The Blank Screen Meditation (#99)
Reality can only take place now. Now is the only time that things can really be experienced. And yet we spend virtually all of our time rehashing the past or fantasizing about the future. We falsely think that we are experiencing our life as it takes place and that we understand what is real about our lives. Our senses present obstacles to understanding reality because of the fact that we are gathering our input through them and they are faulty mechanisms that operate a little too late and without enough precision.
What we know of our environment is filtered through eyes that don't see as keenly as a hawk, ears that can't hear as well as a bat, noses and tongues that aren't as sensitive as a dog's and skin that is less sensitive to touch than a lizard. Our senses also don't work now. For instance, what you are reading now, you're not seeing now, but rather a split second late.
It takes time for the light from the object you are perceiving to get to your eye, go through your lens to the retina, have the energy transferred to your optic nerve and finally be routed to your brain for analyzation. All of our senses operate slower than now and thus don't relay reality to us. Similarly, our minds aren't functioning now either. Our mental processes take time and are limited by subjective, subconscious influences continually.
Think about how limited our sense of sight is compared to an atomic electron microscope and the Hubble telescope. While you can't physically see the infinite microcosm or macrocosm of the universe, you can envision them in your minds eye. Meditation is the mechanism that allows an inner control that makes this possible.
Your inner Witness is what is capable of observing your minds creations. It is always here, now. Your senses operate when you are awake, and you react slave-like to their input. Your mind alone is in operation when you dream. Either awake or dreaming, we are limited, enslaved, and unreal. Meditation offers us the opportunity to experience Pure Consciousness that is not hampered by human limitations sensually or mentally and is capable of roaming the entire universe now. By stopping our mind and ceasing to allow it to take us from one unreality to another, we can experience true Reality.
One type of meditation that deals with clearing out the unreal from our consciousness is the Blank Screen technique.
Sit in a comfortable, quiet place, relax your body, close your eyes and simply be aware of your breath going in and out. No commenting, no judging, no comparing, just peacefully watch your breath. When you feel comfortable, place your attention on your minds-eye and watch what flows by. Just Witness -- do not react or analyze in any way. If you notice your mind chattering or your body twitching or your emotions stirring, do not chastise yourself -- simply say, "Oh, well", and go back to just observing. Your aim is to make your minds eye a blank screen.
You can do this by either of two methods: By being patient and simply watching your minds eye nonreactively. It will soon tire and your mind will be clean, clear, and open to receive the present and with it, Reality which comes from and always contains Truth, Knowledge, and Bliss.
The other method is to "fire" a weapon at the images that pop up in your minds eye. As something appears, send an energy bolt or a cannon ball or lightning, or whatever appeals to you at it, as if it was a target on a shooting range. Annihilate it and continue to shoot at whatever you see until the screen within is blank.
Both of these techniques will benefit you in several ways: you will become familiar with what lies dormant in your subconscious and tends to habitually pop up. You will learn what is immediately "on your mind" and you will become aware of how you are reacting physically, mentally, and emotionally. This familiarity will lead to liberation from slave-like reactivity that drains you by making you squander energy fidgeting, emoting, and mentally chattering that is inappropriate, unreal, and unnecessary.
While you are doing this meditation, you are acting, not simply slave-like reacting, and getting familiar with that which can control your mind, emotions, and body -- your Witness. This technique, like all meditations, takes place now and is done consciously and the more that we are experiencing now consciously, the more we are actually living life as it takes place. Try it -- you'll like it, and live happily ever after.