“If you just sit and observe, you will see how restless your mind is. If you try to calm it, it only makes things worse, but over time it does calm, and when it does, there’s room to hear more subtle things — that’s when your intuition starts to blossom and you start to see things more clearly and be in the present more.” -Steve Jobs
I started meditation about 8 years ago. There was not much of a difference in the first few years but I continued as a part of daily routine in order to add a "tick" in my "To Do" list. My personality started changing once I started reaching deeper into my consciousness level. Yes, meditation changed my life forever. The state where you are not aware of your self as a part of your body but as a part of the super conscious entity. The state where "Thoughts" do not have any place to tell you the difference between the good and the bad of this relative world. The state where you are a part of the absolute and do not relate to the consequences of the changes of this relative world. Once you become used to entering that state on a regular basis, your personality changes drastically. You become aware of the fact that if thoughts are not there, every living being in the world are same. There is no difference between any two living being in the state of super consciousness. Everybody becomes a part of the absolute. Somehow, I am feeling a bit awkward using the word "Super Consciousness". It makes me feel a bit uncomfortable. I don't know why. Hence, I will prefer to call it, the state of altered consciousness.
The first change that it brought in my personality was the submission of ego. I, no longer enjoy ego massage and I, no longer notice people manipulating their personalities in order to prove themselves different from others. I do not fight my ego, I do not suppress my ego or I do not control my ego. For me, it is not a trait to react. I just don't feel its presence. For me, ego is neither a negative nor a positive trait. It just doesn't exist for me.
I do not carry any burden or stress in my day to day daily life because, although I know that I am a part of this relative world, still I see all the action as a third person and enjoy the whole action as if I am watching a movie. Even if I am living in this relative world, I always sub-consciously know that I am the part of the absolute.
Fear of death has completely disappeared. Because I know that I am not this body. I am using this body as a vehicle only. Fear of death has transformed into curiosity of knowing what awaits after this life.
Finally, let me write about sheer experience of being in meditative stage. I will give you an example. I normally do my meditation in my library which is not the part of our house but it is at the other side of our back garden. Normally the area is quite peaceful and when I am alone at the library, I hardly hear any sound. As I start my meditation, all of a sudden the quietness appears to be disappearing and the sound of the wind, chirping of the birds etc. gets amplified. I started noticing the these sounds which I wasn't just a few minutes ago. Further, as I slip into deep meditation, the place resumes quietness again. All the sounds surrounding me starts to disappear again. Although, we know that our surrounding mirrors our state of mind, but its real manifestation is quite fascinating.
Meditation And Law Of Attraction Compliment Each Other
”The greatest revolution in our generation is that of human beings, who by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.” -Marilyn Ferguson
Our minds are conditioned in such a way that we tend to think and act in a predefined way. This process of conditioning the mind starts as soon as we are born. And who conditions it? This is done by our society, our country, our education system, our religion etc., in a very organized way. We get our minds conditioned unknowingly and innocently. We are made to feel that it is good because it gives a direction to our life. But on the contrary it is too bad for us because it hinders our originality and restricts our imagination. Living life is all about exploring new possibilities and experiencing new ideas. Living life is not about following a routine designed by some institution. Also, we start following these rules blindly. Many of these norms and rules are flawed because these are made by the people with limited knowledge. And then the society or a religion tells us how to live our lives. Come on, Mr. X and Mr. Y have come to live in this world different purposes. How can they live in a similar way? That's how our life style starts opposing natural cosmic laws instead of resonating with it. That is where meditation and law of attraction compliment each other. I recall a short but interesting story to give you an idea of how our mind gets conditioned. A man jokingly said to a very educated person with all his seriousness that tomorrow it is going to rain gold coins. The educated man obviously responded that you have gone crazy. This man said the same thing to an uneducated farmer and the farmer's reply was, well, its great if it really happens. The man laughingly said, you really think there may be a possibility of raining gold coins? The farmers said why not, if such a giant tree gets encapsulated in a tiny seed, why can't gold coins rain? Are you now getting how our mind gets conditioned? We expect things based on our past experiences. For us, only what we know is a possibility. We need to change that perspective. Our thoughts create our reality. Cosmic universe has ability to create abundance of possibilities.
