Path Of Creator Videos
57. Using Meditation To Remember The Self / Oneness
Hi, I am Jonny.
In this talk, we will explore how the practice of Meditation can help us to develop Self-Knowing and Self-Transformation.
Let us begin!
Let us begin by understanding what Self-Knowing is.
Self-Knowing will always be centred around the question "Who AM I?"
When we use the intellectual mind, we can come up with many answers to this question. But to Know is not really to think, but rather, to observe and experience the Truth.
For example, to Know ourselves is similar to Knowing Other Selves. When we first meet a person, we can think and have ideas about who that person is. Perhaps we will have thoughts about how dangerous or arrogant that person is because of the way they walk or talk.
But it's only when we experience spending time with them, observing their actions, observing who they are, listening to them, again and again, that is how we get to truly Know them, realize new things about them. So, naturally, our beliefs will be transformed the more we get to know them, which is why with Self-Knowing, will come Self-Transformation
So the act of simple Observation is a powerful practice, for it develops Self-Knowing And from Self-Knowing, comes Self-Transformation.
Now, this is not to say that thinking is bad, for thinking has its uses too!
But too much thinking, will block Self-Knowing.
To Know ourselves, all we really need to do is to spend time with ourselves and observe the world that is happening within. Again and again.
This is Meditation—The practice of spending time with ourselves to develop Self-Knowing.
The more we spend time with ourselves in Meditation, the more we will come to Know The Self.
But then one may say—
"Well, I am experiencing and observing myself every day, aren't I?
So am I not developing Self-Knowing every day?"
Well, it is true that you are developing Self-Knowing.
But how much are you progressing? That is the difference.
What are you observing?
Are you really observing yourself?
Or are you focused on your work, the people around you, or the world?
Maybe you have experienced anger, but are you observing what is happenings in your mind when you experience that anger?
Or, are you simply focused on yelling at that horrible traffic in front of you?
To know The Self thus is to know more than what you already know.
To know The Self is to venture into discovering the cause of your emotions, into discovering the deeper desires behind the surface desires, and then even further into knowing the cause of all your desires. And then, even further into Knowing the purpose of your existence.
And like this, deeper and deeper, until you realize the totality of who you really are.
So, realize there are degrees of Self-Knowing!
And how deep you go will depend on how much time you spend to know yourself.
So a good question to ask is—
"Each day. how much time do I actually spend to get to know myself?""
1 minute a day?
1 minute a month?
1 minute in a year?
... a few minutes in this lifetime?
It can be easy to not spend any time Knowing ourselves because our eyes have been designed to look outwards and focus on the world outside—designed to look away rather than inwards.
That is why the practice of Meditation can be so ever helpful because that is when we can finally turn our sight inwards and look at the world within.
When we close our eyes, that is when we can truly see ourselves. It is then we can truly see the reactions that are causing our actions. It is then we can then truly see the beliefs that are causing our reactions. And like this, it is we can then go deeper and deeper to know ourselves.
Now, what types of Meditation will help you?
The types of Meditation that will help you on your journey of Self-Transformation will be the ones that will help you develop the state of Observation, of Stillness.
The simplest types of Meditation often is the best for the most complicated minds.
All you really need to do is to get into the state of Observation by being aware of the breath or parts of the body.
Meditation in silence will be very helpful for developing Self-Knowing, but guided Meditation can help you, in the beginning, to get there.
Meditation will help you to develop Stillness.
And Stillness is a powerful thing.
This is because from Stillness comes Self-Knowing.
Because as you practice Stillness, Unstillness will come from within.
It is then you will begin to finally see all the wandering thoughts happening within, i.e. wandering thoughts about different people and situations.
You will begin to realize the ways in which you react to these wandering thoughts.
And within time, you will realize that the mind is simply showing you the habit patterns of how you usually react when these events actually take place in real life.
So from Stillness, naturally comes Self-Knowing!
And the more you develop Stillness, the more you will be able to just observe the inner thoughts and emotions, allowing them to come and go. This is when you can go even deeper and naturally realize what beliefs you have that are causing these negative reactions, making you unhappy within.
