Saturday, 29 February 2020
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Dear Gnostic Instructors,

How to meditate in a right and effective manner? Situations that occur in my life are a result of not just one ego. Normally they happen because a few egos get together and create a certain situation. Later, a different combination of egos creates a slightly different (but similar) situation. (This is likely true for many people). It is all a mix, a blended soup, where it is difficult to identify which vice is the leading one. How should I meditate on these situations - focusing on the situation itself or just one of the participating egos at a time?

(For now, my meditation practice has - at most - led me to seeing random scenes from various stages of my life, which are usually irrelevant for the situation. As if my subconscious throws at me various slides from my life, forgotten scenes, very random, one after the other, without logical order, very fast). I mostly have the 'aha' moments during my wakeful hours when I am doing something completely different and not thinking about the problem. I know these types of realizations are not enough.. The problem is when I focus on something painful during the meditation - I get identified with the problem even more, and usually have to discontinue).

Thank you.
2 years ago
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You need to imagine the event as it happened, alongside its corresponding reaction in the moment. You cannot gain comprehension without understanding the relationship between them.

The impressions entered your mind, and then the ego reacted. Why did you react towards the words of an insulter? Both the state and the event go together.

Comprehension is dynamic. You might concentrate and imagine an event from the day where you reacted with anger, and yet your imagination takes you to another scene in childhood. There can be a direct relationship there: perhaps the origin of anger emerged when you were young. When this happens, we must examine these new internal impressions and await comprehension to unfold.

Your heart will tell you when you've comprehended something, or need to shift your focus, such as in relation to new experiences that enter the psyche through imagination, inspiration, and intuition.

Comprehension can occur at any moment of life, but this only reaches profundity through meditation.

For thirty years I sought God. But when I looked carefully I found that in reality God was the seeker and I the sought. -Bayazid al-Bastami

2 years ago
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#21257
Accepted Answer
You need to imagine the event as it happened, alongside its corresponding reaction in the moment. You cannot gain comprehension without understanding the relationship between them.

The impressions entered your mind, and then the ego reacted. Why did you react towards the words of an insulter? Both the state and the event go together.

Comprehension is dynamic. You might concentrate and imagine an event from the day where you reacted with anger, and yet your imagination takes you to another scene in childhood. There can be a direct relationship there: perhaps the origin of anger emerged when you were young. When this happens, we must examine these new internal impressions and await comprehension to unfold.

Your heart will tell you when you've comprehended something, or need to shift your focus, such as in relation to new experiences that enter the psyche through imagination, inspiration, and intuition.

Comprehension can occur at any moment of life, but this only reaches profundity through meditation.

For thirty years I sought God. But when I looked carefully I found that in reality God was the seeker and I the sought. -Bayazid al-Bastami

2 years ago
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#21275
Thank you
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