What is Empty Mind Meditation? – it is a clear mind meditation technique in which the mind is gradually emptied of all thoughts which interfere in the process of meditation. Buddhists call this method Vipassana or Anapanasati. It is easy to say that the main purpose of meditation is to align yourself to the universal energy with no thoughts. That is really hard to do and achieving this state of mind requires lots and lots of practice and dedication. Buddhists and Christian monks often engage in an entire life of striving to achieve total detachment, coupled with dedicated and disciplined practices to attain this desired state of mind in which unnecessary thoughts completely disappear from the mind during meditation.
In the ancient times, spiritual greats had used the Empty Mind method to attain enlightenment. Buddha, for example, under the banyan tree, attained enlightenment while using the method of Empty Mind. Jesus engages in Empty Mind Meditation at Mount Tabor and Gethsemane to achieve total emptiness of his mind and will. Great Hindu Mystics were often seen engaged in Empty Mind Meditation in the Himalayan Caves, in Ganges River, and in their favorite nook striving to achieve the total emptiness of mind from unnecessary human thoughts. Great Mystics of the Christian Church likewise engaged in deep spiritual meditation using the Empty Mind Meditation Technique to free themselves from selfish thoughts which interfere in their ascend to a higher level of spirituality. This only shows that this technique is as ancient and as new as the Great Religions of the World and have been round for thousands of years.
Empty mind meditation is common because the purpose of mediation is to align yourself with the universe and remove the ‘ego’ or ‘self’ from you thoughts. So you might ask ‘how to manifest what I want when I am trying not to think of anything’.
The mind is an extremely powerful tool which sometimes stops us from achieving the inner peace which we all seek. The mind thinks about 70,000 thoughts per day, it works frantically every second creating and producing all kinds of thoughts which hinder us from really achieving the relaxed state which is ideal for meditation.
Our thoughts embody our very own self and we are what we repeatedly think about most. We are in fact the products of our own thoughts. For this reason, the goal of meditation is to empty our minds of all these thoughts to gain the ultimate experience of the “Ground of Being” or the “Tao” (God).
The dynamics of the development of the self or the ego lays down the foundation of the importance of the Empty Mind Meditation, or Clear Mind Meditation Techniques. In the Psycho-social development of a self, a person develops the ego as they grow in life. The newborn baby has no concept of the ego or self, as the baby grows, it begins to develop a concept of themselves which continues to grow as they mature.
Who we are and the labels we apply become our thoughts. We label ourselves each day. Just think, one of the first questions you ask someone you have just met is what they do for work. They label themselves an accountant, a lawyer, a shop assistant and yet this is not who they are but what they do. When you are married you become a wife or husband but this is also just a label and not ‘who’ you are. The ego loves to get involved, interfere and protect the labels.
I challenge you to think of the tasks and roles you do daily, washing, cooking, driving, your work title, marital status, are these who you are or more what you do? I am still me and connected to the bigger picture of the universe. Be real with yourself and define the labels but don’t let them own you.
The ego loves to protect itself and wants to be the boss.
So you must be asking, how can you focus on manifesting dreams when you are not meant to be thinking and clearing thoughts? This is the wonder of empty mind meditation, the more you can clear your mind with these clear mind meditation techniques the more you can manifest, including manifesting dreams.
The ultimate goal of meditation is to be connected with yourself without thinking. The truth is that “no one wants to be released from themselves” This is basically true considering the fact that it is unnatural for a person to want to empty themselves. Yet, all the sacred scriptures of the great religions tell us that the only way to enlightenment is through the emptiness of the self or ego. The Empty Mind Meditation is best suited to a lifelong striving to attain enlightenment through thinking and removing the ego.
This Technique enables us to develop that habit of self-denial which is radically necessary if we want to achieve a higher level of spirituality. For this reason, the continuous practice of the Empty Mind Meditation Technique enables us to soften the ego and helps us to inch closer to the most-sought after enlightenment.
