Phenomenology of Stage II samatha
Stage II Samatha is characterized by effortless mindfulness with autovipassana. The mind vipassanizes itself automatically, spontaneous jhanas and insight experiences occur. The mind is at a much higher baseline mindfulness and metacognitive awareness. There is vast spaciousness in the mind and the Jhana and cessation ability are developed off cushion and in daily life, and synchronous events and intuition/empathic phenomena tend to become more obvious, common, and compelling. This is quite a pleasant state of mind. The jhanas are readily accessible at a light intention, the mind is quite unified, and intentions therefore carry a powerful charge on the mind. This is assumed to be the end state, as the jhanic baseline and sense of flow and satisfaction is quite enjoyable and profound, but it naturally develops into stage III samatha.
In this stage there is an energetic principle that is tuned into where the energy of manifestation which causes suffering, is directly transmuted into awake awareness, in the moment right now. At this point, when there are hindrances of suffering, the mind has a natural tendency toward jhanic states and this seems like a natural “blowing off” of steam per say, for lack of a better word. There is a clear sense that the energy of any hindrance is directly transformed into sukkha.
- Automatic Energy Transmutation
- Bodhicitta and Compassion
- Advanced Visualization
- Advanced magick
- Identity Exchange