Acceptance, The Master Key

Acceptance — one simple word, yet deeply potent. If unfolded wisely, it can transform the entire experience of life by unlocking inner peace and wisdom.

Both spiritual teachings and modern psychology agree on the value of acceptance and constantly insist on developing, adopting and implementing ‘Acceptance’ of things to resolve conflicts, issues and otherwise.

But what does ‘Acceptance’ really mean to you? And why should you bother to ‘Accept’?

Is acceptance an education, a psychological training or something deeper?

If it would be an education or any other training where the source of it is an external teaching, acceptance won’t be able to hold heavier topics of life for long. For example, if you had a loss of a few bucks, and you were bothered by it. Someone tells you to accept it, and you do, consequently feeling at peace with it. But what if it is a critical matter of life and death, or of accepting who you are? Will an external teaching be enough? I guess not!

 

Acceptance is truly established when it arises out of inner wisdom – realisations that everything is the way it is. And to let it be the way it is, is not a defeat. It is a growth of consciousness towards an all-inclusive vision of oneself and the world.

 

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. Without it, there is no progress for a meditator both in their meditations and in life.

 

FOUR LEVELS OF ACCEPTANCE

1. First Level: Body

Since birth our 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 temporary 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

Mind is a madhouse of thoughts, emotions, past, present, future, ideas, plans, notions and all other contents. When amateurs meditate, the first thing they try to do is to control and stop their mind. And as you can imagine, it creates more inner conflict than anything else. The only way forward is to accept the state of ones’ mind – just the way it is, with all its horror.

 

3. Third Level: “I”

It is a deeper level where you go beyond the body and the mind. It is the level where you are left with the sense of ‘I’. It is an undefinable sense of aliveness. The sense comes along with desires, wishes and wants – which also create inner conflicts and don’t allow us to ‘just be’. It is of tremendous significance to recognise it, accept one’s ‘I’ to open up a possibility of moving beyond it.

 

4. Fourth Level: The World

This is a tricky one. With our diverse backgrounds, each one of us has an idea of how the world should be. On some grounds we have a collective consensus and on others difference how we wish it to be. For a meditator, the ultimate parameter of growth towards wisdom can be noted by their unconditional acceptance of the entire world, just the way it is. The good, the bad and the ugly. All of it.

 

Meditation Type: Introspection

Level: Beginner

Time: 30+ minutes

 

MEDITATION STEPS

1. Scan your body

Take a few deep breaths. Be comfortable. Let your breath settle, and let your body and mind follow.

Bring your awareness to your body. Begin by placing your awareness on your feet, and slowly move upwards until the top of your head — scan every part of your body.

Become aware of your body, and don’t try to change it. With a sense of acceptance of your entire body, just the way it is, release all the tension that you have been carrying in your body and have been unaware of it.

 

2. What’s going on in your mind?

Once the body calms down, move your awareness to the mind and observe your thoughts, emotions and all other contents. 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.

 

3. Let it be, let it go

Move your awareness to the sense of I, and observe: What is this sense of I that is present in every breath you take? Remain aware of your sense of I without trying to change anything. Throughout this session, whatever has bothered you, accept it — let it be. Noises, movements, anything — accept them. In complete acceptance of oneself, sit in silence and awareness.

 

4. An all-inclusive world-view

Take a moment to bring your awareness to your surroundings – to 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. What is acceptance for you?

Bring your awareness back to your breath. Become aware of the body and mind. After some minutes of pure silence, reflect on what does acceptance mean to you?

 

Keep Meditating, 

Dhyanse.

 

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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