Reading Dr. Dyer’s book Getting the Gap, I found the thoughts that might be helpful for those who are interested in meditation as a means for staying stress-free and healthy. The author emphasizes the idea that practicing meditation takes us on a fabulous journey into the gap between our thoughts, where all the advantages of a more peaceful, stress-free, healthy, and fatigue-free life are available. The paramount reason for daily meditation is to get into the gap between our thoughts and make conscious contact with the creative energy of life itself.
“Perhaps the most elusive space for human beings to enter is the gap between our thoughts. When you attempt to clear your mind, usually the act of clearing your mind only leads to more thoughts.” – Dr. Dyer argues. How does it work? Thinking about your desire to slip in the gap between your thoughts, you create another thought. It’s more likely that you have experienced the situation when you stayed focused on one thought another thought occurred and then the next one took over, leaving less unused spaces between your thoughts. The spaces between thoughts are brief, and rather than expanding them, you move on to more thoughts. Why? Because everything emerges from that gap is the void, and we need the void to create something.
Dr. Dyer suggests four powerful habits to clear your mind during meditation:
1. Observe the Silence Between the Notes
“It’s the silence between the notes that makes the music” is an ancient Zen observation, which clarifies this idea. Imagine, if you can, music without pauses or silent spaces. Without the pauses for silence, the music would be one infinitely long note of noise. What we call music would be impossible.
This is true for all of creation, including the world that you wish to create for yourself. Creativity itself is a function of the gap.
2. Think of Thoughts as Things
Think of thoughts as things, which need silence between them to attract and manifest new forms into life. Two bricks can’t be fastened together to form a wall without a space for mortar. The mortar itself is comprised of particles, which require spaces to allow them to become mortar.
Our thoughts are the same. They require a pause between them to give life to what they represent separately. This is the gap, and it’s a space that allows us to build, create, imagine, and manifest all that we’re capable of creating with those thoughts.
3. Observe Your Thoughts, But Don’t Describe Them
It’s a place of ecstatic peace and serenity. I can’t describe the gap.
4. Dissolve Your Boundaries
In every drop of human protoplasm, there’s a “future-pull” that allow the physical journey to progress. The entire material-world journey is all in that microscopic drop of a seedling called our conception. It came from the no-where, shows up in no-where, and is heading back to no-where. It’s all a question of spacing.
We’re just as much a part of the miraculously creative panorama of nature as the flowers, the sunsets, the seedlings turning into palm trees, the changing of the seasons, and everything else. It’s being outside of the gap, and listening only to the ego that keeps us from living at the level of being able to manifest.