The other aspect of sound concentration is that focusing the mind on an outside sound, the mind is not focused on the physical body. Obviously when you begin, such as in a meditative trance, your body needs to feel comfortable and free of pain and distraction. Again, this is hard to do if the mind is allowed to wander freely analyzing all aspects of the physical plane. So the lotus position of sitting is generally used, not because of comfort, but of discomfort. This again seems to be a contradiction and so its. By giving the mind a single focus, it can enter a trance similar to how it enters a trance with sound.
Questions to John U.K.
- Question: Does this man the lotus position is required?
- Answer: No. A sitting position that allows a single point of physical contact for the mind to focus and then gradually ignore is only required.
- Question: Why the contradictions, they seem silly?
- Answer: By introducing opposites into the experience, the mind is given activity which will occupy it as you consciously focus on that activity, the mind generally becomes fixated or occupied and then lulled into activity in general; similar to how a drug induced trance may be comparable.
- Question: This does not make sense.
- Answer: Correct. It doesn’t, but it works. Remember that you are trying to occupy the mind and free the soul to allow it to travel to the astral plane. Once the mind is distracted or occupied, then the soul feels freer or willing to explore.
- Question: But then how do you recall since the mind is occupied?
- Answer: Because the mind is occupied, it cannot be counted on to recall, therefore, recollection of travel must occur subconsciously. This subconscious discovery is usually accomplished through a discovery meditation.
- Question: This seems to be a two-step process.
- Answer: Yes, you travel to the astral plane in one meditation without recollection and then you recall the experience in a second meditation; a discovery meditation.
- Questions: Why do we want to travel on the astral plane?
- Answer: To travel allows you to gain insight. Insight allows knowledge. Knowledge allows talents to be used to help humankind. Travel and meditation are not the same. One can use meditation to train for travel, but meditation does not produce travel. One is a mind activity, the other a soul activity. That is why you need to distract and occupy the mind to allow the soul to wander in one activity and then in a subsequent activity, the mind is active to help you recall the travel experience.