Dhyāna, or Formal Meditation, an elemental, powerful and time-tested tool is the single-best practice to sight the Self-Loop, to grab the swirling cat’s tail.
It’s why most formal representations of The Buddha have him in Padmasana.
Meditation Practice is the cultivation of the act of ‘Seeing Straight’. The precise practice of seeing without blinking or winking.
It is the ancestor of ‘The Scientific Stance’; the sustained aseptic posture of a ‘Disinterested Alertness’, the original laboratory.
It is the perfected posture to trek the ‘Backward Step’. Take it.
A search for Shūnyam without a Meditation Practice in place is a bad idea. It will simply unhinge your basic beliefs and throw you into a free-fall. You’ll need to call Mama. Just get on the Mat.
The track of the Meditator is fairly well-established. After a lengthy period of investigating conceptual and concrete Objects and repeatedly catching himself chasing his tail in braided, layered self-referential loops, his focus turns inwards towards the Subject, the Investigator himself.
This is the entry into the long hall of mirrors. The very slippery search for ‘Self’ by an assumed ‘Self’. Is there a real Subject? Or is it little more than Object confounded as ‘Subject’? No clarity is possible until you keep stepping back to see what is in front of you.
This ‘Backward Step’ terminates at True Nothing. And this is necessarily preceded by: ‘The [Self-Scuttling] Sight-Insight [‘Observation-Understanding’] on the very nature of Sight-Insight’. The final act of investigative Meditation Practice.
Mystic, from Myein, ‘To close, shut [eyes and lips]’; you have to close the eye to see straight, shut the lip to speak truth.
Nowadays Meditation Practice is recommended for everything from lowering anxiety to heightening libido. Wonderful; go for it. But Meditation Practice originally began as an investigative stance.