Question: When I meditate I find my mind is just racing. So although I am meditating, I am not meditating on what I should be meditating on Instead I am thinking. What do you suggest? How do I stop my mind from racing during meditation?
Craig’s answer: Here is a suggestion that can work very well. Just prior to meditating when you are sitting there, take a moment to tell yourself God and the Universe that all is well in your world. Give thanks for specific concerns, worries, hopes, working out in ways that you can’t even see at the moment. This will help keep the concerns hopes and worries off your mind during the meditation process. Then meditate and repeat your mantra etc. You should see much better results.
In the book House of Happiness,Dr.Thind talks about two kinds of artists. One type has to have a person or landscape in front of them. Many of these artists are great and it takes a lot of skill to be able to put the picture on to canvas. And then he talks about artists who would meditate for weeks or months even, to be able to get a clear vision in their mind of what they are painting. And then they go to work.
We are all artists painting on the canvas of life. We can either look in the outside world and be inspired by a picture we want to paint and live our lives accordingly, adding or taking away what we may choose. And if we do this it may still take a certain clearing of the mind to paint the picture and live the way we would like. Or we can meditate and clear our mind until we can see the clear vision from the Universe in our minds of what it is we are to paint, and then live accordingly. In either case our job is to get busy and paint or sketch a masterpiece with our lives.
All the answers you will ever need are right here with you, waiting on you to see them, because God and The Universe is right here with us at all times whether we realize it, at the moment or not. Our job is to place our focus on this realization. The more we realize this. The faster the answer to any problem or perceived obstacle comes. The more we go within and the more we remind ourselves of such truths (we are one, God is with us, the answer is on its way) and let go of the problem, the more we will have the most profound answers from on high coming to us at lightning speed in the most uncanny ways.
A note: If the answer does not come with lightning speed at first do not be worried, this state may take time to develop. Just remain relaxed and know the answer or idea will come even if it is at the last-minute and keep moving forward trusting, meditating, being open-minded, and doing what you can to remind yourself of the wonders of the Universe. If you can do this, it will come.
Years ago when I was about twenty one years old, I had an interesting experience. I was working in a school in the evenings as a custodian. It was around the time of Martin Luther King’s birthday. Everywhere I went in the school there were pictures of him and posters and write ups. I found myself thinking about him all that evening. When I took a break, I decided to meditate. Just prior to doing so I asked a question to myself. I wanted to know and asked, “how did he have so much strength to carry on such a movement?”
During meditation I saw Dr. King. And it was as though I became him, and I was at this point, Martin Luther King meditating. Then I felt all this bliss and knowledge pouring in. It was as if I was being told that he meditated and this gave him untold strength and knowledge.
A couple days later, out of the blue, my step mom Mom Aletha, gave me a book about Dr. King. To my surprise the writer said that Martin Luther King studied meditation under Mahatma Gandhi’s teacher while in India. I felt like this was the Universe magically confirming the information I received in meditation.
I give over here I give over there
This is what the universe tells me to do
What I get back it really does not matter
I just have to follow the instructions
One day I was meditating and asking God
What to do about this and about that?
How do I get all these things that I want?
At the same time I was thanking God for taking care
of all these concerns, and to my surprise
I heard a voice coming in, like check this out
I give over here I give over there
It caught me off guard and truly blew my mind
Then all kinds of instructions came up how to make it happen
I thought to myself man what an answer
Today I would like to share a dream I had during a time of struggle. I was with one of my crews out working and we were on a roof and somehow I discovered I was way too high up. I thought to myself “I own a gutter and window service, I am an expert, I don’t get myself into situations like this, what am I doing here?” Somehow I knew I was dreaming, and decided I needed to come out of this dream. So I did. When I woke up, I knew that my dream was relating to my waking life, or better yet, this waking dream that I am now in. I decided “now is the time for some answers.” I was going through a rough time in my business life and right in the midst of all of that, I found myself seemingly out of the blue, beginning to have problems in my marriage. I felt the same way I did on that roof except I knew that the answer was not to exit the dream and escape.
