“Light is the first of painters. There is no object so foul
that intense light will not make it beautiful.”
In the most ancient revelations, light is synonymous with consciousness. In Sanskrit, the word Chit is translated as consciousness, yet it also means light. Consciousness as light is awareness. When it is said that existence is self-luminous, it means that it is self-aware. Aware existence is consciousness and it is blissful within the awareness of itself existing. So light is radiant unified being. It is indeed the first of painters. It is one consciousness as source.
Darkness is illusion. It is the absence of light. Yet light is consciousness and it is all and everything. Therefore consciousness can only pretend to be other than it is. It can only pretend to be darkness and such is its power of illusion. Emerson’s foul object is darkness. It is illusion.
Illusion which is fragmentation yields to truth which is wholeness. If there is enough light, darkness must yield to it. Such is the power of wholeness. It is the power of unified consciousness. It consumes all illusory objects. The power of Emerson’s intense light is the power of unified consciousness. It returns all and everything to the beauty of oneness.
Unified consciousness is aware existence, and the experience of authentic meditation is all about awareness. It works like this:
• Meditation is first and foremost a balancing technique.
• Through balance, we experience proportional wholeness.
• Wholeness is unified consciousness and unified consciousness is aware of itself existing.
In other words, meditation is the means to progress from imbalance to balance and from fragmentation to wholeness, and as our experience becomes more holistic, our awareness becomes more unified. Remember, awareness is proportional to wholeness.
Holistic awareness is subtle-dimensional dominance in meditation. It is the emptiness of unified consciousness. On the other hand, holistic awareness is minimal in dense-dimensional dominance. If your meditations are stagnating within the physical, emotional and mental dimensions, you will experience minimal holistic awareness.
For this reason we put our preliminary focus on balancing the dense dimensions of the physical, emotional and mental. As we do this we progressively actualize the subtle dimensions where we experience maximum holistic awareness. As subtle dimensional dominance becomes more substantiated in meditation, holistic awareness proportionally increases.
It is said that stillness is the gateway to the subtle dimensions. Why? Because stillness is concerned with the mental dimension. It is either active with thoughts or still without thoughts. Mental stillness is mental dimensional balance which yields to the subtle dimensions. With stillness the subtle dimensions actualize. Thus the preliminary focus of each meditation is on the development of stillness and all meditative focusing techniques are designed to deliver it. Progressively, stillness is substantiated and meditation quickly progresses to subtle dimensional dominance and holistic awareness expansion.
When you begin to meditate, focus upon stillness. Use whatever focusing techniques you prefer and deliver yourself to stillness. Then allow duration in stillness to actualize subtle dimensional dominance and holistic awareness. Observe your experience. Are you able to actualize stillness? Is getting to stillness easy and fast? Or do you struggle with getting to stillness? Keep a journal of your experience and observe the changes over time.