7 Point Cause & Effect Meditation
The 7 Point Cause & Effect meditation is beautiful in many ways. In the way it brings me closer to others, begin to care and have compassion for others, and in the way that it helps to develop bodhicitta.
The Kindness Of All Mothers
The first two points relate to using the way that we relate to our Mothers. The 7 Point Cause & Effect meditation is one of two primary meditations used to develop a universal love that wishes to see all beings free from suffering.
The 7 Point Cause & Effect meditation uses the relationship with your Mother as an archetype for love and compassion. We can apply this archetype to all other beings as a way of developing those qualities of love and compassion.
The first two points are:
#1. Recognising all living beings as having been one’s Mother: Because we have taken countless rebirths we will have had countless Mothers. Therefore, each living being will have been a Mother to us in one lifetime or another.
#2. Recollecting the kindness of the Mother: The sacrifices made by each Mother during 9 months of pregnancy; the birth itself; and the first 3 years where the child is almost 100% dependent on the Mother to keep warm, clean, fed, and watered; and learn basic skills from her, from simple emotional development to basic language skills.
The Kindness Of All Fathers
I deeply appreciate the various sacrifices made by my Mother, and for the happy childhood that I had. However, for various reasons I have a closer relationship with my father. When I think of the love and compassion shown to me in this lifetime, I think of my Father as he personifies those qualities more clearly.
For this reason I have re-written the first two points below for my Father. I then use this relationship as the archetype for the rest of the 7 Point Cause & Effect meditation.
#1. Recognising all living beings as having been one’s Father: Because we have taken countless rebirths we will have had countless Fathers. Therefore, each living being will have been a Father to us in one lifetime or another.
#2. Recollecting the kindness of the Father: The sacrifices made by each Father during 9 months of pregnancy, to provide support and a safe environment for Mother and unborn child; to provide support and a safe environment for the birth itself; and to pay for the rent, food, water, heating, clothes, toys, and the safe running of a home; and learn basic skills from him, so that now I have a similar personality to him. He provided this support by working at the same job for over 30 years. Despite the fact that he finds children to be incredibly hard work, he still did all of this for me.