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SWAMI DHYAN GITEN, spiritual teacher and author, has more than 30 years of experience in individual counseling and in teaching awareness and meditation. He is trained in both modern psychology and in classic Eastern methods for awareness and meditation in USA, Italy, Sweden and India.

Since he began to meditate when he was 15 years old, he has dedicated his life to the study and exploration of the inner journey in order to move out of his own way, to be in a flow, and to discover the authentic inner being, the meditative quality within, the inner silence and emptiness, the capacity to surrender to life.

Giten's first professional passion when he was 15 years old was to become an actor. After training as an actor, he worked as an actor until
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THE TWO ASPECTS OF MEDITATION: LOVE AND ALONENESS


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THE TWO ASPECTS OF MEDITATION: LOVE AND ALONENESS


What are the two aspects of meditation? How does love and aloneness relate to each other in meditation? Just as the continuous rhythm of ebb and flood of the ocean,meditation also develops between two aspects. These two aspects are love and aloneness. Love and aloneness are the two banks between which the river of meditation flows. Love and aloneness are the two wings of meditation. We need to develop both these wings to learn to fly.

Aloneness is our inner nature. We are born alone and we will die alone. Aloneness is the quality of our inner being. Aloneness is to be deeply rooted in our inner being.

The word “aloneness” consists of two syllables: al-oneness. Aloneness means to be one with our self. When we can rest in our own aloneness as an inner source of love, joy,silence and satisfaction, then our aloneness becomes a door to belongingness to life, to oneness with the Whole.

Meditation can be defined as the art of learning to be with ourselves in our aloneness. Meditation means learning to appreciate our own aloneness. Meditation is learning to rest in our own aloneness. When we can rest in our own aloneness, it becomes an inner source of love, joy, acceptance, relaxation, silence, creativity, freedom and wholeness.

Love and aloneness are really two sides of the same coin. The inner aloneness and the outer love are two aspects of the same phenomenon. Meditation is learning to be happy and satisfied in our aloneness, and love is the fragrance that arises when we can rest in our own aloneness.

A friend of mine said that she often feels alone, but that she accepts this aloneness as a source of meditation.

Love is not an exclusive relationship with another person; love is the quality that arises when we are in contact with our inner being, with our authentic self, with the meditative quality within, with the inner silence and emptiness. This inner emptiness is experienced and is expressed on the outside as love. This is not a love that is addressed to a certain person. It is a presence and a quality that exists as a fragrance around a person, which is experienced by others as love.

A therapist needs to develop the capacity to rest in his own aloneness as an inner source of love, joy, silence and satisfaction. When the therapist can rest in his own aloneness, he does not need to seek confirmation from clients. He can receive nourishment and inspiration from within himself or through friend and colleagues.

Life is a continuous development and balance between opposite poles and tendencies. It is a continuous development and balance between love and aloneness, between holding on and letting go, between our male and female qualities and between love and freedom.

Meditation is development and a balance between aloneness, to be with oneself, and love, to relate with others. It is a balance between inner emptiness and the outer world.

It is like the balance between the East and West, between spirituality and materialism, between body and soul – and both these aspects are needed to create wholeness.

The psychologist Carl Gustav Jung has called the two aspects aloneness and love for introvert and extrovert personality type, but he has not considered that these both aspects are really complementary aspects. The psychological and spiritual development process is about integrating both these aspects in our being. Using concepts from the world of Hegel, you could say that Jung described the thesis and the anti-thesis, but he
did not describe the synthesis between the thesis and anti-thesis. Jung’s approach was also to create a synthesis between modern Western psychology and classic Eastern philosophy, but on the road he lost the method to create this synthesis. The method and the practical tool to create this synthesis in our own being is meditation. Meditation is the
only way to go beyond the personality and create this synthesis in our own
consciousness. Otherwise it would be like creating a science, but without creating a practical research method through which you can use this science. In this context, meditation can be described as a subjective science through which you learn to study and observe your own inner world with the same accuracy and objectivity as natural science
studies the outer world.

Some people can easier be alone with themselves and other people can easier love and relate with people. My experience is that there are basically two kinds of people: those that easier can be happy and satisfied in their own aloneness and those that can love and relate with people. Depending on previous experiences in life, we can easier be with
ourselves in our own aloneness and have a tendency to reduce ourselves when we relate with other people. None of these ways are better or worse than the other.

