Ayu wrote: Tsongkhapafan wrote:
Whenever I was able to drop my thinking, the empty space in the head was not similar to "nothing". There was room for much light and all these wonderful dharmas that are normally covered by th conventional mind of judging, guessing, interpreting, fearing and wishing. A space for love, compassion, joy and deep knowing faith.
I understand the importance of dropping distractions, but not thinking. Love and compassion are conceptual minds. Worryingly, I think some people are too keen to abandon conceptuality when ALL of the minds that we need to make spiritual progress are conceptual to start with.
I suppose, you misinterpret. Dropping intellectual mind is not for starting, I think, and it is not recommended for every situation in life. But it is needed for to find insight at a certain point of the journey.
And it is not dangerous.
With respect, in some cases it can be extremely dangerous. As we see from Willoughby Britton's work
your experience in meditation, where the room that was freed up by not thinking was automatically filled with things that are thought of as good, though it could be thought of as relatively common it is by no means universal.
It is entirely possible for some meditators when they succeed in stopping thinking for there to be simply nothing there at all. No thoughts, feeling, love, compassion, faith, or anything else. Imagine if you were a security camera where you simply took everything in without elaboration or comment. And this state, or ones very similar to it, can last for a long time as the quote below says.
Willoughby Britton wrote:Britton's findings corroborate many of Young's claims. Among the nearly 40 dark night subjects her team has formally interviewed over the past few years, she says most were "fairly out of commission, fairly impaired for between six months [and] more than 20 years."
And to answer the OP's question, I think that this is in the category of things that can't be explained as much as accomplished. If one is a Buddhist they have to have faith that the kind of mind the Buddhas have is better than the mind that they currently have because it(like so much on the higher end of Buddhism) is non-conceptual which makes it basically un-explainable. Like a lot of things that happen in the more advanced form of Buddhism, this is where we realize that Buddhism is, in fact, a religion in that it requires faith.
IN THIS BOOK IT IS SPOKEN OF THE SEPHIROTH & THE PATHS, OF SPIRITS & CONJURATIONS, OF GODS, SPHERES, PLANES & MANY OTHER THINGS WHICH MAY OR MAY NOT EXIST. IT IS IMMATERIAL WHETHER THEY EXIST OR NOT. BY DOING CERTAIN THINGS CERTAIN RESULTS FOLLOW; STUDENTS ARE MOST EARNESTLY WARNED AGAINST ATTRIBUTING OBJECTIVE REALITY OR PHILOSOPHICAL VALIDITY TO ANY OF THEM.
Wagner, Eric; Wilson, Robert Anton (2004-12-01). An Insider's Guide to Robert Anton Wilson (Kindle Locations 1626-1629). New Falcon Publications. Kindle Edition., quoting from Alister Crowley