Observation exercises that lead towards a sense for meditation.

Meditation is a word that conjures up a picture of a person sitting in quiet repose, perhaps in lotus seating position, and of coming to calmness and stillness as one places attention to the activity of the mind or to the thought life. There are different kinds of meditation practices, given from different teachers, from all over the world, based on different understandings of the aim of meditation and the way to mediation.

So here it seems important to describe what I understand by the word meditation, and exercises that I think lead towards meditation.

Meditation, to me, means getting into relationship with the true nature of things, through a thought life that becomes one with an object of contemplation. Not through an extinction of thought but through a discerning soul life that beholds the thing across the realities of spirit, soul and body, and subsequently expresses true thought into earthly life.

Just as the sun shines onto the earth drawing forth the most colourful, beautiful, more pure forms in nature, so too the human being can create a thought life that gives space for sun-like thoughts to shine with light and warmth into earthly life, bringing forth a way of relationship that brings a peaceful warming and joyfully uplifting light-filled atmosphere to others.

This creative growth process of the soul, which seeks connection to a true reality and expresses it into life, Heinz Grill describes as a kind of thought building process in which a person takes sequential growing steps, that lead towards a sense for meditation. This process has 3 stages, which are described by him in the following way (from lecture: ‘Three limbs of a Soul exercise’, 2000)

1st: Consolidation stage

The exercise begins with the drawing up of a vivid picture of the thing we want to study, we observe it in its physical expression, and get to know it in its earthly expression. The object is a clear image, placed within a clear context, and this begins to raise it out of an old view into a new more fresh view. Then we can ask a question, which is connected to that which we want to explore. And finally its most important to add a related description from an inspired personality, as this contains the true picture of that you wish to know in more depth.

2nd: Intensification stage – described as: 

This stage builds upon the clear image just established, and is characterized by the activity of  concentration. That which is not essential should fall from view, and only that which is essential should remain. Heinz Grill describes this stage further:

‘The mental picture, with its various ideas and terms, should radiate with a stimulating effect through the concentration, which has been maintained. It should gain life through the thought itself or, put in a different way, it should gain the right to free and conscious expression. Concentration is the gathering of the entire capacity for thought within the theme or within the developed idea, and it is the maintaining of this in the thoughts. The power now no longer lives in the physical, or if we say it in simpler words, in ourselves, in our thinking divided into mine and thine, in our body related feelings, but rather it rests entirely and exclusively in the idea that has been taken up, in the picture under observation. The soul, with its attentiveness and capacity for thought, along with alertness and calmness, now lives entirely in the picture that has been drawn up and elevated to concentration.’ (Heinz Grill, lecture ‘Three limbs of a Soul exercise’, 2000)

 3rd : Transformation stage, described as:

This final stage is very challenging. Here the ‘I’ (the higher ego of a person)

‘…must become the thought within the content itself. Independent thinking or pure thinking, a thinking that is founded in the light of the sun, in the light itself here on this plane of the spirit becomes the actual source of power. The thinking in the free or self-active thought is bound to the grace of the spiritual worlds. While we can train the first two phases through a vivid, theme-related and concentrated activity, we can no longer train this phase of transformation out of our will, out of our own wishes. But nevertheless it is the ‘I’, which must come to intervene here on this plane in a total and over-arching way. However this ‘I’ is spirit, and it is not a limited, petty will of the body. It is not only a wish for the sake of a result, but it is divinity itself, it is the universal master which lives in the thoughts and in creation. This ‘I’ is love which wants to open by itself in concentration. Perseverance in practicing is now significant.’ (Heinz Grill, lecture ‘Three limbs of a Soul exercise’, 2000)

Through this thought building process we take steps to realise thought through a precise and carefully built up approach, which gives a person the capacity to explore all sorts of topics in life, from education, to nature, to medicine, and many others.

This link is anexercise for observing the plants as described by Heinz Grill in via this thought building process.