Meditation


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Harvest Meditation

Take a seat and clear your mind of what fills it now and concentrate on the following meditation:

As you are sitting, close your eyes and feel the yellow of the sun..Reach up with your arms and let your fingertips touch that yellow..Now, lay back, with your arms extended and become a ray of the sun..As we all lay in a circle, we form the sun – we are all rays of this vivid starburst.

Look down to the Earth and see the fields ripe with the summer’s abundance..Find your self in the center of this abundance holding a large willow basket, eager to begin your autumn harvest.

Step first into an expanse of sweet corn..See the erect, regal, green stalks of
corn..Observe a ripe ear on a particular stalk which extends to you..Under its scruffy whiskers kernels that sparkle like gold shine through. You are reminded of your own riches – both tangible and intangible..Reach out and pick this ear and put it into your basket.

Leave the corn field and enter an orchard; an apple orchard..See the beauty of these trees, these majestic symbols of the Goddess..Feel the fullness of her boughs – full of ruby red apples of knowledge..Reach up, way up, and pick two. Put one in your basket and eat the other. Taste and enjoy this fruit – for in this garden tasting an apple is not forbidden.

Now move toward an onion field which beckons you..Once green, now browning spikes point up to you, tempting you to dig below…Pull gently and the ground gives birth to aniridescent, opal bulb, full of body and character and strength..A vegetable with the power to make you feel the power of tears..Add this to your growing harvest.

Notice ahead thick bushes of ripened raspberries..Sharp brambles protecting their precious, succulent garnets..The sweet nectar of these berries remind you of your own sensuality – your own ability to feel, express, extend all that is soft and loving and warm to others..Take your time here and pick plenty of these supple jewels for your basket.

Step away now and look around you..Find a patch of fruit or vegetables that appeals to you..Enter it, admire its offerings, select a precious gem of your own to harvest..Choose a resource to sustain you in the rapidly upcoming time of cold and darkness…Capture some warmth and light and savor its presence.

With your arms now laden with this basket of bountiful treasures, it is time now to rest..Take your harvest to the grassy knoll in the sun just beyond and sit and bask in the glory of its healing heat..Rest in contentment knowing you have collected that which you need to give you strength and nourishment in the winter days to come.

Put yourself back in the sky now..Become the sun once again..Shine down upon yourself and your gatherings..Absorb the energy of the fruits of your labors, bless these seeds you planted in the Spring and nurtured to fruition through the summer..Be the sun..Shine down upon all that is good and good-giving..Give the light of hope to all you shine upon.

When everything you have touched with your rays is full of your brightness, open your eyes and rejoin your circle.

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Meeting the Goddess Bast Guided Meditation

Meeting the Goddess Bast Guided Meditation

For the meeting with Bast you will need a table or shelf to use as an altar. On this place an image of the goddess. It doesn’t have to be a statue of Bast, a picture of a cat or suitable cat ornament will do for now. On either side of this place two candles, preferably purple, blue or silver. A vase of blue, purple or white flowers would be appropriate as would some kind of incense and holder. You will also need a small candle in a colour which you feel best represents you. This should be placed in front of your representation of the goddess. Some perfumed oil with which to anoint your personal candle is also needed. Bast likes flowery perfumes for oil and incense if possible.

Traditionally Bast is seen as a gentle goddess. She enjoys music, dancing and perfume. She is Goddess of love and joy and dancing. She is the gentle, nurturing warmth of the sun and the cat who can be picked up and stroked. However, we have to remember that, just like a cat, she does have a fiercer side to her nature as well.

The Meditation

Light the altar candles and the incense.

Close your eyes and breathe deeply for a few minutes.

When you are totally relaxed, open your eyes, and light your small candle. Now, close your eyes once more, clear your mind and see only a black void before your inner eye. Imagine that blackness turning into fog, which swirls around you. Gradually, the fog dissipates.

As the fog clears, a scene is revealed before you of a desert landscape of reddish sand. Nearby, you see the mighty pylon of a temple.

Walk towards the temple. Feel the heat of the sand beneath your feet, and the hot sun on your body. How are you dressed in this world? Take note of your surroundings. Use your inner eye to look around. What can you see? Although you are being led in this visualisation, there is still plenty of space for you to add detail. No two people would ever see exactly the same imagery. Begin to build up your inner world. Make it real in your mind.

Now, walk to the pylon and take a few moments to examine the walls rearing above you. Do they have carvings on them, or are they unadorned? Take a deep breath and smell the air. Incense smoke is drifting out from the temple; its heady aroma fills your nose. You can hear faint music; the bleat of pipes and the low beating of drums. Enter beneath the shade of the pylon gate, cross a courtyard, and find yourself in a vast chamber of stone columns. It is quite dark, but on the floor there are bowls of burning oil that emit a flickering light. Here, the air is cooler and refreshing, and the smell of incense is complemented by a strong fragrance of exotic flowers. Perhaps there are people here – priests and priestesses – or perhaps you are alone. Again, spend a few moments looking round. Go to touch one of the columns; feel the rough texture of the stone beneath your fingers. As you look round, add your own details to the scene. Make it come alive for you.

Now, you walk across the hall of columns and pass through a door-way. You find you have entered a small shrine. Against one wall is a large black basalt statue of a seated cat, the sacred cat of Bast. The statue has golden earrings and a collar of faience. Bowls of incense smoulder before her and she is flanked by flickering flames. You see priests and priestesses are in the shrine. They are surrounded by cats, some sitting on the floor, some lying in niches in the walls. The air is full of the music of the cats; their purrs and cries. Pause to pay respect to the sacred cat of Bast. You can talk to the priests and priestesses if you like. They may have something to tell you, or a gift to impart. Stroke the cats around you.

