Mastery of one’s Self begins by the Mastering of one’s Mind. Are you controlling your mind or is your mind controlling you?
The importance of meditation cannot be overstated. It is in all ways beneficial, healthy, life-giving, and peace-bringing. There are many forms of meditation. I would like to shed light on one in particular, a type of meditation that I call No Mind Meditation, or Empty Mind Meditation.
The problems that we humans create for ourselves are derived and cultured more in the mind than anywhere else; they are, generally and mainly, mental. And if that is the case, then by developing the mind and healing the pathology of the mind, we should also be able to subsequently heal the body. Whether our issues entail violence or mental illnesses, are emotional or physical, we could most definitely say that it all starts in the mind.
Every day, pharmaceutical companies would like to convince you that the problems of your mental illness or of your physical and emotional illness are something that you can solve—quite simply, quite drastically—with a drug. And yet there is a holistic alternative with far better results and none of the potentially horrific side effects: it is more effective and it doesn’t kill you or warp you further as some drugs do (and thus making you an inconvenience or even threat to those around you)!
Problems such as high blood pressure, depression, anxiety, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), and stress can all be healed by utilizing the powerful force of cultivating No Mind. Consider that most people have never trained their minds. The mere collecting of information—that we all do on a daily basis, of course—doesn’t train your mind. It only fills it with stuff. Albeit useful, this doesn’t at all reach the optimization, creativity, and mindfulness that your brain and self are capable of. Either you are running your mind or your mind is running you.
The positive effects that meditation can have on the brain and the frequencies in which it operates are endless. For instance, meditation:
* Allows you to access deep, super-pleasurable meditative states
* Strengthens your immune system, health, and overall well-being
* Amplifies feelings of inspiration, vitality, rejuvenation, happiness, and confidence
* Enhances and improves sleep, eliminates insomnia, and boosts energy
* Permanently reduces stress, worry, anxiety, depression, irritability, and moodiness
* Helps the mind attain self-actualization and enlightenment
* Contributes to you living more in the “now” by enhancing your daily awareness
* Naturally boosts DHEA, Serotonin, GABA, Melatonin, Endorphins; reduces Cortisol
* Eliminates all uncontrollable habits, fears, and phobias
* Significantly decreases “mental chatter” and self-destructive impulses
* Explores and expands your self-awareness and state of consciousness
* Restores your natural PH Balance, creating a sequence of enormously beneficial changes
* Increases emotional stability, psychological balance, and mental harmony
* Enhances your motivation, personal growth, intuition, creativity, and goal-reaching abilities
* Provides you with more mental processing power and instant “whole brain synchronization”
* Increases your learning ability, memory, and concentration
* Maintains your clarity of thought at all times
Given all these positive life-altering effects, it’s a wonder that more people don’t practice meditation! Of course, the primary reason that people don’t do it is quite simply because most people don’t understand it or know how to do it properly. If anyone has tried to meditate, they quickly realize that it is not very easy to be able to find that place (physically and mentally) where your mind settles and you are able to attain a sense of ultimate peace. Most people think that they just don’t have time for it. The problem is not that they don’t have the time… the issue is that they think they don’t.
Our mind is like a runaway train. It wants to be anywhere but the present moment. There is the past, there is the present, and there is the future. It’s really rather amazing and ironic, but the vast majority of people are never able to be in the present. They exist somewhere in this past-future place: a liminal space of being alive, but not really living in the fullest. As a result they come to a station called Depression. It’s because they have tried to utilize the mind and the emotions in order to create the things that they want, but unfortunately their mind and emotions are not strong enough to do it; they have not cultivated themselves enough to be strong enough.
