Actually the cause of tension is in the mind. Through meditational practice you will slowly come face to face with the source of these disturbances. People experience these agitations in many different forms. But they are only the manifestations. The cause or nucleus lies far deeper in our mental being. We will always be unhappy and emotionally disturbed while we have this nucleus existing within the subconscious mind. This core is in the form of a conflict or a complex of which our outside activities are merely a reflection. It is only by clearly seeing and understanding the subconscious problems that they can be removed. This is slowly but surely brought about by meditational practices. In this way one will become more and more mentally and emotionally relaxed. Furthermore, increasing benefits will be gained from the practices. The more you relax, the more you will be able to delve into the mind. Simultaneously, the more you delve into the mind, the more you relax. It is a two-fold process that occurs side by side.
Rational thought: Try to leave aside intellectual thinking when you do meditational practices for the aim of meditation is to transcend both rational and irrational thoughts. This is not an easy process. Don’t suppress the continuous stream of thoughts, but again merely become aware of them. Try to absorb yourself in the practice at hand.
Vehicle for awareness: A symbol, process or sound is required to act as a vehicle to fix your attention so that your awareness may be directed into the mind. These will be suggested when we describe specific techniques. However, the reader may wish to find a suitable vehicle to suit his own personal tastes. You must know and be guided by what holds your attention most easily. It is not possible in this book to cater for all individual preferences. We can only indicate vehicles in general terms and which we have found to be suitable for large numbers of people. Therefore, we give the following advice as an aid to help you find and choose that which is best for you.
Generally the vehicle of awareness is more powerful if it has some deep meaning or significance. You are more likely to be able to attain deep concentration if the object rivets or holds your attention, because your awareness is less likely to wander here and there, and will be directed into the realms of the mind. If the vehicle has little or no significance for you, then your awareness is most likely to be inattentive. Under these circumstances you might become frustrated and strain yourself in an endeavour to attain one-pointedness. This detracts from success and progress in meditational practices.