Meditation

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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5 Easy Tips To Meditate (Even If You’re Busy!)

5 Easy Tips To Meditate (Even If You’re Busy!)

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Perform an Earth Meditation Ritual

Perform an Earth Meditation Ritual

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Try this simple meditation to help you attune to the element of Earth. To do this meditation, find a place where you can sit quietly, undisturbed, on a day when the sun is shining. Ideally, it should be in a place where you can really connect with everything that Earth represents. Perhaps it’s a hillside outside of town, or a shady grove in your local park. Maybe it’s somewhere deep in the woods, under a tree, or even your own back yard. Find your spot, and make yourself comfortable.

Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: About an hour

Here’s How:

  1. Sit or lie on the ground, so that as much of your body as possible is in direct contact with the ground. Use all of your senses to attune to Earth. Relax your body and breathe slowly, through your nose, and taking in the scents around you. You may smell freshly cut grass, or damp earth, or flowers and leaves. Close your eyes, and become aware of the earth beneath your body. Feel the cool breeze blowing by, and allow yourself to become in tune to the rhythms of nature.
  2. Once you are completely relaxed, focus on the warmth of the sun on your face. Imagine that warm golden light being absorbed into your body, through your third eye. Feel the light of the sun warming your head and face, a little at a time, just as the earth is being warmed back up. Imagine this light working its way along your body, traveling through your neck, down into your chest, where your heart chakra is located. Allow it to warm your heart, then traveling slowly down through your abdomen and down to your root chakra.
  3. As this light warms your body, feel it connecting you to the ground beneath your body as well. Imagine this warmth spreading, a golden glow journeying along your legs, your knees, and finally to your feet. By the time the sensation reaches your feet, you should feel as though your entire body has been infused with the warmth and light of the returning sun.
  4. Feel your connection to the earth. Imagine that warmth growing and spreading from your body into the ground. Visualize the awakening roots, seeds, and other life that is just below the surface. Share your warmth and light with them, and feel your own roots growing into the soil. Feel the stability and security of the earth beneath you. Keep your breathing even and regular, and enjoy the sensation of being one with the soil, the grass, and even the rocks below.

What You Need

  • A quiet place
  • A sunny day
  • An hour of uninterrupted time
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WOTC Extra, Extra – Meditation to Find a Magickal Name

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Meditation to Find a Magickal Name

 

If you have access to a tape recorder, you should record the following meditation as it is very easy to allow your mind to travel with this method.

If you are one that has a good, clear memory, then you may choose to do it entirely from memory.

For this exercise to begin, you need to do whatever it takes to relax, clear and protect your mind.

You are standing at the edge of a forest. You are on a path that has come through a meadow of tall grass. Upon the path, you are aware of birds and other animals’ presence. You can hear and see the animals scurrying in the grass around you. You can smell the various scents of flowers and weeds as you walk barefoot through the soft loose dirt of the path. There are areas where the grass covers the path, but it is very soft and pleasant to your feet. There is a taste of freshness in the air as if it has just rained, yet the path is dry.

As you enter the forest, you notice that the trails of animals are leading off in different directions. You stop to consider the animals that made these trails through the woods. There are larger paths and smaller ones.

Look down these pathways and determine if you can see one of these animals. Choose a path and follow it. The path leads a winding trail deeper and deeper into the forest. There is no human life this deep within the woods.

Up ahead is a clearing and you head towards it. In the clearing, you see what looks like steps. As you near the object, you see that it is the steps of a very ancient building. Look around you and see that all paths end here.

Climbing the steps, you come to a great door with a polished knocker, which you use to rap on the door. The door opens to you. Before you are more steps. Look around, what do you see? Now climbing the inner stairway, you reach the upper room without a door. As you enter the room, you notice that it is a library in which there are thousands of books. Look around and if you feel drawn to a particular section, maybe you’ll be drawn to a particular book. Take this book and examine its cover. What do you see?

Mark this well within your mind.

Replacing the book, descend the inner stairwell and exit the building. The door closes behind you as you descent the outer steps. Remember and find the SAME PATH that brought you here. Follow the path back through the forest the same way you came. You find yourself back at the edge of the forest, again at the meadow. Turn around and thank the animal that made this path. Go back through the meadow, noticing the birds and animals, sights, sounds and smalls of the journey as before. Return to your body.

Open your eyes slowly and breathe normally. Move your limbs, fingers and toes. You have returned. Write down this experience in your mirror book. Remember what you saw in the library. The information that you received will lead you to a magickal name. Follow up on this information, and pay close attention to detail.

Source: Light Wicca Forum

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Power Meditation

POWER MEDITATION

 

You should begin by considering your own body, particularly your breathing. This is not difficult, merely finding yourself a comfortable chair in which you can sit without falling asleep. You should try to find a place where you will not be disturbed. Not because disturbances are dangerous, but because you may find yourself enjoying the relaxed state so much that being brought suddenly out of it by an offending family member may cause you to lose your temper.

 

Once you have found your spot, sit quietly for about 10 minutes at a time. That is how you start. Just by sitting and doing nothing, and while sitting try to notice how your body reacts. Notice that twitch you have? Feel your lungs filling with air, rising and falling, pushing out our rib cage and letting it fall back in.

 

As you sit, notice all of these things. Your body has certain places that are naturally tense. You will hear things you normally ignore. That is not really so strange. Everyone experiences it when they are falling asleep at night (i.e… the creaking of the house). Pay very close attention to all of these things and you will discover something interesting. The more you listen to your own body, the less you are bothered by the thoughts of the day. This is because your conscious mind can only handle one piece of data at a time.

 

If you are studying intently, you are unaware of what is going on around you. The more you practice, the more effective your mind becomes at blocking out unwelcome stimuli.

