"Meditation feeds me emotionally with a sense of harmony, uplift and peace; that meditation feeds me intellectually with new ideas, or often flashes into my mind something I need to know about a current situation; and that meditation feeds me physically with a sense of body renewal, new energy, and well-being, dissolving fatigue and tension."---Catherine PonderWhat a strange paradox! Every warrior on the path of knowledge thinks, at one time or another, that he's learning sorcery, but all he's doing is allowing himself to be convinced of the power hidden in his being, and that he can reach it.----Don Juan Matus, The Power of Silence
is not circling thought, nor is it the random repeat of a mantra, because this
boils down to internal dialogue. True meditation consists of complete inner
silence - a silence in which there is only awareness. This awareness is of
course the dreamer, and when that state is entered the social being is quite
literally en rapport with his dreamer.
This in effect means that during meditation the practitioner enters into his full awareness, and in that state he is capable of understanding the purpose of his dreamer at that particular moment in time. It should therefore be clear that true meditation cannot take place before the practitioner has first mastered the art of silencing the internal dialogue. However, to stop the internal dialogue, like everything else, requires personal power.......most practitioners get caught up in either the form of the meditation, or else in the mantra, and consequently never reach the desired goal. For example, in Raja Yoga the man normally becomes obsessed with the act of visualization without realising that the visualization is merely an aid to stop the internal dialogue. Likewise, the man who uses a mantra meditation becomes obsessed with keeping the mantra going and does not realise that the mantra should at some point cease as inner silence takes over. In both of these examples it is the man's obsession which is his downfall and which keeps the assemblage point firmly fixed in normal awareness.
The important point here is that when the warrior has acquired sufficient intent he will be able to silence the internal dialogue, which will in turn enable him to break the fixation of his awareness and to make his assemblage point fluid. Once this has been accomplished the warrior not only enters the awareness of his dreamer, but he also becomes at-one with his dreamer, which is of course his real self. It is this state of being which is termed the Third Attention, a level of awareness in which the warrior can consciously manipulate his dreamer's expression of the one universal force, namely the will of the Eagle, or intent. Hence it is stated that there comes a time in the life of the warrior when the command of the warrior becomes the command of the Eagle."---Theun Mares (Return of the Warriors p185)
Inner silence works from the moment you begin to accrue it. What the old
sorcerers were after was the final dramatic, end result of reaching that
individual threshold of silence. Some very talented practitioners need only a
few minutes of silence to reach that coveted goal. Others, less talented, need
long periods of silence, perhaps more than one hour of quietude,before they
reach the desired result. The desired result is what the old sorcerers called
"stopping the world", the moment when everything around us ceases to be what
it's always been. This is the moment when sorcerers return to the TRUE nature of
man. The old sorcerers always called it "total freedom"
Don Juan (Carlos Castanada)
In daily meditation lies your secret of power.--Catherine Ponder p274"Once inner silence is attained, everything is possible. The way to stop talking to ourselves is to use exactly the same method used to teach us to talk to ourselves; we were taught compulsively and unwaveringly, and this is the way we must stop it: compulsively and unwaveringly."--Don Juan --From The Fire From Within