Terms and Definitions
One of the little difficulties in approaching spiritual "teachings" and writings is getting an understanding of the words or terms that are used. Many times the exact same ones are used with various meanings and point to different functions. I have no problem calling a cat by different names. For the sake of convenience and communication I am defining some terms and words as I use them. If you have questions about the use of any word, please write me. I will try to add items here as needed.
- Concentration: An out focus on one thing. It is the establishment of a channel through which ones attention goes out. Usually on a form, item, symbol. Can also be intangible. There is no thought about it.
- Consideration: Sometimes called contemplation, this is concentration on an intangible; i.e. and idea, phrase, thought, concept. Can also be a form, item, symbol. It is feeling and sensing the object rather than thinking about it. One needs to concentrate to be able to focus on it. There is both an outward focus of establishing a channel, and sense gained from examination, observation, feeling. This tends toward meditation.
- Meditation: Receptive function and counterpart to concentration. The continuation of consideration toward intuition. There is the establishment of a focus on one thing and a channel through WITHOUT USING OUTWARD FORCE, through which non-thinking intuition, sense, understanding comes, by way of attunement and through connection with breath. There is still the perception of object and beholder.
- Contemplation: The continuation and deepening of meditation to the experience of the object AS the object. There is no perception of it as apart from oneself. There is therefore the experience of what is the focus.
- Realization: The becoming of the object or quality within and as part of oneself. As "One realized his goal of being a cook by cooking." By being something and functioning as it, one realizes - fulfills what it is.