November 6, 2008

My Meditation Methods

Filed under: Blog Torah — Reb Moshe @ 7:50 am

When I meditate on Kabbalistic ideas, my main method is to start slowly and speed up faster and faster. This puts me in a trans like state and when I reach it, I either continue to go faster or I stop and then let my mind go afloat at this high point. When I think of a thought, I am there completely and with practice I can do this with my eyes open or even while having a conversation. The speed of thought that one can reach through this type of trance is so fast that the entire method of thought taught in the previous post can take but seconds. I specifically like meditations which are not like this but can be used in a repetitive form. For instance, the climbing of Sefiros is something endless. The climbing of worlds, endless. As you climb, you think quicker and quicker. With practice, as I said before, you are really in two places at once. In fact, I actually prefer this. To me it is quite lonely to meditate in total stillness. Using the atmosphere around you can sometimes motivate you all the more. Really though, the mind is able to process a complicated algorithm or Yichud with tremendous speed once it is practiced enough. Opening and closing ones senses also can be used as a tool of meditation. People have asked, since I am a person with a lot of energy, how can I be skilled in meditation. The answer is that I have learned to use this to my advantage. Channeling it within the meditation itself. I used to break my nature and sit for hours meditating but saw this was unnecessary. It is not how long you meditate for but how much you are able to include in the time and way that you think. I have surprised myself with these latest posts, I usually keep these details private. This is enough for today, adios amigos

4 Comments

  1. wow.. i’ve been thinking a lot about this lately, and i sort of understand you, as much as can be understood without trying it..

    for me the letters almost never stay where i put them, (in my imagined places for them i mean, sort of imagine trying to make things float stationery in zero-gravity, every little force you touch something with will make it move somehow, you can’t get things to just _stay still_) so it’s frustrating sometimes to see any but the most basic yichudim all at once, but now that you discuss racing through it as fast as possible, not only is it much more in line with my learning style, but maybe if i can go fast enough, the letters won’t have time to move before i finish with the whole thought.

    thanks for giving me a really useful rosh perek 🙂

    Comment by yitz.. — November 6, 2008 @ 1:14 pm

  2. oh, one question .. what’s the difference between ‘knowing’ the letters of the combination and actually visualizing them. if you think KNA, kuf nun aleph, do you think ekyk b’milui heh’in or do you see it before you? I guess perhaps that’s a major advantage of being a sofer — that the words probably represent themselves visually automatically in your mind. i always try to visualize all the letters, but then i notice my brain being sloppy, like i will think aleph – keh – yud – keh but when i think ‘aleph’ i don’t always see the whole tzurat aleph, and if i see the tzura, it’s still pretty abstract and fuzzy, unless i write it out in my head and by the time i’ve finished the writing, i don’t know if the first half the letter is just its abstract-fuzzy-self or if i really am seeing the whole letter at any point.

    anyways, i don’t drive myself crazy about it, but these are my crazy thoughts that i ignore while i’m praying.

    Comment by yitz.. — November 6, 2008 @ 1:26 pm

  3. You can’t see stationary letters as the mind doesn’t work this, therefore instead of letting it move it OUT, you need to control it by moving it yourself or creating a flipping triangle, for instance, around it. Yes being a sofer is an advantage by far but if you do what i just wrote, you will see the letters more as a whole. Also it takes patience and training, you can start with just the letter yud for a month. Israeli’s have an advantage as they learned the letters since they were babies, writing, speaking and living them. Try visualizing the english alphabet, you will see it is easier then hebrew. So, you can see it is just familiarizing yourself more and more. Being a sofer gave me this, it was one of the reasons I did it for. If you go through some of my videos, I describe in detail how to see the letters in fire.
    As far as seeing the whole yichud. When you first try it, you might have to keep thinking what is the milui and certainly this hampers concentration.

    Comment by Reb Moshe — November 6, 2008 @ 3:24 pm

  4. if you keep it secret you lose it. Someone else will say it and you lose the Kovod of saying its Your Torah.

    Once you bring down Torah to this world, it becomes accessable to everyone.

    Comment by Asa Yitzchak — November 9, 2008 @ 4:07 am

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