These are some notes I took during a workshop with Christopher Wallis (author of Tantra Illuminated and The Recognition Sutras) on meditation, authentic reflection and dwelling in the heart...
Thoughts are at best tools, but they are never truths. They are merely our mind's representation of reality.
Expanding the idea of your limited sense of self until you become aware that you are everything. You keep expanding your sense of self until it includes everything, and nothing is excluded. You enter loving intimacy with the whole of reality, where you don't need to do anything except allow whatever wants to come though you. You don't have to tell a story about how someone else is wrong, to do what feels most authentic.
Pause, reflect, ask, is this the most authentic reflection in this moment. Is this what life wants to do through me. We believe what we believe primarily for emotional reasons, no matter how intellectual we make it sound.
Meditation practice: visualizing the heart as a lotus that is at first closed, then slowly opens. The mind is considered to be like a bee, constantly jumping from one place to another in search of nectar. Then, visualize this wandering mind (the bee) coming to rest in the heart (the center of the lotus). The petals represent our mental emotional states, and the center of the flower represents our true essence.
It's important to take time to turn your attention within, reverently, with the spirit of curious investigation. What is my true divine nature, beyond all of the constructs my mind would use to describe me, and the world? What is my true essence?
When you don't experience your true essence within, you're constantly seeking it outside of yourself, like the wandering bee.
Abiding and being doesn't mean you're just passive, it means you're open to what life wants to do through you.
Your worth is proven by your very existence. There's nothing you have to do in order to validate your existence.
Out of all the things this universe could have chosen to become, it has chosen to become you. What else do you need, except to dwell in this fullness.
Meditation: Taking time to connect with the center of your being, your inner most heart, and then to just spend some time in that place. Meditation = hanging out in the heart.
Curiosity is vital to get past the judgmental self examination of the mind.
Grief is just love.
Whether you're pushing something away, or grabbing onto it, you're impeding its natural progress. If I don't push it away or grab onto it, it moves. Emotions, and all energy just flow. It's all in constant motion.
Shiva is awareness: the still, quiet, open presence.
Shakti is flowing energy, including every emotion, every thought, every phenomenon.
Awareness holds space for energy and energy flows through awareness.
The heart goes from being the sacred space deep inside, to expanding out and encompassing everything.
- Christopher D. Wallis (author of Tantra Illuminated)