The whole universe moves with mathematical precision and movement of every living and non living entity in the universe has an effect on the rest of the universe and vice versa. Can you imagine if one planet e.g. mars slows down or turns its direction, it may result in the collapse of the whole universe. What I mean to say is, one living entity or a group can not assume that it is completely independent and its actions have no effect on the rest of the universe. Every living or non-living entity are interdependent and if everybody's actions resonate with rest of the universe then the universe responds back in a positive way. But, unfortunately, today's materialistic world has completely gone against natural cosmic laws and that is the reason why we today, are living in such pathetic world . Physics has already done many discoveries in this field by coming up with unified field and string theories. They all give enough evidence that every living or non living entity emerges from one source of energy.
To cut the long explanation short and coming back to our main topic, meditation helps us achieve that alignment where our actions resonate with the universal laws instead of going against it. We approach inwards towards that source of energy which has capability to follow cosmic universal laws in very natural way.
Meditation is considered by many as a very complicated process which it is not. Our mind is quite fickle (Our mind is conditioned to live in that kind of state) and hence we need to give it a job so that we could bring our mind to a still state. So, why not ask our mind to keep its attention to our breathing pattern. So whenever any thoughts disturb your meditation, ask our mind to bring its attention to our breathing pattern. So, since now we have assigned a job to the mind so that it is kept engaged, we are free to carry on with our meditation. Now, you need to discipline yourself to do this meditation twice a day for 30 minutes and see the result in 6 months. You will find your whole life completely transformed within these 6 months. Only key to the success is practice.
Now, you must be wondering where does law of attraction come in this discussion? It does. When our actions start following cosmic universal laws, the universe responds back to our needs and requirements in a very positive way and shows us ways to achieve abundance in every possible way. It happens on such a subtle level, that it happens even before you realize how and what made it happen. That is why I have titled this post Meditation facilitates law of attraction.
And if you have already tried but not able to do it effectively, try the Meditation App below which will help you meditate better and more effectively. Either scan the QR code in the picture or click the picture (if your reading this on a smart phone)
The Worst Advice We've Ever Heard About meditation techniques
The thing about meditation is that you become more and more YOU. – David Lynch
Let me explain why I thought of writing this post about meditation techniques. I grew up in a very traditional orthodox family in India. During my childhood, pressure of following traditional rituals was so much that I actually started hating that environment and as soon as I left home, I almost rebelled against that orthodox Hindu environment. I declared myself as an atheist and lived with my new belief system for more than 15 years. As I grew older, I started realizing that actually I am not what I am trying to project myself. I was a deeply spiritual person but by declaring myself as an atheist, I was trying to take my revenge towards a society which was imposing their ideas and beliefs on me whether I like it or not. The system was such that if you agree with them, you are a good boy and if you do not agree with them, you are a bad boy. During my teen years, I lived with that guilt throughout that I am not a good boy. Fortunately, I got hold of a few very good books which changed my life forever. I read almost all the books by Deepak Chopra, "Same Soul Many Bodies" by Dr Brian Weiss, "Home with God" by Neale Walsh etc. All these books helped me understand myself and get rid of all negative energies that I was living with. I learn t how to think spiritually and truthfully without following any religion. And that is how I wanted to live since my childhood. I respect all religion, but I refuse to be a salesman of any religion. I wanted to think about cosmic structure and principles instead of following religious rituals. Topic of soul body integration introduced me to the world of meditation. I was too satisfied with newly found interests and instead of following spirituality as a boring subject or process, I started finding it as a real cosmic adventure.
Today, many options are available to learn the art of meditation and I have tried a few of them. Every style has its own positive points but it all depends on you what satisfies you the most.
