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Meditation and Thoughts

Updated on April 11, 2018
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Julie has been undertaking spiritual work for 18 years and imparts her knowledge of meditation and inner experiences through her writing.

For many years now I've been pursuing a quest for spiritual awareness. Not content to be told about non-physical worlds, I began practices of meditation, self-awareness in the pursuit of Self (Atman), and principles of a more 'divine' nature than I had been experiencing in my ordinary day to day life.

It is said that when the student is ready, the teacher comes. So I found my teacher and so far have not been disappointed. I guess, however, that the adventures with my spiritual teacher are another epic story in itself.

What I have had the good fortune to experience though is the slowing down of thoughts. So much so that I am able to watch them. Silencing the mind is an endless pursuit, often thwart with more dangers than a battlefield. The experience became quite tangible. Thoughts feel like pancakes being dropped from above the head; The brain is like the frying pan, and its purpose is to cognize those thoughts.

Understand when I talk about meditation it is an involution of all external senses and the pursuit of stillness, centredness and lack of thought. I use my third eye as the tool to go inward to reach different states of consciousness. You can have many experiences during meditation, bliss being one of them. A thoughtless meditation is one to aspire to and difficult to achieve. Any space or experience of a slowing down of thought will rest the physical body. Hence the feeling of wellbeing and for some rejuvenation after meditation practices. You can see how people cross over meditation with relaxation and think it is the same thing. Relaxation is a result of meditation. Meditation has different meanings to different esoteric traditions, and the purpose is not relaxation for most.


So what does it feel like to not have thoughts in the head? Absolutely wonderful. The experiences can be fleeting nonetheless, they are refreshing and a relief. Mindless states have qualities of lightness, levity, buoyancy, and ease. When these states can be re-experienced on a regular basis there is a marked improvement in your health. The flip side of ease is dis-ease and you can see the frantic pace of thoughts is a contributing factor to stress.

Thoughts, as a tangible substance, is not easy to see or feel initially. You can probably understand the congestion of thoughts as making a pressure in and around your physical head. Notice the frown lines on the forehead of someone who thinks the world will end if they don't have some control over their thoughts or those of people around them. Get a sense of pressure in different parts of the head. Tension is a clogging of thoughts, like too many pancakes in the frying pan.

Too much tension or the holding of thoughts can for some people create headaches. A natural mechanism that's used when headaches arise is raising the eyebrows. Try it and see what happens. When headaches hit, our body has a natural tendency to try and ease the dis-ease. We lift our eyebrows and automatically there is an easing. Lift the eyebrows and feel what happens. It's like someone is lifting the pancakes out of the pan. Do the process a few times repeatedly and get a sense of releasing tension.

Chronic Fatigue Sufferers and those experiencing depression will have no difficulty experiencing the pancake effect. Incessant thoughts of unworthiness, uselessness, self-bashing. It creates a tangible heaviness, very physical thickness in and around the skull. Imagine if you could stop the thoughts from reaching the frying pan in the first place.

As the great Eckart Tolle says, he does not like the term Mindfulness Meditation because the practice of meditation requires mindlessness. The analysis of thoughts and negative emotions experienced in meditation is reserved for a more therapeutic modality such as Inner Space Techniques. There are crossovers here at times because watching thoughts actually can help slow them down. But once you have begun to understand what it is you are thinking about, the meditation process has turned from one of stillness to one of continual thoughts and analysis of those thoughts. You might as well be having a conversation over coffee with a friend.

Have a sense of awareness of the process of your thoughts in your next meditation. Watch the dropping of thoughts into your physical head and liken it to the experience of pancakes dropping into the frying pan. Every time you see the mechanism of thoughts, uplift and continue in the space void of thoughts. The more you practice the easier it is. Don't be too hard on yourself if you have failures and your meditations seem like a waste of time, this is common. Persevere, practice, go back to the center of yourself.

In the hub Third Eye Meditation there is a video which includes a guided meditation. Initially, the guided meditation is a good way to structure your practice. Once you have stabilized your self, you can drop the audio and do it on your own.

Don't give up. The benefits of meditation are many and worth the effort.

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    • Jewels profile imageAUTHOR

      Jewels 

      6 years ago from Australia

      Glad you dropped in Quirinus. Appreciated.

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      Queirdkus Ω Ibidem 

      6 years ago from Sitting on the Rug

      Thanks for sharing, Jewels! What a synchronistic event for me to chance upon your hub less than a week after I did one about the practice of viewing our ego-based self, not only with love and compassion, but from an observer point of view.

      Another point that strikes me is your mention of having met a teacher. I used to think that I needed one, but since not one ever materialized, I take it to mean "he/she will arrive when he/she will arrive" and go on the along path despite the lack of one.

      So far, my hub ideas seem to have come as a result of meditation, e.g. immediately after a silent sitting.

      Voted up and useful.

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      Irfan 

      6 years ago from Adelaide, Australia

      will do thanks.

    • Jewels profile imageAUTHOR

      Jewels 

      6 years ago from Australia

      Glad you found it useful. Go above 4 to 5 inches instead of around. This may help.

