Kath wrote: ↑Mon Aug 02, 2021 3:39 pm
its interesting to me that this approach worked for me almost instantly and very well, while the better regarded methods did not.
It generally is very approachable for everybody, no matter the skill level. It's not ideal (depending on what the goals and objectives are), but it's perfectly fine for most things. Like if somebody wants to just interact, talk with some entity/spirit they know, or to explore something, for fun - it's good. To some extent it's often good enough even for serious work.
(the following is my personal gnosis, believes and views, may not be inline with believes of many other people)
The main issue with it though, why it's not ideal for any "investigative work" is that in this practice, "reality" is drawn/constructed/interpreted by the same part the same region of the brain that is responsible for drawing/rendering our dreams and daydreams. The part of the mind I call "mind's eye". That part of mind is not designed to be precise or accurate, it's more like: "if there is something I'll incorporate it in to my pictures, but it's fine if there's nothing, I'll just improvise and take creative liberties so you always have something nice to look at." (to greater or lesser extent)
For any more serious investigative work I prefer "deactivating" that "mind's eye" module and only using the other one - "the third eye" region. Which is the same brain region that draws images from data coming from the eyes. And which is more like: "If there is nothing, I'll show you nothing, but if there is something, I'll just just render it as it is and pass it as it is, and it's not my problem if it's nice or not or if it makes any sense at all"
I use both methods, but knowingly the difference of the "picture" (includes not just visuals, but feelings, voices etc too) between one "eye" and another can be like:
Which can be bothersome in certain context and certain situations.
On the other hand, it can be mitigated somewhat. Even in that "white room" / "no head" space, you can force-shift from one brain region to another for "data processing", and you may observe "picture" changing slightly (or a lot), almost like some portal opening that lets you see through the glamour layer of own mind, at least on that part of the "picture" you intensely focused on, temporally. Which returns to "mind eye's" normal, once your focus shift to something else. But it can vary greatly from person to person how deep they can pierce through that "layer of glamour" or "layer of own mental and emotional noise".
So while this meditation is fine for like 99% of the things we use meditations for, there's that 1% of occasions which may create problems (sometimes very serious ones) if what we get there is taken without a handful of salt.