Chapter 16 – Meditation/Mindfulness
Meditation has often been seen in the West as slightly mystic – an unworldly activity that people devote themselves to in Eastern cultures. But meditation is about reaching our natural state of Being and wholeness – a state we can easily lose sight of due to our hectic lifestyles and one-sided focus on the material reality. Meditation is actually nothing we need to learn, it is more about refraining from our habit of identifying with the more superficial part of our consciousness. I wrote earlier that the word eccentric is supposed to have meant to live outside one’s center – meditation is the opposite, an aid to living from our center.
At the same time as our material prosperity has increased, people’s inner dissatisfaction has also increased. It is extremely contradictory to hear people say that they have so much to do, that they ”do not have time to live”. What is living, then? Well, what we probably lack is the actual rooting in Being, in the whole; that which gives us the very spark of life. Regular meditation helps us to keep continuous contact with our center and prevents us from remaining in a fragmented state for such a long time, that we allow our view to be clouded and relapse to a fragmented outlook.
Meditation has received a boost in the West through the concept of mindfulness, thanks to, among other things the great book Wherever You Go There You Are, by Jon Kabat-Zinn. M.D. But regardless of whether we choose to label it meditation or mindfulness (or heartfulness), it is all about contact with the Being. Meditation will get a higher status in our society, as we can nowadays make use of research methods that are accepted in the Western world.
Here, I will discuss meditation as a tool for achieving a coherent state, making contact with the oneness, our permanent identity. How, by nurturing our conscious awareness, we can reach an increased alertness of both the inner and the outer world and be able to observe and transform experiences in our everyday life. If, while reading this book, you have practiced your inner observer, have watched your thoughts and feelings, become more aware of your breathing; then you have already started to cultivate this alertness. The difference with meditation is that you do it in a more ”ordered” form.
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The experience of being one with everything
To better understand how this inner information and communication can arise, we can remind ourselves that the universe may be a hologram (and therefore also our brain). Maybe, by going into higher states of consciousness, we can reach frequencies where our brain is able to interpret the holographically-encoded information about the universe, and thereby become aware of our relationship and oneness with all things.
Several of our quantum physicists speak about altered states of consciousness. Many say that they are meditators and have had spiritual experiences which have lead them further in their search for scientific knowledge.
What if our ability to perceive this higher communication depends on how well we train our mind.
What if there is a harmonic base frequency in the universe that we can tune ourselves in to, and thereby achieve a greater “co-vibration” with the whole.
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