Towards Spiritual Meditation
A few words firstly about Eastern
meditation. Most Eastern meditation is based on working towards
"emptying the mind" or "having no thoughts". We talk
to ourselves 65,000 times a day. It's a huge challenge
to have no thoughts and many people who try to learn this type of
meditation give up, saying that "they can't meditate"
because they are always interrupted by thoughts.
It is important to realise that you can have thoughts and
still be in the Theta brainwave state - that is, still
Some Challenges and Solutions
You may well be in the middle of a meditation when other thoughts come in. What do
you do with these thoughts? Pretend that the thought has
come in through the left ear and then let it go out through
the right ear. Or that you capture that thought and
put it in a pilot-less aircraft flying overhead - the
thought goes. If the thought comes in again then take
that action again. If the thought keeps on coming then
write the thought down and tell yourself that you will take
action later, then go back to meditation. If it
happens again, then say to yourself that you have taken the
action of writing it down and you will handle it later, then
let the thought go again - out your right ear. It
generally won't come back. Remember also that some of
these thoughts may well prove to be very useful reminders.
Baroque music at 60 beats to the minute can be useful
music to help to meditate click here.
Other music to meditate to can be downloaded to your ipod click here. The heart beat tends to get in
time with the music, which in turn helps to keep you in the
meditation state of Theta.
A few words about sleep. For active meditation, you
need to be awake, so if you have a tendency to drift off to
sleep, then do two things: one is to meditate when you are
not tired, and the second thing is to get into a more
uncomfortable position. With some people who have gone
to sleep both lying down and sitting down, I have suggested
to stand safely, with their back in the corner of the room.
When you are using meditation to go to sleep, this is an
If you drift off and find yourself on say a beach on a
tropical island while you're meditating, then just tell yourself to come back to
your Peaceful Place and continue to focus on your
breath or chanting. You have remained in Theta.
All that's happened is that your thoughts have wandered.
You get better and better at focusing in meditation as you
practise daily meditation.
Two Analogies Explaining My Beliefs
To write a little about moving towards spiritual
meditation I need to explain a couple of personal beliefs which are a little
When observing a patient connected to
an electro-encephalograph, the read-out of the brainwaves (energy) are on a
monitor screen. Invariably, say on a TV show, the flat line appears and it
shows "Brain Dead". What do we call that energy when it has left the body?
There are many answers aren't there - here are some: Energy, the Light, the
Force, Prana, God, Spirit, Chi, Soul, spark of God .... and there are more.
Isn't our English language inadequate - same thing, but many different words.
Now I'm sure you have heard of near death experiences! In these instances when
the body has no energy in it - brain dead - the energy suddenly re-appears.
Whatever was outside the body is now inside the body. What's that called? Logic
would say that it's called the same - energy, the Light, the Force, God, Spirit,
Soul, spark of God. My personal choice is to say the energy is a spark of God.
So, if I use these words " spark of God", then you know to substitute whatever
the right word is for you. The thought of God being within and without is very
comfortable to me. I believe that God is within each one of us.
The second analogy is about a sun ray
shining in England, for example, is connected to the sun ray
shining in Australia, back through the
body of the Sun.
To me, in the same sort of way, we are
all inter-connected, because the God in you is connected through the body of God
to the God in me. This also helps to explain unconditional love - when I love
you I am loving that component of you which is the same as in me, that is, the
God in you, which is joined to the God in me. Hence, I am loving me more and
for me, it explains why "I can't love another unless I love myself." You can
see how this avoids the personality - I may choose to like or dislike the
personality, but I always love the God in another. I can also choose to love at
So I believe that God (Energy) is
everywhere, including within, and that we are all joined through God.
Another Personal Belief
I believe that the "Light" - the
Highest Light - when called upon for the Highest Good of All Concerned - is
something physical which can fill and surround and protect you. God's Light.
