- From The Inner Traveler issue #9:
Pleasant Meditation Distraction Traps
The more you meditate, the more meditation
can become the most interesting thing you
ever and never imagined. This is because
your mind will present incredible things
to distract you in its effort to remain
your master, and you its slave. There is a
scientific reality and perspective that
states that we are not what our limited
senses perceive. For instance, we aren't
"really" solid. It just seems that way because
that's the way our eyes work. We are atomic
and pre-atomic energy in motion. If we had
Electron Microscope and Hubbell telescope
quality vision, it would be apparent that we
are infinite in nature and taking part in a
never-ending interaction with everything
everywhere. We are not lone drops apart from
the ocean, but rather a part of the ocean.
Initially, your mind may be able to distract
you by something as simple as an itch,
a memory, a feeling of happiness, etc. But
as you get steadier in your meditation, and
don't react to your sense perceptions, memories,
emotions, and so on, your mind will loose its
grip, and reality will present itself. And you
will feel, see, and know the awe of transcendent
in-sight. Often, your mind will then try to
distract you, and regain the mastery over you,
by letting you see increasingly spectacular
and sometimes even divine visions, and have
more and more seemingly evolving understandings.
That awareness within, that is ever-present,
and silently perceives all the changes your
mind, body, and emotions put you through is
your inner Witness, and that is your Real Self.
Your mind's game plan is to keep you in a state
of "Gee Whiz!!!" and not recognize what is ever
before you, and that is your oneness with your
Witness and its oneness with all and everything.
Realization comes from Grace and Grace alone.
It is not a byproduct of meditation, but there
may be no better way to remove the obstacles
that delay this awakening than meditation. So,
enjoy the inner and outer light shows, the
transcendent sounds, sensational physical
sensations, and so on, but don't get caught in
the "seeking after more and more spectacular
versions of them" trap. The first two steps in
meditation are dispassion and discrimination.
Seek what is eternal, not transitory; the essence,
not the superficial. This is discrimination.
And don't get wound up with too much jubilation
when you have beautiful visions, or disappointment
when you don't. This is dispassion. Sit in
meditation without expectation. Simply Witness.
When not sitting in meditation, witness your
life as an ongoing meditation. Persevere.
The universe and its source and support will
presently present you with the ultimate present.
And You will be present. And you will live
happily ever after.