Why isn't this more of a theme in Buddhist meditation? How did we lose touch with such basic practices as "staring at a light"? Is this just easy for me due to my current condition / state / karma / whatever? I'd love to hear if anyone's tried teaching total beginners via Kasina focus.
I mean, it's taken me a few months to get here (started in maybe October 2019) - but it feels like Kasina practice basically just handed me the keys to the Jhanas and said "go for it". Like there was no real barrier once I had that basic start. I'm sure it might have been possible by other routes - but it never really opened up via anapana / Goenka Vipassana routes.
I'm a relative beginner myself in candle-gazing, it's not my primary practice, but I do love it. I agree that it seems like it would be nothing but wonderful for beginners, as far as i can tell. I advise you to set up as a teacher immediately and start teaching it, so you don't have to work any more on bank holidays."Re-obervation" is not exactly for beginners, but here's an indicative that candle-gazing is almost always in good taste:
Sigh. OK, well I have a working day ahead (stupidly I signed up for one, despite it being a Bank Holiday Monday here in the UK).
What can I say? You're a fucking idiot, mate.
It's funny, feels like all concentration points at these states, now. How did I miss them for so many years?
Speaking not to where you are at right now, which i think is kind of above my pay grade, but to that very familiar sense of recognizing something that has been hiding in plain sight all along. It is close to the heart of "Why We Meditate," isn't it? There is a weird implicit forgiveness built into it, at best, too: like, it's impossible, tasting such sweetness, to give myself too hard a time for being deaf, dumb, blind, and stupid for so long.