It seems amazing especially when considering the people who are well-educated. Their belief in the power of their mind has been reinforced by many years of education. But this education, the gathering of information, is really only the collection of things that have form. Say, for example, that you have never had sex before, and you read a book about how to have sex. And say you read it several times over (you’ll likely find it fascinating each time). So you read it and read it many times. At the end of reading it and collecting all the information within, could you say you actually “know” how to have sex? Probably not—not until you do it, at least. You need to put theory into practice; otherwise it is merely theoretical. But this is the place that most of us find ourselves at: the theoretical world. Always looking to be “informed” and never really “knowing.” It’s because the mind is only able to hold onto thoughts (which are, if you think about it, just condensed energy forms) and it actually blocks you from essentially “knowing.” So here we find ourselves with a strong mind and strong emotions associated with them. And know that emotions are equally powerful; they are the body’s way of expressing—consciously or subconsciously—what we think and believe. Do not underestimate neither the mind nor the emotions.
Most people are traumatized by the pain and hurt of their past, and this in turn is connected to their fear of it in the future. The future isn’t real—not yet. The future is what we make up in our mind. Whatever you focus on is what you create. So if you focus on your fears, you wind up creating them. This is the reason for our anxiety. We have what is called the Monkey Mind. Here is how the monkey mind works: say you want to catch a monkey in Africa. So what you do is you get a big jar that has a small neck opening at the top. And you put some fruit in the bottom. Then when the monkey comes to grab it, it sticks in its paw and is caught because it refuses to let go. It is attached. Attachment can bring pleasure, but it also brings suffering. So this is the reason we suffer. It’s really a function of the ego, of the mind. Will a drug help this? No, it won’t. A drug will only do what all drugs do: make you addicted to the drug. No drug can solve this problem. Sadly, the gullible public, not having any other solutions, goes for the bait.
Don’t be fooled. Realize that your problems require a holistic alternative. That holistic alternative must include an approach to deal with your stress, your monkey mind. And that approach—that solution—is to go inward. “The kingdom of heaven is within,” as the biblical line states—and there is much truth in that. This is what your problems are calling for: real solutions, not a magic act. Not someone to tell you, “You have a brain chemical imbalance,” or some other such nonsense (can you even test that? no… but still that’s just what they tell you!). And consider this: If you have a cup full of water, then you can’t put anything else in it. You must empty it first. And once you empty it, this allows you to put something else in it. Our minds are this way. Emptying your mind will give you access to the infinite source for everything in your life. Call that source God, the Universal Mind, Jehovah, Allah, The Great Spirit, a Greater Power—call it whatever you want. Whatever you call it, it’s already inside of you. You don’t have to go anywhere to get it. You just have to get your mind out-of-the-way in order to experience it.
It is only by cultivating that state of No Mind that you become more clear-headed, more at peace, and able to experience the one true emotion: love. Love is peace with yourself, and with all others around you. It will allow you to go from peace to pleasure, which is what happiness is.
The inner conflict that you have doesn’t just go away. Like any other problem, it needs to be healed. It cries out for a solution, a treatment, a permanent respite. And if you drug it, it will still be there, drugged and hibernating and stirring every so often and ever so horribly. It will haunt you, for you would have not only your original problems, but also an additional drug addiction: a poisonous cherry on a killer cake. Drugs also kill you as every single one of them is toxic to your liver. Your depression is because you know you are capable of so much more. Deep down you realize that the methods of using your mind and emotions will only get you so far. Try the No Mind meditation and you will be amazed at how much your stress will dissipate, and how happy you can be. Material things will never bring you satisfaction. But connecting to the inner part of yourself will. It is up to you to decide to reach your full healthy and happy potential.
Success to each of you in accomplishing this great work!
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Health Ledger, Anna Nicole Smith and Michael Jackson dead but not forgotten. Each separate individuals, miles apart but each one ending up in the same place.
What do all these high-profile celebrities have in common? Most likely they have people around them who enabled them to continue taking prescription drugs for their pain and ailments. The whole world knows of these three but there are many millions of people who do the same thing just without the notoriety. The other side of this coin is personal responsibility. Regardless of who is around you everyone is personally responsible for their own health. There is no one to blame. It’s either be a victim or a victor of your circumstances. Each of these people were going places. But the place they wanted to go couldn’t be obtained because they neglected one of the most important assets they had, their physical body. You can’t achieve the highest level of success physically without a healthy physical body to support you. A healthy physical body starts with a healthy mind and healthy emotional state.
Is this your wake call?
