If you are in the process of discovering meditation but finding that it’s not working for you, the following may help.
This page describes the main reason why, at entry level, your experiences may not be taking off.
In short, it has to do with being stuck in a particular modality of mind, and not even realizing it. So let’s start by discussing mental states.
Ordinary mental consciousness – OMC
One of the most useful concepts that has come out of the Clairvision mapping of states of consciousness is also one of the most simple: the ordinary mental consciousness. The ordinary mental consciousness (or OMC, in short) is just what the people of this day and age experience during their normal waking state. It is their ordinary modus operandi of thinking – their customary flow of thoughts.
The OMC has much to do with the discursive mind. ‘Discursive mind’ is another useful and self-explanatory term. The discursive mind is the part of you that carries on an inner dialogue, endlessly wandering from one topic to another. Simply put, it’s the ongoing blah-blah… inside your head.
When training people to map states of consciousness, the Clairvision methodology is to get them identify the ‘flavors’ of different states. What is the flavor of your ordinary mental consciousness? Very simple. It’s the way it feels inside your head, right now.
The OMC is but one frequency
Perhaps one of the most difficult things to realize, when starting a path of meditation and self-exploration, is that the ordinary mental consciousness is but one frequency – one tiny, tiny band in the immensely vast spectrum of states of consciousness.
In theory, this sounds simple enough. So what is so difficult about it?
The difficulty comes from the fact that the OMC and its discursive mind is all that people have been experiencing since early childhood. They have virtually no reference of any other state.
Little children tend to think in pictures. Then, well before age 10, the discursive mind kicks in. The waking state’s flavor of consciousness changes. The OMC begins to rigidify. For most people, the ability to think in pictures gradually fades. The inner dialogue, ‘thinking in words’, becomes the ongoing modus operandi of the mind. The OMC is set.
The tendency to reduce everything to the OMC
Now, here is what you need to understand. When people try to conceptualize states of consciousness such as those achieved through meditation, they tend to imagine them as variations of the ordinary mental consciousness.
For example, when trying to figure out what subtle (i.e. non-physical) vision is about, people imagine that visuals are going to be superimposed on top of their OMC.
And this is the principal reason why it doesn’t work for them. As long as you are in the OMC, you see… nothing. The OMC is completely blind to spiritual realities. It just blanks them out.
The same applies to meditation states. Meditation states are not some enhancement of the ordinary mental consciousness. They happen on different levels. Before meditation states can be engaged, a letting go must take place, through which the OMC fades.
Here again the main difficulty is that, for many people, the OMC is all they know. It is their only reference. It has become the way they define themselves, as in the adage of Descartes, “I think, therefore I am.” As this becomes rigidified, there is no space for anything else.
If you have lived all your life in a cage, then to you the cage is not a cage. It is the whole universe.
So what can you do? To begin with, understand. What you are looking for, with meditation, is not going to come in the OMC, or even through the OMC. A change in ‘flavor of consciousness’ is required.
This is see why ‘trying’ or concentrating goes against the flow of meditation: the way we normally concentrate, or try hard, is through a greater engagement of our ordinary mind. The harder we try, the more cramped the ordinary mind. This is the very opposite of what is needed for meditation.
And you can see why the theme of ‘letting go’ is so central to a number of spiritual paths. What needs to be let go of is the OMC, as a prerequisite to higher spiritual experience.
Now, take a meditation instruction such as, “Become aware of the breath in your nostrils.” It doesn’t mean, “Think about your nostrils.” It just means, feel them. Which can be done with little or no OMC involvement.
“Just awareness,” really, isn’t as easy at is sounds. It means feeling beyond the OMC. Very simple, for sure, but simple and easy are two completely different things.
So what do you do? Just stop trying.
But what does the OMC do when it hears this instruction? It tries to not try, which as you can easily figure out, ain’t gonna work.
The birth of something new
One thing to understand, here, is that letting go of the OMC isn’t jumping into nothing. There are principles of silent clarity, which are developed through meditation, and which are gradually going to replace the OMC. In the Clairvision work, it is the ‘inner space’. Inner space may sound vague in the beginning – especially to the OMC – but as your meditation intensifies it is going to become a more and more tangible state. One that can actively replace the OMC.
The problem is, the OMC cannot actively engage the inner space. The inner space must engage itself.
The inner space is foreign to the OMC. Left to itself, the OMC can easily lock itself into its own routines and make it very difficult for anything other than itself to emerge.