For some people, the practice of Empty Mind Meditation helps them find some relaxation from the highly demanding and hectic lifestyle in which most modern people find themselves. The mere practice of emptying the mind enables a person to free the mind from the anxious thoughts which clutter the mind throughout the day.
The step-by-step process of Empty Mind Meditation is to focus on your breathing, focusing on nothing to allow all the busy thoughts to slow down, you then get into an alpha state of mind which is relaxing, this allows you to be free of the stress which has built up all throughout the day.
The physical benefits are:
- Lowers blood pressure
- Reducing anxiety attacks
- Decreases any tension-related pain, such as, tension headaches, ulcers, insomnia, muscle and joint problems
- Increases serotonin production which improves mood and behavior
- Improves the immune system
- Increases energy levels, as you gain an inner source of energy
The mental benefits are:
- Anxiety decreases
- Emotional stability improves
- Reduces stress
- Creativity increases
- Happiness increases
- Intuition develops
- Gain clarity and peace of mind
- Problems become smaller
- Meditation sharpens the mind by gaining focus and expands through relaxation
- A sharp mind without expansion causes tension, anger and frustration
- An expanded consciousness without sharpness can lead to lack of action/progress
- The balance of a sharp mind and an expanded consciousness brings perfection
The five areas of life improved by the regular practice of Empty Mind Meditation are: the Physiological Aspect, the Social Aspect which involves the way we relate with other people, the Intellectual Aspect, Emotional and, the Spiritual aspect.
The continuous practice of Empty Mind Meditation enhances and improves these five interactive dimensions of a person’s life.
It is believed in the oriental religions that the world is made up of the universal energy and sicknesses are just blockages in the natural paths (meridians) of energy inside the body. In fact, in the oriental alternative healings such as Acupuncture, Shiatsu, Reiki and many more, the unblocking of energy paths brings about immediate healing to the body. The practice of Empty Mind Meditation helps in the unblocking of these blocked energy paths. The start of this meditation is the moderation of breathing. Then enhancement of Chakra energy could be done by replenishing the different chakras with universal energy. Most of our bodily sicknesses are rooted in some persistent thoughts in the mind. Emptying the mind of these thoughts frees the mind from the cause of anxiety and, at the same time, frees the person of the symptom-causing anxious thought. In this way, the Empty Mind Meditation helps a person recover from the symptoms of the sickness by freeing the mind from the symptom-producing anxious thought. Likewise, the unblocking of energy could be done during the meditation process when one opens up the chakras and the energy pathways, unblocking in the process the source of energy blockages.
The undisciplined mind is usually a source of physical and mental pain. The negative thoughts which have lodged into our subconscious mind work as a gnawing hindrance to our self-realization. The Empty Mind Method can enable you to get in touch with these gnawing negative thoughts and eliminate them from the subconscious mind by altering them with positive thoughts. In the meditation process, you will be aware of these negative thoughts cropping up into the conscious mind as one wants to still one’s consciousness. This keen awareness of these negative thoughts would enable us to understand why we think in this way and act in this way. Being aware of them puts us in a better position to alter these thoughts with positive thoughts. Awareness is the first step to freeing ourselves from these negative thoughts.
Our emotions are also situated in the subconscious part of our mind. For this reason, we don’t have direct access to our damaged emotions once they have lodged into our subconscious mind. Yet the gnawing effects of these emotions persist in our daily lives. The pessimism and negativism we exhibit are often traceable to damaged emotions of which we are barely aware. In the practice of Empty Mind Meditation, we endeavor to empty the mind of all thoughts. Yet, as we engage in the process of emptying our minds of these thoughts, past thoughts rooted in damaged emotions usually crop up making us aware of them. This is a good time to be conscious of these persistent damaged emotions in the form of negative thoughts which readily crop up to the conscious level. Once we are made aware of them, we can rule them out of our subconscious mind by reprogramming our subconscious mind and replacing them with positive and optimistic thoughts. Thoughts and emotions are always related to each other. Emotions engender thoughts and thoughts engender emotion. Thus it is necessary to be aware of these cropping thoughts to heal ourselves of damaged emotions.
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