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Simplest Meditation Instruction Secretly Shared

Saturday, March 4, 2017 14:23
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The Meditation instruction secretly shared among Yogis and Taoists alike: 108

By Ethan Indigo Smith

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

“How do I walk?” If you can imagine asking this as child then you can imagine asking, “how do I meditate?” as an adult. We were practically all greeted with smiles and joy as we learned how to walk and developed our muscles in order to walk. And one should meet the question, “how do I meditate?’ and take those first steps with the same joy, as if an infant taking his first steps.

How would you properly explain walking to an infant? Ok, remember, no hands. Stay upright. Lift one foot, set it forward, follow it with the other and follow it and then repeat. Be careful to watch where you are stepping because you can fall or stub your toe. Keep your toes up too so you don’t trip… 

And then what? Eventually, the infant must learn to embody this skill through experience. The infant must step forward on his or her own accord and invariably, there will be some falling. But those little falls, as shocking as they may be for one who has never fallen before, are best met with joyful laughter.

Meditation is invariably the same – we learn by taking on a practice. We must be as infants learning to walk, as part of a process in our development. After all, meditation is as natural to human beings as is walking upright. We are consciousness vehicles, biologically designed to walk and to meditate equally. While one is a physical practice and the other is metaphysical, both help us explore our reality, and both take dedicated practice to become second nature.

So, how would you properly explain the metaphysical practice of meditation to an “infant practitioner”? Using the number 108.

108: Unifying the Big Picture with the Present Moment

If there were to be a numerical symbol of yoga and meditative practice, it would have to be 108. Esteemed esoterically, the number 108 is considered metaphysically divine as it symbolizes, the union between the microcosm and macrocosm, the inner and outer worlds. There are also innumerable auspicious aspects to the number relating to astronomy, astrology, intuition, science and spirituality.

Being a divine metaphysical number, 108 is directly relevant to meditation and meditative movement. It is represented in numerous meditative practices; by the 108 movements of long form Tai Chi Chuan… the 108 movements of the Five Tibetan Rites Of Rejuvenation… the 108 sun salutations performed by Yogis on solstices and equinoxes… and meditators who use Mala Beads count mantra repetitions of 108.

Yet 108 is not just intrinsic to meditation, 108 describes how to meditate.

108, as all esoteric and metaphysical subject matter, has many layers. In part, one layer of 108 represents the trinity of time: 1 for the present, 0 for the past and 8 for the infinite future. From this perspective, the following steps to meditation can be understood through 108.

To achieve the highest aspect of meditation and allow that unified state into your daily life, start with the number 1. In order to be in a meditative state you have to find the oneness of the moment. Being present, is the first step. Consciously think on 1  thing – the breath. Thinking on 1 thing, just the natural breath cycle, allows us to take the next step; that is to think on 0 things, to be free of the past, and still in the present moment. The past, no matter if it is good or bad or whatever, should be as nothing in that moment, with absolutely 0 energetic weight. Then, in that moment of 0, we are able to receive of the “future” – the infinite unknown – in an open and present state.

And what a relief this can be, akin to all of a sudden being able to walk and explore on your own. When you can think about 1 thing, and then 0 things, you are open to perceive and comprehend components of the infinite.

The Cosmic Significance of 108

The most amazing aspect of the number has only recently been scientifically revealed, directly correlating astrology with astronomy and suggesting intuitive understanding. Its meaning was made scientifically wondrous validating the metaphysical number in theological, individual, astrological and celestial concepts.

We are flowing in an ecosystem that is flowing in a solar system that is flowing in the greater universal system. Individual life on Earth and the life of Mother Earth herself exist thanks to a unique relationship between our wet rock, the Sun and the Moon (among other things). The celestial relationship between the Sun, Moon and Earth is balanced in a ratio of 108, with the exact distances fluctuating slightly during our spherical revolution.