Aloneness means to learn to give this moment to yourself. To rest in our own aloneness is like sitting on the top of a mountain liberated from the noise and madness of the world.

The basic fear of aloneness is that in aloneness we are nobody.

Aloneness has always been my continuous companion in life. A friend of mine once said to me that of all people that he knew, I was probably the one who knew most about aloneness. I also remember that I once asked one of my teachers in life if it was my path to be alone. His answer was that he did not think so, but that through aloneness I could find my own inner source of love. He also said that through finding my own inner source of love, I could discover then that aloneness is no longer aloneness, but that it opens an inner door to oneness with life.

During a period in my life, I had as a continuous meditation to learn to be happy and satisfied in my own aloneness. It was a continuous meditation to learn to be so satisfied in my own aloneness that I did not need anybody or anything outside of myself. Basically I have always been comfortable with my own aloneness, but this meditation taught me to both accept when I felt a pain in my aloneness – and when my aloneness became an overflowing inner source of love. This meditation taught me that I can rest in my own aloneness as an inner source of love, and to be in contact with the Whole, without reaching outside of myself.

Several people have commented during the last year that I seem so relaxed in my own aloneness. I remember an experience that I had a year ago, which taught me a lot about aloneness. I sat alone on the train on my way to Gothenburg, the third largest town in Sweden, to conduct an intensive week with an open introductory evening, individual consultations and a weekend course. When I sat on the train, I suddenly landed in the pure aloneness of my inner being. It was like the whole world suddenly disappeared and I was totally alone. I got the feeling that it must be like this to know that you are going to die, to know that you are going to leave life, to know that you are going to leave all the people that you love and everything that is near and familiar. At the same time as it was a deeply painful experience; it was also a pleasurable experience. This experience taught me more in an hour than I could have learnt during 10 years of study in psychology at the University. This experience helped me to find a deep acceptance for the fact that I am totally alone in the world, independent of how many people are around me. This acceptance also created a sense of liberation, a sense of joy, and a deep relaxation in myself. Later I told a friend of mine about this experience, and her thoughtful comment was: “Well, after such an experience, there is not much to be afraid of any more”.

Meditation is the way to be with ourselves and to learn to accept our own aloneness. In aloneness, I experiment with being consciously alone as a door to be egoless. In conscious aloneness, the ego can not function. In aloneness, you are not.

I have always been comfortable with my own aloneness as an inner source of love, joy, truth, silence and wholeness.

When we depend on other people, it becomes a bondage - instead of a freedom. I took this sunday as a meditation to be consciously alone, and to accept all feelings of pain, of not being loved and the fear of being nobody that would come up during the meditation. This meditation goes up and down during the day: at certain moments, I can totally accept my aloneness. It feels fine to accept that I am alone and that I am nobody. At other moments, I feel the pain of not being loved, when the meditation brings up how dependence on other people is a barrier to totally accept my aloneness.

I take a coffee at a restaurant. I am the only person that sits alone in the restaurant, while the other guests are couples and families eating sunday dinner. It brings up painful feelings of not being loved and wanting to be needed by other people, when I see how much people cling to each other in the couples and the families.

Escaping your aloneness through relationships and needing other people's attention through being a teacher, a politician or by being rich or famous, are ways of escaping the pain of aloneness. But then the relationships are not really love. Only when you are capable of being alone, you can really love.

When we can be alone, we discover the inner source of love, which is our true nature. When we can be alone, it open the door to be one with the Whole.

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Swami Dhyan Giten THE INNER MAN AND WOMAN

What are the inner man and woman? Our being consists of two energies: the male and female aspect. Irrespective of if we are a…more
THE INNER MAN AND WOMAN

What are the inner man and woman? Our being consists of two energies: the male and female aspect. Irrespective of if we are a man or a woman, we have both a male and female side.

Life develops through opposite poles and tendencies for example yes and no, joy and sorrow, light and darkness, positive and negative, day and night and life and death.

Just as electricity needs both a negative and positive pole for a spark to arise, the human consciousness has also two poles. These two poles are the male and female side.

The right side of the body represents the male side and the left side of the body represents the female side. We all have both a male and female side, which is represented by the right and left side of the body.

