“…The sage is guided by what he feels and not by what he sees…”
Chapter Four: Becoming The Natural Self in The Natural World (p2)
At some point resonance transitions from feeling something to consciously knowing something about the nature of reality without using cognitive processes. This can appear to happen spontaneously or it can come in stages. The appearance of emerging awareness is the endpoint of resonance and the deﬁning point of moving into the natural self in the natural world.
A warning, however: If emerging awareness illustrates a profound and life-changing new understanding while you are driving on the Long Island Expressway, do not attempt to write it down or text it to your signiﬁcant other! One of the most important features of truth is that it is always there. It will come back to you, don’t worry.
There isn’t much else that needs to be said about emerging awareness—you’ll know it when it shows up!
Here’s the key: Resonance and emerging awareness are the primary aspects of the perceptual mode of the natural self. It is useful to practice resonance actively at ﬁrst, but it will become simply a way of life after some time. Emerging awareness is the conscious recognition of the nature of reality by the natural self.
One of the most fundamentally important exercises you can do toward becoming your natural self in the natural world is a form of single-point meditation. This exercise immediately allows you to distinguish the false self from your ﬁrst conscious experience of the natural self; through practice, you learn to further release the false self to become more and more the natural self. Keep in mind that you are already your natural self—that the false self only obscures it. This means that meditation is only orienting you to what already is, rather than taking you somewhere else.
Now, we have told you that this practice is simple and that it is about orienting you to your natural self, but we need to spend just a moment to distinguish this style of meditation from so many others by being clear about what Intuisdom meditation is not.
Intuisdom meditation is not about peace, love and happiness. It is not about imagery, colors or better places. It is not about holiness, angels or guides. It is not about life lessons, plans from before you were born or past lives. It is not about hope, prayer, belief or faith. Intuisdom doesn’t necessarily reject anything speciﬁc about the above lists, but opening the doorway to the natural self must be done with a minimum of abstractions (certainly including expectations) and a maximum of direct experience.
It bears repeating one more time that Intuisdom meditation is about orienting to your natural self; and when this occurs, the natural self begins to allow the natural world into your experience, and you and it emerge together. The focus is on opening the door, not what might come through it. When you open the door, it will come to you.
Exercise: Intuisdom Meditation
Now, before we begin:
Find a relatively quiet place to sit that is free from normal distractions and where you know you can keep quiet for at least 20 minutes (no TV’s, phones, etc.). Sitting on the ﬂoor or ground with a cushion for your posterior will be best, but using a chair or sofa is ﬁ ne, as long as you are not tempted to mistake this new state you will discover as time to go to sleep!
Your posture should be relatively straight, with the spine and head erect, but the body relaxed. Allow your hands to rest comfortably in your lap—you might even use a pillow on your lap during meditation to rest your forearms and hands if you ﬁnd your back hurting after meditating a few times. Breathing should be done with the diaphragm fully engaged so that the belly distends on your in breath.
Close your eyes and allow your thoughts and other abstractions to dissipate. You may at ﬁrst use your breath or some other internal physical sensation as a focal point, but eventually your focus should be the space between thoughts and other abstractions. This space is your ﬁrst glimpse of the natural self and is what you are aiming directly for. At some point this will become your comfort spot, the place you go naturally, even if it takes a little more time on some days than on others. This is your doorway to your natural self.
Allow the thoughts and abstractions to come and go, never pushing them away, just letting them ﬂ oat away or even just be. A dog barking outside, for instance, is just what it is and nothing more. Even an itch will go away if you bring your focus back to the natural self. Bring your focus back to the space between the abstractions…again and again.
When you are done with your meditation, you can write down what you experienced, if you wish, but try to avoid over- analyzing it and therefore making what shows up too abstract. What is real will always be there—allow it to be. I personally have immense amounts of notes I jotted down after meditations, but I almost never read them after they are initially writ- ten (more on this later in the chapter on engagement).
Meditating is helpful even if you can only do it for ﬁve minutes at a shot, but try for a minimum of twenty minutes at ﬁrst and gradually work your way to an hour or more if you have the time. If you can’t do it every day, just do it as you can—but return to it. Your progress toward your natural self has everything to do with how much you put into it. It can be very slow and it can be very quick—it is up to you.
“I Can’t Meditate”
We hear this so often it’s almost funny, but it’s not. This mistaken notion keeps people from using meditation as the powerful tool it is and what can come from it. It’s a bit like saying, “I can’t lift weights because I am not strong enough.”
When we ask people what they mean by this, they almost always say something like, “I always start thinking about something or ﬁnd something uncomfortable about my body or a noise that keeps me from concentrating.” In Intuisdom, meditation is the practice of allowing abstractions to dissipate from your consciousness, leaving only the natural self. It is not the practice of being able to be completely clear of abstraction all the time. It is about recognizing the false self attempting to reassert itself and redirecting your perceptions back to the natural self over and over.
Here’s the key: Intuisdom meditation is about orienting to the natural self by recognizing abstractions (the false self and the false world) and allowing them to dissipate. If you are practicing this process over and over you are meditating, despite how many times the abstractions return. Meditation is not a perfect state—it is a state of practicing by repeatedly retraining your focus over and over again.