Ah, time for a meditation…..

This meditation was provided by the Reverend Glenn Turner at our Sunday Service in Norway, Maine, on March 18.

Let us join in meditation – spoken and silent:

When your vision clears and your heart opens,
you will discover that you are living in a constant process of beginnings and endings.
Your children leave home; your marriages may begin and end;
your home is sold; a new career begins;
your work ends in retirement.

Every new year, every day, every moment
is a letting go of the old and a rebirth of the new.
Spiritual practice brings you into the most intimate contact with this mystery.
Sitting still, you encounter the unstoppable arising and passing
of your breath, your feelings, thoughts, and mental images.
More deeply still, you discover that your consciousness itself can change,
giving rise to a thousand different views and perspectives.
Finally, all that you take yourself to be –
your separate body, mind, and individuality – can unravel before you until you discover
that your limited identity is not your true nature.

Remember the clear light, the pure clear light,
from which everything in the universe comes,
to which everything in the universe returns.
The original nature of your own mind, the natural state of the universe unmanifest.
Let go into the clear light.
Trust it, merge with it. It is your own true nature, it is home.
The visions you experience exist within your consciousness.
The forms they take are determined by your past attachments, your past
desires, your past karma.
These visions have no reality outside of your consciousness.
No matter how frightening some of them may seem, they cannot hurt you.
Let them pass through your consciousness. They will all pass in time.
No need to become involved with them,
no need to be attracted to the beautiful visions,
no need to be repulsed by the frightening ones,
no need to be attached to them at all.
Just let them pass…

When you can look into the visions you experience and recognize they are
composed of the same pure light as everything else in the universe, you will
be liberated. No matter where or how far you wander, the light is only a
split second, a half a breath away. It is never too late to recognize the
clear light. It is our calling and our home.

This seems to be a kind of Buddhist meditation. When the mind is finally cleared of all the busy thoughts that keep coming and going, being replaced by new thoughts, when the mind finally rises above all that and “sees the light”, then we are “home”. Can this really happen?

Well, I can say I’ve never experienced Nirvana. But I do like the idea of light being transcendent and the idea of experiencing transformation. Not that it’s ever happened to me. Well, maybe as a small child I could and did feel at one with the universe at times.

Oh, at other times I still feel an awe in the face of the question, Why? Why are we here? Why is there anything at all? But I’ve already spoken about this in a previous post.

  1. Jason Dufair’s avatar

    Nice one. I really liked it a lot. I’m pretty attracted to Buddhist theology and in particular to this idea – the sense that reality is just an illusion. That there is some pure light beneath it all. Thanks for posting this, Mard.

  2. Mardé’s avatar

    Hey Jason, good to hear from you and glad you liked that meditation. It was read very well by the minister and I liked it so much I asked him for a copy which he sent me via email.

    Yes! I often think there is a fine line between illusion and reality. I think I “have my feet on the ground”, am a practical down-to-earth person, grounded in reality, and then I get these strange sensations, feelings of weird otherworldliness! Ah, but it’s all just an imbalance of my brain chemicals. Of course, who can say what the correct balance is? And on and on……

    Cheers, Mahdé

  3. Tisha’s avatar

    The eternal question: WHY?

    Seems like the more I know the more I ponder this question. Knowledge oddly only brings more frustration. My quest to understand the reason for our existence and mine in particular has led to believe there is no answer and our purpose is to do just that “ask why”.

    Surely we come up with answers we comprehend but there is absolutely nothing wrong with not knowing.

  4. Mardé’s avatar

    Very interesting, Tisha. There’s an infinite sea of knowledge out there. Nothing ever gets completed.

    Perhaps it is best to be immersed in projects, to be completely involved in doing and creating. Is this what Victor Frankl said in “The Will to Live”? And he had plenty of time to wonder Why in that concentration camp.

    Ah, but what a topic for discussion! Never ending.

  5. David Cheong’s avatar

    Nice and interesting words.

    “No need to become involved with them,
    no need to be attracted to the beautiful visions,
    no need to be repulsed by the frightening ones,
    no need to be attached to them at all.”

    This is what we called “Patient” :)

    Regards,
    David Cheong.

  6. Mardé’s avatar

    You mean “being patient” or just “patience”. Hey, you got the idea across just fine. Thanks for your comment, David.

  7. barbara’s avatar

    Hi Mardé,
    Very profound… since I’am reading this on a Sunday, it’s a thoughtful way to refflect on things.
    The pure light. I think we all need some in our very complicated 21st century.

    Have a nice day 😉

  8. surjit’s avatar

    Profound thoughts worth pondering over.A good post.Best wishes.

  9. Mardé’s avatar

    Thanks, Barbara, yes, we need more light on the subject, in the visible spectrum. Here’s another thing that sticks in my mind, from T. S. Eliot:

    And the pool was filled with water out of sunlight,
    And the lotus rose, quietly quietly,
    The surface glittered out of heart of light.

    Thanks for your comment too, Surjit. Definitely worth pondering over. And the heart of light is one to ponder.

  10. chris davis’s avatar

    I love this meditation / piece, and the peace it reminds me of that is with me always. so much of our energy, out of our best intention, is spent on pushing thoughts away, on striving towards others, a reminder to ‘let go into the clear light’ is a very nice companion. i am a very visual person, and i always find peace (presence) through a nice belly breath, and a vision of light – sometimes a beautiful blue cloud, sometimes pink, sometimes water filled flowing light. We need to keep talking of these things. it is a remembering that is all. Eckhart Tolle is a God-send for me on all of these things; i have lent the book The Power of Now out to a friend, but the cd’s of the book that Eckhart reads himself is near me always.
    Good Day to be inside and cozy!
    Chris
    Chris

  11. Mardé’s avatar

    Gee, Chris, I had never heard of Eckhart Tolle, hate to admit, so just now I looked up Power of Now on Amazon and I see there are 674 reviews of the book. Amazing! That’s the most reviews I’ve seen of any book on Amazon. Thanks for mentioning this person, Chris. I’ve gotta look more into this. Yes, the now is the key. Like, how to be there.

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