Although there are many varieties of meditation they, on the whole, have several characteristics in common. These include such things as:
1. Achieving what is called the observer state whereby one steps back from one's thoughts, feelings, perceptions and behaviors and essentially "watches" them happening. This is equivalent to what has been called "letting go of" or "dis-identifying with the ego"
2. The stopping of thoughts that emerge from the so called past or the expected future in order once again to separate one's self from the barrage of endless mind chatter.
3. In attempting the above the net result sought is one of greater inner peace, a measure of self control, the experience that has been termed "enlightenment" which has many definitions but relates to a connection with universal mind or wisdom, and a feeling of empowerment, to name a few.
In order to achieve this meditative state, as I mentioned various meditative styles or techniques have emerged over the millennia. Often these strategies require great discipline, effort and time spent in quiet observation of one's self. This time is also time spent away from the actual experience of living, albeit some might call meditation living.
Is it possible to achieve a meditative state in other ways that don't require this kind of effort and time?
I order to answer this question I need to digress for a moment.
In essence what individuals who seek out meditation are attempting to effectively do is gain control over their powerful ego which has hijacked their minds and thus runs the show most of their lives s they sit on the side lines as passive and frustrated spectators. Another way of saying the same thing is that such individuals are actually attempting to reclaim control over their minds and what runs through them moment to moment.
As one who has attempted to both observe and stop my thoughts I can tell you that this is not as easy as it sounds. When you attempt it you begin perhaps for the first time to realize how little control one has over their thoughts and hence their minds. It's a sad statement but true. Try it for yourself and see.
In contemplating this situation I asked the question:"Well if I'm not in control of the barrage of thoughts flowing through my mind, then what is, and where are they generated?"
After years of contemplating this I realized that such unwanted and out of control thoughts are actually
generated by unconsciously stored memories of so called past events. It's like the movie of your life replays itself in the background of your consciousness all the time, much like when one is asleep and dreaming. In this case one is "awake" and dreaming.
I wondered if it was possible to "turn off the projector" of this "movie" in some way. I came to the conclusion that one way to do so would be to actually release the memories from within the unconscious mind in a process that simulates a detoxification of sorts. This process I called the Mind Resonance Process® (MRP).
MRP effectively disarms these memories, many of which serve to hijack the mind and hence your behaviors, emotions and your life. It turns out that memories are "anchored" within the unconscious mind and body by beliefs such as: "they are useful to me", " they happened to me", etc.
Such beliefs can systematically be challenged and shown to be toxic and undesirable with MRP. As this is done the actual memories "disintegrate" and one is left feeling like they actually never took place. This hard to believe, I know, but I have repeated this in thousands of sessions with individuals with a 100% success rate. In other words it never fails.
So what does this have to do with meditation? Well simply, when you get rid of the memories you also stop the movie playing and that reduces the flood of uncontrolled thoughts flowing through the mind in each moment. As more and more memories are dismantled the quieter the mind becomes. Interestingly this becomes a permanent state which sustains and grows on itself over time in an effortless fashion i.e. one that doesn't require a meditative exercise.
As I'm sure you can imagine this new state where one has quieted the mind and now can direct it through intention is extremely empowering. If you'd like to experience MRP in this context kindly contact me through the link below.