We have to be clear that meditation is an altered state of consciousness. It’s not a way for getting our regular consciousness to really feel higher. “You do not have the meditation as a result of … you wish to really feel higher, however to attune self to the infinite!” We should set our regular, on a regular basis selves apart and permit our deeper, religious selves to attune to the Infinite. That is maybe essentially the most elementary and but essentially the most troublesome requirement of meditation. However it may be completed. The physique, thoughts and soul are interconnected in such a method that sure actions will routinely result in “the magic silence” and the awakening of our higher selves.
Actions that Lead Inward
We now have two nervous techniques. One (the Central Nervous System) we use principally for our outer life — for appearing consciously within the bodily. The opposite (the Autonomic) governs these capabilities corresponding to respiratory and digestion which can be taken care of with out our acutely aware participation.
What do these two nervous techniques need to do with profitable meditation? Once we quiet the outer system and do one thing to stimulate the interior system, we’re setting apart our outer selves and truly activating our souls. For instance, let’s sit down and cease utilizing our musculo-skeletal techniques. Let’s cut back our sense-perception by closing down our 5 senses — shut our eyes, cease touching, listening, smelling and tasting. This quiets the outer system and the outer self. Now, let’s snatch some a part of the interior system that the soul has cost of and let’s alter it. The preferred one is the breath. The autonomic system, beneath the management of the unconscious thoughts and soul, is answerable for and immediately related to the breath. If we begin altering the breath, we trigger the soul and unconscious thoughts to turn out to be alert to the adjustments. That is an motion that leads from our outer selves to our interior selves, and finally to an altered state of consciousness.
Now we all know from the analysis completed within the ’70s with TM meditators and others, that the physique goes by way of many adjustments throughout meditation. As researchers Wallace and Benson found, meditation causes measurable bodily adjustments. “There’s a discount in oxygen consumption, carbon dioxide elimination and the speed and quantity of respiration; a slight improve within the acidity of the arterial blood; a marked lower within the blood-lactate stage; a slowing of the heartbeat; a substantial improve in pores and skin resistance; and an electroencephalogram sample of intensification of sluggish alpha waves with occasional theta-wave exercise” (Wallace & Benson, 1973, p. 266).
Studying 5752-Three expands on the fantastic adjustments: “Meditate … within the interior secrets and techniques of the consciousness, and the cells within the physique turn out to be conscious of the awakening of the life….” The cells of the physique turn out to be conscious? In accordance with the readings, each cell within the physique has consciousness, and that consciousness could also be raised or lowered. The studying goes on, “Within the thoughts, the cells of the thoughts turn out to be conscious of the life within the spirit.” The cells of the thoughts, life within the spirit? Attention-grabbing ideas, aren’t they? “God is Spirit, and those that worship Him should achieve this in spirit….” Then, if elevating the consciousness results in consciousness of “life within the spirit,” it results in life with God — the Nice Spirit. The beauty of this entire course of is that we activate it by coming into into the magic silence.
The Magic Silence
For these of you who’re simply starting with meditation or who’ve at all times had bother meditating, let me spend a second to explain this quite simple but efficient method to meditate. Then, as you progress with it, you may transfer on to Kundalini Meditation. The Magic Silence methodology is an easy but highly effective method for anybody to get into meditation — particularly newbies and those that have problem meditating.
Utilizing a mix of an affirmation and a mantra, coordinated with our respiratory, we will enter into the magic silence. Let’s use a modification of a line from Psalm 46, “Be nonetheless and know God.” With the intention to absolutely succeed with this affirmation/mantra, not solely do we want the ability of the phrases, we should additionally snatch the breath and create a respiratory sample that arouses the soul. It really works like this: “Be STILL” [inhale slowly while feeling the word “still” and then exhale slowly] “and “Know GOD” [inhale slowly while feeling the word “God” and then exhale slowly]. As soon as you start to “really feel” the fact of those phrase “Nonetheless” and “God”, let the…breath go on automated and abide within the feeling. If something distracts you or really feel you wish to go deeper into the phrases, then repeat the deep inhalation and exhalation whereas saying the phrases. Maintain the breath relaxed but beneath your management.