After a few minutes, say farewell to the priests and priestesses and leave the shrine by another doorway. You find yourself in a corridor with painted walls. Again, it is quite dark, but you can see where you are going by the dim lamp-light glimmering on the floor.

Presently, the corridor opens out into a vast room, lined by columns. Ahead of you, at the other end of the chamber, you see a flight of golden steps that leads up to a life-size golden statue of the goddess. She is a cat-headed woman, carrying a sistrum, surrounded by kittens in gold. She wears a long sheath dress and a necklace around her throat, but her feet are bare. The steps are covered in cats, sleeping, grooming, playing. The room is full of soft, but lively music, played by priestesses on flutes and drums and rattles. Other priests and priestesses dance sinuously to the music, like cats themselves. The floor is covered in petals and as you walk upon them, they release their rich fragrance.

Approach the foot of the stairs and gaze up at the goddess. Visualise that gradually, the statue comes alive. The eyes become living eyes, and slowly, the rigid gold turns to furry skin. See the goddess descend the stairs towards you, her eyes full of benevolence and peace.

 

While this is happening, cast your inner eye back to the room where your statue of the goddess stands before the anointed candle. Imagine that the light of this candle shines into the statue, which is an extension of the senses of Bast in the temple. Through the light of this candle, Bast can see your soul, and recognise you.

Now, spend some time speaking with the goddess. She is a friend to you. She may show you things, give you a symbolic gift or simply offer affection. She may have words of advice for your work to come, or ask you to do something for her in the real world. Let your mind wander freely.

After a few minutes, bow to the goddess, thank her for this audience, and say farewell. See her begin to retreat up the stairs. When she reaches the top she assumes her normal position and turns back into a sleeping statue of gold.

Now, walk back through the temple, bidding farewell to the priests and priestesses, and all the cats. Go out into the desert.

Imagine you are walking into a fog, which gradually turns into a black void. After a moment, the fog begins to clear once more and you are back in your own reality. Open your eyes when you are ready.

Bast Incense Recipe

by Eloise Coquio

With this incense I decided to incorporate both solar and lunar influences to reflect Bast’s dual attributes as both a sun and moon goddess. I was influenced also by her love of perfume and her various magical focuses such as love, happiness and fertility.

3 parts Frankincense

2 parts Gum Arabic

1 part Myrrh

1 part Catnip

1 part patchouli leaf

1 part Rose petal

1 part sandalwood.(Red or white)

1/2 part lavender

1/2 part Orris Root

2 drops each of Ylang Ylang and Carnation oil

 

Many thanks to Storm Constantine and Lady of the Flame Iseum for this meditation. If you wish to quote from or reproduce it on your website, please give credit: Copyright (C) 2000 Lady of the Flame Iseum

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WOTC Extra – The Benefit of Meditation


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THE BENEFITS OF MEDITATION

 

There are many benefits of having a mediation practice. On a spiritual level, meditation is used to create peace, joy, harmony, and manifestation in your life. Meditation is a way of creating sacred space, giving you a place to “get away” from the noise and rush of everyday life.

Meditation also allows you to be able to commune with Nature, listen to messages from higher powers,

clear your mind , and open yourself to many other magical occurrences. Creating a meditation practice for yourself is a way of inviting in your psychic skills.

On the physical level the benefits of meditation include lower blood pressure, a stronger immune system, and reduced stress. A regular meditation practice has been shown to increase serotonin levels in the body, which can help with the depression, headaches, and insomnia that are associated with low serotonin levels. All of these health benefits are even more true when the meditation is done while walking.

Source:

Learn How to Do Witchcraft Rituals and Spells with Your Bare Hands (Witchcraft Spell Books)Esoteric School of Shamanism and Magic, Inc.
Alan G. Joel
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Let’s Talk Witch – Can’t Sit Still to do Meditation, Try Walking Meditation then


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HOW TO DO THE WALKING MEDITATION

 

This simple, practical ritual is meditation in action. If you have a hard time sitting through a non-moving meditation, you might really enjoy this walking meditation. This meditation gives you a chance to tell the Universe what is on your mind, and to get some feedback. It is also a great way to connect with higher powers and beings. Here is how you perform this walking ritual:

  1. Decide what amount of time or what distance you want to walk each day (you can adjust this later).
  2. During first half of the walk you get to talk. Talk to your guides, your totems, your angels or the Universe in general. Talk about what’s on your mind, what’s going on in your life, or what you want or need. Talk about anything that’s important to you or that you need help with.
  3. During the return portion of the walk you get to listen. Take in everything your guides or the Universe is trying to express to you. Feel your feelings, feel the sensations in your body, hear the sounds around you, smell the smells, and take in the sights. Be aware of any thoughts or feelings that come to you. Become an instrument of listening and absorbing.

Once you have completed this ritual, you may consider yourself a practitioner of meditation. If you take this walk at about the same time every day, you will have established a consistent connection with higher powers and beings. In other words, it’s a scheduled appointment between you and your higher helpers. It is a time when you can truly connect, listen, and be heard.

Your life will increase in richness , depth, and understanding. This and the other rituals offered in this book will become like a maypole around which your life revolves with steadiness and strength.

