Meditation Is Tuning In
A person has three dimensions of their being that can be accessed at any time through meditation. The three layers of wisdom are the body’s wisdom the heart’s wisdom and the mind’s wisdom. Meditation is contacting our total being by tuning into these three dimensions of our existence to access their inherent wisdom, love and harmony.
The three dimensions we tune into have their own immediate wisdom and harmony, so by becoming attuned to these facets of ourselves we can learn a great deal and be guided by the intelligence innate at every level.
The three wisdoms of balance, love and intuition are unlocked and accessed through the power of a calm and focused mind during meditation training and mindfulness through-out the day or literally remembering to tune in. Also a certain amount of trust in yourself is needed, as Zen Master Thch Nhat Hanh says:
“What you are looking for is already in you…You already are everything you are seeking.”
The key to ‘tuning in’ is a clear focused attention without any conceptual engagement. We cannot ‘think’ our way there we must become observant and sensitive to what’s already there. The wisdom we are tuning into is intuitive and already existent, we do not create the intelligence or harmony during meditation we simply discover it and allow it to express without an ego.
Dropping out is not dropping out of society or our circle of friends, you can keep all that, it is literally dropping out of the ego. Dropping out of habitual habits of turning to entertainment on our devices, or relying on drugs and alcohol or needing other people’s attention and admiration for our happiness. It’s dropping out of the ego’s tendencies to always want more and better and therefore never find fulfilment or contentment in the present moment. The happiness that is found in meditation is waiting for us right now under all the compulsive thinking and habitual tendencies, it just takes dropping out of the ego and tuning into the right station.
We tune into our body’s intelligence by simply noticing our bodies sensations, bringing them into the light of awareness. Not by thinking but by directly experiencing our bodies exactly as they present themselves and becoming sensitive to the subtle movements. In this way you gain balance and the wisdom to make subtle corrections when you get off balance and gain insight into your bodily reactions of fear or excitement.
The heart also has its own way of understanding which can be tuned into and now thanks to organisations like Heart Math Institution and others we have scientific research showing the enormous power of a good heart to increase and improve health and vitality. Tuning into our kind hearts is essential to meditation training and integral to a spiritual life; nothing disturbs us more than anger and resentment and nothing compares to the bliss of an open heart. This type of wisdom is love and has enormous potential to inform our actions and to help understand and connect with others. Love is seeing the same good in others that is in you.
Finally contacting universal intelligence is tuning into a clear and open awareness and ultimately this is the key to access all dimensions because it is their source. Open awareness could be called zero point; that experience in meditation of complete freedom and unlimited space. Your identity before thoughts. This space is our deepest nature, our centre point without boundaries. It’s not just vacant or empty like normal space because inner space is also imbued with intelligence and knowing just like the other dimensions, this is the wisdom of intuition.
The simplest way to find and access your non-conceptual intuition is to sit still and quietly and look for a small gap in your thinking, when one thought finishes and before the next thought arises. It will come. The small gap is a moment of clear awareness and is the beginning of true understanding of ourselves. Eventually these gaps in thought become longer and more sustained. Meditation Master Sogyal Rinpoche says accessing this gap and then sustaining it is the key to meditation practise.
After learning to tune into the body, heart and open awareness separately a meditator can expand awareness to encompass all three simultaneously. This is the ultimate goal of meditation; to become whole, to embody the wisdom energy available in every moment express it into the world and realise your full potential.
Written by Chad Foreman
Chad Foreman has been teaching meditation since 2003 and is determined to bring authentic meditation practices into the lives of millions of people. Chad is a former Buddhist monk and spent 6 years living in a retreat hut studying and practising meditation full time. He is now a fully qualified meditation teacher with the Australian Institute of Meditation and has designed a unique 21 day meditation challenge to guide people gradually from the basics of mindfulness and relaxation to profound states of awareness. Click Here to learn more about the 21 Day Meditation Challenge.