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      Irfan 

      6 years ago from Adelaide, Australia

      Great hub Jewels ... after my hub i tried thinking not from inside the head but imagined a "thinking" layer about 4-5 inches around my head. its not easy to accomplish as i forget about it in situations ... i guess it will take some time. this is the first time i've read about meditation and gaining spiritual awareness. very interesting, thank you for sharing and very well explained.

    • Jewels profile imageAUTHOR

      Jewels 

      7 years ago from Australia

      hahahaha, thanks epigramman. May your inspiration continue.

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      epigramman 

      7 years ago

      ...well the thought which is meditating with me at the moment is the idea that my thoughts are always beyond my brain when I come here and explore your fascinating hubs of challenge and provocation ....... inspiring indeed!!!!

    • Jewels profile imageAUTHOR

      Jewels 

      8 years ago from Australia

      My teacher is big on awareness soumyasrajan so vision 24 hours is part of his 'practice practice practice' mantra!

      Thank you so much for leaving a comment on this hub. Much appreciated.

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      soumyasrajan 

      8 years ago from Mumbai India and often in USA

      I liked your article very much. What I like most is that you are describing your own experiences. It is a difficult thing to do on such a subject.

      I also like that you consider these exercises as awareness of one self (atman). In fact slowly one becomes aware if its identification with whole universe (brahman).

      I learnt myself that just doing mediation for one or two hours in a day is not enough one should try to change whole life style 24 hours to be really aware. Meditation is surely an important tool and your article should help many. I will also go through free book you mention.

    • Jewels profile imageAUTHOR

      Jewels 

      8 years ago from Australia

      Thanks for dropping by Tom. Yes, control of our ordinary mind and it's chattering would be a good start.

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      Tom Ware 

      8 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      You write very good articles, Jewels. It seems we are very much on the same wavelength. On meditation: I guess it would be fair to say that the initial objective is to bring our attention under the control of our will.

      Keep smiling,

      Tom.

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      couponalbum 

      8 years ago from Sunnyvale, CA

      Glad to read this article. Nicely written! Liked your other hubs too. Joining your fanclub and would like to invite you to join mine.

    • Jewels profile imageAUTHOR

      Jewels 

      8 years ago from Australia

      Glad you enjoyed it. It really does work, though most will not even try to do it.

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      Twenty One Days 

      8 years ago

      Jew`els, freakin` love this hub!

    • Jewels profile imageAUTHOR

      Jewels 

      8 years ago from Australia

      Thanks Cags and Greenheart for dropping in.

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      Greenheart 

      8 years ago from Cambridge

      Thanks Jewels for your interesting hub.

      Wishing you a happy and prosperous 2010!

      Gavin

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      Cagsil 

      8 years ago from USA or America

      Interesting Hub.

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      Deborah-Lynn 

      8 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      This is exactly what I need right now, in the morning I will start as my mind is racing too much tonight to begin, it will subside by morning and I can get to the focus point to begin.

      You have very valuable information in your writing, this will be a great journey!

    • Jewels profile imageAUTHOR

      Jewels 

      9 years ago from Australia

      Thanks Christoph for the thumbs up. The journey and all there is to learn never ends and at least I can hope to improve myself as I go along. Awareness and awakening - phew!

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      Christoph Reilly 

      9 years ago from St. Louis

      Hi jewels. Just checking out some of your work. I liked this. You obviously have made personal progress in the two years since you wrote this...don't you think? Your own spirituality, I mean?

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      Melissa G 

      10 years ago from Tempe, AZ

      This reminds me of an experience I had about four years ago, after reading The Power of Now. I was sitting at a traffic light on my way home from work when I suddenly became blissfully thought-less. There were sounds, colors, feeling, trees swaying in the distance, the flow of traffic. I had no desires, no worries, no fears... there was only that moment and limitless consciousness. I believe meditation is the path to achieving that level of awareness, yet I often find it hard to actually sit down and do it. Hopefully that will change when my teacher appears. :)

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      Jewels 

      11 years ago from Australia

      I see this as another label for the same thing. Consciousness is consciousness whether it be in the physical arena or non physical arena. And what you see is your experience of a non-physical arena.

      So would remote viewing be a state where you take your standpoint from outside your mind? Am interested in your experiences.

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      Louie Jerome 

      11 years ago from UK

      Interesting! I practise remote viewing which is another kind of 'consciousness and thought beyond the brain'.

    • Jewels profile imageAUTHOR

      Jewels 

      11 years ago from Australia

      Thanks cgull8m for your contribution. Interestingly it is not hard to relate headaches to a clamping of thoughts in the skull. Meditation is one way of unclamping not only the head but the body as a whole. May your meditations be blissful.

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      cgull8m 

      11 years ago from North Carolina

      I also meditate daily, it has helped quite a bit to keep things calm and also look at things from a broad view. IT really helps, also healthwise it is doing great wonders for me, I get rarely any headaches, backaches or fever.

    • Jewels profile imageAUTHOR

      Jewels 

      11 years ago from Australia

      Hi Annalene, As an entree to a massive body of teachings - try the Awakening The Third Eye book. It's now a free download via the Clairvision School of Meditation. www.clairvision.org The book gives experiential techniques to a form of meditation that instills centredness. Also it gives a technique to energy management, strengthening, awareness and vision.

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      Annalene 

      11 years ago from Richards bay South-Africa

      Where can I learn or get more information on these teachings

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