The Projective Meditative Mind part 2
We held a workshop at Yoga West on May 3, 2019. In this class, we stabilized and developed the projective meditative mind.
In our healing tradition, healing begins when we can adjust our awareness to a specific aspect that we call the projective meditative mind. Other names for this are shuniya and the sacred space. Once we stabilize that position of awareness, we begin to relate with the patient (event) in a way that produces healing in the event. We call the aspect projective because in that position of awareness our intention becomes projective, in that it manifests in our relation with the event. Our intention to heal impacts the relation.
Literally, shuniya describes an aspect of mind that is empty. Not void as in nothing, as there is always activity in the mind, rather empty of any tendency to move or direct the experience. Sitting in shuniya, our mind allows the flow of our experience without interfering with it or imposing any bias or preconception onto the experience. See Milarepa’s Song to Lady Palderboom. Shuniya is a most profound state of being. It is most effective for healing.
Arriving at this awareness is not an accident. Nor is it likely that we should recognize it without preparing the mind with certain exercises, or kriyas. Of the many kriyas that come from the tradition of Kundalini Yoga, many deal directly with the development of shuniya.
If we could arrive at shuniya by thinking it or by verbal instruction, we would. Instead, we allow our practice of the kriyas to instruct our mind subtly. The kriya tricks our mind into moving our awareness toward shuniya, giving us a direct experience of being empty. With the repetition of kriyas, we practice accessing that place in our awareness, ultimately allowing us to stabilize it at will.
In this workshop, we performed two meditations.
Meditation: LA950 A00214 20000214 Develop Self-Reliance
Meditation: KYB117-19860822 – Achieve an Experience of God
Instability in the meditative mind comes from several sources, among them doubt, fear, unconfidence, insecurity and preconceived beliefs and prejudices about the forms of perception that are presented to us by our sensory experience. Our sensory field includes everything we feel, physical, emotional and otherwise, all ideas and thoughts.
Practicing the first meditation offers us a chance to rely on our perceptions without question or judgment, as they are. It connects us with the sacred energy known as prikirti. Prikirti helps us to transcend any struggle with accepting our perception as reality without adding anything to it. We can direct our attention to the flow of perception without agitation, anxiety, or distraction. We can then abandon tendencies for interrupting the flow and any other self-motivated movement of awareness. We can sit in shuniya.
The second meditation purifies our limited awareness, allowing it to extend infinitely within to achieve an experience of God. We merge with infinity.
Listen to the workshop audio, which picks up after the second meditation. The group performs healing exercises with their partners.