Acceptance, The Master Key

Acceptance is a profoundly potent word. If unfolded meditatively, it can transform the entire experience of life by unlocking inner peace and wisdom. Let us enter into it by eliminating what it is not.

Acceptance is neither preaching nor a practice. It is an understanding. Those who preach and practice are just doing patch-work on acceptance. True acceptance goes under the skin. It is part of re-defining the relationships in our fundamental construct. Patch-work is done to manage our relationship with the external world. It allows a temporary fix to the situation, but the problem is never addressed, which is the misinterpretation of who we really are.

Acceptance is not consenting with what is being received from the outside. Consent means that you permit to receive under the assumption that you have authority in the first place. It is a false idea to empower the ego. Life goes on at its flow, whether your ego permits it or not. You don’t even have to say that, ‘I accept’. Your ego does not steer life energies. Those who do not understand that remain in misery. Acceptance is an understanding that the ego is not the boss of life. You are the awareness that can experience, not that can cause or steer the experience.

Acceptance is not a compromise or hopelessness of any kind; those are mental states. Both states are patch-works to manage relationship to the external. If you feel that way, you have not yet entered the realm of acceptance.

A young mountaineer on a Himalayan tour asks his Sherpa, “So, what kind of weather are we going have in the mountains today?

‘The kind of weather I like,” replied the Sherpa.

“How are you so certain that it will be the weather that you like?” asks the mountaineer. 

Sherpa replied, “My dear, having found out that I cannot always get what I like, I have learned always to like what I get. That makes me sure that we will have that weather precisely the kind I like.

Acceptance is not even a decision to act non-judgemental in a particular situation. It is to recognize the non-judgemental nature of our awareness that arises by non-identification with the body, mind, and self (ego).

Acceptance is truly established when the relationship of awareness with body, mind, and self is realized. As you understand that and let that reorganize your energies, there can be no external event or entity that can cause a situation requiring acceptance or rejection. And that also becomes a growth of your consciousness towards an all-inclusive vision for oneself and the world.

As a meditation, in order to develop such a deep foundation of acceptance, one has to start from oneself and then move towards the rest of the world. One can work on oneself systematically by using a framework of 4 levels of acceptance during a silent meditation:

FOUR LEVELS OF ACCEPTANCE

1. First Level: Body

Since the birth body is the first home, we are in it until death, yet we are unconsciously battling with it as if we are somewhat against it. How it looks, feels, functions with its uniqueness are all a short inheritance from nature. We don’t own it. But our idea of how it should be creates an inner conflict which must come to an end.

In meditation, just by becoming aware of this inner conflict arises a possibility to cease this futile discomfort of being against ones’ own body. 

2. Second Level: Mind

The mind is a madhouse of thoughts, emotions, past, present, future, ideas, plans, notions, and all other contents. Also, we are trained to use it as a controller. Over time it not tries to control the body but also tries to control itself, which creates more inner conflict than anything else. Accepting the state of ones’ mind – just the way it is, with all its horror, is the way out of it.

3. Third Level: “I”

It is that strong sense of ‘I’, the ego which gives us individuality. This sense comes along with desires, wishes, and wants – which also create inner conflicts and don’t allow the awareness to just be. It is helpful to recognize that self is the way it is. Accept even this trouble maker – the self.

4. Fourth Level: The World

In this meditation, as you accept your inner world the way it is, you will also allow yourself to accept the external world as it is. The good, the bad, and the ugly. All of it.

MEDITATION STEPS

  1. Posture: Sit in an upright sitting posture, preferably or lay down for this meditation. Hands in your lap/on your thighs/or on the side if lying down. Palms open.
  2. Accept your body: Take a few deep breaths and let your breath settle. Allow the body and mind to settle along with the breath. Bring your awareness to each of the body parts starting from the feet, moving upwards until the top of the head. Do it very slowly, taking 15-30 seconds on each part). As your awareness is on a particular body part, feel the sensations there, and have a deep sense of that body part just the way it is. Release all the tension that you have been carrying in your body and have been unaware of it. (5-10 min)
  3. Accept your mind: Once the body calms down, shift your awareness to the mind, and observe your thoughts, emotions, whatever is going on in your mind. Acknowledge and accept it. If it is calm or restless, in control or out of control, don’t try to change anything about it. As you accept it, maybe it settles, maybe it doesn’t, remain open and accepting. (5 min)
  4. Let it be, let it go: Shift your awareness to the sense of self that can be noticed along with every breath. Remain aware of this self without trying to change anything. Accept it the way it is. (5 min)
  5. An all-inclusive world-sense: Take a moment to bring your awareness to your surroundings – what you hear or sense. Be at peace with it, just the way it is. Allow this sense of acceptance to expand towards to entire universe. (5 min)

Throughout this session, whatever has bothered you, accept it, let it be, let it go. External noises, movements, anything and everything without exception, accept them. In complete acceptance of oneself, sit in silence and awareness.

P.S: This meditation session #3107 was given on 15.04.2019 in Basel, Switzerland. Here is a full recording of it:

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