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Life’s Embrace

Friday, May 12th, 2017

May God the great Beneficence, Bless everyone.
Blending God the Father and the Goddess Mother
In radiant Love and Beauty, Power and Peace
We pray that in Thy Great Goodness all are embraced
………………

Meditation

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

“Let us, then, labour for an inward stillness,
An inward stillnesss and an inner healing;
That perfect silence where the lips and heart
Are still, and we no longer entertain
Our own imperfect thoughts and vain opinions,
But God alone speaks in us, and we wait
In singleness of heart, that we may know
His will, and in the silence of our spirits,
That we may do His will, and do that only!”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

CONSCIOUSNESS IN MEDITATION

Monday, July 16th, 2012

In meditating we aim for a harmonious flow of thought awareness rather than erratic statements of thoughts and ideas without a common thread. In meditation one’s self consciousness of thought changes to a state beyond the process of thinking to a state of higher awareness or Being.

We learn to build a bridge between the differing realities of the material and spiritual states of awareness. In states of relaxation and meditation, these two worlds tend to blend. Ultimately they will become one to the extent that they will no longer seem isolated one from the other, but will unite to create the integration which has inspired the name of Yoga.

Through meditation we learn to manage the mind and its resources and faculties; to cultivate the best of our capacities for creative thought and ideas; to inhibit the growth of negative elements intruding from inside or without; to establish a simple philosophy to give us confidence in the values we choose to live our life by; to grow in understanding of the deeper purposes of life; to respect nature and to experience for ourselves the reality of the greatest intelligence that directs all natural processes – the Universal fountain of power and Consciousness we call God.

In relaxation practice we learn to trust and surrender ourselves to life.  Meditation begins with self knowledge and an ability to extend consciousness beyond the usual limitations of the body and the material world in which we live. We identify with our enduring soul and thence if we choose, to also trust and surrender our soul and its limitations, to a greater life that will energise and refresh our whole psyche before returning to everyday consciousness and our life of action.

To maintain a state of inter-connection between the higher regions and lower consciousness ensures the ‘magical’ capacity of the mind is free to function. Once regular practices become routine and this is not difficult as we learn to enjoy the experiences within our inner ‘place of peace’, we can expect to experience many interesting and even exciting new states of consciousness. We can entertain moments of realization of truths or conceive wonderful new ideas that can occur as a spontaneous happening, or in moments of inspiration. Although many share similar types of experience, we should not hold any preconceived ideas as each of us is different and our inner experiences are unique to us.

When we awaken in the morning we are connecting again with the material world after a sojourn in the unconscious state of sleep where our minds are free to indulge in many hours of existence but in dimensions usually beyond our capacity to remember.  When we willingly and usually eagerly surrender our daily mind to sleep we release our memory from the mundane and for many hours seem to depart this material world. But in fact we as individual entities maintain consciousness of some kind whether subconscious, unconscious or in the extended dimensions of the super-consciousness that exists beyond material work, daily routines and family responsibilities.

There remain many questions yet to be answered as we explore human consciousness with our aim not only to be aware of the different spheres of our nature and awareness but to integrate all the aspects of our being through the aid of meditation.

Insight, Intuition and the Ajna chakra

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Vision of the physical or material goal in life differs widely with each person according to his desires, needs and his emotional and mental expectations and experiences.   But the spiritual goal remains the same for us all, not only by the fact of our inevitable ultimate physical demise but by the existent urge within man to become intelligently aware of his Creator and to know the purpose of his own existence.

Individual life is totally satisfying when we understand our own nature and our place in the scheme of things.  So ‘Know thyself !’ remains a classical directive to assist in the art of living.

This knowledge implies that we will come to recognize our psychological make up and become aware of our physical, emotional and mental skills and talents and be sensitive to the natural direction of one’s inherent ambitions and desires.   We must in other words, become aware of our life equipment which will allow us to live a vital and satisfying active life.

