The Technique – Contemplation
The Golden Path and the Art of Contemplation
The central technique that underpins the entire spectrum of the Gene Keys teachings is contemplation. It is an important term to clarify as it already carries different meanings within different languages and cultures. In the introduction to the Gene Keys book, the three classic paths to truth are outlined. They are called meditation, concentration and contemplation. Since contemplation is a blend of the other two it is important to fully understand their relationship, and you are invited to suspend any previous understanding you may have concerning these words.
When we refer here to meditation, we are referring to more than just a technique. Meditation is a fundamental path leading towards enlightened spiritual understanding. Meditation is the great feminine or ‘yin’ path and is primarily involved with the ‘right brain’ approach to life, which is holistic rather than reductionist. Meditation is well exemplified in the Buddhist tradition by the word ‘vipassana’ which can be translated as deep-seeing. This kind of meditation is based on watching, waiting, listening, witnessing and allowing. This also correlates with the ancient spirit of ‘tantra’, which is based upon an all-embracing view of the universe.
From the perspective of the Gene Keys, meditation is a path in which you simply go along with whatever is emerging in your life. You do not in any way resist your nature. This is beautifully caught by the Advaita Vedanta tradition, in which everything is viewed as perfect the way it is.
Even if you forget, it’s still perfect. If you are angry, impatient, mean or any other negative state, it is part of the emerging perfection of the totality. To use the simple metaphor of life as a river, in meditation your awareness is just sitting quietly beside the river. You just sit there watching life go by, and slowly, over time, as you watch life without judgement (or even with judgement) an inner core begins to become aware of itself inside you. As this core emerges you are able to let go even more of trying to control things and follow life. This is the path of effortlessness and deep trust.
Concentration lies at the opposite end of the spectrum from meditation. Concentration is the Yang path or the path of effort. This path is rooted in the left hemisphere of the brain – the logical brain that sees consciousness as a process of questing that can be fulfilled in stages over time. Concentration correlates to yoga, in the widest use of the word. Yoga begins with the premise that somehow you’ve fallen out of union. So you take on this yoga and you begin to work to bring yourself back to union. You set off on a journey to recover your true nature.
Effort is needed in the path of concentration. In the West it has always been a strong path – exemplified in the path of prayer – the path of heading back towards God. An Eastern example of this approach is Zen. In Zen, especially the Rinzai version of Zen, you sit and concentrate your mind and your full being on a koan, a paradox. Finally through that concentration, which may take years and years of effort, you break through and see the true nature of reality. There are many types of yoga – karma yoga, bhakti yoga, mantra yoga – and they all move towards the same truth – they are all efforts moving towards truth. This is what is meant by concentration.
Contemplation is the no-hand path. It borrows elements from both meditation and concentration. In some respects contemplation is a forgotten path. Of all the world teachings, the one most related to the essence of contemplation is the Tao. Because it is less easy to define than meditation and concentration, it sometimes seems a more nebulous path, and this is its one disadvantage.
However, when it is correctly understood and practiced, it is a less extreme path than the other two and is particularly suited to our practical, everyday lives.
Contemplation uses the sustained pressure of concentration in order to create the conditions for a breakthrough to occur. However, contemplation is a gentler approach than concentration and it doesn’t push too hard in any direction. It presupposes that breakthrough can only occur in a state of relaxation and play. There is a well-known story about the Buddha overhearing a musician. The man said that if you tighten the string of your instrument too far, it will snag, but if you have it too slack it will not play music. Out of this insight the ‘Middle Way’ was born. Like the Middle Way, contemplation is a dance with the opposites. It uses sustained pressure in a playful way and this also makes it a less formal path than concentration or meditation.
In the introduction to the Gene Keys, there is a metaphor for the spirit of contemplation. It describes a small ring case such as you might find at an expensive jewelers. The case is covered in sumptuous velvet, and somewhere inside a thing of mysterious beauty lies hidden. Amid the countless folds of velvet is a tiny hidden catch. You take the case in your hands and you roll it gently through your fingers. You don’t know what you are looking for but you just enjoy the feel of the soft velvet while you allow your fingers to explore the case. At a certain point, you find the hidden catch and all of a sudden the case springs open to reveal the treasure. Contemplation is such a search. It is not an intense search, rather it is a playful appreciation of mystery, content to enjoy the journey itself as much as the breakthroughs along the way.
