Meditation and Finding Coyote [The Great Concealer]
Meditation comes from Medita, media, the same root as mediate. It is often considered to be synonymous with "contemplation" though this comparison is much more superficial than it seams at first glance.
To contemplate is to observe and contemplate at length. Meditation, however is not merely to "think", it is to observe the process of thought, of emotion and of biological processes. It is the awareness that observes the thinking mind, and the psyche at large. Therefore meditation is to contemplate and manage, through mediation, the contemplator, that is that part of the self which is the waking experiencer.
Whereas to contemplate is to measure, "Med" is to apply measure, to limit, expand, to take the appropriate measure in establishing a paradigm. It is to rule, having a control over the measure of a thing "to meditate upon" or self "to meditate" the experience of the participating self. The projection of ones psyche upon a thing, or the mediation of the psyche itself. The word has relation to the Latin words Medon "ruler", modus "measure, manner," modestus "moderate," modernus "modern," as in "to modernize" -bring to order, mederi "to heal," medicus "physician" Sanskrit midiur "I judge, estimate;" Welsh meddwl "mind, thinking;" Gothic miton; and Old English metan "to measure".
It is therefore the application of Mans Nous, the facility to philosophize, and if it is to be called contemplation it is that existential contemplation of self and being.
Contemplation may or may not be disciplined. Worrying about all the things that could go wrong in detriment to ones health can be considered contemplation. It is not however meditation. In meditative states, you are in a disciplined trance, taking each experience as just that, an experience.
No matter how frightening it may be, one does not react in such a way as to lose their disciplined focus which can cause them to fall out of the given state, the crash often being traumatic. This discipline is as the training a practitioner receives before engaging the gnosis of rising on the planes.
One must have control over their breathing and other reactions to attain the higher meditative states which are beyond most the understanding of most. The rate of breathing being tied directly to the bodies sense of fear and anxiety. It also regulates the flow of Prana and Upana, the upward and downward currents of vital force.
Contemplation is a precursor and can even lead to a meditative state however it is then, "The contemplation of the comtemplator contemplating.
When one contemplates they often get swept away with a thought instead of watching the thought itself unfold. They can become too easily battered. With a true meditative state one is as the eye within a hurricane. It is from that inner locus that one may affect the storm.
Though there are many forms of meditation they can be place along the spectrum of passive and active meditation. Passive meditation is that quieting of the mind, so that what needs to happen, can, so that those things of can concerning the soul can be heard.
This is difficult for many people. One of the best methods to attempt this is to observe your thoughts as they arise, not judging or otherwise reacting to them and then.. to focus on the space between thoughts, to that silence.
Active meditation includes techniques such as Tratak, which is the focus on a point or a flame. The first stages of this are a bit easier. We are all familiar on some level with gazing into a fire and even becoming entranced by it. We may even be able to see things in the flame without any trying of our own. From this point then with discipline we can do many things. That fire being as the source to any experience we can perceive- you merely have to learn to conjure.
Dreaming is certainly related though it's like being plunged, submerged into emotion and thought, not necessarily finding that quiet place between them.
Yet when dreaming becomes ever-more lucid, that discipline comes ever-more into play.
Focusing on the void is just one form of meditation, -yet the concept of the void is itself a "thing" and can be a detriment-, it really is, often the first step to the more active forms. It is the seeking of the psycho-pomp, whether it be animal guide or the first communication with the H.G.A. of Thelemic thought, masked.
Once you find it, you have something help you focus and to focus on. Tools- external points of focus, being substitutes for ones own inner locus of control. This is why fire often, -as it is seen as an external representation of internal locus, or the point within the circle, a fiery solar symbol- is the point of focus.
Thus ones focus is on their own inner star. This is in no way to say it is wrong to focus on a mundane external thing. Or that a form of Samadhi can not be reached by doing so. However, one is fleeting while one is the north star by which the course of one life sails by.
Illusion and Illumination go hand in hand, This voice in the silence guiding you through the labyrinth towards the wizards chalice, therein a green fire, a wisdom that brings all worlds into knowing. The crooked path of the labyrinth also conceals, disorients and confounds, being a trial of much self-doubt. It's completion is the coming into ones own.
When first hearing the voice in the abyss, the experiencer finds the Coyote, realizing that the experience itself is ones other half. This begins a courtship, in which the two, communing ever more, are finally unified in Samadhi.