It’s the way you can find within – happiness and truth
I started meditating while I am on my way looking for happiness and forever-land. At that time, I did not know these are already within me and being digging the meaning of life from my mind world. This kind of questioning issue follows me into my everyday life: at the moment I stressed when things went wrong, at the moment I felt depressed by judgement and the way others looking at me, the moment I worked diligently without any fulfilment truly met my desires. Not only me, most of people had been through a time of solitude, feeling like life was just a shot of gunfire, then gone. It seems like we lost the way back home. These kept me wonder why and be curious of the everlasting, joyful and true land.
After continuing meditation, I am so grateful to stop these obsessive minds, and not to worry things and even truly realize what is happiness. As truly realizing the power of meditation, I believe I can be always happy with truth around me.
What a wonderful world!
I’m 54 years old. I came to the states 11 years ago and had my American dream fulfilled. Even though I made a pretty good living as an engineer for a construction company, took vacations traveling different places; I constantly felt that I was a wanderer, traveling with no destination or purpose. The vacation bliss never lasted long. Happiness seemed to be farther and farther away from me…
I found the meditation brochure on my doorstep. I was experiencing tremendous stress. I was overwhelmed at work, fighting with everyone at the workplace, and had tense relationships with people. There were always thoughts pounding in my head leading to endless sleepless nights. On the brochure, it says that “The Meditation has a unique way of cleansing the mind”- at that moment I realized that to escape from my mind is what I really need. After starting the meditation, the stress I was experiencing had begun to go away, I started to feel light and happy, and my quality of sleep improved. I was very encouraged by the results. As I gained more wisdom, my relationship with others has become better. I got promoted to a leading pressure vessel engineer at work.
All the progress I made brought me to the main center in Korea. The main center is like heaven on earth. In here you feel the love from the universe all the time and you are able to detox your body and mind. All helpers are angels as they help students wholeheartedly and unconditionally. Through the method -reflecting on one’s life- I saw the self who was feeling extremely inferior, being self-centered as well as ignorant, and trapped within the own self judgement. The self who was living inside the delusion almost got swallowed up by greed as nothing was ever enough. All the people who didn’t fit in my standards were to blame and became my enemies. I didn’t really have anyone to talk to around me. I thought I was living my life but actually I was digging my grave, deeper and deeper.
The Meditation helps me see the shocking truth and realize that there is nothing more important than finishing the study and cleansing the mind. After finishing the meditation, I became free from all my desires, pain, and delusional thoughts, and all the garbage that had been accumulated in my mind throughout the years has been cleaned up. At the same time I got rid of 5 kilos of fat! Coming out from my deceived life to the true world is like waking up from a bad dream and a bright morning awaits. I feel reborn. It’s like given a new life in the universe. I found the true parents and true home! Tears of joy run all over my face. I’m forever grateful to the meditation for giving us the great method to save mankind. There is nothing in life more precious than this. I sing to myself, living a truly liberated life with universe wisdom and knowing the meaning and purpose I was born into this world, ah, what a wonderful world!
My whole perspective changed, and I turned into a broad-minded person. Now I see everyone as my siblings, and my face looks bright and clean. I’m happy every single day, even my husband couldn’t help starting the meditation. He said he’s never seen me this happy. Our relationship got better and better. He’s so happy that I nag no more and put no more expectations on him. I no longer concerned about material comforts. I’ve never felt this satisfied. I realized that true happiness is not out there, true happiness lies within. Before I was always moving around but getting nowhere. I wore myself out. Now I became one with the world, my mind is as peaceful as still water. I’ve finally arrived home. I’m full of energy and healthy. It’s hard to describe how happy and peaceful I’ve become. I hope everyone in the world will join the meditation and all find the peace, fulfillment, and happiness.
I solved all the questions I have had
Hello, greetings to those who are reading this. My name is Zhang Yi and I am from China. I went to United States to study four years ago. Currently I am second grade in university. I met Meditation in March 8, 2015 in Santa Monica while I was attending school as usual. I was on a website searching for a workshop of my school. At the moment, I saw the word “meditation,” it caught my attention, since I was always searching the ways to utilize one’s potential fully. After I clicked on the website, next day the staff there called me and asked me to attend a seminar. I went and thought it was good, so I registered.
At the beginning of the meditation, I didn’t understand and followed the method as it is taught. Instead, I thought it was something similar to what I learned. As I followed with that kind of mind, I didn’t pass the levels in the standard time period of the levels. Anyhow, I kept going to the local center and meditated.
One day, my helper told me to go to the main center in the summer time. I went and started over from level 1. Although I did level 1 in the local center, I learned many new things as I was doing level 1 in the main center. It took me much time to pass level 1 and I struggled a lot. Now, looking back, had I just simply followed the method everything would have been very easy. I struggled because I followed my thinking about how the method is instead of simply following the method.
