Meditation is about having a balanced state of mind, that means feeling peaceful and calm. Meditation is about Being itself, that means it is about nurturing intuition. Intuition is about embodying your soul, or your higher self. Almost every guide will start with breathing. The basic workings of the brain is overlooked in meditation circles.
This leads us to the paradox: If popular meditation is mostly about relaxation, can meditation be expressed via strenuous thinking? (P1)
There are two main types of meditation. One is creative meditation, which can be strenuous and the other is maintenance meditation, which is recuperative. Both require focus, if maximum focus is required on your train of thought, the language of silence needs to be used. A center is required, then only flow can start. We can lose sense of the clock when we are deep meditation of the two types.
Maintenance mediation is often the center of attention in any meditation circle, because temporary strain is not appreciated as mediation. Only balance is needed between the two types. Thus the yin (maintenance meditation) and yang (creative meditation) is no longer solely mystical.
For us to have a good meditation, it is best to take care of the body by eating whole food, having enough sleep and having regular exercise. The chakras will work well if you take care of the body. Since exercise can help balance the state mind, it can be a meditation in itself.
Due to semantics, we don’t even notice meditation is already integral to our daily life. Contemplation is a form of thinking. Besides, to find better ways to use technology, we need to streamline our thinking. This can require discipline (centering) and can involve solving everyday paradoxes. Self discipline is about willpower. The veil of forgetfulness is when yin and yang are unbalanced, as we can see in today’s society.
Train of thought and centering
Meditation is about thinking. Thinking can be expressed in many ways. What is overlooked in meditation circles is that the human thinking is linear and sequential, so can only have one thought at a time. This is why the phrase “train of thought”, or “flow” is the best way to describe it. This is responsible for the illusion of linear time. This is also related to the term “workflow”, a word which graphic artists use. We can use reminders to keep us centered.
Mindfulness is all about streamlining our train of thought. Living in the now can be called mindfulness. It is also the power of choice, which requires discipline (centering). A single train of thought can lead to many places, so with the appropriate emotions, we can better program ourselves via habits to make sure we stay centered.
Centering is frequently mentioned in meditation circles. In mathematics and other scientific contexts, centering is called picking your reference point, point of departure or point of view. As we pass through the veil of illusion, we can find more centers which can be called perspectives, or reference points with the help of analytical skills. With the flow ongoing, we pass through more centers (point of views).
The view of the summit (middle way) is also a center. If we have remembered our multidimensional personality, we can better remember our center. Under catch-22s, we can at least have balanced yin and yang in thought.
Meditation can be a circle of doing creative (but strenuous work) and resting periods. So it is an upward spiral of strain and rest as we reach the view of the summit (middle way). The strain, anger or complaining associated with creative meditation is only temporary, they can be treated as signposts (center) to something more wonderful.
When we are disturbed, that means are thrown off the train of thought (flow), so we need to find our way back (choose your center). Disturbance simply means that the train of thought is derailed. Art or any creative work we have done can help us stay centered. Willpower is about keeping the flow.
We can multitask in a very limited way, but we have to we have to switch back and forth our attention between the two or more kinds of task we are focusing on. If we have to switch back and forth, strictly speaking, out thinking is still linear and sequential, no matter how fast our minds in switching. This can be strenuous and is ineffective when things require full attention and silence.
When we wake up in the morning, rituals or procedures helps make sure mornings are smooth. An example is the glass of water straight after waking up. A little bit of order and being organized can give room for more spontaneous ideas from your higher self. Thus being organized helps us center.
Basic workings of the brain
Train of thought can also be called the thought stream. The neuronal networks acts like interconnected roads in city, so moving from one thought to another you have to pass some other thoughts (centers). From your house to the city park, you have to pass through some landmarks.
The subconscious mind can make independent decisions from the conscious mind. The subconscious mind is made up the bio-robot part (responsible for habits) and the intuitive part, (responsible for direct communication with the soul). The subconscious mind works closely with the chakras. Habits can be layered, which was mentioned in Serial 2 of Paradoxes and Ascension. Paradoxes occur due to semantics and linear thinking.
The left is about logic, abstract thinking and analytical skills. The right brain is about intuition and direct contact with the soul. They work together with the human memory to store knowledge, and making abstract patterns.
The workings of the brain is also dependent on the proper function of the body. What we put in our bodies can influence Being. We can use meditation to support the homeostasis of the body. Homeostasis is the regulation of the internal environment (water and body temperature).