You can send this Light to others for healing, love, protection and many other
things, always saying "For the Highest Good of All Concerned." (For a more
complete explanation, read my book "Switch On to Your Inner Strength", pages 210
You will find in every one of my active meditation CDs I call on the Light
(within the body of the words that is used for guided imagery) without any
explanation at all and in the Peaceful Place CD#5 - Meditation I suggest that
you chant the words Love, or Peace, or Om, or Hu and then interchange that
chanting with focussing on your breath. This meditation is a very deep
meditation and I believe it to be a good move towards spiritual meditation.
The following ideas have
come from my spiritual teacher, John Roger of the Movement
of Spiritual Inner Awareness (www.msia.org).
The passive process of meditation is one of emptying the
mind and could be equated to "Waiting for Spirit" or
"Waiting for God".
The process of prayer is also a meditation. Deep
focused thought that can be equated to "Talking to God or
The process of contemplative meditation can be equated to
"Thinking about Spirit" or "Thinking about God".
The process of Active Meditation when one is doing the
chanting of God's names can be equated to
"Going to Spirit" or "Going to God".
A Word on Spiritual Exercise
The following suggestions have been taken from the book Fulfilling
Your Spiritual Promise Volume 2 by John-Roger for doing spiritual exercises.
Sit in a comfortable chair, upright if possible and do not use music. Call
yourself forward to the Light for the highest good and ask for spiritual
protection. Chant Hu or Ani Hu silently (Hu is Sanskrit and is an ancient name
for God, and Ani adds the quality of empathy.) You can focus your attention in
the centre of your head directly back from your forehead. After chanting for 5
minutes or so then stop and listen within - you are listening for the Sound
Current. If you lose focus start chanting again - then listen again - and so on
So what the latter process does is to awaken one to the
Soul within you, the God within you, and Soul is that dynamic, forceful, unit of
Energy. Soul is an extension of God or Spirit.
To go within and ask for direction from your Higher Self,
that part of you connected to Soul, which knows your purpose
this lifetime, can be a very useful process.
I urge you to read the success stories below.
Thank you for a very informative seminar on meditation. I've been to
meditation workshops before but never quite got the knack of it. You have really
brought all the threads together for me. With the practice and the clarity of
your explanations I know that I am getting somewhere with your method. Not
enough words can say - Thank you so much. CB Queensland.
May I tell you what happens when I meditate My mind is completely still. A warm
energy fills every cell of my body and my heart expands. The most beautiful
feeling of real love fills my whole Being. Yes I am part of life with all the
wisdom, strength and courage I need for whatever will be presented this day.
That is the most wonderful gift I can receive in life …………. and the ability to
do it is always there. Just connect with it and be conscious of it. My whole
Being fills with gratitude. MD Queensland
Having recently participated in my second CHI seminar, I am reminded once again
of the usefulness of its meditative and reflective methods for identifying one’s
priorities and setting goals. The strategies presented for reinforcing and
supporting one’s intentions to achieve these goals are practical and easily
adopted. The processes used are respectful and empowering, and there is a
balance between shared and independent learning and reflection. Attending for
the second time after seven years, the CHI seminar provided the opportunity to
more deeply explore life priorities, and once again I came away with effective
meditative techniques and an enhanced sense of clarity and vision for the
future. Dr S. Patton, Tasmania
I've been meaning to write for ages to say thank you for your course. I did the
seminar a while ago with the aim of learning to relax and find more joy in
life. It certainly has helped me, but I'm finding it is a slow process to change
my thinking to be more positive, accepting, spontaneous, confident ... there are
so many aspects of my life that I want to improve. Also there is the practical
side of fitting the meditation into my daily routine. Sometimes I just use the
CDs to help me fall asleep at night - not an active meditation then! Probably my
most useful meditations were just before I started teaching a University Course
recently. I prepared the whole course outline as I meditated. I felt so relaxed
and confident, knowing that I had developed a good plan for the 14 weeks. Many
of the students told me they enjoyed my course too. Now I'm preparing a high
school dinner dance. Some aspects of the night's program have been worrying
me. This morning on the train I meditated and came up with some new ideas for
getting the program sorted out. Meditation is so good for clear thinking. I
heard you talking about forgiving being helpful for the forgiver. Thanks for
sharing that idea on TV. Best Wishes. DH Sydney
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