Meditation Information

Let's take a brief respite from the sabbats and look at meditation. In its present form meditation has come to the Western world by way of the East. For centuries the eastern initiates have known of the power and the advantages of regular meditation. They have used it, developing it into a fine art through which they have learned to control the mind, overcome sickness, separate themselves from problems and fears, develop psychic abilities and expand philosophy and knowledge of Universal Law.

Today, in the Western world, there is an ever growing awareness of these benefits of meditation. TM — Transcendental Meditation, Yoga, Silva Mind Control — all these and many more are now common, turning up in everyday conversations not only among Wiccans and other occultists, but among ordinary, everyday folk. The trouble is that, in listening to these conversations, it quickly becomes obvious that many are mere dabblers in this realm. Many are confused. "Which technique is best?" "Why am I getting nothing out of it?" "Am I doing it right?"

So, what is meditation? Quite simply it is a listening — listening to the Higher Self or, if you prefer, the Inner Self, the Creative Force, the Higher Consciousness; even the gods themselves. It can be all of these. Properly used, meditation opens the door to individual growth and personal advancement. Of all the techniques of advancement in the psychic and spiritual fields, meditation is by far the most effective. Coincidentally, it is also the most simple. And it can be practiced alone or in a group setting.

The late, renowned psychic Edgar Cayce, in one of his readings (#281-13), said that "Meditation is emptying self of all that hinders from the creative forces rising along the natural channels of the physical man to be disseminated through those centers and sources that create the activities of the physical, mental and spiritual man; properly done (meditation) must make one stronger mentally, physically — we may receive that strength and power that fits each individual, each soul for greater activity in this material world."

In short, meditation is a method whereby we can improve our lives materially, physically, mentally and spiritually. As with the Eastern Master, you too can discipline your mind, control your emotions, overcome illness, solve problems and begin to create your own reality. You only need to have the desire and be willing to expend the effort.

How Meditation Works

To understand how meditation works we must examine human make-up on a conscious level and must also realize that we are spiritual as well as physical beings. The physical and spiritual bodies are connected at the vital centers, known by their Sanskrit name — Chakra. In meditation the mysterious psychic energy can be sent up through these centers. This very potent force is called the Kundalini, or "Serpent Power". As this mighty force begins to flow within you, these vital psychic centers — the chakras — begin to open in successive order.

On a conscious level, consider the total consciousness as a sort of sandwich. On one side you have the Conscious Mind. This is the mind that is concerned with your everyday world and activities and your physical/material being. It is your waking state of consciousness. On the other side of the sandwich is what is called the Higher Consciousness, or the Super-Consciousness. This is your Higher Self Mind. It is concerned with your spiritual well-being and retains your Universal Memory. In the center is that which is often called the Subconscious Mind. It is passive and is largely subordinate to the conscious mind — primarily because it has been made so. It rules the realm of the involuntary body functions; memory; reflex actions; and serves as the connecting passageway between your conscious and super-conscious minds.

As the vital forces begin to flow through the nervous system, the individual achieves a sense of well-being and peace. The subconscious begins to clear itself of the negative and undesired patterns of feelings and the images that have been programmed into it through your lifetime. The cosmic force of the Kundalini very naturally operates in a calm, relaxed, contemplative atmosphere. As the succession of opening chakras continues, your awareness and perception of life flows continually from within. You are led to do the right thing at the right time. A new vibrancy permeates your being.

Meditation allows you to learn to control the restless, materially oriented conscious mind and re-program the subordinate subconsciousness, in order that you may function from your spiritually oriented higher consciousness. It opens up the channel to your Higher Self.

Technique

Many people fail in their meditation because either they are using the wrong technique, or they simply do not have a technique. Master teachers of eastern philosophies suggest that during meditation you focus your attention on the "thousand petaled lotus" of the third eye. This is the seventh and highest chakra. In this way you re-orient yourself by transcending association with your gross physical self and your mental identifications — and you become aware of the true source. When you sit in meditation, with your attention focused on the third eye, you lift yourself above and beyond the conscious and subconscious cares of the physical.

Notice that when you are feeling well and alert you are in touch with your environment through the eyes and other physical senses. Your focus is outward into the physical world. When you are in a negative mood, or depressed, notice how you withdraw from your physical world. You turn your eyes down and your focus reflects subconscious thoughts and problems. The next time that you feel depressed or moody, lift your eyes; focus your attention outward and upward — above the level of the horizon. Be aware of your surroundings and communicate with them. You will begin to feel better. Your gloom will fade and optimism will return.

