As I describe in my introductory article on insight, insight practice is the experiential exploration of the relationships between self, reality, awareness, and subjective experience. The result of insight practice is insight, which is both an understanding of those relationships and an ability to access modes of perception in which those relationships are evident. I […]
Visualizing a conceptual overlay on your nonconceptual subjective experiences can help you stay grounded in experience-focused perception. As I describe in my article Seven Stages of Spiritual Insight, the fourth stage of insight practice (inverting experience and reality) involves cultivating experience-focused perception. Visualizing our conceptual interpretations of experience can help us stay grounded in experience-focused […]
Learn to enter a state of experience-focused perception at will. As I describe in my article Seven Stages of Spiritual Insight, the fourth stage of insight practice (inverting experience and reality) involves cultivating a new way of perceiving phenomena: experience-focused perception. Alternating between concept-focused and experience-focused perception can be a helpful practice for distinguishing these […]
I just updated my article “A Framework for Insight Practice,” adding three sections: “Stages and States of Insight,” “Cultivating States of Insight,” and “Recognizing States of Insight.”
I just updated my article “How to Cultivate Insight.” I refined my definition of insight, expanded my model of insight practice from two to seven stages, and moved detailed stage descriptions into a new article.
Look at something—for instance, a stone. Concentrate on the visual experience you’re having. Notice your sense that this experience corresponds to an actual, real stone. Use questions to investigate the relationship between the visual experience you’re having and the supposed reality of the stone; for instance, “What do I experience more directly: experience or reality? […]
Look at something. Concentrate on the visual experience you’re having. Notice your sense of being a witness of the experience, separate from the experience. As you concentrate on the experience, silently ask yourself, “What experiences this?” and start searching for a direct experience of the supposed witness. If you get distracted, start over. If you […]
I just updated my article “How to Use Inquiry to Investigate the Nature of Experience” based on some feedback I got last week from Kenneth Folk. I’ve added an opening summary paragraph and a “Practice Outline” section, and I’ve refactored the “Basic Instructions” section to improve its clarity.