I am very lucky and I am receiving blessings every day. I will be doing a Solo Meditation for the next 6 days. I believe that from time to time we ought to take some time out to practice in a quiet environment, to be alone, to be attentive….to listen….to notice…and well….and even though I try to do this every day, in every activity…..I am now taking ‘time out’ to practice.
One day a very wise teacher, Robert Saltzman, said to me: “if you really want to walk this pathless path you have to do the work”. He also once wrote to me:
“Try (sin intentar claro) to forget all about Marcia and just be what you really are—this awareness in which Marcia and everything else is peceived and known, and which is empty at all times so that anything whatever which presents itself is instantly perceived and known without effort or intention on “anyone’s part--and you will realize the present moment immediately. If that lasts for only a few seconds, OK. Do it again. Each time you do it (sin intentar, claro), you add another dot to the page. Then, as my teacher told me, it’s just the old kids game of connect the dots.”
So, here I go…..hoping without hoping, trying without trying….to collect more dots …..
As an aspiring artist and writer I understand that practice makes perfect and a friend wrote something about ‘practice’ that I would like to also share………
“If you practice anything, you really do it to some degree. Like practicing playing piano. You don’t pretend to, you actually do it. Practice makes perfect. Spiritual practice is taking care of the here and Now. Allow tomorrow to take care of itself. Practice that. Practice bringing attention back to the here and Now away from the imaginings of past and future. You are not pretending. You are being here and Now. In fact, you are being the here and Now, literally. Being the here and Now is the ultimate Truth. It is not a thought! It is practice of real existence. It is natural and ordinary. Actions become spontaneous and natural.
Really put a capital “M” on the Mystery. Trust it without letting it lure you and it will transform into the dance of the Goddess which will practice for you. Be pure presence. Be Now here; the “zone” as some say. Transcend the narrator “I” and dwell as the domicile of the Wise, the literal NOW. No need to pretend. Relax. Be the real Truth that you already are. Practice makes perfect. You are already Now.
True spiritual practice is not a matter of seeking the truth and gathering information to “know” about the Truth or doing anything to find Truth or pretending to “know”. Spiritual life is rather the actual practice of living as and from the here and Now. It’s Now or never. This is the supreme practice for Wizards. Practice means just that, practice. You practice the real awareness of here and Now as what you are prior to horizontal bodily identification and storyline. It is not pretentious. Practice the paradigm shift to vertical. Simply be here Now and do what comes naturally. Forget yesterday and tomorrow. What you need will unfold for you, work through you and your environment. Trust that! It is the practice of being the Truth of Now; not the activity of doing something to find it.
Seeking is not practice. Seeking is the mantra of doubt. A Wizard, Seer or Sage is watchful for the continued tendencies of re-seeking after discovering one’s own simple jewel of Faith. It is just an old mental tendency unwinding. When the shinny jewel is seen in an apparent other form, whether this or any book, image, scripture, arts, music, nature, idol, deification, state of consciousness or any apparent other, whatsoever, recognize that jewel as a reflection of your own jewel of formless sentient being and remain in repose. With practice, One becomes established. Truth or divinity is always in the eye of the beholder. There is no other. Practice makes perfect. Bravo!” JOHN TROY ‘The Wizard’
I have also been reading about meditation and here are a few quotes that I liked a lot.
“Any action done with awareness is meditation. Meditation means to be fully aware of our actions, thoughts, feelings and emotions. Another name of meditation is passive awareness.” UNKNOWN
“We could say that meditation doesn’t have a reason or doesn’t have a purpose. In this respect it’s unlike almost all other things we do except perhaps making music and dancing. When we make music we don’t do it in order to reach a certain point, such as the end of the composition. If that were the purpose of music then obviously the fastest players would be the best. Also, when we are dancing we are not aiming to arrive at a particular place on the floor as in a journey. When we dance, the journey itself is the point, as when we play music the playing itself is the point. And exactly the same thing is true in meditation. Meditation is the discovery that the point of life is always arrived at in the immediate moment.” ALAN WATTS.
It will be the very first time I do something like this, by myself that is. I will write about this new challenge upon my return. Namaste _/\_