Source:
Learn How to Do Witchcraft Rituals and Spells with Your Bare Hands (Witchcraft Spell Books)Esoteric School of Shamanism and Magic, Inc.
Alan G. Joel
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Meditation, Self-Hypnosis, Visualization and Energy Direction

 Meditation, Self-Hypnosis, Visualization and Energy Direction

 

First, we’ll take meditation. I am hoping here that you have read up on & studied the previous lessons, but we will review it nevertheless. Meditation is the art of clearing the mind of all mundane thoughts and feelings. It is a state of relaxation and peace, the goal being to reach a state of non-thought. This is not easy but it is essential. Your mind must be at peace so that you can focus on what you’re trying to accomplish. This generally comes with continual practice. Self-hypnosis helps to put you in a trance-like state so that you are more aware of your creative energies and less aware of the outside world. It is a great relaxer and aids visualization as well as meditation. These things will be entwined in your magickal endeavors. Learn to use them well.

Visualization

Visualization is the ability to see with your mind & not with your senses.

Visualization is a core tool you will need in order to direct energy and create visible change. Visualization is the ability to accurately hold an image in your mind. The only way to increase your skills in this technique is to practice. Start with simple objects like a ball, or box. First take a good look at it and study it closely. Then close your eyes, but continue to see it. Try and make out the details in your mind. As you practice, try and hold the image in your mind longer each time, and then gradually move on to more complex images. When you have mastered this, your next step is to create an image, preferably something you haven’t seen before, and then hold that image for as long as possible.

As I said above, Visualization is the ability to see with your mind & not with your senses. And although you will not actually be using your senses (i.e. tasting, smelling, seeing, hearing, feeling etc.), you will attempt to visualize with them in your mind. Try this exercise.

Close your eyes. Within your mind’s eye & think of something that you might need to visualize, a baby bird, for example. Let your mind see its tiny body, its feathery soft wings, its little open beak, etc. Let your mind feel the feathers. Are they soft or rough or damp or dry? Does the bird have a scent? Let your mind smell that scent. Let your mind hear the chirping as the little bird tells you all about its troubles. (Taste also falls into this category, but it doesn’t apply in this case.)

Visualization is not always easy, but with practice you can visualize anything you want. During spellwork you will visualize your goal, being very specific and detailed.

Focus is another tool that is developed through prolonged practice. It is more difficult than visualization because it requires you to hold more than just a picture in your mind. You will need to hold a concept, and address it. Hold this idea in your mind, and focus on only this one concept, with all the mental powers you have within you. For example, take the concept of levitation. Focus on it. Feel it.

Focus on levitating something in the room with you. Unless you have some power of telekinesis, this won’t really happen, but pretend that it is. Visualize it happening. Focus on it intently. You can also do something else that requires intense focus, such as working out math problems in your head or something similar that requires concentration on a particular subject.

Energy Direction

This is the ability to use the energies of the correspondences, your own energy and that of the universe & direct it towards your goal. As you charge an object, the energy is initially coming from you. So how does one go about directing energy? Try this:

From within yourself, visualize a bright light, maybe blue for a healing spell for the baby bird you pictured above, that must have fallen from the nest. Visualize this light and imagine it forming within yourself, centered between your chest and stomach. Let that light grow and expand. Use your emotions!! Feel it!Then direct it up through your body, down your power, or what we call your projective arm, out your fingertips (or through your athame or wand) and into whatever you are trying to heal or charge. In this case, you are sending healing energy out to the bird. Feel it leave your body as a burst of energy rushing from you. See it enter whatever you are working with. Watch as it swirls all around your little patient.

When charging objects with this energy, you will visualize the energy flowing through your projective arm and going into the item you are using. For example, when using candles during your work, you may light them and see your energy flow from your arm into the fire and onto the candle. And if using a stone as well, take it & pass it through the misty smoke coming from your candle. Feel your energy flowing into the stone as you pick it up and pass it through the smoke. Burn incense, oil, herbs etc. whatever you feel will help you direct your energy. While you direct that light, that energy, you will be visualizing your intent with as much feeling as possible.

It is important to understand that magick is energy flow coming from the spellcrafter. It is not power. All spells create a tangible connection between the items of correspondence used and yourself. When you work magick, be specific, but be careful!

If you do a spell for money, be sure that you visualize the money coming, but not at the expense of another! Now we are almost finished. It is a good practice to turn everything over to the Creator, and ask that your workings take a path that is for the good of all involved. To do this, you merely use your own words to say so. You may also write a spell beforehand if you wish. This often provides that extra dash of charge necessary for your goals to be accomplished.

Remember This!!

Meditation, visualization, self-hypnosis, energy direction and concentration are the essential ingredients to working any magick. Without them, you can do nothing. The Altered State of Consciousness that you must reach is an intensive one that is done step by step from the very beginning of your choice to do magickal spellwork. Anything that interferes with your ability to concentrate and control the high energy state necessary to perform magick should be avoided. Remember that Magick is the manipulation of energy; a thought is a form of energy and a visualization is an even stronger form.

Your visualization is used to further intensify and direct your will. It will lead to the method by which you control the magickal energy you have produced. You must know what you want. You must see it, hear it, smell it, taste it. But most of all, you must feel it. And then it is up to you to direct it. To do this, you begin your altered consciousness as early as possible, meaning as soon as you first begin to prepare. Even choosing your correspondences can aid in increasing your energies if you will let it. That is actually their purpose to begin with.

(Example: Begin your visualization process as you do the things I have written about below. Even do them as you choose your magickal place. For this chore, you can visualize yourself performing magick and receiving what you wish for.)

