One of the key spiritual practices to explore is leaning how to have an empty mind.

For most people especially in the West this invitation appears to be not at all inviting.  Yet it is the gateway to the Wisdom mind. You have to lean to go out of you mind to find sanity.

How to Have an Empty Mind Menu

  • The Normal State of Mind
  • An Empty Mind is Not Empty.
  • The Benefits of No Mind.
  • How to Have and Empty Mind

The Normal State of Mind

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Its not that you use your mind. You allow your mind to use you – Eckhart Tolle

The mind is a wonderful tool when used properly but most people are used by the mind.  The servant is running riot in the Palace. The King/Queen (your sovereign state of mind) has left the building.

Have you ever listened to you mind?

It is a never-ending steam of thought together with a commentary. The best witing about the average personal mind is featured in Chapter 1 of The Untethered Soul by the author Michael Singer.

An Empty Mind is Not Empty

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All the things that truly matter — beauty, love, creativity, joy, inner peace — arise from beyond the mind. – Eckhart Tolle – The Power of NOW

It is important to realize to begin with that an empty mind is not empty.  It is better to view “emptiness” as a state of infinite potential It is a state of NO-THING out of which everything is made manifest.

An empty mind gives you access to this state of infinite potential within you.

This gives you access to the experience off the forever new. The experience of an empty mind takes you beyond thought.

This is the challenge in learning how to have an empty mind. It is the challenge of being willing to be thought through. This is real university education. It is where the universe fulfils itself through you.

This is where the master Jesus gives a core spiritual teaching when he advises: –

Take no thought for tomorrow – Matthew 6: 34

For most people, the instruction to take no thought makes no sense whatever. They think but if they do not think that nothing will happen.

They do not realise that too have no thought opens you up do the experience of being forever creative in a new way.

Benefits of Having an Empty Mind

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With an Empty Mind the Sky’s the Limit and Beyond – Tony Cuckson – Awakening the Heart

Learning how to have an empty mind should be a key life skill.

Most of the time our minds are filled with static. If you listen to your mind, it is like a badly tuned radio. It is as if several radio stations or playing at one time.

Learning how to have an empty mind begins the invitation to the experience of Peace of Mind.

Most of the stress you experience in life is due to the thoughts that run through your personal overthinking mind. This is the overthinking personal mind that is forever on. It is a servant what is running amok.

Cultivating an empty mind invites a more expensive way of relating to the world both within and without.

A major benefit of cultivating an empty mind is the development of trust. Learning how to have an empty mind involves your willingness to trust that the universe has your back – which it does.

With this cultivation of trust in the universe your life begins to unfold in ways that you’re overthinking personal mind could never imagine. You begin to become a happening – a life in free flow.

Life begins to move from a state of BEING. This is different from a state of having to do everything under stress.

With the experience of an empty mind you begin to have a choice. This is the choice to use your mind rather than have it use you. It is also the choice to be available to express the purpose of love.

Your purpose is to serve Loves purpose – Guy Finley – Spiritual teacher.

How to Have an Empty Mind

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Every human mind is just this begging bowl. You go on filling it – Osho

So how do you go about learning how to have an empty mind? To begin with you have to feel that such a practise could be of value to you.

Without such an interest there won’t be the commitment to explore the many benefits that accrue to you from this practise of learning how to have an empty mind.

To begin with you have to adopt the attitude of being an explorer of an unknown land.

In order to have an empty mind you are first required to take command of the voice in your head that runs your life (and ruins your life).

Notice that the first stage is to take command. Notice that you are not being invited to control the mind or to control the voice in your head.

As a spiritual teacher Mooji advises you are not to fight your mind.

This is like experience where the cartoon character Bugs Bunny fights with that our Tar Baby.  the more that Bugs Bunny fights the more entangled he becomes in tar.

Such is the experience when you try to control the never-ending inner dialogue that you call thinking.

I’m Giving You a Big Secret — Don’t Fight the Mind!

Don’t wait for your mind to be quiet. As you are where is your natural state of being by not being entangled in the mind stuff. Right now even as I’m speaking there’s nothing that you have to do. Pay attention. Just notice your sense of being here.

To learn to have an empty mind is a great grace.

It is the one big secret at you I’ve had kept from you. This is the real secret of learning how to think outside the box. The box is the box of your personal overthinking mind that imprisons you in the past and the imagined future.

The secret of secrets is inside me again – Anna Akhmatova – Russian poet.

All spiritual teachings invite you into the practise of observation of the thought as it flows through your mind.

