Friday, August 22, 2008

Third Eye Meditation

Imagine what your life would have been like if you had kept your eyelids
shut for your entire lifetime. Your eyes would have worked perfectly and yet
your sense of vision would have gone to waste. Similarly, not using your 3rd
eye is keeping you in the dark in relation to enjoying the wonders and
wisdom of your sense of mystic sight.

Every one of us had our 3rd eye fully open when we were babies. We were
effortlessly able to witness the glory of the universe from its subatomic
nature to its multi-galactic infiniteness. Through conditioning by our
parents, teachers, and peers, we started a process of covering our 3rd eye
with layer after layer of illusion. As an example, let's imagine that at one
month of age we were laying in our crib looking at the paisley patterned
dance of energy that life is. Our mommy stuck a stuffed doll in front of our
face and said, "Look at the piggy, look at the piggy." We then started the
process of recognizing that particular shape and associating it with the
label "pig". We also might have been introduced to the concepts of color,
texture, size, and other things. "Baby, look at how pink and fuzzy the nice
little piggy doll is." And this began our habit of replacing direct
perception of reality with a perceiving, labeling, reacting physically,
emotionally, and mentally process. And we went further and further away from
an unfiltered pure experience of living life as it takes place. As we aged,
we also added a thought analyzing method of judging, comparing, and
commenting on every thing our senses brought our attention to, and we got
less and less in touch with Now.

The result of this process is similar to putting shutters on a window. No
light comes through and those within can only imagine what is on the other
side of the shutters. Unfortunately, this really leaves us in the dark about
what is real and what life is really about. Just as you can't adequately
describe an orange to anyone who has never seen the color orange, or has not
tasted one, you cannot understand what a 3rd eye vision is like from reading
about it, or hearing it described by someone who has them. You will have to
experience it first hand. So, the experience of divine perception, astral
sight, aura awareness, mystic vision, or whatever other esoteric label you
put on it, will remain only a theory until a way is found to actually open
the 3rd eye.

Every time you sit in meditation and do the 3rd eye technique, you remove
one of the shutters covering your inner window of wisdom. It is often
compared to peeling away layers of skin from an onion. This continues until
there is nothing left. And in this No-thing, there is everything. And we
return to the pure direct perception of the glory and wonders of the
universe we beheld as a baby. But now, we have the understanding that only
comes with maturity.

The 3rd Eye Meditation Technique

To begin, place yourself in the place and position that you have found to be
most advantageous to meditation. Relax your mind, body, and emotions.
Command your mind to cease its chatter, your emotions to stay in a serene
mode, and your body to not disturb your meditation in any way. Focus your
attention to the sound and feeling of your breath coming in and going out.
Return to your breath awareness if you witness that you have lost your
focus. At no time during your meditation should you chastise yourself about
anything. So, for example, if you lose your attention and then realize this,
just accept it without commenting. Return your attention to your breath and
then continue with your meditation.

Close your eyes. Place your attention on the area between your eyebrows.
After a short time, a point of light will present itself in the center of
your inner field of vision. Keep your focus there. For some people, it will
be beneficial to raise your eyeballs as if you were looking up at about a
25-degree angle. For others, just directing their attention upwards will be
easier and less distracting. After some experimentation, go with one of the
ways exclusively. In the beginning of 3rd eye practice, it may help to place
your thumb at the outer edge of one eye and your middle finger on the outer
edge of the other, while placing your index finger at the mid-point between
your eyebrows. This gives you a point of focus to place your attention. It
also allows you to prevent your eyelids from fluttering. This commonly
occurs, and can be distracting until you get used to the sensations that
accompany this technique.

Let the light come to you. Be available to be filled. The more you continue
practicing this meditation, the more layers of the veil of illusion will
peel away and Reality will reveal itself to you. As you perceive the Truth,
your understanding of the delusional concept that you are apart from the
rest of the universe will lose its grip on you, and the knowledge that you
are a part of all and everything will become undeniably apparent. Your
chattering mind will eventually dissolve in the unspeakable transcendent
light of love that is now and forever within and without you.

Once you stop being locked into viewing reality from just one perspective,
you will start to be free from habitual reactivity. 3rd eye experiences put
you in that position. You will recognize that nothing more than a show has
been playing out before you in what you considered "real life". And, just
like when you are at the theater, you may be interested to some degree with
seeing how the plot turns out, but knowing that it is all just a story, you
won't take it any more seriously than a show. The constant anxiety and fear
that is attached to a singular ego centered view of life will end and be
replaced with the bliss of effortlessly merging and identifying with all of

Once a chick has pecked its way out of its shell, it knows that there is a
lot more to life than was within its dark confines. Mother Nature, Grace,
then gives the chick strong wings that let it fly to the heavens. The 3rd
eye meditation technique has the potential to be the beak you use to break
out of your shell, as well as the wings to transport you to the infinite,
eternal, universal divine reality that is your birthright.
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