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July 29, 2013

There are many ways to expand our range of consciousness, the more efficient meditative methods require great courage and discipline, and other approaches are just plain fun. The enduring presence of the human ego during the process of a spiritual practice can be likened to a wall existing around the self. By playing with the ego we can learn to climb over this wall, and have lots of fun doing it.

The key to climbing the human wall up to the self is to overwhelm the mind with things to play with. Rather than thinking of the ego as our enemy, we will think of it as our friend to play with. Our methods of play will include: mantra, mudra, mandala, chakra, and dharma. They can be used separately or combined.

Using these playful tools makes it much easier to climb the human wall, until you know how to remove it, or purely perceive that it does not exist at all. However, trying to convince yourself that the human wall does not exist is useless, since it is your human wall that would be doing the convincing. Until you experience the true self, with pure thought based on no object of the mind or senses, you must deal with the wall (hopefully in a playful way). There are many ways to expand our range of consciousness, the more efficient meditative methods require great courage and discipline, and other approaches are just plain fun.