Last night we read from Yoga Psychology by Swami Ajaya, a book borrowed from the library of one of our regular participants at the ashram, Mary Loan. We started out reading aloud a section on dealing with disturbing thoughts. To quote from the book, “The way you relate to troublesome thoughts in meditation is a critical and central aspect of the meditative process.” We learned that meditation is a process of cleaning out the subconscious, allowing hidden aspects of ourselves to rise into the conscious plane, where they can be recognized and consciously released. The benefit of this process is becoming fully aware of your motivations, rather than reacting to subconscious stimuli which can be at best confusing, why did I do that?, and at worst debilitating, if we fail to understand where behavior, or random negative thoughts or feelings come from. Every thought comes complete with a hook into the ego that drags the attention away from the object of meditation. It is partly a process of gently allowing the mind to return again and again to the object of the meditation. In that gentleness we also must give up judging our experience within the practice. There is no good or bad experience of meditation. Our mind wandered, or it didn’t. We felt positive, or we felt negative during the practice. These feeling and experiences are of little account. They are the pebbles on the path. What is important is placing one foot in front of the other, and rodding the path. What is important is the act of meditation. You will “progress”, how quickly and to what extent is not important. Progression is not important. Process is the essence of the practice of meditation.
I find it extremely helpful to hook my mind with mantra. Thus, my mind is already attached to sound projecting from my mind and to my mind simultaneously. The circle is complete. We then went on to read in the same book about the use and method of mantra. Many books on the subject begin with, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (Word up.)
Thus, we resonate with the seed sound of the mantra, we become the resonance, and understand ourselves as one with God. We become the word, we become God. This is the ultimate union. All else emanates from this knowledge. Om, Aum, and Amen are “approximations of “ the “more subtle form as it exists in a higher realm of creation.” The Word is Om. The process of manifestation is one of division, as we create that which is other than our self, and continue to multiply the other, until the world of our consciousness is full. Meditation reverses this process by reuniting all that is, to the point of oneness, the experience of which is unity, the knowledge of which is oneness with God.
“Bringing then the senses all into harmony of recollection, let him sit in devotion and union.” Bhagavad Gita