21st century meditation – the concept

Millions of people around the world meditate. From simple breathing exercises to elaborate visualizations, meditation is an attempt to still the chattering of your own mind in order to see, think, or feel more than your daily concerns. Some people use it to reduce the stress of their daily lives, others to gain more insight into themselves, the world or the universe.

There are many forms of meditation. In some we use awareness of our breath or body to calm our thoughts. In some we switch our attention to an external object, thought or image so that our other thoughts will cease.


traditional meditation upon an object

Many people find that focusing on one thing (or no-thing!) is difficult. So other types of meditations have been developed, often guided, in which a complex sequence of visuals erase the normal chatter in our awareness. Imagine a million tiny goddesses floating around your head flowing with milk and honey! This will make your current problems disappear, at least for a while. The specific imagery is not important, it is the reduction of chattering that really counts. Reducing the chatter leaves us relaxed, peaceful, and alert. It leaves us less attached to ordinary things and more open to the universe.

What’s new in the 21st century

In the 21st century we understand much more clearly that everything in space-time is made of energy. That what we treat as solid objects are patterns of energy. That what we label as our thoughts, emotions and desires are patterns of energy. This understanding doesn’t make our thoughts, desires and emotions any less important, but it does offer a new perspective on how to work with them, on how to calm them down.

In energy flow terms, we can now think of meditation as smoothing out our energy flow.


smoothing out the energy flow

From an energy flow point of view, a chattering mind or an anguished heart are running lots of busy energy patterns. Like a pinball machine or video game, everything is lighting up and going off. What feels to us like a raging storm is really only a tempest in a teapot. Drop the same tempest into a ocean and it becomes merely a ripple. We simply need to expand and make more space, letting the energy spread out.


making more space for our patterns

This we can do. Quantum physics gives us the insight that there are seven dimensions of energy outside space-time. Tantra gives us the insight that we have energy centers called chakras that access those energies. What’s more, we use these energy centers every single moment of our lives to accomplish things. Most of the time it is much like driving a car: in the rush to get someplace we pay little attention to the underlying process that gets us to our destination.

Consciously opening the energy centers can be done quite easily and takes very little time. With the right perspective, you can even calm and expand your energy in a single breath. If you don’t have the hours, months, years and decades to learn how to meditate the traditional way, try a 21st century approach!


Go to Part 2:  21st century meditation – the doing



  1. Great pictures, Well understood


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