Meditation / Centralising Consciousness 2
When our consciousness is centralised, our awareness and therefore our presence and identity, is held steady in the head. We are conscious of our self being set back behind the eyes, as if the eyes are a window that we are looking out of from the centre of a room.
From our centralised position in the head we are aware of all sensory income. With our centralised awareness we scan our physical environment, we scan 360 degrees all around us, aware of our physical surroundings, aware of our full field of vision, we hear the many sounds around us from near and far. Whatever our senses pick up, our awareness is aware of too. We are stable and calm, aware of the direction and distance of things around us, and aware of our self in the centre of our surroundings.
We close our eyes and see before us the black screen of mind upon which we project and view imagined thought. We slowly close and open the eyes, so that we can practice our ability to remain centralised when the eyes are either open or closed. Occasionally we hold our eyes only slightly open so we can practice looking out through the thin opening of slightly open eyes while at the same time observing the dark screen above the slightly opened eyes.
With eyes closed we pull our self, our awareness, further back and within, creating a greater distance between our self and the screen of mind before us. And we pull our self slightly upwards so as to gain a sense of slight elevation so that we are not level with the eyes but raised a little and level with the eyebrows. The screen of mind is before us, as if it is upon the inside of our forehead.
Any visual thought that we create or see upon the screen of mind we keep our distance from, we watch it from a distance, so that we keep a gap between the thought and our self the observer of the thought. We increase and maintain the gap between our self and the screen of mind Our development of a sense of this gap/distinction/distance between our self and screen of mind is crucial to maintain our identity as “I” the consciousness, the controller at the centre of our being.
Some people have difficulty visually imagining things, especially when trying to. That is not an issue here. Whether you can imagine an image on the screen of imagination or can see only blackness in front of you does natter in the least. Whichever is the case, be conscious of you the observer who looks outward at the blackness or images before you. Being conscious of yourself as awareness is the central aim of the exercise.
You are aware of your surroundings, your physical, mental and emotional surroundings, and aware of your own existence as awareness – be conscious of your awareness. And you are freewill, free to choose from the options you perceive – be conscious of your freewill. And you are force to exert, strength to do as you choose – be conscious of your strength. Awareness, freewill and the ability to utilise energy are your central attributes, the three attributes of consciousness.