This would seem simple enough, but for the complex and changing factors both of external circumstances which influence us and for the alterations which take place within our nature as we mature.We need a starting point for our personal assessment.  One route is popularly taken in the study of our inherent characteristics both good and bad.   These positive and negative traits are indicated in our astrological birth sign and more explicitly in our personal horoscope which describes in detail all the influences and ingredients which comprise our  personality make-up.

In regard to observing and understanding our personal behaviour it is perhaps rather easier as each of us tends to be fascinated by ourselves and even our personal habits may charm us, even though proving irritating to others. We find it more comfortable to excuse ourselves and smile in self indulgence rather than applying self censure and consequently have much to learn about ourselves.

One method of analysis of oneself is to question your intimates and ask what they consider are your good qualities,  negative traits and bad habits.   One must be brave in order to make such a request and it is not always advisable particularly if your loved ones are of honest  disposition! However, these considerations are in regard to your personality only.   One’s inner nature is known only to oneself where resides the true self which may be quite different in its inclinations and motivations than your outer personality expresses itself or appears to others.   Applying one’s efforts to harmonise the personality with our inner self or soul develops integrity.

The quality of balance reminds us to apply ourselves equally in self understanding and that of others.  Too much introspection develops an encrustation around one’s own ego and personality and too much attention to others makes one lazy in our own self discipline.

Graduating from the admirable purpose of self understanding and understanding of others, we seek to focus upon the desire to philosophically consider all human beings  and aspire to the spiritual need to know the Absolute – God.

For our personal consideration and choice of philosophy we have the assistance of all the thinkers and experiences of life who have gone before us and left their mark and some guideposts.   For the spiritual quest we not only have traditional religious thought to present us with a starting point but can resort to our capacity for thought and our own intuition which seldom leads us astray.

All formal religions are suffering lack of support in the climate of thought today,  with many people seeking to progress from the teachings of tradition to prove the truth by their own experience.  This follows the spirit of scientific experience which can be applied to the spiritual as well as the physical world of matter. However, we are wise to save time by graciously accepting the treasures from our cultural and religious inheritance where we can and when we see merit.

We usually select ideologies and philosophies which we find comfortable and which suit our understanding and which result in a happier and more productive life.  But those who seek for truth vigorously pursue their goal with the eagerness and sense of  adventure and with the innate humility which accompanies any scientific study which considers, tests and applies knowledge. Rather than accept dogma, we have been advised to awaken our own intuition and our own spiritual perception.   Our personal capabilities in arriving at deductions and decisions in relation to the spiritual life require maintaining clear and trained mental faculties and perceptions including that of insight.

We possess two main portions of the brain  and two major processes associated with their function.   So we have two eyes which are closely connected to these particular functions.   Together, the eyes focus upon externals, and allow us to see.  Together, both mental processes when working together produce that which allows comprehension when we can say “I see” or “I understand”.

Both eyes are required for perfection perception and physical sight.  Distortion of dimension occurs through only one.

When a person sees things with mental bias, we call him “one-eyed”.   When both aspects are in balance we call him “fair minded” or  “just”.   But when the deeper centre of our intelligence functions with a total perception we have whom we name a “visionary”.  And this superior vision which is a blend of all, is represented as the “third Eye” of wisdom which perceives the truth.

This symbol was known as the Eye of Horus in ancient Egypt.  This culture also reflected their understanding of the law and justice by two individuals, one male and one female , joint Pharaohs sitting in the halls of Judgment and seeking  to apply both severity and compassion  in their rulings.

The basic process of thought requires recognition and measuring of opposites, the two points of view which together create for us a measure by which we balance thought components for assessment to eventually arrive at a central truth. Spiritual insight comes with a capacity to observe the whole.

The energy centre in the human psyche where Oneness is perceived is known as the Ajna chakra between the eyebrows and is used as a focal point  in meditation practices.

Being Still

Monday, March 12th, 2012

It is sometimes necessary and also pleasant to refrain from activity and to be still.

