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Open View Meditation Exploration

In our last blog we explored the benefits of Open View meditation. Since then, our first Atlanta area Christian Tantric Meditation classes were offered in the beautiful North Georgia Mountains. In those classes, we shared the practices of mindful eating, breath centered mind stabilization, open view meditation, and we even explored full body scan and pain remediation techniques. Our next class, which will cover the same materials, is offered on Saturday July 18th. Registration is open now, visit our website for more information and to register on line.

FireworksOne of the discoveries made during the last class was the similarity between open view and mindful breathing. In mindful breathing, we practice letting go of random thoughts and return our attention to our breathing.  In Open View, we notice individual features of a landscape, birds and animals as well as vertical trees and structures. If practicing open view in the confines of a room, the details we notice may be ceiling panels or furniture, or colors and textures of materials in the room. As we notice these individual features, we consciously let them go and return our attention to the larger picture, the open view.

Readers may recall the benefits of opening our view to broader perspectives. Brain waves cropped-20141025_163721_1.jpgsynchronize, heart beat and breathing slows, and digestive functions slow down as well. Open view also broadens our perspective as we experience life. “Big picture” thinking helps to put the distractions and details of life in perspective, helping us to realize that as important as the “pop up” details of family issues, work, politics, and possessions may seem at the moment, in the larger view these details fade into the background.

We will continue to offer classes 1A and 1B – Mind Stabilization and Open Consciousness – until enough interest is generated to open classes 2A and 2B – “Liberating the Mind and Heart” and “Liberating the Core and the Whole Self.” All of these practices are described in the book “Christian Tantric Meditation Guide”, available at Amazon.com in Kindle and Paperback forms.

Until our next blog – keep meditating, and may an abundance of hope, love, and faith fill our minds, hearts, and cores until our lives reflect the Grace that is shared freely through the Spirit 24 hours a day every day for all of eternity. Blessings!

 

Open Consciousness Meditation

Open consciousness is one of the exercises we explore in our first Christian Tantric Meditation Workshops. Open consciousness is applied in all areas of Christian Tantric Meditation, including self emptying, Divine Communion, and Compassion. Applications for open consciousness practice include relaxation, stress relief, relief of physical and emotional pain, and increasing empathy for others.

Open consciousness begins with a basic practice known as Open View. Surprisingly easy, but not easily remembered or practiced, open view simply involves opening our eyes and taking in as much as we can. Instead of looking at an object in a room, we take in an entire wall. Instead of looking at a shrub or tree out of doors, we take in an entire landscape, street scene, or an entire horizon. Open view is literally the practice of taking in an entire forest without distraction from the individual trees.

Below are a few written illustrations of how Open View can be helpful in day to day life. The first illustration describes how Open View is an integral part of consciousness in nature. Enjoy!

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cat-mia-703409_640The cat lay in his favorite place on the floor. A beam of sunlight shown in, warming his fur pleasantly. To look at him, one might have thought he was asleep. But his eyes were not completely closed, they were partially open, and he was aware of the entire room. His breath was relaxed and deep, his heart beat at a steady relaxed rate. Out of the corner of his eye he caught a movement, and his focus instantly snapped to attention. A beetle scurrying across the floor. The cat was upon the beetle within the breadth of a heartbeat.

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Jerry had been staring at his computer screen for 4 hours. He groaned, stretched, and recognized the pain in his lower back returning. He loved his work, he loved the way he got into a “zone” when he worked, but he also realized how tense it made his body and his mood. He barely tolerated interruptions when he was working, and often neglected to take care of his bodily needs.

Glancing up from his computer, he saw the office wall in front of him. He recognized individual familiar objects, books, a white board, guest chairs, a coat rack. He knew his eyes were open, but he also knew that his perception wasn’t. He had been focused on a single object, his computer screen, for a long time. He breathed deeply and opened his perception to take in the entire wall rather than the individual objects.federal-chancellery-250605_640

He then rose from his chair and stood at his window. Likewise, he saw familiar scenery, with trees, a parking lot, and some flowers and shrubs. He breathed again deeply and opened his perception to take in the entire landscape.

He noticed how his breathing slowed automatically, and became deeper. He even noticed his heart beat slowing. After a few breaths, he left the office to take care of himself and exchange greetings and ideas with coworkers.

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Chandra was staring at her mother. The air was thick between them. She didn’t even remember how this particular conflict began. She noticed the tension in her muscles, the tightness of her breathing, even the tension in the muscles around her eyes and mouth.

kitchen-691247_640Consciously, she shifted her attention to the backdrop of where her mother sat. The familiar kitchen, with the window, butterfly drapes, ceramic sink, and painted cupboards. Although here eyes were open, she knew she had been concentrating on one place in the room, her mother’s face, which carried so much tension and distress, as much as she knew her own face carried. Breathing deeply, she opened her attention to the entire backdrop behind her mother. Having practiced open view in the past, her peripheral vision was also part of her perception, so she was able to take in almost the entire kitchen.

As her perception opened, she noticed her face muscles relaxing, he breath deepening, and her heart slowing. She noticed that her mother’s face was relaxing also. Smiling, she said “This is important mom, but we need to take a break to clear our minds a little. How about a cup of tea?”

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If you are interested in learning more about Open View, Open Consciousness, and other practices that apply to Christian Tantric Meditation, consider attending a Workshop.

In our first workshops we introduce mindfulness, mind stabilization, and open consciousness practices.  Please visit http://sunrisemeditation.org/workshops/ or call 678-358-8775 for more information.

There are only a few days left to register for our Christian Tantric Meditation Workshops
on Saturday June 13 in Sautee Georgia near Helen Georgia.  It looks like we’re going to another beautiful weekend in the North Georgia Mountains!