Thursday, April 29, 2010

Witnessing The Witness and The Law of Attraction

Deeper than your physical body, deeper than your mind and soul, in the middle of it all, there you are. You have an awareness, and this awareness generally is rooted in the physical world. With this, most of us see some of our physical surroundings and are conscious of some of our thoughts.

Consider a possibility with me for just a moment. After you have learned to silence your mind and just observe the here and now (see my article, The Silent Mind), what then? Is that all there is to awareness? Are you really confined to that space inside your physical body from which you are seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, and feeling? Or have you just begun?

After you have learned to just observe in a stilled mind, now you can back up just a little bit more and observe yourself observing. What is conscious of what's around you? Around what is everything you're observing? Take a few moments to watch yourself watching.

When I do this, it is as though there is a white light which represents the level of awareness which used to be the center of my perception. It's something I can't really describe. It's part of my mind. But as I step up a level and watch that which I previously thought was me, watching, another shift in awareness and perception begins to take place.

This next level is much more closely connected to what's called the Law of Attraction. This universal law is widely misunderstood, and it is often treated as a "Holy Grail" which offers possible unending riches and happiness to those who learn to weild its powers. But that leaves out the God factor completely.

That being said, the Law of Attraction does govern many of the things that happen in our lives. And when we, in our point of awareness, step closer to that part of us which interacts directly with the forces behind this law, we can start to change our perceptions, our expectations, and even our future, to whatever extent God and the will of others allow.

It will no longer be "I believe such and such will happen," but "I have just projected such and such into my reality, as I watch from where I can see my past and future as though it were a clothes line dipping down to meet me in the here and now. It is already created in that time line. Any actions I must take right now to cooperate with that reality, I now take (not doing so may change that future). It already is so."

And when you start feeling that peaceful excitement, then you just might have successfully created something, here and now, already existing and clearly seen on your timeline from your present-moment witness.

Witnessing the witness can turn every moment into a meditation. You will begin to see more and more of not only what's going on around you, but how you are interacting with the world around you and what you are expressing, both physically and mentally.

Perhaps you will start to notice an atmosphere around you of doubt, or fear, or an expectation that certain things will or will not happen. Not only that, but you will start to learn how to change those things. Witnessing the witness is truly a wonderful thing to do. Just like regular workouts at the gym, it won't directly cause you to grow spiritually, but you will most certainly grow in the realm of the soul, and that's 1/3 of the "you" God has given into your care!

So, after you have learned to be still and observe, start observing yourself observing. You will most certainly be glad you did!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Dream Journaling

Most people don't bother to keep a dream journal. But if you're interested in exploring the realms of your mind, this is one thing you won't want to skip!

For one thing, your dreams are a "portal," if you will, into your subconscious. When you ignore your dreams, you are telling your mind that they are unimportant, and you will remember less and less of them as time goes on. Some people think they don't even have any dreams, because they have unknowingly trained themselves that their dreams aren't important enough to remember.

Keep a notebook and pen by your bed. You may also wish to keep a book light there, in case you wake up while it's still dark and don't want to wake up anyone else by turning on a larger light. When you first wake up is the best time to write down your dreams. In these fleeting moments, you are still partially in that atmosphere of dreams, and you can recall some of the fleeting feelings, images, and strange logic of your dreams. These are in the language of your subconscious, so capturing these impressions is a very important part of developing a conscious relationship with your inner mind!

The more you write down all the details of your dreams, the more dreams you will remember. I haven't been dream journaling for very long (a few weeks), but I can already remember, on average, one or two dreams every night. Before I started doing this, I would remember maybe one dream every month!

Dream journaling can (and most likely will) lead to lucid dreams, in which you are aware you're dreaming. Since you are becoming more and more familiar with your dream state by consciously committing your dream experiences to paper, you are "poking into" your subconscious world, becoming more comfortable with it, and you will become more and more likely to "pop into" it before you wake up, especially if you're practicing other methods designed to produce a lucid dream.

