SITTING – MEDITATION OR PRAYER?

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Meditation is a form of prayer, make no mistake.

Or “sitting” as I like to call it, or “zazen” as the zen

people phrase it.

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The big different is you are not focusing on

an external Source, rather you focus on an internal one.

But this is too simple, because after you are used to

sitting, external becomes internal. Prayers or questions

that are asked of the Lord of Hosts are often answered

through some kind of internal telepathy.

*

We are fools if we think that the Lord of Hosts is

working only externally. Why would we think this?

Because social norms are based on superficial

distinctions. And our understanding is all too often

based on social norms.

We assume God is external in the West. But of

course this is erroneous.

*

The golden fleece is hanging on a branch and

we must journey to find it. The holy Grail is a silver

chalice, is it not? Or is it a rock, a stone? Or is

it the fertile generative vulva of a maiden?

Yes, we must journey to find the Grail.

But the most important travelling we do is the

journey we do in the ‘dream time’ while

sitting.

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         “TEN THOUSAND PATHS TO DAWN AT THE PEAK

OF THE SILVER MOUNTAIN”

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The silver mountain is within. And it is also

external. There are mountains and clifftops which

are places of power. Such places will give you further

energy in your sitting.

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But really there is no need to go anywhere

once you find a place that is the axis of your own world,

your own hopes and dreams, your own guilt, shame and

regret.  Throw it all away!

But stay balanced in your sitting.

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The SILVER MOUNTAIN is a symbol, an image.

When we travel through the dream time, the collective

unconscious of our species is within. We travel from image

to image, from symbol to symbol in a vast world

of half-understood archetypes.

*

It is not necessary to understand. Travel as if you

are asleep, but you are still awake. Journey from one

luminous point to another in the dark and the light of your

psyche’s core.

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I have been around the world more than once.

I have taken ships, planes, trains and bicycles. I have

hitchhiked for more than 10,000 miles. And I have spent

many nights in mystic sitting in various places

of power around the planet.

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It’s a wondrous world externally. But equally wondrous are

the galaxies within.

Don’t think of sitting as an ascetic discipline.

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Sitting is a luxury, perhaps the greatest luxury of all.

It is no hardship to enter the timeless

Babes  in their mothers’ wombs are in the

timeless. We are born from the timeless

and at death we return to the timeless – that

chaste immaculate place that is beginingless

and endless – that beautiful realm where

saints and bodhisattvas are conscious still.

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The signposts of the Way are in the timeless.

Images are brief maps. Symbols are signposts

along the way. Follow from one glowing point to

another. Travel wherever your heart desires.

There are great surprises in the timeless world,

the dream time.

        The divinity you find might just be your own.

(C) 2015 by W.G. Milne

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