Newsletter January 2015
Antar Darshan: Inner Vision
Antar Darshan ‘inner vision’ is a meditation technique that can deepen one’s self-awareness beyond its conscious reality. This practice is closely aligned to ‘Antar Mouna’ ‘inner silence’. In Antar Mouna, one moves from sensorial awareness to the awareness of thoughts by witnessing the thoughts both spontaneously and through determined effort, freeing the mind from their influences. Antar Darshan takes this one step further, by observing the ‘inner being’ in relation to the world through feelings and emotions and by creating abstract images and ideas and observing their associations.
Often in meditation, random images of people arise, someone we love or have issues with, a lover, a friend or a family member etc... These impressions are either consciously or unconsciously embedded in one’s memory. Intense observation of the image can trigger the array of emotions like joy, grief or anger. These strong emotions begin to dominate, creating an archetype of the original vision forming an even deeper impression. This process tends to store rather than release the association with the image, mirroring the impression rather than dissipating it.
In Antar Darshan, one learns to systematically identify these feelings tracing them back to their original source. The meditator begins to question the impression and the emotions that surface, asking if the reaction is a true reflection of themselves, their love or affection, or if is it a manifestation of their own fear or insecurity? In this way one can learn to disconnect the associations of the impression, looking behind the veil to discover a deeper emotion, perhaps one of emptiness or fear and search this feeling ever further still.
Delving into the personality and witnessing emotions and their stimuli of thoughts, desires or ambitions is the turning point of channelling the emotional energy into a more harmonious state. Antar Darshan is a meditational tool to recognise the emotional inner climate of fear, selfishness etc… and to transform these into an improved state of equilibrium.
The practice begins with ujjayi breath and then with Hridayakasha awareness (heart space), with a sense of calmness and stillness, setting the stage for the witnessing of feelings and emotions. The ujjayi breath (psychic breath) connects to the visualisation of a tiny flame of light becoming stronger and brighter and filling the entire heart space with light on the inhalation and receding this to a tiny glow on the exhalations. With continued awareness the candle flame imagery intensifies and remains lit for the duration of the practice.
In the next stage, one becomes aware of feelings from recent interactions, the feelings and emotions associated with these on a personal level. These interactions appear spontaneously in Hridayakasha and may come as scenes, thoughts, memories and or emotional reactions.
A predominate interaction is then chosen to explore on a deeper level -‘How does it make one feel? What emotions are coming up? Are these being denied?’ The meditation seeks to delve into the interaction, witness it then acknowledge that this is a part of their part of personal then to let it pass. By reviewing the interaction the mind has time to digest and accept. The word ‘MY’ in then put infront of the feeling or the emotion in front of it ‘MY’ anger, ‘MY’ happiness, ‘MY’ surprises all with a objectivity. This process can continue with another selected interaction.
Each of the next stages work in the same manner and continue with exploring the awareness of ones own feelings about themselves, their families, the feelings they may have towards the people they work with and towards their own work. The final stages of Antar Darshan allow one to explore the feelings about their own lives in some depth, their ideals aspirations and goals in life.