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A #Meditation for the #Mind and Body

This requires use of the ‘third eye’.  First become aware of the room you are sitting in.  Memorize it.  Then close the eyes   Feel the impressions of the room appearing in your awareness.  See the impression of the body in front of you and around you.  This body impression is an actually physical entity (your impression of yourself) in another, less dense level of physicality.  It is overlapping accurately the impression of the actual body.  This is the world of the imagination.  The world of lucid dreaming.  The goal is to accurately perceive it.

You should be able to be anywhere, close your eyes and be in the imaginary equivalent.  For those that perceive this, when you die, not the body, but when you, the mind, transitions, this is your new reality.  It matches your life on Earth exactly.  Everything you interacted with on Earth is there in your mind, in your imagination.  This is because, in every single interaction, you looked out the eyes of a human body, imagined the body to be you and imagined yourself interacting.  So it exists in your mind in a 3D holographic form in physicality.  

If you practice this and are able to essentially, lucidly move yourself around in your mind just as the body moves around on Earth, then you have become familiar with your reality and can actually look away from the body’s eyes and still perceive it as real.  This way you can avoid the death experience.  This access to your reality in which you actually exist is represented in the movie ‘Matrix’ when the main character realizes he controls his own reality because it is his own mind.  Of course this means that every other person you interacted with on Earth is in your mind as a memory, as you perceived them.

Everything you see there represents thoughts and is called a thought-form.  You can interact with your reality equivalent of what on Earth is just a physical object without a detectable vibration, by putting your attention on it.  Let it reveal to you its meaning.  The humans have been moving about Earth, acting out your imagination, constructing your physical constructs here.  So Earth reflects a different reality imagined by beings who are sleeping.  This also insinuates the possibility of mind control.  Because if you are unaware of the reality of things, others can pop into your imaginary world, appear to you (but not visible to others), and mess with your dream,  a non-lucid dream is built on associated context which becomes a run away train wreck.  You are seeing things, reacting to them, and not aware of what is going on.

Beings may pop into your reality (mind) to communicate and help,with awareness, but your unthinking, unaware reaction to them creates, in your mind-verse your perception of them which may be far from the truth.  Try the meditation.  Recognize your reality.  Understand everything in it.  Learn to recognize other consciousnesses that may be interacting.  Increase your awareness.  Recognize that energy applies only to this reality.  The human body lives in a much more dense reality and is not you.  Maybe even try looking at or interacting with the body as an separate life form and see what happens.  You should be able to eventually see your energetic impression, your less-dense physical self move independently of your impression of the body, which is the body’s awareness of itself.

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Meditation With Art

@alisonjardine

Gaze at a piece of artwork or photo and feel what comes up with body, emotion and thought.  This is telling you about yourself, beliefs you have.  For instance, a painting of a forest may bring up feelings of claustrophobia.  This tells you that you may have a fear of wilderness, forests, you may feel trapped.  But only you can determine what it is.  If you feel euphoric, then it is showing you something you love and it’s not necessarily the picture you’re looking at. It’s some concept you are perceiving that has been triggered by the painting.  This is a fun exercise to do with absolutely anything in life, including other people.

The beautiful artwork used in this example is from Alison Jardine.

@alisonjardine

Duality and Human Drama

Humans are hungry for love.  Not many experience true love.  True love is a soul to soul connection between two people who are their authentic selves with each other.  Not necessarily with anyone else.  Those who don’t experience true love define love as a feeling within the heart area that is like a push/pull interaction with the one they love. This is a need based love.  They give you something that makes you feel good about yourself and it becomes a dependency.  If a break up occurs, it really hurts because it is a withdrawal, similar to a drug withdrawal.  This need based love is felt as something desirable because of the association to the fulfillment of a need.  But the actual sensation is one of pain, like an ache.  Real love should feel whole body light and joyous.  And be independent of whether it is returned or not.

