I’m becoming increasingly aware of the fact that samadhi is a trance condition.
I suppose it should have been obvious. When you start to experience the nature of this condition, as I’m just beginning to do, it becomes clear. You can see why Dr. King had no conscious recall of the transmissions he had received, but had to hear them replayed, because his entire focus was on the reception of the thought beam or beams, but also because he had negated/transmuted conscious thinking and bypassed the normal function of memory.
I am also understanding, for the first time, why there is paralysis in the lower limbs – or at least one reason for it, namely, that again the normal conscious and unconscious processes that enable physical functioning have been bypassed or negated or transmuted as this trance condition is entered.
Another thing I’ve noticed is just how pleasing it is to start to enter a positive trance while, at the same time, becoming aware of the tremendous resistance to it from the normal mental processes. I would call it an instinctive resistance.
There is a fear of losing control and therefore resisting trance which kicks in from the conscious and subconscious minds. Immediately the intellect wants to analyse and think about what is happening which, of course, acts as a barrier to it.
I can see, although I haven’t fully achieved this by any means, that it would be an act of surrender to fully enter samadhic trance. That the conscious mind will be defeated by it and will have to willingly accept that defeat.
One might accept this logically but will also have to do so instinctively and subconsciously as well.
Work in progress.
It’s all about knowing God and that can only be done by going within.
In the stillness, in the silence, when the conscious mind subsides into non-activity, and super-consciousness engulfs your being, you know.
It is not belief or even faith, but a state of knowing. It is not the powers gained along the way, whether strong or mild, nor even the effulgent light in the third eye, ofttimes violet in hue, or any other higher sense awakening. You know, you realise you are one with God, you are God, so God exists.
Not that I have achieved this state or anywhere near its fullness, but just enough to know that such a state exists.
My favourite book title has always been – How to know God, the Christopher Isherwood book based on the aphorisms of Patanjali.
Not that it’s the best book on the subject, my favourite is Raja Yoga by Swami Vivekananda. But as Swami Vivekananda said:
“What is the proof of God? Direct perception, Pratyaksha…But this perception is no sense perception at all; it is super-sensuous, super-conscious.”
I’ve always known this but somewhere I forgot it. Samadhi is not seeing through the third eye, it is oneness with God. Only then do you know that God exists. Only then do you know God.
So all I can say is, bring it on, Pratyaksha here I come.