When considering a state of extreme bliss or enlightenment, one obviously wants to know the pathway towards such a state. How can we grab bliss or enlightenment? Is it something that can be understood or is it as Jesus suggested, “a peace that passeth all understanding”? I’ll discuss possible pathways towards bliss and enlightenment while considering past spiritual teachers and philosophies, which have brought us to this point in history.
Can Positive Thinking Achieve the Goal?
In the past, many metaphysical teachers such as Emmet Fox, Joel Goldstein, Louise Hay, and others have stressed the amazing power of positive thinking and the boundless possibilities when this disciplined method is employed. As wonderful and potent as directed positive thinking may be, it may not accomplish what we desire the most.
For example, looking in the mirror and stating, “I am beautiful, healthy, strong, young, powerful, loving, harmonious, and happy,” can be transformative and produce new levels of self confidence and self love. This is a wonderful result, but not the ultimate freedom of bliss.
I surmise that most of us want authentic peace as much as any other goal during our lifetime. After all, billions are spent on psychotherapy and other modalities in search of that elusive, peaceful existence.
What thoughts could I think to achieve peace or bliss? One could suggest thinking serene thoughts and subjects that induce joyous emotions. This can work on the emotional level and supercharging yourself with emotional joy can produce powerful results in work and even physical healing. Knowing this from personal experience, I also realize these achievements were temporary and fleeting when considering the entire timetable of one’s lifetime and human history.
What could be more sustainable and possibly long lasting when considering these higher spiritual states?
Entering No Mind
Some Buddhist writings and other Easter religions have sometimes described states of deep meditation as a space of “no mind”. This is related to moments of inner stillness in which the thought stream actually ceases to exist. Is this really possible?
I’ve also attended meditation classes where a teacher says it is impossible to completely shut off the monkey mind so we learn to detach from our thoughts and become a “witness” as they stream by our consciousness as if one was witnessing a movie. This is a helpful and healthy method of living and meditating, but it is not accurate to claim thoughts cannot cease to occur.
We can enter a state of no mind with patience while meditating. For some, it may not occur soon enough, but I assure you with patient practice you can experience a timeless state of no mind. This is a state of bliss and it defies explanation that can be achieved using language. This is why Jesus said, “a peace that passeth all understanding”. After all, how can you accurately describe a state of no thought? It is paradoxical to think a state of no thought could achieve such felicity because our society is so outer-directed towards goals, which can only be recognized by the five senses.
I recently heard a reading reference stated that looking outward at anything is a dream, but looking inwards is reality. This is a powerful statement and I believe it brings us closer to the truth of reality. Therefore, inner spaces of no thought are sanctuaries and God consciousness. We can’t grab God, we can’t find God, but God simply is. God can be found in no thought or absolute stillness.
One way to start achieving no mind is by intensely following your natural breathing cycle while sitting in meditation. Once you notice you’re thinking, just bring it back to the feeling of air moving in and out of your nose as you breathe comfortably. This disciplined focus will result in moments of no thought, which automatically results in healing energy being released throughout your body and mind. You don’t have to “do” anything. You are only resting in absolute stillness, which is a space of no thought.
After experiencing these periods of no thought, you will realize how seldom you experience real bliss and total relaxation. Obviously, the longer we can sit in these periods of no thought, the more our life will unfold with natural ease and patience.
I am grateful for experiencing these periods at times, but strive for more consistency like most of us.