Meditation: Antar Mouna (Stage 3) | Conscious Creation Of Thoughts

The aim of antar mouna is to help each and every person to become his own psychiatrist. That is, it helps a person to release and resolve the problems in his mind. Even the best psychiatrist, yoga teacher, swami or whoever cannot remove your problems for you. They can only stimulate you and encourage you to remove them yourself, by helping you to face tears and conflicts etc. You have to confront and relive these subconscious experiences for yourself. Antar mouna is a psychiatric tool that helps you to do this without the direct guidance of another person.

We have already described stage 1 and 2, where one first of all becomes accustomed to outer disturbances and then, secondly, faces the spontaneous inner flow of thoughts.

Antar Mouna – Stage 3 Conscious Creation Of Thoughts

This stage is exactly opposite to stage 2. You should not allow spontaneous thoughts to occur. If they arise they should be immediately eliminated. Instead you should choose a thought at will, reflect on it for some time and then throw it out. Then you should choose another thought, exhaust it, forget it and then choose another thought. This process should be continued for as long as you have time available.

Purpose

The mind is full of negatively charged thoughts samskaras). Antar mouna stage 2 helps to release many of these mental tensions by allowing them to erupt without inhibition. However, many of these subconscious thoughts are deeply embedded in the normally inaccessible regions of the mind. They have been firmly fixed and rooted in the mind through habitual suppression. Therefore, they do not arise spontaneously. They have to be loosened from their hold on the mind by another method. One method is stage 3 where one chooses specific thoughts at will. These posed thoughts stir up a train of other associated thoughts, some of which may be deeply embedded complexes of the mind. That is, the consciously created thoughts tend to excite and arouse deeper thoughts and memories. This helps to induce a spontaneous flow of subconscious thoughts which can then be exhausted.

We can best illustrate the function of stage 3 with an analogy. If one goes fishing, bait is fixed on a hook; this bait may be a worm or even another fish. This represents the consciously created thought. The bait is put in the water; this represents the subconscious mind. The bait attracts many hungry fish; these are the deeply embedded subconscious thoughts. Eventually a fish will be caught on the hook and lifted out of the water. This represents the removal of the previously suppressed thought. If you repeatedly put the baited hook in the water, then you will bring out more fish. If you create different conscious thoughts then you will hook and exhaust more subconscious thoughts.

The posing of conscious thoughts stirs up the mind and releases knots and blocks. It helps you to relive suppressed memories and feelings etc. that adversely influence your life from behind the scenes. When the memories, fears, etc. are fully confronted then they lose much of their force. The mind slowly becomes more and more peaceful.

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