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Below, is a listing of all the articles in the ‘Meditation Guidance’ series, with brief descriptions of each. Click on the titles or the images to be taken to the article.
Published 16 April, 2017 – 490 words
In this introductory article, I very briefly present the main aim of this ‘Meditation Guidance’ series of articles, which is to outline some foundational understandings for a non-dual approach to meditation.
Published 17 April, 2017 – 1282 words
Here, I set out to explain the archetypal, or suprapersonal perspective that provides the framework for these articles. By acknowledging at the outset, that Consciousness is a transpersonal and energetic phenomena, that has the power to support our integration and our healing, our process of transformation is made very much easier. Understanding the mandala structure of Consciousness, and understanding the need to engage receptively with Consciousness in order to embody it, our progress is assured.
Published 19 April, 2017 – 859 words
It is not always appreciated, even by experienced meditators, that the content of the mind – our thoughts, feelings sensations, and desires – are in a sense secondary and unimportant relative to the central task which is the embodiment of Consciousness. In this important article, I reflect on this paradox, and explain how the desired changes to the content of our minds (integration, clarity, emotional positivity, etc.) can only be achieved indirectly – by resting ‘as’ Consciousness and integrating its qualities.
Published 24 April, 2017 – 1117 words
In this fairly short article I attempt to introduce the important notion of non-duality in an accessible way, through the intriguing imagery of Plato’s ‘Cave Allegory’. This allegory carries an invitation to ‘step back’ out of the egoic perspective, and to see the perceptual process from the point of view of Consciousness. If we respond to this invitation we are taken very quickly into mystery – the recognition of the illusory nature of the egoic self. While the ‘observing’ Consciousness cannot be located, it has an absolute reality, which nothing in the relative world does have – and it is the source of both our wisdom and our freedom.
Published 25 April, 2017 – 1198 words
Objectivity is an illusive personal quality and an illusive idea. It is important to understand that Objectivity is a function not only of critical and un-biased thinking, but of our ability to rest as Consciousness. In this article, I explore the important idea that Objectivity requires the ability to dis-identify from thought – to rest as Consciousness and observe our thinking minds, and to use the conceptualising function of the mind without identifying with it. Human reason is entirely different from mere computation – because it arises in the context of Consciousness.
2 May, 2017 – 973 words
While René Descartes, may in himself have been a more sophisticated thinker than the other later thinkers who were influenced by him, the apparent equation between thinking and Being, which his saying “I think therefore I am” established in Western thought, is very unfortunate indeed. In this article, I take this statement and its legacy in Western culture, as a starting point for further reflections on what objective thinking is, and is not.
3 May, 2017 – 2196 words
The practice that the English speaking world knows as Mindfulness, is much more subtle than is commonly understood. It ideally needs to be understood in the context of the Buddha’s foundational assertion that the egoic self in an illusion – an appearance of a person, constructed out of the coming together of non-personal cognitive-perceptual elements. In this article, I attempt to further challenge the scientific materialist assumptions within which Mindfulness is usually framed, and to introduce a deeper understanding – one that is hopefully a little closer to the Buddha’s intention.