Meditation For Beginners: Dissolving All That You Are Not | Ken Wells | Skillshare

Meditation For Beginners: Dissolving All That You Are Not

Ken Wells, Best-Selling Instructor, Self-Realization Coach

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5 Lessons (12m)
    • 1. Why Should I Take This Class?

      0:49
    • 2. Dissolving All That You Are Not

      6:47
    • 3. How to Leave a Review for This Class

      1:01
    • 4. How to Complete the Class Project

      1:11
    • 5. Conclusion and Next Steps

      1:43

About This Class

This class is a perfect addition to "Direct Meditation:  Finding Your Authentic Self" and any of my other meditation or mindfulness classes.

In this brief class, you will learn the "Neti-Neti" meditation.

It is found in the Upanishads, dating back thousands of years.  It an analytical meditation that works by negating what is not so that ultimate reality/pure awareness can be directly experienced.

It's a very interesting approach that is perfect for those serious about experiencing enlightenment for themselves.

It can be practiced by the beginner or the advanced meditation practitioner. 

So, go ahead and enroll in this class to shed the inauthentic and experience the real now.

Transcripts

1. Why Should I Take This Class?: this class is a perfect addition to direct meditation, finding your authentic self and any of my other meditation or mindfulness classes. In this brief class, you will learn the neti neti meditation it's found in the U Panish adds dating back thousands of years and what it is. It's an analytical meditation that works by negating what is not so that ultimate reality slash pure awareness can be directly experienced. It's a very interesting approach that is perfect for those that are serious about experiencing enlightenment for themselves. It can be practised by the beginner or the advanced meditation practitioner as well. So go ahead and enroll in this class to shed the inauthentic and experience the rial now. 2. Dissolving All That You Are Not : dissolving all that you are not. The next practice I want to discuss is traditionally called neti neti, and it's found in the U Panish ads, which is one of the oldest spiritually texts in recorded history, as well as the abbot, Huta, Geeta and what it is. It's a meditation practice that helps a person to experience the true nature of the self by first discovering what the self is not so literally neti. Neti means not this, not this, and so let me just quickly get into how it works now. You don't necessarily need to do these first few steps to approach it, but I find that it works much better if you do so. I advise that you start by sitting still in comfortable, and then what you want to do from there is relax yourself with deep, slow breathing. Now, once you feel yourself centered in relaxed, is adopt that nonreactive choice lis awareness that we had talked about previously. So you want to just get yourself centered, physically comfortable, relaxed. Allow your awareness to come to that place where it's in that nonreactive, neutral state, and then what you want to do from there you want to just start with your senses and you want to start negating all of them, simply noticing that they're not you. So you just simply look around and you simply notice anything that your eyes touch upon. And once you get done with your sense of sight, then you move on to sounds or feelings, and you want to just go through each of your senses very slowly. Take your time. You don't want this to be a conceptual thing, where you're like speaking it in your head. You want you, you want toe. Keep your mind is quiet as you can. And as you look around, just simply notice that what you're seeing isn't you, so you can look at specific things. So if I was going to do that right now, I could look at the microphone in front of me and just simply noticed that that's not me. I could notice the pop filter. That's not me. The computer screen, My my webcam. Ah, video video recording light that I use. I mean, there's several objects in my environment that I can simply notice aren't me. So then you do that with your again. Your to think this sounds. You're hearing any sensations that you're having and he smells any tastes. Once you do that with all of your senses, then what you want to do is apply the same process to your thoughts and feelings. So you start to move inward at that point and start applying that same process to any thoughts. You're having any emotions, anything that's going on in your inner world. And again, you're simply noticing that they're not you. Now, some interesting things will occur here. If you are persistent With this practice, you're gonna begin to notice that nothing that can be perceived is you ultimately okay, because you are the UN observed observer in which everything is occurring. So again, I want to remind you that if you just approach these things from an intellectual or conceptual standpoint, it's just gonna be meaningless. You have to do these exercises. You have to actually experience it for yourself because let's look at this statement for a minute Rule wind. You'll begin to notice that nothing that can be perceived is you, because it's like they use this example. Sometimes in Hindu yogis, talk about the knife that can cut all things, but it can't cut itself. The seer who can see all things but can't see itself because you're