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Astral Dynamics

Astral Dynamics

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Published by Bart Wayshower
DIY on how to achieve stillness.
DIY on how to achieve stillness.

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Published by: Bart Wayshower on Jan 04, 2011
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86Thought-ControlExampleAsurfacethought:"Right,Ibettergetthecatanewfleacollar...""Right,Ibettergetthecatanewfl..."Becomes:"Right,Ibettergettheca...""Right,Ibetterge..."Gettingbetter:"Right,Ibet...""Right,?...""R???..."Nearlygotit:"???...""...?..."â
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Nothoughtpressureatall=clearsurfacemindThought-controlandconcentrationexercisesshouldbedonedailyforatleastfiveminutesintotal,andforlongerifpossible.Thisisbestspreadoutoverthedayandmadeintoseveralsmallerexercises.(Waitingandtravelingtimecanbeputtogooduse.)Althoughthiscanbedifficultandfrustratingintheearlystages,withalittleregularpracticethesurfacemindcanbeheldclearwithverylittleeffortforextendedperiodsoftime.TheDeeperMindOncethesurfacemindgivesinandtheinternaldialogueissilenced,youwillexperienceaprofoundsilenceinsideyourmindthatmayfeelalitdestrangeatfirst,abitlikesittingaloneinthemiddleofaquicklyemptyingsportsstadiumafterabiggameandlisteningasitfallsslowlyintototalsilenceaseveryoneleaves.Youmissalltheactivity,anditsuddenlyfeelsstrangeandunnaturallyquiet.Thisisbecauseyouarestillingsurfacethoughtsthathavebeenchatteringawayunnoticedinyourmentalbackgroundforyourwholelife.Youhavecreatedakindofforced,hollowfeeling,aforcedmentalsilenceinsideyourmind.Holdingthistakeseffortandconcentration,whichaddstotheforced-silencekindoffeeling.Itwilltakesometimeforyourdeepermindtogetusedtothismentalsilenceandbeginrelaxingandexpanding,sobepatient.Youwillgrowusedtothisandonedaywilllearntoloveitmorethananythingelse.Onceyouhaveattainedinnersilence,youcanthinkmoreprofoundlyandfocusyourmindcompletelyonwhateveryouaredoing.Thecriticismbyreligiousgroupsofthepracticeofmeditationandofclearingthemindstems,Ibelieve,frompeoplejumpingtoconclusionswhentheyheartermslikeemptiness,emptyingthemind,innersilence,orenteringthesilence.Somereligiouspeopleclaimitisnotsafetoemptythemind,astiledevilorsomeevilentitymaythentrytoenterandinhabitit.If,however,youtakeintoaccounthowdifficultitistoemptydiemindandholditclearforanylengthoftime,itbecomesevidentthatthisemptinessonlycomesthroughdisciplinedmentaleffort.Youareblockingyourownthoughts,andaretherebyalsoblockinganyotherthoughtsfromenteringyourmind.Inaway,

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