Method for controlling emotions and finding inner-peace.
These are ancient Vulcan techniques (Wh’ltri), taught to Vulcans from a very young age, adapted for human physiology and mind. For a comprehensive adaptation, liberty has been taken in borrowing from the ancient earth meditative path known as Zen. The following: Pacification of Emotion meditation (PEM) has been used successfully by commanding officers in Starfleet to help them through the many stressful situations.
It is not the purpose of the PEM method to make a person emotionless. Only to enable a being to control the feelings and entropy that emotions can create, and to help clarify rational thought.
At no time should one try to suppress or hide an emotion. Our teaching is to come to terms with emotion and thus to overcome emotion. It is the way of Thought controlling Emotions rather than Emotions controlling Thought (Kya’shin). It should set one free for rational, calm thought, peace of mind and peace within one self. To recognise and see the truth of a situation, to accept it and deal with it rationally (C’thia). To enable self-control in the face of any event.
The method is not an instantaneous solution to all emotional problems. It will take time, it will not be easy and often one will fail – do not despair (that is an entropically high emotion!). Try and try again – you will succeed.
The method can be divided into:
A) Meditation at home and
B) Application in every day life..
1) SPACE Find a place where you will not be disturbed for a period of time (Start from 20 to 35 minutes, initially), initially it will preferablly be a quiet place.
2) SITTING. This is an important part as correct posture will improve the success of the meditation. You can sit in the cross-legged loshiraq (equivalent to the Zen-Lotus position), semi-cross-legged losherok position (half-lotus) or leshriq (seiza). If you, for physical reasons, cannot attain any of the above then any other, relatively comfortable, position will do as long as it is not slouching, with straight holding of the spine letting air pass freely.
Place you hands either as in or .
Once seated -remain still, do not fidget.
Concentration : one-point mindedness (ri’agra)towards awareness and mindfulness.
“Concentration is like a dilithium-crystal, an intense focusing of the energy, intelligence and sensitivity.”
Breath deeply and at first concentrate on your breath. Breathing should slow down and become abdominal from within the k’rawhl (Jap. Zen tanden-hara). region. Let other thoughts slip away, and if external thoughts enter – do not suppress them, let them flow away, arising and disappearing. Do not concentrate on these thoughts. Do not indulge in these thoughts or suppress them. Observe them, watch them, without emotions and evaluation, label them Gently, cut off associative chains and return your mind to one-point mindedness – to breathing. In the end you should be able to just sit, letting go of everything. Your mind now clear, rested and ready.
The sitting will sharpen your mind, your concentration and awareness. It should help in self-control as well.
Using the above in every moment of our lives.
The above, although time consuming, is the easy part. Applying what has been learned by meditation to all instances, away from the peaceful place set aside for meditation is much more difficult and needs constant reminding of what one wants to achieve: Control, clarity of thought and harmony.
The awareness obtained from meditation can be used in all situations and in controlling one’s emotions.
The awareness will also often cause you to react to danger before any emotion is observed. Therefore when you e.g. get angry, do NOT act on the emotion (unless absolutely necessary). When an emotion comes (anger) you will have time to analyse it rationally – remember that YOU have made YOURSELF angry, fearful etc. Ask: “Why am I e.g. angry?” “Is it going to benefit anyone/anything being angry?” “Will any action I do because of this emotion, cause a negative and equal reaction (in human terms – will I hurt anyone or myself)?” While asking these questions, start your breathing, start to clear your mind, use ri’agra. And if possible let the emotion flow away through you, out into the universe. This will leave your mind clear and ready for a logical action (like making a cup of tea!).
Start to apply this technique to small emotions, little annoyances, little fears. To insignificant occurrences et first. Apply them when you are watching something on holographic vid (T.V) and it makes you sad or angry.
Do not be disillusioned if it doesn’t work straight away, just the fact that you thought about it for a second will have made a difference, made your mind a bit clearer and provided a little less entropy in this universe.
May the random factors be in your favour and if you have any questions e-mail our representative on Earth: firstname.lastname@example.org
A quote from Trungpa Rinpoche of the 20th Century
“One should realize that one does not meditate in order to go deeply into oneself and withdraw from the world…There should be no feeling of striving to reach some exalted or higher state, since this simply produces something conditioned and artificial that will act as an obstruction to the free flow of the mind…Meditation is not to develope trance-like states; rather it is to sharpen perceptions, to see things as they are. Meditation at this level is relating with the conflicts of our life situations, like using a stone to sharpen a knife, the situation being the stone.”
