Dr. Charles T. Tart, Mindfulness, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology,
Lecture 3, Part 10 of 13 parts. To start class from beginning, click here.
CTT: What else is happening with people? Happening in the now.
Student: I feel heavy. That feeling of heaviness.
CTT: Good heaviness? Bad heaviness? Neutral heaviness?
CTT: And it too may change. What’s that Sufi story about a king? He had a wise Sufi visitor and asked him for advice that would apply in all situations in life. So the Sufi ended up giving him a ring on which was inscribed “And this too shall pass”. 😉
And it comes back to the sensing, looking, and listening (SLL) process of applying your attention in certain ways. Try not to freeze it into any particular result, even though sometimes particular results will appeal to us more. That would have been especially tempting if it was a nice heaviness. But otherwise, a neutral heaviness is not too much of a problem.
I can still remember the first time I applied this process while reading Ouspensky’s In Search of the Miraculous book. At some point, I forget which chapter, I read something of his and I did the process of bringing attention both outward and inward. Now it wasn’t quite the formal sense of sensing, looking and listening, but it was some process like it and I woke up. “Woke up” as compared with my ordinary state of consciousness at the time, It was like, “Wow, this is the real stuff. I exist!” And then I promptly fell back to (waking) sleep a second or two later — and told people about it for the next six months, but never bothered to do the process again.
Because I’m good at talking!
So remember this is a process. Don’t freeze it. And be careful of talking yourself into a certain outcome instead of staying with the process, per se.