This was an extraordinary read for me! I have been involved in Buddhist practice and meditation for some years now, and there has been a major internaThis was an extraordinary read for me! I have been involved in Buddhist practice and meditation for some years now, and there has been a major internal shift in the way I experience myself and the world. That shift has been hard won through the working through of some major personal issues relating to an abusive childhood, substance addiction and combat related ptsd; a kind of triple whammie. As part of my own recovery process I have mixed my reading of Buddhist psychology with more standard views, and of course over time I have heard of the chakrs system though I had never expolred it as a reference point before. Over the last year my journey has taken its own turn into a realm that is far removed from the intellectual emphasis that so typified much of my life. I have been exploring dreams and dreaming and the level of consciousness to which that leads that is not of mind but more pointedly for me derived from some other place.
This book was a evelation, the chakrta system as a reference grid for the tremendously intircate and complex weave of the human mind, including mine, is much less reductivist than much of the more traditional theory behind my , it dovetailsneatly with the Jungian slant that I seem to have absorbed over time and it describes well much of my own personal experience of the phenomeon that appear as an integral part of the journey within. There is more here for me and I am grateful to the friend who directed me to this book. Another way of viewing the whole catastrophe but more akin to the sense of fluidity that has evolved around my life than the reductivist "fix it" orientation that much of te profesional help I have encountered adopts....more
As I have progressed through the adventure of meditation over the last seven years, there have been a number of experiences that have occurred which sAs I have progressed through the adventure of meditation over the last seven years, there have been a number of experiences that have occurred which seemed to me "way out there." They didn't disturb me in the sense that I might have thought them anything other than part of the process (thanks to my teacher who dismissed the nimitr as nothing special very early in my practice) but they were certainly attention grabbing. This book describes many of those experiences in some detail as they occur in the spiritual work based on darkness. It is interesting to me that the night, darkness and silence have all assumed great significance in my own practice, I am comfortable and have a sense of deep connection to all three; and these experiences I speak of always seemed to me to derive from the same place as they do.
This book then for me offered much in the way of revelation and an assurance that the sense I have had about the path forward for me has substance and its calling to me at some deep level is a fact of my life rather than some random imagining. I am very happy to have had the experience of so many seemingly disparate parts of my own experience in practice fall into place as part of a greater whole of which I now have some true sense.
Onward then and I will be looking at the reading suggested in this book and some of the exercises offered in more detail.There is much here, the connection, the missing piece, whatever it may be to adventure will be revealing and nourishing to this spirit. It is a mark of my progress, or at least the opening of my own mind that much contained in this book which I would once have dismissed out of hand now holds weight for me....more