The diameter of the Earth at its equator is 7926 miles. The diameter of the Sun is approximately 108 times that: about 865,000 (a 1% variation). The average distance between the Earth and the Sun is 108 times the sun’s diameter: 93,020,000 miles. The average distance from the Earth to the Moon is 238,800 miles, about 108 times the moon’s diameter: 2180 miles. And, even though the Sun is about 400 times bigger than the Moon, they appear the same size from Earth because of the ratio of 108. This proportion is most apparent as the moon appears to be the same size as the sun during eclipses.) And yet this knowledge was only specifically understood by western astronomers until the 20th century.

The ratio of 108 may be the key to finding planets hospitable to life outside of our solar system, just look toward this same size and distance relationship ~ Manoj Chalam

What’s in a Number?

So what’s in a number? In 108 there is everything, just about.

The number 108 was celebrated and recognized for its intuitive value long before any specific knowledge of its cosmic astronomical importance was established. On a metaphysical level, the relationship of the Sun, Earth and Moon provide for all life and moreover all consciousness on Earth, so it is no accident or surprise that the relative size and distance between the familiar celestial objects are all in divine and miraculous proportion. This proportion of 108 is symbolic of celestial order and interconnected perfection. It is key to our Being.

As a gateway to meditative states, 108 describes both how to meditate and the direction meditation can take us – from the present to the infinite. Practicing meditative movements and meditations help us unite our mental, physical, and spiritual aspects with the natural or universal elements. The Five Tibetan Rites Of Rejuvenation are a perfect example, unifying elements of physical and metaphysical disciplines to achieve a simultaneously invigorated and meditative result.

The same principles can be applied to the interaction of the individual with the collective of individuals. We are all united, no matter our differences; a unity of natural elements and relationships. Through 108, we see the reflection of the universe in ourselves and it becomes possible for us to see ourselves, and the universe, in others. This is often a difficult perspective to achieve in a culture of separation — We are all part of the kinship of humanity, and everything we see is a reflection of ourselves. We are not separate from the stars, we reflect the stars. We are not separate from each other, we reflect each other.

Be present. Acknowledge your place in the cosmic order. Think on the breath. And as consciousness dissolves, access the infinite.

“There are three, but where is the fourth?”

Carl Jung

So, what’s in a number?   Only what we project and apply to that number some would say.   I would argue that numbers provide windows for comparative understanding of relationships or similarities, at least.   108, its symbolism and its origin, is of metaphysical intuition.   108 became a celebrated number through intuition or divination.   In Hinduism there are 108 names for every god.   And in Buddhism there are 108 paths to god, and in contrast 108 defilements or sins.   But these theological celebrations of 108 are just the tip of the theological iceberg.   Further, in Sanskrit there are 54 letters each with a masculine and feminine making 108.   In Chinese martial arts, acupressure as well as Indian fighting techniques there 108 main pressure points and numerous forms of tai chi have 108 movements.   The number is intrinsic in many traditions to the point the roots of its celebration are mysterious and too ancient to trace.

The divinity of 108 was never argued and its significance was adopted and transmuted or realized by all who came into its understanding.   More than likely 108 is rooted in India.   The ancient Hindu astrological system is based on lunar and solar cycles.   The lunar and solar cycles hold 108 as central, only through different calculations of time.   Astrology and astronomy are similar in that they look to space, but they are different subjects altogether.   Only the ancient Hindu astrological system correlates with modern astronomical observation.  

The most amazing aspect of the number has only recently been scientifically revealed, directly correlating astrology with astronomy and suggesting intuitive understanding.   Its meaning was made scientifically wondrous validating the metaphysical number in theological, individual, astrological and celestial concepts.  

We are flowing in an ecosystem flowing in solar system flowing in the universal system.   Individual life on Earth and the goddess of Mother Earth as the collective Gaia we are a part of all exists thanks to a unique relationship between our wet rock and the Sun and the Moon.   And this spherical balance is formed through a relationship based on the divine number of about 108.   The diameter of the Earth at the equator is 7926 miles.   The diameter of the Sun is about 108 times that: about 865,000.   The average distance between the Earth and the Sun is 108 times the sun’s diameter: 93,020,000 miles.   The average distance from the Earth to the Moon is 238,800 miles, about 108 times the moons diameter: 2180.   The relationship of the Sun, Earth and Moon provide for all life and moreover all consciousness on Earth.   And the size and distance between the familiar celestial objects are all in the divine proportion of about 108.   Through this astronomical, divine and miraculous positioning 108 is symbolic for celestial order and perfection.

