- Tony wrote in post #1406:
I had switched off the running commentary. I felt like I was floating
in zero gravity. I also noticed a pleasant feeling of release in my
stomach area as if a normal tightness was suddenly released. I then
decided (without the usual commentary) to release the attachment to my
body. Creative ideas popped up (work related). This gave me the
realization that these ideas were already in my mind but it took the
release of attachment to my thoughts to release or see the ideas.
This is a great description of the shift from the Alpha state (8-13
MHz on an EEG), which is accompanied by a progressive endorphin
release, and the entering of the Theta state (4-7 MHz) that is
characterized by creativity. This state occurs naturally when we are
just falling asleep and when we are just leaving deep sleep (Delta
state 0 to 4 MHz). That's when we often get "the
solution" to a problem that we couldn't get when awake and
the mind was busy chattering (Beta 14 25 MHz). The
problem for beginners is that as they go deeper into the meditative
Alpha state, they become so comfortable that they go right fro Alpha
to Delta and fall asleep. The solution to this problem is simple ---
"practice makes perfect"!
Tony wrote in post # 1408:
Stopped thought for a brief period just to relax and enjoy the
stillness in the meditation. This did not last long as more thoughts
came in through the back door. These thoughts convinced me that since
I was in complete control, it did not matter what I thought about
since I could always stop the thoughts at any time. Famous last
Great line! ("Famous last thoughts!") Of course, we are never
in control of anything, and this can be demonstrated very easily ---
can you guarantee that you will be able to get up and leave the room
you are now in without falling on your face? As you know, no. The
reality is "Thy will be done". That's why it is often
suggested to actually give yourself a pre-meditative direction/prayer
that contains something similar to:
"Mind, you chatter all day, but now in this meditative time, be
quiet! While I am meditating; no comparisons, no judgments, no
chattering!!" Similarly, command/pray for your emotions and your
body to not disturb you. (IE: "Emotions, no soaring to the highest
heavens, no sobbing from despair. Just maintain a calm serenity"
"Body, no itching, twitching, tension, or anything else that is
distracting. You carry me around all day, but in this time, just
maintain a relaxed non-intrusive position").
In any event, once again you are posting some of the most eloquently
stated, and relevant to many, meditative experiences/knowledge
anywhere on the web. So many sites and groups just sing one song, like
"Just understand!", or "Just ask `Who am I'", or
"Well after all, your being a separate from the universe person is
just an illusion", etc. And for the huge majority of meditators,
this is not relative to their experience or understanding. Virtually
everything you post is.
- Hi Bob,
Thank you so much for your comments. They bring a lot of clarity for me.
I also want to thank everyone who reads my posts. My posting has brought an
odd stability to my meditation. When I think that others will read my posts,
it helps to guide me from going off in self indulgent tangents. It is a
little like what could happen to someone marooned on a desert island. They
could easily create a fantasy-reality which they could indulge in.
One of the interesting things about meditation is the vast scope it presents
because your mind has so much freedom compared to day to day living. It
takes some maturity to steer in seemingly dull directions. "A little help
from your friends" makes up for a large need for maturity.