States Of Consciousness
Do you meditate? Are you good at it? Are you adept at describing different states of consciousness you’ve achieved?
My Hierarchy of States of Consciousness
Over the years, I have tried many different ways of meditating. My earliest attempt was as a teenager with a local Buddhist guy. Most of my attempts were frustrating. It felt as though my chattery mind always took over. I was a meditation failure. Or that’s how it felt mostly.
In recent years, I have started to explore meditation a little more. I’ve discovered two things. I’m not a failure at meditation (I don’t think, anyway). And I never was. Mostly, I have been exploring meditations that at least start with body awareness. Body/mind meditations seemed to make it easier for me to calm my chattery mind. Focusing on my breathing. Registering that the body has weight. Focusing on what doesn’t change in my body seems to give me access to other states.
Just a note. I could be totally wrong about all of this. So if any of this is useful, great. But, as with anything experiential, our vocabulary gets less and less useful for describing it. In fact sometimes, the describing of a state seems incongruent with that very state.
- Awake (not sleeping)
- Alert and sometimes attentive to my surroundings
- Sitting quietly with an active mind
- Sitting quietly and able to focus on one thing for short periods of time
- Having glimpses of a deeper serenity and calm for short periods
- Extended periods of serenity which is usually accompanied by a physically relaxed body
- Glimpses of unity and access to an atmosphere like an extended universe
- A sense of unity of body and mind and an associated feeling of physical well-being
- An experience of harmony and unity with all within my general awareness
- No sense of separation and full harmony with all that is, usually accompanied by a sense of joy, love and acceptance
I left an open spot at the end. I’m not sure if there are more states beyond my 11. But I’m open to it.
I’d also love to know of any others’ experiences. Similarities, differences, more advanced states, etc.
With six stripes finished, I will need to crochet 9 or 10 more to finish this scarf. But I already like it!
I also started a new Chevron Stripe Scarf in vibrant colors.
Unfortunately, they’re all the colors that don’t photograph well. The blue is really a deep purple. The Red is really a blood orange red. And the lime green is really a vibrant chartreuse. It’s looking a little Dr. Seuss-ish, but I really like it.