Deepak Chopra has given a new dimension to meditation techniques and spirituality. May be in my case, I showed more interest to what he says because; I was able to relate with his style of liberal philosophies better than a religious preacher. He always backed up his spiritual principles with scientific theories. Deepak Chopra gives too much importance to the audio-visual frequencies around us and he says these frequencies have power to alter our state of consciousness. Meditation has capability to elevate our level of consciousness from being conscious to subconscious and then to super conscious. I have followed Deepak Chopra's style of meditation in the past where he gives too importance to lighting condition of the place of meditation and the vibrations that are created in the atmosphere by speaking a few Sanskrit mantras. I found this style very very useful and works really well specially if you are using meditation as a tool for your stress management. It really works. This was all going OK when Deepak Chopra came out with a new product "Dream Weaver" and for me it surpassed all my expectations. It is a mind boggling product and you really have to use it to understand what I am trying to say. It is very difficult to express in words, the state of mind that this product creates.
Basic principle of this product is same that audio-video frequencies around us have power to alter our level of consciousness. This time, Deepak Chopra has taken the help of electronic gadgets to induce these frequencies in our minds. If nothing else, you will at least feel relaxed as soon as you start using it. This product is a real game changer and it has completely changed the concept of meditation techniques.
Bramh Kumaris Raj Yoga:
I completed one week Raj Yoga free course and loved the experience. I came to know about them accidentally. I read in one of our local newspapers that St. James theater is showing a free one hour movie on the concept of "time". I went to the theater and there you had to write your details before you enter the theater. As soon as I wrote my address, the lady exclaimed! Oh you are our neighbor. I did not know but Bramha Kumari's meditation center was at one of the houses on our street which was a few blocks from our house. So, I
decided to enroll for their free meditation course. I liked their style of meditation and sermons. It is one of those places where you realize beauty in simplicity. Their style of meditation is emptying your mind from all kind of thoughts. It is a bit difficult to do but you improve with regular practice and feel better and more peaceful every time you do it. The teachers there are full of compassion in their approach and you feel good just for being there.
My Very Own Meditation Technique:
Earlier I had stated that I take meditation and spirituality as cosmic adventure and that is why in addition to following meditation techniques experts, I keep experimenting with my own ideas as well. At times I get mind blowing results. Here I am sharing one of my techniques which have given very productive results for me. I have named this meditation technique "Meditate by letting your imagination go wild".
Our thoughts, fantasies and imaginations are restricted by laws of physics, our brain's social conditioning, religious conditioning etc. as we have been always taught these facts and hence our brain gets conditioned to restrictions. Not only laws of physics but the cause and effect theory also restrict our imagination. We need to train our brain to take that flight of imagination unrestricted by scientific laws known to us. We all know, the outcome of our efforts is never proportional to the efforts that we put in. Life will be too boring and easy if you are sure that if you do this, the result will be this. All our efforts are being controlled by an unknown source and by an unknown logic. We can never ever quantify the effort of a person from all logical point of views i.e. intelligence, logic applied and amount of effort put in.
So, one day I decided to let my imagination go wild irrespective of any logic. I still remember, I was sitting at a secluded beach in Wellington and sun was setting in. I closed my eyes and let my brain go wild all out. Within minutes, I was imagining myself flying in the sky with full speed without my body. It was as if my soul is out and is traveling in the space. I was moving away from the earth. I was in the middle of the universe and was watching the earth below. The whole sky was dark and the twinkling stars were giving the whole scene an amazing beauty. I moved towards the Milky Way. I had that sense of freedom where no force is imposing any control over me. I was in complete control of myself. I felt very light like a snowflake. I am giving my experience only as an example. You are free to choose any type of imagination. Beauty of this kind of meditation is that you can be very creative. Unlike other meditation techniques where you put an effort to block any thought intruding your mind, here you become a part of thoughtlessness. Instead of putting an effort to stop the external intruding thoughts, here you create your own internal thought process which automatically stops the external thought. I have been doing it for a few months now and I am sure if you do it for 20 minutes every day, you will see the difference in your personality. You will not only enjoy those 20 minutes but it will become a perfect way to lower your day to day stress.
Overall the whole exercise is very enjoyable. Try it out and let me know whether it created any difference in your life.
And finally, watch this video to improve whatever meditation techniques you follow.