Subversive: To subvert an established system. To get at something from an unconventional or opposite direction from the norm, or to turn something upside-down. From sub – vertere: ‘to turn from below’, late Middle English.
When I began meditating, it hurt. It hurt a lot. After a horseback riding accident over a year before, I still couldn’t sit cross-legged, so I couldn’t meditate without forcing this posture and bearing the pain. The pain took up all my attention, and meditation was a complete bust. To my mind, this confirmed that I would never be able to meditate correctly, but I was wrong and, if you happen to be someone in a similar position (i.e., you think you are failing), so are you.
Not long after, I discovered a rare form of spiritual practice (sadhana) that not many people know about, and it changed everything. This new sadhana began with an initiation that I found both intriguing and a little spooky, but being of an adventurous nature, stubborn as a mule and determined to get to the bottom of this God business, I took this initiation. This was the beginning of my journey into a whole new world of discovery.
I found that everything I had heard and been taught about meditation and related teachings and practices, could be seen from an entirely different perspective. If you can imagine being able to see in every direction simultaneously—north, east, south, west, up and down—you’ll get an idea of what I’m suggesting. It is not normal. It is radically upside-down. It is subversive. But it works, and it works for absolutely anyone. And here’s the fun part: you don’t have to do anything. It happens on its own.
It’s Not Normal
Normal: Conforming to a standard or pattern. Usual, typical or expected.
Subversive Act: A subversive act is an act that is outside an established norm that has the potential to upset, threaten or overturn that norm.
In any arena of life, from fashion to religion to politics to daily routines, there are established norms. What is normal is acceptable, what is outside the norm is not. ‘Normal’ is the comfort zone where one knows more or less what to expect. The silent agreement as to what is acceptable within a group establishes what is considered normal to those in the group. We fall into line in order to be accepted by the others in our group, and we feel normal, accepted and experience approval.
Going outside the norm can bring us down socially—our peers may no longer accept us. If there should become a trend among other members of the group to step outside the norm, the group may become threatened and the ‘outsiders’ ostracized.
If you should decide to take up the kind of meditation I am advocating, you will have to live with the possibility that you will be in it alone or with very few others. As you progress, you will find yourself more and more at odds with the norm. I have known people who didn’t believe this and found themselves in a quandary after only a few months of meditation. If this happens early on, people usually quit rather than rock the boat (though this is may not be how they see it).
The practice I’m suggesting is not a normal, established or accepted practice, but it works, and it can work very quickly. You will make progress so fast that you will not realize how much progress you have made until after the fact.
You will eventually begin to notice that you have changed. Things that bothered you before don’t bother you anymore. Things you used to like or dislike don’t interest you one way or the other anymore. You relate to life and to people differently.
Your rapid progress will bring you experiences in meditation that will seduce you into meditating more and more. You will look forward to meditating and begin to design your life around it. You may feel outside the norm, but you will live with it gladly.
There is very little that you need to know to do this kind of meditation, but there is a great deal you must learn in order to understand these few things well, and it is important that you do. Also, in order to make it work for you, there are a few things that need to be accomplished beforehand to some degree, for an initiation to be effective. Chances are, you have some proficiency in most of these things and need only continue making progress. I will discuss these in another installment.
Jaya Bhagavan (Victory to God),
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