Letting Go of the Desire to Think in Meditation

Meditation is not ultimately about piling one thought (the thought “don’t think” or some other) on top of a stream of other thoughts. Meditation is about removing the momentum behind the thoughts, so that their arrival will diminish, so that awareness itself can rise without falling asleep back into thought.

Thought is not the same as intent. Thought is a form beheld within the mind; intent is the fundamental movement of consciousness. In order to slow down the momentum of thought, intent must first move to change the desire to behold the thought. Our desire to listen to our thoughts feeds their momentum. If we want to experience our truer nature, we have to decide to actually “let go.”

Most of us who experience constant thought do so because we care about those thoughts. We truly believe their content is important. Or perhaps we find comfort or pleasure in them. The thoughts arrive to serve us. Perhaps we’ve been propelling the same thoughts so consistently and for so long that they’ve become almost all we know. The following is not to be misconstrued, but in order to fully meditate and experience our greater awareness, we have to allow ourselves to “not care” about the content of our thoughts. We have to allow ourselves to let go of the need for the thoughts to serve whatever purpose they are serving.

If you sit down to meditate, and you actually want to be doing something else, your intent and your meditation experience will reflect that. Meditation then should be done at a time when you are ready to let go. When you invest yourself in letting go, when you give yourself permission to deeply release all expectations and needs and desires, then your momentum of thought will reflect that, and your greater awareness will naturally rise to the surface. Indeed, incredible relief is available to you when you finally “put down” the needs that your thoughts are faithfully serving.

Meditation is ultimately not an action. It is allowing awareness to be more fully in the present moment without being lost in the dreams of the mind. That allowing means letting go- even letting go of the need to listen to our thoughts, and letting go of the wants, needs, and desires that those thoughts are serving.

3 thoughts on “Letting Go of the Desire to Think in Meditation

    • Here is a process that works for me sir (pasted here from a draft version of the book I am working on):

      Meditation is a fantastic pursuit, the rewards of which are not apparent until it is practiced. Not everyone will benefit from a journey of meditation at a given time, and that is completely OK. But for those who are ready, it is a life-enhancing practice and a very powerful investigative tool.

      There are many different “ways” to meditate, and different methods will work better for different people. What follows is just one that helped me, and I feel it has the potential to help others. The main exercise provided below is conceptually identical to the meditation exercise recommended by Tom Campbell in the aside of Chapter 23 (pages 171 to 179) of his My Big TOE trilogy.

      Note that while a certain set of actions are described below, meditation is not ultimately about performing an action. Rather, meditation is an exercise in awareness: focusing awareness, directing awareness, knowing awareness, being awareness. When the self is lost in the world of form and lost in the thinking mind, that awareness can seem to be lost. Meditation is the practice of using intention to move back towards the awareness that underlies all of the form.

      It is important to set aside the time to perform the meditation. The human personality works in time and typically has built up a huge amount of “thought momentum” and “feeling momentum” in time; so to move “past” that form association and “toward” awareness itself, it is very important to routinely set aside time. An instantaneous return to deeper awareness is certainly always possible, but most humans require the use of time to achieve it, because the association with form is firm.

      Also, as you practice meditation over time, if you feel frustrated, you are probably trying too hard! While “effort” may be required in the early stages, ultimately the process is not one of effort but of ease.

      A Recommended Meditation Exercise

      Sit in a quiet place, close your eyes, and pick a neutral object (like a table or a triangle for instance) to think of in your mind. Visualize the object and keep your concentration focused on it. Thoughts will come to you and you will find yourself suddenly off thinking about something else. When you do, just gently redirect yourself back to focusing on the neutral object. If thoughts come constantly, make the object more active. Do whatever you have to do to keep your focus on the object! It’s OK that thoughts come. Don’t judge yourself as to whether you are “doing it right”– just keep redirecting your focus over and over. The form of the neutral object that you are focusing on in your mind is irrelevant; what is important is the action of using your intent to focus on something neutral that you are choosing, rather than being lost in a stream of thought. You’ll find that doing this for just 10 minutes is very difficult at the beginning. But you’ll also find that in just 10 minutes you can probably slow down your “thought momentum” noticeably. Repeat this practice regularly – it is important to “train” yourself to be able to focus just on something neutral. Set aside time every day, at least one 30–40-minute period, or two 20-minute periods, just sitting there focusing on a constant neutral image, or possibly a neutral sound, in your mind.

      Eventually, after consistent practice and over enough time, you will find the thoughts coming much less frequently and intensely, and you can eventually – but not too soon – drop the object of focus and instead just focus on your alert awareness of the present moment itself for exactly how it is. It is important to remain purely and intensely alert. Over time you will learn to become aware of what thoughts feel like when they come and go, and more and more you will grow awareness of what you (the real you – your awareness) are when not constantly focused on the “dream of form” that are your thoughts.

      Throughout this whole process it’s important to not judge yourself or your progress. You may find yourself thinking, “Am I doing it right?” or “Am I really meditating?” Meditation is not an action within form. It is learning to deprioritize listening to thought, and it is a shifting of intention away from form to your own alert awareness itself. That awareness has no definition, and it cannot be “done.” You can, however, put yourself in a state where suddenly – as Mooji puts it – “Peace will come and kiss you”; and truly, what an amazing experience that is!

      Eventually it is also possible to become familiar enough with your personality’s thought-stream that you can willfully “look away” from this physical reality to other “reality data streams.” You may find those realities can be way MORE real than even this one! But! First things first – take the time to put down everything in your mind and focus on a boring neutral object! Do this daily for at least 6 months before judging the results. As Tom Campbell suggests, it is important to take the long-term approach to this.

      One other comment – as you are focusing on a neutral object, try to “think with your body” while you do it (even though meditation is not ultimately about thinking at all). That is, allow your whole present alert bodily experience to focus on what you are doing, not just the thinking mind.


  • Hi Christian
    I totally resonated with your prebirth experience interview on passions.
    You validated for me what I have known all my life. (Vibrationally). When I was taught in school or church, I knew certain things said were not the way things work. I experienced the unconditional love light(home) and know that insatiable desire to go back there. Thank you for validating my experience. You are the first I’ve met to know what I know. It’s hard to talk to anyone who is still under the veil completely.

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