What does meditation mean for The Stoned Ape?
In every meditative technique, you’re ever told, you’re told to control your thoughts. You are told to control your breathing. You are told to control your body. This is the main problem in the world. People have no idea what meditation is, why they meditate, and what meditation brings forth. They simply jump into it out of greed. All these various meditative practices, Tibeten meditation, Zen meditation, Buddhist meditation, Breathwork this, Energy healing that… and it’s ALL RUBBISH. All of it. Before getting further into it, let us discuss why we are told to control and more importantly, what is control?
Control by definition implies suppression, or exclusion, or rejection and most importantly a division. A division between the controller and the thing that is to be controlled, therefore conflict between the controller and the controlled, therefore disorder. If you understand what this is about, you will understand the Universe in whole. And what this is about, is you. Always you!
The most important thing to note here, that which escapes the notice of most people, is that the controller is the controlled. And when you realize this truth, all conflict vanishes because control vanishes. Every form of control, therefore every form of search comes to an end. When control ends, there is the ending of division between the controller and the controlled, which no longer exist as separate entities, but as one, joined together as it was the moment the Universe bore you. When the controller and the controlled are joined as one, the observer becomes the observed and the observed becomes the observer.
This is the foundation of meditation. So what is Meditation?
Meditation is the lack of conflict.
Meditation is the lack of desire.
Meditation is the lack of seeking.
Meditation is the lack of control.
Mediation is pure untainted observation.
My goal isn’t to fight my body or my mind. I don’t try to quiet my mind. I don’t try to push my thoughts aside. I don’t try to regulate my breathing. All of these are forms of control and control is your worst enemy. Since everything starts with the sensation of breathing as it is the most vital to our life force so all you to do is listen to your body and it will tell you how it needs to breathe. You do not have to force anything. You do not have to control anything. You do not need to do anything other than paying attention to your body and the force of life within it. Listen to your monkey body. Don’t tell your body to regulate your breathing. Your body will tell you this.
Let the mind listen to it. Once you start listening to your body, once you to worship each and every sensation in your body, you will start to feel the One Consciousness. Let your mind wonder. Don’t focus on your thoughts. Thoughts are self-indulgent. Let them go… and most importantly let them flow. Just watch them. Don’t just listen to your thoughts. Watch them reach whatever natural end that they do.
The mind has to understand what is going on in the field of existence. The psychological field. The field of it’s own thoughts and therefore it must be aware of what is going on without distortion, without choice, without resentment, without bitterness, without explanation or justification. The mind must just observe unhindered from judgments of anything and anyone else including your own. Simply observe.
There is where every other meditative technique fails. If you practice any technique told to you, you become what the method offers and promises, and what the method offers is not Truth, because Truth is Existence and Observation and Understanding, the Truth is a breathing, living and thriving thing, but the method is mechanical, and you become a mechanistic reductionist image of your former self. And if you practice it, in the practice itself, watching yourself, there is the one that practices and the thing to be practiced, therefore it introduces the division I spoke of earlier, therefore conflict arises, therefore it creates distortion, therefore it gives rise to internal disorder which gives rise to external disorder.
Please understand that, because any technique, any formula, any methodology, any systematic approach, soon becomes repetitive and mechanical, it doesn’t matter who gives that formula or that system. They tell you to control your breathing. They tell you to regulate your breathing. They tell you to quiet the mind. They tell you to push aside any thoughts and focus on regulating your breathing. And all of this is rubbish. The only real Universal truth; an answer to the question, ‘what is?’ is you. Yourself. Your body. Your brain. Your mind. The body is your only true god. Worship your body.