In this article we will look at the brilliant self-research meditation and its benefits.
Many experts have called it the most powerful meditation technique in the world. Because? Because it can absolutely break your perspective of yourself and reveal to you your true nature.
Is this technique as powerful as they say it is?
Just one way to find out …
Self-research meditation script
- [Ideally] Sit quietly in a quiet place where there are no reminders of yourself or your life. For example, you don’t want photos of yourself or personal property around you. For best results, do a self-study meditation in a forest.
- Sit in good posture. Place your feet shoulder-width apart. Rotate your shoulders back and let them open slightly outwards, which will open up space in your chest. Lower your chin to lengthen your neck.
- Spend conscious breathing to relax.
- When you feel at ease, ask yourself, “What am I?” (I prefer this question Who I am? because Who immediately suggests that you are a person, which brings with it ideas about what a person should be, where What am I? is a much more open question that allows you to be anything).
- Keep the question calm in your mind. Don’t struggle with the question or look for answers. Just let the question rest in your mind. You also don’t feed the answers with a spoon. Zen Dzogchen author Stephan Bodian says, “Finally, the question ‘Who am I?’ Reveals the answer, not as a particular thought or experience, but as a vibrant, timeless presence.”
- Focus on where your thoughts come from. Where is the question “What am I?” going up? Find the source of the question by looking inward.
- Keep thinking, “What am I?” Focus on the jo. Which is the jo? Where does it come from? Look for the same depth of it jo.
- Keep focusing inward as the question permeates your mind.
- You will finally notice that the center of the jo, the point from which the question arises, is the total void. And this is you.
- When you find the void, meditate on it for ten minutes. This will free you from all the pressures of the material world … at least that’s what they say.
Amazing benefits of self-research meditation
Self-research meditation is a way to overcome our delusional sense of self and achieve unity.
Ramana Maharshi [Indian Hindu sage and jivanmukta] says that self-research meditation is the most effective way to overcome the ego to achieve unity.
Without a doubt, the best benefit of self-research meditation is that it helps you realize that you are not who you think you are.
When someone asks you, “Who are you?” what you say? You probably describe yourself to them by talking about your work, your family situation, and perhaps some of the basics of your personality. But these In fact things are not the real you.
Anyone who has ever felt a moment of true enlightenment, or what in Zen is called “Kensho” (“seeing true nature”), will tell you that we are pure energy. But it can be difficult to see us this way because the mind is drawn to real things, such as your work and your family situation.
Self-research meditation moves us beyond these delusions. We see the true nature of ourselves.
Overcome duality to see your true self
To truly see our innermost selves and to overcome duality, we need to silence our usual thoughts and perceptions.
We can do this in a number of ways. For example, wand can use koans, which are guessing-like questions that Zen monks use to see the true nature of things. One such koan is, “Show me your original face before your mother and father are born.” When we ask questions like these, we challenge our usual way of thinking.
Another question is this “Who (or what) am I?” These darkenings are called Kleshas by Buddhists and Vasanes o samskaras for Hindus and yogis.
Self-research meditation involves the use of a Klesha. Specifically, we ask “Who (or” What “) am I”?
The purpose of the klesha What am I? it is to guide us beyond our self-induced deception of ourselves and to perceive our true reality: that we are empty and timeless energy.
However, this is just the tip of the iceberg. Because once we see our true nature, we free ourselves from the pressures and tensions that come from our delusional perception of ourselves.
“Consciousness in you and consciousness in me, apparently two, really one, seek unity and that is love.” – Nisargadatta Maharaj [Hindu guru of nondualism]
The main way that self-research meditation benefits us is that it allows us to see beyond our delusional view of ourselves and realize that we are pure energy.
If you think about the tensions and pressures you face, you will find that most of them are created by your perception of yourself.
For example, “I have to work overtime this week because I’m a big worker.” Your idea that you are a great worker forces you to work too hard to corroborate your belief in yourself: that you are a great worker.
Many times, this belief will not help you (how many people have succumbed to the disease because they have worked too hard and suffered too much stress?).
Then you have those people who think they are victims. Now, believe me, I understand that there are legitimate reasons why some people consider themselves victims. Unfortunately, this is not helpful. Research shows that people with a victim mentality are more likely to enter into relationships with abusive people. This is just one example of why you might want to change your sense of identity.
Overcoming negative beliefs
We live life according to the person we believe we are. That is why negative beliefs can be a serious problem.
Fortunately, with the above self-research meditation script, we are overcoming our sense of identity. We see the true purity of ourselves, beyond our erroneous thoughts and ideas.
Be aware of yourself
To see our true self, we must look beyond our current delusions.
The Zen master, Master Dogen, described the feeling of “taking a step back,” moving away from our sense of identity. Dogen said we need to do this to get Kensho. That is, to see our true self. We have to overcome the layers on our way to Kensho. These layers, or delusions, are called “Kleshas” in Buddhism and “vasanas” and “samskaras” in Hinduism.
Our sense of identity often limits us.
Ask yourself: How do negative beliefs about yourself affect your reality? If you meditate on this question, you may be surprised by the answer. Therefore, the number one benefit of self-research meditation is that it frees us from the traps of our own delusions.
But this is only the beginning. Because if you consider the impact that your delusional perception has on your life, you will see that the benefits of self-research meditation are potentially unlimited.
For example, if you think you are overweight, self-investigation will prevent this belief from affecting you so that you can lose weight successfully.
Or if you think you’re lazy (and therefore act lazily to corroborate that belief), self-research meditation will get you through the idea of being lazy so that you can be productive.
It is impossible to give an exact list of the benefits of self-research meditation, because they depend entirely on the individual and their perception of themselves.
But I’m sure you’ll agree: that’s it is powerful.
The above self-research meditation script can legitimately lead to a personal transformation. method. It helps us to realize that we are not subjects or victims of this material world. We are pure energy that cannot be touched.
Don’t be surprised if you feel a little invincible after doing this method!
Paul Harrison is a passionate teacher of meditation who believes in genuine and authentic meditation. He has over 15 years of experience in meditation and mindfulness. He studied meditation in beautiful Oxford, UK, and Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and graduated from Staffordshire University.
“My goal is to offer the most authentic meditation sessions so that you can harness the power of your own mind for personal transformation” – Paul Harrison
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