Models

For a long time, people thought our solar system revolved around the Earth. Copernicus (or Galileo to some) came around and proved the planets revolved around our Sun.

Models are important - they are the perspective of an individual's perception of any given event. Models are always biased, but the objective should be to choose a model with the least bias possible.

How is this achieved?

Scrutinize opposing aspects, think critically, and have an open mind.

"All Truth passes through three stages: First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as self-evident."

- Arthur Schopenhauer

Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn't.

- Mark Twain


These opinions below may be my own or may belong to the authors whom I reference. They are posted for the benefit of mankind, so that we may collectively achieve a common ground and transition into a new golden era as seamlessly as possible.


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

How to Meditate



The word 'meditation' can be daunting to some, and others may dismiss it as meaningless and related to 'pseudoscience'. 


There are many beliefs and practices cultivated by Eastern traditions and schools of thought for millenia, that Westerners fail to acknowledge or even have the slightest idea of. 


Meditation is one of them.


As this blog's aim is to spread various perspectives and opinions to expand one's own model, this update centers around an aspect that is incredibly integral to many people who are concerned with expanding their own consciousness. 


So much so, that they can not not fathom a single day without practicing it. 


I admittedly struggle with the daily application of meditation, but still feel the positive benefits of it when I do take the time. 


Although the image of meditation conjures up scenes of a monk sitting in silence or chanting 'ohm' for hours upon end, this practice has no limitations and restrictions. 


Try thinking about it as 'me' time, or a time when you can relieve stress and find peace. What is important is finding a method that works for you. 


I have reposted an entry by American Kabuki that I feel is especially important. He requests his readers for feedback, and they do an excellent job answering.


I wish you the best in your endeavors. Patience is pretty crucial.


-Robert





Need Input from American Kabuki Readers


I'm getting a lot of requests for meditation instructions.  Unfortunately I am somewhat of a newbie at this my myself!  I've had my own ways of coming to be centered, but I certainly have as much to learn as many of you do.  I have no doubt many of my readers are better at it than I am.

If you know of any good web sites (preferably FREE ONES) that have good instruction in basic meditation techniques  with as little culture specific baggage as possible.  I want to compile a web page of resources that people can utilize to help them with learning to meditate. 

I would also like the sites to be as religion and dogma neutral as possible.  I know each spiritual discipline has its own techniques and that's something people can explore within their own cultural context. I am seeking sites that newly awakening people, many with no prior spiritual training, will find accessible to their existing frame of reference.

If you can help please add your thoughts in the comment section and I will use those in create web page about meditation.

Posted by      AMERICAN KABUKI at 12:14 AM 
Labels: Meditation
37 comments:

but diferent! May 23, 2012 12:24 AM
When I read this text, I had a great idea to make a universal guide to meditation without dogmas and religions and as neutral as possible, I will do it



AnonymousMay 23, 2012 12:38 AM
This site has had 2.4 millions hits in only 2 years. Why ? Check for yourself who is Inelia Benz.Have a look at the video section of her web page./ Now, the meditation she guides (in audio but the transcript is there too for free) is soooo basic, efficient. The meditation is called: Cleaning the Collective-Imagine a world without fear. It is in the tools section but also right at the front page here: http://ascension101.com/en.html
There is also a 5 min meditation and a longer one.

Thanks a lot for your blog and info !



AnonymousMay 23, 2012 3:33 AM
Yes,Inelia @ascension101.com is very good!,you can feel she is not B.S.



The_LightMay 23, 2012 12:46 AM
Sites are easy enough to google so I'll add in my own thoughts and methods for meditation... I like to go for walks and observe nature because I find it easy to forget my mind and be in the moment there. I've heard focusing on a candle flame flicker works for some, though I never cared much for that method myself. I also like to let water stream over me while I sit in the shower :P

Music of course is a good one to meditate, or rather vibe out too. And I like Kelly Howell's website with meditations (4 free) and visualizations. Petting an animal or doing a favorite activity where you lose yourself is as good as meditating, sometimes even better in my experience. I've gotten into some of my deepest wildest flow-type-mind-opening experiences while sober and doing some things I /really/ enjoy.



AnonymousMay 23, 2012 12:51 AM
thespiritscience.net has a lot of nice stuff, I always enjoy the ask Teal videos
you probably already know of in5d.com that place is a treasure trove



Alfred NannimussMay 23, 2012 12:53 AM
I like to go to www.channelhigherself.com. He has hundreds of free videos. (Lincoln, channel for higher self). Just search "meditation" for those videos, or any particular interest you may have for a channeled "satsang". There are articles, too.

It is VERY doctrine free, even stripping off much of what has attached itself to Buddhism.

