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Start listening to the voice in your head as often as you can. Pay particular attention to any repetitive thought patterns, those old gramophone records that have been playing in your head perhaps for many years. This is what I mean by "watching the thinker," which is another way of saying: listen to the voice in your head, be there as the witnessing presence. When you listen to that voice, listen to it impartially. That is to say, do not judge. Do not judge or condemn what you hear, for doing so would mean that the same voice has come in again through the back door. You'll soon realize: there is the voice, and here I am listening to it, watching it. This I am realization, this sense of your own presence, is not a thought. It arises from beyond the mind. So when you listen to a thought, you are aware not only of the thought but also of yourself as the witness of the thought. A new dimension of consciousness has come in. As you listen to the thought, you feel a conscious presence - your deeper self - behind or underneath the thought, as it were. The thought then loses its power over you and quickly subsides, because you are no longer energizing the mind through identification with it. This is the beginning of the end of involuntary and 17 compulsive thinking. When a thought subsides, you experience a discontinuity in the mental stream - a gap of "no-mind." At first, the gaps will be short, a few seconds perhaps, but gradually they will become longer. When these gaps occur, you feel a certain stillness and peace inside you. This is the beginning of your natural state of felt oneness with Being, which is usually obscured by the mind. With practice, the sense of stillness and peace will deepen. In fact, there is no end to its depth. You will also feel a subtle emanation of joy arising from deep within: the joy of Being. It is not a trancelike state. Not at all. There is no loss of consciousness here. The opposite is the case. If the price of peace were a lowering of your consciousness, and the price of stillness a lack of vitality and alertness, then they would not be worth having. In this state of inner connectedness, you are much more alert, more awake than in the mind-identified state. You are fully present. It also raises the vibrational frequency of the energy field that gives life to the physical body. As you go more deeply into this realm of no-mind, as it is sometimes called in the East, you realize the state of pure consciousness. In that state, you feel your own presence with such intensity and such joy that all thinking, all emotions, your physical body, as well as the whole external world become relatively insignificant in comparison to it. And yet this is not a selfish but a selfless state. It takes you beyond what you previously thought of as "your self." That presence is essentially you and at the same time inconceivably greater than you. What I am trying to convey here may sound paradoxical or even contradictory, but there is no other way that I can express it.
Originally posted by kyred
Did you just start meditating just for meditations sake? I did that in the 60's after reading about Tuesday Lobsang Rampa, or something like that. I wasn't sure what I was supposed to get out of that, either. Heh, I might be way off on that spelling of the name. It's been a long time since reading that book. But, yes, I do meditate. Actually, I call it praying and listening. I believe it's all the same thing. You just need to find your own way and reason for listening to your inner voice and connecting with the universe I never did achieve astral travel at that time in the 60's. But I have experienced it at a later time, while not even thinking about it or trying to attain it.
What is Meditation?
1.a. The act or process of meditating.
b. A devotional exercise of or leading to contemplation.
2. A contemplative discourse, usually on a religious or philosophical subject.
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Journey to Single-Pointed Concentration
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Originally posted by grantbeed
i think meditation can be many things, but to start with its mainly a means of relaxing and clearing the mind.
you know when you lie in bed at night and you cant get all the silly little thought out your head? meditation for me to begin with was a means of clearing my head of those thought, to become clear headed and relaxed.
meditation can come in many forms though. it can be done by walking, by fishing, etc. anything that relaxes you and can put your mind at rest.