In the last post I wrote about lists as programs for our lives. The source of lists, as it was presented, is the conscious mind. There’s a whole ‘nother way of looking at it.
Part of the joy of meditation lies in both the feelings that manifest and in experiencing the subtle energies that rise within and around the body. It’s a sort of thrill ride for the soul.
If you’ve experienced the blissful feelings of meditation you have undoubtedly recognized that these are not products of the conscious mind. They manifest in the conscious mind but don’t seem to originate there.
It seems that the more one meditates the more one’s perceptions about everything change. This may be quite obvious to regular practitioners but maybe not so obvious to folks who haven’t yet bathed in the soothing waters of meditation.
If I keep going down this path of trying to explain something that exists beyond words I will soon experience not bliss but frustration. It’s like trying to explain a piece of music in words. This probably requires poetry rather than prose, and some pretty dynamite poetry at that.
Back to the prose, these energies and feelings will have a tremendous influence on our day-to-day activities, if we let them. This influence is a different way of programming our lives.
Using the conscious mind as a programming tool gives us control over the program. We consciously create it. This is not a bad thing to do, but . . .
Using meditation as a programming tool requires letting go of the conscious. And letting go of the programming. Letting it happen. Embracing the greater Self that is who we “really” are in the first place. Don’t trust me on this one, trust the universe.
The strength to trust is a mighty power and not always so easy to reach. One good aspect of trusting is that you’ll feel more secure in your place on the earth and in the universe, even when things may be looking bleak. Another good aspect of trusting is people will like you. A possible negative aspect of trusting is that you’ll trust everybody and you’ll encounter at least one ill-intentioned miserable person who will trample your trust into dust (not dynamite poetry, but mildly amusing).
A defense against having mean and miserable experiences is to develop your intuition. What’s a good way to develop intuition? Meditation!
We’ve come full circle and pretty darn swiftly, too (thank goodness).
It boils down to this: Meditation will improve your life. Period. You can trust me on this one.