Chapter 13: Inner Centering
18. Look lovingly at some object. Do not go to another object. Here in the middle of the object - the blessing.
19. Without support for feet or hands, sit only on the buttocks. Suddenly, the centering.
20. In a moving vehicle, by rhythmically swaying, experience. Or in a still vehicle, by letting yourself swing in slowing invisible circles.
21. Pierce some part of your nectar-filled form with a pin, and gently enter the piercing and attain to the inner purity.
The human body is a mysterious mechanism. Its working is two-dimensional. In order to go to the outside, your consciousness goes through the senses to meet the world, to meet matter. But this is only one dimension of your body’s functions. Your body has another dimension also: it leads you in. If consciousness goes out, then whatsoever you know is matter; if consciousness goes in, then whatsoever you know is non-matter.
In reality, there is no division: matter and non-matter are one. But this reality -x- if looked at through the eyes, the senses, appears as matter. This same reality, the x looked at from within - not through the senses, but through centering - looks like non-matter. The reality is one, but you can look at it in two ways. One is through the senses; another is not through the senses. All these techniques of centering are really to lead you to a point in yourself where senses are not working, where you go beyond senses.
Three things have to be understood first before we enter the techniques. Firstly, when you see through the eyes, the eyes are not seeing: they are only openings to see. The seer is behind the eyes. That which looks through the eyes is not the eyes. That is why you can close your eyes and still see dreams, visions, images. The seer is behind the senses; he moves through the senses to the world. But if you close your senses, the seer remains within.
If the seer, this consciousness, is centered, suddenly he becomes aware of himself. And when you are aware of yourself you are aware of the total existence, because you and existence are not two. But to become aware of oneself one needs centering. By centering I mean your consciousness not being divided in many directions, your consciousness not moving anywhere, remaining in itself. non-moving, rooted, without any direction, just remaining there: in.
It looks difficult to remain in, because for our minds even this thinking of how to remain in becomes a going out. We start thinking: the “how” starts thinking. To think about the in, the inner, is also a thought for us - and every thought as such belongs to the outer, never to the inner, because in the innermost center you are simply consciousness.