We are the heart of all creation and meditation can take the simplest person right to the source.
Galaxies have been discovered in what we thought was the rim of the Universe. Big galaxies might be more than we ever conceived. On the other end of the spectrum, we have discovered tiny subatomic particles, 1/1,000,000 the size of an atom. These tiny particles last 1/100,000,000 of a second. We stand in the middle, where it all passes through us on its way elsewhere.
We are controllers of unbelievable power, but it is a funny kind of control that operates automatically. Attempts at willful control of this power put us out of sync with the source. When we stop trying to exercise our will over it, then we return to the source where we discover the true magic of oneness. This is Tantra. This is Tao.
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I always begin by lighting the candles……several around the house…..two in the kitchen where I will cook…..two in the adjoining family room….one in the living room and one in the dining room….I soften all of the other lights in the house and, lately, I ask the boys to make a fire. Then I choose my music or some old film that I want as background noise…..lately, “It’s a Wonderful Life”. Then I pour myself a glass of wine and begin gathering my
ingredients……almost like foraging….. with a general feeling of delight about the things I find in my kitchen……even though I’m not surprised about them because, of course, I put them there…….. pork chops and potatoes and apples…….. I obviously come from some long line of earthy people, as I tend to lean toward hearty comfort soups and stews and breads.
Today I was perusing the “Williams Sonoma Taste of France” while lounging on the couch with Robert watching our latest series passion, “Marco Polo”. Instead of finding a recipe that I absolutely had to try, I got completely caught up in his description of country life and general attitudes about food and cooking in France. What struck me most about the photographs were their contrasts…….delicate, buttery croissants paired with strong pungent cheese and sour cherry jam
……..which is how I came to tonight’s play in contrasts for my family’s dinner………pork chops with honey mustard apples, mashed parsley potatoes and herb stuffing with dried cranberries and walnuts………
Robert said the dinner was wonderful………..the twins were tolerant. Little do they know, I am making foodies of them too and, even though my houseful of testosterone looks perplexedly at me as I conduct my nightly cooking rituals and they never know what they are going to get……I sense that they get the same peaceful contentment from them that I do.
The way of the Mystic is to observe the oneness and perfection of all things. Along the way, the Mystic discovers the magic of fitting into the flow of things. Meditation is the vehicle of the Mystic. Tien Tao meditation has its roots in Tantra, the ancient path of the Mystic. Chenrezig meditation practiced by the Dalai Lama comes from the same tantric roots.
These are the handwritten notes from a Tien Tao meditation I was taught many years ago. Observe the oneness and perfection of both positive and negative energy as you circulate chi along the path shown in the drawing.
After all these years, I remain a humble beginner.
For those of you who have asked, here is a meditation exercise on your true nature or immortal self:
• Begin by focusing your mind on the Upper Tan Tien. This is the area between and behind your eyes and at the center of your brain. Taoists poetically call this area the “Crystal Palace”. Imagine a warm golden light filling the Crystal Palace.
• Concentrate on the golden light to the exclusion of everything else until it, the golden light and everything else, disappears. You will know that you have achieved this when you feel empty or void. This state is achieved when you have dropped all external influences in your life.
• Imagine that your true nature emerges from deep within the void. See it appearing as an embryo that slowly develops into your true self. When you are ready, push the embryo down into your Lower Tan Tien, just behind your navel. Taoists call this area the “Sea of Vitality”. Think of the Sea of Vitality as if it were a womb for the embryo. Hold your true nature there where it is nurtured and developed. When you are ready, give birth to your true nature and allow it expression in your life.
Don’t force it. Let it take shape on its own.
This is your immortal self.