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Training Our Mind – The Discipline of Meditation

The foundational tasks and goals of meditation are (1) to awaken, strengthen, and operate from our neutral mind, and (2) to activate and use our faculty of consciousness.

Our neutral mind is the home of our soul and the Divine, where we experience the Infinite in our finite being. With consciousness we train our mind to stay awake and alert in our neutral channel and present in our physical body. We discipline our mind with our sensory faculties of awareness, listening, and feeling.

Training our mind to be our servant, instead of our slave driver, is a big job. Serious training is required! Actually we are not just training our mind, we are recalibrating our whole being. Our subconscious, emotions, and physical body are equal players in our awakening process.

Attentive practice is required to penetrate into the subtleties of our subconscious, our soul, and the Infinite. We cultivate awareness incrementally, gradually releasing our resistance and over-coming our sleepiness so that we can be open and receptive to the richness of multi-dimensional life.

Training Principles

Here are the basics of Meditation Training 101.

[1] Dwell in Neutral

First we have to find our neutral channel. We establish neutral as our center and base of operation. As we cultivate and dwell in neutral, it becomes our sacred space. We use our faculty of consciousness to refine and upgrade our relationship with our sacred space.

[2] Kindness and Self-Respect

Discipline and training must be directed with an attitude of kindness. Willful force is counterproductive. Our attitude is based in acceptance, not rejection. We treat our sensitive inner self and body with gratitude, respect, and love.

[3] Stay in Your Body

It is imperative that we stay centered in feeling awareness in our body, during meditation (and in life.) It is easy to get spaced out and leave the body. But we cannot enjoy and attract in physical reality if we are not in it. So keep connected to the sensations in your body.

[4] Give Your Mind Something Else to Do

The mind is always active. Our dualistic mind is always looking at alternatives, which can create confusion and conflict, if our neutral mind is not available to act as the detached arbitrator. In our non-dual neutral mind, there is no judgment, discussion, or conflict. In neutral consciousness we have the built-in capacity to command our mind. In neutral we can give our mind something else to do.

In neutral with consciousness we train our mind by directing it to our neutral sacred space and give it the task of focusing on neutral qualities — stillness, silence, peace, vastness, or any other divine quality that pulls you inside to your sacred space.

Our on-going task/goal is to relax within ourselves (in stillness or another quality) until there is no gap between human ‘me’ and our oneness with the infinite quality of the Divine.

Comparing Dual and Neutral Minds

 Training our mind requires us to be able to distinguish between our dualistic mind and our neutral mind, whose basic natures and modes of operation are very different (and complementary. ) We need both to operate as functional human beings.


The primary faculty of the dualistic mind is thinking.

The primary faculty of the neutral mind is consciousness.

Process mechanism

The dualistic mind processes through thoughts and analysis.

The neutral mind processes through intuition.


Our dualistic mind offers us alternatives and choices.

Our neutral mind offers us clarity without discussion or judgment.

Perspective and Information

The dualistic mind gives us information from our limited ego and subconscious programming. We are personally engaged and attached to its opinions.

Our neutral mind gives us information from our soul and offers us a higher, universal, detached perspective.


The nature of our dualistic mind is always active, unstable, and alternating between negative and positive.

The nature of our neutral mind is stable and peaceful.


Our dualistic mind operates and computes in time and space.

Our neutral mind operates above time and space.

Basic Training

Here are some basic guidelines to pay attention to as you train your mind.

First, do any Kundalini Yoga exercise, which we will call an activation technique, for 1 minute or more to physically activate the upper chakras and open up awareness in the mind, and stimulate sensitivity in the body.

[1] Pay Attention with Sensory Faculties

Pay attention with your subtle sensory faculties of (1) awareness, (2) listening, and (3) feeling.

Use these faculties to direct your mind to be present to what you are feeling in your body.

Get in touch with your physical, mental, and emotional condition. Don’t analyze or think about anything. Deeply listen, feel, and be non-verbally present.

[2] Change Channels, Awaken Neutral Mind

Close your eyes, look inside your head. Whatever you see (dark, space, nothing, empty, etc.) pay attention to that. Use your faculties of awareness and listening to tune into the neutral space in your mind. Your attention will be diverted by thoughts in the dual mind. Simply return your attention to neutral.

Notice the differences between your dualistic and neutral minds.

Notice that your sensitivity opens up in neutral. It is easier to listen, feel, and be aware.

In your neutral channel, you discover another reality beyond your thinking and thoughts.

[3] Awaken the Faculty of Consciousness

Feel your crown chakra to awaken consciousness.

Become aware of the difference between thinking and consciousness.

In the dual mind we think. In the neutral mind we use consciousness to be aware.

Practice being consciously aware and not thinking.

[4] With consciousness observe without judgment.

