Spontaneity vs Willpower and Self-forcing
And now, a few no-nonsense words from Nisargadatta, a pre-eminently practical indian shopkeeper, now deceased:
The art of meditation is the art of shifting the focus of attention to ever subtler levels, without losing one’s grip on the levels left behind. You must be energetic when you take to meditation. It is definitely not a part-time occupation. Limit your interests and activities to what is needed for you and your dependents’ barest needs. Save all your energies and time for breaking the wall your mind had built around you. One begins with the lowest levels: social circumstances, customs and habits; physical surroundings, the posture and the breathing of the body; the senses, their sensations and perceptions; the mind, its thoughts and feelings; until the entire mechanism of personality is grasped and firmly held. The final stage of meditation is reached when the sense of identity goes beyond the ‘I am-so-and-so’, beyond ‘so-I-am’, beyond ‘I-am-the-witness only’, beyond ‘there-is’, beyond all ideas into the impersonally personal pure. At the end of your meditation all is known directly, no proofs whatsoever are required. Just as every drop of the ocean carries the taste of the ocean, so does every moment carry the taste of eternity.
Very interesting. I can’t help but think also *doing without doing* is being in the FLOW (of whatever you are doing). Much to ponder here. Thankyou!
Deep stuff. To do nothing is a conscious decision- totally.
Dr Mitteldorf should stop with the eastern mystical mumbo jumbo forthwith and stick to science. Try the seance for example for repeatable anomalous phenomena. Why does the low light ambience foster sub-conscious interconnectivity? Is the glass being led by one person, as orthodoxy insists without evidence, or is there a group connection? Can the finger forces be measured and correlated with changes in direction etc.
The battle becomes seeing all this war with Russia and Open Borders as Maya, or illusion which will vanish as we become "enlightened" and generating the motivation to "change" a corrupt and decadent world all around us. Balance is important, but so is waging all-out war on those who would extinguish our life force.
Very good article. Cultivating self-awareness is critical as we enter into clown world which overflows with chaos and confusion.