Doing magick involves many steps especially as you are learning. It becomes easier the more you practice and the better you learn it. It is important to have no distractions. Choose a place to work that is comfortable, peaceful and secure, a place that you can call yours where others won’t invade your privacy. Distractions can destroy the best of intentions. This must be a place where you can do your meditation and visualizations without interruptions.

Before you begin your magick, always gather together your correpondences and your tools. Actually everything you use is nothing more than a tool to help you set the mood and get into the proper mindframe. There is nothing magickal about these things. The tool is not magickal. You are!!

BUT…when these tools are used properly, they can help to trigger the creative side of your brain and elicit primitive responses from deep inside you. They help to lull the “logical” side of your brain into conformity. Consider the purpose of your ritual and choose your tools accordingly. If your magick is to be a healing, then the tools should make you feel calm and peaceful, but also powerful. They should represent a healing. (As you choose, you should be visualizing.)

Just before a ritual, we generally prepare by doing a cleansing. Prepare yourself by any means necessary (and safe) to cleanse and purify. Some people fast, some follow a particular bathing ritual, and some use self-denial or sensory depravation. There are many ways to prepare for a ritual. The choice is up to you. Whatever gets you in the mood. ( But as you do this, you should be meditating and visualizing.)

Whatever you decide to use, this will set the energy that you will be using into motion so be sure to do your meditation and visualization!!

Once your purification process is finished, you are ready to begin. Go immediately to your special workplace. Many use music to set the mood during this phase of spellwork. In fact, new research has shown this to be an excellent idea. So if you wish to do so, begin it now.

As you use your oils, candles, incense, herbs, or whatever tools you have chosen, you should begin to further intensify the energy that you have already set into motion. Be sure to keep visualizing and maintain your focus throughout this period. The more you do this, the more powerful your energy becomes. Your entire purpose depends on how well you can visualize it and direct it. Good luck and Blessings to you!

 

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BASIC MEDITATION TECHNIQUES

BASIC MEDITATION TECHNIQUES
—– Part 1 of 3 Parts —–

May 1987 by Bill Witt
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This is the first part of a three part online course in Basic Meditation Techniques

The course is divided into three sections. Section one deals with what meditation is and how it plays a part in the lives of those who use it. Section two will go into the techniques and tools of meditation. Section three gives suggestions on how to use what you’ve learned, in everyday life. A list of books for further reading on the subject, will be given at the end of section three.

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Webster defines meditation as “The act of meditating; close or continued thought; the revolving of a subject in the mind.”

To meditate is to focus mentally on one thought, idea, or concept. It may also mean, to revolve an idea in your mind so as to change the way in which you think of that idea. Meditation is therefore, a tool with which you may manipulate thought in an organized manner.

Many people view meditation as a very difficult thing to learn. In reality though, we do it often without even knowing it. When you daydream or find your mind fixed on one thought, that is a form of meditation. Have you ever watched a bird in flight, or stared up at the clouds in the sky, or maybe even found yourself watching a stream of water flow by? If you have and at that moment the rest of the world around you has seemed removed, then you were in a state of meditation. The real key to this practice, is to be able to exercise control over your thoughts and awareness of the world around you.

There are many groups of people for whom meditation is an everyday ritual. Others use it at special times as a means of relaxation and “mental house cleaning.” It allows the individual a freedom unlike no other freedom. The freedom to look inside oneself and learn just who you are. Some use it as a way of being closer to nature or God. No matter how you wish to use it, you will find it a healthy and very rewarding experience.

Most all religions practice meditation in one way or another. Eastern philosophies such as Yoga, and Buddism are not the only ones to view meditation as a way of looking for the Truth found in one’s own consciousness. Even in Christianity meditation finds a place of value. The Bible itself mentions the value of meditation. In writing to the Phillippians, the Apostle Paul tells them this. “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” (Phil. 4.8)

So you ask, what can it do for me. Well, beyond just being a good way to really relax, which we can all use in this hectic world, it can be a doorway to the Truth inside yourself. It is a way of gaining wisdom. Knowledge has always been fairly easy to come by. Wisdom on the other hand, is a bit harder to grasp onto.

In “The Task” by William Cowper, the following line is found. “Knowledge dwells in heads replete with thoughts of other men: Wisdom, in minds attentive to their own.”

For me, meditation becomes a way of “grounding” myself, of reaching a place of peace and stability, where I can find how I fit into the universe.

In many philosophies, meditation is viewed as a necessary skill. All those who are students of these philosophies must learn the ways of meditation early in their training. Although the techniques may vary from one group to another, the most basic concepts remain the same. The ability to be able to focus on one thought and selectively block out all others is the foundation upon which many more advanced skills will be built. These skills may range from telepathy to the ability to move objects with only the mind.

It is well known that Yogi adepts can lower their breathing and heart rates to near death levels. This is something you should not try as it takes years of practice to learn and can be quite dangerous. Still, these yogis are proof of the type of power the mind can exercise over the body through meditation.

In some cultures, the use of drugs to achieve a meditative state is encouraged. The american indians for example, used drugs derived from various plants to put themselves into an altered state of conciousness. This was usually done as a religious practice and as an event marking the change from one state of life to another. A good example would be the ceremony marking the coming into manhood of a young boy. Today there are still many, who advocate the use of drugs to achieve these altered states. It is my opinion that such measures are neither necessary nor good. You can reach an altered state of conciousness without the use of drug induced “highs”. It takes practice, but it can be done.

