Touching the Earth (continued)

Touching the Earth (continued)
© Tarchin Hearn

“I prostrate in all directions to the magnificence of creation.”

This is a continuation of Touching the Earth in Six Prostrations for people who are moving towards an experiential understanding of the nature of mind and knowing.  Once you have thoroughly explored Touching the Earth in Six Prostrations, then add these further six to your meditation so that you now do twelve prostrations in all.  May they bring you joy!

7 — Standing, breathing, present; experiencing the empty, open dimension of all these forms and processes, I look for an essence and find nothing whatever to grasp.  Being spacious openness — resting in itself; with body, speech and mind, I touch the earth.

Contemplating in this way, I bring my hands together in a gesture of prayer and touch them to my forehead, throat and heart, with the mantras OM, AH, HUM. Then I lower myself down to the floor, resting there for a while, physically touching the earth and deepening into the spacious openness of inter-being. On each exhalation I relax more into the Ground. After three or four unhurried inhalations and exhalations and I mindfully stand up.

8 — Standing, breathing, present; experiencing this boundless openness as itself, a display of lucid clarity, a dancing of myriad dimensions of knowing; with body, speech and mind, I touch the earth.

Contemplating in this way, I bring my hands together in a gesture of prayer and touch them to my forehead, throat and heart, with the mantras OM, AH, HUM. Then I lower myself down to the floor, resting there for a while, physically touching the earth while recognising the clear, knowing, cognising nature of this present arising experience. On each exhalation I relax more deeply into the Ground. After three or four unhurried inhalations and exhalations and I mindfully stand up.

9 — Standing, breathing, present; experiencing the entire world of appearances as an unimpeded and interrupted play of responsiveness.  Flowing as a beginningless endless weaving of inter-becoming in which everything and every situation, at every level of being, is mutually affecting and responding to, and with, every other thing and situation; with body, speech and mind, I touch the earth.

Contemplating in this way, I bring my hands together in a gesture of prayer and touch them to my forehead, throat and heart, with the mantras OM, AH, HUM. Then I lower myself down to the floor, resting there for a while, physically touching the earth while sensing the unimpeded, seamless matrix of inter-becoming. On each exhalation I relax more deeply into the Ground. After three or four unhurried inhalations and exhalations and I mindfully stand up.

10 — Standing, breathing, present; abiding in and as the Great Moving, the Utterly Complete, a mystery beyond description yet clearly apparent; with body, speech and mind, I touch the earth.

Contemplating in this way, I bring my hands together in a gesture of prayer and touch them to my forehead, throat and heart, with the mantras OM, AH, HUM. Then I lower myself down to the floor, resting there for a while, physically touching the earth while surrendering into a flowing presence that is utterly beyond words.  On each exhalation I relax more deeply into the Ground.  After three or four unhurried inhalations and exhalations and I mindfully stand up.

11 — Standing, breathing, present; I touch the earth.

12 — Smiling, breathing, present;  May all beings touch the earth.

When you have finished, share the merit and continue in wonderment.

Sarva Mangalam

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