    The celestial relationship between the Sun, Moon and Earth of which we as individuals are a part of is balanced in a ratio of around 108, the exact distances fluctuate during our spherical revolution.   So even though the Sun is about 400 times bigger than the Moon they appear the same size from here because of the ratio of 108.   And yet this knowledge was only specifically understood in totality recently during the 20 th century.   But 108 was a celebrated number long before any specific knowledge of its cosmic astrological divinity was established beyond intuitive recognition astrological theory.

    What’s in a number?   In 108 there is everything, just about.   It represents the divine trinity of time.   1 symbolizes the singularity of the present, 0 the nothingness of the past and 8 the infinity of the future.   This numerical symbolism alone is enough to make it interesting.   Whenever I see a set of three, I think of what fourth part it may suggest and what fourth part may be lacking, having written the Matrix of Four, the Philosophy of The Duality of Polarity, I know there are many such trinities.   Yet the trinity of time in 108, the present, past and future, appears complete, at least on initial inspection.

    Yet the intuitive roots of 108, the intuitive recognition of 108 as a divine number before its scientific validation suggests the fourth part that the number suggests as well.   The fourth part is likely unsaid because it’s difficult to explain and was traditionally left unsaid for to speak it was to make it untrue or somehow taint it.   The fourth unsaid aspect is the aspect of intuition, the fourth unsaid of 108, of the present, past, future, is that of timelessness.   The fourth aspect of time is timelessness and leads to intuition and intuitive understanding.   The fourth aspect of time is like the Akashic Field where all is revealed including the significance of 108.

    108 is divine and originated in divination.   Through 108 our most powerful capability is suggested and revealed.   Being in the fourth state of timelessness, tapping into the Akashic Field or being in The Zone, lends us intuitive consciousness.   However tapping into the Akashic field and being in The Zone requires preparation and practice; hence tai chi, chi gung and yoga.   All of which simply attune and balance one for the ultimate preparation to glimpse timelessness; meditation.   For more on metaphysical intuition and 108 take a look at 108 Steps to Be in The Zone.

108 Steps to Be In The Zone

108 steps to be in the zone - ethan indigo smith

Want to learn more about the metaphysical relationship of 108, and how it can help you live “in the zone”? Check out Ethan Indigo Smith’s book 108 Steps to Be in The Zone.

In this work, Ethan  provides a set of 108 meditative practices and steps toward self discovery and individual betterment, including techniques to develop balance, transmute sexual energy and better the self.

“Ethan’s work on meditation achieves a level of  rarefied  quality so necessary to metaphysical writing and teaching. The 108 Steps is simple and profound, and rich in details and analogies that bring the inner truths of diverse traditions into usefulness in the present time. Ethan’s writing…  lays out a system that can be used beneficially to reveal one’s inner nature and the truths we all seek sooner or later.” ~  Laura Peppard, Founder and Director of the Reno Psychic Institute.

“108 Steps to Be in The Zone” is available here on Amazon.com.

The Geometry of Energy: How to Meditate

A book by author Ethan Indigo Smith.

The Geometry of Energy - How to Meditate“The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness.” ~ Lao Tzu

Ethan Indigo Smith’s latest book, The Geometry of Energy: How To Meditate, explores meditation and meditative energies through the sacred four dimensions of geometry. Simple and profound, it is an empowering four-step meditation designed to lead to individuation, self-development, an enhanced understanding of energy, and psychological and spiritual cleansing.

The Geometry Of Energy: How To Meditate is available here on Amazon.

 

About the author:

Ethan Indigo SmithAuthor, activist and Tai Chi teacher  Ethan Indigo Smith  was born on a farm in Maine and lived in Manhattan for a number of years before migrating west to Mendocino, California. Guided by a keen sense of integrity and humanity,  Ethan’s work is both deeply connected and extremely insightful, blending philosophy, politics, activism, spirituality, meditation and a unique sense of humour.

For more information, visit Ethan on  Facebook  and check out  Ethan’s author page  on Amazon.com  

                                         

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