joe wrote:Telling me that it is my mind enjoying mental chatter, and asking who is doing the enjoying, thinking, etc. is no help but simply statements. What I need are techniques whereby I can get outside of the chatter through awareness only. How is that done?
I'm going to go squarely against the grain and say that stopping thought can
be done through technique, but as everyone else is pointing out realizing the self can not be done with a technique. But since you are not asking about how to realize the self I won't answer on that level. As per stopping mental chatter, here's the deal...
You have to view your mind as just another sense organ, essentually no different than your eyes, ears, nose, etc, and you need to view thought as just being the object of that sense organ. Nothing more. If you want to stop the chatter via technique look at it in terms of every sense door needing three "things" to function: 1) the sense organ itself, 2) an object to perceive, and 3) consciousness. If any one of those three elements is removed from the equasion there is no posibility of perception, and the sense door will be temporarily unable to fulfill it's natural function.
For example, there are three ways to not see an apple: if you have your eyes closed you can not visually perceive an apple right in front of you, this is because the sense organ is absent. If you put the apple behind your back you can not perceive it even if your eyes are open, this is because the object is absent. And finally, if you are in a state of deep dreamless sleep, even if your eyes were propped open and the apple was right in front of you, you can not perceive it; this is because consciousness is absent.
Since there is no possiblity of closing your mind in the same way that you close your eyes, and since the object of thought can't be removed like placing an apple behind your back; when it comes to mental chatter the only thing you have to work with is removing consciousness from the equasion. This is not easy, but it is actually possible.
So here's the "how" part:
The best way that I can describe it is like this: every sense organ has a corresponding byproduct when it is shut down. For example: if you shut down your eyes there is darkness, if you plug your nose there is odorlessness, etc. The hint is that the resulting byproduct of shuting down the mind is stillness
. Look for that. Look for ways to develop that; stillness is the only benchmark that I know of which can tell you if you are removing consciousness from the mind sense door or not.
Think of it in terms of a yogic attainment similar to the medical condition known as hysterical blindness. Hysterical blindness being where the eye organ is functioning properly and objects are present, but due to trauma consciousness is withdrawn.
Again though, I really do see where everyone else is coming from in their responses. It would be as if you posted a question saying "I don't want to hear sounds any longer, how do I accomplish that with a technique?" So yeah, please realize that people here aren't trying to get in your way, they are just asking what exactly is that you think you'll accomplish from such a thing?
If you think that you are going to realize the self they're telling you up front that it can't be done via a technique, and they're right. But I'll add that a yogic attainment of no mental chatter is possible if that's what you really want.