It is important to remember that meditation is not what we think. It is not what we visualize. It is not even what we do. It is our original nature, pure awareness.
It is, however, the Means and the End to reclaiming that original nature.
It is the end because real meditation is awareness, our own pure consciousness. We have forgotten our own nature because this consciousness has gotten lost in the world of name and form. It has become identified with the body-mind, and because of this identification, the body-mind has become the master. The mind is a wonderful servant but a terrible master.
Meditation is the means to right this wrong relationship – to reestablish awareness, consciousness, as the master. It is through the witnessing consciousness that transformation is possible. It is through the awakening of intelligence that meditation brings the transformation. This intelligence is not of the mind. It is from beyond the mind. It is the light behind the mind. Once consciousness reclaims its rightful place as the master, then everything is naturally set right.
This is from the collection of stories, essays, poems and insights that is compiled to form the book From Lemurs to Lamas: Confessions of a Bodhisattva. Order the book Here.