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Benefits of Deep Meditation and Several Types to Try

 
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So of course we all know about Meditation for relaxation, but did you know you can also use it to discover what is bothering you most? You can use it to find your true worth, and to solve important problems. The point of it is to enter a trance state and to exercise your intent in that state. Intense focus is required to solve problems. Ordinary mindfulness is not enough. You have to take it to the next level to reach the subconscious mind. This is the reason for the multiple stages of traditional forms of meditation. The stages each prepare you for the next one. According to Zen, the first major Milestone is Kenshou, where you reach yourself and learn who you truly are. This is also the first step in other traditions. But I'm getting ahead of myself.

First let's talk about your space. The place where you meditate is very important. It should be a place of focus, which is quiet and comfortable. Also, to set the mood include incense or smudge equipment, and wear loose clothing. Some people, myself included, wear special clothing for it. I have a robe which I am slowly adding the tools and armor of the practitioner to. It is a trick to keep your mind clear to attach armor such as metal bells and cones, boar's teeth, and bear claws. This is in my own tradition, you must find your own armor. But brass bells and cones are common. The clinking sound is said to drive out negativity. I associate the boar and bear with their strong attribute. It's all psychology in the end. Maybe you associate strength and clarity to muscle cars, so you wear a bunch of nuts and bolts from a vintage mustang. What matters is what you consider to fit the bill. Whatever you think, is more powerful for you than what others think. The tools are small charms that you take with you in trance to use in your subconscious. Usually there is a weapon of some kind and a mirror. Mirrors only show the truth and weapons are used to dispel negative energy. My robe has fringe covering my eyes on the hood. This serves two purposes. One, it helps to restrict your vision so you are not distracted, and two when in trance, your eyes sometimes roll back and scare other people. Different traditions use different eye covers. Some use masks, or deep hoods, or in the case of some Buddhist monks, a basket.

What to do when you get there though? So say you have meditated deeply and gotten to a trance state. Next you have a great tree in front of you, there are 3 entrances. The middle one is to your subconcious and lies in the tree trunk. Don't enter the others until you reach Kenshou. Open the door and enter. Then you will see much scenery from your life, follow it back to the beginning and you will find your true self. Ask what your name is, and keep this name secret. Once you know your true name or your soul name, you can always see your true self and nobody else will have influence on you unless you let them. This is Kenshou. If you were to enter the other doors afterwards, you can see the past with all of your ancestors at the roots of the tree and the high door in the boughs will show you all possibilities for the future. It is a journey to the roots that informs us of the things gone on before and how to use information from the top of the tree. When you are ready to leave, go back the way you came. When you come out of trance, eat food from this world to solidify your connection to it.

Ways to reach a trance through Meditation:

1. Dance. Dance in a circular or spiral pattern until your whole being fades away, you will often fall at the end when you enter a trance state. So do it where you can direct your fall somewhere soft.

2. Kargyraa and Drums. This is the way I get to the tree. There are lots of kinds of meditation, they're not all quiet. Throat singing requires breath control and muscle control, and thus this intense focus induces trance. The drumming fills in the gaps when you have to take a breath to keep a sound going so you don't lose focus. I use a large frame drum made of goatskin and wood. The throat singing opens the heart chakra. Your whole body feels fuzzy and warm, and then boom, trance state. Takes about 30 minutes for me to get to the Tree that way. I'm working on building up my stamina. It takes a lot out of you. But then you discover the root of what is bothering you and deal with it, and you feel a lot better afterwards, like a great weight has been lifted from your back.

3. Singing. A long loud song can get you into trance. Often wailing type and drone type sounds are most effective.
 
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Many people think that meditation is inherently connected to certain religious beliefs or you have to join some philosophical system.

Meditation works regardless what you believe,  it's a natural function of the human mind to be able to be entranced through various repetitive activities.
I personally have found simple breathing and walking meditation techniques to be useful to me.
 
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Cris Bessette wrote:Many people think that meditation is inherently connected to certain religious beliefs or you have to join some philosophical system.

Meditation works regardless what you believe,  it's a natural function of the human mind to be able to be entranced through various repetitive activities.
I personally have found simple breathing and walking meditation techniques to be useful to me.



I don't think you have to join any particular system. I have learned from many sources myself. Like I said above, whatever you think works will work better for you than what someone else thinks will work.
 
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