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It is NOT accurate to say You Must “Drop the Mind” to Meditate

We are done a disservice when told that we must “drop the mind” or “think nothing” when meditating.  That is hard to do – takes a long time to learn – many people give up – and scientifically it is incorrect. You can meditate and think.

Times like these – stressful times – when it has been proven that stress can cause disease (Australian Scientists at the Garvan Institute 5 Dec 2005) we don’t need misinformation when dealing with our own health. You can think and meditate! Scientifically, meditation is done in the Theta brain wave state, akin to the dream state, but having mind control. Salvadore Dali and Thomas Edison were prime examples of people who used this meditation state to advantage – for Art and for inventions.

When introducing meditation as a topic in my seminars, many people say to me "I can't meditate", or "I've tried - and failed", or "I always have so many thoughts",  "I can't sit with my legs crossed",  "I can't think nothing" ... and more.  What really prompted this E-Report is the number of people who query the value of meditation, who say that they don't have time, or simply ask "What is meditation?"

Let me destroy a few myths that have arisen in our society about meditation: there are no special positions that one needs to be in; meditation does not mean "having no thoughts"; meditation is not "just a lazy past-time"; meditation is not "just a religious or spiritual pursuit". You can achieve an enormous amount in meditation which you do not do by ‘dropping the mind’ or ‘thinking nothing’. By using active meditation methods which incorporate guided imagery and visualisation, you can assist in many areas including stress, fear, depression, weight (I used the methods to release 22kgs), insomnia, anger, confidence,  healing, pain release, relationships and more.”

What is Meditation?

The Macquarie Dictionary (Australian) defines meditation as:

"1. To consider in the mind as something to be done or effected; intend or plan. 2.  to think deeply, reflect." 

The Oxford Dictionary is similar, however it adds "exercise the mind in (esp. religious) contemplation."

I often find that dictionary definitions are fairly narrow and in this case I wonder about how those definitions fit in with: Passive Meditation (a process of emptying the mind); Prayer Meditation; or Active Meditation.

What is the Meditation State of Mind? 

From a technical point of view, meditation is when one is deliberately in a deep mind state, the Theta brainwave state.  We have four different brainwave states. The Beta state is the one we predominantly live in; we can think of 9 things at a time in this state (we need to, to drive a car) and in this state we take on stress.  The Alpha state is the relaxed focused state; we think of only one thing at a time in this state and we release stress in this state (the Peaceful Place method teaches how to do this in 30 seconds or less).  The Theta brainwave state is the meditation state (it takes about 4 to 7 minutes to get to and I teach going down through the colours of the rainbow after you go to Peaceful Place).  When you are in the meditation state; your mind is extremely acute and you have often lost that awareness of your body.  The Delta state is deep sleep - no thinking.  To get to the Delta state you go through Alpha and then Theta (as the dream state) and then to deep sleep - no dreams.

At this time it is important to say and know that if you can go to sleep, then you can meditate.  You can reach the Theta state by going to sleep can't you?  Well when you do that deliberately, all you then need to do is to hold yourself in the Theta brainwave state (without going to sleep) - that is the meditation state.

Positions to Meditate

There are no special positions to be in to meditate. There are no "have to's".  I have meditated on a chair, on the floor, in a car, in the bush sitting against a tree, lying on a lawn, in a train, in an aeroplane, in a boat.  Others I know have meditated in a hospital bed, having an MRI, standing up in the corner of a room, and more ... there is no limit.

I hope you've got the picture, that you don't have to sit with your legs crossed in a yoga position and you don't have to have your hands facing upwards with your forefinger and thumb making a circle.

Here are some commonsense practical hints.  Sit in a comfortable chair, in an open body position, with your feet flat on the floor.  If you lie down then there is a tendency you may go to sleep.  If you prefer to lie down then have your arm from the shoulder to the elbow on the floor (or bed or lawn) and then from the elbow to your finger tips have pointing towards the sky - that is at right-angles to the top part of your arm.  If you fall asleep then your arm will probably drop to your chest and wake you up - we need to be awake.  By the way, if you cross your arms or legs then you could be disturbed half way through your meditation either by wanting to move your arms or legs because of the lack of blood flow and therefore some pain.  As to clothing, have it comfortable and loose - if your belt or shoes are tight, then loosen them and have a blanket to keep warm if necessary.

Active Meditation

A few words firstly about Eastern meditation.  Most Eastern meditation is based on working towards "emptying the mind" or "having no thoughts".  We talk to ourselves 65,000 times a day.  It's a huge challenge to have no thoughts (and I'm not sure of the real value of that) and many people who try to learn this type of meditation give up, saying that "they can't meditate" because they are always interrupted by thoughts.

It's encouraging to know that you can have thoughts and still be in the Theta brainwave state - that is, still meditating!

I much prefer the usefulness of active meditation, that is, doing something in your mind, controlling your thoughts using guided imagery (an audio CD or your own thoughts guiding you) and visualisation.  When you are relaxed and in the deeper meditation state, the filter - the reticular activating filter - is open, allowing information to flow between the conscious and subconscious mind.  With active meditation you consciously give the subconscious mind words and imagery to work with (this is visualisation using any or all of the five senses: see, feel, smell, hear and taste, and talking to yourself and imagination).  In this way you can achieve so many things like - pain release, healing, forgiveness, overcoming fears, self confidence, moving through depression, creativity and so many more things.

Meditation produces enormous life benefits.  Every meditation you do releases stress - the first component of anxiousness and worry.  Look at the way Thomas Edison used meditation to produce - literally hundreds of practical inventions.  Most artists use it to get ideas.  If you are a hands-on person wishing to come up with a design or manufacturing process, use meditation to help.  Ask yourself questions.  If you're in an office and are "snowed under", daily meditation will help to set priorities and see solutions more clearly.

How do you get to the Theta State?

Earlier I mentioned colours of the rainbow and the fact that after you have gone to the Alpha State (using Peaceful Place) then it takes about another few minutes to get to Theta.  The science behind getting to the Theta state using the rainbow colours is what helps us.  The outside colour of the rainbow is red and it has the longest wave length and therefore the coarsest vibration when you bring it into your body through guided imagery and visualisation.  The next colour, orange, has a lesser wavelength and a lesser vibration.  This continues through all the colours so that the vibration of the colours in your body is getting finer and finer, whether you feel it or not (some people feel it - so be aware that this might also be the case for you).  The remaining colours are yellow, green, light blue, dark blue and indigo.  The interaction of the colours in your body helps you to get to the Theta brainwave state.  I then always ask for the Highest Light, the clear, colourless light, to fill, surround and protect us for the highest good of all concerned.  (I have spoken about this spiritual concept in previous E-Reports).

How do you know when you are in the Meditation State?

You will be able to easily recognise when you have reached the Theta brainwave state using any one of the following indicators:
1. Your mind will be extremely acute,
2. Your legs and/or arms could feel extremely heavy,
3. Your legs and/or arms could feel extremely light,
4. There is no feeling in your body,
5. Or you experience the patterned bright colours similar to a kaleidoscope.

Encouragement

I do urge you to meditate.  Make meditation part of your life - it is so rewarding, with all its practical benefits.  Develop a program of meditation.  If you have never meditated before do so 10 to 15 minutes each morning and each night.  See which suits you better and then decide to do 20-30 minutes each night or each morning.  You will notice the benefits.  If you say you can't fit it in to your busy day, then I suggest getting up earlier - yes, that means reduce your sleep time.  Meditation is better than sleep and remember as adults we only need 8 hours rest a day, that is, 8 hours made up of Delta (deep sleep), Alpha (relaxation) and Theta (meditation).

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