This is Post 28 in the ‘Meditation Guidance’ series.
Each of the four Quadrants of the mandala is a powerful ‘way in’ to the experience of embodied Consciousness. Each is distinctive, and each is as powerful and as important, as all the others. The Western Quadrant, which we have been examining in the last few posts, takes us into the mystery through the experience of the evaluative psychological function of Feeling. Essentially, we are being invited to rest as Consciousness and to evaluate our experience from that place – to evaluate our experience not from egoic Feeling, but from the Feeling aspect of Consciousness.
Consciousness does not evaluate like the egoic mind does – it does not simply distinguish between that which it ‘likes’ and that which it ‘does not like’. It might seem, at least at first, that Consciousness makes no evaluation at all. When we allow ourselves to rest as Consciousness however, and familiarise ourselves with Consciousness and with the experience of the Emotional Body through meditative enquiry, we notice that Consciousness is indeed evaluative – but it evaluates unconditionally. Consciousness unconditionally values everything in our experience – it feels everything, it accepts everything, it embraces everything, and it loves everything. This attitude, and this state of alignment of the Emotional Body, is what the Buddhist tradition calls mettā, or Loving Kindness.
The Inner Landscape of Egoic Feeling
In earlier posts, when we were exploring the psychological landscape of the Eastern Quadrant, and of the Thinking function and of the Mental Body, we found it useful to contrast the mental clarity of the brahmavihāra of upeksā, or Equanimity, with its opposite – with the attitudes of judgement, punishment, and mental attack, that the Buddha symbolised so graphically in the images of the Narakas or Hell Realms. (You can read that post here). Continue reading