"From Stillness, Unstillness is Known"
What is Stillness?
In Chapter 4, Knowing Progresses With Stillness the state of Stillness was mentioned but here we will talk about it a bit more.
In life, it is difficult to be absolutely Still. This is because in every moment there always seem to be something there for us to do, i.e. tasks to complete and commitments to fulfil.
Even if we have nothing to do the tendency for us is always to fill that empty space with more things to do.
If you ask yourselves the following question - "How many minutes or even seconds a day do I spend on doing absolutely nothing?" - then you will realize just how much little time we spend in Stillness.
So it can seem that we are always in the act of doing something all the time.
Even if we are not doing something on the outside, as we turn our attention inwards what we will discover is that we are in fact doing somethin inside in every moment - whether it is feeling, thinking, worrying, imagining and so forth!
Why have we become like this?
The world has become a busy place and the emphasis and demand from society for us to complete more things in less time has become greater and greater.
Yes we have been pushed by the demands of the society to do more and more in less and less time - and as a result this has also created a destructive habit. Now every time we do nothing can we feel a sense of unease and incompletion.
In a way, we have been driven to believe that Stillness is Unnatural. Now carrying the state of Unstillness throghout the day has become the natural way of living!
So most of us have developed a habit of steering away from the state of Stillness to the point that Unstillness has become the desirable commodity in society. Just look outside and see how many posters outside which encourages us to fill our lives with exciting things to do and how many posters encourage us to be do less in life.
It is thus hard for people to understand what the Stillness really is because when one tries to understand Stillness from an Unstill mind, then one will never be able to properly understand.
Thus let us look at the ways in which we can develop the Knowing of Stillness from actual experience.
Stillness In Depth
There are two ways to create the experience of Stillness -
1. To do less of the things which make our mind Unstill.
To develop Stillness, we can simply become aware of the activities that Create Unstillness of the Mind and do less of them.
Activities which Unstills the mind are activities which stimulates the mind.
And Stimulation can come from many things - from over-using our brains from doing intellectual tasks and multi-tasking all the time and from engaging in activities such as drinking, partying and so forth in an excessive way.
The activities which can stimulate the mind greatly can be unique and particular to each individual so to find the activities which stimulate your mind simply observe the Inner Worlds as you go through your daily experiences and write down the activities which you have done which has stimulated the mind - and then do less of those.
2. To do more of the things which create Stillness.
Activities which promotes Stillness has already been covered in Chapter 4, Knowing Progresses With Stillness.
These are the things which encourage us to focus more on the Physical Self rather than the Mental/Emotional aspects of The Self. These are things such as gardening, walking in the park, tai-chi, meditation and so forth.
The more you create Stillness in your lives the more you will come to understand what the state of Stillness really is. You will begin to discover the differences between the "Reactive" state of the mind and the "Observant" state of the mind - the latter which will allow you to simply observe everything as is by letting them come and go rather than "reacting" to them.
If you wish to really experience the state of Stillness then the practice of meditation is recommended because it is by closing our eyes and our senses to the outside world that we can truly develop a deep state of Stillness within. Without meditation, we can only experience Stillness on the very surface. Feel free to explore the courses section where there you will be able to find many meditation practices to try.
Importance Of Addressing Unstillness
The Unstillness of the mind can greatly unground a person. When one is not grounded, one can simply become reactive and sensitive to the world outside. This can create difficulties in how one interacts with the world every day but also difficulties in getting to sleep at night.
It is important to develop Stillness in life. When there is only Unstillness, one will be stuck in the surface layer of the mind - The layer which only concerns about the world outside. It is only when one invites Stillness within, one can then start to become aware of the deeper layers, which will allow one to see the world from a deeper perspective. It is by carrying such awareness, that one can develop deeper wisdom as one goes through their life experiences which will help one to transform their mind.
