Wilderness Insight Meditation does not aim at getting rid of thoughts and emotions, nor try to remove us from the cares and concerns of the world. It detaches us from all of these - yes - but not as an end in itself. Rather, Wilderness Insight Meditation helps us identify ourselves with the spacious BACKDROP of awareness, the vast inner sky, the expansive interior lake, the all-pervasive ground of being. It does this through attention to each outbreath, and to attractive wilderness imagery that emphasizes the quality of spaciousness and beyondness, the domain of the Sacred Masculine. Then it teaches us to watch in absolute wonder and amazement as those very thoughts, emotions and concerns - together with all form and energy, domain of the Sacred Feminine - arise like intriguing echoes out of nowhere, like ripples on a seamless lake-surface, like clouds in a wide-open sky - STUNNING us with their beauty and grandeur. What greater calling can any of us - man or woman - have, when acting from within our own inner masculine, than to serve as the steady, stable, ever-present, loving Backdrop on which all of the color, form and energy of the Goddess can unceasingly manifest itself? It really IS quite a fulfilling and honorable calling!
Photo: Snow patterns on the surface of Watson Lake, with Bellvue Dome and clouds in the background, Bellvue, CO, January 2016
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Stephen Hatch, M.A. is a spiritual teacher and photographer from Fort Collins, Colorado. His approach is contemplative, inter-spiritual, and Earth-based.