During our earlier Heart and Soul sessions we studied the concept of the meta position. This is the perceptual position we adopt when we disassociate from our thoughts, feelings and actions and observe them as if we were a detached bystander. From this position we can watch our selves responding to others, observe our own thoughts and how they rise and fall and even how we experience those thoughts whether that be in pictures or sounds or some internal conversation. We can also observe how our feelings are engaged by certain thoughts and even the link between our thoughts and feelings and physiology.
This meta position offers a very different perspective from the associated perceptual position. When we are associated with our thoughts and feelings we are directly engaged with them, responding in the moment, as it were. We may be completely engrossed in the brain chatter or swept up in an emotional high (or low), our physiology and feelings can be blown about by whatever is happening in our external world before and without our even noticing the effects upon our body and mind. Effectively we are not in control of our inner world when we are in the associated perceptual position.
Part of the mystic journey is to begin to control our feelings and physiology, to learn to manage our thoughts as they rise and to choose which we allow to form and those which we discern will be opposed to the intention of aligning ourselves with the God energy. To do this then we must develop within our selves the ability to adopt the meta position. To become the fly on the wall of our own thoughts, feelings, actions, intentions and physiology so that we are in a position to choose our responses to the world around us. In this way our external ‘reality’ ceases to control us and we become liberated, free to decide our internal responses. This position of observer offers us more choices about how to respond. We need not be impatient in the queue of traffic or descend into a negative spiral when something goes wrong. This awareness, or watchfulness we might say, is a key factor in our awakening and ongoing spiritual growth towards an ever deepening communion with God. Once we understand that there is such a thing as the meta position then creating the observer within becomes a relatively simple yet crucial process.