And with time, one will develop the motivation and desire to transform the beliefs that are undesirable, that are causing them fear and unhappiness.
Thus, without the practice of Meditation, it will be difficult to develop Stillness.
And without Stillness, there will be no Self-Knowing and motivation to change.
One will then only continue to react in the same way, addressing their unhappiness and fears in life with just outer actions rather than look for ways to transform their inner reactions.
So Meditation is a powerful practice for Self-Knowing
And the practice of Meditation will also help you to develop Self-Acceptance; this will help you greatly transform the mind.
Realize that every time you choose to simply observe the world within with the state of Stillness, you are learning to accept yourself as is. You are learning to Accept the Present Moment as is. You are learning to Accept the experience as is. You are learning to Accept all there is.
The state of Meditation is the state of Self-Acceptance!
For to accept, is not to judge.
For to accept, is not to analyze but to simply observe reality without distortions.
So every time you simply observe the breath, the wandering thoughts, a reaction or a desire and so forth, you are learning and developing Self-Acceptance by not reacting to it with even more exaggeration or suppression
Learning to allow all things to be as is—is the state of Self-Acceptance.
Thus, the practice of Meditation can help you understand what the state of Self-Acceptance is at the experiential level. And this is important because the key to transforming the mind will always be Self-Acceptance.
Without Meditation, it will be difficult to understand what the state of Self-Acceptance is because in life, it is all too easy to dwell in negativity when we can't get what we desire.
In life, it is easy to just run away whenever we experience some sort of fear.
In Meditation, for the very first time, instead of running away, you are learning to stay with the negative experiences and accept them.
So, to develop Self-Acceptance when you experience anger in Meditation is to simply observe that the anger has come.
It is to simply accept that anger as it is and let it go. If one tries to suppress or exaggerate that anger with anger, then mind will only dwell in more anger, and one will become stuck in that layer of mind—the old habit patterns of negative reactions will thus continue.
So use Meditation to create new habit patterns by transforming the way you react to these negative experiences within!
And this will transform the way in which you react to negative experiences in life!
Use Meditation to Know The Self.
To know the cause of your sufferings.
So that when you face suffering experiences in life, you can know what it is exactly you are rejecting, so that you can know what it is you need to truly accept!
And this will help you to accelerate your journey of Self-Transformation!
Developing wisdom will take time in Meditation.
The wisdom that come forth may not be clear when you meditate, for so many things can be happening in the mind.!
But from time to time, you will get a glimpse of the cause for the Chaos within.
From time to time, you will realize something new about yourself.
Like Knowing a person, wisdom won't come to you in every moment, but rather, it will often come in moments when you are less expected, when you are not even thinking about it—when you are simply in the state of Observation!
So don't worry if no wisdom is coming in Meditation.
Like knowing a person, you simply need to keep spending time with yourself for the wisdom to blossom from within.
And if you experience Chaos in Meditation, this is good!
You are becoming aware of the inner Chaos within!
So this needs not be a reason to give up!
So, if you are experiencing Chaos even after ten years of Meditation, this is good, for you are going even deeper into the mind and uncovering deeper Chaos!
So again, this needs not be a reason to give up!
If you are experiencing less and less Chaos, this is also good too, for you have transformed some causes of the inner Chaos!
But again, this needs not be a reason to give up!
For there may be even more things within waiting to be discovered!
So as long as you are trying to be in the state of Observation, you are meditating correctly.
What experience you experience will always be perfect and correct!
So use this as a reason to keep on meditating!
In conclusion, through the moments of Stillness, without the thoughts of who we are, it is then we can finally observe and get to know the person behind the Personality.
So the deeper you go into the state of Stillness, The more you will eventually realize who you are.
You are Consciousness
You are Oneness.
You are Infinite.
And the more you realize this Truth, the more you will experience greater power and happiness!
So keep on developing Stillness through Meditation And Know The Self through observing through Stillness.
For if you were to observe Stillness for an eternity,
One day when a thought finally arises,
You will no doubt realize...
Ah I Am the Creator!
-Jonny John Liu‹ ›
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