When we are strained, we feel tired. When we are tired, we tend to take any substance to calm us. Calming activities support homeostasis. Fast food can be comfort food, but is a silent killer, so we need to take comfort food that supports meditation.
Emotions create train of thoughts
Emotions (5d) is the vehicle for flow in the world of thoughts (4d), this means memory. One of the functions of the physical brain is to act as a receiver that links to our multidimensional selves. The seven basic chakras are the bridge between the higher realms to our body. The soul expresses it self via emotions. This is how we receive the flow of crystal (light) language.
Those emotions are usually centered on love because we want to break through the veil of illusion. This has been discussed in Serial 1 of Paradoxes and Ascension. If you celebrate a spontaneous idea and you think it is powerful enough to change the world, it is likely to be original. Receiving is just as good as giving.
Every thinking you do has an underlying emotion. Thoughts can affect the body. Something causing you to be angry can increase your heart rate. Soothing music can make you relax. You can even circumvent the sleep rhythm, but that can cause stress to the body.
Sometimes we don’t yet know (unfamiliar) with how something works. This is where we become inquisitive. Being inquisitive allows us to witness or observe something. We might consult libraries or mentors to give us a center, only then flow can start, also every gadget comes with an instruction manual.
The effortless state of flow is about letting the higher self lead the way. There is only so much we can control in the moment, and it is futile to control things based on preconceptions.
It can get better with practice as mentioned with the bicycle example from other essays. You try many ways as you get better with the skill. There are no mistakes, only ways that don’t work. Though often superficially labeled as negative, dark night of the soul give more centers that you have overlooked. It is worth the temporary discomfort.
Meditation is more than just observing your breath. We can use tools and technology to streamline meditation. Some tools work best for creative meditation. Some work well for maintenance mediation. The most common example is pen/paper, paintbrush/canvas, musical instruments, computers and music players. Not only that, a quiet and silent environment is needed. Potted plants as decorations can be used.
The everyday tools we use such as the computer or electrical appliances are centers in themselves. The moment we look at them, we are centering because we already know the procedure on how to properly operate them.
Group meditation: Festive setting
Meditation has social dynamics. Meditation may not be directly considered in sociology, but is tucked underneath semantic tricks. This is why mediation is something frowned upon in today’s unbalanced society. Group or community meditation is a higher fractal aspect of personal meditation, and co-operation is key to it.
Several tools are used for group meditation, e.g, forums. They require computers and electronic infrastructure such as the Internet. Something as simple as a forum with sufficient subscribers can use group meditation. Just as everyone goes to sleep at the same time in a given city, some don’t even need to set dates if they use maintenance meditation as a habit.
Using tools such as clocks and calendars, group meditations can be set. The group usually meditates on an affirmation or intent. We can use art to spice things up. This is why cultures use music, dance moves and rituals. Usually, in mediation circles, the most popular group meditations are maintenance meditations (yin). Too much yin with little yang.
If the group is very big, festivals can be created. This is where group meditations is combined with artistry. This is one big part of cultures we see in various races of the world. Some whole days are set for those festivals (public holidays). The group can be so big that they don’t need to meet up at a place, a whole city simply celebrates it. In religious settings, meditation is hidden semantically as praying and festivals are used for consumerism (Christmas).
Group meditation: Organizational setting
Creative (yang) meditations are practiced in egalitarian communities. Below are the basic social dynamics in organizations such as nonprofits and corporations. Tools such as some of the regular ones in our household (e.g refrigerators and modems) and tall buildings are used.
Some complex projects such as setting up egalitarian communities requires a lot of planning to balance the yin and yang of the group. This will require people of different talents and specializations. Group creative meditation is called teamwork in organizational circles.
Those who are the best organizers are natural leaders, then only workload can be shared evenly. This is why corporations have management hierarchies. The best organizers are as good as nothing without the other talented people. So there are leaders with different talents. They work just like a single body, made up of organs.
Since today’s corporations are focused on the faulty “survival of the fittest” mentality, the type of organizational management is not sustainable. There is a limit on how the lower levels can contribute to the pinnacle managers, so the information exchange is not very open.
The working hours don’t give much room for maintenance meditation. Too much yang, so little yin. Instead mindless entertainment is all over the place, they also work well with unhealthy thoughts such as “I am not enough.” This is the cause of dis-ease. This will be discussed in more detail in Serial 2 of this book.