Lucid dreams, in case you don't know, are dreams in which you become aware that you're dreaming. If you focus on a visual detail of your dream and don't become overly excited (self control!), you can stay in the dream for increasing amounts of time. My favorite thing to do in a lucid dream is to fly! And as you explore and become increasingly familiar with the dream state, you will discover many things about the world of the mind (or soul) that can transform your waking life.

Tuning into the subconscious mind by dream journaling may also increase your level of intuition. In addition to that, you may start to gain various insights into problems that need to be resolved as well as their resolution. Many people successfully use dream journaling to solve difficult business, science, or other issues that their hours of conscious struggling alone can't solve. Chances are your subconscious has already been working through some issues in your life or on your job, and tuning into your dream world can bring this to the surface.

So start dream journaling today! If you stick with it, I think you'll be very glad you did! Feel free to comment with some of your own experiences.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Driving Meditation

Meditation music and brainwave entrainment audios carry warnings such as "Do not listen to this while driving or operating heavy machinery." And you should heed those warnings. However, the type of driving meditation I'd like to talk about today has the opposite effect.

In the article The Silent Mind, we talked about shutting our "mental motor mouths" so we can experience more of what is going on around and inside us. Practicing mental silence can turn anything into a meditation. For example, my daily walks are times of meditation, composed mostly of just stopping the inner chatter and instead drinking in everything around me.

But what about driving? Is meditation safe while you're driving your automobile? For most types of meditation, I'd say NO. But for what I'm going to call the "Driving Meditation," I'd say it's more safe than driving without it.

Most of us don't realize how much of our driving is semi-automatic. Our conscious minds are a million miles away, or half a million at best. We wander from this to that, traveling the mental universe, and swinging from the past to the future. From time to time we dip momentarily into the present moment and into the driver's seat, and then spring off into the world of our minds once again.

What do you think people are doing when they pull out in front of you? Or run a red light or stop sign? Or nearly run you over when you're walking in the parking lot or crossing the street? Sure, there are drivers who are just careless or even under the influence of drugs or alcohol. But for the most part, they simple are not in the here and now.

When we silence our minds and tune into what's around us, we come into the present moment and the present location. And what better time to do this than when you're driving!

Focus on what you see and hear. Turn off the radio. Sit up straight, like someone who is both relaxed and alert. If or when your mind starts to wander, bring it back. For some people, this will produce a very exciting experience. For others, it will seem incredibly boring. But keep in mind that there are no ordinary moments. Every moment of our lives is bathed in amazing wonder. We need only learn how to see it, hear it, smell it, taste it, and feel it.

Feel free to post a comment, and share your own experiences, questions, or even concerns.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

The Daily Walk

Are you taking a walk every day? So many of us live sedentary lifestyles -- we work in front of a computer or on a phone all day, or behind a cash register. While we may walk or lift here and there, we need something more to keep us fit, both physically and mentally.

Some of my greatest and longest-lasting discoveries have come during one of my daily walks, and I wrote about one of them in my article "The Silent Mind."

During yesterday's walk, I passed an area in which there was nothing but trees -- no houses, no yards, just trees -- and the wind started blowing. The sound surrounded me, from last year's fallen leaves rustling on the ground, to the powerful rushing wind in the tops of the trees. It continued to grow stronger and stronger, until I felt as though I could barely stand the magnificent power. Of course, my mind had been silent and still, just breathing everything in.

And then... I passed a house on my left playing loud country music in the garage, and a man on my right with a loud leaf blower, blowing pollen out of his garage and short driveway.

On I went with my walk, farther and farther. After some time, I turned around and made my way back toward home. After about 20 minutes or more, I again passed those two houses, and there was still loud country music, now to my right, and the man was still blowing the same pollen, now to my left. I realized it might take five or ten minutes to blow that small area clean, and he was just having fun playing with his toy.

I was sad, for their sakes, as I thought, "They have no idea what they're missing." Sure, there's nothing wrong with music or leaf blowers. But take some time every day to just turn off the radio, your toys, and your babbling mind, and drink in the music of life all around you. Take a walk and let the magic happen.