Our inner male and female sides are expressed on the outside as relationships. Often our longer and deeper relationships with an outer man or woman are a mirror of our own inner man or woman.

In every meeting with a man or woman, a conscious or unconscious comparison occurs with our own inner man or woman. If there is a comparison with our inner man or woman, we fall in love.

Relationships are a development and a dance between our inner male and female sides. A one-sided development of the male side leads to ego, struggle, destructivity and a separation from life.

A one-sided development of our female side leads to dependence and passivity. It is when we have developed a balance and harmony between both our male and female side that a new spark of joy, creativity and wholeness arises within ourselves.

The basic problem with the world today is the unbalance between the male and female aspects, the unbalance between our inner and outer world, the unbalance between knowledge and wisdom, the unbalance between intellect and intuition and the unbalance between activity and rest.

Relationships are a development and a dance between our inner male and female sides. It is a balance and a dance between love and freedom, between aloneness and relating, between strength and receptivity, between closeness and distance, between intellect and intuition, between relaxation and activity and between meeting and leaving.

Outer relationships are a mirror of the relationship and communication between our own inner male and female sides. Outer relationships with a man or a woman are a possibility to understand our own inner man or woman.

Outer relationships with a man or a woman are a mirror of the relationship between our own inner man and woman. Embracing our own inner man and woman means to understand the inner drama that happens between our male and female aspects, which manifests on the outside as relationships.

Love means to understand the drama that happens between the inner man and woman. It means to allow both the inner man and woman to find their creative roots and expression.

When we have developed a trust in both our inner man and woman and they can nourish, support, communicate and cooperate with each other, a love begins to flow between them.

Often we are identified with either the inner man or woman, while the other side is hidden and unexpressed. Outer relationships are a mirror of the relationship and communication between our own inner man and female side. Sometimes one side is dominant, while the other side is submissive.

Sometimes one side is developed, while the other side is undeveloped. Sometimes one side takes responsibility for the other side. Both the inner man and woman need to find their own integrity and independence.

When both the inner man and woman takes responsibility for themselves and lives their own truth, a joy and love begins to flow naturally between them. Through understanding both the inner man and woman, we understand that outer relationships simply mirror the relationship between our inner man and woman. This understanding gives us the opportunity to take conscious responsibility for our choices and our further steps towards spiritual maturity.

Through becoming aware of how the inner man and woman relates and communicates inside ourselves, it creates a joy and satisfaction in the three life areas that they influence: our meditation and inner growth, our relationships and our work and creativity.

The heart is the door to our inner woman. The heart is the door to our inner world. The power chakra relates to the inner man. The power chakra relates to the outer world. Irrespective of if we are a man or a woman, the inner woman is the center of our consciousness.

The inner man is the periphery of our consciousness. It is also the inner man that takes care of and protects the inner woman for example through putting up creative boundaries. The meeting between a man and a woman on the outer plane creates a relationship. This relationship is not a conflict, but they complement each other. The outer meeting between a man and a woman also creates integration between our own inner male and female sides.

It is when our inner male and female sides meets within ourselves that a new spark of love, joy, and wholeness arises within ourselves.

When I meet a woman who matches my own inner woman, I notice that it creates a joy in my heart. It is the joy of recognition, a longing after inner wholeness between my own inner man and woman. It is the inner longing that the outer relationship will help us to reconnect the relationship between our inner male and female sides and makes us whole.

In this way our outer relationships becomes a possibility to develop and integrate our inner man and woman in the relationship with an outer man or woman. In this way the outer relationships creates a possibility to learn to love both our outer partner and our own inner male and female side. It is when we develop both our inner man and woman that we find a new harmony and wholeness within ourselves. Healing means to develop and integrate our inner man and woman so that love can flow between them.

To rediscover our own inner source of love, we need to embrace both the male and female sides within ourselves. When these two sides are developed and integrated, a new spark of love, joy, harmony, creativity and wholeness arises within us. Awareness is an inner harmony between opposite poles and tendencies.

Awareness is a choiceless consciousness. Awareness is the capacity to embrace, accept and include both joy and sadness, love and aloneness, light and darkness, male and female qualities and life and death.

Through saying “yes” and accepting both tendencies and including whatever aspect that happens in the moment, we meet our unlimited and boundless inner being. The inner man and woman need to find their own independence and integrity.