This is America’s wake up call. You can’t be in your 40′s and 50′s or older and using prescription meds for pain, sleep and depression and expect to last very long. The use of prescription drugs is our denial
Yesterday my neighbor died. He was in his mid 80′s. May he rest in peace. He was a nice man. But for some reason I couldn’t impress upon him the need to get off of his prescription drugs. Elderly people have such a strong belief in Doctors and prescription medications. They have been led down the prim rose path by the belief that their doctors can save them. That the doctor can relieve them of their ailments. It’s a sad and very often repeated refrain. Little do they know until it’s too late that the doctor can’t save them. And prescription drugs can kill them.
Drugs are Toxic to the body
Taking any drug is toxic to you. So let’s be clear about that. When they show commercials on TV for prescription meds they will give you their disclaimer at the end. “Don’t take if you have liver problems” Can cause ……..”But that now is so ingrained into people’s unconscious that the don’t even hear it or they pay little to no attention to it.
If you are in your 30′s or 40′s or 50′s and you are taking medications then God help you when you reach your 60′s , 70′s and 80′s. You will by that time be taking a boat load of medications and each one of those medications by themselves and combined with each other will undoubtedly be your undoing. And if you should have to go to the hospital then for sure only God can help you because the doctors , and nurses have a whole system set up that will kill you faster than any thing you actually went in there for will. It’s a frightening scenario.
As a Clinical Nutritionist I have been talking to people for many years including my own family about the need to seek holistic solutions for their health. Some people get it and some never do. Some get it but by then its the 11th hour and by that time they don’t have any fight left in them. And the drugs will take the fight out of you that is for sure. Once your will to live leaves then you might as well kiss it, your friends and family goodbye.
The downward spiral
Usually people start this demise by going for the non prescription stuff like aspirin, Tylenol and the like. They get a headache and they take an aspirin. The headache goes away and they think they think nothing else about it until it returns. And of course it will return. Taking an aspirin for a headache or any pain is not really doing anything for the problem. Because the reason that you have the problem is still there. You can manage your symptoms but without getting to the cause then you will get another occurrence of it. And it is clear taking aspirin and Tylenol is very harmful to you. Every year 50,000 people die from liver failure from taking Acetaminophen ( Tylenol) alone.
Ants and roaches in your kitchen?
Take antibiotics for another instance. Taking antibiotics is like having roaches and ants come into your kitchen because there is food there for them to eat. So you logically conclude that you need to get rid of them so you reach for the Raid or other similar product. You kill all the ants and roaches and then conclude that your job is done and you put the Raid back in the cupboard under the sink. Now that is a logical solution to the problem but it is not holistically logical. The reason is that if you don’t clean up whatever the ants and roaches were feeding on then they will inevitably be back. Besides that the Raid not only kills ants and roaches it is toxic to humans and kills them too!
Taking antibiotics causes cancer. But yet people take them like they are candy. It’s no wonder that the third leading cause of death is at the hands of doctors and prescription medicines. There is a better way. But it requires you to make changes in how you live your life. This is the critical point. If you don’t make any changes then you don’t get any healing. By that definition along what the doctors offer is not a true healing therapeutic. When he /she gives you those pills they don’t tell you to make any changes. They just give you pills or surgery. They don’t say that you have to make any changes. Or the changes they do suggest are not going to do what you need to have done. There is no use in getting nutrition advice from a doctor. They are not nutritionist. There advise if they give any is not sufficient. And when you go see the doctor they only spend a small amount of time with you, prescribe you some medicine and then say “Next”! This is one of the main problems with our health care system. It relies too much on doctors and drugs and not enough on making changes to a persons physical , and mental self. How a person deals with stress, etc.
The solution to relying on prescription drugs is the holistic health alternative. But unfortunately most people don’t understand it. Most people try some alternatives such as taking some vitamins , they might try getting a massage, or they may even try to get some exercise. But usually they try only one or two things and then when it doesn’t yield any appreciable results and then they continue with what they normally do, taking over the counter drugs and then prescription drugs. Everyone seems to have a regular doctor that they see and it is the mindset of the doctor to only offer them drugs or surgery. It is this mindset and the lack of understanding of the alternatives that have most people doomed to following the doctors orders. One pill always leads to another pill. And before you know it the person is taking a whole host of drugs and suffering greater and greater symptoms.