The reason for this love based on need is the lack of understanding of the body-mind-soul/person system.  The need based love is body love.  As in, the person’s attention/identity is associated with the body.  What they feel in the body, they associate with their soul.  They also disassociate from themselves by defining the soul as something they have, aka ‘heart’, instead of something they are.  This is also why it is hard to communicate these ideas – because of our definitions of concepts and words.  We don’t have souls, we are souls.  But we talk about souls as something we have, so I use the terms as people understand them.

Here is a simplistic concept of the way we are integrated into the body-mind system.  We are the soul who originates from outside the physical universe.  Outside in this case refers to perception.  Some refer to us as ‘spirits’, as in, ‘my spirit will go to heaven’.  But you go to heaven.  You change perspective back to non-physicality when you decide to leave and withdraw attention from the body so it dies.

The body is integrated with a ‘mind’.  We see this mind as our head and brain.  This mind manipulates thoughts.  Thoughts are used to create reality.  So the mind is a tool to create reality in physicality.  Thoughts are expressions of, interpretations of actual physical energy, and are used to create everything from planets to stars to galaxies.  The body is a tool used to interact with this physicality as experience.  There are many body types one can have which vary in density and image, but only one mind.  The mind is shared by all bodies and the thoughts that appear in it are not necessarily your own.  If you are not paying attention to it, then it can be filled with thoughts not created by you (ie by advertisements, etc).  

When you think, your attention usually goes to your head where your thoughts seem to be located.  This is the mind connected to the body.  You perceive thoughts, the thoughts have an effect on you because they reflect a belief you accepted.  Your reaction to the thought is felt in the body because that is where you define your emotions and feelings to originate from.

But the body-mind system is integrated, like a complex, organic AI suit (like in the movie ‘Avatar’) to you.  Currently we define ourselves as this body-mind suit and our ‘souls’ go to heaven.  This is insane.  We are the soul.  We are the observers in the suit.  Our awareness perceives via the body.  The body dies when we stop looking.  We perceive the thoughts in the head of the body.  We have our own thoughts which we do not consciously look at because we are hypnotized by the body, it’s mind, and the movie we are experiencing just like in ‘Avatar’.  As we perceive, we think and feel.  This thinking is usually hidden from us because we haven’t yet learned to recognize it.  When you speak ‘from the heart’, you are speaking your actual thoughts, not the head thoughts.  When speaking this way, words just come out.  You are not looking at your thoughts in the head for words, they just come out along with feelings.  When your attention is fully focused on something outside of yourself, you are speaking more authentically as yourself.  Even if you are screaming.  That is the authentic you.  When you are speaking while watching the thoughts in the head, you might as well be channelling.  

True expression of your own thoughts shoukd resonate with your very sense of self, not necessarily your body.  You can actually have your own thoughts coming from the heart which disagrees with those in your head.  This is similar to the man/woman drama where men speak from the head more often and women speak from the heart more often,

You can connect with yourself via meditative techniques.  Put your attention on your heart area, the area that seems to be the source of passion when expressing your true self.  Ignore the thoughts in the head and just listen.  Thoughts which feel softer can be sensed.  That’s you.  You feel these thoughts as a sense of knowing and gentle impressions.  Listen to this sense to reveal the thought.  These thoughts can be felt in the body and effect the health of the body.  These thoughts are also translated by the mind of the body, and if you are not conscious of your actual thought, the meaning can be lost in translation.  This is due to definitions and associations created within the head of the body due to your education and experience in the body.

So there are three main components:  body, the body mind, and you (the soul) interacting, which can create havoc if you are not in conscious control of the whole apparatus.  For instance,  you can feel a soul connection with someone, and you feel this as a sense of ‘I love this’ without knowing what this is.  You just feel a sense of love when that person is around.  If your attention is on the body-mind system, then you are aware you are loving something and associate that feeling to whatever it is you are doing or experiencing.  If you are beating that person up because you are following your body-mind, as in, that person just looked at me the wrong way and I’m going to teach him a lesson’, your body can feel determined, excited and your heart can feel love.  So you end up loving the idea of beating him up, completely unaware that the love felt is due to the interaction with a fellow soul mate.  In this unaware state, both souls involved are aware of what is happening.  Meaning you and he are aware subconsciously (because you are not paying attention), but not consciously.  Both are unaware because their attention is hypnotized by the body, the head, and what they are seeing.  This results in karma.  Your soul mate hurts because someone he loves (but does not recognize consciously) is hurting him and he doesn’t understand why.  The other person also feels bad (guilt,depression) without understanding the real reason why.  The head may go into overdrive making up stories to explain it, but in reality, two beings who loved each other just had a painful interaction because they we unaware of themselves.  These are people who exist outside of bodies, that remember and actually feel hurt.  So the next encounter, whether after death, in another life, will reflect this pain between them.  Until they become aware and consciously make up.

