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Note: For the complete lessons,
with additions, see the AYP
Easy Lessons for Ecstatic Living Books.
Update: For an alternate
approach to mantra enhancements, see Lesson 369.
Lesson 116 - Meditation First enhancement of
Date: Fri Feb 13, 2004 3:18pm
New Members: It is recommended you read from the beginning of the web archive, as previous
lessons are prerequisite to this one. The first lesson is, "Why
As we continue to use the mantra, I AM, in that particular way that allows the mind to go
to stillness, we are clearing out obstructions deep in our nervous system. Over time, our
experience will become smoother and deeper as the purification progresses. We will
experience more inner silence.
With rising inner silence, at some point in time we will be ready to take broader strokes
deep in the nervous system without getting bogged down too much on the surface of the
mind. We will be ready for an enhancement of our mantra.
Think of it as shifting gears in a car. With a manual transmission, we go along in first
gear, and then at some point we are ready to shift to the next gear, which enables us to
go faster with ease because we have gotten up to an adequate speed with the first gear. If
we shift into the second gear too soon, what happens? We bog down and don't get much out
of it, because there is not enough speed yet. Shifting too soon is a strain, and does not
help us go faster.
Taking on a mantra enhancement is like that. If we have smoothness and good depth in
meditation with I AM, we can think about moving to the first enhancement. It could be in a
few months after starting, or it could be in a few years. Everyone is different. It is one
of those situations where self-pacing is important. There is no rush to step up too soon.
We can make the entire journey using the I AM mantra for our meditation if we wish.
Nothing is missing. It is only a matter of how fast we want to go. If and when it is time
to shift, we will know. Then we can do it and the transition will be reasonably smooth
with minimal clunkiness, like making a good shift of gears in a car.
The enhancement adds syllables and sound vibrations to our mantra. This will make a
"bigger footprint" in the nervous system as we meditate. Meditation will be
slower going into silence and slower coming back out of silence. This creates the effect
of making pure bliss consciousness stick more in our nervous system and in our awareness.
That is the benefit of the enhancement. It speeds up the cultivation of inner silence to
be more prevalent and more steady in us. It is a "higher gear."
The first enhancement is an expanded mantra. It is:
SHREE SHREE I AM I AM
We use it exactly the same way as we have used I AM, following the same easy procedure of
meditation we learned early in the lessons. Once we have made the change, this will be our
mantra from then on.
We will notice a difference right away. Our mind will go to stillness slower, and come out
of stillness slower. Interestingly, this slowing down of the attention moving in and out
speeds up the infusion of pure bliss consciousness into our nervous system.
Think of the mantra as something we are systematically penetrating the fabric of our
subconscious with. A mantra with few syllables goes through more quickly, clearing out
obstructions easily a little bit at a time. Then it gets to the point when we can use a
"wider" mantra and cover a bigger area as we go in and out through the
subconscious, clearing out more obstructions with each pass through. A mantra with more
syllables does this, but only after we have prepared the ground with the first level of
mantra I AM.
If you have just begun meditating recently, give yourself time to develop a good habit
using the I AM mantra, and to develop smoothness and good depth of inner silence before
jumping ahead to the first enhancement. Several months at least. It could take a year or
two before meditation with I AM clears the nervous system enough. Maybe longer. We each
have our own unique journey to take (and time line) as we open our nervous system to the
infinite. The mantra enhancement will be here when we are ready, so lets take our time...
The guru is in you.
Note: For detailed instructions on the
procedure of deep meditation, see the
AYP Deep Meditation book.
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