This is referred to as witness consciousness. This practise of witness consciousness takes you into higher level of consciousness.

The beginning of freedom is the realization that you are not “the thinker.” The moment you start watching the thinker, a higher level of consciousness becomes activated. You then begin to realize that there is a vast realm of intelligence beyond thought, that thought is only a tiny aspect of that intelligence. You also realize that all the things that truly matter – beauty, love, creativity, joy, inner peace – arise from beyond the mind. You begin to awaken. – Eckhart Tolle – Stillness Speaks

Thoughts come and thoughts go. The background of awareness does not come and go. The background of awareness is continuous during all your working hours until you go to sleep again.

Empty the Mind Still the Body

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The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind. – Caroline Myss

To begin to learn how to have an empty mind you need to learn to still the body. The practise I recommend for stilling the body is the practise called Yoga Nidra.

Yoga Nidra is a fabulous way of learning how to relax and let go.

It is a foundational practise that I engage with each morning and each evening. This is the art of learning to relax and observe the never-ending overthinking mind what causes stress and worry.

All you have to do is lie on you bed in what is called a savasana pose. The challenge is to make time for this practise and trust in the effectiveness of the process.

This practise invites a new way of learning and a new way of KNOWING. It is a practise of learning how to be known through.

This gives you access to what is called the wisdom mind. Before you have with access to the wisdom mind the personal mind has to be empty of its never-ending chatter.

In all wisdom traditions the wisdom mind is referred to as “I AM.” This is distinct from the personal mind which we reference by way of the statement “I am.”

The practise of learning how to have an empty mind powerfully is powerfully invited by the spiritual instruction: –

Be still and know that I AM God. – Psalm 46:10

This kind of knowing is not knowledge about. it is direct KNOWING. it is the source of all fulfilment. The paradox is KNOWN that fulfilment is experienced by way of an empty mind.

The tragedy of Christian religion has been the teaching that an empty main leads to the work of the devil. This teaching comes from those who have never ventured into the paradox of the mind available to be thought through.

The master Jesus speaks of this when he says

But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither go in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in. – Matthew 23:13

How to Have an Empty Mind Summary.

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Millions of people who otherwise would be completely lost in the conceptual reality of their mind are kept sane by living with an animal. – Eckhart Tolle

There are four levels of human development.  These include: –

  • The Physical.
  • The Mental
  • The Metaphysical.
  • The Spiritual

The highest of these stages of development is the spiritual.  It takes you into the mystery of existence.  It takes you into the experience of the magical.

For most of human existence the focus has been on the physical.  We achieved by means of hard labour.

Later came the development of the personal mind.  This lead to an easier life by way of scientific discoveries. This was called the Age of Enlightenment.

Later still there was the advent of metaphysical thinking by way of the New Thought Movement.

This was still using the mind to serve the personal self.  This is the fashionable practice referred to as The Law of Attraction or the Secret.

This is where you are advised that the Cosmos exists for you to place orders into.  The spiritual teacher and mystic Caroline Myss calls this the “Where’s my stuff?” approach to prayer.

This is the equivalent of the wave dictating to the Ocean.

It is the personal “I am” dictating to the Universal “I AM.” It may work for a while, but it won’t give you the experience whereby you can declare: –

The Secret of Secrets is inside me again – Anna Akhmatova – Russian poet.

Now we have the invitation to the highest.  This is the spiritual mind or mystical mind. This is the empty mind available to be thought through by the Universe.

The issue around learning how to have an empty mind is whether you are willing to allow this power to be given through you.

The universe won’t give you such power for your personal use.  It is only given by way of service to the totality of the Universe.

If you intend to learn to have an empty mind for the purpose of personal gain, then be warned.  Be clear that you intend to practice this invitation in service for the highest good of all.

Learning how to have an empty mind is the greatest skill.  It is where your mind is still in order that the Universe may think through you. You give no thought.

Then the magic of being thought through happens.  You are a flow of Divine Intention. No stress.  Just a happening of delight from the Light within.

How to Have an Empty Mind Resources

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Empty your mind, stop thinking about anything, simply be.— Paulo Coelho

Here are some of the recommended resources for leaning the How to have an empty mind.  I include links to those books that I have referenced in this article.


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  1. The Power of No Mind – Osho
  2. Freedom from Thought and Excessive Thinking – Eckhart Tolle

I hope you found this blog post on how to have an empty mind of value.

Personally speaking living with an empty mind is the most magical way of living.  You become a flow of Divine intention.  You begin to live in alignment with delight.

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