Meditation, the ancient technique practiced since antiquity for religious purposes, spiritual beliefs to calm and tame the mind… Today meditations is practiced mainly far from religious connotations, in order to relax the mind, reduce stress and anxiety.
Today meditation takes a more fashionable form “mindfulness”. Mindfulness is a modern adaptation of millenary techniques, to have a few moments of peace in our accelerated society. Without religious connotations, with the goal of relaxing and reducing anxiety, meditating from the mind to relax the mind. It is nothing more than a beautiful and very healthy distraction.
I prefer “heartfulness”, as opposed to “mindfulness” in its concept and intention that goes beyond relaxing the mind.
Any popular meditation technique involves in one way or another “stopping the mind thinking”. To achieve this, you are invited to pay attention to the breathing, the position of the body, keep the back straight, leaving the mind blank, focusing on the third eye, visualizing lights or images, following a voice or music to guide you as distraction, as well, counting internally from 1000 to 0, and so on.
The main focus is stopping the brain from thinking, however, via this technique more subtle and neutral thoughts are activated.
We already know what happens when we think actively or subtly, the hemispheres are activated creating a cerebral magnetic field that blocks the access of vital energy through the seventh chakra. We only relax as long as meditations last and few more minutes later. This happens because we only changed thoughts that stress us by neutrals ones that relax us in contrast. Nonetheless if this becomes a habit., it can become a healthy tool of self-relaxation. But nothing else.
Most current meditative techniques encourage the disconnection of the body, mind and spirit. For the simple fact of following some guidelines paying more and more attention to the breathing, to get away from thoughts, to stop feeling the stimuli of the body, through physical discomfort, itches, etc., As well as to enter in deep visualizations that they do nothing but create a mental movie putting the person in a kind of trance that creates another virtual reality far from the transcendental one, evading who and what we are at his moment.
It’s indispensable to learn and practice not to flee from oneself in order to help the mind understand and get free from erroneous and destructive mental memories and mechanisms, that prevent from living in harmony.
This is due to the fact that since people lose connection with their essence for having excessively activated their rational side, they think the mind is to blame for it. And despite promoting non-duality, it is nonetheless encouraged because of the inconsistency between “meditative …” philosophies and their practical application.
The absolute coherence is to unite Body, Mind and Spirit. Body-Mind-Spirit is our full integrity in this dimension. Our peace and harmony depend on integrity and coherence.
Uniting our Body, Mind and Spirit is our mission in life, our essence’s will, seeking absolute coherence to raise our vital energy “transcendental love”.
The world is divided, because humans are internally divided.
When the intention is only to relax, one learns to relax.
When the intention is to heal and free oneself, as it differs from the intention to relax as an only objective, one is prepared to transcend, to “abandon oneself”.
Is the continuation, evolution of previous techniques that are practiced today under diverse philosophies.
All techniques practiced are useful to relax the mind, to later be able to transcend the psyche and connect with the transcendental, with the source, with the universal energy.
I recommend using only the techniques that less activate the mind to be able to transcend it more easily later on. For example, avoid visualizations as they greatly activate the mind and transport the practitioner to a world of “fantasy”, and imagination, increasing the gap between “the fantastical” and the transcendental reality.
Meditation does not have to be a battle against one’s mind. The mind is not guilty, it is a victim of having been hyper stimulated and controlled by fears since very remote times. In addition, people fight from the mind to free themselves from the mind, generating unending internal conflicts, and making a considerable effort not to listen to their thoughts.
The mind is created to do little but think!
They say that an average of 17,000 thoughts per day wander in the depths of our subconscious minds. Is it not smarter and easier to connect with the “no mind”? And to try not to block our thoughts or switch them off as this generates an endless and exhausting process that will last until the very end, while closing the door of the seventh Chakra which stops the passage of health and inner peace, as I have mentioned in previous chapters.
Undoubtedly the no-mind exists, just as the mind, it is real.
Divinity, of which Einstein (father of modern science) spoke, referring to the fact that the brightest mind cannot explain the magic of the Universe, which existed and exists long before any human mind.
To be able to transcend the mind you need to get its permission, you need its cooperation, until you become one (body-mind-spirit) with the practice.
To help the mind give way to the no mind, we sincerely say and feel that the transcendental meditative practices have to be pleasant. We only ask the body and mind to make a little effort in the beginning. These efforts will become pleasurable, liberating needs with practice, and they will connect with intuition to deal with the tasks of tomorrow in harmony.
The brain relaxes when it begins to understand that it has no idea of the meaning of deep, real, transcendental, life. It begins to relax when it understand, taht the beauty of life cannot be seen, understood, or touched. That religions are interested and divisive interpretations of the “Wisdom of the Source”, of the transcendental reality.
