Answered by Quan Yin messenger
(Originally in Chinese)
Q: I have been initiated for quite a few years. Why is it that the level of Light and Sound I experience now is still about the same as when I first received initiation? What is the key to quick progress in our practice?
A: As the background and stage of spiritual practice over past lives differ for each of us, it seems that there is great progress for some people who have only just started on their path of spiritual practice. Sometimes we think that we have not made any progress, but in fact, as long as we are not falling behind, we are making progress. We cannot use our inner experiences of Light and Sound alone to determine whether we have made any progress or not. We have made progress once we've started spiritual practice if we find our lives run more smoothly, we are freer from obsessions with worldly, mundane matters, more relaxed physically and spiritually, our wisdom and love for others is enhanced, and we have a deeper sense of security and contentment about life and our fortune.
If we feel that we have not progressed both inwardly and outwardly, we should ascertain that we are indeed meditating for two and one-half hours daily as instructed at initiation, and that we are keeping the Precepts clearly with our bodies, speech and minds. Also, it could be that by not meditating in the correct way, we do not make progress.
How much progress we make depends on whether we have a pure heart. Having a heart that is pure and kind, being able to accept the Master's instructions completely, and having steadfast faith in the Master are the most important keys to making great progress.