If you can get to a place in which there is more of nature, less cars, less people, more trees, grass, flowers, and sunshine, then by all means go there! The less civilazation, the better. Get as close as possible to the atmosphere God created for us. Close your mental mouth, and just watch and listen. You just might be amazed at what you find.

If you absolutely cannot get to a place like this, then walk in the best places you can. Even in a busy city, there is life everywhere, somewhere... and if this is your constant atmosphere, you should meditate that much more, and I suggest playing nature sounds and feel yourself in those natural places.

Either way, take a walk today! And tomorrow... and the next day... Your mind will benefit. Your body will benefit. And you will eventually never want to stop!

Avave Necar - Hallucinagenic?

The title of this post is really a joke. Of course agave nectar won't make you hallucinate. The reason for that title is the circumstances I encountered last night.

I have Type 1 Diabetes. Last night, after I went to bed, I realized my sugar was dropping too low. Since we've been replacing our food supply with high-alkaline, natural food, agave nectar was the quickest and most effective thing I could grab to quickly bring my sugar up so I could go back to bed.

When I first woke up and realized my sugar was low, I felt as though I had been seeing into a different "dimension" if you will. I assumed that was due to my low glucose levels. However, after my levels normalized and I lay back down, I realized I was still "seeing" into another realm.

My wife, who generally stays up a bit later than I do, came to bed and lay down beside me, accidentally waking me up. Upon waking, I realized I was still in this "other-world" state of perception. She fell asleep very quickly, and I could feel her mind entering into the dream state.

When I woke up this morning, I was still experiencing this. I noticed that her breathing was in rhythm (although not exactly the same) as mine, and I could still feel her mental state.

I doubt this was related to agave nectar, although I don't rule it out. Rather, I think this is due to a combination of my temporarily 100% vegan diet and recent meditations I've been doing to tune me in to more than just the physical world (and I don't mean the spirit world, I mean the realm of the mind). If that's so, that means this experience is just evidence of progress and will continue. I will continue to make posts and write articles including my own experiences, and feel free to reply with questions or experiences of your
own!

A quick note in closing: The reason I say "temporarily 100% vegan" is because this diet is for the purpose of cleaning out my system. I'd love for it to be a good diet choice for life, because I can feel life from my food now; my breath no longer tastes and smells bad, and all sorts of other benefits. However, long-term adherance to a strictly vegan diet often has negative effects, especially on second and third generation vegans, who have an increased risk of physical and mental retardation and other problems. By eventually adding a SMALL amount of organic, raw dairy (such as raw, organic cheese and yogurt) and organically-fed, free-range meat, the body can avoid the deficiencies caused by long-term 100% veganism. Of course the majority of my food will continue to be the raw, natural, organic, living stuff God created for us to eat!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

The Silent Mind

When we think of "clearing the mind," it's easy to equate that with opening ourselves up to everything. However, that's not necessarily so. Silencing the mind isn't like putting on a blindfold; it's actually more like taking one off.

Have you ever been listening to someone talk, and suddenly realized you had missed something they said because your inner voice started chattering about something else? We all have. We miss what's going on around us, and even inside us, because we are constantly running at the mental mouth.

It's an addiction. It's a security blanket. Our minds are like a hyper-active child who, no matter what you do, you can't make them stop talking a million miles a minute. Actually, you can silence your mind. But it takes, first of all, the realization of just how blabby you really are.

For the next few days, pay attention to the voice in your head. Listen to just how much you rattle on about the same things over and over and over. Listen to how you make silent verbal comments about everything. For example, some time ago I was taking a walk and was trying to just listen to the sounds of nature around me. I would look at a flower, and my mind would shout, "Hey! What a pretty red flower! It's really lovely! I bet it smells sweet! Blah blah blah blah blah...."

