2.2.1. ACTIVE MEDITATION BY CONSCIOUS WALKING. We have no experience of passive daytime meditation, normally known as contemplating one's navel. People in the West expect to live on more than just one cup of rice a day.
2.2.2. Now the mind may be plagued by all sorts of things. One may hear voices speaking in Chinese. One may see pictures that defy understanding. One may sense lead like clouds threatening to fall like the sword of Damocles. One may have problems that defy resolution. For those who are willing to take responsibility for their actions, this will be a nuisance, but not a serious problem. Conscious walking is a good method of dealing with such trash, as it is a controlled way of using the Fire element.
2.2.3. Out East, training masters make much money, out of teaching western students to do conscious walking. The principle is that the mind cannot do two things at one time. Therefore by doing something consciously, one disrupts the patterns of the mind, and so make them visible to one's consciousness. The Eastern method concentrates on consciousness of the body. Thus each movement is consciously controlled. The placing of each foot on the ground, is a deliberate movement, and the more body movements that can be made consciously, the better. Feel the pavement through the feet. Do not be satisfied, until every movement is consciously controlled. There is a great deal of merit in this approach.
2.2.4. Our preferred variation, is to put ones full attention, on to the environment, that is on the walls, trees, bushes, and whatever is around. It is as well to pick a suitable spot for the walk. This can be a remote spot, where there is no one to see or hear one. The other alternative is beside a busy main road, where people are too busy driving to take much notice, and there is too much noise for anyone to hear. Getting into full perception of the environment, can be a difficult lesson to learn. The first thing to to meditate on, is what conscious walking is.
2.2.5. There are various methods of getting ones full perception on to what is around. On a road, spotting the makes and models of cars, can be useful, especially if one says the make and model, out aloud. If any one else gets too near, then keep quiet. When crossing the road, concentrate on crossing the road safely. If anyone gets knocked down while doing this, they have failed the test. A person has also failed the test, if anyone asks if him if he has seen a psychiatrist. There are plenty of other things to . . observe, besides cars. Point out to oneself the various objects around, animal, vegetable or mineral, and name them.
2.2.6. The more a person can consciously perceive the environment, the more rubbish will appear from the mind, and this can be abreacted off with laughter. Other lessons to be learned, are how to laugh with the mouth shut, and how to say things under one's breath without moving the lips. It is also advisable to walk, on the pavement against the flow of the traffic, as abreaction can cause motor cyclists to stop and inspect their machines, to find out what is wrong.
2.2.7. Another variation on this is conscious work. One of the limits of speed of working, is noise from the mind. Try working twice as hard, and abreact after leaving one's place of work. Increasing work speed is good for job security. Computer terminals and visual display units (VDUs) are notorious for turning up mental noise. There are two main reasons for VDUs creating health problems. One is mental noise. The other is not having the right pair of glasses. Measure the distance between the eyes and the screen, and tell the optician, that a pair of glasses is needed for that distance. Do not be fobbed off with reading or driving glasses, as these are for different distances. British opticians have got too used to selling members of the public one pair of over priced glasses. They forget that it usually possible to sell a customer more than one pair of glasses, to cover various purposes.
2.2.8. Conscious car driving is another form of meditation. A car with the windows shut, and moving can make a good capsule, especially on the motorway. It probably helps to have tinted windows, so that while one can see out, others have difficulty seeing in. It is necessary to raise the level of perception, to be aware of all cars in front, and to the side. All cars now, have two or three mirrors, and this allows for awareness of what is behind as well. The standard of driving should be absolutely according to the book. Anyone with any doubts on what the book says, should read the Highway Code (HMSO). There is a British saying, "The other driver is an idiot". This should also be remembered, when driving in Germany, as there the book is all important. Leave at least a two second gap between oneself and the car in front, as this keeps down insurance premiums. Do not try to tail gate, or trying to chew off the rear bumper of the car in front, as this is expensive on insurance. Tail gateing is probably the biggest source of motorway accidents. Conscious driving certainly teaches defensive driving.
2.2.9. When driving, if a police car creeps up without being seen, then one has failed the test. Similarly, if a policeman asks, "Now Sir, may I have the name of your psychiatrist", do not give a silly answer. Mental illness can be a bar to keeping a driving licence.
2.2.10. When meditating in a car, it is necessary to keep one's wits and perception at a high level at all times. It must however be said, that all cars now have radios and tape players, and some people actually use them. What happens to their level of perception, is a mystery. Also some psychiatrists are now advising people to sing and laugh, while driving, to blow off tension. Meditation inspired by psychiatrists is liable to be kids' stuff, compared with that inspired by Thor. If in doubt, move into the slow lane.
2.2.11. Evidently if a person in the British Police takes an advanced driving course, the instructor will ask the trainee driver to describe what he sees. This does not apply when going around roundabouts or negotiating similar hazards. This does increase . the driver's awareness. It also ensures that the trainee is in . the same universe as the instructor. .
2.2.12. It is important to get conscious walking, and the variations of it, well and truly understood and working, before trying to use it with direction, otherwise the other forms just will not work. Conscious walking does lead on to conscious living. This may have a few disadvantages. If one throws down litter, not only is one aware of having dropped it, but one also knows where it has landed. If trouble arises in higher meditations, return to basics. Keep walking consciously or otherwise, preferably consciously, until the trouble clears. Directed meditation, described later, uses the Air element of ideas. For meditational purposes, Fire has a higher rank than Air.
2.2.13. A good Western alternative is army square bashing, or parade ground drill. As long as the drill sergeant's comments are well and truly over the top, they are unlikely to do any harm, while the discipline is therapeutic.
PRACTICE CONSCIOUS WALKING, AND CONSCIOUSNESS OF THE ENVIRONMENT, UNTIL ONE UNDERSTANDS WHAT CONSCIOUS WALKING IS ALL ABOUT. This will allow the reader to draw up his own battle plans, top down. Do not practise any other form of meditation in this book, until a reasonable attempt has been made to master conscious walking. With conscious walking, one may be able to finish reading this book.
© Edmund Meadows, as part of the Viking Way (Second Internet edition),
ISBN No 0 9524450 34, August 1996.