The Four States of Consciouness - Mainly about Meditation

Posted on: Monday, September 3, 2012

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There are four states of consciousness.
The first is Awake state. You are aware of what’s happening around you (hopefully) but you are not rested. If you stay awake for too long, you feel tired and need to rest.
The second is the Sleep state. In sleep there is rest, but there is no awareness.
The third is the Dream state. In the dream state there is neither rest, nor awareness. You have too many dreams, you wake up feel not so well rested. Mind is not fresh.
The fourth is the Meditative state. When you meditate, you are fully aware, yet after meditation, you feel a sense of peace and deep rest.
Everyone knows how to be awake, sleep and dream – we all come hardwired with this. But the fourth state needs to be learned from an expert teacher. Meditative state is as natural to human beings as sleep, being awake and dreaming is. It is after all just one more dimension of the same consciousness. And once you learn to meditate, you will wonder how you managed without it.
The three Golden Rules for Meditation are:
Just for the next few minutes,
1. I want nothing.
2. I will do nothing.
3. I am Nothing.
Small (or big) desires can keep you from meditating. I want some water… Need to call up a friend… Want to earn lots of money … etc. So just decide, for just a few minutes, I want nothing.
Wanting to do stuff can stop you from transcending. All our lives we have been told if we want to get anywhere, we need to DO stuff. Don’t just sit there and think, get up and DO… To meditate, we do nothing. Simply be.
Finally, labeling yourself I am rich or intelligent or impatient or angry or whatever… will stop you from reaching the sublime levels of your mind. Just for a few minutes drop all your labels, your identity, and relax. I am Nothing…
With just the awareness of these three things meditation can become quite easy to learn and to practice.
One of the myths of meditation is that it is very difficult, you need years to be able to do it, etc… That is not the case. Meditation is a very precise process and the three rules above are a starting point. After that you need to get a good teacher who will agree to teach you how to meditate. Of course you will need to practice it everyday until it becomes you very nature. After just a few weeks of practice and you close your eyes, and off you will go…
Meditation is NOT a substitute for sleep. But it is definitely as important for our well being as sleep is.
There are many ways to meditate. We would caution you that trying to learn from a book or something like that may not work. At least it never worked for us. Dinesh and I would personally recommend learning the Sahaj Samadhi Meditation of the Art of Living. It’s really simple to do and is profoundly powerful. The Art of Living Part I, YES!+ and Part II courses will also teach you how to meditate. Visit http://www.artofliving.org/in-en/online-guided-meditation to get a taste of meditation…
Do yourself a favour and learn how to meditate. If you have already learned, then remember to make time for it and practice it everyday. You owe it to yourself and to the people around you.
Jai Gurudeva!
Love
Bawa n Dinesh

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