Many therapies are based on the principle that if it is located and recognized the source of a particular mental tension, then it can be understood and confronted. Or that experiencing again the situation in which a particular strain was formed, root stress can be expressed and therefore eliminated. We must remember that theories are not a liberating method to humans.
The type and extent of recognized conditioning depends on the school of thought. For example, many schools believe that at birth, the individual is an “empty plate” on which all likes, dislikes and beliefs are formed. Others trace the origin of the conditioning and creating tensions to the uterus and prenatal experiences. The concept of conditioning and its psychological impact is also important in Tantra, (that which liberates from darkness). How the mental darkness is released? Through meditation. And how we should meditate? Through an effective and personal mantra.
Tantra expands the parameters of conditioning to cover the whole individuality of one person. All sensory impressions and thoughts, initiated or experienced by the individual, are combined to form the identity of his ego.
Then, in a pure unconditional state, the mind completely changes the limiting ego and replaces it with the identity of the Universal Consciousness. Individuality is transformed into a feeling of oneness with all things. This liberation of the shed conditioning of the mind is facilitated by meditation. By identifying the mind with the essential Consciousness, beyond the preconceived view of the ego, becomes gradually reduced, revealing a more meaningful identity and a clear, fresh view of the world, without prejudices.
What is Meditation?
Many people believe, mistakenly, that meditation is an instant product: by just sitting down and the process works magically, lulling the meditator in a world without thought, full of bliss, quiet and bright lights. When these experiences do not occur in the first weeks of meditation, new practitioners assume they are doing something wrong or the techniques are faulty. Consequently they discontinued the practice due to a simple wrong understanding. So what to expect in the first weeks of meditation? “The mind is like a mad monkey stung by a scorpion,” said the great yogi Ramakrishna, and all who begin to meditate and try to concentrate, know that this is true, especially at the beginning, the mind is uncontrollable and unruly. While sitting many thoughts arise: one begins to travel mentally thinking of something different: sound and noise from outside diverts that inner concentration, the body does not want to stay quiet and in the end, you get up thinking that nothing has happened.
But certainly something has happened! Through constant practice, the ability to maintain a fixed mind is increased. As the body of an athlete in training acquires physical strength and endurance, so the meditator who strives develops mental strength and ability to concentrate. It is only after some time when the stage at which we can truly set our mind on the object of meditation and keep it there, that real meditation “is done”. Another enigmatic experience for some is when the mind seems even more unstable after starting meditation. Thoughts arise more than normal and this is taken as if the process was not being carried out properly. But it is exactly the opposite of the truth .the function of meditation is to work internally in the mind, eliminating all deformations and impressions that our past actions have recorded in our subconscious mind.
It’s like cleaning the house in the middle of the process, it might seem worst than when we started, but persevering and not yielding to the halfway point, we get to clean it. So as we continue meditating, it becomes more and more clear. Meditation is the effort to control and develop the mind, to realize our true nature. It is the means through which we can fully develop our potential at all levels of physical, mental and spiritual existence.