The internal churning process initiates the journey of transformation. Churning must occur for the essence to come out. Churning can only happen when opposing forces are present and in action. When the churning happens within, know that the opposing emotions/forces are at work. It manifests as restlessness, confusion, chaos, unnecessary emotions, unlike peace.
We seek change/transformation. It is because where we are now, we are not happy and desire happiness. By this token, there are two places inside; where we stand and where we want to go.
The movement is done in stages. When milk turns into curds, it changes state from one to another and this happens in stages. When the curd is churned, butter is produced; this too is done in stages. Milk cannot become butter overnight. A seed cannot become a fruit overnight, it must undergo a transformation in stages. Emotions/states of being, too, follow this law. Moving from one state to another takes practice and is done in stages.
When one meditates with the intention of transforming certain aspects of one’s life, this too happens in phases. First, focus must be established by eliminating distraction and moving to a single point. It takes constant practice. From concentration, we move on to reflection/contemplation; from dharna to dhyan. This happens automatically. From dhyan, one passes to the state of samadhi, that is to say of total absorption (samadhi also has different stages).
According to Maharshi Patanjali’s yogasutras, when absorption occurs with single-pointed concentration (ekgrata), the mind undergoes a transformation. Three types of changes occur internally, in stages. Change in one’s dharm, lakshan and avastha; that is, change of fundamental property, dharm (as a caterpillar changing into a butterfly), change of characteristics and thirdly, change of state/condition. Changes occur at the level of elemental and sensory perception (organs). The main constituents of the body change (the panch mahabhuta changes to dharm, lakshan and avastha). When the mind undergoes transformation, sense perceptions change (mental healing). The physical body undergoes a change/healing and the transformation slowly manifests.
Some, with years of meditation, may not see the transformation in their inner space, the peace is still disturbed, unnecessary emotions still surface. Why?
One of the important elements of meditation is “bhav” (spiritual attitude and emotion). The ‘bhav’ and ‘bhavana’ with which the meditation is performed make the difference. When meditation is practiced as a mental chore, it brings peace and calm until the meditation period, with some lingering peace afterwards, but the unsettling feelings remain, the old sanskars (impressions) remain. Old habits, behavior patterns, attitude remain without undergoing the three stages of transformation.
When meditation is done with a spiritual orientation, the results are visible. How to develop spiritual orientation? One way is to be aware that there is a Supreme Consciousness and to surrender to THAT (Supreme Consciousness), with a feeling of gratitude and trust in the process called life. It helps. Surrender is the dissolution of the ego. When the consciousness deepens, the karta (the doer) is the Supreme Consciousness and the Self is the follower. The bhav of: “I am the instrument of THAT (Supreme Consciousness) to be of service to others (humanity)”, helps. Coming to this stage of deep awareness is experiential.
The other tool that helps transformation is self-awareness, apart from 30 minutes of meditation; constant self-study; self-behaviour, self-attitude, self-reaction, action, etc. and the cultivation of those ideas, thoughts, patterns of behavior that bring us closer to peace, replacing the old self.
When the connection with oneself is positive and the spiritual bhav permeates the being, the perspective of oneself and of life changes: transformation. Entering meditative states is no longer a struggle. Afflictions, resulting from his own behavior, divert his own meditation. With expanded perspectives, when the self is at peace, there is no other state to go to. The churning stops, the opposition rests.
Disclaimer: Urmila Rao is an emotional healer and teacher of forgiveness. All ideas expressed herein are his own, and not professional advice or medical prescription. His website is: www.karmicwellness.in Email: [email protected]