Squarepeg saidIn reading about meditation techniques, spirituality in general, and in my own experience, I've learned that one we drop all expectations of outcome during meditation it becomes much easier to connect with the Divine (the Source, God, whatever you want to call it).
Yet if the instruction is "drop all expectation and you will achieve the objective", isn't that setting up an expected outcome?
All I can figure is that it is a lesson in transcendence: moving beyond the plane of duality and cause-and-effect.
How can I appreciate this more?
Lets call this experience you talk about as "It"... Yeah, you can reach that by dropping all expectations... but thats not the only thing
You may also reach "It" first and drop expectations in response to it
Expecting an outcome is counter-productive to achieving "It", yes
Thus, having "It" as your objective puts it out of your reach...
You are 100% correct....
By meditating, you may achieve it, or you may not
By doing other things, the same
You may reach it on your way, just going about your day
But not without full self-awareness of what it is you are doing, and where you are going
Then "It" becomes merely a by-product of your focus
Thus, it can be achieved anywhere, anytime, it just requires focus on what is... and "It" will follow automatically, unannounced and unexpectedly
Yet, you have always known "It"
Do not fear it, nor love it, nor want it, nor judge it...
Simply accept all as it comes....
Only then does "It" become apparent
And when that happens, you will see that "It" was nothing
Rather, "It" is the removal of everything your mind creates, emptying yourself
So that you are free from yourself...
And nothing is different from you
All is blank and empty, and in perfect emptiness, it is perfectly full
I hope I have been clear