“Doctrines, scriptures, sutras, essays, are not to be regarded as systems to be followed. They merely contribute to understanding. They should be for us a source of stimulation, and nothing more… Adopted, rather than used as a stimulus, they are a hindrance.”
– Wei Wu Wei
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Discovery Meditation Overview
Discovery Meditation is an inclusive approach to mediation that integrates the practices from both mindfulness (insight) meditation and creative (visualization) meditation practices. While often these two approaches to meditation are seen as polarized with one another, I find that they naturally create an harmonious union within those of us with both a mystical and creative inclination.
Class will begin with foundational practices for mindful meditation cultivation. From there we will explore our relationship with creativity by exploring our expanded energetic being though a very grounded system of chakras and auras.
There are many systems of chakras around the world, and each offer their own possibilities of intentions and results. The Discovery Mediation begins with the unknotting of psychological energies directly via our energy body. This approach clears out creative invalidations, emotional entanglements and mental distractions in order to reveal our inherent, ever present, direct experience of energy flowing freely in the universe.
Main Aspects of Discovery Meditation
Discovery Meditation is a non-dogmatic form of mediation practice that explores the natural harmonies of mindfulness and energy work. It is the meeting place between the great polarities of being and becoming, or mysticism and magick. It is the practice of both being with spirit and creating with spirit.
Discovery Meditation is approached with three levels of understanding; the root, the growth and the discovery practices. While these levels may be learned and practiced in a linear fashion, they are completely present within one another, and no one is superior to another except as the individual’s realization and creativity decide in any given moment.
Practice begins, and continues throughout, with a mindfulness approach of cultivating awareness. In this practice we become the students of our breath, our body and our environment, learning to discern non-conceptual awareness and cultivate the beginner’s mind. With practice, our capabilities for mindfulness expand to include learning from our inner world of mind and feeling, and learning from our outer world of relationships and circumstances.
Working from the mindful foundations of the root practices, and utilizing the 7 chakras of our energy body, we explore our abilities to see, feel and change energy within our own inner experience. What does it mean to heal? To transform? To manifest? While there are many aspects of energy work to explore, they are all an inquiry into our relationship with Creation and growth. Maturity, certainty, seniority, trust, permission, harmony, grounding and centering are just some of the many topics which are explored within these practices.
Discovery practice is generally only taught on its own. While we may intuit a glimpse (or more) of it at any time, it is usually through the stabilizing of the root practice combined with the balancing results of the growth practices that a practitioner becomes open to enter more fully into the discovery practice. For lack of better words, discovery practice is the exploration of awareness itself.
Benefits of Regular Practice
If all one ever practiced were the root practices they would have a potential practice for life; a path of ever deepening insight and serenity. For those with a metaphysical inclination, integrating the growth practices with such mindful ground reveals and opens many hidden gateways of enriching relations, vitalizing creativity and the art of living the wisdom of our unique individuality. The outcome of the journey into the discovery practice is, of course, for each explorer to find for themselves.
In the root and growth practices we explore many facets of living life sensitive to subtle energies, such as personal and group energies, earth and cosmic energies, and the impact of the shadow side of culture upon our lives.