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Meditation and the Proof of the Core Self

Here we present evidence supporting our core self as a spiritual entity as distinctive from the mind. Our true self witnesses the flow of life.  It is really who we are.  It is the part of us that allows us to think about our thinking.  It is uses the mind to suggest possible ideas and then considers the idea.  The mind on the other hand consists of many departments, each department an expert or at least having some knowledge about a particular subject.  By stepping away from our mind, we can see the mind this way.  Parts of the mind not have an overall prospective on what is going on.

During meditation, we adopt a practice of passive observation. Instead of engaging in a dialogue with our minds, we choose to simply listen to our inner voice without responding. This act of non-engagement allows us to detach ourselves from the mind's incessant chatter. We may sit in silence, chant, or focus on our breath, redirecting our attention away from the mind's thoughts.

By refraining from responding to the mind's prompts, we notice an intensification in its attempts to elicit a reaction from us. The thoughts become more pronounced and persistent. However, as we begin chanting or watching our breathing, our focus shifts solely to the chant or the breath.  The core self has a focus that effectively blocks the mind.

With consistent practice, we gain the ability to silence the mind's incessant chatter, achieving a state of inner quietude. This quietude allows us to observe the mind without being entangled in its thoughts.

Buddhism, an ancient religion has long embraced meditation and it offers practical methods for quieting the mind. It is mixed in with superstitions and traditions, but more importantly their meditation methods offer effective in mind control. Through meditation and chanting, individuals can achieve a state of enhanced mental stillness and tranquility.

 One Buddhist chant in particular, drawn from the Heart Sutra, symbolizes this journey towards enlightenment.  The chant is from the Heart Sutra and goes like this: "Gate, gate, paragate, parasamgate, bodhi svaha." In English, it translates to: "Gone, gone, gone beyond, gone completely beyond, enlightenment, hail!"

It can also be interruptive as going across the river, far enough to climb the opposite bank, and from this bank one receives enlightenment.  The chanting busies out the self, so the mind can not intrude.

In other words, in this state of enlightenment, we transcend the metaphorical river and attain a pure meditative state. By observing the mind's chatter, we gain insight into the mind and its subconscious emotional underpinnings.

Once the technique is learned, this power of detachment is very useful in everyday life. We can detach from being caught up in melodrama and be at peace when things go wrong.  Also this detached self-awareness empowers us to be able to focus on the tasks before with intensely and concentration.  If we are having trouble going to sleep, we can learn to turn of the mind's ever flowing inner talking that is the primary reason we are staying awake.

Meditation is a documented and studied technique and has been shown to have a large impact on certain areas of the brain including the prefrontal cortex, the temporal lobes, and the limbic system.  It has been shown to enhanced cognitive function and emotional regulation.

Chanting is not exclusive to Eastern traditions. Although not calling it meditation, the effects of chanting and music are well recognized. Examples are the Catholic's Gregorian chants often performed during high Catholic Mass. Jewish worship involves chanting sacred texts led by a cantor during synagogue services. Protestant denominations may incorporate elements of chanting or repetive vocalization in the worship services.  These include responsive reading and singing, liturgical chanting and contemporary worship singing.


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