As time went by, I also learned to be grateful for the method and the person who made the method. Nothing could I have achieved if there was not the method and the person who made it. I would have just kept making countless thoughts and stress to myself in my daily life. Looking back, it was a miracle. Indeed it was. Among all the psychologically related things I have searched, I didn’t find the solution. However, now I met this method, I know, it solved all the questions I have had.
After finishing Meditation, I will first try to let my family know and tell them to also do this meditation. Then, I will also introduce this meditation to as many people as possible later.
A bright music that creates a big oneness
In 1999, I joined an artistic performance group and became a full-fledged Korean classical musician. Since then, I started to perform with a great drum and other sets of drums. I especially remember the 2002 World Cup opening ceremony concert. I came down a high wire to perform on drums and there were thunderous applauses and roars from the thousands of people in the audience – it was thrilling. After the World Cup, I had a plenty of concert offers, but starting at some point, I wasn’t happy. I had started this work due to a sense of duty and pride I had about the Korean classical music, but the reality was it wasn’t any different from any other show business. Between the idealistic view and the reality, there was a separateness causing conflicts…. Many people around me were envious, “it’s great that you are well-known and was offered many concert performances.” But as time passed, I could not find the reason for performing music and my own identity as a musician. Every time I was on stage, I was fearful and wanted to avoid the attention of audience… At that time, my wife recommended Meditation.
As I meditated, I found that I was wrong to think that I lived a good life like others. The Korean classical music which I truly enjoyed all of sudden became my job and I started to work to build relationships with well-known teachers; and as I did not major in Korean classical music in college, I felt a sense of inferiority and continued my endeavor to learn so as not to hurt my pride… Instead of worrying about “how should I play the rhythm for the audience?” I was chasing after money and prestige. As I threw away those minds one by one, at one point, I was enlightened to the Universe being me. I was filled with such a deep happiness. The Universe is originally full of such joy! I understood then when one lives with the true mind, such joy naturally occurs.
The true joy is possible when I am completely emptied. Only then, the original power and sound of Korean classical music can be revealed.
Through throwing my mind away, I also understood why I felt drained after performing. As I was putting more efforts only on me to perform well, it made the performances much farther removed from the original meaning of Korean classical music and drums. After that, my mindset when performing started to change a little each time. I started to see the importance of a whole performance, not just my own. Originally, the Korean classical music has a meaning, “a bright music that creates a big oneness.” So when one reviews the Korean classical music, one does not say “a good performance,” but say “it was profound.” When the Korean classical music is played in a village and people gather to enjoy, even enemies become friends through the music – the joy of music allows them to become one.
I think about this these days. I feel suffering in their minds as I play on a stage – and my job is to ease their minds… The meaning of ‘poong-mul’ means something that makes wind. It seems like through stimulating yin’s energy beautiful sounds are made and they become a rain of blossom to ease their suffering minds. As I clearly understand this logic of music, I am very happy to performing these days.
Going forward, I want to comfort and give joy through the drum sounds all over the world. As the drum sounds alerted a victory of war long ago, I hope people beat the drums of victory by winning their fights with selves through throwing away of their false minds to rediscover their true minds.
This meditation is? “simple and so powerful”
Before meditation, the life I have lived from the outside looked good. Perhaps to the eyes of the people around me I was happy and confident with family, school and work but I was very worried and always felt pressured within. I always had this need to please everyone and was obsessed about maintaining an image for a good person in front of others. I was always hiding behind my fake smiles and heavy make-up, covering myself up to be perfectly good. Through the meditation I realized that this was all because I was so worried about how the world saw me. I was so worried that I never wore white socks or bright colors because people could then see how dirty my feet were. I felt as if the world was judging me for every little thing about me. My insecurities always overwhelmed me that I was haunted with insomnia.
However, reflecting back at my life, the meditation has really helped me see that I was only living inside this bubble. I was stuck inside a place where I cared only about my self-centered views and comparing myself and wanted to become better with my own standards that I had made to myself. Now that I look back at myself, I was so ridiculous! Riddling myself with so many worries.
I have done the meditation from level 2 in Korea, so I have not yet met people that know of the old me. However, even the people here say that from the time I’ve been here that I look brighter. I see my own change too, my insomnia is gone and I dance around in whatever colored socks, without makeup. When I no longer rely on the opinion of others, I feel much stronger and free. The greatest gift the mediation has allowed me is to allow me to see that the world does not spin around me. I have been living only for myself. For me, the greatest part of this meditation is to see reality, the true world, outside of my bubble.