This idea is important.  Because you can feel like you love something and the head of the body creates meaningless reasons for it based on the context of the body perceptions.  When what is happening is you are recognizing someone, know something, etc that you are not consciously aware of – you only feel a sensation translated by the body.  Whether it be love, fear, anxiety, etc.  We are usually only paying attention to our space suit which translated our actual thoughts and feelings.  The we perceive the space suit feeling or thought, look around through the space suit at ‘reality’, make up a reason to explain it which is detached from our actual perception.  We, souls, are energy of consciousness which is different from physical energy.  That is why we use a space suit.  Our conscious energy is connected and we perceive in ways different than the body.  To have the body translate our actual feelings and thoughts and perceptions without our conscious understanding results in chaos and suffering.  So humanity appears to be insane with lots of suffering to go around.   The person in the example associated the subtle perception of a soul mate felt as love within ourselves and interpreted by the body as the sensation of love with the thought in the head of beating someone up.  So the loving sensation of a person was associated to an idea in the space suit.  

This confusion between body feeling plus body mind thinking and actual person/soul feeling and thinking is duality.  The soul, us, is the observer, perceived, programmer of the body mind (head).  We are operating complex AI systems which are usually on auto pilot because we fell asleep and now only react without thinking or respond using the head instead of our actual mind.  We are like insane people hurting each other without understanding what is actually going on.  

Sunset At The Pier

I’m learning to paint as part of my artful meditation.

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Artful Meditation

I played with color while listening to some inspiring music. No thoughts at all.

Mindfulness and New Age Thinking

There are no idle thoughts. (p. 27), A Course in Miracles

Mindfulness is a concept which proposes that to be in alignment with yourself, you need to train your mind.  You need to be a viligant observer of your thoughts.  You need to be aware of your emotions, what you are currently feeling in the moment and aware of which thoughts are producing those emotions.  This is the way towards inner peace, the elimination of conflict within the mind.

New Age concepts seem to be centered around the idea that everyone is the embodiment of love and to express it is the key to alignment.  This may work in the long run, but it seems to be a much more arduous path to take.  Mindfulness leads to awareness whereas New Age ideas emphasize action without being aware of why it may work.

Meditation is a New Age activity which is the action of emptying the mind and filling oneself with an overall sense of peace and well being.  If you can match that feeling when not meditating, then it may be a solution, otherwise people just snap back to their ordinary non-peaceful state.  Mindfulness trains you to be watchful of yourself so that you understand why you are not in a peaceful state.

Also, filling yourself with a feeling of well-being  by chasing away whatever non-peaceful emotion you may have been feeling removes the potential of discovering the underlying cause of the emotion.  It may be a pattern of interaction you are stuck in and so the emotions will keep returning until you understand the interaction.  Otherwise, you are just covering it up or avoiding the issue.

Mindfulness is a path that leads to permanent solutions to mental and emotional conflict.  Understanding yourself means understanding your neighbors and makes off more peaceful interactions for everyone.

