2012 – How To Make the Shift

How to Make the Shift to Higher Consciousness?

Go Inside Yourself

  • Q. How do you go inside yourself?
  • A.  Put yourself in the present moment.  Relax.  Breathe.  Stop thinking.   Stop feeling.  Listen.  Embrace the stillness of the divine.

Meditation:  In an attempt to achieve a level of clarity, I have tried a few different  meditation techniques. Several have been concentrative, where I would focus on  one item or thought.  Another has been non-concentrative, described above, where I simply worked to empty my mind of any thought.  Most of the time, I meditate in the morning and just before falling asleep at night.  However, be careful that your meditation practice  doesn’t train you to fall asleep.

Concentrative Technique:   Come up with a repetitive mantra that makes you feel wonderful or outlines a  goal you wish to achieve and say it silently in your mind in the present tense.   For example, one mantra to make you feel good might be:  “I am love, joy and harmony in action”.  If you wish to create an ideal life full of abundance, you  could compose an affirmation that rhymes and say it silently to yourself with  feeling, “I am happy and healthy, happily married and wealthy”.   Adding emotion fuels the power of intention.

Many seasoned meditators recommend that the words of the mantra be meaningless.  Repeating a meaningless mantra or visualizing repetitive images as a mantra keeps the mind busy and preoccupied so that your consciousness can become peaceful and still.

Non-Concentrative Technique:  Make it your intention to clear your mind of  thought.  Each time a new thought pops into your head, acknowledge the thought  (‘that’s a thought’), then imagine it contained in a bubble and burst it.   Repeat the process and eventually the thoughts will subside.

In doing some reading, I discovered that there are five categories of  brainwaves, ranging from the least active to the most active. These brain waves  are categorized as beta, alpha, theta, delta and gamma. My goal was always to achieve a gamma state which results in brainwaves moving at a rate of 40  cycles per second or above.  The reason for this goal was because research has shown that flashes of insight, intuition and understanding are associated with  gamma brainwave activity. Experiments with Tibetan Buddhist meditation  practitioners indicated that monks who meditated for thousands of hours over  many decades show a dramatic increase in their brain’s gamma wave activity.  However, maintaining a theta state is also highly desireable.

Successful Meditation is Anywhere between Gamma and Theta

  • Theta brain waves, measured at 4-7 Hz, are the brain state of dreams, hypnosis, lucid dreaming, and the state just before sleeping and just after waking. Theta is the border between the conscious and the subconscious world.
  • Gamma brain waves, measured at 40+ Hz, are the brain state of hyperalertness, perception, and integration of sensory input. When time seems to slow down during a car accident, the brain is entering a high gamma state.

Remember, meditation is just a tool to rise above your limited thinking and get your mind working for you.  Here’s the ideal situation:  We are ALL in the present moment ALL the time.   We are ALWAYS in a meditative theta state.  We ALL know that we are ALL in this together.  We are ALWAYS coming from a place of love and compassion.

 “A quiet mind cureth all.” Robert Burton