Good explanation of what happens and why stable awareness is necessary to make it work as one taste. This is also called, "Being content with what arises." Otherwise you are carried away by the visions. Good advice for the Bardo.kalden yungdrung wrote: ↑Sat Nov 03, 2018 3:23 pmTo be able of Awareness in the Dark Room is a method used in Dzogchen.
The Darkness is here the medium, another medium would be the blue skies.
As a basic we must have a stable Presence of Awareness.
This Dark Retreat Method goes beyond the daily illusory consciousness.
To be Aware in the dark does not make use of the consciousness, so this presence in the Dark Room goes BEYOND the consciousness.
We have 2 ways of seeing, one is looking from outside to inside with knowing everything (remembered) by its name etc. (stored in the Alaya Vinjana)
The other way is "looking" from inside to outsside, which projects the visions into the darkness.
In the darkness there is nothing visible, so what is "seen" does not originate in the darkness.
This is finally the prove that visions come from inside to outside, without the intervention of the consciousness.
This Awareness resembles the Bardo State of Dying very much, here do not come the visions from outside to inside too.
Bardo by Hearing advices: "Know that what you see, does not come from outside ".
Know a story of a friend of mine , whose brother was one time incarcerated in Alcatraz.
Well this person was sometimes punished with isolation in the dark room in the basement.
There was no light at all, but this man found it an amusing time to be there.This because he saw there many coloured visions.
But this man had not at all experience with Dzogchen Visions, whereas his brother after 25 years had that experience.
It means everybody has sometimes these visions, but nearly nobody knows what it is.
Yes, this is the same when using the blue sky as a medium, or what may appear in tigles.
The main point for practice is to relax with awareness and be content with anything that arises or doesn't arise. That said, there was one very experienced practitioner who tried the dark retreat and found it to be too overwhelming. He left after one hour. This is quite correct as this practice is not for everyone.
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