Mindful meditation : Sounds

13 Things I Can Hear Right Now

To know oneself is to study oneself in action with another person.
-Bruce Lee

A washing machine
The breeze through the leaves of the trees
Birds calling to each other
Distant Traffic
Kids talking and playing
My breathing
The drone of an airplane in the distance
Wind chimes
Distant lawn mower
A nearby truck passing by
My heart beating
Wasps and bees buzzing around
A faint, high-pitched buzzing sound

The most surprising sound is the last one.  I’m not sure if that was an insect or even external.

iPhone Apps That Guide and Assist With Mindfulness

I’m currently reviewing some iPhone apps that guide and assist with the goal of being more mindful.  There are many free ones available and some that are worth a try.  The ones I’m currently trying are

The Now

This App is described as,

…an app to help you retrain your mind to live more fully in the moment.  The Now accomplishes this using a technique called continuous mindfulness training.  This process works by using periodic cues.  In this case, free iPhone push notifications with an audible chime and relevant message, to remind you to be fully focused on the present.  The ultimate goal being to make mindfulness essentially continuous.
It has received 56 reviews giving a rating of over 4 stars so people are receiving positive benefit from this simple program.   The app pushes inspirational quotes and techniques for becoming present in that moment as reminders.  Over the course of 21 days, the notifications become more frequent, beginning with about 4 per day.  Some example messages are,
 
Savor a song in a new way.  Listen to lyrics that you’ve never carefully focused on before.
Close your eyes immediately.  Break your current thought process and remember what your primary goals were for the day.

The main complaint users had was that it was not continuous, only lasting 21 days.  The main compliment was that they liked the action oriented reminder to help them focus throughout a busy day.

Pocket Zen

With this app, you can ‘get Zen moments delivered daily … timeless words of wisdom delivered straight to your mobile for a moment of reflection wherever you go.’

It comes with 50 quotes and provides 4 additional quote packs at a $0.99.  You can bookmark your favorite quotes to refer to at any time or share any one of the quotes via twitter, facebook, mail, message.  It also provides a copy button to transfer a quote anywhere.  The look is very nice with beautiful graphics and readable display.  Reviewers have given it a 3 star rating with most complaints addressing the loss of the favorite quotes from a previous version.

From their description,

We use a crutch process well call “Observe.”
When you notice yourself thinking (when you become aware of using Mind) end the thought with an expression – use your thumb to tap. The gong will vibrate and sound for several seconds. During this time, the sound/sensation will provide you a physical texture upon which to focus your attention. Hear, touch and in that feeling, let go of the thought entirely.
 The tapping refers to a gong which both vibrates and makes a sound when you tap on the screen.  This is the primary function of the app – to draw your Mind’s attention to the sound and feel of the gong.  There is an option to set a timer to go off at an interval of your choosing or you can just open the app whenever you want to focus back on the moment.  It’s an extremely simple app that can be used in a sort of Pavlovian way to train your mind to stop what it’s thinking about and focus on the gong.

It has a 3.5 star rating with only 7 reviewers who give it a thumbs up.  For those that like to have something to do with their hands, this would be a handy tool.

Omvana

From their website,
Omvana offers two types of tracks, vocal tracks with inspirational speeches, poetry, hypnosis tracks, personal growth talks and guided meditations. And ambient sounds which include sounds of nature, meditation sounds, relaxation tracks and even advanced binaural beats designed to relax your brain hemispheres.
MIX any vocal track with any ambient sound to create your own unique meditation experience. Take an inspiring speech or poem and turn it into a meditation by combining it with binaural beats. Or take any of our world class personal growth tracks and customize them for meditation, sleep, hypnosis, relaxed listening or more by replacing the default ambient sound with anything you choose.
 The app comes with a set of 6 tracks to mix with a simple interface that allows you to swipe in carousel format in order to choose 2 separate tracks.  If you would like to expand your selection, you can purchase from 100’s of tracks at their store, ranging in priced from $0.99 to $7.99+.  You can also record your own track and add it to the collection.  Any mix you create can be shared via Facebook or Twitter.  It has received a 5 star rating from 21 reviewers.
 

