I like all the above suggestions. Chris's explanation about sitting with your thoughts and not taking the first thought as the solution, or answer, is an important method for getting closer to the truth of things. I often sit with a word, or a cliche, and ponder on its meaning. My mind quickly comes up with standard answers. After a while, my mind is silent for a few seconds and then tries to convince me that all the answers have been provided. For me to go deeper, I have to ignore those messages. Even ignoring my self criticism for ignoring myself! Then after a period of quiet mind, a revelation appears, as if my mind is saying "Is THIS what you are looking for?" Each revelation takes a bit longer, sometimes up to an hour, but it is worth it because they get profounder. Sometimes overwhelmingly so.
Another favourite for me is to record my dreams when I awaken. At first, I had trouble recalling my dreams. After about a month, I would be recalling and drawing something in my dream log book almost on a daily basis. I have had some profoundly symbolic imagery using this method.
P A HAUSAMANN B Hlth Sc (Couns)[SYD]. ADM
Drawing, [Box Art], Steampunk, Mixed Media.
Only truth exists, anything else is a delusion - P A H