Not a single person exists in the world who is completely psychoanalyzed. Such is the depth of all past orientations. Ten years, fifteen years, people have been in psychoanalysis, and they go on talking; new dreams start coming, new thoughts start coming; they go on and they go on. When they get fed up with the psychoanalyst, they change the psychoanalyst – and the same story in another name.
But even a psychoanalyst is not aware that there is much more to your reality than your small mind.
Science remains confined to matter.
Psychology remains confined to the mind.
Meditation is an effort to penetrate beyond matter physiology, beyond mind psychology, and to find the original source of life and consciousness.
The work here is totally different, not only different, but makes all their efforts – the so-called psychologists of different schools – meaningless. It is an exercise in futility.
The second question:
In his book, Tao Yoga, Mantak Chia describes the center of life energy as being just two inches inside the navel.
Is this a contradiction to Zen, which says it is two inches below the navel?
Or do they both mean the same?
It cannot be discussed and concluded; in fact, those two inches are only the average.
When you breathe deeply you touch the center, and you can find whether it is two inches behind or two inches below.
The person who has written Tao Yoga, Mantak Chia, does not seem to be an experienced person.
When I say two inches below the navel, I am trying to take your consciousness as deep as it can go. Those two inches are not something ultimate. Your center may be only one and a half inches below the navel. Just as everybody’s nose differs – there is no way of concluding which nose is the fundamental nose.
Don’t get into intellectual discussion. The navel you have, the consciousness you have – the path is clear, it is not far away. Just a little silence, peace and witnessing, and you will know where it is; it is bound to be different in every person.
It is possible Mantak Chia found it two inches behind the navel, but my experience is, it is two inches below the navel. And it is better to accept the idea of two inches below, because if it is two inches behind that will come in the way. It is always better to keep the goal a little farther away. If it is two inches behind, you will pass it. And everybody is going to find it a little different. Just as individualities differ, your physical organs differ.