Although we all have activities that must be attended to and most of us fill our days with these we also find pleasant relief in hobbies, crafts and sports that provide us with very different types of activity and entertainment.

However, constant and demanding or restless physical activity, if extreme, can be tiring. So it is in conscious relaxation practice or meditation when the body is still that there is time for restoring energy, as in sleep. It feels so good that we hardly need to be reminded of the need for physical stillness.

Emotional need for stillness is correspondingly important. There are times for emotional expression and interaction with others and times required to let the waters of our feeling nature come to rest.

When the physical body is still this becomes easier to enjoy a pleasant, restful mood.

To be able to establish mental stillness is the most difficult test for us and the struggles we become engaged in are well documented to demonstrate the various ways different people are able to come to some command over their own thoughts. This is the focus of the classical teachings of Patanjali’s Sutras and is the ultimate aim of the Raja Yogi.

It could be described as a battle or a yielding exercise. It certainly is one of subduing the passing thoughts to allow a higher awareness beyond the mind. For those who identify very closely with the mind it is not easy to surrender the mind ego but like most stages in our growing once we have ‘let go’ our thoughts the rewards come to us in higher awareness and states of consciousness. This is not easily described as either thoughts or feelings but best understood as states of pure Being.

In the natural laws as taught through Yoga we graduate to first learn to command the physical part of us, the emotional, then the mental nature until we are focussed more surely in our deeper nature of the soul.

It is during interludes between the many adventures of soul, mind, emotions and body that we are offered rare chances to experience spiritual consciousness. Supernal conscious awareness generally requires a harmonious state or degree of integration of the personality and reduction of all restless activity. In this state it is possible to hear the whisper of intuition, the echoes of nature’s wisdom of the ages and to welcome the guidance of those greater in human stature than our own.

Stillness is the key to greater health, more generous heart, clearer mind, happier soul and towards becoming a wiser human Being.

Meditation Awareness

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

In meditating we aim for a harmonious flow of thought awareness rather than erratic statements of thoughts and ideas without a common thread. In meditation one’s self consciousness of thought activity changes to a state beyond the process of thinking to a state of higher awareness or Being that is related to a higher type of feeling rather than thinking.  It is usually a little of both.

We learn to build a bridge between the differing realities of the material and subtler or spiritual states of consciousness. In states of relaxation and meditation, these two worlds tend to blend. We have a somewhat similar state that occurs between sleeping and waking. Ultimately they will become one to the extent that they will no longer seem isolated one from the other but will unite to create the integration which has inspired the name of Yoga – union.

Through meditation we learn to manage the mind and its resources and faculties.

We also cultivate the best of our capacities for creative thought and ideas and to discover our innate strength and increase self-respect as well as refreshing our respect and reverence for great nature outside ourselves.

Our consciousness changes and grows with the practice of meditation. We learn to release strain of all kinds, stress due to problems and inner confusion and to expand instead of contracting and resisting life.  This allows us to grow through acceptance of our own soul and its potential to make our own life as fine and good and happy as we wish it.

When meditating we tend to feel ‘in tune’ and anything seems possible.

Some develop a simple formula or procedure that is immediate in attuning them to the state that they desire, whether it is following physical exercise or Asanas, or breathing techniques or the silent repetition of a prayer or familiar saying.

The adventure into the inner worlds of our nature offers constant discoveries that can rival any outer excitement.

These experiences entice us to maintain our meditation practice throughout our lifetime.

 

Love Expanding

Friday, February 24th, 2012

We may think that we differ in our understanding of love. But love is a feeling in our hearts that is as true as life itself.

However, our exercise of our love, like the need to exercise our body, is often neglected and we tend to suffer from constriction of our natural feelings as we suffer with limitations of stiff joints and tendons.

It is suggested that just as the physical body needs strength and flexibility, so our heart requires the same ability to adjust and expand.

