Where Meditations Converge
All meditation types, if done correctly, converge at the point where the left and right brain hemispheres are coming together. This is the beginning of mental unification.
All meditation states and stages can also be explained by the interplay between the hemispheres – and relative levels of discord or harmony.
If, with eyes open, you look at an object (e.g. a coloured disc), and then simultaneously become aware that you are indeed looking at that object (in other words, watching the process of watching), then you not only have Awareness Watching Awareness, but also perfect dual-hemisphere concentration. Attendant rapture will follow almost immediately if this concentration is maintained.
Maintaining such a level of dual-hemisphere awareness is difficult and energy intensive; this is where constant practice comes in. However, the mindbody responds to energy demands by producing more energy! We call this piti. As piti develops, such exercises become trivial in how easy they are. This is also when magickal phenomena (which is simply the action of energized intent upon reality) become obvious and utilizable.
In Conscious Mental Rest, we let the right hemisphere select a place for the eyes to look at (known as the “Attention Comfort Zone”). We let the right hemisphere’s superior body knowledge choose this place; we recognize it because that place feels most “easy”, like the eyes want to rest there. This spot may be slightly left or right in the visual field dependent upon existing body asymmetry. Over time, this spot will usually move to a more central position, though this should not be rushed, but rather allowed to play out as it wants. In this way we accept the right hemisphere’s awareness as prime. By then watching this spot, the left hemisphere gazes and marvels at that intelligence, giving us effortless Awareness Watching Awareness.
In directive meditation, we place attention on a spot on the medial line – whether it be the nose tip, a chakra, or some other location – in order to encourage symmetrical left and right nerve current flow at that spot. In this way, we attempt to encourage harmony between the brain hemispheres by giving them a common goal. Eventually, a resonance develops between the hemispheres, similar to plucking the two prongs of a tuning fork, and mental unification begins to occur, as well as the creation of a point of communication between the two hemispheres which allows insight to flow from one to the other. In hatha yoga, symmetrical body movements and poses also encourage such unity.
When we practise “Noticing I am aware” while out walking, we are simply training the left hemisphere to return often to noticing the usually-invisible awareness – the “bringing reality into being” – of the right hemisphere. This is so matter-of-fact that the left brain does not have time to invent a counter-narrative. Reality is accepted as-is and both hemispheres begin to get on the same page. When both hemispheres are perceiving the world in tandem, this is when insight pours across the corpus callosum and an integrated worldview begins to develop (with the right hemisphere’s perception being accepted as prime, as it rightfully should be).
The most blissful moment in mantra meditation is the point in the cycle when the mantra is fading out to silence and is bleeding into the body’s energy currents and emotional pathways. This represents an object originating in the left hemisphere (the mantra) passing across the corpus callosum into the great unknown of the right hemisphere’s consciousness and dissolving in its depths: yang partially illuminates yin in this moment, and the bliss of being erupts. By returning to the cycling of the mantra over and over again, consciousness straddles the corpus callosum and sets up an interchange pathway between the hemispheres across which insight can flow. The mantra’s arising and passing encapsulates the universe’s constant cycle of emerging from nothing and dissolving back into that same nothingness. All of Creation can be witnessed in the mantra’s cycle.
In Do Nothing we endeavour not to control the content of awareness but rather sit back and, over many hours, observe the same phenomenon of thoughts, emotions, objects and perceptions arising into being then seamlessly dissolving back into their Source. By refusing to engage the left hemisphere’s narrative, by refusing to act upon its demands, but by instead simply sitting back in amusement, we force it to accept the right hemisphere’s unbiased projection of reality, its shadows on the wall of the cave, exactly as they are, and at this moment a great rapture may arise.
Enlightenment occurs when the download is complete. Awareness permanently moves from left to right brain and sits down on the throne in the right hemisphere, the true seat of consciousness. The left hemisphere is returned to its proper place as obedient and totally faithful servant, and its own machinations no longer disturb the order of things.