What we are talking about is cleaning up that bell. Getting all the mud, sand, and crust out of the way so that the bell of your own being can ring in harmony and resonate with the grandeur that dwells at the depth of your own Being.
Your number one, most powerful tool is proper meditation. What I mean by proper meditation is a meditation that naturally brings your awareness to that Transcendental level. That quite naturally awakens you to that divinity that dwells at the depth of your own being. I call that proper meditation. And it is very rare.
Other meditations can have different purposes. They can try to focus your mind, control your mind: think only about God, things like that. And those can have some value. But, nevertheless, to try to control the mind in that way is like taking a beach ball and trying to force it to the bottom of a 12-foot deep swimming pool. It is not easy to do. ‘Boing,’ it goes right back. So, what we need is a technique that’s natural, that naturally allows the awareness to gravitate back to where it longs to go.
What do I mean by where it longs to go? Consciousness became conscious of itself and perceived it as other. There is a separation there. Consciousness becomes aware of those two things, and a third thing is born… It cascades out into a structure all about separation: I’m here; that’s there.
What do we know about separation? There is a pinch to it; there is some discomfort to it. If you are walking in the mall and you are hearing the people walking in front of you speak German and you don’t speak German, it is a natural thing to think, “Wouldn’t it be nice to understand what they are saying?” If you pick up a guitar and can’t play it, it is very natural to want to become one with that guitar. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to just play that guitar? There is a natural tendency for separation to go back to Oneness. It’s Gravity. That gravitational force, the only force that really is, the Unified Force.
We ride that Force, that natural force, with proper meditation. We don’t try to force the mind to conform to our notions of what it is supposed to look like or what it is supposed to do. Why? Because those models are echoes of Truth, perceived as Truth. We say, “We heard that Buddha said when he meditated there are no thoughts. Okay, if it is good enough for Buddha, it is good enough for me. So, I’m going to just push out thoughts and I will be just like Buddha.” But that is completely wrong. Buddha was able to allow his awareness to go to that state of consciousness of the Transcendent, Transcendental Consciousness, consciousness that lies beyond things that is just pure Consciousness. Pure Is-ness. So, it is only after the bell had been cleansed and purified that Buddha was able to close his eyes and just go right down to that field of pure Is-ness, pure Being, pure Consciousness, that one Consciousness that is the source of all things and all beings.
So, in proper meditation, you don’t make your mind go there. That is like pushing a beach ball to the bottom of a 12-foot pool. You allow the mind to gravitate naturally to where it longs to go: separation back to Oneness. That process of allowing the awareness to rest into the depth of being and become one with pure Consciousness, the Transcendent, is called transcending. The mind, the awareness, transcends. It is a very delicate technique. It is a very subtle technique. It is a very beautiful technique. Meditation is very common. Proper meditation is very rare.