Life Purpose Lite

From their website,
“The Life Purpose App” provides a powerful (and formerly secret) method to clarify each reader’s life path and purpose, including the core challenges and strengths you were born to address. Each of us is unique (just as no tree is exactly like any other). But just as redwoods that are different from birches or oaks, each of us is born with a different “frequency” or pattern we are here to fulfill. Anyone who has perused the book will enthusiastically testify to its accuracy and accessibility. Understanding your own life path — to reaffirm, clarify and focus your strengths and address your challenges — can be extremely validating and liberating. Equally so, understanding the challenges and gifts of your parents, children, and others can change relationships and lives.
This app provides access to information in Dan Millman’s books that talk about life purpose.  To find out about your life purpose and themes to explore, you enter in your birth date and the app pulls up relevant information for you to explore.  It’s pretty reading intensive and the lite version only contains very short excerpts.  You would need to purchase the $9.99 app to gain access to the complete information.

The lite version is only worthwhile as a way to explore whether you would like to spend $9.99 to purchase the complete app.

Life Guidance and Inspiration

From their description,
Looking for insight? Facing a crisis? Or simply needing support? Find the guidance and inspiration that will help you live a happier and more fulfilled life. Discover the best strategy to help you meet life’s challenges and overcome difficulties. Access your inner wisdom and realise your spiritual potential.
This free iPhone app shows you how to use your intuition to find answers to specific questions and receive daily readings. Get instant insight into the root cause of a problem.  Discover optimum self-help strategies to support you.
The free version provides a reading using two cards in a two step process.  The first card explores the theme of life wisdom.  Three default questions are provided or you can ask your own.  An example question is, ‘What is holding me back from living a happy and fulfilled life?’  After selecting the question to explore, you use your intuition to select a card that suggests what might be holding you back.  For instance, negative beliefs.  Next you select a card for guidance.  For example, you might select, ‘Patience’, and the card will offer a suggestion for how to achieve more of it.  After the second reading, you are provided with a summary of the question and the two cards you selected.  You can save the result;, share it to twitter, Facebook or email; or select a new reading.  This app is self-guided in that it relies on your intuition to show you the relevant information.
This app has not yet been rated in the app store.

Total Awake

From their website,
Total Awake is an ultimate app for people interested in mindfulness and meditation training. Total Awake provides many kinds of meditation training such as Breathing Meditation (Anapanasati), Moving Meditation and Walking Meditation (Jong Grom). Moreover, Many special alarm features make you mindful all day long…
This app is based on Buddhism and contains many features, including customizable ones.  I’m not familiar with Buddhism, so I can’t comment on how closely it keeps to the philosophy.  Of its many bells and whistles, it has many alarms.  There is a customizable alarm for waking up, an interval alarm for bringing you back to mindfulness, an alarm that triggers with every footstep for mindful walking, an alarm triggered by the volume of your voice for mindful talking, and an alarm that will let you know when you are driving too fast for mindful driving.
 
You can set a count down timer to play soft sounds while falling asleep.  Or you can try a breathing meditation that tells ‘you exactly when you have to Inhale, Retain, Exhale and Sustain to let you practise a lot easier.’  You can also opt to play a background sound while performing the breathing meditation.
The home page is a dashboard that visually displays your progress throughout 3 different categories: precept, mindfulness and merit.  The merit and precept mode are supposed to guide you toward neutral thinking by completing checklists of things to do or not do for each day.  There is a large calendar display that you can use to access saved data from previous days.
Finally, the app provides access to articles on their blog and allows you to download content for offline reading.

For mindfulness training, the precept and merit features are not necessary.  The mindfulness tools are very nice, especially the feature of customizing your own alarm sounds which include gradual increases in sound.

AWElife

From their website,
AWElife was created to help people collaborate, connect and share resources to create an Abundant, Well & Enlightened world. With this app, you can become a member of AWElife, connect with amazing, dynamic and conscious people, share your value and views, find collaborators and resources you need. As well, you can get conscious news, media and information on topic like environment, ecology, renewable energy, wellness, social justice and personal development.
The main features of the app are that it provides news feeds for various topics, such as, abundance, enlightenment and community, and that it has a discussion forum and chat for members to talk and relate.  Although the navigation was not clear at times, it’s nice having an app geared toward creating a community of like-minded people who can find people to co-create with more easily.  It is essentially the community website put into a mobile app so you can take it on the go.
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