Holistic Health is really the only thing that works when it comes to being healthy. Now I am not talking about a traumatic threat to your health. If you get hit by a bus, or some other tragedy then by all means go to a doctor. Emergency medicine is what doctors do best. I am always amazed at how they are able to keep a cool head and attend to the persons trauma.
After the events around the death of celebrities came to light, there was a tremendous outcry and call for the heads of the doctors who gave them the medications. But the problem isn’t just a problem of doctors over prescribing.
Taking medications to deal with health issues
The core of the issue has to be in the use of medications at all. It’s within the culture to use medications. Certainly all the advertising which is essentially programming that makes people comfortable with the idea of taking medications. Its starts with simple aspirin and over the counter meds. One drug always leads to another drug. Most of the people in the US use aspirin , Tylenol and the like. And the problem with them all is that if you start to use them then your body becomes tolerant of it and so you need more. No matter what the drug, pretty soon you will be taking more of it. And this is why they whole idea of using them in the first place is to take you down a path of no return. Its a path towards death. Health is not where you are at, more its the direction in which you are going.
But if it isn’t a trauma then Holistic health should be an approach that people should start to consider.
Which Direction are you going?
One of the least understood aspects of a person’s health is that most people don’t understand the context of their health with the symptoms they have. There is a progression of health in one direction or the other. You are not standing still in space and time. In fact you are moving through space and time in one direction or the other. Your body is always trying to bring you back to a state of homeostasis. Your body is self healing. It is trying to heal you from the imbalance that you put it in. When you get up in the morning and have to go to the bathroom, that is your bodies attempt to heal you. The direction you are going in will be signified by the symptoms you have. Say you start in the middle and you don’t have any symptoms, or say you only have a very few symptoms. Say you have some slight indigestion, and maybe some constipation. Maybe you get headaches occasionally. You take some fiber product, you take some pepto bismal, you take and aspirin for the occasional headache. But your problems seem to keep reoccurring. So at some point you have to keep taking these things or you get reoccurrences of the same problems.
This is an example of someone not heading their bodies warnings and basically killing the messenger. So instead of making fundamental changes to diet and lifestyle you just take something for it. This sets you up in a pattern of looking outside of yourself for something to take as a way of balancing your energy. This is where the fundamental problem comes from. This idea that its all about looking for a pill or something outside of yourself to make you feel better. Lets consider indigestion for example. Indigestion has a lot to do with your feelings and emotions. No matter how good the food is , if you are an emotional person then it will effect your bodies ability to digest properly.
So how a person handles their stress. How they identify with their emotions will effect their digestion. In addition to these factors one has to look at the foods they eat and whether they are also a part of the problem. In Holistic Health we don’t separate the body from the mind and emotions. They all are connected and unless you deal with them all then you will only have a small amount of relief. And when you are only getting a small amount of relief you will wind up going for something stronger like a drug. For a doctor to tell someone they have “brain chemical imbalance” and then prescribing antidepressants is in my mind , next to a criminal act. Especially in light of the fact that 90% of the serotonin production in your body is done in your stomach! The blind faith that we put into doctors is really at the core of our problem. We think of doctors as Gods and only result to malpractice lawsuits when they don’t meet up to our expectations. This is one of the reasons that these lawsuits are spiraling out of control. Rather then resort to victimization I would like to support everyone to taking charge of their lives. Your body is perfect. And its self Healing. Get back to who you naturally are. You can achieve your highest level of health without the use of drugs.
If you are in need of greater support to do that then, the support you need is here. This is why we have created Sacred Space Retreats in Middletown, California. Giving yourself the time and attention that you need is really at the core of Holistic Health. You can’t achieve health from a pill. You can achieve it only through love. What ever you love grows. And so by giving yourself the time and attention you need you will discover that your body can heal itself. And that in your commitment to yourself you will achieve your highest goals in life: Peace, love and happiness.