I love gazing. But I have to add a warning. This is powerful stuff. You had better back off when things start to get hairy. They will. I have been backing off alot myself and I regard that approach as very intelligent. Gazing is everything but backing off from gazing is also everything.
Kind of Advanced; related to what one learns in Alexander but gone beyond.
I thought I might throw some stuff out about gazing.
I recommend you to a chapter from Will Johnson’s gazing book. It sets forth the 4 phases of gazing. Look for that on the gazing deeper page.
Gazing at the sky is big.
Gazing at a mirror.
Gazing in Meditation with the further instructions.
Gazing Into a partner’s eyes.
Google “gazing + dzogchen”
Gazing I was introduced to gazing in 1972 with the Kundalini yoga group. My Buddhist teachers have done some teaching on that. In my meditation practice and from things I have read, my gazing practice has progressed a little. Dzogchen practice is real big on gazing.
It is real big in Tibetan Buddhism altogether. I read Will Johnson’s gazing book 7-8 years ago and have been quite involved with a consort, water monkeys, etc. It seems to be integral to Dzogchen practice. The Dzogchen teachers give a good bit of it to the students. The most popular one is gazing at the sky but others are used too. I have been following the ideas of Will Johnson for awhile. “The Spiritual Practices of Rumi: Radical Techniques for Beholding the Divine” By Will Johnson
I don’t agree with everything he does but most of it. www.embodiment.net Working with a partner or consort is probably one of the essences of this.
Sitting at the feet of one’s teacher, gazing at his face and eyes and receiving teachings, is very great.
Cosmic Mirror. Great Eastern Sun. “Look into the mirror of your mind, Naropa, the palace of the dakinis”. Tilopa
“Look. Look. See. See” Chogyam Trungpa
I think the highest thing in Tibetan Buddhism is to be sitting in retreat on the side of a mountain and gazing into a completely clear, cloud free, haze free, pristine blue sky.
Laying on one’s back and viewing such is perhaps second. Laying on one’s back and viewing the night sky and having Patrul Rimnpoche whisper to you, “Can you hear the dogs barking?” When many of the great one’s of a certain Tibetan generation describe their moment of awakening, they tell this same story. It goes like that, I think. The dogs are a long way off down by the monastery.