Note Regarding the Center of Stillness Meditation
>> Should one use the Center of Stillness Meditation after one has completed the steps in IIH, or can one try this in the beginning along with the exercises of IIH? <<
There are no prerequisites to the CSM. In fact, the CSM is VERY supportive of the IIH exercises. It will help you reach the desired levels with your mental discipline, your introspection, the separation of the senses and with your creative visualization. I would encourage you to take it up whenever it pleases you regardless of your IIH work.
If you use the recording, there is one thing you should be aware of that I've only recently learned since the recorded version is itself a recent invention. The recording is intended ONLY to introduce you to the technique and it is best if you don't become dependant upon the recording itself. The recording sets a certain pace of events, thus precluding independent investigation. Furthermore, it is wise to build the ability to separate yourself from the senses *and maintain that separation* without external prompting or direction.
I suggest, that if you do use the recording, that you see it only as a temporary tool and as soon as the technique itself becomes a comfortable process, you should wean yourself from having to listen to the recording and teach yourself how to achieve the same result by your own volition.
I have amended the posted recording to reflect these instructions.
My best to you,
:) Rawn Clark
05 Mar 2002