[An interpretation of Vulcan meditation from a human point of view. Adapted from T'Heya's original work, _FalCUikal Kya'shin_.] _Introduction_ In any system of meditation, one can categorize the techniques endlessly. One could divide them into active, passive, and waking, or make distinctions between mental, emotional, and physical meditations. Active meditation techniques require you to focus on some object to the exclusion of all else - like a meditating on a symbol, a set of words or an image. A passive meditation involves stilling the mind so that the train of thoughts which occupy our consciousness so pervasively stop. The surrounding world fades from immediate awareness. The bodies noises and impulses cease to grab our attention, until finally the mind holds "no- thing". Waking meditations consist of meditations one practices continuously. Like the exercises in mindfulness one finds in Buddhism. Mental meditations have the purpose of developing the intellect. One might consider doing a logic puzzle or studying a foreign language a mental meditation, albeit a simple one. Emotional meditations explore the breadth and flavor of our emotions: for one cannot hope to control a thing without first understanding it. Physical meditations consist of various strenuous exercises done in a particularly mindful manner. Vulcans use meditation for arie'mnu (mastery of passion and emotion), and training the mind for complex uses of the intellect. So the later method of categorization seems most suited to our exploration of the subject. All Classification aside, the most important thing about meditation remains that one does it - regularly and mindfully. Intermittent meditation practices lead to intermittent results. The goal of Vulcan meditation ultimately involves the various sub-goals of: increased concentration and attention, the sharpening of perception, control over one's train of thought, making unconscious processes accessible to the waking mind, and many others. In this article you will find neither an exhaustive nor definitive list. This one considers such an effort futile, for no one true path exists to define kahr-y-tan (the Way of the Vulcan). Each clan has it's own variations, and Vulcan's continuously develop new methods. This one will only attempt an examination of *some* Vulcan meditation techniques, a few of the basic ones. All of which most humans can actually perform and benefit from. Below, a list of the meditations covered here: 1. Cycles of 10 Breathing Meditation 2. Controlling the flow of Thought 3. A Mindfulness Meditation 4. A Method of Emotional Control The first two meditations one generally finds, in one form or another, as the basics of virtually every meditation system in the Federation - at least ones practiced by hominoids. The second two represent a couple of the more intermediate meditations Vulcans practice. _Cycles of 10 Breathing Meditation_ The most basic of all meditations consists of observing one's train of thoughts. Before one can control a thing, one must become aware of a thing. So one seeks to distinguish between the consciousness and what occupies it. Meditations of this type come in many forms. One of the most basic is the cycles of 10 breathing meditation. This one finds this the most useful beginner's meditation. One simply sits in a comfortable position (but not too comfortable you do not wish to sleep), and breaths in and out at a normal pace, and that constitutes a count of one. Continue to count until you reach 10 sets of breathing in and breathing out. Then start the next set as one. If you lose count, or find yourself counting 11 or 12, simply start again with one and try to stop at 10 during the next cycle. I would suggest you try to do this for at least five minutes to start. Continue for the whole five minutes, even if you lose count. For normal human breathing this should consist of about 11 to 13 cycles of 10. Once you can easily do each cycle without flaw, add more cycles. You may add as many as you wish, but if you find yourself easily finishing 75 or more cycles you may wish to consider moving on to a more difficult exercise. When you start this you may find your mind a raging torrent of unruly thoughts, or you may find yourself worrying about the days events. When this happens simply acknowledge you have lost track and begin again. In doing this you will become aware of what fills your mind during your waking hours. _Controlling the flow of Thought_ In this meditation, you attempt to direct the stream of thoughts either towards some object or away from it. You may chose either to begin, but by doing both at different times you will gain more from it. In directing your thoughts toward some object, you pick a subject and strive to direct your attention to it and to keep your attention from straying onto a different subject. For example, you may sit and study the wall across from you. Look at the wall, observe the texture of the wall, think of the materials the wall consists of, examine the many shades of color, focus your attention on the wall. When you stray off into another subject, once you become aware of it, simply turn your attention back to the wall. Again, at first attempt 5 minutes and gradually increase the time as you find the meditation easier. In order to turn your thoughts away from a subject, you simply focus your attention on another subject, or group of subjects. The fascinating thing about this version of the meditation - once you try to command your mind to ignore a subject, the more your mind will try to focus on it. Pain seems like good subject for this meditation, which gives a glimpse of the meditations to come. Of course, one can chose any subject. Unless you have a very limber body try this: sit on the ground with your legs straight out in front of you. Lean over your legs, stretch out your arms and try to grasp your feet around their bottoms. Don't fret if you cannot reach that far, simply let the hands grasp the legs as far up as they can. At the point where you feel a pain, in the back of your legs, almost too intense to endure, stop there and grasp. Stay in that position, and begin the cycles of 10 breathing meditation. Try at first for 30 seconds. If you cannot last 30 seconds you may have stretched too far. Pain does serve a useful function, it warns the body of impending damage, do not stretch too far, too fast. If you easily last 30 seconds you have not stretched far enough. If you cannot feel any pain when you grasp your feet, you probably do yoga or something similar - find a painful position which will not damage you. While sitting this way, turn your thoughts toward some subject. Pick the subject of the prior meditation if you