Friday, March 8th, 2013. Filed under: Consciousness Esoterica Spirituality The Awakening
Change your thinking and change the world utilizing just one aspect of the Tibetan Practice of Tummo, inner heat.
By Ethan Indigo Smith
Isolation. Retreat. Quiet solace in a meditative moment. And for
what? One idea behind the ancient Tibetan practice of Tummo reveals
exactly why. It allows you to be hollow and empty of energy taxing
emotions and thoughts; in other words, to be clear.
The process of Tummo ends in the physical production of heat. Tummo
leads to the physical overcoming of the conditions of temperature. This
happens to be a nice skill atop the cold Himalayan mountains, but
operates as much more than that. It happens to exemplify the very
reason for meditation. A major part of the process serves as a potent
component toward self-development, one that Tibetan Buddhists and your
average Joe on the street can readily identify with and immediately
The meditative aspect so clearly illustrated in Tummo and suggested
in many other practices is to imagine clearing all emotions and thoughts
to the point of being hollow save one small flame. Being hollow and
clear of all emotions and thoughts one can harness the energy it took
to create and deal with those same emotions and thoughts, and transform
the energy into the inner fire of Tummo . Even just a portion of the
energy required for all that feeling and thinking is enough to create
the inner fire when applied correctly.
This meditative concept reflects our physical and meditative powers,
but also of an exercise in thinking that could truly save us from
ourselves. Human beings are always asking “why?”. We ask why so much
that we conjure beliefs and act on them as if total truth. We ask why
so much that we come up with answers to questions on figments of a
series of why questions. We ask why so much that our minds are often
crowded by answers or beliefs to why questions that no one asked but
ourselves and about things which never happened.
The reason we can’t see the forest through the trees is because of
all our beliefs. Our beliefs which come and go as the leaves on trees,
are not our true root or trunk or being. Just as trees let go of their
leaves, people need to let go of beliefs every so often as well. If we
let go of emotions and thoughts for just a bit we can settle into our
true nature and ignore our beliefs, beliefs which often hinder our true
Let go like in Tummo so as to be like the tree, not the leaf. Every
time you find yourself asking “why” questions concerning beliefs and
figments, stop and change the beliefs into clarity, and being as
centered and balanced as a tree.
Change the world by changing your thinking.