Sunday, June 02, 2013

The REAL Value of Meditation (You'll Be Surprised)

How many of your thoughts are pre-programmed? How many of them come automatically? For example, if it's going to be a hot day, do you automatically think about watering the plants? Or going to the beach? Or what time you're going to have to turn on the A/C? When you get up in the morning, do you automatically think of your shower, or that first cup of coffee? Often those are thoughts we've come up with ourselves, out of our personal experience. We know how good that shower or coffee are going to feel, and so our minds go automatically to them.

Many of our thoughts are automatically programmed - some by us, but some by our families or by society. For example, if you see a Rolls Royce, you might have automatic thoughts about that. Most of us have never owned a Rolls Royce, or even ridden in one, so we don't have a personal experience of it. That means that we've been taught what to think about the Rolls by society.

Our bodies are programmed by nature to operate within a small range of various parameters. This is called homeostasis. For example, our bodies don't work outside of a small temperature range. Yes, we've been able to extend that with clothing and shelter, but even then, we only operate from perhaps -50F to 110F. which is quite small considering that fires often go to 1500F, and the temperature of most of the universe is about -118F. Our bodies only work in a small pH range, as well.

People are intimately connected with their bodies, often identifying with them, thinking that they are their bodies, and only their bodies. Consequently, society, which is just people, is set up to foster homeostasis. That is, society is generally set up to keep things the same, or at most, change in tiny increments.

This applies to thoughts, too. People can only transmit thoughts they already have. Again, society is just a lot of other people. So in a way, society programs us to have the same thoughts other people are already having -- society programs us to stay the same.

This rigid framework does keep us safe in many ways -- it keeps us physically safe (we know to run away from fire), and we're accepted by the group, which also helps to keep us safe (from the odd marauding wolf, which will attack an individual, but not a group). But it prevents us from shifting in ways that might be beneficial, as well. A simple example is that 70 - 90 years ago, cigarette smoking was promoted as being healthful. Despite decades of medical studies, lots of women applauded cigarettes' effectiveness in weight loss, so they ignored the studies, continuing to believe in the health benefits.

It's as if our thoughts make an impenetrable cage around our energy fields, preventing new information or energy from getting in.  Meditation, however, is the cessation of conscious thought. even briefly. As a friend said once, "I can't seem to stop thinking completely, but I can make the spaces between my thoughts longer." That cessation of thought makes spaces in the thought cage around your energy field.

Those spaces are where new information, in the form of wisdom, creativity or energetic upgrades can occur.

In general, higher energy is more powerful than lower energy. It travels farther and affects more people. This is exemplified by the fact that X-rays (the frequencies of which range in the 10 to the 16th to 19th powers) can penetrate things that look solid in the visible light spectrum (whose frequencies are in the 10 to the 13th power).

So beings, like gurus or spirit guides, who transmit higher energy will always spread higher light than is currently available. This higher light carries higher wisdom, creativity and new ideas.

Unfortunately, the higher light, higher wisdom, new ideas and creativity are a mixed blessing, at least at first. This is because the higher light is confronted by homeostasis, both personal and societal, which is unbelievably uncomfortable. The two are going to fight for space in your energy field, if you will, or in the common thought forms of society. In the end, though, the higher light always wins. It changes you for the better, as it changes society for the better.

(This material was given to me in mediation, of course!)

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