In New Age philosophy, the art of meditation is highly valued. We also find another well developed skill which is called “creative visualization”. This is the idea of visualising what you want to the point of it becoming reality. A good example would be a salesman visualizing himself as successful and prosperous. The concept is simple, if you can visualize a personal reality, you can change or bring that reality into being. “Positive Thinking” is a very similar idea. The technique of creative visualization goes beyond positive thinking however. It deals with the premise that we all create our own reality and therefore have the power to change many aspects of that reality. The idea of “personal reality” is a lengthy one and we do not have enough room to cover it in this course.

So far we have looked briefly at what meditation is and how it is used. By no means have we touched on all the aspects of this practice. There are many books on the subject which cover it in much more detail. My purpose is to give you an overview of the many facets of meditation in the hope that you will wish to learn more.

In the next section, I will give you insructions on how to meditate and achieve an altered state of conciousness. Also a list of aids to meditation will be given and their use explained.

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BASIC MEDITATION TECHNIQUES
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This is the second part of a three part online course in Basic Meditation Techniques

The course is divided into three sections. Section one deals with what meditation is and how it plays a part in the lives of those who use it. Section two will go into the techniques and tools of meditation. Section three gives suggestions on how to use what you’ve learned, in everyday life. A list of books for further reading on the subject, will be given at the end of section three.

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In this second section of the “Basic Meditation Techniques” course, we will discuss various relaxation procedures and how they will aid you in entering a trance or meditative state. You will also be given some ideas about types of music and other “tools” which can help you achieve these relaxed states of mind. Let’s begin.

First, let’s set the stage for our meditation practice. You should pick a place which is as private and safe as possible. An altered state of mind, as in meditation, lessens your awareness of the outside world. For this reason, it is not advisable to practice these techniques in a public place where there is a chance of being mugged, robbed, or molested. If you are at home, with other family members or friends present, ask that you not be disturbed and that all other noise in the house be kept to a minimum. When you have found a place suitable for meditation, you may begin.

“The seekers of new mind states- the mind control devotees, the encounter group enthusiasts, the drug takers, the psychics, the meditators – all are on a journey into the interior universe trying to burst the limits of the socially conditioned mind. Weither acceptable or unacceptable, moral or immoral, wise or foolish, the mind of man is stirring toward a new evolution.” Dr. Barbara Brown (1)

As I said in section one, trance or meditaive states, alter the way your mind deals with the realities it accepts as normal. Things which are experienced in a trance state are often not easily expressed in everyday language. You will at some level, experience a heightened state of awareness. Colors, smells, and sounds may seem amplified from what they normally are.

People who can acheive very deep states of trance often leave their bodies in astral projection, or have psychic experiences.

I highly recommend, that if you wish to enter deep states of meditation, you do so under the guidance and teaching of someone who is well trained in the practice of such techniques. The key thing to remember is that it’s not what level your working on as much as what you are learning. There is alot to be gained in wisdom and knowledge at all levels of trance.

Now let’s learn some simple and usefull relaxation exercises.

You want to be sure that the time you pick to practice your meditation is a time when you are least likely to be disturbed. You should not be overly tired or have just finished eating as both of those conditions may cause you to fall asleep. Even though you wish to acheive an altered state of consciousness, you do want to remain conscious to some degree. If you fall asleep when you are meditating, no harm is done and you will awaken quite refreshed and rested. Unfortunately though, you may not be able to recall all the things you experienced while in trance.

If you are lying down, be sure your back and neck are properly supported so as not to fatigue the body. If you are sitting, be sure that both feet are flat on the floor and that you are sitting as erect as possible without being too stiff or strained. You should have your arms resting comfortably in your lap with palms up.

In either case, it is important that your body not become strained or fatigued for at least thirty minutes. This is a good length of time to begin with as it should put neither a physical or mental strain on your being.

Next, visualize a yourself in a cocoon of white light. You should surround yourself completely. See the light as bright and warm. You may play with this sphere of light making it bigger or smaller until it “feels” right for you. Say to yourself, “I am protected by the pure white light of all that is good and truthfull. I am surrounded by the pure light which keeps out all unwanted and evil influences.” This is a good idea to do for several reasons. There are those, and I am one of them, who believe that each of generates an aura which protects us from outside influences when we are in trance. This aura may be strengthened by visualizing the light as growing brighter at our command. Even if you do not accept this idea, the practice lends a feeling of safety and security to you. Nothing which is outside of you may enter or touch you without your permission.

Learning to control and pay attention to your breathing is the next step. You should start by taking a deep breath in through your nose, hold it for the mental count of 4 and then let it all out slowly through your mouth. Repeat this until you begin to feel at rest and relaxed. Allow your breathing to settle into a steady, rythmic rate. Just this simple technique can relax and refresh you at any time. When you are only doing the breathing exercise, it is not necessary to go through the white light sphere visualization. Some people use a muffled metronome or recording of some other rythmic sound, such as ocean waves, to aid them in setting the pace of their breathing. A good source of recorded sounds which can help you in meditation is a series of records and tapes which have been produced under the title “ENVIRONMENTS”.

Now, as you are breathing, see yourself lying in the warm light of the sun. The light is warm and pleasant to be in. Starting with the tips of your toes, feel the light warming all of your body, slowly moving up into your legs, your trunk, and then into your arms and fingers. As you feel this warming become more and more relaxed, going deeper and deeper into a calm and quiet place.

