The Dakinis were female illumined masters that lived in ancient Tibet. The word Dakini means “one who crosses the sky” or “sky dancers”, because it is said that they had powers to initiate, transform and elevate those that studied beside them. They were respected as sources of peace, inspiration and wisdom.
According to some Buddhist traditions that recognize these archetypes, the Dakinis are associated with their capacity to see the world as a celestial paradise. With their power they were able to transform the perception and narrative about existence to the degree that they changed their reality.
When we reflect about the perception and narrative we have about life and ourselves we can appreciate why the Dakini tradition constituted a valuable secret for the path of elevation and transformation of the consciousness. I invite you to use as an example “the act of meditation”, to decipher how our narrative works. Even though we may have never explored this practice, if we question ourselves, our preconceived point of view will become evident to us: “What ideas do I have about meditation and about Being?”, “am I going to be capable of meditating?”, “do I have time in my life to make pauses with so much to do?”, “will I be able to calm down the agitated waves in my mind?” or “do I think that meditating is only being able to immediately achieve an empty mind?”. Let us answer these questions and try to analyze the thread of the story that lies behind our words. These “hidden” ideas and structures form a narrative. When we are able to understand it, we have the possibility of transcending the old narrative and replacing it with a new story, based on a wider and more luminous vision of seeing and experiencing the world.
We live in times where it is a little more acceptable to meditate. The scientific world has recognized the benefits of meditation for health and its ability to positively transform the brain. Also in organizations this practice is used for its benefits to improve concentration and performance. However, it is essential to comprehend the value of the practice and its capabilities to transform not only the physical, emotional and mental spheres, but also its potential to guide us towards the deep and luminous dimensions of our being. If we can understand with a broad and complete look how we can benefit from the exercises, we will feel the need to change our narrative and we will see the urgency of incorporating meditation as a fundamental part of life.
Our inner world is a mystery to us. We receive training on how to live in the outside world and we arrive at the point of conceiving the experience of the senses as the only reality. We learn rules of behavior, knowledge to classify existence and cultivate techniques to create on the outside of ourselves. But in general we do not learn tools for self-observation, analysis of our thoughts or for the cultivation of peace. In our culture we lack a relationship with our interior, but if we apply ourselves we could have accessibility to it through meditation practices.
It is common for everyone in the beginning to feel bewildered when we approach meditation. Venturing into this new kingdom requires accepting that we are facing unknown territory. We begin to realize the need for a strong conviction and patience to embark on an understanding of our inner mechanisms. Because for the first time in our lives, we become conscious of the rapidity of the mind, the fluctuation of the emotions and the nervousness of the body.
We must remember that the relationship between the being that acts on the outside and inside of us has been abandoned. When we look inside, we observe what seems to be a storm with lots of noise and wind. This initial glimpse seems to us to lead to an almost insurmountable path of transformation.
This is the moment when we must invite a change in the narrative about our interior and invoke curiosity, to study the wisdom of those who have walked on this path since immemorial times.
We can investigate what techniques and ways that have been cultivated by the wise to overcome the obstacles that we all face at the beginning of this journey. The word for meditation in Tibetan is Gom, which means,”to familiarize ourselves”; that is, to approach and stay present with ourselves. The practice of meditation will be a doorway, a path and an aid to inhabit our interior world. With the four states of the World of Peace of Deep Delight we will establish a relationship with our inner world and the magic of Being.
The four states are: The stillness, the Letting go, the Calm and the Peace.
In the state of the Stillness we will learn about the importance of creating a pause in life, to create space and time for meditation. Each step that we take for the gestation of the stage and the moment will help us in the preparation of the mind, to leave the world behind.
In the state of Letting Go we will cultivate an awakened attention and begin to breathe deeply to invite in a relaxation of the Being. With the various yogic breathing techniques we will connect with the subtle energies of the body and the mind. We will perceive our nervous system and begin to let go of the tensions we have accumulated. With patience, the mind will slow down and it will feel the effects of conscious breathing.
In the state of Calm, a relaxed concentration will be the objective. Little by little we tame the wild horses of our thoughts, which always want to go in various directions, to teach them to go in one direction. We are going to employ diverse methods that will lead us to unite the mind and the Being. When this state is achieved, a great relief and calm will appear.
Finally, in the state of Peace we will enter more deeply into the meditation practice and have insights into the depth of our inner world.
With a more temperate and silent mind we will be conscious that we are more than our thoughts and we will find an observer, who is our Inner Being. With the vision of ourselves from this place we can experience expansive states that will show us new dimensions of freedom.
All these steps prepare us and guide us towards an Experience. With the experience, we come into direct contact with our Inner Being, where it will be possible to feel the magic of Being. The highest experience of this state is called in Sanskrit Samadhi, an absorption into the Essence of existence, an experience of the Eternal Present and an ecstasy of Deep Delight.