The key in contemplation is to have an object to Contemplate. You need an object with enough dimensions to sustain your practise. This is what the Gene Keys are designed for.
To some, contemplation may sound like a mental word, and at one level it is. We do use our minds to consider the mysteries of the inner dimensions. But we also use other aspects of our being at the same time. Contemplation is a trinary path. We contemplate mentally, emotionally and physically.
As you learn more about the different stages and sequences of the Golden Path you will see how these three levels of contemplation are interwoven.
The Art of Contemplation – Audio by Richard Rudd
A gentle path to wholeness and prosperity
This little book is a great companion to the Gene Keys journey. Throughout the Activation Sequence optional materials, you will find excerpts of this course. Click below to learn more about The Art of Contemplation book and online course.
Modes of Contemplation
Spheres And Pathways
When you look at your Hologenetic Profile you will see that it is made up of a grid of circles or spheres, which are in turn connected by a series of pathways and arrows. Some people might notice a similarity here between the ancient teachings of the Jewish Kabbalah. As a new synthesis, the Gene Keys stands on the shoulders of many of the great systems of the past, and by combining them it seeks to present an even deeper view of reality.
Each of the 11 spheres of your Profile represents an aspect of your life on which you may contemplate. As you place your awareness on a particular sphere and its corresponding Gene Key, you will be opening up the potential for insight and transformation to occur in that realm. For example, as you contemplate the sphere of your Life’s Work, you may begin to understand aspects of your past in a new light. At the same time you may also begin to realise that you have a far greater potential for a new future than you have allowed yourself to believe. This change in the frequency of your beliefs is what makes the Gene Keys so powerful.
There are also eleven pathways that link the eleven spheres together in what appears to be a linear flow. These pathways represent the dynamic processes that underpin your destiny. At low levels of frequency, the inner light or life force inside you becomes choked in these channels and our natural evolution becomes stalled.
As your contemplation on each sphere deepens, you can experience striking periods of transformation or breakthrough as this inner light begins to flow once again through your life. This process of self-illumination takes time and requires sustained contemplation and patience. As your frequency becomes raised, you also begin to see how each sphere and pathway is part of a holographic whole.
For example, as you experience a shift in your mental beliefs, so you will see this reflected in your physical body and in your relationships
Gene Keys And The 6 Lines
The 64 Gene Keys themselves are the programming language of inner consciousness. As you contemplate your own Gene Keys and even those that do not appear in your own Profile, you are directly imbibing the universal truth at the heart of these teachings. In addition to this, the story of each Gene Key is focussed through one of 6 possible lenses known as the 6 lines. The revelation of the 6 lines comes directly from the mathematical structure of the I Ching and its 64 Hexagrams. A hexagram is a symbol made up of 6 lines and each line adds a certain colour to the Gene Key. If you imagine that each Gene Key is like an individual melody in music, then the 6 lines would be like 6 different keys that those melodies could be played in. The same melody would sound very different in each key, so the importance of understanding the line together with the Gene Key cannot be underestimated.
As you learn to understand the timbre of each line, you will find it easier to apply them to the 64 Gene Keys. This means that there are 6 x 64 permutations of the Gene Keys, making 384 fascinating stories. Once you have mastered the lines in your own sequences, you will easily be able to apply them to the sequences of others. The inclusion of the 6 lines is one of the things that make contemplating the Gene Keys so special.
You have to release the power of your imagination coupled with your intuition as it works through the formula of the 6 lines. This can lead to surprising and uplifting insights. Contemplation on the Gene Keys and the 6 lines is an empowering process as it is something you learn to do yourself. It allows you a certain freedom to rove within the living text and explore its hidden capacities for awakening those secrets that lie hidden within.
The Gene Keys Approach
A path of gentle transformation
The Gene Keys Approach invites us to develop our humility through embodying the four qualities that lie at the heart of the Gene Keys. Please consider these values as you navigate the Gene Keys Teachings.
- Contemplation – taking full responsibility for one’s inner state, using everyday challenges for growth and transformation.
- Inquiry – asking the profound introspective questions, inviting wisdom to come from within. Cultivating a state of calm presence in all situations.
- Gentleness – nurturing a kind and gracious approach towards self and others. Encouraging a spirit of unwinding and un-learning, versus striving and fixing.
- Patience – cultivating compassion, honesty and curiosity with an inherent trust in the underlying process.