When you fell totally relaxed and at peace, bring a single thought into your mind. It should be of a pleasant experience or of an idea such as love, joy, peace, or compassion. Focus on this one thought and if some other thought should try to intrude, picture it as being written on a clear board between you and your focal thought. Then picture it being erased from that board as it might be from a piece of paper. Deal with any thought, other than your focal thought, quickly. Try to maintain concentration on your focal thought for at least five minutes. Picture it as being real and experience it as if it were. When you are able to do this and can exclude all other thoughts as they attempt to enter your mind, you will have learned the single most important technique of meditation.

It is now time to begin coming back to normal consciousness. Slowly let the thought fade from your mind and again become aware of the warm light of the sun. As you fell the light bathing you in its’ warmth, start to reconnect your mind with the physical sensations of your body. Become aware of your breathing and the room around you. Do this slowly and calmly. When you are fully aware of your surroundings, open your eyes slowly. Enjoy the sense of calm and peace.

If you succeeded in doing this exercise, you should feel more relaxed and calm than normal. It is important to remember that you are comparing it to normal for you, not to what you think others would or should feel. If you do not feel you succeeded try again in a day or two. Between meditation sessions, practice your deep breathing exercises. If you keep trying, you will soon reach a calm and meditative state. Do not attempt to meditate when you are ill, tired, or hungry. Those feelings only serve to make your efforts more difficult. A very important part to remember is that you can not force yourself into a meditative state. You must flow into it and surrender to it calmly.

Some things which are found to be helpfull in meditation follow.

Try concentrating on the flame of a candle when focusing. You could also use a crystal ball. The later is rather exspensive but small crystal window ornaments or pyramids also work well and cost much less.

Music is also an aid to some. The music should be quiet and rhythmic. It should bring on feelings of peace and comfort. Such music may range from New Age recordings to classical.

Another usefull device is to focus on a symbol which holds special meaning for you. It may be an well known symbol or one you design yourself. As long as it holds a special meaning or expresses a special concept, it is a usefull focusing tool.

This brings section two of this course to a close. In the next part I will give you some pratical ways in which to use what you have learned. Also, a list of books for further reading will be included.

References:
(1) Dr. Barbara Brown
“New Mind, New Body”
New York, Bantam Books, 1975
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BASIC MEDITATION TECHNIQUES
—– Part 3 of 3 Parts ——–

This is the third part of a three part online course in Basic Meditation Techniques

The course is divided into three sections. Section one deals with what meditation is and how it plays a part in the lives of those who use it. Section two will go into the techniques and tools of meditation. Section three gives suggestions on how to use what you’ve learned, in everyday life. A list of books for further reading on the subject, will be given at the end of section three.

This material may be reproduced and distributed only if the header, by line, and BBS info remain part of any such reproduction.

In this third and final section we will discuss some ways in which you may use what you’ve learned, in your daily life.

The most obvious use of the techniques you have learned, is relaxation. During the course of the day, many of us have moments when the pressure becomes almost to much. When this happens, we often can’t deal with other people or projects the way we should. The breathing exercises you learned in section two can help at these times.

It doesn’t require alot of time or absolute quiet as does your meditation practice. All that is required is about five minutes and relative privacy. At these times, begin doing your rhythmic breathing and visualize a place which is calm and refreshing. This simple and quick exercise, can work wonders to help you regain control in a hectic situation.

Another way in which meditation is used is in the development of psychic powers. There are several books on the subject, listed at the end of this section. Most of those who teach about the use and development of these abilities, agree that meditation is necessary to any such study. Again the reason for this is that meditation allows you to reach an altered state of conciousness. In this altered state your mind is more open to such phenomenon as telepathy. If you should decide to persue studies in this direction, please seek the help of someone trained in these areas.

One final use I will suggest is visualization. Meditation can be used as a tool for problem solving. While in a meditative state of mind, you have the ability to take any situation and manipulate it. By that I mean you can mentally play the out the situation using several different solutions. Then, you can pick the one which seems to best solve the problem. While the use of meditation can help you deal with problem solving more effectively, it is not infallible. All it can do is allow you to think more clearly and concisely about the problem at hand.

Well that concludes this study on meditation. I hope you have gained something usefull from this course. It has been by no means, a full explanation of the subject. There is much more to learn than could be covered in this short series and It is my hope that you will want to continue your studies into this fascinating and usefull skill.

More studies of this type will be developed in the near future. The New Atlantis BBS will continue to post these studies as an ongoing service to it’s users. Please feel free to leave suggestions on the BBS about subjects you would like to see covered.

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY:
Miriam Simos (Starhawk)
The Spiral Dance
New York
Harper & Row; 1979
W.E. Butler How To Read The Aura, Practice
Psycometry, Telepathy and
Clairvoyance
New York
Destiny Books; 1978
Melita Denning & Osborne Phillips
The Development of Psychic Powers
St. Paul, MN
Llewellyn Publications; 1985

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Meditating is a Must for any Magickal Practitioner

Learning to Meditate

PARABLE OF THE BUDDHA

The Buddha wandered for many years, and as he encountered others, they recognized a spiritual greatness in him. Eventually he gathered many followers (disciples) who wished to learn from Buddha. One day, his followers were debating the nature of Buddha. They came to him with a question.

“Buddha, are you a GOD?”
The Buddha answered simply. “No.”

The disciples went off to consider this response, and debate the issue further. Soon they returned with another question.

“Buddha, are you a saint?”
The Buddha answered simply. “No.”

Then the disciples again went off to consider this response, and debate the issue further. Again, they returned with another question.

“Buddha, what ARE you?”
The Buddha answered simply. “I am AWAKE.”

