Meditation, Self-Realization, and Transcending the Illusion of Reality
Posted On July 10, 2019
/ Written by Dr. Linda Gadbois
people approach the idea of meditation as a method of some kind that’s designed
to produce a predictable effect, and believe there are only certain ways to “truly
meditate”, the fact may be that it’s a process through which we train our mind
to step outside of our lower, conditioned nature and connect intimately with
our higher Self. In our Western society, which has a tendency to focus almost
exclusively on our physical nature, meditation is often seen as a means of
calming the mind and inducing deepened states of relaxation, which is the
beginning stage of most meditative processes.
Some people even go so far as to argue about what’s meditation and what’s not, indicating that there’s a right way of doing it and a wrong way. Yet meditation, like any spiritual practice, which means it involves how you use your own mind to achieve altered states of consciousness, is something that’s done in a unique way by everyone doing it. There are no rules of right and wrong ways, simply guidelines that provide us with a starting point as a means of producing the foundation out of which a natural process arises and becomes active beyond our ability or desire to control it. If you’re held to the idea of a right and wrong way, and go about it by obeying rules laid down for you by others, then it simply becomes a relaxation technique or produces whatever the structured process is designed to produce.
Meditation as a Spiritual Practice
as a spiritual practice provides us with a means of calming and subduing our
habitual thoughts and impulses, while forming a place of inner peace and
silence that ultimately connects us with our Higher Self. It also provides us
with a process for being able to step outside of and detach from the conditioned
“content” of our mind and view it instead from an objective and unemotional perspective.
As we detach from our own thoughts and story about things and view them instead
from a perspective of “witnessing” them, we begin realizing the “process”
involved that acts to give rise to our thoughts. We can watch the impulses as
they rise up, form into a whole synchronized series of interrelated thoughts
that peak and express momentarily, then subside, die down, and fade away, while
another impulse rises in its place.
By quieting the mind of outer awareness and habitual thoughts, we become present with our inner awareness. Our focal point becomes our own feelings and allowing our thoughts to freely flow by without grabbing onto them or penetrating them and going into a detailed story or narrative of some kind. As we simply sit on the shore and content ourselves with watching our thoughts flow by we can begin realizing that it’s merely the “content” of our mind produced by our conditioning, and we become aware instead of the process involved in “producing our thoughts” as our perception of reality, which is a form of delusion that we’ve mistaken for being “who we are”. By observing the content of our mind we can begin realizing that we’re not the story itself, but rather the mind that’s producing and acting to give rise to the story “about” our self. We’re the author and storyteller, and not the story itself. Our soul is our mind as the medium through which the story plays out as a reality.
Once we gain
realization around how it is that we’re acting to “create our self” through the
reality we create through the perspective of our conditioning and personality,
we can begin questioning our own motives, and gaining even deeper realizations
about the nature of our unconscious mind and how it acts to produce our
perception of reality. As we move into the emotions that drive our thoughts and
actions, while maintaining an awareness that’s detached from the need to somehow
justify and validate our reality as being true, the illusion of it becomes more
and more apparent, and our identification with our body and personality begins slowly
fading away. We can gain an awareness of our “self” as the medium through which
our thoughts take place, rather than being the thoughts themselves.
continue to become aware of the process our mind undergoes as a means of
creating our perception of reality, we begin stepping into our true identity as
the mind and soul that’s creating it as a mental projection. This awareness as
a new and higher form of self-realization liberates us from the delusion of our
conditioning and we no longer have a need to continue creating it. As our
conditioned mind begins dissolving and fading away, we begin sensing our “self”
and reality as it really is, apart from our story. We see with great clarity
that we were creating our self out of a false identity through an unconscious
state where we didn’t realize in the direct sense who we really are, what we
were doing, and how it is that we were doing it.
