Meditation has always been something that I was aware of, curious about even, from discussions with friends or late night youtube binges. Seeing how monks, shamans and gurus were able to achieve a state of bliss through total focus and years of dedication always intrigued me. Yet it felt alien; like it was magic. How could you reduce such things to the black and white scientific narrative I had been taught from an early age?
Even if this was possible I thought that being a Londoner with my own busy life, of sorts, I couldn’t just voyage off and dedicate years to achieving such things. To me mediation was something to look at with curious trepidation. I respected it but was not ready to understand. I knew it may work but was not willing to put in the time to see results, something I’m sure hold many others back too.
Life is frantic, with so many moving parts. Though the parts which move in each of our lives may differ, that there are many is shared by us all. With this comes a lack of time and an excess of stresses. Modern efficiency seems to oppose ancient practices like meditation yet what is needed most in this frantic world is a mechanism for calm and refocus.
I was told that in the 15 minutes I spent under the Ajna Light’s LED’s my brain would begin to work like that of the monks. My brainwaves would undergo a polarisation of sorts, my thoughts ceasing to be the jumbled flashes and pops they usually are instead becoming calmed, focused. Meditation at the purest level, something I thought impossible unless you were willing to dedicate a lifetime was within reach and graspable.
This newfound possibility excited me, the curiosity which had always lingered but I had been unwilling to pursue began to bubble. So with hope, scepticism and a couple of nerves I lay down, put on the headphones, closed my eyes and waited for something, anything, to happen. I was not disappointed. Guy Harriman had found a way of fusing past and present, fittingly using modern technology to open ancient practices for novices like myself.
First came the happiness; it was pure and unrelenting. As soon as the light began to flash a smile beamed across my face, one it took a moment to understand. At first I thought of the optics, imagine someone with no idea about the Ajna Light walked through that door, what would they think of my lying there while a light flashed at my face! Then I began to realise it was not what I was doing under the light that was causing the smile but what it was doing as I lay under it. I felt a rush through my body starting at my head and leaving through my toes. It was the stress leaving my body I told myself, nothing else could rush out of my mind and leave behind such a feeling of bliss.
Then came excitement; a new world to discover. After my initial shock at the light’s instant effect I came to see its depth. Vivid patterns and shapes, waves and spirals, those which were geometric and others which were harder to describe before my very eyes in vibrant purples, blues, oranges and reds. Their kaleidoscopic chaos was beautiful and I was relishing it trying to savour every moment. The science says the lights were stimulating my pineal gland located at the root of the optic nerve, but I no longer cared for science or fact. Lying there was spiritual, I felt peace and bliss beyond the science I used to venerate.
Finally, it was calm; I meditated. No longer an obnoxious tourist in a strange new place pointing, shouting and laughing I began to relax into the experience. The music drifted further and further away, and while the colours and patterns remained, their beauty unwavering, but that which once was so alien began to feel natural. At times my thoughts focused, ideas cleared for me to ponder when I desired it. To think problems through in an environment which is built against stress gave new and unique insight. At other times there was nothing. I was awake but not as I had ever been before. Conscious but without ego. Truly peaceful.
I don’t know whether this is truly how those monks feel, and I wouldn’t be so naïve as to think that years of practice and dedication can be replaced by a light. But I felt the uncluttering of my mind and a peacefulness flow through me, a feeling which lingered throughout the day. It would be an exaggeration to say a light has changed my life, but it is fair to say that a light has my eyes to the possibility of merging ancient with modern.
Meditation is an excellent remedy for stress yet also something most people – myself included – consider beyond them in one way or another. To be induced into this state, and led as a willing participant is truly amazing both in the moment and afterwards. I am still discovering the extent and specificity to which the Ajna Light can work but it has given me an effortless means of achieving meditation. And with this being a practice I am sure that with time it will only get better.
12th November 2018