He has been doing this since at least 2007, and has about 300 regular youtube viewers presently. He doesn't change or modify his bare-bones approach to garner more viewers and "likes," and still puts in an obvious amount of effort into making his work available.

Thank-you for taking my input. I certainly endorse the above for consideration by anyone interested in investigating their deeper spiritual self.



morgaineMay 23, 2012 12:58 AM
I found this to be a really simple, easy way to slow down and find a single focus... not to mention that deep breathing will shift your energy flow in your body. Having an external focus to give your brain something to "do" is a good place to start. Also, these guys are really great, and are doing a really positive thing on the planet right now to bring about Unity Consciousness... in their goal of getting 1 billion people to breathe in unison on 11-11-11


I would like to add that it's a very difficult trick of our minds when embarking on a meditation practice in the early stages, whereby we can get stuck in the idea that we are supposed to "still" our minds.

I would like to clarify that there are many accomplished meditation masters that report that the goal isn't "no thought" from the outset... but rather the goal is to, over time, become more aware of how you get swept up in your thoughts, and the key is NON JUDGEMENT.

You will notice as you continue to practice, that you will get swept up in the stream of your thoughts (as we all do... this is the nature of our minds/ thought streams), and the response shouldn't be one of judgement or feelings of failure... rather, this can be viewed as mini moments of liberation... you have noticed that you were swept up in thoughts... HOW WONDERFUL!!! This is an achievement! ...and the opportunity to bring your awareness back to your breath. This is the opportunity of meditation... that we are aware of the river of thought and can bring our attention out of it, whereas in our daily tasks we usually let the mind wander unobserved.

Over time the mind becomes more still as a SIDE EFFECT of sustained practice, and the key is NON JUDGEMENT and simple observation of when the mind is swept up in the river of thoughts. Non judgement is so important in the ability to keep up a practice, and thus achieve the benefits of meditation over a period of time.

Breath awareness is a great focus that has served me well. I hope this is useful... peace and blessings to All.



blue86522May 23, 2012 12:59 AM
I like to wake up early around sun rise and pray to the east. I thank God for everything. Then later in the afternoon i do a meditation. I repeat a mantra called the Gayatri which is hindu in origin but is actually very neutral. It acknowledges the word om but then names all the realms. Afterword it acknowledges the prime creator and asks for enlightenment. I find it is a great way to find discernment amongst the static of misinfornation.

If you search youtube for gayatri mantra, it is the video with shiva on it. The blue guy.

its in song form, and u will feel it right away as something that is part of you despite your religious background as did I.

One love.



ninesMay 23, 2012 1:16 AM
Tell people to buy Thomas F. Cleary translations... Minding Mind in particular. There is NO religious mumbo jumbo or dogma about it.



AnonymousMay 23, 2012 1:19 AM
kundalini-teacher.com



AnonymousMay 23, 2012 1:21 AM
Dear AK

I recommend Deepak Chopras meditation: I've shrunk it here. Also google "Golden Key" by Emmet Fox. 4K a week attended his NY meetings in the 30s.

THE MINDFULNESS MEDITATION

The Mindfulness Meditation technique is a simple meditation procedure, following the breath, that can create a deep state of relaxation in your mind and body. As the mind quietens down, but remains awake, you will experience deeper, more silent levels of awareness. Following the breath gently trains the mind to observe without trying to take over, without wanting to be in control of the procedure. It keeps it occupied and out of the way while an inner healing can take place without its interference

1. Start by sitting comfortably in a quiet place where you will have a minimum amount of disturbance. Straighten your back, place feet firmly on the ground, hands palms up on your lap. Close your eyes.

2. Breath normally and naturally, and gently allow your awareness to be on your breathing. Simply observe your breath, trying not to control it or alter it in any conscious way.

3. As you observe your breath you may notice that it changes of its own accord. It may vary in speed, rhythm and depth, and there may even be occasions when your breath seems to stop for a time. Whatever happens with your breathing, innocently observe it without trying to cause or initiate any change.

4. You will find that at times your attention drifts away from your breath and you are thinking about other things, or listening to noise outside. Whenever you notice you are not observing your breath gently bring your attention back to your breathing. If during meditation you notice that you are focusing on some feeling, mood or expectation, treat this as you would any other thoughts and gently bring your attention back to your breathing.

5. Practice this meditation technique for 15 minutes. At the end of that time keep your eyes closed and just sit easily for two or three minutes. Intend to bring your consciousness fully into present time, and focused your awareness in the 3rd Eye, in the centre of the forehead. Allow yourself to come out of the meditation gradually, slowly, before opening your eyes and resuming your activities.

