Meditation: Introduction

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Krakroa wh’ltri

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Method for controlling emotions and finding inner-peace.

These are ancient Vulcan techniques (Wh’ltri), taught to Vulcans from a very young age, adapted for human physiology and mind. For a comprehensive adaptation, liberty has been taken in borrowing from the ancient earth meditative path known as Zen. The following: Pacification of Emotion meditation (PEM) has been used successfully by commanding officers in Starfleet to help them through the many stressful situations.

It is not the purpose of the PEM method to make a person emotionless. Only to enable a being to control the feelings and entropy that emotions can create, and to help clarify rational thought.

At no time should one try to suppress or hide an emotion. Our teaching is to come to terms with emotion and thus to overcome emotion. It is the way of Thought controlling Emotions rather than Emotions controlling Thought (Kya’shin). It should set one free for rational, calm thought, peace of mind and peace within one self. To recognise and see the truth of a situation, to accept it and deal with it rationally (C’thia). To enable self-control in the face of any event.

The method is not an instantaneous solution to all emotional problems. It will take time, it will not be easy and often one will fail – do not despair (that is an entropically high emotion!). Try and try again – you will succeed.

The method can be divided into:

A) Meditation at home and

B) Application in every day life..


MEDITATION.

1) SPACE Find a place where you will not be disturbed for a period of time (Start from 20 to 35 minutes, initially), initially it will preferablly be a quiet place.

2) SITTING. This is an important part as correct posture will improve the success of the meditation. You can sit in the cross-legged loshiraq (equivalent to the Zen-Lotus position), semi-cross-legged losherok position (half-lotus) or leshriq (seiza). If you, for physical reasons, cannot attain any of the above then any other, relatively comfortable, position will do as long as it is not slouching, with straight holding of the spine letting air pass freely.

Place you hands either as in or .

Once seated -remain still, do not fidget.

3) MIND

Concentration : one-point mindedness (ri’agra)towards awareness and mindfulness.

“Concentration is like a dilithium-crystal, an intense focusing of the energy, intelligence and sensitivity.”

Breath deeply and at first concentrate on your breath. Breathing should slow down and become abdominal from within the k’rawhl (Jap. Zen tanden-hara). region. Let other thoughts slip away, and if external thoughts enter – do not suppress them, let them flow away, arising and disappearing. Do not concentrate on these thoughts. Do not indulge in these thoughts or suppress them. Observe them, watch them, without emotions and evaluation, label them Gently, cut off associative chains and return your mind to one-point mindedness – to breathing. In the end you should be able to just sit, letting go of everything. Your mind now clear, rested and ready.

The sitting will sharpen your mind, your concentration and awareness. It should help in self-control as well.


Using the above in every moment of our lives.

The above, although time consuming, is the easy part. Applying what has been learned by meditation to all instances, away from the peaceful place set aside for meditation is much more difficult and needs constant reminding of what one wants to achieve: Control, clarity of thought and harmony.

The awareness obtained from meditation can be used in all situations and in controlling one’s emotions.

The awareness will also often cause you to react to danger before any emotion is observed. Therefore when you e.g. get angry, do NOT act on the emotion (unless absolutely necessary). When an emotion comes (anger) you will have time to analyse it rationally – remember that YOU have made YOURSELF angry, fearful etc. Ask: “Why am I e.g. angry?” “Is it going to benefit anyone/anything being angry?” “Will any action I do because of this emotion, cause a negative and equal reaction (in human terms – will I hurt anyone or myself)?” While asking these questions, start your breathing, start to clear your mind, use ri’agra. And if possible let the emotion flow away through you, out into the universe. This will leave your mind clear and ready for a logical action (like making a cup of tea!).

Start to apply this technique to small emotions, little annoyances, little fears. To insignificant occurrences et first. Apply them when you are watching something on holographic vid (T.V) and it makes you sad or angry.

Do not be disillusioned if it doesn’t work straight away, just the fact that you thought about it for a second will have made a difference, made your mind a bit clearer and provided a little less entropy in this universe.

May the random factors be in your favour and if you have any questions e-mail our representative on Earth: marketa@ludwig.ucl.ac.uk


A quote from Trungpa Rinpoche of the 20th Century

“One should realize that one does not meditate in order to go deeply into oneself and withdraw from the world…There should be no feeling of striving to reach some exalted or higher state, since this simply produces something conditioned and artificial that will act as an obstruction to the free flow of the mind…Meditation is not to develope trance-like states; rather it is to sharpen perceptions, to see things as they are. Meditation at this level is relating with the conflicts of our life situations, like using a stone to sharpen a knife, the situation being the stone.”

[This page is the work of Jamil Syvak and originally appeared at http://syvak.wordpress.com/krakroa-whltri/ ]