Tuning in to the Stillness Channel

February 14, 2018
Posted in Meditation
February 14, 2018 Michael Joly

Tuning in to the Stillness Channel

In your creative work as a musician, writer, painter, software engineer, business development exec etc., have you tried tuning into the Stillness Channel lately? The Stillness Channel doesn’t require a special cable TV package or monthly streaming audio subscription. Nope, the Stillness Channel is available 24/7/365 where ever you are, like right now. 

But there’s a catch, all of the great programing content that gets sent to you for free over the Stillness Channel is not on-demand programming. lol. You have to wait for it to start.

Unlike the digital world of on-demand television and YouTube programing, the Stillness Channel only delivers its programming when you have become sufficiently quiet, trusting and patient ––tuned in … open, receptive and non judgmental in other words.

Access Stillness Channel Programming Through Cessation of Thought

Well, you may need to brush up, dust off and polish your ability to let go of your habit of incessant, unwanted thinking –– thinking that a lot of the time you don’t even realize you are doing.

Yeah, yeah. If I had a penny for every time I’ve heard someone tell me “my mind is so busy, I just cant stop thinking” I could buy the next person who tells me that a new copy of the Power of NOW. So this is a common belief –– “I can’t stop thinking”.

Cessation of thinking does not come from a place of “doing” or trying to do. Cessation of thinking is a “letting go” of thought. You can demonstrate to yourself, right now, your ability to let go of thinking, even if its only for a few seconds.  Do so will prove you can experience cessation of thinking, and then, gradually extend the duration of the aware, non-thought state of consciousness that allows Stillness Channel transmission to enter.

Here’s the exercise in cessation of thinking. We’ll use auditory awareness as a tool. I have often said that one cannot listen attentively and be thinking at the same time. I’m not a neuroscientist, I don’t know how this works. I do know this it is true because I’ve been dong this for almost 60 years. Here’s how …

… bring your attention to your auditor perception. For people not used to intentionally shifting focus from visual to auditory perception you can close your eyes to cut down on visual stimulation. No matter where you are, notice there is a broad, spatially distributed ambient sound field in which there are many constituent components.

Single out one particular sound component –– your partners snoring, the incessant car alarm, the indistinct murmur of the TV in the next apartment, the constant parade of footsteps outside your window. It does not matter what you select as the sound object of your attention. Simply bring your focus to this sound object.

Notice how the sound object has dynamic qualities –– it starts and stops, its tempo changes, the bass to treble balance may shift, it may appear to come closer then recede, it may become obscured by other sounds. It may cease and present its absence for you to observe … wondering, (wordlessly) if it might return, and when.

Please note you are not to “analyze” the sound object of your attention. I’m nearly suggesting ways you can pay attention aurally, how your brain is capable of a richness of auditory perception.

Notice you can make all of these observations of a particular sound and no thought or analysis is required of you to hear them. The sound object of your focus simply IS. Recognition that something IS making a sound does not require thought. Ha! Tricked you into cessation of thinking!

This is a super cool skill to have. It’s portable. It can be practiced any time and anywhere. In the beginning you’ll find you may be able to sustain vigilant focus on a sound object, and cease thinking, for a few seconds, a half minute or so before your vigilance slips and thoughts return. No matter. Intentional vigilance because stronger with use like any muscle.

Now that you have a tool to use that can help you experience intentional cessation of thinking you can use this gap between thoughts, to tune into the Stillness Channel and receive special programming made just for you!

After Cessation of Thinking –– Trust and Patience

Doh. I forgot to mention. In addition to the ability to effect cessation of thinking, you have to practice trust and patience, because, as I said, the Stillness Channel does support on-demand programming.

Haha. In fact, one could say that very first bit of programming content sent by the Stillness Channel is a lesson in trust and patience. Once cessation of thinking has occurred, one can move into a state of trust that the Great Big Breakthrough Idea or Insight is going to be sent to you through the Stillness Channel –– but you have to be patient and wait for it to be delivered.

So the sequence of getting new ideas, insights, problem-solving ability from the Stillness Channel looks like this: [Cessation of thinking] ––> [Trust] ––> [Patience] ….

In my experience, the duration of the patience period seems to be directly related to how successfully I ceased thinking and also to the magnitude of the Trust felt. To quote A Course in Miracles … “Infinite patience brings immediate results”. lol.

If A Course in Miracles is not your cup of tea, perhaps this insight from Albert Einstein might convince you of the power that comes through the Stillness Channel: “I thinking and 99 times out of 100 nothing comes to me. I sit in silence and wait and my problem is solved”.

Ok then … so now you’re all thought-free, you’re trusting that some frig’n Insight with a capital I is going to arrive, you’re super chill and patient like “whenever you’re ready dude, bring it on”. What happens next, what does Stillness Channel programming look and sound like?

In my experience, the programming begins with an increase awareness of the subjective states of peace, acceptance, and importantly –– an increase in a subjective awareness of capability. I begin to get a sense that I’m capable of doing or thinking whatever needs to be done or thought. to address the task at hand. Again, this is a pre-thought, feeling-state of increased capability.

For example, if my purpose for tuning into the Stillness Channel was to receive some programming I could use in my writing …. after the increased capability state arrives, I then begin to notice one or two word thematic concepts or perhaps a phrase.

With more cessation of thought, trust and patience comes another idea-though related to the first thoughts. At this early stage of insight recognition I find it important to continue to the simultaneous practice of intentional listening that causes cessation of thinking, continue to trust more content is going to come, and be patient while waiting and accepting the blankness of the interruption in Stillness Programming that is natural.

I have a hunch the first few insights that arrise from Nothing are so startling to the conscious mind the brain comes up out of an meditative Alpha state and wants to get all Beta state and get to work. Careful –– the ego-ic self loves to jump in here “out of the dude, I got this”. One needs to let this urge go. Just just down the idea, play the melody or make a quick sketch. But quickly return to vigilant listening focus, cessation of thinking, Trust and Patience –– these are the keys to tuning into the Stillness Channel and prompting a resumption of the program content delivery free from messy and disruptive ego-ic usurpation.

As you become more deeply tuned into the Stillness Channel there will come a point at which the flood gates open and an outpouring of content commences. Now you simply have to switch to becoming more active as you write, play, sketch or paint to transcribe the insight that has arisen in you as delivered by the Stillness Channel.

Oh, a side note –– The Stillness Channel programming content originates in the Universal Curriculum that is not time or space bound. For example, one can tap into the power of Lau Tzu’s “Tao Te Ching” today, even though it was written in ancient Chinese 2500 years ago. Same for Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “Essays” even though they were written in “flowery” 19th language. So perennial philosophy texts like these can be used as focus aide prior to tuning into the Stillness Channel.

Another time I’ll talk about the Stillness Channel as a bidirectional medium of communication –– it is not only a one-way transmit / receive channel as I’ve described here.

Happy Listening!