“The Two Stages to Meditation”
There are two stages to meditation: the first is finding your Soul, and the next is then helping others to find theirs.
It has always seemed to me that meditating to find your Buddha-Nature (as Dogen taught) is self-centered, whereas helping others to find theirs is altruistic. So the progression in meditation is from self to others.
But perhaps this distinction is erroneous. For if one has found his Soul he will then so act – automatically, to inspire others by his very existence.