Without access to the deeper mind, one will never be able to understand the cause of all their pains and cravings. As a result, one will end up on a path of simply reacting to life experiences rather than to learn from life experiences. When the cause of one's suffering states of mind is not known, then it will simply continue.
Path Of Creator
Stillness In Relation To The Path Of Creator
Self-Knowing has the Power to transform The Self.
And it is through Stillness that we develop that Knowing.
Because to Know the Self is not done through "philosophizing / thinking / analyzing" but rather to simply observe the Truth/Reality as is. And this can only be done from a point of Stillness / Observation, rather than Thinking and Imagination.
Thus the more we develop Stillness the more we will be able to achieve such a state of observation - because it is from such a state that we can observe all our experiences as is i.e. to see our emotions/thoughts as is rather than to continue reacting to our reactions. To simply observe, is how we can see Reality as is and this is about letting all the thoughts and emotions to come and go without "imagining/exaggerating/diminishing" the experience.
Stillness is the catalyst one can use to greatly develop the Knowing of The Self in relation to one's Sufferings. Because it is from Stillness that we can see Unstillness, and it is with deeper Stillness that we can see the Cause of the Unstillness.
Thus as we allow our mind to gently/peacefully/rest into a state of Stillness, it is then we can begin to experience the sufferings/negativities/disturbances of the mind with much more clarity - i.e.
To use a comparison, colours will always seem more clear and vivid on a white canvas. Likewise, our thoughts and emotions will become clearer within a Still mind. And when the Mind is perfectly calm and Still, then all the causes of the disturbances are known. This is what is meant by Penetrating into the consciousness with Stillness
To develop such Experienced Knowledge one can practice The Creator's Meditation. Through the meditation you will be guided into a state of Present/Calm/Stillness/Deep Awareness where you will be able to observe and develop the Knowing of The Self at an accelerated rate.
Unstillness is Known
Much like when you are in a state of Absolute Silence, You will hear not only of the subtlest Noise outside but also of the subtlest Noise coming from the inside, through which you will begin to develop the Knowing of them, of where they are from, and of knowing why they are there.
And likewise when you are in the state of Stillness,
You will be able to see the beginnings of Unstillness,
You will be able to see the Beginnings of all Thoughts and of all Emotions.
And as you bring yourself into even deeper Stillness,
You will become aware even more of the Deeper Self
Becoming aware of who you really are.
And slowly as you pass through all the chaos within, you will eventually reach a point of singularity from which all is born.
That is when you will reach enlightenment, the Knowing of who you really are - The Infinite One.
So realize that with Absolute Stillness.
All will be Known.
Develop Experienced Knowledge
Every day plan a journey of Stillness. I.e. this can be as short as going from home to the bus stop or as long as the whole day.
In that journey declare to yourself that you will take it easy/be patient/be still and not rush no matter what happens. Do your best not to "think" but to simply observe the moments of experience that pass by you.
You can make a mental declaration
"I will not think about anything but simply observe the present."
And try to remain in this state throughout your journey. I.e. even if your bus arrives - try your best to remain still.
Through such a practice you will be able to uncover/discover/develop the Knowing of much of your Negative Reactions at the same develop the ability to not feed into your Negativities as you experience them.
The Creator's Meditation / VipassanaLink here
In The Creator's Meditation as you descend into deeper and deeper states of Stillness, what you will discover is that your awareness of the subtle thoughts/emotions will become more and more vivid.
In these experiences it is possible that as you become aware of them your mind will start to wander and again you will experience Unstillness.
And when you experience these try not to fall into the illusion that you are "meditating" wrong or the blame the practice of being wrong.
Do not be disappointed. In fact give yourself an applause when you experience Unstillness because you have simply become more aware of what is happening inside, and these are precious opportunities for you to develop the Knowing the cause of your Stillness even more.
Know and Transform The Self!
Try the 22 Days Creators Meditation Course to develop Stillness each day.
With Stillness comes Self-Knowing.
So use this course to develop deep Self-Knowing of who you really are.