You start to see yourself, the way you are in all aspects of your life
The cool thing about this meditation method is that it has this ability to show you who you are from a much bigger perspective than yourself. It is really hard to see yourself as yourself, so the method has this way of showing yourself from a bigger perspective. Then you get to reflect on yourself on how you actually are and you see things in yourself. And I saw things in myself that I did not realize that I had before the method. I think that is one of the biggest strength of this meditation. Speaking from my own experience, I found it really hard to bring big changes within myself but this method has helped me get rid of my habits and useless negative thoughts.
I am definitely happier now and also just more relaxed. I feel better within myself and that is the best way to define happiness for me. Also, I am more focused. I mean I work with computers and it is important to have patience and really be able to focus throughout the day. I work with my head the whole day, thus it is so important to be able to be relaxed within myself. Not always trying to move, not always thinking about something else, just staying put; and the meditation has definitely helped me with that.
The meditation has also improved me as a husband and father. One problem that I think in many relationships I find is; you have this expectation of the other to give you something the whole time. You want to get something from that person. And I think the meditation has changed that perspective for me and my wife. It is now more about putting in the work yourself without underlying expectations for one another. Also, this meditation has changed the way I see my children. I seem them more as the way they are than I did before as a parent and as a father. There was a certain bias that came with the strong attachment that I had for my children. Getting rid of that, I think you start to see your family in a more realistic way. This is also good for the kids, because they feel that and they feel actually more relaxed around me.
The difference in my life … can be described with one word: Gratitude.
I don’t have any dramatic life story to tell. From the outside, my life looks quite ordinary. I grew up in a safe environment in a suburb in the outskirts of Stockholm. I had friends, a Nintendo video game and everything a kid could wish for. My family was not religious and relatively open-minded, so I was free to make my own life decisions. I graduated from university and got a job at an IT company and thought I would be happy but, in my mind, I was never truly happy. Every time I achieved something that I wanted, I just wanted something else, something more. I was constantly stuck in my thoughts with my wandering mind. I was always wondering, stuck in my own thoughts, asking myself why I had so many thoughts in my head. I tried so many different things to find an answer but everything I tried only gave me a temporary release.
Though very quickly I realized by doing this meditation that this thinking was about myself and the reason that I think so much and why I was so stressed was because I was caring only about myself. For me, I used to carry things that were unnecessary. I knew that ruminations were unnecessary and bad for me but I didn’t want to nor know how to let go. However, through this meditation method I learnt how to truly let go of the worries and thoughts and to me that is true relief.
Now, there is a huge difference between the me before and the me now. Before, I needed so many things in life to be happy. I needed my hobby and I needed to have certain people in my life. I thought I needed a lot of things. Now I have no worries about the future so with this mind I can just live and the universe will take care of things for me. Now I have also learned that when I sincerely care about others more than myself my stress fades away and I now know how to truly contribute to the world. The difference between my life before and after the meditation can be described with one word: Gratitude.
I feel so much gratitude for this meditation, for being able to let go, and for being able to confirm with my mind that I am fundamentally one with everything around me.
Be the change you want to see in the world
I think when I was born I chose 100% heart and zero head. I love people and love to help them. That has been part of my life for a long time and even the success in my career comes from it. However there came a point in my life where I sought for ways to help others but drove myself insane because I could not find a way to help the other. Once, one of my family members was suffering from depression. There was nothing that I could do to help and knowing that I couldn’t help that person brought me to an even deeper depression. However, once I started the meditation, I noticed a change in me. I realized that only I can change myself and only I can help myself. It was no longer about my need to help and improve others but it was more about being an example to the people who require the help. I found a way to show true compassion and love to others by helping myself. Everything I do and want to say in a short version is that ‘live by example and be the chance you want to see in the world.’
When I started the meditation in the U.S., my career grew a lot faster. People were nicknaming me as a “superstar” and I was awarded a title as the ‘Top 5 Person’ within my industry with a promotion of an executive VP. Though my career was successful I realized that my job made me so busy. I knew there were a lot of opportunities for me to grow through the meditation and I knew to gain something I needed to sacrifice something. Thus with a bold decision, I chose to go to Korea to invest in myself and it was not just a gold mine, but a diamond mine. I can see that most people who want to try the meditation are just so busy with their lives, but I wish they take a moment to invest in themselves to find what is that they truly want in their lives. For me, I just love who I am inside right now. The language and food was very different in Korea but it is nothing compared to the depth of the gratitude I have for the method because it has changed my whole entire life. Though the past 4 months of meditation in Korea, I was able get over my traumatic experiences in my past, conquer my phobias, and be free from the health conditions that has been following me all life. Many people tell me that I’ve changed a lot and tell me that I look brighter and younger.
At this point, my heart is full of joy and love and gratitude. So with this gratitude that is inside, I want to give this out to other people now, by being an example.