As we gain a deeper awareness of our self as our higher consciousness, we shed the identity of our conditioning, neutralizing and purifying our body, and it becomes the temple as a vehicle for our higher self to create from a fully conscious state of “actual” self-awareness. We come fully into the realization that the material reality is not who we are, but something we create by formulating it inwardly as imagined thoughts that are then projected outwardly. All needs and desires for material possessions and status that used to provide us with the means for defining ourselves and feeling secure in our false identity begins to disappear. As we realize that we’re not “of this world” or dimension, and begin consciously residing in a higher awareness, we assume a natural position of serving others. Our karma that was incurred through unconscious conditioning resolves and we no longer continue to live and create out of it. Liberation comes as a “mental state of being”, not a physical one. The mental is what lays the foundation for the physical to naturally emerge out of.
method of meditation comes by entering into an altered state of passivity,
while setting an intention to acquire information about something as an answer
to a question or problem. By fully relaxing our mind and body, calming all
habitual thoughts while relinquishing the need to try and control or come up
with the answer from our conditioned mind of personal memory, and impressing
the question on the empty space within and around us, then letting go and
residing patiently in silence, we connect with higher consciousness and act as
a passive “receiver” for information that provides us with the answer to our
inquiry. Questions and answers, like higher and lower planes of the same
reality, exist in polarity to each other. They’re complementary aspects of the
same idea as a holographic pattern.
our attention in a single minded fashion on the question, free from
distractions, we tune ourselves energetically (spiritually) to the answer, and
serve as a passive receiver for the answer to come “through us”. As long as we’re
actively trying to “figure out the answers”, we exist in an active state and
can’t receive an answer that’s not a part of the previous experiences of our
conditioning. The “active aspect” (masculine) of the mind can’t communicate
(seed) with another active aspect, it has to have a passive mind (feminine) that
can “conceive it” and where it can “rise up” within the imagination of the
passive mind (unconscious) and reveal itself (begin unfolding) as a
The subconscious is the receptive aspect of the lower material mind and serves to “draw in” and gives life to the active aspect of either the higher mind, or lower self-conscious mind of outer awareness on the same lower plane of the subconscious. By silencing the active material mind of conditioned thought, we render ourselves passive and receptive, and become a fluent receiver for higher consciousness to “seed and impregnate us” with an idea that will serve as an answer to our question or solve a problem. If we begin to use our conditioned mind to evaluate and alter the answer through our beliefs and emotional filters, then we stay stuck in the reality of the problem. This is what Einstein was referring to when he said “a problem can’t be solved with the same mind that created it”, and why all great thinkers and inventors get their ideas as a form of “vision” that comes to them out of the blue bringing new awareness and realizations.
Goal of Meditation
While many “use”
meditation to achieve certain states or as a means of relaxing, once you get
into a regular practice and begin connecting with your higher consciousness
within the silence of your material mind, it produces a feeling of euphoria and
you begin “falling in love” with your higher self. You form a deep desire for
the connection and begin identifying with it as a normal way of being. Once the
illusion of our conditioned state begins falling away along with the identity
we formed through it, and we begin “looking through the eyes of higher
consciousness”, we begin training ourselves to maintain a passive mind as a
normal way of being in order to stay connected with our higher awareness. We
become fully “present” in our everyday life while maintaining a sense of inner
peace. Meditation becomes our normal way of being and we train our body to be
the vehicle and instrument for higher consciousness to inhabit, be, and express
happens you give up the need to be right, you no longer argue to prove your
point, all pain and suffering born out of the illusion and lack of forgiveness
fade, you lose your desire for material gratification and status, and you begin
seeking solace in the silence and natural beauty of things. You begin tuning
into the miraculous nature of life, and feel compassion for all other living
beings. Every act becomes an expression of kindness because you’re no longer
invested in the illusion and need to judge others who are still consumed with
the illusion of their own making. Once we no longer get our identity from our
conditioning, we liberate ourselves from our own story and tendency to delude
ourselves. We realize with extreme clarity that we are “in this world, but not
of it”, and that “of ourselves we’re nothing”. All true power comes from our
higher self. We’re not the product of our own story; we’re the creator of it.
Our story of reality takes place both “within us” and “outside of us” through the
medium of our mind as a projection through the time-space continuum.
Linda is a scholar in Esoteric Sciences and holds a doctorate in Spiritual Sciences, and a BS in Clinical Hypnotherapy, along with numerous specialty certifications in various healing methods. She's professional writer, artist, educator and Mentor, and offers a wide variety of Mentoring and Consulting Services, along with professional training programs. Her specialties include Personal Transformation, Self-Mastery, Spiritual Sciences, Transpersonal Psychology, and Integrative Mind-Body Medicine. For more info visit our Personal and Professional Services pages in the top menu bar of this site, or email us at: [email protected]