Consciousness awakens the capacity to be the observer. Our observer faculty is available at the third eye. We can be aware of our impulses, conflicts, emotions, stories without reacting.

[5] Monitor how you process information in the two channels

Dual mind – Thinking, analyzing, evaluating, figuring out.

Neutral mind – Available to receive information, listening to intuition.

[6] Monitor the perspective and nature of information

Both minds have their own perspective and offer us different information and guidance.

Our dual mind is speaks for our limited ego and is personally engaged. The information is often emotionally charged and speaks for our conditioned programming.

Our neutral mind speaks for our soul and offers us guidance from our higher self and the Universe. Our neutral mind is detached and sees the bigger picture. Sometimes our ego mind does not want to pay attention!

[7] Feeling Qualities

Notice the qualities in both minds and how you feel.

Can you feel peaceful and relax in your neutral mind?

[8] Pay Attention to Neutral

Connect with and build your neutral mind/space by tuning into and becoming one with its basic quality — neutral. Neutral is our foundation. If you only concentrate on neutral and build a relationship with neutral, the rest will follow.

With practice we can awaken, expand, stabilize, and strengthen our neutral mind. With access to our neutral space, we can move out of mental manipulation and control, emotional drama, frenetic agitation, and ungrounded grasping for something we cannot even identify. We can move into a place of peace where we can operate in a totally different way.

Goals and Progress

In neutral is where we train our mind, make progress, and achieve our goals. In neutral

We expand our awareness and subtle sensitivity.

We develop clarity of perception and our intuition.

We relate to our Soul, dwell in its qualities, and acquire self-trust.

We connect with the Infinite within and allow it to serve us.

As you cultivate and awaken the faculties of attention, awareness, listening, and feeling, they emerge as capacities that are more and more available and begin to operate automatically. Your subtle sensitivity engages your senses in more comprehensive awareness, opening up an availability to be present to what is happening in a larger arena of by your inner and outer realities.

Attention and listening activate your intuition and make it easier to listen to your soul voice instead of being submerged in our random thoughts. Over time you become more at choice and can choose to follow your intuition when it alerts you to the implications and consequences of possible actions.

Our meditative goals are to become aware, neutral, conscious, present, sensitive, and relaxed in the flow.

Meditation Technology and Practice

To achieve our ambitious goals and lasting results, (1) we need an effective technology, and (2) we need to commit to regular practice.

There are an infinite number of meditation techniques. Those used in Kundalini Yoga employ mantra (the technology of sound current) and pranayama, which are highly effective in changing brain patterns and awakening dormant parts of the brain so that we are actually able to awaken and operate from our neutral mind and consciousness.

You can use the training guidelines offered here with any Kundalini Yoga and Meditation techniques and all mantras. But don’t robotically chant and space out. Pay attention in feeling consciousness in your body while you activate your physically vessel to hold higher frequencies.

The important thing is to take time to pay attention and to actually cultivate these experiences. They aren’t going to happen or anchor in without time and attention. Remember we are infusing non-physical frequencies into physical reality. Gentleness, awareness, feeling, and subtle sensitivity make it possible to connect with and enjoy this sublime state of being.

Mental Focus and Awakening Upper Chakras

We can always cultivate one-pointedness of mind by softly focusing the eyes toward the tip of your nose, where the two 2 channels of breath come together. This focus causes the optic nerves to cross at the point of the third eye, which is the command center where we observe, focus, command, and project.

The Pineal Gland Kriya is a classic for awakening the upper chakras. Use the guidelines set out above to cultivate your neutral mind and faculty of consciousness during each exercise and in the meditations between exercises.


We can’t fall asleep and expect to wake up.

We can’t space out and find our sacred space within.

We can’t fight and make peace with ourselves and the world.

So let’s train minds to wake up to our peaceful sacred space within and enjoy the Love.




pineal Use the instructions above to cultivate your neutral mind and faculty ofconsciousness during each exercise and in the meditations between exercises.

1) Clasp hands in Venus Lock about 4 inches above the top of the head, and, holding the lock tightly, try to pull the hands apart with long deep breathing for 2½ minutes.
Then meditate with hands on knees in Gyan Mudra for 5 minutes.
2) In the same mudra, unclasp thumbs and press them straight back and hold with long deep breathing for 2½ minutes.
3) Meditate with hands on knees in Gyan Mudra for 5 minutes.
In the same position, thumbs clasped again, raise index fingers and point them straight up, pulling on the Venus Lock, resist and hold with long deep breathing for 2½ minutes.
Meditate for 5 minutes.
4) Still sitting, raise arms up to 60°, spread fingers wide apart and hold with Breath of Fire, creating a funnel leading to the 10th Gate (crown chakra) for 3-5 minutes.
Meditate for 5 minutes.
5) Relax arms down in Gyan Mudra on the knees and meditate on the stable space with awareness at the top of your head. Time open.

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