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Meditation To Meet Your Spirit Guide

Meditation To Meet Your Spirit Guide

Again, get yourself completely comfortable somewhere. Your favorite easy-chair, a pile of pillows in a corner of your room, maybe a spot under your favorite tree, wherever that is. Have a cup of tea, read a good book, cuddle with a pet; maybe even cast a simple circle and light a candle and some incense. Whatever will put you most at ease is what you should do. Once you are completely relaxed, ground and center yourself, and close your eyes.
You are standing in the middle of a lush, healthy forest. You can feel moist earth, bits of branch and bark, and small stones underneath your bare feet, and your hands rest on the rough mossy surface of a tall oak tree. You can smell the water after the morning rain all around you, leaving the forest misty and cool, glistening on the leaves and in tiny pools on the ground. The forest smells of pine and oak, birch and cedar, wet bark and damp earth, and fresh wind and rain. Look above you to the canopy of the trees; the sky is brilliant blue through the gaps in the leaves, wispy white clouds draping the heights. The Sun shines full and bright upon the forest, turning the leaves above into dappled stained-glass of different shades of green. You reach down into a small pool and touch your lips with clear, fresh rainwater, tasting its cool pureness. The wind comes through the leaves, whispering off of branch and bush, singing its own song. The birds are singing that song as well, cheerfully filling the forest with their calls, accented by the occasional frog’s note. Look at the forest around you. Touch it, smell it, taste it, and hear it. Now feel the forest, inside and out. Feel all the elements, the wind and water, the earth and the sun, and the love of the Gods all around you. Become part of that forest.

See yourself walking down a path – the path will look as you see it, and feel it. The path is your walk with your spirituality, your learning….it is the path that we all walk in different ways. Follow the path until it leads you to a grove of birch trees, tall and slender and glowing white in the sunshine. The outside of the circle is lined with beautiful wildflowers; a pool of deep, clear water stands in the middle and nine stones enclose the circle round. The sun shines bright and full overhead, and the sky moves quickly as the wind brushes its ever-moving veil of clouds along. Stand at the entrance for a moment, using all of your senses to feel the grove. When it feels right, move to wherever is calling you – the rocks, the water, the flowers….. whatever one you feel is the best for you, and is where you belong.

Close your eyes in the meditation and feel the warm sun on your face, the cool breeze through your hair, the dew on your feet and the rock beneath you. Sit and listen to all the sounds the forest makes, especially the animals. Think about how much you would like for your animal guide to come and speak to you in such a beautiful and meaningful place. Don’t speak, but just listen to the forest and its creatures; hear the trees speaking, and the wind, and the animals. If you wait long enough, you may hear footsteps through the brush into the grove. Your guide will stand before you from whichever direction it emerged. Thank it for coming, and then talk to it for as long as it is willing to stay.

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Author: ladysilvervixen
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Let’s Talk Witch – The Power of Meditation and Prayer

The Power of Meditation and Prayer

The power of meditation and prayer Meditation takes many forms. It can loosely be described as a method of stilling the mind in order to experience inner peace or to connect with inner or higher guidance. Meditation frequently involves inner reflection but it can also be used to focus healing energies for self and others. It can be used to alter consciousness and access other realities. There are many schools of meditation or yoga and it is not difficult to find and learn a technique that suits your personality or to develop your own personal method of meditating. Any activity that stills the constant chatter of the busy mind can be described as meditation. Dance, cycling, knitting, and gardening may all be used as meditation to still the mind.

When people meditate for a specific purpose it is often in a still, quiet place and it usually involves standing, sitting or lying, with spine straight, in a comfortable position and following a set routine which will close down the conscious mind. Many people grossly underestimate the power of individual and particularly group meditations to affect the world around us. When a group of people sit together with a clear group focus and shift their consciousness as one, then it is possible to work miracles.

Prayer is a powerful way of clarifying and expressing your concerns directly to your own Higher Self, the Creator or the Oneness you are. It is best done with a little preparation in a special place that is still, beautiful and free of distractions. This can be a room or part of a room, or if you can access it, a private place in nature. You do not need to go to church to pray, nor do you need an intermediary. It is your birthright to talk to the Divine or the Oneness, however you perceive Her/Him, in the way that you feel most comfortable.

Affirmations spoken out loud, alone or in groups are one of the most powerful tools for personal transformation available to humans. Affirmations work by clearly and positively stating your intentions to both the superconscious and your own subconscious. The spoken word has the power to create its intention and when made repeatedly and with clear intent, affirmations will directly affect the reality of the person making them.

Both your own subconscious and the Universe will respond to repeated affirmations whether they be positive or negative. Consider the person who repeatedly tells themselves and others, “I am useless, I will never amount to anything, nothing ever goes right for me.” These statements often repeated become a self fulfilling prophecy. How can anyone else believe in you if you don’t believe in yourself?

As the Universe exists to serve us, it will respond automatically to our stated beliefs. Consider the person who states out loud, “What a magnificent day! I feel great! Everything is going splendidly!” How much easier it is for us to support and encourage someone in this frame of mind, how much easier it is for them to believe in themselves. Of course the Universe and their own subconscious respond accordingly.

If we hold images of perfection, health, abundance, peace and harmony in our minds and express them through our words, then they are registered in the superconscious mind as already existing and will come into our lives on this plane. This is the key to creating your own reality – a harmonious life full of abundance, joy and love.

Never underestimate the power of the spoken word! Affirmation combined with meditation and prayer create a mighty trinity. If practised in the ways outlined in this book they will create positive change in your life and the lives of your loved ones, that will assist your own evolution and planetary healing.

Source:

Spirit Guide
Author:  Raym Richards
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