=It is recommended that you practice this meditation for about 15 minutes twice a day, in the morning and evening. Later you will want to increase the time you spend in meditation, enjoying the peace it brings you. You may also use this technique for a few minutes during the day to calm yourself if you are feeling upset or agitated. However, at such times it is recommended that you first use the Hara/Holon protocol to centre yourself, re-establish your connection to Earth and Source, and reinforce the protection the Holon provides. (Ref. www.the2012countdown.com for full details of the Hara and Holon protocol).

During the practice of this meditation you will have one of
three experiences. All of these are quite correct.

1. You may feel bored or restless, and your mind may become filled with thoughts. This is an indication that deep-rooted stresses and emotions are being released from your system. By effortlessly continuing with meditation you will facilitate the removal of these impurities from your mind and body.

2. You may fall asleep. If you do fall asleep in meditation it is an indication that you need more rest during the day.

3. You may slip into the ‘gap’. When the breath becomes very settled and refined you slip in between thoughts, between sound and breath.

If you stay rested and take care of yourself, and take time to commit to meditation you are bound to get in touch with your Inner Self. You will tap into the Cosmic Mind, the Voice that whispers to you non-verbally in the silent spaces between your thoughts. This is your inner intelligence, and it is the ultimate and supreme genius that mirrors the wisdom of the universe. Trust this inner wisdom and all your dreams will come true.



acim4meMay 23, 2012 1:42 AM
This person taught me, and more.
I recommend him highly.
minglyn



but diferent!May 23, 2012 1:47 AM
Hi, i make a easy guide of meditation

thanks!



AnonymousMay 23, 2012 2:02 AM

very simple and basic - great for newbies



JLarMay 23, 2012 2:24 AM
I find the key is patience with yourself. Take your time and don't judge yourself, there is no right or wrong way to meditate. It's really about just letting go- stop micromanaging everything and just allow your heart to lead your head. It's tricky because it's so simple- the mind wants to say "Aha! So that's it!", but that's not it. Your mind can't ever hope to really "get it", so stop trying. It's about a place you go, a feeling, that's different for everyone (and every time). You'll know when you start to get there, and when you do you'll want more and more. Because it can be better than any drug!! And unlike a drug there's no hangover, unless you count feeling really, really damn good as a hangover. Give yourself TIME and PATIENCE. I've been doing it for about 3 years and still feel like I'm barely scartching the surface.



bnaMay 23, 2012 2:31 AM
Hi there

I wrote up a no-nonsense, easy to read guide on what is known as the Chakras. I put this together for my friends, as I could not find any unique or even accurate information on the Chakras online.

The guide assumes you have some basic understanding of this energy system, and furthermore it does not offer how-to guides on how 'activate' or 'balance' chakras - only information on what they are, and what they represent.

These will all be updated again soon when we hit another significant numerological date.




AnonymousMay 23, 2012 2:49 AM

Good Deepak Chopra video on meditation...



AnonymousMay 23, 2012 2:55 AM
Eckhart Tolle, wrote a wonderful little book: 'Practicing The Power of Now' ~ the essential teachings, meditations, and exercises from his best seller "The Power of Now".
On Page 1 ~ Chapter 1 ~ Eckhart describes the importance of Feeling one's Divine Presence, which he calls 'Being' (his preferred word for: God, Goddess, Creator, All That IS, The Source Field).

Feeling the Divine Presence within includes feeling the breath, the body's inner activating energies, e.g. tingling of skin, heart beat, just holding up your hand and asking it:'are you alive'?, gives you an immediate Feeling of your Divine Inner Being...known lovingly to many Enlightened Saints and Sages as their Divine Presence.
The key word to this meditation is FEELING. As you sit comfortably, or lying down, eyes closed, and simply FEEL your inner-outer body sensations, doors start opening and your awareness increasingly expands in depth and breadth.

You are in DIRECT FEELING CONTACT w/ SOURCE~PURE SPIRIT...THAT which ASCENDS when you take your final 3D breath.
As Tolle says, the more you practice this simple physical FEELING, eyes closed at first, then when going about your regular day,
when speaking to people, just have that slight turn inward...and More Will Be Revealed:)



AnonymousMay 23, 2012 2:56 AM
The website in5d.com has several meditations to choose from.

Multidimensions.com also has several meditations for beginners as well as for others on their way to mastery

Tomkeynon.com has some powerful sound meditations.

Love and Light

Ingrid



AnonymousMay 23, 2012 4:03 AM
www.onlinemeditation.org.

They offer a free course that takes you through levels and tracks your progress. This is where I learned the basics and it has a plethora of information!



AnonymousMay 23, 2012 4:25 AM



AnonymousMay 23, 2012 4:57 AM
Some of these are really short and simple.



