and go back to Witnessing your "mantra or inner light
mediatation" proceed. Seeing these distractions are major
accomplishments and preceed the ceasation of these actions, which
often are going on all the time. In meditation, we start to recognize
these distractive reactions, and spontanous actions that are
beneficial start to replace them. To stay awake during meditation,
here's an article that first appeared in the 2nd issue of our
newsletter, The Inner Traveler. I hope it will be of help to you:
How To Stay Awake, Alert, And Pay Attention Even If You're Feeling
The Urge To Sleep
So you're sitting in a business meeting and you're bored to tears.
Your eyelids are like lead and you seem to be dreaming. You know you
have to at least appear to be interested in what's being discussed,
but you feel an irresistible urge to sleep. Sound familiar? If it
wasn't at work, it was at school, at church, or at your in laws, but
somewhere at sometime you've been there and done that. Its cause is
that we get way too comfortable and when we're all nice and comfy, we
fall asleep. So how did we get so sleepyheaded? It all goes back to
our childhood and continues to this day. We have been encouraged to
be numb and dumb since we were babies. As kids, we were excited and
energetic, but because we were active at inappropriate times, like in
a classroom or at a movie or visiting Grandmom, we were trained, much
like a dog is house-broken, to "behave" and "calm down". As we got
older, we found ways to be very comfortable sitting and doing
nothing. So comfortable, in fact, that we can even sleep with our
eyes open. And walk and talk and generally live our lives in a
dream-like daze. Virtually as brain dead as a marionette. And just
like a dummy, we have no life of our own and have other people pull
There is an alternative. We can wake up. And if we start dozing off,
into our too-comfortable zombie state, we can flick an inner switch
and energize. To understand the methodology, let's study that
spiritual instruction titled "The Princess and the Pea".
Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, there was a beautiful
young girl who had become lost while traveling. As the sun set and
the moon rose, she happened upon a splendid castle. After knocking on
the massive doors and being brought inside, she found out that this
was the castle of the king of the country she had been passing
through. The king came to see the visitor. After exchanging
greetings, the girl claimed to be a princess of a neighboring country
and asked for royal treatment. The king sought the advice of his
trusted counselors, who suggested putting her to a test. As it was
very late at night and the girl was tired, they prepared a bedroom
for the girl that would reveal the validity of her claim to royalty.
Unbeknownst to the girl, they placed a pea under a mattress and then
put more mattresses on top. The young girl was then helped to the top
of the mattresses and wished pleasant dreams. When the sun came up,
the counselors came to the room and asked her how she slept. The girl
said that she hadn't slept at all and that she had felt an annoying
irritation that kept her awake all through the night. This was the
proof the counselors had been looking for, because only a royal being
could be sensitive enough to be aware of a pea under ten mattresses.
The king was elated and offered the princess his son's hand in
marriage and thus the kingdom. The princess found the prince the most
wonderful, handsome, wise man in the world and quickly accepted. They
married and lived happily ever after.
This story can probably be told much more eloquently, but now is the
time for understanding, not merely for storytelling. There is a great
amount of spiritual knowledge that we can learn from this story. In
fact, it has the potential to change our lives for the better so that
we too will live happily ever after
The princess represents anyone who is lost and out of touch with
their spiritual nature. Her journey is her quest for Enlightenment.
The castle and the country are the kingdom of heaven within. It is
necessary to stay awake to pass the test that will cause you to gain
the Kings approval, marry into the royal family and share in control
of the infinite, eternal kingdom. The night represents the time of
ignorance of knowing our true royal idenity. There are many more
analagies to be drawn from the tale but the one to now focus in on is
the one that will help us stay awake. It was a minor annoyance that
kept the princess awake all through the night, until the sun,
representing the truth, came up. For us, it is right now even if the
physical sun is out. We are in darkness, unaware of our true nature
and must find a way to stay awake. The clue is the pea. It wasn't
necessary to use a bed of nails, or any other severe austerity to
make the princess stay awake. So all we must do is find a pea to put
under our mattress.
Let's go back to our original contention that we are much too
comfortable. This is due to our habitually adopting physical postures
that are condusive to falling asleep and much too relaxing to keep up
a state of alertness. The antidote and key to being awake is simply
to recognize your sleep inducing habits and then reverse them.
The Unnatural Positions Meditation
A sure way to relax your body is to have your arms and legs relaxed.
If your extremities are tension-free, so will be your mind and
emotions, and you will tend to become drowsy and sleepy. So, for
example, when we are in a business meeting, we habitually sit in a
way that we have become used to, and invariably soon have to fight
the urge to fall asleep. Let's do a demonstration. Right now, cross
your legs the way you always do. You will have either your right leg
over your left or vice versa. Or, you will have your right ankle over
your left, or vice versa. Feels good, right? Now, interlace your
fingers. Your right thumb will be over your left thumb, your right
index finger over your left, and so on, or vice versa. Now just sit
there for about 108 seconds and enjoy how relaxing your habitual
posture is, and how comfortable it makes you feel.
Now, cross your legs and interlace your fingers the opposite way. So,
if you usually have your right foot crossed over your left and have
your left thumb aver your right, now put your left foot over your
right and interlace all your fingers starting with your right thumb
over your left. Now sit there for about 108 seconds.
