I have been meditating for about half a year. I can clear my mind and keep it free of pointless everyday thoughts. However, I want more. What can I do during meditation to become closer to myself and create thoughts that can affect the physical world. I believe thoughts have energy and mass and can influence the physical world. How can I become master of my mind?

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  • As I am a long-time Buddhist practitioner I was compelled to aid a request to describe and explain what meditation is all about, I wrote a ‘manual’ for single-pointed meditation, as follows (it’s rather detailed). This is what meditation consists of:

    “The most effective meditations I find require pre-planning. I suggest you find a beautiful natural spot where you won’t be disturbed- for example a mountain, a cave, by a river, a cliff, a beach or of course, beneath a tree. The time doesn’t matter really, though I have heard that the Dalai Lama prefers to meditate at Dawn.

    Wear loose, comfortable clothes, drink only water for the days before and during and the less you eat, the better (so long as you don’t totally starve yourself)- especially avoid meat. Just before you prepare to start, have a cool shower or something first, go to the toilet, blow your nose, and turn off that phone!

    Make sure you are mentally ready, not tired or feeling excessive emotion/excitement, as these can be big obstacles to your session.

    Begin by burning a stick of incense and saying a prayer to the Buddhas and innumerable Bodhisattvas, requesting for the meditation to be fruitful, and for all positive karma to be dedicated to the attainment of enlightenment for the benefit of all beings.

    Find a position which is comfortable for you- I find that half-lotus is best for beginners and full lotus for the advanced, place your upright hands softly on your lap, right hand above the left, and join your thumbs, which forms a beautiful lotus shape (your spirit is preparing to rise from the muddy depths and flower into its full potential).

    Move about for a while until you find your most comfortable, settled position, then straighten your back as upright as you can (without stress/force)- this will keep your mind alert and awake: it’s important that you maintain a good posture, and you should check it every now and then. Raise your head as though you were balancing a book on top of it, and pull your chin slightly in and down towards your neck. Put your tongue to the roof of your mouth.

    Now prepare your breath- breathe in deep through your nose so it goes right down to your stomach, and then breathe out through your mouth, this will slow your breath (at a pace that suits you). Allow your eyelids to lower almost all the way and start counting your breathes like so:

    “Breathing in…1…Breathing out…2…Breathing in…3…Breathing out…4…” and so on until you reach 10, and then start over. It is natural to become distracted, so when distracting thoughts come, become aware of them, let them go and start over again from 1. I suggest you do this for around 20-30 minutes before you begin the actual meditation (this may seem like meditation, but it isn’t).

    Then stop counting your breathes, just focus on the natural sensation, like so:

    “Breathing in…I know I am breathing in….Breathing out…I know I am breathing out….”

    “Breathing in deeper… I know I am breathing in…Breathing out slower…I know I am breathing out….”

    I must emphasize that you shouldn’t be controlling or forcing your breaths, they should be naturally occurring.
    If you continue this for another 30-60 minutes you will feel very calm and focused.

    When the time is right, stop thinking…
    Focus on the sole sensation of the air moving inside and outside of you. Your breath may even seem to stop altogether when you get deep into this point.

    If you continue this practice, hopefully you will attain your first Dhyana (absorption state) in time. It is not easy, and if you do not right away- please don’t feel disheartened, keep practicing. I promise you it will be worth it, the first Dhyana is not unlike a beautiful calm wave of euphoria which lasts for hours, if not days, and it brings other benefits which will certainly transcend the meditation session- such as the wisdom of discernment.

    When you finish, be very gentle with yourself and move very slowly, have a light stretch and don’t try standing up right away. It’s likely that you will have lost most of the sensations in your body.

    I strongly recommend that you read up on the 4 Dhyanas so you will know what to expect when they are attained:

    * The first dhyana level which is accomplished in this way has five features: conception, discernment, joy, physical well-being and samadhi.

    * The second dhyana, which is even more peaceful, has four features: the perfect clarity in which conception and discernment have been relinquished, joy, physical well-being and samadhi.

    * The third dhyana, which is more peaceful still, has five features: equanimity in which the concept of joy has been abandoned, mindfulness, watchful awareness, physical well-being and samadhi.

    * The fourth dhyana, which is called the ultimate dhyana because it is yet more peaceful, has four features: the neutral sensation in which the sensation of physical well-being has been abandoned, mindfulness, the mental formation of equanimity, and samadhi.

    This is everything you need to know- I pray it serves you and others well.”

    Namaste.

  • Go for a while to India. Take one backpack, sandals, a toothbrush, linen trousers… and a credit card.

    Follow the flow.

    The rest will come to you.

  • you need to find a teacher. try Taoism it has many types of meditations to help you with your quest. you are correct in your assessment that thoughts are a form of energy and influence.

  • mastering of the mind is not about turning your mind into a magic reality making machine. thoughts do have mass and energy. mastering your mind during meditation by teaching you how to detach from all thought is how you learn to detach from your attachment to the results of your actions.

    to affect physical reality with thought, you need to select the positive thoughts that are associated with your desired outcome and focus on them with intention and will. that puts out the energy that helps attract the physical conditions in physical reality that make it possible for your desired outcome to be achieved.

    then, and here’s the cincher …

    you have to take action.

    because fishin’ ain’t just wishin’.

  • By giving up trying to “master” it, and carefully examining the assumptions about matter that you have.

    Alternatively, keep trying really hard. Sit and sweat over it. You will find that insight develops, and the insight will be that it is impossible.

  • It’s better to use your mind, than to keep it clear.

    It’s easy to make your mind affect the physical world…

    …your motor cortex is linked to your muscles.

    Now, go do something useful.

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