We will be adding aspects to the practice of meditation that includes discourse, partner-assisted meditation and other techniques that have become fundamental elements of this practice. The basics of these techniques will be introduced in the first meditation/contemplation course so that the student can determine if they might be interested in going more deeply into them.
One important field we will study is the degree we are affected by language. Many people find that the more we learn about this, the more we are able to both function much better in the world as well as have a very quiet and effective mind. Also, we will be discussing the ways in which communication cycles affect our minds.
A Brief Description of the “Dyad” Technique
The “dyad” technique is a form of meditation, or perhaps even better said, contemplation. This technique uses a dyadic (two people) approach. Some call it ‘partner-assisted’ meditation.
It is based on a communication process where two people sit across from each other. One person is asked to contemplate an ‘Essence’ question. That person will verbally express to their partner whatever arises in them as a result of the asking of this question. The partner will receive the communication without comment or judgment, but with the Intention of being fully present with their partner as they express what is coming up for them. After a designated period, the roles are reversed and the process continues with the partners alternating between the one who contemplates and expresses and the one who silently witnesses and receives.
This dyadic communication creates an astounding affect that is somewhat difficult to describe. On one hand as the mind releases the “stuff” we know as our ‘internal dialogue’, it can become quite quiet, which in turn enables and encourages deeper material residing in our subconscious to surface. This new material is then expressed and released, and the process continues in this manner. What we are doing is reaching or burrowing into our own subconscious, bringing the discovered material up to the surface, so that it can be released. Many participants describe this intense process as alternating between periods of increasingly deep silence followed by periods of turbulence and stormy thoughts, emotions, feelings, etc. This then creates an even deeper silence and the process begins again, until we have reached bottom. And what is bottom? It is Who we are. It is our own true Self or Essence. When all that is false is eliminated, all that can remain is Truth.