what is wisdom meditation?
There are many systems and traditions of meditation in existence. Navigating the field can be a daunting experience. Where you settle in your choice of meditation method can depend a lot on what you are seeking from the practice. Not all methods or systems of meditation have the same end goal, or end state of being. It is very important to understand this. It is also important to understand, or to find out, what it is exactly that you need as an individual at this point in your development. Very often there is a progression in one’s spiritual path, from a more limited tradition or method, to one with a spiritually more developed end state.
However we cannot say any one method is better or worse than another. Sometimes it is more appropriate to get on a bicycle than a jet plane. And sometimes the reverse. The main thing is to be open to finding out what works for you, at this present moment.
Every individual has to find their path, and paths are rarely linear. There is a Tibetan saying that when you are seeking spiritual teachings, at first you should be like a bee - tasting many flowers. It is much better to do that than to simply settle on the first system or teacher of meditation that you come across.
However, the saying continues: that once you have found your spiritual path or teacher, you should be like a wounded deer - hiding out in the mountains and not running here and there. Once you have found a path, practice or teacher that works for you, it is essential that your persevere in your learning and practice. Your path and teachers may change over time, and that is ok as long as it is the result of your clarity developing, and not simply impatience, restlessness, or unwillingness to put the work in.
In offering Wisdom Meditation, Andrew’s teaching is primarily influenced by the two traditions that were most important for him personally, and that he believes will give the greatest benefits to his students. These are the Ancient Water tradition of Taoism, as immortalised by Lao Tzu in the Tao Te Ching or Book of Changes; and the Dzogchen or ‘Great Perfection’ teachings of Tibet. These two lineages of spiritual knowledge are extremely ancient, predating all known civilizations on this planet, and quite possibly have common roots. In fact, Lao Tzu himself left China for Tibet, never to return, 2,500 years ago.
Andrew has divided his teachings of Wisdom Meditation into three modules. Each level has to be completed before the next can be taken. There is a progression between the modules, and the foundation gained in each module is essential in order gain the full benefits of the next.
It is highly recommended (but not required) that students wishing to learn Wisdom Meditation also take at least Level 1 of Wisdom Qigong. The energy work in Wisdom Qigong can dramatically enhance the experience of learning Wisdom Meditation (and vice versa).
In Level 1 of Wisdom Meditation, you will work a great deal with your breath. You breath is connected with your Energy, not only at the level of the Qi that circulates in your body, but also the energy of your Emotional, Mental, and Psychic Bodies or levels. You will learn powerful Taoist techniques that utilize this connection to awaken your inner awareness, to discover what lies within you at every level of your being, and to release tension, blockage, fear, pain, and confusion.
You will learn to:
Calm your nervous system
Release the ‘rev’ in your energy
Release tension and energetic blockage held in your internal organs.
Release body armouring
Awaken your lower Tantien energy centre
Develop standing meditation practice
Scan your body for trapped Qi, Emotional, Mental, and Psychic energies, and dissolve outwardly
Develop your breath awareness, to connect with your internal energies and release tensions
Detect and release subtle emotional, mental, and psychic tensions, before they amplify and manifest.
Work directly with your Qi and Emotional Energy bodies to clear tensions and blockages
Initiate moving meditation
In Level 2 of Wisdom Meditation, you will deepen your journey into the more subtle and powerful energetic levels of your being. You will start to explore and release the holographic matrix of energetic tensions held in your various Energy Bodies, or energetic levels of your being. You will integrate stillness and movement, and discover the inseparability of the two. You will then move towards discover of your non-dual, non-conceptual awareness, the basic ground of your existence. You will start to apply this presence to the unbinding of your Body, Energy, and Mind.
You will learn to:
Use movement to enter Stillness
Understand and develop ‘Stillness within Movement and Movement within Stillness’
Connect with and explore your Eight Energy Bodies to clear tensions at every level of your being, releasing your ‘ghosts’
Dissolve tension, blockage and trauma into inner space
Awaken your upper Tantien energy centre
Develop unwavering attentiveness
Integrate inner and outer space
Discover non-conceptual Awareness
Practice Open Presence
Develop an Unbound Body, Energy and Mind
In Level 3 of Wisdom Meditation, you will build on the deep foundations of Levels 1 and 2; to deepen you self-knowledge, your understanding of the subtle aspects of your being; and your inherent connections to the universe as a whole. You will continue to develop your Presence and Open Awareness, and deepen the process of unwinding your Energetic, Emotional, Mental, Psychic, Karmic, and Egoic tensions. You will be introduced to extremely powerful spiritual practices to help with this process, including methods working with the energies of the Earth, the Cosmos, and the living presence of Nature.
You will also learn practices that access the deeper energetic structures of the Body, including the central or middle Tantien energy center, where the Hsin or Heart-Mind resides.
In teaching Level 3, Andrew takes a more freeform approach than in the previous two levels, as students are now moving into deeper connection and awareness, and need to be guided as appropriate to the individuals and the group as a whole.
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