You see, when you turn your eyes down, you tend to relate to the subconscious. When you look straight outward, you tend to relate to your conscious mind, which is oriented towards the gross physical/material world. When you look up, you tend to relate to your higher, spiritual consciousness and the realm beyond the physical.

The natural tendency to place your attention in the manner that you focus your eyes, is used to aid your meditation in what is called the Third Eye meditation technique. Do you want to focus on the higher self? Then by using your natural tendencies, simply focus your eyes and your attention upward and inward to the third eye; a spot about one inch above the brow line and one inch inside the surface of the forehead.

Posture

Meditation should be comfortable and secure. Therefore your posture should be comfortable and secure. You may choose any position you like so long as you make sure to keep your spine straight. I personally recommend that you sit in a comfortable, straight-backed chair. You should be able to sit well back — spine straight — with your feet flat on the floor. The chair should, preferably, have arms to it on which to rest your arms. It need not have a high back, in fact it is better if it does not. You may prefer to sit or lay on the floor. If you choose to sit on the floor, the lotus position is not recommended unless you are an adept and completely comfortable with it. You should select a location that allows you to lean against something for back support. The floor surface should be comfortably soft. It is helpful, though not absolutely necessary, to reduce the presence of man-made fibers such as metal, plastic and synthetics, as much as possible. Ideally a soft sheepskin or a heavy woolen item, such as a blanket or rug, could be used for sitting or lying on. Some prefer to lay flat on their back, legs together and arms at their sides. The only drawback to this position is that some people will tend to fall asleep!

Area

The area chosen for meditation should be a quiet place, away from outside noises such as traffic and children at play. The best place, of course, is your cleansed and consecrated Circle. If, for some reason, you must choose another area, it should be cleansed and consecrated in the same manner as your Circle.

Some adepts insist that the meditator face the east. In certain cases it does seem to give a slight benefit, but generally speaking the direction of physical orientation is of slight importance. If your area has a blank wall on the east and a window on the west, you will probably feel far more comfortable facing the window. The important thing is to be as comfortable as possible.

Remove possible sources of disturbance where possible. A ticking clock or, worse, the discordant ring of a telephone or doorbell, can be shattering. Disconnect them if you can. Radios and television sets should be turned off, of course. Clothing should be loose, so as not to constrict the body in any way. Why not wear your robe, with nothing beneath it? Better yet — room temperature permitting — go skyclad.

Time of Day

The best time for meditation is generally a matter of personal convenience. For most people it is either the early morning or the late evening. A few — usually those who are home during the day — find mid-afternoon most convenient. There is some evidence to suggest that a period close to the hour of your birth is best. Certainly astrological influences cannot be totally discounted. However, the slight advantage of attuning to the stars can be more than offset by the negative influences such as noisy neighbors or scheduling conflicts with other required activities. So choose the time that is most convenient for you. The important thing is that you do meditate and that you consistently meditate. So, whatever time you choose, stick to that same time every day.

Persistence

To succeed and remain successful in meditation, you must meditate consistently. Some recommend fifteen to twenty minutes, twice a day. I feel that one fifteen minute period is sufficient as a minimum. But be consistent in the time of day and the length of time devoted each day. You cannot be successful on an occasional basis.

Method

Sit comfortably, relaxing the body as much as possible without slumping or allowing the spine to curve. Help loosen tight muscles by doing the following exercises:

  1. Allow the head to fall forward on the chest. Breathe deeply in and out three times. Return to the upright position.
  2. Allow the head to tip fully backwards. Breathe deeply in and out three times. Return to the upright position.
  3. Tip the head as far as possible to the left. Breathe deeply in and out three times. Return to the upright position.
  4. Tip the head as far as possible to the right. Breathe deeply in and out three times. Return to the upright position.
  5. Allow the head to fall forwards, then move it in a circle, counterclockwise, three times.
  6. Repeat the last exercise, moving the head clockwise three times. Return to the upright position.
  7. Breathe in, through the nose, with a number of short, sharp intakes until the lungs are full. Hold it a moment, then suddenly exhale through mouth with a "Hah!" sound. Do this three times.
  8. Breathe in slowly and fully, through the right nostril (hold the left one closed if necessary), feeling the stomach balloon out as you do so. Hold it a moment, then exhale slowly through the mouth, flattening the stomach as you do so. This exercise moves all the stale air from the bottom of the lungs. Do this three times.
  9. Repeat the last exercise, this time breathing in through the left nostril and out through the right nostril. Do this three times.

