You can learn how to attain the state of no mind in meditation by learning and practicing this simple meditation technique.
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Before we get into the meditation technique, first let’s talk about what is termed “no mind” or even in the zen tradition “mind of no mind.” No mind does not necessarily mean no thoughts. Often spiritual seekers manage to stop their thoughts without really experiencing any freedom whatsoever. This is not no mind. This is more of a physical doing of stopping thoughts which does not lead to deep meditation because it is a repression of thinking rather of the allowing thoughts to stop by themselves.
No mind rather means there is no attachment to the thoughts, no identification with the thoughts. The thoughts simply flow by themselves unhindered while your consciousness remains completely detached from the identification with thinking. In the Zen tradition you would say that you do not allow thoughts to take form but to remain formless.
When you reach no mind, there is an incredible sense of freedom. You are completely free of your personal self. There is no sense of a separate me but rather the experience one all-encompassing flow of conscious energy. In no mind, thoughts are simply experienced as this flow of formless energy. You experience yourself as this formless energy. No mind is very blissful!
So here is the no mind meditation technique:
In meditation try letting go of every thought that arises. Do not try and push the thoughts away. Rather, stop grabbing hold of them. Stop getting involved with them, identifying with them or even perceiving the content of the thought. Just be aware that a thought is arising and let it go.
Or if you already have grabbed hold of the thought, stop holding on to it. Let it go on its own and in this way you can learn to stop grabbing hold of the thoughts in the first place.
By doing this, thoughts will run their course like a spinning wheel that loses its momentum and may even come to a halt. Do not make it a goal for thoughts to come to a halt, rather, keep your attention on allowing the thoughts to come and go without ever grabbing hold of them. This will take you to no mind.
When you grab hold of thoughts you have a position, you have a fixed point of reference.
But in no mind, when you do not hold on to thoughts at all, when they can arise without you ever touching them, or when they stop on their own, then you have no position. You have no fixed point of reference.
In no mind, you do not experience yourself as anything. There can be no definition, no perspective. You cannot say you are here you cannot say you are not here. It is a freedom beyond all understanding. There is consciousness but there is no one there that can claim to be consciousness or to call it consciousness.
It is pure and silent.
And when you enter back into the mind, some of…