Meditation on the Gap to Achieve Inner Stillness
In India, there is a sating that is the water is rough, you cannot see through it. On the other hand, if the water is calm, you will be able to see through it. In the same way, when your mind and emotions are still, you can see your true nature. You can achieve oneness with your higher soul. In Buddhism this is called “Realising one’s (higher) Buddha nature”.
How do you achieve stillness? You do not achieve stones by stopping the thinking process, but by being aware of the inner stillness. Where is this inner stillness located? It is in the “gap”. The mantra OM helps, but it is not enough. What is more important is being aware of the interval between two OMs. Between two OM’s is a gap or stillness. This is called Meditation on the Gap.
When you do awareness meditation on the breath, you must not be aware of the inhalation and exhalation. What is more important is that one should be aware of the gap between inhalations and exhalations, and between exhalations and inhalations. Within this gap there is stillness. One must be aware repeatedly of this stillness.
Practising Awareness Meditation on the Thoughts is advisable. Not only should you be aware of the thoughts going in and out of the mind, but also be aware of the interval or gap between the two thoughts, because in this gap there is stillness. By repeatedly being aware of this inner stillness, one will be able to achieve expansion of consciousness.
The practice of repeating mantras is also good, but like other meditational practices it is more important to be aware of the gap between the two mantras because the stillness is in the gap. Psalm 46:10 states, “Be Still and know that I am God”. By practicing stillness, one becomes aware of the Divine Presence not only within one’s self; one also become aware of the pervasive presence of the Divine.
References : Achieving Oneness with the Higher Soul. Master Choa Kok Sui.