In part one, you discovered how to use your sensory awareness consciously to cultivate the deeper enjoyment you desire. In part two, you go deeper into the world of subtle enjoyment, and learn to combine your conscious voice with your subtle sensing explorations, in a spirit of artful actionless action…
Your consciousness is the key
Now you have a deeper respect for your consciousness. You recognize that your awareness, from moment to moment, is aware of so many subtle things that transcend ordinary descriptions and judgments. The shape of the clock, when you experience it in the pure realm of shapes and colors, is expressing something to you. Not something specific like a poem, but something meaningful in a different way — it is the subtle-energy world of the clock, expressing itself. And this sharing process takes place whether or not you personally enjoy the design or the sound of the clock.
Why are these little meditations so important to your discovery of how to enjoy this moment?
If enjoyment required the perfection situation, then you might have to wait forever. And if you could produce instant enjoyment by shouting that you are having a great day, then you would generate the superficial kind of enjoyment that only lives on the surface of reality. These awareness meditations help you open the door to a refined inner experience of genuine enjoyment.
Enjoyment is not something that has any particular appearance, so it isn’t obvious. It is not something that sounds a particular way. And it is not a dramatic expression that promotes its own happiness. This is the beautiful paradox — that your real enjoyment becomes stronger when you aren’t trying to feel good.
Enjoyment is your willingness to experience your world in a subtle way that lets you engage with your self and the world around you — with sensitivity, intelligence, and awareness, moment by moment.
But does this mean that you are to just passively notice the subtle details of the world around you, and that you will get delight from that only? The experience of this sensory meditation — in part one of this article — was just to help you clear your mind, and engage with your senses on a deeper level. There is more to this process, because now you are going to explore another meditation that brings your inner voice to this experience.
Although your inner voice is often the part of you that automatically comments on everything, you have other options when you use your inner voice consciously. When you do this, then your inner voice becomes part of a healthy feedback loop that unites body, mind, and environment, in support of your well-being.
Meditation for using your conscious voice to cultivate enjoyment in this moment:
1. Look at any object in your immediate environment.
2. Notice the shape — the color — the texture — and the general vibe or aura.
3. Experience this object without labeling or judging what you are looking at.
4. As you feel the presence of that object, sense or imagine its inner light or presence.
5. Now notice your own inner light or presence — imagine it if you like.
6. Notice or imagine a healthy resonance between your inner light, and the inner light of that object.
7. As you sense this subtle resonance, say:
- I support this object’s right to exist, and this object supports my right to exist.
- I find something fascinating in this object, and this object finds something fascinating in me.
- I enjoy this object, and this object enjoys my presence.
- I bless this object, and this object blesses me.
8. As you say each statement, really sense or imagine the harmony between your inner self, and the inner intelligence within that object. This is possible whether the object seems to be an ordinary chair, a computer printer, or a clock. Or perhaps you are experiencing an exotic rare goldfish in a tank, or a fragrant Hawaiian flower. No matter; they are all living expressions of the universe.
9. Quietly notice the subtle characteristics of other objects in the room.
10. As you notice these qualities, let your inner rapport with those objects resonate. Don’t try to make it happen; rather, you let it happen.
11. Discover how easily you can make those blessing statements with the other objects in the room. The inner light within you is sharing and communicating, at a level beyond words, with the inner light of those objects.
Are these methods the one way to enjoy the moment? Actually there is no one particular way. There are many ways of learning to be present, but they have something in common. Any hope you have of bringing enjoyment to the present moment requires your relaxed, yet focused attention.
Talking with objects in your home or office might seem a little silly, but you are discovering the basic principle here. Enjoyment is engagement with the moment. It is participation between your conscious mind and your subtle senses. When you bridge the inner and outer self with your environment, you create an intelligent, living flow that has depth and meaning.
Does this mean that you can’t have critical thoughts? Not at all — your critical thoughts can lead to helpful solutions.
Does this mean that you have to be in a special mood or special place to practice this? At first, you may well want to explore these meditations in your own quiet environment. But consider the fascinating options available to you — the potential for subtle and enjoyable experiences exists even where you least expect to find it.
When you discover how to place your attention, and how to extend blessings to even the most mundane things in the world, then you enter the charmed world that you have been waiting for. It is the place where you can be with the world as it is, and help co-create a spiritualized world at the same time. This is not a fantasy, because consciousness is the essence of everything in the universe.
Being in this world
There is a sense that many modern people have — that they are separate from reality, or not in their real spiritual home. These feelings and thoughts may come from their lack of engagement with their environment. Honestly, many environments are challenged, and so these meditations are more easily done in some places than in others. But that doesn’t mean that the meditation can only be accomplished in a special place. In fact, maybe these meditations can do the most good in those challenged environments that are really calling for healing and harmony.
Is it possible that the lack of engagement with the world around you could relate to how you have been treating yourself? What may seem, at first, to be an irrelevant activity — tuning into the subtle energy of your environment — is actually a profound exploration in tuning into the essential nature of reality. And when you choose to bless or appreciate that subtle world around you, you are creating a deep harmony experience that uplifts you, your environment, and everyone it your world.
Every time you tune into the subtle energy of your world, it helps heal you within, because that subtle engagement with reality automatically extends to you, too. You benefit from your deeper awareness experiences, because you are learning how to bless yourself, as well.
The true location of harmony
Perhaps you had supposed that enjoyment had to be a stereotype. Maybe you’re surprised that what started as an exploration of enjoying the moment turned into a spiritual discovery session about the nature of reality. But it does make sense, because your life is an expression of a divine creative force that created your soul, and that manifested this universe. These subtle explorations reunite you with the universal consciousness that you are made of, and that everything, whether grand or mundane, is also made of.
The eternal harmony that you can discover within yourself, and within your world, is always there for you. But, being a subtle expression of universal consciousness, it speaks the language of subtlety, and not the dramatic language of fake happiness. Any amount of ceremony, noise, drunken antics, or loud demonstrations of happiness are all taking place on the surface. Deep within, enjoyment awaits you.
You can enjoy this moment when you are no longer trying to do so. It happens when your subtle senses are engaged, and you discover the resonance that harmoniously exists at a deeper level. Let yourself sense it, in your own way. This is your personally meaningful experience. It is the fulfillment and happiness that doesn’t look like what people expect fulfillment and happiness to look like.
So have your fascinating experiences, without waiting for approval and understanding. Just experience, sense the gentle smile appearing within you, and breathe this emerging delight into your being.
Joel Bruce Wallach
Founder, Cosmic-Living for spiritual empowerment – tele-classes and self-paced mp3’s