When we first begin to think about meditation then thoughts arise of needing to go to a monastery for instruction. Certainly the easiest way to start is to attend a ten day meditation course. These days meditation courses are far more widely available so there is no need to trek all the way to the Himalayas to start your meditation career.
All average humanity is trapped within a bottle the bubble of illusion. Serious meditation is a process of consciously activating Oversoul energy. Which is only source of power available to facilitate a permanent change in energy state.
When studying Buddhism you will find out, all about the holy eightfold path with the four noble truths. This knowledge is certainly very useful and practical in nature. As it is based on the third ray of active intelligence; which in simple language is called common sense. Particularly so for querents who first step upon the spiritual path; when beginning their journey of discovery in working out how life functions.
Simple spiritual understanding comes to all who gain maturity with insight meditation practice on the pathway to the non reactive surrender state of nirvana.
When walking along a path, it is wise to have some idea of where we are headed and why? In life we only have two directions to choose from, which is either a circle or straight up. In other words would be to say enjoy the illusion or escape it. Serious meditation is the straight up path, which is what I call the one and only escape hatch.