We have already described various forms of meditational practices, together with an explanation of the theory of meditation. For this reason we will not delve into the individual practices as such, but will concern ourselves with showing how meditational techniques can be used to remove mental problems.
As you become more competent in meditative practices and learn to relax more, you will begin to delve into your subconscious mind and will come face to face with strong thoughts and visions; many of these will represent your subconscious and suppressed problems. Do not worry if you don’t have these experiences, for time and practice are both necessary before achieving some success.
You may become aware of some gruesome aspects of your mind. These must not be suppressed, but allowed to arise. They may create emotional responses such as fear; this is almost to be expected. But as much as possible you must try to watch these manifestations of the subconscious mind bubble to the surface without like or dislike, without any emotional link whatsoever. You must be aware of them. This is essential. If you fight them, resist them, or perhaps even enjoy them you will not be purging them. It is essential that you watch the occurrence with a feeling of total detachment. Imagine that they are occurring outside yourself. That is, you must try to develop the attitude that these occur-rences are somehow separate to yourself. Don’t identify with them for this will only push them back into the subconscious.
The mere fact that you are conscious of the subconscious manifestations with a detached attitude is in itself a powerful weapon in eliminating the hold they have over your life. The mere recognition of them with awareness is sufficient to remove the underlying, mental disturbances from your mind. In fact you have almost no choice – the problems are automatically scrubbed from the mind. Many people practise meditational techniques and may have no overwhelming confrontation with fearful data, yet after some time they notice a great change in their attitude towards life. The cleaning has been occurring but in more subtle ways. Some people, on the other hand, are suddenly confronted with a great gush of their subconscious problems. They may even be unhappy for some time, but again the overall result will be greater contentment in life. The experiences that you will go through only you will know. But whatever ‘garbage’ you confront and exhaust will definitely be beneficial; of this there is no doubt.
How does mere awareness of this sub-conscious data remove it from the mind? There may be a combination of reasons, but our belief is as follows. To explore the subconscious in the first place there has to be a reasonable degree of relaxation. Without a measure of relaxation a person’s attention will remain externalized; it cannot go inwards to the inner world of the mind. Therefore, when this subconscious data is recognized you must be in a relaxed state. You have no choice. From your own experience in the external world you will know that when you are relaxed, events or confrontations with situations no longer have the same influence on you, as they would if you are tense. When you are relaxed you automatically see things in a new light. They have less adverse effects on your being. It is the same when you face your subconscious problems during meditational techniques. Besides recognizing them more clearly in the first place, they no longer greatly affect you and because of your state of relaxation and awareness you exhaust them. If you were tense and faced your inner problems (which is probably impossible) they would more than likely have a great influence on you and you would not exhaust them.