Note: many people meditate for the purpose of healing themselves psychologically/spiritually or for the purpose of stress reduction in their lives. And it usually helps make us feel better temporarily. However, to effectively evaluate the long-term benefits of meditation we need to measure our bodies for such things as blood pressure, pulse rates and extremities' temperatures. (See Chapter 2.)

 

Healing and Stress Meditations

Excerpt from Chapter 6 - Spiritual Tools

The goal of meditation is to help us reach into and participate in the realms of spirit, in such realms to be taught, to be guided and/or to learn. If we attach ourselves to the form of the meditation or its helpers (rituals, ceremonies, sacred objects, chanting or drumming), then we have usually limited ourselves to lesser spiritual realms and have often overlooked the overall purpose of meditation.

In Awakening Spirits (Brown, 1994), there is much discussion of Stalking Wolf's ideas about both external (objects, rituals or ceremonies) and internal (bodily feelings, images, or impulses) helpers/triggers used to reach spiritual realms. Stalking Wolf recommended that an important goal was the ability to reach spiritual realms instantly without the need for meditation. Therefore, he taught that we could ultimately discard all helpers (triggers). Is your meditation practice leading you to its abandonment? Or, are you glorifying it and holding dearly to it?

Empty Mind Meditation. This is the most commonly recommended type of meditation. Supposedly, if we can let go of our monkey minds (that jump all over the place), then we will achieve the meditative state of "no mind." I do agree that it is beneficial to reduce the impact of our flitting minds, and I think that this can sometimes result in a slightly better alignment with our souls. However, the underlying purpose for the meditation will be the most important factor in determining alignment. With neurotic-ego-based intent (to feel good, to be spiritual, or to do the right thing) then meditation will become a covering-over process designed to avoid life issues. With such intent, then achieving an empty mind will not produce anything more than a temporary feel good experience similar to that reached via opium.

Notes: I do not recommend empty mind meditation for those 30% of us who have the top center in their Human Design Chart energized (see Chapter 12). Nor do I recommend subscribing to the following mind traps (Chapter 8): "everything is a mystery," "you can't know anything for sure," or "thinking is not good."

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