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
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,
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
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.