I missed the gentle undertones of half of what I saw, heard, smelled, and felt, because my mind was jabbering on, making stupid comments about the obvious. It's like trying to watch a movie with someone who talks all the way through it... "Hey, that person is taking a drink... I wonder if that's really vodka in that glass, or water... It's probably water, since they'd get drunk otherwise with all the takes they must have had to make during the filming... Hey, look at the lady, she looks familiar... I think she starred in some other movie, what was the name of that movie? Oh, I remember.. It had an interesting plot..." Blah blah blah blah blah.

Realizing what I was doing was a good first step. By the end of that walk, I decided that it was time for me to grow up, and my stage in life of constant mental babble had come to an end. Time to end that chapter in my life and start a new one.

Practice. Practice. Practice. One form of meditation involves counting your breaths: In = 1, Out = 2, In = 3, Out = 4, etc. When you start chattering again ("Yay, I made it to 7!"), then you start all over again. While this method doesn't seem to work very well for me, it works quite well with a lot of people, so I encourage you to try it. With practice, you can learn to shut your mental mouth and see what's really going on around and inside you.

Since I've started having long periods of mental silence, and babbling less the rest of the time (catching worthless chatter and just "closing my mental mouth"), I've found that I can feel emotions I haven't felt in a long time. I can enter into worship more deeply, and feel God's presence more strongly when I do. My mind is more clear. I can focus more easily. I'm much more aware of my surroundings. It's definitely something good!

Raw, Natural Foods

Three days ago, my wife and I changed our eating habits (or I guess we're in the process of changing them by choosing to eat differently). We're eating about 90% raw, and 100% natural food. This is relevant to the topic of this blog because I've noticed, even after the first day, my mind is more clear as is my mental vision.

Yesterday, on my daily walk, I noticed an increase in physical energy. Near the end of my walk, my left calf started cramping (probably related to Type 1 diabetes, which I've had for over 10 years). In the past, I've not been able to get rid of this type of cramp without sitting down and resting for awhile. But yesterday, I was able to stop the cramp with my mind alone, and while continuing to walk.

Here's a pic of yesterday's lunch! All raw and organic. Kale, cucumber, cilantro, avacado, alphalpha sprouts, and grapes. The red stuff is paprika and a dash of cyan pepper. Delicious and nutritious! Just like God created it. Nothing wrong with eating steak and potatoes, but the bulls we eat get big and strong eating grass. ;-)

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Introduction

I'm starting this blog because there doesn't seem to be much good out there concerning meditation for Christians. I don't mean "Christian meditation," which most often is really just Christianized secular meditation; rather, I mean meditation (whether it be Yoga or anything else) as it relates to Christians.

There is a lot of misinformation out there, and this misinformation leads to deception. For example, have you heard of Contemplative Prayer? It's not prayer. Instead, it's Transcendental Meditation. The monk who came up with it even stated that it's for Christians who are uncomfortable with TM. The problem is that, by calling it prayer, it is suddently exalted from a way to exercise your mind and focus while having growing experiences in the realm of the soul, to a method of communicating with God and growing spiritually.

This is a very dangerous mistake to make, and we'll talk about it more in future posts. Long story short, this makes several false assumptions, including the logical conclusion that what we do isn't all that different from what the false religions of the world do. We practice basically the same things and have basically the same results. We repeat the words "Jesus is peace," while they repeat the words "I am peace." Both meditators are filled with feelings of peace, and communicate with a "higher power."

Where is Jesus? Is he necessary for communion with God? These questions will arise from involvement in or even knowledge of "Christianized meditation." A distinction must be made. The true nature of the soul realm (vs. the spirit realm) must be made. After all, we are all spiritually dead before we are born again (Ephesians 2:1). How then can we have spiritual experiences in which we are filled with "life" outside of Jesus Christ? We cannot. The realm accessed through meditation, then, must be something else, something lower.

It is the realm of the soul (the mental realm). And what you see and experience is not necessarily what really is.

We'll talk more about this later, as well as many other things. As you'll soon discover, I am not anti-meditation. In fact, I meditate every day (after praying and reading the Bible, that is more important). But I realize the great importance of realizing the nature of your experiences so everything can be kept in proper perspective and so you will not be deceived.

Peace!

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