I started practicing meditation at the age of sixteen. I used to sit still in a corner of my room, close my eyes and look into the darkness between the eyebrows and try to meditate. Everyday I would repeat that process. Is that the kind of meditation everyone else is doing? Over the years, my understanding of meditation have grown and changed.
What is meditation? From my experience and point of view, meditation is a state or level or awareness which you enter inwardly within yourself. It is the state in which you become aware of the substance that manifest and maintains all life (God’s love). At this level of awareness, you will have the power to know everything. Mark that last sentence, I said, ‘you will have the power to know everything’. I didn’t say ‘you will know everything’.
So many people out there say they meditate, but do they? What I see is that everyone is practicing to meditate not really meditating. They are trying to enter the meditative state. Just because we close our eyes and able to still our mind from thinking thoughts, it doesn’t mean we are in meditation. It’s possible, some may have slipped into that state, but rarely does it happens. It’s a different level of existence altogether.
I find it amusing, how people always say, “I just went into meditation” or “oh, I was meditating just now,”. What they don’t understand is, during real meditation, you are in actual contact with God Power. If all the people who claim to be doing meditation are really meditating, why are they still seeking God or be the way they are? It proves, their meditation is not really a meditation.
What they’ve been doing is relaxing the mind, and entering into a little higher level of wavelengths commonly known as the alpha level (brainwave). This level can be easily achieved during deep relaxation. Just buy CD on relaxation and listen to the music or instructions, and you will enter that alpha state. Meditation goes way beyond Theta level.
Often, those claiming to meditate loose their consciousness or awareness, and enter into a deep state of relaxation and looking at their own thoughts swinging around. Some get carried away in this thoughts and travel into the inner worlds of their imagination. After sometime, they wake up naturally, and they feel they have gone somewhere and come back. Some remember some things they saw. Some experiences as if they just woke up from sleep and dream. All these are real experiences but they are not the real meditative state.
During meditation, we have full consciousness of who we are and where we are. We will never forget ourself. What happens is that we condition our body and mind into deep sleep level, the delta level. Think of it this way, you are having a deep sleep, but you are not sleeping. That is the level we want to enter. There are currently a lot of products being sold out there to achieve this level such as using the binaural beats etc.
It doesn’t matter what approach you are using. All we want is to enter this state consciously and have full awareness and if you are serious about meditation, I suggest you take a personal research on brainwaves and sleep. In meditation, we are conscious at the level Delta wavelengths.
Meditation can help us embrace our worries, our fear, our anger; and that is very healing. We let our own natural capacity of healing do the work. – Thich Nhat Hanh