In this podcast, I share various nuggets of wisdom from being on the spiritual path:
A meditation I did on a fridge for the metal element
An energy medicine technique from Master Aivanhov about leaving your hat at the door
The cycle of denial and the “I’m right, you’re wrong, FUCK you” UNIVERSAL reaction of the ego
Finding people who support you, as many are addicted to their negative thought patterns and refuse to change
Being aware as a practitioner that the method is merely that, and the real journey is being a CONDUIT for healing to happen
I mention how the mind goes off on tangents “by association,” something that Freud noted.
I mention a simple energy medicine technique of taking your hat off before you meditate. In the same way you take your shoes off at the door, take off your head (or your hat, filled with your mind) and leave it at the door. Just leave it there, then go sit and be there in meditation. When you are done, go and pick up your hat. Don’t worry, you can do this if you’re in a martial arts class or a yoga class. Just leave your mind (sometimes people call it baggage) at the door, and take it back when you leave. It will still be there right where you left it, as everyone has their own luggage!!
Meditation on fridge: a way of getting to know the metal element. In yoga, TCM and esoteric schools, the 4 + 1 elements are talked about: fire, water, air and earth (+ the akasha or ether). Sometimes it is said fire manifested first, then water (like yin and yang), air is a combination of fire + water, and earth is fire + water + air. In TCM, specifically in 5 elements theory, the 5th element that is mentioned is metal.
Each element has its on characteristics, and it can be a useful tool whether you are into yoga, martial arts, or on the path of spirituality, to have experiential knowledge of what each element is about. One way is to be in nature, such as doing a meditation on a rock or tree for the earth element, or the sun for the fire or masculine energy. Another way is to use the element as your subject in meditation. To do this, you must be able to be in the void, or, to be there in silence. In this silence, you put in your subject or intention, e.g. metal. What is metal, what does it feel like? Even if you’ve read that it is contractive, you must experience it for yourself; otherwise, it is just a concept.
The simple meditation: Sit in front of the fridge, close your eyes, and be silent. Then, make the fridge the focus of your meditation. No questions, just remain open to whatever comes. Listen to its sounds, how it sounds, how long it hums, what happens in the absence of the hum, the absence of noise. Is it cold? Contractive? How does your body feel? Make the meditation as long as you like.
What came during the meditation for me: the conductivity of metal, metal as a conduit for energy. Indeed, after this meditation, metal objects started communicating with me via air waves and via noise. My computer, my phone, a light far away, car engines, and other people’s cell phones started “talking to me.” I could tell if an engine was off, my phone needed an upgrade, my computer had to be de-fragmented, a light far away had lost connectivity….
This meditation got me wondering about how those with autism process information, that perhaps they are more open to the metal element, as many I worked with had special abilities related to numbers, memory and computers. It also made me wonder about the bio-electricity of water and metal. In qi gong, water is used as a main healing modality, and studies have been done on how water molecules rearrange themselves with sounds, words and intention (the work by Dr. Emoto).
Find people that support you on your spiritual journey, as many are identified with their minds and don’t want to change. This isn’t just about meditation and awakening; this is what I call being open to change at a psychological level. Sadly, many are addicted to their suffering and would prefer to remain small instead of doing “the work” called looking at negative thought patterns, emotions, and subsequent behaviors (such as distraction and avoidance).
Practitioners are not above being “enmeshed” with their mode of practice. This is another way of saying they are very much into or identified with the role of practitioner. I mention a story of being referred to a woman whose main modality was tapping. It was not a method that could work for me, given my background in TCM and acupressure, and given that I was able to be in the void due to my meditation practice. The practitioner felt as if I had personally attacked her--- her practice was about tapping, all her eggs were in that basket, how was it not suitable for me? As practitioners, we need to be AWARE that we are using a certain modality to help someone, yet it is the CONSCIOUS PRESENCE of each that truly matters. That’s also another way of talking about the fit between helper and helpee, and that what works for one may not for another. There are many minds and bodies, and each to find what works for their particular makeup.
The ego HATES being called on its actions, and 99.9% of the time lashes out with negative thoughts (you don’t know me! I hate you! get away from me!) PLUS reacts with the associated emotion of anger. I call this the “I’m right, you’re wrong, and FUCK YOU,” universal reaction of the ego, that it’s my way or the highway. Interestingly, this was something that happened to Mooji with his master Papaji, that he was called out in front of “spiritual seekers” (as if labels matter), and found himself in a fine fury, which oddly led to his enlightenment. If it were only so easy for the rest of us! For the vast majority, we go through the cycle of denial, where ego has negative thoughts + anger, and often tries to negotiate with the powers that be. As you grow in awareness, you become aware of this reactive pattern of the ego, and are able to quell thoughts and emotions, although for the more “loaded” egos, this reactive pattern takes time to dissolve.
Not every moment is a rose flower. There is a place and time for everything :)
The secret to Life? Enjoy it. If you aren’t, then life is passing you by. The choice is yours.