The Perennial Philosophy
The Mystic View of Meditation: The Perennial Philosophy
The Perennial philosophy is a perspective in the philosophy of religion which views each of the world’s religious traditions as sharing a single, universal truth on which foundation all religious knowledge and doctrine has grown.
The mystical view of meditation is that there is only one consciousness, ‘One Mind’, one field of truth that is the source of the entire universe. This field is not a thing; it’s a formless impersonal Consciousness. This is the perennial philosophy of mystics who have directly seen this all expansive Oneness. It is known by many names in different cultures, in Hindu it is called Satchitananda in Buddhism it is called Buddha nature and in Chistianity it is sometimes referred to as Christ Consciousness or even God. All the meditation masters and great contemplatives have pointed to it being fundamental. It is the Perennial Philosophy:
To consciously access this ever present source through meditation you must transcend thoughts. The non-conceptual view of meditation is a way of being natural and whole without dividing and separating yourself from the universe. A direct experience of your ‘true self’ as a complete, loving, sane and joyful being. This source consciousness is what is looking not what we are looking at. It is a way of seeing without filters or blockages.
This view initially starts out as a concept, an idea designed to be a pointer, a guide to what is actually possible. A meditator should not get stuck or be satisfied merely with the conceptual view, but meditate to directly experience it. The direct experience of the source of our being reveals a natural joy, love and wisdom, and is called a view not because it’s a concept or an idea but because it’s a way of seeing; in actuality it’s closer to a way of being than a view. A Way of being that enables a meditator to not be disturbed by the constant stream of thoughts and emotions or the fluctuations of the external world and instead be able to remain within a view of wholeness and unshakable ease.
This view of one-ness at the source of our being is important even in the early stages of training in mindfulness because it gives the practitioner the confidence to let go and surrender to the present situation without obsessing about improving it or being afraid of it. Mindfulness helps to discover the minds natural peace and stillness, by detaching from thoughts of past present and future which enables the settling and calming of the mind necessary to see clearly the innate space and stillness naturally available within.
The mystic view of the One Universal source as a Non objective field of consciousness is gaining validity within the latest science research, particularly the unified field theory. This ancient perennial philosophy that scientists are just starting to explore. It could become an agreed upon consensus for mankind and draw together all the different religious traditions into a new age of spiritual and scientific collaboration.
No matter what you may call the ‘source’ – Universal Consciousness, Unified field, God, Non-dual Awareness or Great Spirit it is clear that through meditation this level of being can be reached and integrated into our lives.
“We are fragmented into so many different aspects. We don´t know who we really are, or what aspects of ourselves we should identify with or believe in. So many contradictory voices, dictates, and feelings fight for control over our inner lives that we find ourselves scattered everywhere, in all directions, leaving nobody at home. Meditation, then, is bringing the mind home to the spacious sky like nature.”
~ Sogyal Rinpoche
Ultimately meditation is to discover your real identity:
“I want to make sure you know you are not who you think you are…
Who you are, in truth, who everyone is, is whole and perfect and beautiful.
And if that can be recognized, then it is possible that self-torture can stop!”