O.K. Fine, now you see. It is only a small change, just as a pea
under a mattress is, but it is annoying enough to keep you awake. Now
you can pay attention. You will not be able to fall asleep even if
want to. We are so habituated to our comfy conditioning manner of
sitting that anything that is different makes a huge impression on
us, overly annoying us and thus waking us up. So now you can pay
attention to the boss, the teacher, the priest, or your
mother-in-law, or whomever. But most importantly you can now pay
attention to the present moment, and it is only in the present that
your merging with
the universe will take place. You must be present to receive this
divine, truly royal present. This little change in physical
discomfort can lead to your eternal spiritual comfort. Try it, be
annoyed, wake up, and live happily ever after.
I hope all this reading hasn't put you to sleep! I wish you well.
Peace and blessings, Bob
> Hi folks,meditation again having practised TM for a while many years ago and
> New to the group and saying 'Hi' to all. I've just taken up
without much conviction. Am currently chanting Om for ten minutes and
doing fifteen/twenty minutes of mantra or inner light mediatation
after that, twice a day. I often find my chanting interrupted by
copious yawning (!), and find myself falling asleep (but not yawning)
during meditation, or immediately after, even if I'm not apparently
tired, having had a good night's sleep. I also find myself
experiencing an ache/knottedness/tingling on the right side of the
base of my neck and a feeling of lopsidsedness to the right during
meditation. I've recently given up smoking and drinking so I dare say
I have a fair amount of toxin processing to do and I think these
phenomena may well be to do with that, but I'd appreciate anyone
- Hi Meds,
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I will notify you when I am back.
I wish you the best.
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- ----- Original Message -----From: "tom flou" <tom@...>Sent: Thursday, May 20, 2004 3:47 PMSubject: [Meditation Society of America]> Thanks, Bud.
> Just one last, personalbut..;-)
> Is there anything "more real" in this dream to hold onto?The very premise that there are degrees to the reality of the dream, is a facet of the dream.
> The fact that I manifested you in my dream,
> and are typing these profound questions ;-))significant than say I manifested the Pope?
> Is that moreNot a whit of difference in the significance between the two.:-)
> Or is it just something that I can dream-boast about
> in my imagination of beeing well on my way up themountain?Sure.Do whatever you are moved to, knowing that whatever comes to pass in the moment would only, if it is meant to in that moment.Knowing that the body-mind biological organism labeled "Tom" as a dreamed up character,..... does not ..............live.It never has.It has always been........................lived.Exactly, as living has happened, .............is happening,........ in the moment.Moment to moment to moment.And you, .........................that you truly are, .................is what enables the living to take place.Not just in regard to the character labeled "Tom", but for each and every manifestation of the dream, both sentient and non-sentient.For each and every nuance of the dream-sequence.A dream-sequence,..............which itself contains infinite "dreaming points", .............further through which,..... infinite dreams are in turn being manifested moment to moment to moment,.............each of these, secondary, tertiary dreams,......... each distinct, each unique.And that is why all dreams, ...............are nothing but facets of your dream.Say you are standing in the middle of a hall of billion mirrors, trillion mirrors.Each of the mirrors are curved slightly differently,..... such that each of the mirror has a different and unique image of you.Let's say you blew some pixie powder all over.And Boooooooom, ..............each of the images starts to cognize,......... the other images.Not only cognizes the "other" but each of the images, thinks, believes, assumes, ........that IT is the subject cognizing an "other".And thus by God, by the respective beards of Vishnu/ Allah/Jehova/Buddha/Jesus........... IT is real.And since IT is real,........all that IT sees, feels, smells, hears, cognizes ,..............is real.Such is the case, condition,............. in each of the billion-trillion images.And you start dancing in the middle of the hall,..........Dooobeeee Dooobeeee Doooooooo.
> As in the modern cinema-versionof the
> Plato cave analogy: Is there to be found a faintlights in the floor, leading to the exit?
> row ofWaking to the dream, is not a path to be walked towards an exit.For such a walking on a path, any path,.............. is in duration, is in time.Which is again facets of the same hoopla.Which does not mean that such paths pointing to some such exits and rushing and pushing and shoving along such paths,...........do not occur within some dream sequences.Anything that you can imagine, will sooner or later make an entry in your dream.Anything.Including Enlightenment accompanied with Archangel Gabriel playing the dumroo.And thus back to where we started,........the first response which started this dialogue.See now, in this very moment,..............that no manifestation, no facet of the dream-sequence can ever jump out of the dream.(Did any of your dearly loved ones of the last night sleep-dream, sit next to you and sip from the same hot cup of tea, in the morning?They all had promised eternal love and eternal togetherness to you, last night)And if that seeing(using a conventional term) has not happened, ..................happily play about doing whatsoever you are moved to do, meditation or mayhem,...........cheerfully accepting whatever are the resultant consequences of that playing about,..........knowing nothing ever happens, which did not happen.<LOL>Invite you to visit and playfully wander about at the Covenant sited at www.the-covenant.netDooooobeeee Dooooobeee Dooooooooooooo
- ----- Original Message -----From: "tom flou" <tom@...>Sent: Thursday, May 20, 2004 10:52 PMSubject: [Meditation Society of America]>
> >>>And thus back to where westarted,........the first response which
> started this dialogue.manifestation,
> >>>See now, in this very moment,..............that no
> no facet of the dream-sequence can ever jump out of thedream.
>of the dream-sequence??
> How is this Seeing not another facetIt is, if there is an accompanying question as to whether the seeing is not another hoopla of the dream-sequence.In communication, some convention is to be followed while pointing isn't it, otherwise it's Eskimos speaking to Thias.Seeing is what is, .............in the total absence of all conceptualization, all questions, all concepts.Including the concept of seeing.