Immediately after beginning to practice, my teacher told me that enlightenment – a state free of suffering – was achievable through meditation. He said that ‘becoming enlightened is an accident, but meditation makes you accident prone.’ So, more than just to feel better, I’ve also been meditating in hopes of becoming enlightened. Well, if you ask anyone who knows me, they’ll tell you it hasn’t happened yet.
Despite not having “transitioned” yet, I haven’t given up. In that regard, two amazing opportunities to increase my accident proneness have recently arisen. The first is that I have been accepted into one of my teacher’s (John Yates, PhD) two-year training course. Students in this course are working through the ten stages of meditation skill described in his book The Mind Illuminated. The second opportunity is that I’ve been invited to enroll in Jeffery Martin’s Finder’s Course. This is a seventeen-week course based on Dr. Martin’s research into “ongoing non-symbolic experience” or what he refers to as enlightenment.
As I write this article, I’m starting my third week of the course. I haven’t popped open yet, but the practices are powerful. I’m feeling a significant increase in wellbeing despite being way more busy than normal. The program, at least so far, consists of a mix of positive psychological techniques and traditional meditation practices. But I’m told that the blend of techniques and practices has been thoroughly researched and modified in order to optimize their benefit.
Although I don’t know if I’ll make it to the goal, I’m excited with how it’s going so far. If you’re interested in following my progress, I’m documenting it with near daily video log entries on my Youtube channel. I’d love it if you joined me, shared, and commented on the entries. Also, if you’d like to speak with me personally about my experience or more specifically about Dr. Martin’s Finder’s Course or anything else, just email me and we can set a time to talk.
I wish you well and wish me luck!