In my business life it was a tough year. We got cut off right in the middle of our busy season and winter came early, making it very difficult to complete our jobs. We had a couple hundred customers waiting on account of bad weather. I felt like everyone was rushing us, and some customers were upset. With my wife, I did not know what was going on. She seemed to be angry at times out of the blue. The funny thing is I thought I knew how to handle both things, but in the back of my head, I knew that I did not quite get it yet, because I did not feel extremely good magically in touch with the Universe. I had learned over the years that when I really get it, I suddenly feel incredibly good and can barely feel my body. I feel like I am at one with everything and everyone.
As I laid there in the bed, thinking about my situations and my dream, I found myself once again talking to my teacher in my mind and doing a quick mini meditation. Suddenly, I heard his voice in my head saying “if someone gives you a quarter and you don’t accept it, who has the quarter?” “Do your best and leave the rest,” and a whole host of other things. I could hear the inner sound (Aum vibration)ringing loudly, I could barely feel my body, I felt so blissful and happy, I can’t truly describe it. I said to myself now I truly get it.
The funny thing was, I had gotten all of these ideas and thoughts before about both situations, but I had not truly gotten the lesson until that moment. I intellectually got it, but did not feel it in my soul in either situation, until then. In that moment when I really got the lesson, it was as though the same information I got before was now coming from on high, and I could see it so clearly. When I became centered and truly got it, I was in my heavenly state of mind once again and there was no question in my mind whether things were going to work out. As I look back, although there were many instructions and actions to take, the main thing was to trust the inner guide and get centered.
Our souls and our spirits are immortal. Our deeper selves have been and will be in existence for eons. This life that we live is just a day of the soul. How long that day may last depends on us and what we need to express and experience. Just as we have dreams at night and waken to the day, so does the soul have dreams in the form of life times and then awaken to its light of day. Think of how many dreams and awakenings we have had.
Sometimes we remember our dreams, sometimes we don’t. Sometimes we can be dreaming and know that we are dreaming because we are somewhat awake. Some of us even have visions of the soul before and after this particular dream we find ourselves in. If we learn to meditate deeply, we can see all these things within.
From the book Wise Words
By Craig Kimbrough
How can I say that I have been here before?
It seems to be a subject so few will embrace
Some would say such a notion discounts Heaven
But how can that be so if you remember that too?
Maybe I can explain what I have seen in meditation
a young girl trying to understand life
I could feel her thoughts and her emotions
So different than the way I feel today
Perhaps I can talk about the charismatic robber
whom I saw like watching a movie, getting killed in the end
Everyone watching was happy to see him go
but not me, I wondered, why do I like him so much?
Maybe I should explain my grandmothers passing
how I knew exactly when she would leave, and show up next
This was such a comforting thing at the time
And it all seemed to happen, just as I was told
Or perhaps I should say be open to the possibilities
and be careful of what I say
I don’t want to see the men in white coats
arriving at my door
I decided that I needed to talk to my guru Mr. Ambrister. He made his transition about ten years ago, and at times I will see him in meditation or dream. These are cherished times that I appreciate and hold on to. They remind me just how deep this life is. Today was one of those mornings that I had the need to see him and know that he is still with me. So when it was time to meditate, prior to repeating my mantra, I talked to Mr. Ambrister in my mind, just like he was in the room.
Within moments he was there with me, not in the room, we were at his house and then other places. I could see him as I sat there with my eyes closed. It was like I was in a dream and awake at the same time. The next thing I knew I was in a conversation with his teacher Dr. Thind, who was giving me some advice. Part of what I got from the conversation is that we are beyond time and space. You would think that I totally got that if I was talking to him, considering that he passed when I was about 2 years old, but what he was saying was so deep that I was just barely grasping it. Shortly after that, I was with my teacher again, talking with him, first as I knew him as Mr. Ambrister, and then as he is now in a whole new situation. I was with him there too in this new life and knew the role I was to play there with him. It was pretty cool to see.
Here’s the thing. I had a lot of things on my mind that I was quite concerned about before the meditation. I had concerns both in my personal and business life that I must admit were beginning to get the best of me. When I found myself with my teacher and his teacher, I did not get any direct answers as to what to do about any of my problems. At least not that I can remember. But after being there and knowing once again that I am beyond time and space and that I have a special part to play in this life, all my problems seemed like nothing, and quite easy to move beyond.
Peace and Blessings