The Sher Astrological Institute is now announcing the addition of Meditation/Contemplation courses to our curriculum. This School offers courses and trainings that combine ancient knowledge and wisdom with both traditional and newer techniques into a coherent and integrated path that can allow the student to experience higher states of consciousness, wisdom, awareness, wakefulness and ultimately stillness in a powerful way.
There are a large number of techniques of meditation and contemplation many of which are found in traditions found world-wide. The ones we are most familiar with arise from the eastern traditions such as Buddhist and Zen forms of meditation. The courses offered in our School take from these traditions, but then add several new elements which can significantly help both the beginner and experienced student of meditation.
You may have noticed that the heading for this section includes the word ‘contemplation.’ This is because one of the fundamental philosophies of these courses unites what many people regard as two separate things, i.e., meditation and contemplation. Let us begin with what Buddhists often call ‘beginners mind.’ This wonderful state allows us to be open to new discoveries that we make ourselves rather than just accept what outer authorities tell us. What I have experienced is that it is quite possible to combine meditation with the practice of contemplation as a way of both focusing our attention and then becoming able to arrive at such clear realizations that our minds will suddenly and simply stop. We would be in such a state of clarity that there would be nothing more to think about concerning that matter. This may seem strange to us, but one of the fundamental philosophical approaches of this School is based on just this concept.
This means that our curriculum must go beyond just focusing on learning meditation techniques. It must include topics that increase the students understanding of the nature of our mind and of ‘mind’ itself. Here are some of the other subjects included in our curriculum:
1. We will be helping the students discover the nature of their thoughts, from where they arise, and how we can deal with them.
2. How we are affected by the use of language and what we can do to have clear minds.
3. Using discussion in a way that helps everyone experience new cognitions and discoveries.
4. How we can reveal and release deeper parts of our psyche that block our ability to experience inner silence.
5. How we can directly experience the ‘unifying force’ that can align us with ‘spirit’ or what some have called ‘Logos.’
6. Learn how a ‘dyad’ technique can accelerate our movement to experience our ‘real’ nature.
Our curriculum is designed to bring together a variety of approaches that, when integrated can aid the student to achieve some of the following aims of Meditation/Contemplation:
1. Developing a quiet and ever more silent mind.
2. Discovering the nature of the mind and how it works.
3. Examining how we are affected by words and language itself.
4. Inquiring into how to live in the world with wisdom and little effort.
5. Developing inner knowing from which we can be in a state of greater clarity.
6. Developing the ability to concentrate and focus one’s attention.
7. Becoming your own authority rather than be dependent on outer ones.
8. Reaching a state of relaxation, equanimity, poise and joy.
9. Learning how to think clearly and solve life problems.
10. Moving towards experiencing the Divine.