Meditation Instructor, Spiritual Counselor, Meta-physician, Scientist, Yogi
Ean McClane began meditating in 1973 after receiving initiation into Transcendental Meditation (TM) taught by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. He practiced Zazen at the San Francisco Zen Center taught by Suzuki Roshi. He studied Raja Yoga at Ananda and is now devoted to the practices of Kundalini Kriya Pranayam Yoga meditation techniques as taught by the disciples of Paramhansa Yogananda.
Ean is a certified meditation teacher, spiritual counselor, and shaman.
After many years of searching and studying the spiritual traditions I have concluded that no amount of book reading or mental gymnastics are going to give me what I am searching for. I eventually recognized the common golden thread that runs through all of the spiritual traditions:
An open hearted, devoted, and disciplined practice of meditation would release me from the delusion and fear that I suffered from and seek release from.
After many years of practicing meditation I have realized an essential truth that these spiritual traditions are teaching:
We are not who we think we are. It turns out that we really are much more than anything that we can mentally conceive of ourselves to be.
Most of us think that we are individuals separate from the rest. The isolation of this imagined separation makes us lonely, fearful, nervous, and insecure. This is what the spiritual traditions typically call delusion. Thus anyone who thinks that they are separate from the whole of reality is delusional.
Allan Watts’ book: “The Wisdom of Insecurity” http://www.amazon.com/The-Wisdom-Insecurity-Alan-Watts/dp/0394704681 with subtitle: “An exploration of man’s quest for psychological security and spiritual certainty in religion and philosophy”, suggests that we are wise to be insecure in our delusions. The delusional insecurity of imaginary separateness, and the resulting suffering that this perspective triggers, motivates us to discover and eventually realize our underlying non-delusional state of Being, our true Self. This true Self is Realized in meditation. The spiritual traditions call this Self Realization.
Spiritual Masters across the ages have pointed the way to the realization of our true Selves. This journey is the deepest desire of our hearts – to realize who we really are and to live in the Joy that comes with that realization. Most spiritual paths focus upon this journey and provide guidance on how to navigate the path for this journey.
Everyone seeks happiness by any means possible. We usually seek it in material pleasures and relationships with other people who are also seeking happiness by any means possible, but have you noticed that the experience of happiness by these means is fleeting and eventually unsatisfying?
Everyone avoids pain and suffering by any means possible. We usually seek this pain relief by avoidance and by absorption in and attachment to material possessions, but have you noticed how the relief is only temporary?
Self-Realization enables us to set aside the true causes of suffering and pain and to discover happiness, contentment, and fulfillment in the source of permanent ever-new Bliss – the awareness of our true identity.