‘Empty Mind’ is the primary goal of most meditation programs.
Once you are able to hold the state of no thought, it becomes possible to focus your mind indefinitely on one point.
You become able to enter higher meditations easily and remain in them.
Buddhists call empty mind meditation Vipassana, or Anapanasati. They devote themselves to years, sometimes an entire lifetime, of dedicated practice to achieve the state where thoughts disappear completely or no longer arise.
Traditional Empty Mind Meditation
The traditional Empty Mind method is quite simple, but very difficult to achieve.
1. Sit in a meditation posture. Full lotus, half lotus or Burmese positions are usual, but you can sit on a straight backed chair.
2. Use abdominal breathing. Your abdomen expands on the in breath; it contracts on the out breath.
3. Observe the breath coming in your nostrils and going out of your mouth.
4. Count your breaths from 1 to 9. At 9 begin counting over again at 1.
5. Observe the thoughts passing through your mind until you experience a small gap between two thoughts where there is no thought.
6. Focus gently in those gaps, making them last longer and longer until no more thoughts remain.
Buddha used this method to reach Enlightenment. It has been used successfully by millions of practitioners since. All it takes is dedicated effort and perseverance over years of practice. You will eventually get there.
The Fast-Track to No Thought
Fortunately, there are other, faster methods that you can employ to reach the state of no thought and the higher levels beyond it.
Krishna Kantha, a lovely Thai Yoga teacher, gave my wife Remedia and I empty mind in just 3 days while we were on retreat with him. He used Deeksha and his own ability to meditate in deep states to make the necessary changes in our minds. We became empty very quickly.
The 3 day process required repeated applications of Deeksha, and it was rather uncomfortable. Our heads felt like they had been stuffed with cotton wool. We were forbidden to speak, read, use a phone or indulge in any intellectual stimulation.
But at the end of 3 days of intensive meditation, I could walk about performing the daily chores of life without any thoughts arising. My mind was blissfully silent. If I wanted thoughts, it was easy enough to turn them on; like flipping a switch.
Shaktipat is another energy that brings very rapid change. It’s a direct connection to the Universal Soul that often brings a spontaneous Kundalini awakening. Many report experiencing high states, including Emptiness, after receiving Shaktipat.
Deeksha and Shaktipat
Receiving energies like Deeksha and Shaktipat can bring you very rapid Spiritual progress, but they also release Karma very quickly. You then need to heal the karmic issues as they arise, which can be uncomfortable.
If you want to experience Deeksha or Shaktipat, try to find a teacher who can support you throughout your Spiritual awakening. She will have already been through the complete process of realization herself, and she will treat you with the respect and loving compassion you need to deal with new experiences and issues as they inevitably arise.
Richard Crown & Shaman Remedia teach meditation and healing at Holistic Centers throughout Asia. They have alspo contributed a story on Energy Meditation – Using your mind to circulate subtle energy through yourself can bring you to enlightenment in this lifetime. The information in this post is the fast-track.