When both the inner man and woman takes responsibility for themselves and lives their own truth, a joy and love begins to flow naturally between them. Healing means to develop the inner man and woman so that love can flow between them. Healing is to learn to love both our inner man and woman. It is to learn to live the truth of both the inner man and woman. I have always been in contact with my inner woman.

When I studied psychology at the University, a woman in the class of becoming psychologists said once that she thought that I was the only man in the class that did not despise woman. I have always loved and respected my inner woman, which have also created a genuine love for woman on the outside. In fact, I started my own psychological development process through developing my inner woman and then I developed my inner man.

The inner woman is the source of healing. The inner woman is the source of silence. The inner woman is the source of love. The inner woman is the source of belongingness with life. Embracing the inner man and woman is to discover our inner roots and wings.

Becoming aware of our inner man and woman means to discover the roots and creative potential of both the male and female aspect within ourselves. Becoming aware of the inner man and woman means to understand that they have different visions of life. It means to understand that they have different perspectives and views of life.

The inner man and woman are our two wings of love and freedom. Through awareness, acceptance and understanding, we can allow our two wings to develop in a deep and natural harmony.

In the world today, a one-sided development of the male side leads to destructivity. A one-sided development of the male side leads to ego, struggle, exhaustion and a separation from life. A one-sided development of the female side leads to passivity and dependence.

How does the inner man and woman relate to money, creativity and financial abundance? Existence is abundance. Traditionally men have created a deep split between the inner and outer world, between body and soul, between the material and spiritual world, between love and money and between male and female qualities. The inner man and woman are related to money, creativity and financial abundance. Through investigating the roots of the inner man and woman, we can find the creative potential of both the inner man and woman. Sometimes can either the inner man or woman also provide financial support for both sides, while the other side has the idea that it cannot support itself financially.

I have always been in contact with my own inner female side, which has also given me an understanding for woman. Now I also feel that I have developed a balance between my own male and female side. I feel that I have found a balance between, freedom and love, between love and relating, between strength and receptivity, between silence and activity and between intellect and intuition.

When we embrace the opposites within ourselves and understand that inner harmony arises when they mature, we find the love, joy, silence and freedom that are hidden in every moment.

It is my experience that it is through the inner female side that we find the depth within ourselves – independent of if we are a man or a woman. It is through the female side that we find the inner source of love and truth. It is through the female side that we lit the light of our own consciousness. The more we learn to know the inner man and woman and the more we accept their different visions of life, the more a meeting happens between them that makes us happy and satisfied.

Through embracing both these sides in ourselves, we realize that we really lack nothing – but that we already are love. When both the male and female side is capable of living in trust, a love begins to flow between them – a love that was always possible, but not realized.

The inner woman is the meditative quality within ourselves. The inner woman is the source of love and truth. The inner woman is the capacity to surrender to life. It is through the inner woman that we are in contact with life.

It is the inner woman that is the door to belongingness with the Whole.

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“These are the three stages of enlightenment, the three glimpses of satori.

1. The first stage enlightenment:
A Glimpse of the Whole

The first stage of enlightenment is short glimpse from faraway of the whole. It is a short glimpse of being.
The first stage of enlightenment is when, for the first time, for a single moment the mind is not functioning. The ordinary ego is still present at the first stage of enlightenment, but you experience for a short while that there is something beyond the ego.
There is a gap, a silence and emptiness, where there is not thought between you and existence.
You and existence meet and merge for a moment.
And for the first time the seed, the thirst and longing, for enlightenment, the meeting between you and existence, will grow in your heart.

2. The second stage of enlightenment:
Silence, Relaxation, Togetherness, Inner Being

The second stage of enlightenment is a new order, a harmony, from within, which comes from the inner being. It is the quality of freedom.
The inner chaos has disappeared and a new silence, relaxation and togetherness has arisen.
Your own wisdom from within has arisen.
A subtle ego is still present in the second stage of enlightenment.
The Hindus has three names for the ego:
1. Ahamkar, which is the ordinary ego.
2. Asmita, which is the quality of Am-ness, of no ego. It is a very silent ego, not aggreessive, but it is still a subtle ego.
3. Atma, the third word is Atma, when the Am-ness is also lost. This is what Buddha callas no-self, pure being.
In the second stage of enlightenment you become capable of being in the inner being, in the gap, in the meditative quality within, in the silence and emptiness.
For hours, for days, you can remain in the gap, in utter aloneness, in God.
Still you need effort to remain in the gap, and if you drop the effort, the gap will disappear.
Love, meditation and prayer becomes the way to increase the effort in the search for God.
Then the second stage becomes a more conscious effort. Now you know the way, you now the direction.

