By George A. Boyd © 2017
Most meditators begin meditation learning to collect their attention and reaching the stage of mindfulness, where they are consciously present and they can monitor the content of their experience arising in the present time.
Meditation deepens when attention begins to move along the thread of consciousness and moves through the dimensions of the mind. Depending on your dominant mode of inner sensation, this takes the following five forms:
- Feeling – You feel deepening bliss as you move along the thread of consciousness.
- Hearing – You hear a series of high frequency sounds that correspond to each the resonant seed atom of each vehicle of consciousness at each level of the mind.
- Primary visual – You witness different colors and patterns arise at discrete levels of the mind.
- Cascading visual – You behold different symbols and images arise within each vehicle of consciousness.
- Discerning visual – You clearly visualize each vehicle of consciousness, its content, and its structure.
Whatever your primary inner sensing mode, it is important that you verify that you are moving along the thread of consciousness and are accessing deeper layers of the mind. This conscious movement is a sign you are actually penetrating into successive bands of your awareness and gaining insight into their contents.
After some practice of meditation, you will recognize each level of your mind and discern its unique function. At this stage, you can begin to practice landmarking.
In landmarking, you are able to identify which vehicle of consciousness that your attention is contemplating, and notice that each level of the mind has distinctive content. Like assigning number to each floor on an elevator, you begin to know what level you have ascended through the bands of the mind.
We explore the levels of the Conscious, Subconscious, and Metaconscious mind in our Introduction to Meditation class, This course is suitable for those of you who have never meditated before, are not aware of the levels of the mind, and have no experience with the process of attentional introversion.
This course prepares the non-meditator to subsequently unite attention with the three immortal essences—the attentional principle, the spirit, and the Soul—and perform the more advanced spiritual practices that become possible when these essences are activated. We introduce these more advanced practices in our intermediate courses, the in-person Mudrashram® Master Course in Meditation and the by-mail and on-line Accelerated Meditation Program.
We encourage you to develop your meditation to the point where you can consciously move to deeper layers of the mind and not just float on the surface. Learning to follow the thread of consciousness with your attention is a marker of this transition to deepening meditation, and ultimately leads you to the capacity to do conscious inner work.