How to Make Money Meditating
How to Make Money Meditating
How to Make Money Meditating Yes, that's what the title says. There's no trick, there isn't a link at the bottom of this page asking you to go give someone money, and there's nothing hard about what you're about to learn. Better still, you can learn this technique in five minutes. Don't believe me? Skip past ALL the rest of this article to the subject header "The Technique." Did you see any phone numbers, links to non hub-pages? Anything like that, at all? Good.
Now, before I tell you how to do anything, I'm going to explain a couple of things. A Buddhist organization exists called the SGI (Soka Gakkai International), and they teach this technique as their primary meditation practice. There are other organizations that also teach this technique, but they are not nearly as wide-spread. The SGI teaches an angle on Buddhism that is somewhat controversial and has sparked the sort of debates and arguments you might see between a Christian and a Mormon. I'm not going to go into the doctrinal differences behind this, but it is my responsibility to inform you that the difference exists. Many people say a lot of bad things about the SGI--any large organization will have problems. I've seriously examined the Soka Gakkai in the USA, and have found them to be sincere, warm, and outgoing.
Nevertheless, if you need assistance with this technique, you can contact anyone in the SGI and they'll help you-even if you belong to a different organization. They won't charge you, they won't insist on a donation, but they might try to make you eat oriental food at a potluck. I saw a fish-eyeball dish once. Westerners have been warned. The Buddha always taught his disciples to doubt and test everything. Once you have this technique, doubt it. Test it. Kick all the tires. It worked for me. It's worked for millions of people. But I know for certain that there are people who have failed to make this work. Whether it is a deficiency in the person, a deficiency in the technique, or a lack of connection between the user and the technique, I cannot be certain. I do know, however, that doubt will not impede the function of this meditational, erm, trick. Because that's what it is-a trick. Buddhists know they can get material benefits from meditating, but they also are aware that it is the absolute silliest thing on earth to focus on.
Quick summary: I'm going to teach you how to meditate, for free. There is an organization in place that will help you make it work, for free. Meditation can make money, but the author hasn't explained how. Ok, onward!
A Non-Magical Explanation
I don't believe in magic. When I encountered this sort of meditation, and discovered that it really worked exactly as promised, the first thing I had to do was rationalize it. That took me a while. Meditation, the way I'm going to teach you, forces your mind to center itself on the present moment. It helps you let go of thoughts and bring yourself to the now. There are a LOT of great side effects to this. In a matter of days, it became easier for me to control my mouth when I was arguing. I overcame my diagnosed ADHD and could focus on things for hours at a time. (Butterflies! Whee!) More to the point of this article, being able to focus on the present moment allows you to see opportunities where you normally wouldn't see them. This extends to any physical comfort you could possibly want-from a warm place to sleep for the evening, to a fistful of dead presidents. This is the basest use of meditation and if you keep meditating, you'll realize this and naturally progress to a higher point on your own.
In short, the explanation really isn't any more complicated than "being in the present moment makes you see opportunities."
Like I said, I don't believe in magic, and I am especially wary of anyone who says they've got a technique that will help me for only a small fee. So when my fiancée made me watch "The Secret," I was a skeptic of the worst sort. I saw their video and it's actually pretty interesting. I think a lot of it is hype, but I also think they're onto something very, very important.
When you're meditating and trying to acquire something, you frequently do two things. You think about what you want, holding it in your mind. And then you express gratitude. The Secret says that you should express gratitude for the things that you WANT, as well as for the things that you have. They believe that this sends out a type of quasi-karma-like influence that helps attract things to you. I mention this because it is, in a way, actually somewhat similar to what I'm about to show you
Mandala's are crutches. They make it easier for you to keep your focus. There's nothing wrong with using one, except that you'll find eventually that you can meditate anywhere, and that the mandala just makes you more comfortable. It's just as valuable to print one off the internet or make your own as it is to go buy one. If you buy one, it is generally of high quality material and very, very attractive. Be careful that you don't get one that is so attractive that it distracts you when you're meditating.
