reply to post by Unity_99
Greetings Unity, welcome to my thread.
I would like to first preface this by stating clearly, for the record, that I have heard of the techniques you espouse (whale songs, dolphin sounds,
sun-gazing, guided-meditation, and the like).
I would also like to clearly assert — for future reference — that I have practiced these techniques as well.
Now then, onto the substance of your post, and my reply.
To begin with, you are confusing meditation with several other theories, practices, and spiritual philosophies. Which is OK, many beginners into the
field of spirituality make many of the same mistakes that you have made. Let me outline them for you in a course I'll call "What Meditation is
WHAT MEDITATION IS NOT:
Listening to Whale songs and Dolphin noises is not meditation. This is a form of natural connection, nature vibrations and rhythms. It has a time and
a place, and can be very calming in nature. It is not meditation though.
Hemisync, Binaurals, and other neurological-musical motifs are not meditation either. They are scientifically developed neurological aids for
inducing, and controlling, proper sleep schedules based on the recognition by your brain of it's own Alpha and Delta waves.
Sun-gazing is not a form of meditation. It can also be dangerous if not practiced properly. Please, for the future, be sure to include warning that
staring into the sun can damage retinas, cause blindness, and the like. What sun-gazing does is re-energize your body. It is called
solar-re-energizing. There are small metallic bands people can buy which do the same thing. Our bodies require sunlight to thrive, survive, and work.
This is not meditation, it is biology.
The Astral Body, the Higher Self, and the Body of Light are not meditative concepts. They are a concept of another practice called mediation, or
god-form assumption. To the spiritualist these bodies are very important, but you do not reach out to them by meditating. Mediation and God-form
Assumption are entirely different practices, not to be confused with meditation.
Finally, guided-meditation (where you pose a question, repeat a question, focus heavily on a question) before meditating, sleeping, etc is not
meditation either. Despite containing the term in it's name. I work with the niece of Caroline Myss, author of many books on Spirituality and
guided-meditation, who also holds multiple workshops on guided-meditation and spiritual healing throughout the year. The two practices are not the
What you have outlined, Unity, is spiritual healing, mediation, Hermetic principles of Rhythm, New-Age vibration theories, and neurological-biological
health advancements. Not meditation.
So then, what is
meditation? Sidhartha Guatama—the Tathagata—or as you know him, the Buddha, discusses meditation and the True Mind
throughout several Buddhist texts.
An important one being the Surangama Sutra
In the first chapter of the Surangama Sutra
the Buddha has a discussion with his disciple Ananda about the nature of the mind, and the origin
of perception. The Buddha asks many questions of Ananda, such as:
• Where do your perceiving organs exist?
• How do the organs of perception work?
• Where does that which you perceive exist?
• Where does your mind exist?
• How do your mind and the organs of perception work?
• Does your mind perceive through your eyes?
• Do your eyes perceive through your mind?
• What is the origin of mind?
And many more. These are all done to lead Ananda into stating false assumptions about the mind, and perception. Thus, the Buddha is given leeway into
discussing the difference between the Worldly Mind and the True Mind. How all conceptions of connection and association—whether to world, nature,
higher self—are perceptions of the Worldly Mind. The True Mind is entirely disconnected from all of these conceptions, perceptions, and theories.
So, the goal of meditation is not to seek answers, to follow thoughts, to understand the self, or any of that. It is to disconnect from the Worldly
Mind, which perceives those things, and instead connect to the True Mind—the Zen Mind—which holds no such arbitrary, discriminating thoughts of
connection to any type of spiritual or physical concept.
Dhyana, Samadhi, and eventually Nirvana, are not concepts related to extra-terrestrials, or love, or the Higher Self. They are what they are, and what
they are is places between the realms of conceptualization. Much as the Ain Soph Aur
, the Ain Soph
, and the Ain
Do you see the difference?
So, to your friends who have trouble stilling the mind, I would not encourage them to fantasize. Do not ask them to design their own answers
before-hand, and then feel spiritual when their mind formulated ideas and concepts based on what they have been thinking about extensively.
That is not meditation.
Your troubled friends should instead be encouraged to practice, and devote their whole being to the art of which they are seeking attainment.
Meditation does not come lightly, you must seek it with your whole being before it will be opened to you.
I sincerely hope that you find your way, Unity.
[edit on 12/8/10 by Wandering Scribe]