3. The third stage of enlightenment:
Ocean, Wholeness, No-self, Pure being

At the third stage of enlightenment, at the third step of Satori, our individual river flowing silently, suddenly reaches to the Ocean and becomes one with the Ocean.
At the third Satori, the ego is lost, and there is Atma, pure being. You are, but without any boundaries. The river has become the Ocean, the Whole.
It has become a vast emptiness, just like the pure sky.
The third stage of enlightenment happens when you have become capable of finding the inner being, the meditative quality within, the gap, the inner silence and emptiness, so that it becomes a natural quality.
You can find the gap whenever you want.
This is what tantra callas Mahamudra, the great orgasm, what Buddha calls Nirvana, what Lao Tzu calls Tao and what Jesus calls the kingdom of God.
You have found the door to God.
You have come home.”
Swami Dhyan Giten

“The inner woman is the source of healing. The inner woman is the source of silence. The inner woman is the source of love. The inner woman is the source of belongingness with life. Embracing the inner man and woman is to discover our inner roots and wings.”
Swami Dhyan Giten, Presence - Working from Within. The Psychology of Being

“Life is really very simple. In each moment, we have the opportunity to choose between saying “yes” or “no”, to listen to our intuition, to listen to our true inner voice, the Existential voice within ourselves. When we say “yes”, we have contact with Existence and we receive nourishment, love, joy, support and inspiration. When we say “no”, we create a separation from life and begin to create dreams and expectations of how it should be. We begin to live in the memories of the past and in the fantasies of the future – as if any other time than here and now really could make us happy and satisfied.”
Swami Dhyan Giten, Presence - Working from Within. The Psychology of Being

“To see life from the perspective of intuition is to have vision. To see life from the perspective of intuition is to see life from the perspective of wholeness. It is to understand that life is basically one and that we are part of life. While the intellect can only see the details, intuition sees the whole. To see life from the perspective of intuition is like looking at life from the summit of the mountain, whereas seeing life only from the perspective of intellect is like looking at life from the foot of the mountain. Through learning to listen to our intuition, we learn to be in contact with the Whole.”
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“Intuition is the language of silence, the Existential language. The word "in-tuition" means to listen within yourself. Intuition is the silent voice within, which is already in contact with the Existence. Intuition is the voice of God.
The more you come in contact with the inner silence, the inner emptiness, the more you have access to your intuition. Silence is the nourishment for intuition.
If something increases your love, joy and silence, it is the criterion that it is the right path for you. If something decreases your love, joy and silence, it is a sign that you are on the wrong path.
Do not compare yourself with others when it comes to take a decision about what you should do, follow the love, joy and silence of your heart and inner being. When you are in contact with your inner silence, you just know what you should do - you do not have to think about it, and you do not need not compare the pros and cons - you just know.
You can listen to the advice of others, but always listen to your intuition, to your inner teacher and guide in life, when you take the final decision. The intuition, the language of silence, will always lead your right.”
Swami Dhyan Giten

“Silence is the source of healing. When we bring things from within ourselves out into the light of awareness, a healing process happens.
In the silence, we can let go of all anger, sadness, fear, loneliness and frustration.”
Swami Dhyan Giten, Presence - Working from Within. The Psychology of Being

“Love is not an exclusive relationship with another person; love is the quality that arises when we are in contact with our inner being, with our authentic self, with the meditative quality within, with the inner silence and emptiness. This inner emptiness is experienced by others and is expressed on the outside as love. This love is not addressed to a specific person; it is a presence and quality that surrounds a person like a fragrance.”
Swami Dhyan Giten, The Silent Whisperings of the Heart - An Introduction to Giten's Approach to Life

“When our heart is closed, it can create a lonely and isolated feeling together with the attitude: "Nobody loves me" or "Nobody cares about me", which can make it hard for other people to love us.”
Swami Dhyan Giten, The Silent Whisperings of the Heart - An Introduction to Giten's Approach to Life




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