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Meditation

Meditation

The purpose of meditation is to quiet the chattering mind. The practice of meditation takes us away from the familiar everyday thinking mind to the less familiar quiet mind. It helps us to get re-acquainted with our inner quiet mind, to befriend it, to be comfortable with it and to embrace it. Ultimately, what we want to do is to reclaim it as our own and to abide in it.

After all, this is the abode of the Gods (brahma vihara).

How do you quiet a chattering mind? The answer is by tying it to a post. In this way, the chattering mind, like a monkey, can run and jump from one place to another, but always within the confine and perimeter of the rope and post until it eventually tires itself up and rest. This is actually what happens when you focus your mind on a single object of meditation. This is thought directed (vitaka) and sustained (vicara).

Once the chattering mind loses steam, it takes less effort to sustain the concentration on the object of meditation. As the concentration increases from access concentration to absorption concentration, the focus, clarity and energy of the mind increase in tandem. You are now beginning to get face to face with the nature of the quiet mind. As your sense of pleasure (piti) and happiness (sukha) increase, your focus becomes more and more one-pointed (ekagatta).

When finally all pleasurable and happy sensations fall away, leaving only one-pointedness of the mind, you have now entered into the fourth jhana. It is at this level that psychic phenomena can be experienced.

However, one need not wait until the achievement of the fourth jhana to benefit from the fruits of meditation, the rewards of a quiet mind. This is because as your mindfulness and concentration increase, your resistance and struggle decrease, and that in itself takes you closer to the core of your manifestation, your essence.

What is Transformation Work?

What is Transformation Work?

Transformation Work refers to the specific efforts we put into transforming our lives. Since all changes begin in the mind, this means that Transformation Work is specifically about training our mind to see and think in a certain way so as to bring about these desired changes.

Perspective

To train our mind to think and see in a new way requires a paradigm shift. This is achieved by studying, analyzing and understanding certain universal truths. Thee truths, once understood, will allow us to see the world and life from a new perspective and will form the basis for our own inner work.

Principles

We also learn about the fundamental universal laws that govern how the universe works. Through understanding these universal laws, which includes laws that govern our mind, we can then start to formulate and follow a fundamental set of life principles that work in accordance with these laws.

Practice

Transformation Work turns this understanding of the working of the universe and working of our mind into small, manageable chunks of life skills and practices that can be incorporated into our daily life.

Summary

In short, Transformation Work begins with a shift in our world view, then in formulating and following a fundamental set of life principles, and finally in cultivating and fine-tuning life skills and practices that lead to the desired outcomes.

Transformation Work is taught in our Personal Transformation workshop by Dr. Tim Ong, the course creator and facilitator.

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The World’s most unusual Therapist

The World’s most unusual Therapist

[An article by Dr. Joe Vitale]

Two years ago, I heard about a therapist in Hawaii who cured a complete ward of criminally insane patients–without ever seeing any of them. The psychologist would study an inmate’s chart and then look within himself to see how he created that person’s illness. As he improved himself, the patient improved.

When I first heard this story, I thought it was an urban legend. How could anyone heal anyone else by healing himself? How could even the best self-improvement master cure the criminally insane?

It didn’t make any sense. It wasn’t logical, so I dismissed the story.

However, I heard it again a year later. I heard that the therapist had used a Hawaiian healing process called ho ‘oponopono. I had never heard of it, yet I couldn’t let it leave my mind. If the story was at all true, I had to know more.

I had always understood “total responsibility” to mean that I am responsible for what I think and do. Beyond that, it’s out of my hands. I think that most people think of total responsibility that way. We’re responsible for what we do, not what anyone else does. The Hawaiian therapist who healed those mentally ill people would teach me an advanced new perspective about total responsibility.

His name is Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len. We probably spent an hour talking on our first phone call. I asked him to tell me the complete story of his work as a therapist. He explained that he worked at Hawaii State Hospital for four years. That ward where they kept the criminally insane was dangerous. Psychologists quit on a monthly basis. The staff called in sick a lot or simply quit. People would walk through that ward with their backs against the wall, afraid of being attacked by patients. It was not a pleasant place to live, work, or visit.

Dr. Len told me that he never saw patients. He agreed to have an office and to review their files. While he looked at those files, he would work on himself. As he worked on himself, patients began to heal.

“After a few months, patients that had to be shackled were being allowed to walk freely,” he told me. “Others who had to be heavily medicated were getting off their medications. And those who had no chance of ever being released were being freed.”

I was in awe.

“Not only that,” he went on, “but the staff began to enjoy coming to work. Absenteeism and turnover disappeared. We ended up with more staff than we needed because patients were being released, and all the staff was showing up to work. Today, that ward is closed.”

This is where I had to ask the million dollar question: “What were you doing within yourself that caused those people to change?”

“I was simply healing the part of me that created them,” he said.

I didn’t understand.

Dr. Len explained that total responsibility for your life means that everything in your life – simply because it is in your life–is your responsibility. In a literal sense the entire world is your creation.

Whew. This is tough to swallow. Being responsible for what I say or do is one thing. Being responsible for what everyone in my life says or does is quite another. Yet, the truth is this: if you take complete responsibility for your life, then everything you see, hear, taste, touch, or in any way experience is your responsibility because it is in your life.

This means that terrorist activity, the president, the economy–anything you experience and don’t like–is up for you to heal. They don’t exist, in a manner of speaking, except as projections from inside you. The problem isn’t with them, it’s with you, and to change them, you have to change you.

I know this is tough to grasp, let alone accept or actually live. Blame is far easier than total responsibility, but as I spoke with Dr. Len, I began to realize that healing for him and in ho ‘oponopono means loving yourself. If you want to improve your life, you have to heal your life. If you want to cure anyone–even a mentally ill criminal–you do it by healing you.

I asked Dr. Len how he went about healing himself. What was he doing, exactly, when he looked at those patients’ files?

“I just kept saying, ‘I’m sorry’ and ‘I love you’ over and over again,” he explained.

That’s it?

That’s it.

Turns out that loving yourself is the greatest way to improve yourself, and as you improve yourself, your improve your world. Let me give you a quick example of how this works: one day, someone sent me an email that upset me. In the past I would have handled it by working on my emotional hot buttons or by trying to reason with the person who sent the nasty message. This time, I decided to try Dr. Len’s method. I kept silently saying, “I’m sorry” and “I love you,” I didn’t say it to anyone in particular. I was simply evoking the spirit of love to heal within me what was creating the outer circumstance.

Within an hour I got an e-mail from the same person. He apologized for his previous message. Keep in mind that I didn’t take any outward action to get that apology. I didn’t even write him back. Yet, by saying “I love you,” I somehow healed within me what was creating him.

I later attended a ho ‘oponopono workshop run by Dr. Len. He’s now 70 years old, considered a grandfatherly shaman, and is somewhat reclusive. He praised my book, The Attractor Factor. He told me that as I improve myself, my book’s vibration will raise, and everyone will feel it when they read it. In short, as I improve, my readers will improve.

“What about the books that are already sold and out there?” I asked.

“They aren’t out there,” he explained, once again blowing my mind with his mystic wisdom. “They are still in you.”

In short, there is no out there.

It would take a whole book to explain this advanced technique with the depth it deserves. Suffice it to say that whenever you want to improve anything in your life, there’s only one place to look: inside you.

“When you look, do it with love.”

This article is from the forthcoming book “Zero Limits” by Dr. Joe Vitale and Dr. Len

Watch what they are saying about the “Zero Limits” workshop:

Zero Limits, Ho’oponopono, Dr Hew Len, Joe Vitale

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