Here you can see what the value of attending a meditation course, as opposed to trying to learn meditation on your own.
As long as you are only trying on your own, there is a high probability the OMC will rule and keep you confined within its own ‘band’. Whereas when attending a course, you find yourself immersed in different spaces, and you can get a sense of flavors of consciousness beyond the ordinary mental consciousness.
One thing about states of consciousness: they tend to pass from person to person as if through osmosis. Which is why, on a path of meditation, a teacher can save you a great deal of time.
Japanese company Genepax presents its eco-friendly car that runs on nothing but water. The car has an energy generator that extracts hydrogen from water that is poured into the car’s tank. The generator then releases electrons that produce electric power to run the car. The electric powered car can run on any type of water (you can even use tea and soda…etc). The car can run for an hour at about 50 miles per hour on just a liter of water; about 2 cans of soda worth. Genepax, the company that invented the technology, aims to collaborate with Japanese manufacturers to mass produce it.
Unlike other electric cars, the Genepax car does not require that batteries be recharged and has no emission. The water electrical generator is located in the back of the car and when water is poured it is then broken down in order to create electricity to power the car. Imagine what such a generator could do to the oil industry, the nuclear plants and the electrical grid.
That story broke in 2008. Today Japan is producing hydrogen fueled cars – the Honda FCX Clarity. Combine the technology of Genepax with the technology of the Honda FCX Clarity and you have a full production vehicle that uses no gasoline. No gasoline combustion means zero emissions.
In 2010, it is reported that there are a total of 50 FCX Clarity available for lease in the U.S with a target to have 200 available world-wide.
The Honda FCX Clarity fuel cell-electric vehicle has been chosen to be the pace car for the opening race of the 2011 IZOD IndyCar Series, from 25-27 March 2011. This is the first-time a hydrogen-powered vehicle will pace an IZOD IndyCar Series race in the United States.
Propelled by an electric motor that runs on electricity generated in a fuel cell, the FCX Clarity’s only emission is water and its fuel efficiency is three times that of a similar-sized petrol-powered automobile. The FCX Clarity’s performance and acceleration are comparable to a 2.4-litre, 4-cylinder engine with an EPA certified range of 240 miles. The compact and powerful Honda V Flow Fuel Cell Stack allows for unprecedented spaciousness and a futuristically stylish, low-slung design and spacious interior.
Since the vehicle’s unveiling there were nearly 80,000 people around the world who expressed interest in owning a FCX Calrity. 80,000 people who won’t be buying any more gasoline once they take possession.
You did know that Facebook is a ‘massive online surveillance program run by the CIA,” right? And that Mark Zuckerberg is a CIA agent codenamed the Overlord? Just watch the Onion video above. It explains the whole thing.
I especially like the Congressional “testimony” from the deputy CIA director:
After years of secretly monitoring the public, we were astounded so many people would willingly publicize where they live, their religious and political views, an alphabetized list of all their friends, personal emails addresses, phone numbers, hundreds of photos of themselves, and even status updates about what they were doing moment to moment. It is truly a dream come true for the CIA.
Not only that, think how much money it saves the CIA. Unfortunately, other CIA programs like Twitter aren’t doing so welll: “400 billion Tweets, and not one useful bit of data was ever transmitted.”
Also note the chart showing the success of Operation Farmville, which “the CIA credits with pacifying as many as 85 million people after unemployment rates rose dramatically.” It plots time spent playing Farmville versus hours working.
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Germany is the world leader in installed solar photovoltaic panels — and they also just shut down seven of their oldest nuclear reactors. Coincidence? Maaaaybe … Anyway, it’s worth noting that just today, total power output of Germany’s installed solar PV panels hit 12.1 GW — greater than the total power output (10 GW) of Japan’s entire 6-reactor nuclear power plant.
Now before the trolls come out, let me just note that 12.1 GW is max power (the output whose name you’d love to touch). The panels generated that much at one instant in time — when the sun was at its apex — but of course solar power production varies with the weather and the time of day. To find out how much energy those panels generated today in total, you’d have to calculate the area under that curve in the lower right hand corner. (Which, come to think of it, we should probably use as the CAPTCHA on the comment field on this post.)
Regardless, Japan’s facing rolling blackouts until next Winter, and it’s undeniable that if the country had more distributed power generation like Germany’s roof-based solar PV system, the entire country would be much more resilient in the face of catastrophe.