I think everyone, at one point or another throughout their lives, has hear this phrase before – “Empty your cup”.
It’s not directly spiritual or religiously related, although it can be related to just about every aspect of your life.
This is something that I have personally experienced, and I whole-fully believe that everyone has to do in order to progress on their path. That path can be learning Projection, Meditation, Spirituality in general… anything.
For myself, it was relating directly to the first two… Projection and Meditation. Over the 15+ years I’ve been practicing meditation, I read and learned much about what others were telling me that meditation was about, the same was true about projection. Everyone was filling my head with what I should be experiencing and feeling when doing these things. What did I actually learn? I learned that all the stuff I was learning that I THOUGHT was the truth, actually wasn’t. What it was doing was getting in the way of what *I* was experiencing. I was throwing away valid and valuable experiences because they didn’t match up to what others were telling me. This is a huge mistake…
So I came to a conclusion that in order for me to actually progress, I had to forget everything I thought I knew about Projection and Meditation. My cup had become so full with the notions, ideas and concepts of other people, that I had no room for my own notions, ideas and concepts to grow and flourish. I don’t know exactly when this action happened, but it did… and ever since that day, I have found my own path through the forest instead of relying upon the footsteps of those who have come before me. I’m now self sufficient in my opinions and beliefs, because they’re no longer beliefs to me… they’re now based solely upon my own direct experiences, and as we know, “direct experiences” are the trump cards with knowledge.
So please, if you’re looking to learn anything new, be it anything about this physical reality or non-physical reality, you’ll be doing yourself a huge favour by forgetting everything you think you know and begin to explore with the wonderment of a child. Everything is new.
Forget the labels you’ve learned… dreaming, lucid dreaming, astral projection, out of body experiences, etc… forget it all. They are the labels of others… they only serve to confuse. Just go out and experience and learn from those experiences. 🙂
EDIT: It’s been pointed out to me that people are taking this too literal. What I suggest above shouldn’t be taken as such, it isn’t literal.
Nothing in relation to projection should ever be taken literally. I’m speaking about everything you’ve been told about what projection is supposed to be or is.
What you identify with Projection.
Ditch them as they’re useless to you.
Start from a position of “not knowing”.
It makes perfect sense! I think it’s good to have some concepts and ideas, but our own experience is indeed the most valuable source of knowledge! Thoeries, notions, concepts… I came to think they are the scaffolds on which your build your house (meditation, projection… whatever you are working on). When the structure is built and solid, you remove the scaffolds. I think it may even be a natural process… think about how we learn to write in high school: they teach us about verbs, participles, nouns, etc. and once you know how to write properly, you forget most of the notions of grammar because it becomes useless! Hope it made sense, I sometimes have trouble properly translating my ideas in English…
You made perfect sense.
And that’s a great analogy with the scaffolding!
Thank you! 🙂
“Ditch them as they’re useless to you. Start from a position of “not knowing”.
This was exactly what I was looking for. Thank you!