Enlightenment via Letting Go Meditation
How to Let Go
Enlightenment Experiences via Insight Meditation
I was originally going to provide a very nice and simple yoga set to help with eye problems, but then my morning meditation session propelled an enlightenment state, sharing which I felt would be of great benefit to all of you. So the Yoga for Eyes set will have to wait till next week, while I provide you the details behind the meditation which opened my inner eyes instead :-).
There are many different insights which can explode during silent meditation that launch one into an enlightened state, and I have shared many of these in the ongoing series Insights from Advanced Meditation Practice. I have also explained in some detail how one can set the stage for such insights to occur in Chapter 12 of the Silent Mind Meditation Program, The Silent Mind Meditation Technique. Today’s meditation caused such as explosion, although it did not quite follow the sequence laid out in the Silent Mind meditation technique.
As I sat and watched the mind and thoughts carefully, as usual, many observations about the nature of the thinking process began taking place. But the explosion that created the dramatic shift in awareness, was a relatively new insight that occurred this time.
In inquiring into the reality of thoughts and the constant process of becoming, it suddenly began to be clear that although thoughts were taking place, since I was not choosing the thoughts, I was not choosing my “reality”, or what to do/think next. In fact it became startlingly clear that since thoughts dictated the content of my “reality”, and I did not choose my thoughts, I therefore cannot choose my reality.
There was no way to really determine what my next thoughts were going to be exactly, this led to the realization that things were happening on their own. In other words, certain thoughts would come up, based on them, certain activity were engaged in by the “me” of the thoughts, and then other thoughts would come up and the cycle would on and on. It was as if everything was on auto-pilot and I was not really doing anything at all.
Well if this was the case, what is it that I can do? What is going to be done is going to be determined by the thoughts that arise, so what is it that I can do? That’s when the insight exploded and I was thrown back onto the Witness Consciousness.
All I can do is let go and watch! Everything is just happening, I am not really in control of it. It is determined by the thoughts that arise, I can only watch.
This let to a great freedom, as a profound letting go took place. A deep, silent, blissful watching emerged and I resided as that.
One thing I would like to mention here, is that seeing clearly, through and through, is the key for insight to take place. Analysis, reasoning, etc doesn’t bring it about. You have to learn to look, which is another way of saying, you have to learn the Art of Meditation.
Great great quote. Thanks a bunch for sharing.
Much appreciation for your contribution and adding to the discussion here. Very interesting insight as well into the nature of thinking and it’s relationship to Reality.
I’ve always said, that the mind is like the last person on the block to know what is really going on. By the time a “thought” (which is a reflection of what is going on with us energetically) reaches consciousness, that original action has already moved through all levels of the multidimensional aspect of our being. I keep trying to figure out how many of my thoughts are truly original…not too many actually.
from my field to yours…..appreciation,
Thanks for stopping by and glad you enjoyed your stay :-D.
Nice post. I’ve got something again from your blog.
Thanks for sharing with us.
Waiting for your next post.
Love your approach to the thoughts that arise. I agree it’s important to be kind to the ego and the mind, even though it creates the distraction which keeps awareness bound to time and duality.
Thanks for sharing your personal experiences with us as well.
Great great quote. Thanks a bunch for sharing.
Glad you enjoyed this post. It is truly a remarkable insight to have, and yes it throws you back onto those aspects of your self that lie hidden.
Always look forward to your thoughts on thoughts :-D.
I started out of desperation to question where do these thoughts come from? I don’t believe I will them into form as some are unpleasant and quite frankly rude :) (to dual notioned being such as myself ),
The same thing then occurred to me, they arise from nowhere and return to nowhere. The very thing I obsessed on yesterday is forgotten and passed today.
Now I when I become aware of my thoughts a lot of the time to amuse myself – I say to them ‘Thank you for participating and do remember we love & accept you, please do drop by again and have a nice day’ :)
Nice post. As I read the comments, I noticed Tom mentioning about Ramana Maharshi. I saw in my book shelf that I had the book called “Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi”. As I was reading a few pages, I came across a paragraph that’s exactly relevant to your post here. I thought I had post the paragraph (Pg 281) here for the benefit of all:
“Meditation is your true nature now. You call it meditation, because there are other thoughts distracting you. When these thoughts are dispelled; you remain alone, i.e., in the state of meditation free from thoughts; and that is your real nature which you are now attempting to gain by keeping away other thoughts. Such keeping away of other thoughts is now called meditation. When the practice becomes firm, the real nature shows itself as the true meditation.
Other thoughts arise forcibly when you attempt meditation.
Yes, all kinds of thoughts arise in meditation. It is but right. What lies hidden in you is brought out. Unless they rise up how can they be destroyed? They therefore rise spontaneously in order to be extinguished in due course, thus to strengthen the mind”
Perfect, Anmol. That’s the wisdom that has been coming to us over and over again from some of the purest spiritual lights. People like Ramana Maharshi have been saying this, but it is hard for us to get it, isn’t it? I fought this realization tooth and nail, and then finally had to accept that I have no control over my thoughts. None. They arise. Where do they arise from? I don’t know even that. They arise.
The only thing to do, as you say, is to witness them. Further, who is it that is witnessing? When that question “answers” inside, then you know. Not from thought, not from thinking about it. The veil parts and you get a glimpse of what you are.
Cool post. I think I will try to follow-up on it over at my blog in a few days. Thanks for sharing this with us
And it is all just happening….
Nicely put :-D. LOOkout for the Yoga for Eyes set next week :-).
It’s amazing what we can do (or cease to do) when we have the experience of stepping beyond day to day thought.
I am still looking forward to yoga for the eyes…;^)