Off to the side, you'll find an example of the type I use. Clicking on the thumbnail will provide a printer friendly version.
The technique is a form of mantra meditation. If you're coming to meditation from only a basic understanding, this will seem like the opposite of meditating to you. It isn't. It's meditation. One of the weird things about the SGI was that they did not identify it as such. Regardless, that's what you're doing. You're reciting a phrase over and over and over again in a melodic, singsong tone. You're focusing your eyes on a central point (a mandala) and you're gently dragging your mind back to the present moment whenever it wanders.
The mantra I use is often referred to by the Japanese word Daimoku, which means "Great Title." There are two ways to pronounce the mantra. Translated, it roughly means "I take refuge in the Lotus Sutra of the Dharma." The Lotus Sutra is considered the most important teaching of the Buddha by both the Nichiren and the Tendai schools, and one of its principle ideas is that Buddhas and Bodhisatvas stay in the "real world" and continue to help people, rather than vanishing into Nirvana.
The first pronunciation is: NAMU MYOHO RENGE KYO
The second is: NAM MYOHO RENGE KYO
Check out the videos for an example.
Great, so now you know how to say it and what it is supposed to sound like. That's the hard part. Now, you get to learn how to meditate.
Sit or kneel in a position that is comfortable for you. I highly recommend the Lotus meditation position, as it is conducive to deep breathing, and mantra recitation requires a good deal of air. Sitting in a chair will also work - I knew a man who meditated laying on his side. Don't worry about position unless something starts to hurt.
Begin saying the words, and focus on the mandala and the words coming out of your mouth. Your mind will almost immediately begin to wander. Let it, but after a moment, gently bring it back to focusing on the mandala and focusing on the words you're saying. This trains your mind to exist in the present moment. When your mind wanders and you bring yourself back to the present moment, back to the mantra, compare it to lifting weights. You want to slowly lift the weight to build the muscle, and you want to slowly let go of the thought and bring yourself back to the mantra. Be delicate. Don't give yourself a headache. Chant the mantra for about five or ten minutes, and then call it a session. Never meditate until you're sick of meditating. It defeats the entire purpose, and actually goes against one of the earliest teachings of Buddhism. Two more important things, and you've got the whole technique. The first thing is gratitude. Expressing gratitude creates positive karma. The more sincere your gratitude, the better the karma. It may seem silly to you, since Buddhists do not have a god, but offering gratitude is a powerful karmic action. It gives you a positive feeling, and it makes positive motion within you. That's one of the reasons why I liked that "Secret" film. They believe that gratitude is powerful too-and I'm glad I'm not the only one to have identified this. Express gratitude when you begin to chant, express it when you finish.
And express gratitude while you're doing the chanting itself. Your thoughts are going to wander, so if you express gratitude for good things your mind wanders to, you'll find it much easier to drag your mind back to the chanting. Which brings us to the second thing. Making money. While you're chanting, determine to make money. Don't ask for it, determine to get it. And it comes. The Japanese Buddhist Scholar Nichiren, who is the person who established this mantra as the wide-spread meditation that it is, once wrote: "Though the tide might cease to ebb and flow, and though the sun might rise up in the west, it will never come about that the prayers of the practitioner of the lotus sutra could go unanswered." I've never once been denied a sincere prayer when I was in need. I got a girlfriend from this technique, LITERALLY thrown in my lap, I've gotten money, I've seen other people get money,
What You Can Do, What You Can’t.
Don't chant and determine that something harmful befall someone else. This is negative karma, and you're actually quite likely to hurt yourself if you do this. Don't chant and hope for absurd things. Magic carpets full of $100 bills aren't likely to appear. Ever.
What you can do with it, however, is virtually limitless, beyond those things I just listed. If you make a firm determination while you're meditating, you, yourself, of your own power, are bound to fulfill it.
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