Now, with your body relaxing and breathing normally but deeply, concentrate your thoughts until you can imagine your whole body encased in a globe of white light. Feel the luminous energy charging your whole body.

Now focus your attention on your toes. Command them to relax. Let the tension and tiredness melt away from them. Repeat the process with the balls of the feet, the arches, the heels, the ankles and so on. Completely relax the entire body, section by section. Calves, knees, thighs, groin, buttocks, spine, stomach and chest cavity, shoulders, upper and lower arms, wrists, hands, neck, throat, chin, jaw (let the jaw sag and hang slightly open if you feel a tendency for it to do so), eyes, cranial area and scalp. Relax every muscle, vein, nerve and fiber as you move up your body. Finish your relaxation technique at the forehead. Then you need only to focus inward to your third eye.

With your attention focused at the third eye, let your eyes roll up, if you can. Go deeper and ever deeper into the third eye. Abandon the unreal material world; the ego self. It is only when the materialistic ego self is transcended that you can find the door to the inner kingdom and your higher self. Give yourself to it — yield to the magnetic pull from above. You don't need to pray or visualize to make anything happen. Just relax and let yourself flow inward and upward toward the higher power. Whatever sensation, inner light or sound, comes your way, move into it and through to the source from which it comes. Don't become fascinated or frightened by the phenomena. Don't become deluded into thinking you are "becoming psychic". Whatever you see, give yourself to it and move ever upward, ever inward, into and through.

You may have a difficult time keeping the conscious mind still at first. Your consciousness is like a spoiled child, constantly demanding attention. Once it begins to become disciplined you will begin to notice positive results. You may not have dramatic, earth-shaking experiences, but you will begin to notice a deepening of intuition. You will begin to "know" things that you have not known before. This is proof that your meditation is working and the power of the Kundalini is waking.

When you first begin to meditate you will find it difficult to sit still for more than a few minutes at a time. Your mind wants to wander, your body wants to fidget and may even develop a great itch demanding to be scratched! It will take a little time but you will discover that you are the master of your body and mind. Ignore the itch. Tell your conscious mind to sit down and shut up! You are very busy with more important business. The itch will go away and your conscious mind will become disciplined to sit quietly aside as you attune to your higher nature — if you remain persistent. Remember, you let your mind and your emotions run your affairs all of your life. Now your mind and emotions must learn that they work for you. It may take a few lessons, but they will learn. Stay with it. You are embarking on the greatest voyage of your life.

Group Meditation

Group meditation can bring enormous satisfaction. The interaction of each person's vibrations work in a complementary manner resulting in tremendous psychic achievement. When meditating alone you may, once in a while, experience an 'off day. This is never the case with group meditation. In fact, for this reason, many people will only meditate with a group.

In group meditation — the group should seat themselves in a circle and should go through their breathing and light exercises in their own time. At the completion, by everyone, of the chakra color-reinforcement, the white electric light should be extinguished, or blinds drawn, and the circle should then be illuminated by a blue light. In the group in which I work, we use a Westinghouse 100-watt 'Colortone'® floodlight. It is available just about everywhere and is ideal for the purpose. This blue light should remain on throughout the meditation.

Ending Your Meditation Period

For your physical well-being it is important that you end each meditation period with a re-awakening of the physical and conscious selves. This should be done in the reverse order to the method for relaxation. As your consciousness begins to pull away from the third eye, direct it to expand up the forehead to the top of the head. Then, step by step, proceed down through the body: cranial area, eyes, back of the head, face, jaw, tongue, neck, throat, etc.. Command each in succession to awaken refreshed, vibrant and healthy. Shoulders, upper and lower arms, wrists, hands, upper back, chest, chest cavity, stomach, sides, lower back, groin, awaken refreshed, relaxed and vibrant with life. Buttocks, thighs, knees, calves, ankles, heels, arches, balls of the feet, toes. Go through all parts of the body. Command each and every muscle, vein, fiber and nerve to awaken healthy, refreshed and vibrant. You will be pleasantly surprised at how much better you will begin to feel after your meditation. You will feel an immediate inner satisfaction and a tremendous peace of mind. Through meditation you will discover that not only is your spiritual consciousness awakening, but you are also revitalizing the physical self, as you begin to tap the great cosmic forces that are your birthright.

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