Flashes of insight

After having begun a regular practice of meditation, sometimes I have fleeting moments of insight. They aren’t during meditation rather during the day. Suddenly, briefly, I see and understand reality as it is on an experiential rather than a conceptual level.

For instance, I’ve been reading about dream yoga from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. An important part of the practice is to regularly tell yourself that “All this is just a dream”. This is done for your waking life, not your dreaming one (ultimately, this aims at being able to lucidly recognize dreams as dreams while in them, by cultivating insight during waking life). The point is to recognize the fluctuating impermanence of existence. There is no underlying essence that endures–all changes and is ephemeral, like in a dream. This is easy enough to explain and understand conceptually. It is basically the same as the Buddhist concept of emptiness or shunyata, but this dream yoga manner of touching the concept presents it through a familiar, intimate life experience.

However, this is still conceptual. The practice is meant to be experienced, rather than just thought. Well and good, but it is harder to experience “This is all just a dream” about your waking life than you might think.

Recently, I was struggling with some turbulent emotions. I went to the bathroom mirror, looked myself in the eye and brought a meditative focus to all I was feeling. Then, I said “This is all just a dream”. Instead of understanding this, I felt it. All of the roiling emotions appeared as so many dreamlike images with no underlying substance, glowing and dissolving. The sense of realization was charged and powerful: it was felt, not thought. The experience was deeper than I can express in words. Such moments of lived flashes of insight are opened, I believe, from regular meditation, and I encourage all you readers out there to take up meditation for yourselves.

May this inspire you to seek wisdom and insight through meditation.


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Samantha Jones
    Mar 16, 2015 @ 00:52:04

    Great blog, thanks for sharing.
    This resonated with me, I too have had moments like those when after years and years of reading about certain concepts, and understanding them intellectually, it was only until I felt it that I actually “got it”.

    My meditation practice has been off lately, off to my mat now 🙂

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    • zeuslyone
      Mar 16, 2015 @ 15:41:54

      Thank you for the kind words! I really thought that this post wouldn’t strike a chord with many, so it’s doubly inspirational that this resonated with you and called you back to your mat. 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing that response with me. My writing practice has been off lately, back to the pen and paper now. 🙂

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