wish. Simply focus on something other than the pain. If you find you can do this for 20 or more minutes consider moving on to the next meditation. _A Mindfulness Meditation_ In this meditation you will perform the meditation periodically throughout your day. You may do this as you think of it, or at predetermined times. Pick a phrase which has significance to you. At the time periods you have decided on, say this phrase. Below I included several I use regularly: "No ones mouth is big enough to utter the whole thing" "If you meet the Buddha on the road, kill him" (I repeat this koan, mainly because I still don't understand it). "Oh, Rob? Yes, Rob? Relax, Rob. Yes, Rob." Generally, I find one gets the most benefit out of this exercise if you stick to a predetermined schedule. An alarm clock helps at first, but can disrupt others around you if you happen to do this during your work hours. I usually pick to do the exercise every hour. This meditation one uses to develop, not only a mindfulness about what you do, but also of learning to program your internal clock. This meditation helps one internalize a fixed rate of time flow (if you use the predetermined time variant). _Emotional Evocation_ An intermediate method of controlling emotion involves neutralizing an emotion by evoking it's opposite. It consists of controlling one's breathing, combined with visualization and sometimes the use of special gestures. When one emotes, one's breathing, posture, facial expression and musculature all follow fairly predictable patterns. Actors use this knowledge to evoke specific emotions and enhance their performance. We can use this knowledge to control the reactions from inappropriate emotional response. This technique will not eliminate emotion all together. At first, one still feels the emotion, but it no longer has control over the body and one's actions. Later in the practice, one can dispel an emotion with just a gesture or thought. One begins to control emotional reactions in this way by breathing in a certain manner, depending on the reaction you wish to control, while evoking appropriate memories of past emotion, and possibly the forming of a special symbol with the hands. The use of a hand gesture allow one to associate it with the emotional state one wishes to evoke via classical conditioning. After long practice, while using this method in regular meditation, the desired reaction will become so associated with the forming of the symbol with the hands, that doing that alone will bring about the desired reaction. In the beginning one should continue the breathing cycle until the emotional reactions cease. When one feels excited, nervous, or any other highly discordant emotional state, breath thusly: deeply inhale to the count of 8 heart beats, then without pause exhale fully to the count of 8 heart beats. While breathing in this manner call to mind past events when you have felt in control of yourself, full of strength and purpose. You may form the hand symbol for this and the following breathing patterns thusly: 1. Place your hands together, palm to palm. 2. Next slightly separate them, while still allowing all the finger tips to touch. 3. Let the pinkie finger and thumb, of the left hand, reach toward each other and touch, to form a ring. 4. Then, let the pinkie finger and thumb of the right hand reach thru the ring formed by your left to touch, forming another ring. 5. You should now have two interlocking rings formed by the pinkie finger and thumb of each hand. When feeling sorrowful, in pain, obsessive or any rigid/unyielding emotional state, breath in this manner: inhale slowly and deeply for a count of 8 heart beats, pause for 3 heart beats, then quickly exhale fully, then pause 3 heart beats before inhaling again. Concurrently bring into mind, those events when one's actions truly flowed with the nature of c'thia; your response always seemed appropriate, and you always felt a calm sensitivity to events around you. Form a hand symbol using the third finger and thumb similar to the symbol above. When feeling easily manipulated, timid, fearful, tired or any inactive, withdrawing emotion, breath like this: quickly and deeply inhale, and without pausing quickly and fully exhale. As above, while breathing you must focus your mind on events when you felt powerful, full of energy, active, decisive. Form the hand symbol with the second finger and the thumb. When feeling selfish, jealous, patronizing, clutching or any narcissistic emotion, breath in this way: deeply and quickly inhale, then pause for 3 heart beats, next slowly fully exhale to a count of 10 heart beats, and pause 3 heart beats before beginning again. Concentrate on events where you felt benevolent, accepting, and truly realized the value of t'triahve (the concept of IDIC). Form the hand symbol with the index finger and thumb. As a Vulcan grows and learns one uses more advanced meditations to control the body, emotions and intellect. For example: to gain a more advanced control over the body a Vulcan may learn to move each toe on the foot, independently of the others. A more advanced meditation over ones emotions could involve viewing images and sounds of violence, and war and remaining unmoved by it. Or just as useful, viewing images and sounds of love and tenderness and remaining unmoved by it. The intellect receives constant training in Vulcans almost from the moment of birth. Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, all of the sciences provide a grounding in the scientific method and measuring. Even for a Vulcan brain, this amount of information could get staggering. So to help them cope, Vulcans regularly practice meditations to help them program their brain more efficiently. Evolution produces brain use algorithms which while work, may not work as effectively as they could. So Vulcans practice advanced meditations which help them register the passing of time, rapid calculation, maintaining a constant spacial reference (which involves visual distance measuring), and visualizing complex problems in detail. One can find more information about Vulcan meditation practices by going to your public computer library doing a search. On earth one may find similar practices within Buddhism, specifically in Zen, Tendai, and Tibetan Buddhism, also in Hinduism, Sikh and Christian monasticism. I only mention the Zen, Tendai and Tibetan Buddhism schools, because I have no familarity with any of the others. Copyright 1997, by Robert L. Zook II, all rights reserved. Permission is granted for the reproduction of this essay in any medium, as long as no fee is charged and this notice is included unchanged. Source: http://www.marketaz.co.uk/StarTrek/Vulcan/Vulcan.html