Various States of Mind 1
I've been very busy. An important message will be sent soon,
but in the meantime. Here is along letter about meditation and
various states of mind. many translators have asked me questions
about this topic. So I shall try to address these questions
in a sweeping manner. Thank you all for your patience. It is
greatly appreciated. These next two letters are rather LONG.
They can be read in chunks or in one huge gulp.
is about mastery of the mind and about directing the mind on
any given task for a designated period of time. It's about learning
first to control unnecessary thoughts. Usually there is a war
going on between two different parts of the mind: The conscious
part and the unconscious part. Both have a tendency to spill
into each other and the latter is hard to control, yet controlling
the subconscious is the key. Free association gives us a partial
understanding of the subconscious mind, but meditation goes
beyond this free association process as it starts to let the
conscious mind gain more access to the subconscious until one
gains control of the ENTIRE thought process.
the mind is split into two parts and there is conflict between
them and very little communication. Often there are multiple
voices giving different kinds of psychic signals. Control of
these voices is a chief aim of meditation. The experienced meditator
learns how to think what he wants to think when he wants to
think it. These subconscious voices are then controlled and
there is cooperation between them if the conscious mind feels
there is a need for this. And also between them and the conscious
then becomes thought directed by will. The meditator learns
to think in new ways and begins to have richer mind experiences.
Concentration becomes more and more complete as the entire mind
becomes utilized. Often in normal perception most images the
mind sees cancel each other out. But in meditation individual
images can be singled out and explored. The noise in the mind
is reduced and the volume of the particular mind frequency becomes
amplified. An image like a rose without the static of competing
thoughts seems to radiate a powerful beauty. This can be true
of anything else in the world when seen through meditative eyes.
enhances awareness and perception as more of the mind becomes
focused on any given experience. This AMPLIFICATION of of any
mind experience can be very valuable and liberating. This increased
awareness can be used to gain greater awareness of the world
around us. Indeed one can ultimately see the entire world in
a grain of sand as the English poet Blake once said. The meditator
becomes aware of subtler phenomena that are otherwise not detectable.
Thus the world of meditation becomes much richer.
eastern medicine subtle phenomena like a person's pulse can
be used by a skillful practioner to diagnose suspected illnesses
in a patient with uncanny accuracy. Each subtle variation of
the pulse can give a great deal of information about the patient's
mind and body history. ESP, mind-reading and clairvoyance are
other by-products of advanced meditation. Deeper existential
questions can also be explored during meditation sessions. Often
very subtle answers hovering along the borderline between the
conscious and unconscious mind can be discerned since mental
static is reduced.
of the most elusive truths is knowledge of the self. Through
meditation we learn to see ourselves more objectively. Gaining
an awareness of faint spiritual sensations can be difficult
as they are often over-shadowed by the world of physical senses.
Also abstract thought can interfer with our reception of these
subtle spiritual sensations. Tuning into the spiritual is often
called the mystical experience. Not only can saints, mystics,
and prophets gain knowedge of the future. They can also gain
deeper insight into higher forces. Often the ego and limited
anthropomorphic thoughts of these higher forces creates a limited
mirror image of them as something resembling ourselves. This
is a common pitfall for beginning meditators.
is useful for concentration about thoughts concerning one's
What do I ultimately want out of life?
What gives my life meaning?
What is the meaning of life?
If I had my life to live over. What would I do?
What will bring me more happiness than anything in the world?
maybe SHOCKED by the answers. After 1/2 an hour pondering these
questions. You might decide these questions need more than 1/2
an hour of meditation. You will then be on the way to developing
a more frequent meditation practise. After several weeks of
meditation you might decide to re-evaluate the direction of
your life and make major changes in your life-style. You might
find yourself more secure in your dealings with others and more
confident about how you are spending your time. You may also
find that you are constantly gaining NEW insight into your own
personality and motivations. At this point meditation will seem
like a promising activity and you will discover why many schools
of meditation suggest or require a daily practise.
the meditator reaches a critical threshold and a conversation
with higher forces becomes possible. This conversation is an
inner-directed process. It is often un-structured and can take
many an UNEXPECTED turn. Sometimes structure can be included
if a particular problem needs special attention. An agenda is
created and the meditation becomes structured. Often when the
meditator contemplates an object. He or she looks at it, paying
acute attention to EVERY detail. These details become significant
and release enormous amounts of information as the INNER ESSENCE
of the object reveals itself and unlocks its secrets.
objects can be visual or verbal. They can be contemplated in
structured and unstructured ways and the contemplation of these
objects can be internal or external. Inner-directed and unstructured
meditation can be most useful in examining one's life. External
and structured meditation is useful for focusing the mind in
general or in gaining a transcedental experience. Words, images,
and even sounds can all be used as meditation objects. Different
senses can be harnessed in the meditation process. Smell and
touch and even physical movement can all be used in amplifying
the meditation that is being employed. The KEY is concentrating
on the object or act with as much of the mind as possible. This
idea needs constant repetition. In advanced forms of devotional
meditation mundane things like washing the dishes can become
elevated into a deep expression of divine worship.
focus of meditation can be one's emotions. One can ponder love
for someone or a higher force and then ENHANCE this emotion.