looking from you. So there's no finding the self When you try to find yourself by locating something outside you, you are that which in which everything is occurring, okay. And so this is kind of the point of all these meditations in this course in books. The fact is, is that all meditation approaches really lead to the same realization. And what they're all designed to do is to lead you to an experience beyond your ego. It mind. And that's why when you read old Zen coin's or things out of Hinduism for as an example, you know, they talk about things that can't be understood with the rational mind like what is the sound of one hand clapping purpose is not to think up an answer. I'm sure people can get clever like if you've seen that Bart Simpson, you know, from The Simpsons, Bart, what's the sound of one hand clapping? He he makes a sound with his hand clapping one hand it okay, but the purpose is is that these things air intended to lead you to an experience in the present moment. They're not intended to be approach from an intellectual standpoint. And if you notice the self inquiry approach in the neti neti approach appeared to be opposites because in the self inquiry approach, we're going directly on a search immediately for the I the self, whereas with neti neti were kind of going at it from a completely opposite direction, were actually negating everything that we can't possibly be. So again, ultimately, all these methods, if you want to call them that, are intended to lead you to an experience of your true unchanging nature firsthand in relinquishing the false self that is created by thought. So I do anticipate questions with this lecture, and the other one is well, so leave those in the discussion area also leave your experiences. I want to hear from you guys. So with all that said, let's move on to the next lesson and I will meet you there 3. How to Leave a Review for This Class : a lot of people don't know how to leave a review on skill share. So I wanted to just give you a quick video showing you how you can leave a review and help me continue to improve this class and future classes moving forward. So when you're on your course dashboard here, um, all you do is you go down to this little button here Ah, with the three dots, and then you scroll down to leave a review, and you can put a yes or no thumbs up or thumbs down, and you can include private feedbag, public feedback. What I would encourage you to do is, if you do decide to put a thumbs down for any reason, please leave a public review with some sort of statement of why you chose that so that I I can actually have feedback on how to improve. Um, And if you choose to instead put a thumbs up for the course, I would also encourage you to leave some comments so that I know what I'm doing, right. So again, thank you for your time and join me in the next video 4. How to Complete the Class Project: Now that you've gone to the lessons, it's time to put what you've learned into action. So go ahead and practice what you've learned. And then to complete the project for this class, simply scroll down to here where it says, Start your project, Go ahead and add a title to your project and then in this space here simply include a comment, a question you have or a challenge that you'd like additional help with. And this could be a simple as a description of your experience. Then, once you've got this filled out, simply go down to this button. Click Create project and you're done. Now I invite you to go ahead, and you also have the opportunity to share your project as well on social media by clicking these buttons here or sharing the link to your project. So go ahead and take a moment and complete your class project now and then join me in the next video 5. Conclusion and Next Steps: congratulations on finishing the class. Thank you so much for enrolling and taking the time to go through the lessons. To really get the most out of this class, I invite you to review and practice this material multiple times. I'm not sure if you're aware, but we only retain about 7 to 10% of information that were presented with one time to really get the most benefit. It's advisable to review the material and practise the exercises at least 10 to 15 times to really get it now. You can also revisit the project area and continue to keep us updated on your progress by posting comments with your experiences, questions and challenges that you'd like additional help with. So what are the next steps from here? If you find this class to be really helpful, I invite you to go ahead and enroll in my other classes and give those a shot as well. Now, if you really enjoyed your experience, I also encourage you to go ahead and share this class with other friends, family members or colleagues that you feel would benefit also. And finally, if you'd like to be notified of free Webinars and resource is that will help you on your own journey of personal and spiritual growth. You can do that by going to my website in joining our email list for the Academy of Self Mastery. And some of the things I would invite you to notice is that the webinars that you're given access to for free the recordings of those air actually used commercially. So you're literally getting paid content for free when you choose to join our email list. So again, thank you so much for your time and for enrolling in the class. And I will see you next time.