Meditation


THOUGHT COMMUNICATION

   Thought communication, the transmission of impression from a sender to a receiver, is a property inherent in the very nature of universal consciousness. To think and share thoughts without the use of speech is a natural human ability. Present-day human beings "filter out" and reject awareness which is not part of the "individual" identity, however, and this is the reason thought communication is not more commonly experienced. Thought communication can be acquired through practice—a re-training of the awareness that allows the impressions to transfer, as the individual learns to forget to not allow. It is not learning a new skill, but accustoming the mind to discover this ability by learning not to block out the impressions.

  The Self is composed of pure consciousness.  This pure consciousness may be likened to a sea, a sea where impressions are carried by a flowing in and flowing out, carried upon colorless, formless, moving waves. This conduction of impression occurs beyond space and time—it is characterized by a release from time. The impressions are carried, not upon thought waves, but upon waves of release, waves without light, color or form, that wash clear for impression. The idea is to create an opening to impression through a release, a release from time, from the moment, from time and space, and from individuality.

   This is not easy, as the human mind seeks to impose order on the impressions being received, to establish known elements, patterns or shapes. The mind expends effort to "pigeonhole" the impressions, and hence the difficulty.  It is often the case that impressions are easily received, yet it is this filtering function of the mind that can make recognition difficult. At each moment the awareness of each of us receives countless impressions, and filters them into conscious awareness, eliminating many. Each person seeks to recognize the impressions he or she has decided to receive.

   When learning thought communication, it is beneficial to first open oneself to receive, rather than transmit.  The following exercises will assist in developing this ability:

   Ask for the assistance of another person.  Have your assistant sit with you and close their eyes.  Ask them now to think of a thing—it may be a thought, an object, an act—and have them hold it in their mind. Ask them to "be relaxed and comfortable, and concentrate or think on the one thing alone." 

   Now hold your hands out in front of you, cupped as if holding a ball, and with your own eyes closed visualize the Round Orange-Red Ball held in the cup in your mind's eye.  Do this for one minute, opening your mind to whatever impressions come. After doing this, thank your assistant and go about your daily business.

   Later during the day, between 6 and 12 hours later (but not overnight or 24 hours), sit with your assistant and ask them to think of the same thing again, as before.  Sit again, with your hands cupped and holding the Orange-Red Ball, opening yourself again to whatever will come. After this second time, ask your assistant to write down a list of 5 things, one of which will be the correct subject of their thoughts.  Read the list, and mark that item which you feel was the subject of their thoughts, but keep your choice private until performing this exercise 3 times, and then compare your choices with your assistant's correct answers.

   This exercise should be performed once a day, for 3 consecutive days before comparing answers. It is beneficial to keep a simple diary and record each impression you became aware of during the exercises.

   After you have gained some success with the exercise above, you may modify it as follows:

   Ask again or the assistance of another person. Have your assistant sit with you and close their eyes.  Ask them now to think of a thing, as before—it may be a thought, an object, an act—and have them hold it in their mind, focusing their awareness on that thing alone.

   Now hold your hands out in front of you, cupped as if holding a ball, and with your own eyes closed visualize the Round Orange-Red Ball held in the cup in your mind's eye.  Do this for one minute, opening your mind to whatever impressions come. After doing this, thank your assistant and go about your daily business.

   Later during the day, three additional separate times, sit in solitude with your hands cupped as before, opening yourself to whatever will come, allowing additional experiencing of what may have already been received from your assistant. At the end of the day, ask your assistant the contents of their thoughts, and ask yourself whether that content materialized, in some form, in your mind. See if their words matched something you experienced.

   Keep a diary, again, and record any impressions you received at each stage of the exercise.

©1994 - 2011 Stephen H. Barrett