It is not so easy and nearly impossible to share the personal experiences that have built up the strength of our love. But it is simple enough to share a reminder of the common technique that motivates us all to deliberately stretch our natural affections so that we can expand and grow emotionally. This allows us to embrace a wider sphere of life with our hearts as well as our minds.

One basic exercise is most comfortable when seated in meditation or when lying quietly.

As often wisely reminded, we must apply the directive to ‘mind our own business’ and so we start with ourselves. Consideration of self affection is not meant in a derogatory sense.  Self respect and liking our own self provides us with a reasonable basis to gradually develop in time an unconditional state of universal love.

Sincere feeling of affection for our bodies, our personality and our deeper being puts us in touch with whole soul with a sense or realization of our soul as our best friend.

After a time it feels natural to stretch out beyond ourselves to we embrace those closest to us in our real feelings of affection – not dutiful or habitual feelings, but with our genuine feelings of love.

Relaxing thought, let our heart remind us of all those loved ones whose images flow through our consciousness. It is very likely that we begin with our own families, extending to others who have once been in our lives and to those who are still in our lives.  Our love for those who have already died can remain clear and real as before and often increases.

Sometimes we are reminded through our sense of gratitude and appreciation, of those who have nurtured or assisted us.

Sometimes affection flows through the constant regard we hold for certain authors and individuals who have been a positive influence upon our lives and our thinking.

Then there are those people to whom we feel soul attuned although not directly in physical contact.

Sometimes we go back in memory to our early life and sometimes are intensely focussed on the present.

We can gravitate to our natural admiration and respect for great and noble people who have lived, or devotion to others who evoke a higher spiritual response of devotion.

We continue to spontaneously extend our feelings rather than our thoughts and enjoy the sense of loving so many or so greatly.

Gradually it becomes easier and easier to expand our hearts to love the whole city, state, country, continent, until we embrace human life as a whole.  And sometimes we recognize that it feels easier to love the whole world impersonally, than to love a single individual. Whatever is a real or spontaneous experience in this exercise is yours and yours alone.

There are times of great difficulty when the heart is not receptive to the idea of expanding your affection to human beings. It is more attractive to be concerned with loving Nature. Then we must find the love that is uppermost in your personality in appreciating the many avenues of Nature’s expression.

Here the same principle applies. We commence with recognition of a sincere love for say, one tree before the flow of many types of trees passes and so we can feel love for all trees without distinction.  From our love for one animal our heart expands in our love for all animals;  from one blue sky to all skies; from one rock or gem to all gemstones; from a love of one natural Element (fire, earth, air, water or ether) to all the five natural elements; from one star to the cosmos.  There is no end to the limitations of our heart’s love until we experience it.

 

Do try this exercise.  You will find it interesting and will discover new facets in your concept of love – expanding from the minute to the magnificence of the universal.

Meditation of the Bhakti

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Be still.

Pour your thought from the head down into the region of the heart.

From thinking love, begin to feel Love and radiate your Love – to things, creatures, to friends and to those in need and to Nature itself.  Love has no limits…

Having emptied our hearts in lovingness…again Be Still ….

To feel the incoming tide of Universal love drawn to replenish us!

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Simple Meditations

Monday, June 6th, 2011

Instead of a seemingly complex mental process, the key to meditation is in simplicity. There are two basic concepts that can help us prepare or to may help refresh our current  meditation practice.

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In Touch with the Guru

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

We all have times when we are happy to make decisions and feel very confident about ourselves and about our lives.  At other times we suffer from indecision or concern about the path we are taking in our lives or careers and would like to be able to refer to someone we highly regard, who will offer some wisdom in response to our queries or problems.

For many reasons, this is not always easy to do. One of the most common reasons is that we wish to be assured of utter confidentiality and impartiality. Another may be that we do not want anyone else to perceive our seeming inability to cope, or to appear weak. So somehow we seem to manage to find a way around most of the material problems that beset us.

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