Control of the emotions is a very important element of self-control
in general. A person who has emotional control can call forth
any emotion desired and is free to ENHANCE it also. Rather than
being over-whelmed by emotions one can direct them in a more
creative way. This emotional control can lead a practioner to
a higher blend of feelings. Artists use this experience in their
work often. Translators too. Mystics use this experience to
gain a deeper intuition of higher spiritual forces.
most advanced forms of meditation make use of no device of any
kind. This stopping of the thought flow for longer and longer
periods of time then becomes attainable and thought is then
swtiched off and on at will. This meditation has no focus and
is often undirected. It can also be focused on no thoughts at
all. This advanced form of meditation is extremely dangerous
and should not be attempted without a qualified teacher. In
part two we explore various states of higher meditation. So
stay with me now.
Various States of Mind 2
often induces higher states of consciousness. These states can
be extremely difficult to imagine. These mind states are hard
to describe because they are personal and internal. They are
difficult to not only describe, but to define. But two familiar
states of consciousness are the waking and sleeping states.
There are also various mind states between these two known mind
states. Sometimes we feel drowsy and at other times unusually
alert. Certain drugs can effect a person's state of consciousness.
Alcohol diminishes alertness, but by removing inhibitions can
also lead to increased awareness in some areas. LSD and mescaline
can increase one's ability to focus on specific sensations,
but can also generate a psychic exit from the body and overall
collapse in general psychic orientation.
when working on a problem the mind seems to suddenly "
lock-on" to the task. At this point solving the problem
becomes the most important thing in the world. Every fiber of
one's being is concentrated on finding a solution. When one
is locked onto a problem there is a tremendous, almost sensual
joy in solving it. One often calls forth intellectual resources
of which one is usually totally unaware. this is an unusual
state of consciousness because a bigger portion of the mind
is being utilized.
difference between intelligence and genius could be a matter
of a person's innate ability to " Lock-in " to the
work at hand and get into a higher state of consciousness. A
locked-on state of consciousness appears to be associated with
increased physical energy. Both body and mind are completely
involved in the creative effort. There also appears to be another
type of problem solving consciousness. This is the relaxation
mode type of consciousness. This is when the mind is completely
relaxed and the mind drifts to the problem on its own. This
is called the bathtub syndrome and a favorite activity of the
author. One can be relaxing in the bathtub and the mind wanders
freely and hits upon the right answers with surprising clarity.
both cases hot and cool the mind is greatly EXPANDED. The bodymind
is either heated up or cooled down so that POWERFUL focus is
attained--and sustained until the creative task is accomplished.
There are important links between these two creative modes of
mind and higher states of consciousness.
or chanting sounds can create the relaxed state of mind and
as the body relaxes, the mind's activity increases. As the sounds
penetrate deeper into the mind powerful and spectacular images--often
beautiful and breath-taking can enter the mind and direct the
meditator to new and unusual psychic worlds. The deeper the
meditator plunges into the mind the more certain images will
take on a permanent and substantial form. This kind of controlled
visualization is an important indicator that can be described
objectively. The meditator's ability to form images in the mind
and concentrate on them at will is a critical level of mental
discipline recognized by all advanced meditation schools. When
a person learns how to hold an image in the mind he or she can
also control the mind's static. As usual NOISE REDUCTION is
the name of the game. This is especially significant in the
appreciation of beauty in all its manifestations.
visualizations amplify the solidity and power of mental images
when conjured up. The more advanced one becomes in controlling
one's mind, the more control one has over what one can see in
the mind's eye. THIS IS CRITICAL. The mind's eye is a million
more times powerful than one's physical eye and all advanced
meditation schools have descriptions of experiences in higher
states of consciousness propelled by the harnessing of the mind's
advanced Jewish meditation there are refernces to " The
lamp of darkness. " This appears to denote a darkness that
radiates. In the Jewish meditation texts there are multiple
references to " black fire. " Ancient jewish teachings
concerning the primival Torah describe how the Hebrew letters
were originally written with black fire on white fire. This
is something that we cannot see with ordinary vision and indeed
it is impossible to imagine this in a " normal " state
of consciousness. Darkness as a radiant thing seems to be a
contradiction in terms. But in the mind's eye anything is possible.
advanced meditation the perception of beauty can be amplified.
