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Insight (when one was very young, in Grade School)

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When one was in grade school at, of course, a very young age, one was in one’s upstairs bedroom. Suddenly, one was in an extremely perceptive state in which thought/thinking was not in occurrence. One realized, without internal words or symbols, that it was a very “special” mental state (much different from regular, mundane consciousness involving thought/thinking). Somehow it was instantaneous in nature, not involving time and the sequence that words and time are involved in. From then on, one would occasionally go into that dimension (or “special” mode).

Back then, one did not label it as anything. “Meditation” was not a word that i was familiar with; “meditation” was not discussed or mentioned in my culture or educational background at the time (way back then). Only later, in one’s college days, did i discover more about the term “meditation.” Interestingly, one found that a lot of what some gurus from the East were presenting as “meditation” was really a form of self-hypnosis (involving mere concentration, effort, resistance, and time). Thought/thinking, being a sequential mental process, involves (and actually is) time. Profound perception is beyond time; it is a beautiful timelessness that thought cannot “make happen.”

Resting Elderly Butterfly … Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2022

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  1. Interesting thoughts on meditation Tom. 🙏🏼 The subject meditation or term I suppose you would say, didn’t surface during my growing years either as a practice that we currently see, except during the end of our pastoral prayers in church with the Biblical verse, “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14)

    In my situation, meditation was not about a self-hypnotic state, akin to what let’s say yogi’s practice, but it did/does include quietude, with less active thinking, distractions, and a time for simple reflections and de-stressing so to speak. Thanks so much for sharing your special thoughts on meditation, because it helps me to understand your viewpoint of this subject matter much clearer. 🥰💖😍 Cheers my friend!!! 🥂

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    • Yogis’ practice nullifies it then and there; it cannot be practiced. If one practices it, it becomes a part of a method or desire and method/desire cannot bring about true meditation, Kym. True spiritual silence is not “made” by the mind. It happens or it doesn’t happen. If it happens, one is blessed. It is never the result of effort. 😍🥰

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      • Hmmmm, interesting point on method/desire Tom. 🤔 Indeed there is a release, the untethering from trying to control an end result that only intensifies your stress level, this preventing meditation from happening. It’s not something you can merely control. Like you said, it either happens or it doesn’t. 😊💖🤗

  2. Yes! “perception is beyond time; it is a beautiful timelessness that thought cannot “make happen.” I call it ‘the space in-between’ and associate those experiences with Natural Grace. We do enter a timelessness – or some dimension that is impossible to articulate – Yesterday I looked up into he sky and saw a whole flock of soaring blackbirds and in that moment i was transported….

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  3. Intriguing … perhaps what I sometimes experience (never on demand) is “profound perception”. I call it meditating when I sit still and invite such … but only some sits go “there” … [I know I’ve been “there” when I shift back to normal … realizing I’ve been gone … no clue how long, or “where”.]

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    • Perhaps, Jazz. Profound perception (really deeply) is — if it is of true value — what may take place all day long. Then it may occur even while one is talking/thinking. Passion for understanding may help it to flower. Then, sitting with one’s legs crossed is rather childish. 😀

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  4. I have never meditated Tom. I like your butterfly and his marking so close-up are intricate, including those tiny gray hairs which deem him elderly and likely wise.

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  5. This is thought evoking. Memories of a time when distractions were few and far between except playing outside, school work, and chores. I remember times I zoned out. I realize now that it was a form of meditation. So I didn’t just start meditating. I’ve had the knowledge of how to do it all this time.

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    • Thanks, fiery and flawed! 😊 Not to criticize but a tiny bit of what you had written is flawed. There is no knowledge involved with true meditation and there no “how to do it”; it is beyond method and beyond what our consciousness can “make happen”… just like what the last sentence in my posting (above) maintains. 😉

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