NOTE: Below we will speak of Meditation, Vipassana Meditation to be exact. Vipassana is traditional Buddhist Meditation. Buddha is not a deity to be worshipped but instead is a goal. Buddha means “one who is fully awake.” One of the primary tenets of Buddhism is that we all have the capacity to become fully enlightened or fully awakened beings during our natural lifetime.

The practice of true reality
Is simply to sit serenely
In silent introspection.
When you have fathomed this
You cannot be turned around
By external causes and conditions.
This empty, wide open
Mind is subtly and correctly
Illuminating.
– Hongzhi Zhengjue (1091–1157)
MEDITATION

NOTE: First please read this all the way through and then you will find the proper meditations for it listed below. Mindfulness Meditation and Breath meditation are a combination technique.

Meditation is mental exercise. For good health, one generally does some form of physical exercise for the physical body. Meditation is exercise for the mental body. Meditation in Magick is simple mental training. Meditation in Buddhism is also considered to be simply mental training. You will use meditation to aid you in reaching a higher state of consciousness during magick, especially when it comes to healing. Recent research shows that healthwise, meditation’s soothing effects can be detected in the arterial walls and in the brain. Insurance companies of today are actually paying for meditation, both as a form of medication and as preventive medicine.

Meditation is a way of consciously directing your attention to alter your state of consciousness, and there is simply no limit to the things you can direct your attention to… symbols, sights, sounds, colors, breath, uplifting thoughts, spiritual realms, etc. This is also the reason for using “tools” and correspondences” during Magick. Once you begin to relate the tool to the purpose, meditation practices will kick in and aid in directing your energy. Most meditations take 15 to 20 minutes, and are practiced twice daily, morning and night. If meditation appeals to you, but you can’t seem to find 20 to 30 minutes twice a day, try five minutes. You will still receive some of the benefits and this may encourage you to find more time to devote to it later on.

Meditation is NOT about turning off your thoughts or blanking them out altogether. Avoid trying to force something to happen. Inner quietness may be experienced during meditation, but not by willfully turning off your thought patterns or over-analyzing the situation. Depending on the effectiveness of the method used, “Quieting the mind” results quite naturally. Meditation is about relaxation and you shouldn’t put too much emphasis on doing it correctly, or this in itself can be counter-productive.

Capable of many things, meditation can induce mental ease and tranquility, while aiding physical relaxation. This is the state that you need to be in to become able to visualize properly and to free your mind of all thoughts but the “purpose” of the meditation. There are many different types of meditation, each with its own specialized technique. The calming mental exercises of meditation have been proven to relieve stress, tension, anxiety, and panic. Meditation is also a scientifically verified way to reduce high blood pressure, relieve chronic pain, soothe headaches and relax respiratory problems such as emphysema and asthma.

A prerequisite for meditation is a quiet place to relax that is free from distraction. You will also need comfortable clothing. Breathing techniques are an important aid to meditation. The way you breathe can be important during stressful situations. As you sit quietly and breathe rhythmically, you must focus on something, and the meditations listed below will help to guide you.

But first, let’s take a look at the different kinds of meditation.

Transcendental Meditation (TM), the most common form of meditation in the western world, is the single most effective technique available for gaining deep relaxation, eliminating stress, promoting health, increasing creativity, intelligence, and gaining inner happiness and fulfillment . It involves mental repetition of a mantra and is performed twice daily for 15 to 20 minutes, morning and evening. This scientifically validated technique provides the system with deep rest, much deeper than the ordinary sleep or relaxation.

The effects of meditation can be measured just as your brain and heart impulses can. EEG studies have ultimately proven that it can boost the intensity of the alpha waves associated with quiet, receptive states to levels not seen even during sleep. Other studies show lower levels of stress hormones, improved circulation, and lower levels of lactic acid, a by-product of tension and anxiety.

It has been said that it can also improve memory, protect against disease, reduce alcohol and drug use, reduce oxygen consumption, slow the heart rate, and bring down high blood pressure, reduce or reverse cardiovascular disease, reduce anxiety, panic, fear and relieve mild depression, insomnia, tension headache, irritable bowel syndrome, pms, reduce the rate of relapse in those with emotional disorders and increase longevity.

It has been proven to eliminate accumulated stress and tension that nothing else comes close to dispensing with — not even a full night’s peaceful sleep. Transcendental Meditation is increasingly recommended by doctors and health professionals. The benefits of TM have been verified by more than 500 scientific research studies conducted at many different independent universities and research institutes in 27 different countries. It has also been published in many major scientific journals. (see tables near bottom for research results)

Mindfulness Meditation. Using Mindfulness Meditation, you focus your attention on one thing. This is generally the sensation of breath leaving and entering your body, but can also be a mantra (a certain sound or phrase you repeat silently to yourself). It is very important that you realize that when anything else comes to mind, this is to be a non-judgmental, silent witnessing, a dispassionate observing if you will, rather than a running commentary on your inner experiences. Observing without judging, helps you to see what is on your mind without editing or censoring it, without intellectualizing it or getting lost in your own incessant thinking. It also helps you learn to keep your focus.

Mindfulness Meditation can give rise to very deep states of calmness and stability of attention. They are known as the “one-pointed,” type of meditation–which Buddhists call shamatha or samadhi practices.

Also called vipassana, this form of meditation focuses on the present moment, and can be accomplished adopting various postures: standing, sitting, walking, eating, lying, etc. With practice, it can be done at anytime and place. The most common postures for vipassana are sitting and walking. The body scan is one of the more popular types of this meditation being done today. This is where you move your focus through the body, from the feet to the top of the head, paying particular attention to any areas that cause pain or suffer from illness. Vipassana, done while walking, is where we focus on being completely conscious of every step, every breath, and every sensation.

