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On Jumping to the Third Mantra
May 26, 2010
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Q: I am
an over-sensitive meditator, and have been using the breath meditation
covered in Lesson 367 for
about six months with good results. Inner silence is growing steadily, and
the experience has become much smoother. Now I feel ready to go back and try
using mantra again. Before going to breath meditation, I tried the third
mantra enhancement as per Lesson 367. It helped for about two weeks, but
then I began to run into physical and emotional overload again, like I did
originally with the I AM mantra. That is when I went to breath meditation,
which has been much better. Now in trying mantra again, should I go to the
third mantra enhancement, or go back to the I AM mantra?
A: When coming from breath
meditation back to deep meditation with mantra, it is suggested to go to the
I AM mantra, rather than an enhancement, even if you have used an enhanced
mantra before going to breath meditation. Take your time shifting from
breath meditation to mantra. There is no rush. You are having good results
with your present practice, and any changes should be undertaken very
gradually. By now, you are well familiar with self-pacing, and that will be
your most important tool in managing any changes in your practice routine.
third enhancement was suggested in Lessons 367 to
slow down transcending for those who are highly sensitive to the I AM
mantra. Results have been mixed on that, with many going to breath
meditation after a short time with the third mantra enhancement, like you
did. The third enhancement is not for jumping to if meditation is stable
with breath or any mantra enhancement other than the second one. Coming from
breath meditation, it will be best to start at the beginning with I AM, so
we will have the best chance for establishing a stable practice and a normal
track of mantra enhancements. One step at a time.
coming back to mantra meditation from breath meditation, do not be surprised
if it takes a while to train the mind to favor the mantra rather than the
breath. After doing breath meditation for some time, a habit of favoring the
breath as object will be there, and it can take a few weeks, or longer, to
develop the habit of favoring the mantra instead. This is normal, and in
some time the shift in habit will happen. If we find both mantra and breath
in our awareness, we just easily favor the mantra. We treat the breath like
any other thought or sensation that may come up, gently favoring the mantra,
like that. In time, the mantra is naturally favored at increasingly refined
levels, beyond the breath.
Regarding choosing a mantra enhancement strategy once we are stable with the
I AM mantra, preferably for at least six months, there are two paths
available the original mantra enhancement path, and an alternate path, which
was introduced later on to provide a less aggressive, more balanced
approach. Both paths end up with the same third enhancement. See
Lesson 369 for both paths, plus references to
additional lessons on mantra enhancements.
says in Lesson 367, jumping to the third enhancement is not recommended for
anyone but the very few who are
the I AM
inclined toward "fast transcending"
with a short mantra, and may find
a longer mantra. As mentioned, results with this approach have been mixed.
Most over-sensitive meditators have had good results with breath meditation,
and in time some have migrated back to the I AM mantra with good results
meditation does not usually go as deep as mantra meditation, because once
breath suspends there is no object. Mantra can go much deeper. This
difference is why breath meditation is one of the options suggested for
those who are very sensitive with mantra. Your experience certainly bears
thanks for your feedback, and wishing you all the best on your continuing
The guru is in you.
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