Meditation and Illumination of the Stratas of the Mind. Part I

Having spent much time and space playing around with words in an effort to describe a convenient concept and model of the mind, we will now consider meditation and its relationship with different mental phenomena.

The aim of meditational practices is to direct our normally extroverted awareness into the domains of the mind. Consider the personal levels of the mind (i.e. the instinctive and the logical) as represented by the face of a wall. The bottom half depicts the instinctive mind and the upper half the rational mind. The area outside the wall stands for the suprapersonal mind, the superconscious realm being above and the collective unconscious below. It is night time, so you can not see the wall or the surroundings; however, you have a torch and the light beam represents your awareness. The beam is small in diameter so that it does not light up the whole wall and surroundings, only a small area of the surface. During normal wakefulness the beam of our awareness only lights up the rational part of the mind or the upper part of the wall. Therefore, we operate on a predominantly logical level throughout life. Our awareness moves from one thought to the next but within the confines of the rational mind.

During meditational practices the aim is to direct the beam of awareness downwards, so that it lights up the lower mind or even the suprapersonal mind beyond the area of the wall. Many people, when they make a little progress in meditational practice, start to see grotesque visions and apparitions, monsters and devils, or they suddenly come face to face with deep rooted conflicts, complexes and phobias. They are most surprised and often upset when they see these phenomena, for they did not previously conceive or know that they existed within their mind.

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