The Essence of all Meditation is Enlightenment by Joshua Duncan

The essence of all meditation is the same – we choose a single meditation object, and focus upon that object. All meditation begins with choosing an object. The object is like our goal. It is what helps us know when we are on target and when we are off. It gives us perspective so we can see our thoughts and not be caught in them. It helps us to see the larger picture.

All major religions and wisdom traditions speak about being detached. What does this mean? Does it mean we must empty our entire lives so that we can be detached from all things? Not so, this teaching points to learning not to depend upon that which is constantly changing for happiness. That this is the cause of all our problems. If we forget this then we suffer.

How does meditation help us? It helps us to focus our minds steadily upon a single focus, and learn how we get distracted from achieving our goals. Ultimately the highest purpose of this is to focus upon God or the deepest Truth within us, and be able to penetrate all the way to the source without being distracted in all the moving colors, sounds, smells, tastes, sensations and mental imaginings. To see what remains unchanging & true among all these transitory things. To see how deeply in this Inner Truth we can live our life without getting swept along in the continuous flow of the world.

Traditions speak of how Greed is the root of our suffering. Greed is also the cause of the idea that there is an I. It is the creator of all movement of I want, I move either away or towards an idea that I’ve created. This is Greed, Hatred, and Delusion.

There is a continuous flow of change, in the world of the 6 senses, and the process of the mind. These things happen, they are natural in the conditioned material world. It is our greed that keeps us from seeing the Truth – our bundle of programmed reaction called the personality. You see, everything is just happening, its nature taking its course… EVERYTHING! The creation and destruction are all part of Nature. The greed / personality is what says things should be different, it says I like this and dont like that. And its OKAY for the personality to do that, this is its nature. But when we associate with any part of this our experience, we are caught in believing things should be different, and this ongoing eternal cycle of becoming.

Our attention has shifted from Realizing Truth, to another Purpose or desire. So that purpose becomes our new quest, that we will do BEFORE we reach PEACE… You see the Truth is uncreated, it is eternal, and it is immediate. Therefore we seek Truth in anything created it immediately masks it. The Truth is to be realized inside ourselves as the source of our being. Through our own efforts we focus upon realizing this, and step by step find this peace is more and more of our experience.

Its not necessarily through eliminating thought, disease, distraction or any sort of pleasure or pain that we realize Peace. These things will always be part of existence. A Master Teacher who realized this Truth for himself called the Buddha explained that the cause of this distraction and lack of contentment is Greed. So simply become see how this greed is causing all sorts of problems in our lives. Greed isn’t the best word to translate. But its essence is bundled up in – not seeing how this process works, continuing to chase or run away from something – therefore we are blindly moving here or there, never stop to see.

By practicing meditation we are walking the path of enlightenment, the path to the deepest truth & source of our being. All benefits that come from meditation are ultimately qualities of progress towards purpose. A healthy, happy life, is a natural outcome of deep wisdom.

3 Major Purposes:
*We see the nature of the mind, jumping around from one thing to the next
*We understand how the mind is a natural process, and by paying attention we learn how nature works
*We see how we have been trained ourselves, and what our thought patterns are, how we interact with situations – more self aware
*We see how it is not the content but the reaction that creates pain


*We collect our minds to be focused upon a single object
*We train our minds to be content resting with a single object
*We feel more present, our energy is focused upon whatever we choose

Inner Peace

*We stop looking for happiness in unstable objects
*We find contentment in stillness
*We find the power in stillness
*When we use our minds it is direct and single pointed
*It can stay on a single object and be content

Other Benefits – qualities of Truth begin to shine through your very being

*Clear thinking
*Self Mastery
*Inner Power, Strength, & confidence
*Deeper and deeper awareness
*Life = Meditation

Different Types of Meditation & Their Benefits:

Types the Buddha Taught:

*Breath – breathing meditation is good for relaxation, attuning to the body, calming thoughts, one pointed focus.
*Loving Kindness – good to cultivate loving feelings and open heart. Opens and softens cold frozen emotions. Generates an attitude of friendliness and happiness.
*One pointed focus in a relaxed way. Accepting and softening
*Dot – one pointed focus, eyes open, very strong focus, consciousness
*Vipassana – deepening awareness of the many levels of phenomena occuring all the time. Awareness, presence.


*Visualization – imagination, creativity, focus, artistic
*Open Awareness – awareness / consciousness, release control, arrive at who you are gradually and naturally – its harder if you aren’t in very clean environment and have meditation experience,
*Mantra – 5th chakra, energy of the vibration lifts us. Focus and energizing
*Yantra – raises vibration, attunes mind to higher patterns
*Dynamic – engages our body, mind, and emotions, releases blocks and strengthens each area

Joshua is a student & teacher in traditions of human excellence and mastery. He leads empowerment workshops & classes ~ and offers personal one on one counsel, healing, & transformation work.

His Study and Background
Intensive study living in Peru with a Shaman and his family
3 Years Training in Meditation Centers & Buddhist Monasteries
Over a year’s time in Silent Retreat
Living as an Ordained Novice Buddhist Monk
Study with Native American Wisdom Tradition Holder
Training in Russia with Siberian Shaman
Intensive study & travel with Aharaj Yoga Master
Current student of a Master of Raja Yoga
Joshua has received initiation in an ancient form of tibetan healing & has blessing to teach the way of Health, Harmony, and Happiness.

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