What is meditation? What is the point?
Some forms of meditation have a goal, and some do not. Forms without a goal, Zazen for example, often carry some form of enlightenment as a reward. Forms with a specific goal in mind typically involve direction of thought into the subconscious mind. Thoughts are difficult to direct to the subconscious mind, but if they successfully are, they will manifest, thus accomplishing the goal.
Meditation without thought is a Zen concept called Zazen, or the practice of meditation without thinking, and is enlightenment in itself. Zazen is done without any goal or object of concentration. Nirvana, the ultimate state of awareness and harmony, follows.
Meditation using a symbolic object of concentration is to direct your attention away from the conscious mind and to the subconscious. The object may be a mantra, sigil, image, or any other symbolic representation of a desired goal. Language does not easily transcend from the conscious mind to the subconscious. The symbolic object and the desire it represents will pass to the subconscious without any problem. By the way, the mantra MUST have meaning to actually work; creation of your own mantras is very simple. If someone gives you a mantra, it is useless for the purpose of directing thoughts to the subconscious mind.
Meditation can also be used to relax the mind. The quietness of your environment, and ceasing to think about the cares of the day and directing your thoughts to more relaxing ideas or images is all this takes. This is a simple form of meditation.
Other forms of meditation, such as Kundalini mediation, have specific goals in mind. Kundalini mediation is a method directing energy into the spiritual body. Continued practice leads to a form of enlightenment.
Meditation on scriptures, sentences, or verbalized wishes, at least the way most people seem to meditate in this way, is merely a way to overload the conscious mind with a particular thought. Meditation in this way is of little value, other than causing memorization of the object of meditation. At times, a deeper meaning may be found, but there are much easier ways to accomplish deeper understanding.
A few things to be aware of…
The subconscious minds DOES NOT understand a negative thought construct. It only understands the positive. Therefore, if the goal is to introduce a concept into the subconscious, and it is worded as “It is my desire to not eat bad foods,” the subconscious will completely ignore the word “not” and the meditative process will introduce the concept as “It is my desire to eat bad foods” instead.
Hermetic principles also tell us that the subconscious mind also does not understand the past or future, only the present, or the “here and now.” This is consistent with the “all time is now” concept of the astral plane. The similarities between the subconscious mind and the astral plane are amazing. The subconscious mind is your link to the spirit world. This should not be surprising, since most spiritual experiences, spiritual goals, religious groups, and so on have some form of meditation associated with it. Interesting to note is that Jesus spent a considerable amount of time in meditation, a practice that is seemingly void in followers of Christianity today.
There are many forms of meditation, all different in technique and with different goals. Thoughts are difficult to direct to the subconscious mind, “empty headed” meditation is not truly void in the sense that nothing is accomplished. In fact, the opposite is true … great things may be accomplished through directly controlling what enters your subconscious mind.
Meditation, using a symbolic object such as a mantra, sigil, image, or any other symbolic representation of a desired goal, can direct the goal into the subconscious mind. When it enters the subconscious, it will manifest in the physical world. Truly, what could be easier? Subliminal messages and hypnosis, by the way, are other methods used to direct thoughts into the subconscious mind.
It works like this … a goal is directed from the conscious mind to subconscious mind, at which point the energy of the thought is introduced into the astral plane, your link to the spiritual world or spiritual plane. Once entering the spiritual plane, the thought can change the course of your existence, and that of others as well. “As above, so below,” a phrase that states that whatever happens in the spiritual plane eventually manifests in the physical world, is derived from this process.
Posted with permission by the author, Dr. Robert Zee.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dr. Robert Zee, author of “Why Am I Sick and What To Do About It” is in private practice in Cumming, Georgia. The practice offers Chiropractic care, Applied Kinesiology, massage therapy, Reiki, and other forms of energy healing, medical Qi Gong, reflexology, Yoga and Pilates classes. Dr. Zee holds a degree in Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Doctorate of Chiropractic from Life University in Marietta, Georgia. The doctor is fully board certified in both Chiropractic and Physiological Therapeutics. He is a certified Reiki Master, and has lead seminars in Reiki and the application of kinesiology to various Eastern healing methods.