Have you ever tried thinking of nothing – no thought, no imagination, no day-dreaming? Do you think it’s even possible to do so? I guess I have something to say about it!
There is a way of doing it and that’s through meditation. A person, when in meditative state, thinks of nothing but is aware of everything. But what is it like to be in meditative state? What is its nature? Is it good? Does it give a feeling of being happy? Or is it bad or drives you into a sense of loneliness? Does one feel real or delusional?
I don’t have much knowledge about meditation and its various terms and techniques, but what I know about it is enough to explain the state of mind I’m in during meditation. Few years ago, I used to believe that mind and brain point towards the same entity. It was in the initial stages of my meditation sessions when I realized that I was wrong!
As I continued my sessions, the distinction between mind and brain became clearer and clearer. Now, I know that brain is the processing unit of the body as mind is of soul or instinct (or whatever name you would like to associate it to!). Brain stores thoughts, memories and experiences whereas mind creates them. Brain generates the neural map or network whereas mind generates consciousness.
But what happens when a person dies? His brain stops working as blood supply is cut-off, but what about the mind, and the consciousness? Where does it go? Does it degrade or disperse, just like the brain or does it continue to exist?
Meditation didn’t give me any answers but it showed me things which I earlier thought, never existed! Hints, clues, signs just keep on connecting and form an answer! It’s like the dots that make the big picture were missing earlier and now they’ve started appearing, clearer than ever!
It is so fascinating to know that consciousness isn’t attached to anything at all. It keeps floating and vibrating in space. It’s not somewhere in the brain or anywhere near the heart but is scattered everywhere. And we keep sharing a part of our consciousness with others in this common matrix called the universe. What’s more amazing is the fact that ‘it never dies or withers away’. Even when the body dies, consciousness keeps floating, vibrating, moving from one entity to another. It can even exist without a physical entity. It is the origin of creation and the end of it! And in those delightful sessions when I was in deep meditative state, the sense of nothingness was the sense of consciousness.