Meditation is much more than relaxing & clearing the mind. Indeed it is also more than knowing the self or connecting with a higher nature. Meditation at its highest level is the striving to attain the original state of existence. It is that which put forth the first vibrations of consciousness that rippled within the entirety and gave forth the multitude of lesser states of consciousness (it is debatable whether lesser states of consciousness are actually such or whether the lowering of such is only an illusory effect produced by the mind. This is also highly probable for the separation of minds & consciousness.). Of all things known three states can be agreed upon as the basis of our reality, the material, the energy & the consciousness. Of these three most great minds agree that consciousness is of the highest & the most elusive. It is as difficult to control the mind as it is to control the wind & so to is it just as hard to study the varying levels of consciousness (Especially the higher ones) without ones self transcending all levels in order to necessarily be in an observational vantage point. One cannot properly study what is on high unless one becomes eye level with that which is raised.
Meditation can be used as a vehicle of consciousness transcendence. It has been said that all is mind. If indeed all is mind then in order to properly study consciousness one would need to transcend the trappings of the mind. The mind and it’s five senses are enjoyed by many but the sensational extremes of the senses which humans are drawn to serve as a permanent distraction from the natural progression of humanity from its current lower state to something much greater. I have heard many teachers exclaim that meditation is the only worthy pursuit & I understand where they are coming from. Meditation, can be a vehicle to elevate ones self to almost unthinkable levels of awareness if practiced correctly. These few individuals who reach such high levels of consciousness & wisdom benefit humanity greatly. As they say a rising tide raises all ships.
It is difficult to put words to something that is beyond things & barely attainable by thought, something you cannot truly study, touch, taste & see. I find that the word consciousness while understood for its meaning is not worthy of that which we are speaking. To know this is to understand the steepness of the mountain seekers of wisdom climb. Meditators whether they know it or not have opened the door to an unknown path that leads to a greatness that is beyond perception but can be known through experience which becomes wisdom. I hope these shared thoughts resonate with someone out there. I have been on a long journey of raising my consciousness, leaving behind material desires in pursuit of a higher state & yet trying to balance that with what is expected of me as a being in this world where lower states of consciousness are praised & materialism is the most widely taught tradition. Be well my good friends, I will write again & I wish you well in all of your pursuits.
An Ever Advancing Being I AM
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Piece by piece I come apart disintegrated into nothing but mind
Losing love & heart as the world I knew unravels like an illusion
A feeling of pain for loss of all that I know cessation of time
I will never give up swimming toward truth through delusion
Hear my cries in the void of curves and lines
Screaming to all as the ship of life sinks under watery diffusion
Together they fall but alone I stand neither is the better line
So I leap to touch a tear from a Gods eye transcending the confusion
One day I will be gone leaving a legacy of light
A dream manifested of hope
For members of the family of good to leave behind their plights
To climb the steep wisdom slope
No more tears blurring their sight
See clearly and never give up hope.
By Mikial Millard
Copyright April 14, 2014
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I had fallen into a dream
one of most vivid color and detail
much like this world
and had remained there until
I knew not what was dream from what was real
and then I woke up but reality now seemed as a dream
I questioned which was real or if neither was true
so I closed my eyes once more and removed my mind
from either place
I existed beyond both perceived places
and although I had not the beauty of those places to bask in
at least I was free of all the illusions
free of the downs chained onto the ups, free of the pain
that is chained onto the temporary nature of joy
Beyond both realities I had found
By Mikial Kenneth MIllard
copyright Nov 2013
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Once Bodhisattvas have completely fathomed all of the particulars of the mind, they appear as Buddhas themselves and liberate beings by explaining to them that what they perceive is nothing but their own mind and that external existence does not exist, thus enabling them to transcend such views as existence and non existence. – Parts taken from the Lankavatara Sutra Translation by Red Pine, Quote used for educational purposes.
I would like to note that the quote above is meant for Bodhisattva’s, Shravakas and students of the highest levels of Mahayana or Hinayana Buddhism who are ready to understand that all things and non things are but perceptions of the mind or repository consciousness. Other levels of Buddhism do not cover this exclusively as this is a difficult teaching to grasp and entry level practitioners who grasp a hold of that which can be tasted, touched, seen, heard or smelled have a difficult time letting go of the empirical world. All teachings of Buddhism from the Heart Sutras, Platform Sutras etc are leading the student to this one teaching that all things, all Dharmas are but perceptions of one’s own mind and should be transcended in order to obtain liberation as well as truth (Truth which is called Buddha knowledge or the wisdom body). Karma at this stage is taught to be the product of beginningless habit energies accumulated by the grasping of projections of one’s own mind. Thus Karma’s are projections of one’s own mind and should also be transcended leading one to liberation. I will cover this more in future postings. May peace and goodness be with you fair readers. – Mikial Millard