If there were a god, it would be the same for humans, for trees, and for all beings, uniting and not dividing.
All beings are connected to the Source of the Universe. Only ignorant minds disconnect and divide us. My books II and III abundantly speak about the transcendental reality.
The transcendental healing meditation practice is divided into three parts:
1.- Preparation for Transcendental Healing Meditation:
Although it is not very necessary, I recommend performing a small simple preparatory ritual to help center the mind to meditate, such as lighting a candle, and/or an incense, and/or ringing a bowl, and/or putting a flower, and/or put an air freshener perfume, and/or praying (for religious people)…
Having a small corner at home exclusively to meditate can help and motivate you to gather there. In Asia they call it the breathing room.
– Take a warm bath before meditating if you feel very anxious, nervous as result of the ups and downs of the day.
– I recommend performing in this preparatory phase, deep stretching of each muscle of the body. This will help the body and mind to remain still during meditation, in addition to improving the release of muscles and joints.
– Let me remind you again the message for the mind as the intention is to unite the body, mind and spirit: meditation must be pleasant for mind and body. Just a little effort is required so that they can surrender at the final phase of transcending. With practice the little effort will switch to a necessity to “connect” without any effort.
2.- Initial phase to transcend:
This next phase follows the same conventional meditative principles that are practiced today. Divert your full attention towards your breathing, but only from the heart, chest. No visualizations!
– Meditate in the most comfortable sitting position, on a chair, on a zafú, on a bench, or in loto or seiza posture. However you feel comfortable.
– Pleasant ambient temperature and quiet place. Dim light or in the dark.
– You enter meditation with your eyes closed, back straight, shoulders back, in total silence.
– Relax each muscle of the body, one by one starting from the toes.
– Feel yourself in the middle of the atmosphere of the room. Then feel yourself in the middle of this room, then in the middle of the outdoor surrounding and then nature.
Behind every noise there is a silence. Have the intention to connect with this silence.
– Feel your eyes relaxed and protected behind the drooped eyelids with no tension..
– Pay all your attention how the air enters and leaves from the chest and heart. In a fluid and natural way. Observe your body breathing.
– We have told our body and mind that it must be pleasant. Well, if thoughts arise, we let them go.
But if the mind finds it hard to let them pass, we will breathe with our eyes (open your eyes slightly and close them immediately afterwards, slowly, without any intention to see or look at anything. Only imprisoning light. When closing our eyelids, light will illuminate and relax the nervous system through the optic nerves).
But if during the meditation process your body complains through muscle knotting, muscular or joint discomfort, internal or external itches (flies …), without opening your eyes, maintaining the same meditative attitude, very slowly undo the uncomfortable posture for few seconds to relieve it and return to the initial position. Feeling how “the body thanks us for relieving it”, to then continue meditating deeply from the intention.
In extreme cases, you can slowly change your position, if possible, keeping your eyes closed, if the previous posture was particularly bothersome that day.
If for an exceptional reason, one day the mind is very moved, crazy as result of a stressful day, and after trying to calm it for few minutes without success, gently and without having the feeling of having failed, postpone the meditation to another moment or day.
Flexibility with oneself is the most difficult “asana” to achieve!
These last two points are very important to make friend with your own mind and body. If not, you would enter into an internal struggle to abstract from thoughts and body discomforts, which would force you to increase attention (effort) on the breathing or in visualizations, which would generate a thought so intense that the seventh chakra would be totally annulled, and moving away from the so desired union, body-mind-spirit.
The practice of yoga, tai chi, “healing yoga”, tao walk, helps a lot to prepare body and mind to go into deep meditation.
In this last phase, when the mind is more relaxed, it is when we transcend.
To transcend is to abandon oneself in a long and continuous sigh from the non-intention.
Before, attention was paid to breathing. Now just to feel the breath from afar, but without paying attention to it.
Before we let thoughts pass, now we neither pay attention nor observe, if they pass or stay. We don’t care! They do not scare us! It does not matter! We are more than our own mind, but while uniting Body-Mind-Spirit, we are “invincible, and unattainable”.
For the mind it is to let go, to abandon, to surrender, to fall into the abyss of the unknown, of nothingness, beyond the rational, and the explicable.
The body is abandoned too. For this reason, from time to time, as a pause during transcendental meditation, for 5/10 seconds, straighten the back, open your chest, pay attention to the breathing from the heart a few times, and then you surrender again from the intention, to transcend again until the end.
During the meditation process make all necessary pauses, breaks to be able to transcend more and more deeply with practice. Pauses are important for the mind and body to recover, so that they help and collaborate in transcending without effort. Uniting all, Body-Mind-Spirit in this adventure of liberation and connection ♥
Alain Tello Robledo