There are about as many forms of meditation as there are people in the world, although each person has different ways of relating to the world and meditation has a common theme of ridding our minds of clutter, thought, or activity, each person’s means of accomplishing this is unique to their way of communicating with themselves.
It is therefore important to examine and experience the two main paradigms, the “Witness” (masculine) and “That Which is Being Witnessed” (feminine), to find your unique way to experience the unity felt by dissolving into deep meditation.
We will be first examining the masculine meditation or the “Witness” position. Some of the more commonly known forms of meditation adhere to this paradigm as it is what we see the monks doing on TV and movies, sitting in one place staring at a wall, trying to still the mind by emptying our thoughts into the world.
This is an attempt not to rid your mind of thought in the implied sense but to rid yourself of your participation in these thoughts. To observe everything in its natural state free of opinion, expectation, or intention and allow yourself to be moved with the current that you thought was thought.
I once sat in front of a white wall for around eighteen hours, in the beginning I found myself very fidgety because we are so use to binding the energy passing through us in an attempt to hold on to it, or store it for later, that it finds its own way out when you are not looking, so it was quite a task just to stay still. (If you want to try something to relate to this energy just sit in a chair, looking at a blank wall completely still and in silence while concentrating on just your breathing, you will soon discover what I mean).
After about ten hours I was about to explode! The whole time I found myself gathering each thought and filing it away in the proper category in my minds library for efficient extraction at a later date.
Without the distractions of the world in front of you all the time, the thoughts start to become harder to bury and more and more emerge into your conscious attention. It was like a floodgate had been opened in my mind and the thoughts were coming so fast it was more and more difficult to file them or hold on until finally… It felt like an explosion out the top of my head and then calm.
I sat and watched the thoughts move in and out of me so fluidly that I could not even see them long enough to call them thoughts. It was the most beautiful experience I had ever endured. I spent the next eight hours or so in this blissful state, simply observing life force, love and light.
Even when you meditate on something specific in search, it is when the images enter your mind prior to thought that we find Satori, when we observe ourselves as part of an already active energetic movement.
The process of stilling the mind is separating yourself as much as possible from an active role in creating the world around you so you may observe your spontaneous nature free from expectation, opinion, and intention.