Indeed, like a dial on a radio the beauty dial can be cranked
up to make the mind particularly sensitive and appreciative
of beauty. This mind play is extremely important in the Jewish
Kabbalistic tradition which maps out ten different kinds of
mind dials that can be used to amplify the experiences associated
with them. Beauty is such a dial. Another dial is will. Also
learning ability. These dials are called " sefiroth "
in Hebrew and are arranged in a complex and ascending configuration
in the forbidden texts of the Kabbalah.
important phenomena that can be experienced in higher forms
of meditation is panoscopic vision.In this higher state of consciousness
any object seen by the mind's eye can be seen from all sides
at once. One could look at a globe and see Europe and Asia symultaneously.
It's hard to describe this sensation to those who have not experienced
it. Picasso is a superb example of an artist who tried to describe
his panoscopic visions on canvas. Finnegan's Wake by James Joyce
is a panoscopic tour de force in words. Harvest of Gems and
2-ss are much milder forms of panoscopic art.
allows one to break old mind habits learned in childhood and
to visualize things in totally different perspectives. Panoscopic
vision is even seen in the Bible. The prophet Ezekiel could
describe angels having four different faces on four different
sides. These angels had human, lion, ox, and eagle faces. Yet
these faces did not rotate as they moved. The angels could be
seen from one side with all four faces at once. Tibetan and
Hindu dieties are also panoscopic phenomena with thousands of
eyes and faces.
more spectacular is the fact that in an advanced state of consciousness
it is possible to visualized more than the usual three dimensions.
Four, even five dimensions can be visualized.
important phenomena observed in higher states of consciousness
is synesthesia. Human senses often tend to be compartmentalized
so that different parts of the mind deal with different senses.
But in higher states of consciousness the barriers between different
senses are lowered. In such states one's sense of sight can
be used to percieve sounds. Similarly, one is able to hear colors,
see fragrances, and feel sights. This is the experince of synethesia
or the mixing of the senses. The sensual spill-over can become
quite vivid. Music can become a complex VISUAL pattern. Paintings
can become sonic attractors. Bach and Van Gogh are good examples
phenomena which can be visualized in a higher meditative state
is NOTHINGNESS. This is neither a void, nor simple blackness,
nor a vacuum. Blackness or empty space cannot be nothingness
since they are THINGS themselves. Nothingness is the absence
of everything. Filling the mind with nothingness is a highly
effective way of clearing it of all mental perception. Some
experiences are so subtle they can only be experienced when
the mind is filled with the experience of nothingness. One of
the supreme influences that the mind can detect while visualizing
nothingness is the spiritual. In such a state the mind can be
filled with that which comes from without. Indeed some areas
of the minds are particularly receptive to the spiritual experience.
Sometimes without warning a person can become awe-struck or
exhilerated. Sometimes such an intense experience can have a
profound effect on a person's entire life.
as beauty can be amplified. So can the sense of the spiritual.
This higher mind state is the realm of the saints, prophets,
and mystics. The senses are blocked out and all sensation both
internal and external is ELIMINATED. The feeling of the divine
is strengthened and the most profound and beautiful experiences
any human being can have become ultimately attainable.Usually
after much personal struggle.
is necessary at this point. These powerful experiences can be
so profound that the meditator may not want to return to a "
normal " state of consciousness. one can become SWALLOWED
up and something is needed to bring the airplane down safely
once again. This is the chief role of the master or teacher
in ALL universal meditation traditions. Many mystics take an
oath to come back before enbarking on such spiritual flights.
The Buddhist bodisattvah or the Jewish Zaddik are prime examples.
But there are many from all schools and it is the firm belief
of the author that these beings know each other and recognize
each other. A strong internal discipline is absolutely necessary.
If a meditator is in control of his or her actions and emotions
in general he or she will also remain in control of his or her
sense of " reality." Rather than negate his or her
life. His or her meditative experiences will ENHANCE it. Thus
adequate preparation is needed. It is not unlike climbing a
mountain. Even for the experienced climber there is always an
element of danger. A climber with limited experience would not
think of climbing Mt. Everest without a giude. To do so would
be to court disaster.