Breath Meditation. This technique focuses on respiration, on inhaling and exhaling. It is taught in conjunction with Mindfulness Meditation. First note that to do Breath Meditation you should breathe in and out through your nose and clear any blocked nostril. If your left nostril is blocked, lie on your right side for a few minutes. Lie on your left side if your right nostril is blocked. Notice the sensation of the breath, as it whispers across the skin just below the nostrils, and above the upper lip. Feel the sensation as you breathe. Don’t change anything. Just observe it.

The breath, the mind and the body are so closely linked, that whatever you do to one will affect the other. It is important to learn how to use the correct patterns of breathing. You should breathe from the diaphragm, and through the nostrils, silently. At all times, correct breath patterns are practiced and observed during meditation. Correct breathing alone, can relax your whole body, rid your body of unwanted toxins and your mind of anger, stress, tension and worry.

THE MANTRA or THE ONE SOUND

You may decide that you would like to try concentrating on a sound or mantra and in case you do, I will relate one to you here. Mantra meditation is said to reduce stress, and research now shows that using a mantra during meditation to reach a higher state of consciousness may help unclog the arteries.

” African Americans with high blood pressure who practiced meditation for six months saw a .098mm decrease in fatty buildup in arterial wall, compared with an increase of .054mm among folks who simply tried to change their diet and lifestyle. Getting results takes some effort. First you need to learn to meditate, which can take hours and then you should do it for 20 minutes each morning and evening. ” Time Magazine March 13, 2000

“The one sound, made up of sounds that make up all sound, all vibration, is: E A O A U M .”

You pronounce these sounds like this: ‘E’ is pronounced with a long “E” as in eat. A is also a long “A” as in ate. O is a long “O” as in oak. The next A is a short “A” as in ah, followed by a short “U” as in ooh, (i.e. room, too). The last letter is pronounced like the “M” in drum.

Each letter is pronounced clearly and individually, finally blending into one smooth sound. This sound is actually made altogether and is gentle and flowing, not broken apart as it is here. But first you should begin by chanting the sounds out loud individually. Eventually the sounds will become smoother, easier, softer and finally blend together into one solid sound. As this happens, allow the sound to become softer and quieter until at last, it is completely silent. Permit it to continue inward as a subtle thought until you are just listening to it internally, or feeling the vibration of it deep inside yourself. If you become distracted by other thoughts or sensations, and the sound disappears, simply ease back into the vibration.

To use another type of mantra, do this:

  • Choose the mantra you want to use.
  • Say it out loud so you can hear it
    ( you can be sitting , walking, lying down.)
  • Repeat it , over and over.

Some examples of mantras that others have chosen are these:

  • Om…………………………………………… Meaning:transcendental sound used in the beginning of every Vedic hymn.
  • 2..Om namo bhagavate Vasudeva……………………………………… Meaning: I pay my respects to the supreme truth. (oversoul,supersoul, super consciousness).
  • Jaya Radha Shyama. Jaya Radhe……………………………………. Meaning: A plea to the Lord and the feminine energy of the Lord.
  • Om tat sat…………………………………………. Meaning: Absolute, eternal, truth.

You can choose any mantra that appeals to you. They are all equally effective . If your mind is so full of worry or stress that you cannot concentrate, then your best bet is to chant. When you chant, the sound vibration forcibly enters into your mind. The correct sound vibrations pierce the souls covering and thus enable it to come to its rightful spiritual position, full of knowledge, bliss, and eternity. You don’t have to understand the language of the mantra. It arises from the spiritual platform and anyone can use it. As such, anyone can take part in these transcendental sound vibrations without any previous knowledge of it or prior qualifications.

RESEARCH FINDINGS ON TM

  • Provides a deep physiological state of rest
  • It is more effective than just plain relaxation techniques.
  • It increases energy.
  • It increases creativity and intelligence (IQ).
  • It gives broader comprehension and improved ability to focus.
  • It reduces stress and anxiety – decreases stress hormones.
  • It improves marital happiness.
  • It improves sleeping.
  • It lowers blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
  • It reduces atherosclerosis – hardening of the arteries.
  • It increases happiness and improves relationships.
  • It reduces the symptoms of asthma.
  • It improves perception and memory.
  • It improves students’ learning skills and intellectual performance.
  • It increases orderliness of brain functioning increases Self-Actualisation and Self-Concept.
  • It improves quality of life in society.
  • It decreases Violent Fatalities.
  • It group practice of TM decreases crime rates .
  • It reduces the use of cigarettes, alcohol and non-prescription drugs.
  • It improves general psychological health and well-being.
  • It lowers healthcare costs.
  • It results in more positive health habits.
  • It increases longetivity and reduces effects of ageing.
  • It increases levels of DHEA – a hormone described as the elixir of life.
  • It improves job performance (productivity) and job satisfaction.
  • It improves relationships at work.
  • It improves health in the work place.
  • It helps in the treatment of traumatic stress.
  • It is effective in the rehabilitation of prisoners.

 

These practices are not intended to substitute for professional medical or psychological services, but to be used in conjunction with. If needed, please contact your doctor. Your health is one of the most important things that you can have in this lifetime. Please don’t risk it.

Source:
The Grimoire

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5 Tricks For People Who’ve Tried Everything But Still Can’t Meditate

5 Tricks For People Who’ve Tried Everything But Still Can’t Meditate

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