In case you are within the “stillness” or the “Godness” between the phrases, stay in it so long as your consciousness holds there, respiratory gently and evenly. In case your consciousness wanders, then convey it again by saying (in your thoughts) one of many phrases and re-engaging the deep inhalation and exhalation cycle.
The silent durations whereas feeling the ability of essence of those phrases and their that means are the extra vital elements of this follow. The phrases collect and direct the consciousness, and the areas of silence are golden, or because the readings say, “magical.” So, so long as you might be silent and nonetheless, keep there; do not feel a necessity to maneuver on to the following phrase or to proceed repeating the phrases. Abide within the highly effective stillnes and godliness.
This methodology of mixing an affirmation/mantra with respiratory will convey even the weakest meditator right into a deep stillness and a heightened sense of Godness.
To maneuver deeper, add three “OM’s” on the top of the final phrase: “Be STILL [feel and breathe], and know GOD [feel and breathe], OOOMMMM [feel and breathe] OOOMMMM [feel and breathe] OOOMMMM [feel and breathe]. This may be out loud at first after which silently in your thoughts as you go deeper. When chanting the OM incantation aloud, keep in mind that true chanting is an interior sounding, not an outer singing. (You may hear what this interior resonating feels like on my audiotape “Tips about Meditation.”) Maintain the sound resonating throughout the cavities of your physique. Starting with the belly cavity, rising to the pulmonary cavity after which on into the cranial cavity, let the sound carry you deeper.
I’ve taught this methodology to individuals who have by no means meditated earlier than, had them in a deep silence for twenty minutes, and watched them popping out of it with that fantastic glaze of their eyes that outcomes from an altered state. Their outer self is moved, but unsure as to precisely what has occurred. However they know they’ve simply meditated properly. I’ve additionally had individuals who had tried meditation for years with little success come out of considered one of these periods with the most important smiles on their faces — victory eventually!
Keys to This Technique
There are three keys to this methodology. First, the ability of the phrases “nonetheless” and “God,” and their impact on us. Second, the connection between the breath and the soul — permitting us to arouse our souls by taking maintain of the respiratory sample. Third, the areas of silence between the phrases whereas respiratory. These areas develop longer and longer as one practices. Finally, an hour’s meditation is straightforward (and beneficial within the readings). In accordance with the readings, and plenty of different sources, the silence is in itself reworking. One needn’t “do” or “hear” something when in meditation. Abide within the silence and it really works its magic.
Now I would really like us to have a look at one other space of the full meditation image. I’d not suggest happening to this subsequent follow (kundalini meditation) till you may have practiced the Magic Silence methodology with a lot success, and really feel you might be able to go deeper. As with drugs so it’s with meditation: one individual’s poison could also be one other’s remedy, and actions which may be dangerous at one stage in life could also be fairly useful at one other. You need to choose what’s finest for you now, and proceed to guage your readiness as you progress.
It could seem contradictory to say that silence is in itself reworking after which to explain one other type of meditation by which interior actions are used to impact higher transformation, however such is the case with the Cayce readings, and different sources. The reason for that is that the manifold nature of full enlightenment and transformation is such that contradiction and paradox are components of any methodology. In spite of everything, we’re coping with celestial beings in terrestrial varieties, spirits in flesh, gods who’re additionally human, everlasting beings in momentary manifestations. Paradox and contradiction are sure to be part of any course of that makes an attempt to resolve or combine these.
Moreover, as we progress with our growth, we naturally turn out to be extra capable of deal with complexity and intricacy. We turn out to be extra conscious of and take part within the many elements of the Godhead, the Common Consciousness, with all its variety.