AnonymousMay 23, 2012 5:36 AM
from @saintsantiago on Twitter: True meditation is not about mastering a technique; it’s about letting go of control. - Adyashanti



AnonymousMay 23, 2012 6:07 AM



Light_BearerMay 23, 2012 6:33 AM
Vipassana, definitely. Those who try the free 10-day courses understand why. No dogmas, no mantras, no visualizations, no external factors... Just your body and you mind, and the sensations that result from the contact between the two.


But like the Buddha himself said, don't take my word for it. Try it yourself, and if you think it works, only then accept it.



AnonymousMay 23, 2012 8:03 AM
Ascension Help.com

Never call them Archons



Johnny BMay 23, 2012 8:19 AM
I am probably newer to this than any here including yourself. But with that said, I came across meditation almost by accident. I was on a Edgar Cayce kick, and in attempt to recreate his experience I read up on self hypnosis. Now my method and intention has changed quite a bit, but the techniques used in self hypnosis still are very effective at silencing my mind. As far as sites for meditation go, A.R.E. is Edgar Cayce's organizations web site. It is not free, but I found it well worth the money. I believe that it was $40, you get package with your astrological information that is 40-50 page booklet that is all on you personal information plus access to all the readings and information that he and his organization put out. I did it just for the readings, they have keyword search that goes through all the readings and pulls out what you are looking for. There is very interesting things in there just from a researching stand point, such as the location of buried treasure he gave to some people during readings. I will also share one of my interesting experiences in meditation. I had been in meditation for about 20 min (the time it takes me usually to get clear) and my arms and hands started moving to different positions on their own, say from at my sides to over my head and back. I meditate laying down and this experience is not unusual for me, but this time something different happen. My arms went from my sides to over my head then when they came back down my hands placed themselves in a very specific form on my lower stomach. I tried to ignore it but couldn't completely, and finally I said whatever you are doing go ahead and do it, you have my permission. After that my entire stomach started to burn and tingle inside, and the more I gave way to what was happening it increased. This continued until I stopped, and when I did my wife was real upset because I had been "under" for about 4 hours. I have never had that experience again but it was both exciting and frightening. My other curious experience was just after I had finished I got up and laughed uncontrollably for a good part of an hour and was running around silly like a 3 year old. My wife thought I had went crazy for a while, its very hard to explain to someone who doesn't understand. Anyway, best of luck to you and your spiritual journeys. I just started a blog at breakingthetrance.com, I only have a few videos posted at the moment, some of them a little more on the negative side than this crowd would like to deal with. But the last one I posted was with Lydon LaRouche speaking on a credit system that they have come up with to replace the debt system. It is interesting because many of the points he has made seem similar to the ones that have been talked about on here and with Drake. He also has a video of an in depth discussion on it where he gets into the creative power of humanity while citing the classical music where you actually here a musical note before it is played and that is their intentionally by the composer.
Keep up the good work, I always come here when I need a little positive boost from all the bad news out there.



AnonymousMay 23, 2012 8:59 AM

Completely free
From tibetan master.
Different languages.
Available explanations
Enjoy



AscensionAddictionMay 23, 2012 9:16 AM
Effortless dogma free meditation:



AnonymousMay 23, 2012 1:25 PM
it starts with the breath, prana, and the posture, asana. first find a sitting position that is most confortable, and try to stay in it for for longer and longer periods of time. then focus your attention on and slow down your breathing, which has four parts, each need to be extended, like learning to streach. touch your tongue to the top of your mouth while doing this as it helps with the electric current. the next most important part is where you are looking; direct your sight directly behind and above your eyes, that is to say, into your head and up to your crown chakra at the top part of your head which the hois called 'the soft spot' and is indeed soft in infants.



AnonymousMay 23, 2012 2:40 PM
I would highly recommend Jim Self at Mastering Alchemy for a comprehensive journey to find your true self. his free you tube videos will give anyone an idea of the basic tools. It has been the best work i have found so far. Joy.



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garbanzoMay 23, 2012 4:18 PM
AK,

A very simple way to start meditating is the Quantum Pause.


Click on the link, scroll down to question #6 and read James' response.

I've been using the Quantum Pause since my awakening for my meditations and it works beautifully.

GB



MarlonMay 23, 2012 4:24 PM

Jack Greenwood's "The Ultimate Power" continues to be the best way of meditation I've ever used. I use it for my anxiety. It does cost some money and I'm not sure what he's charging now, but it's worth it. I'd be willing to share mine but I don't know how legal that is.


Here are tons of genuine reviews on it.



AnonymousMay 23, 2012 6:01 PM
I participated in a very good meditation session with a person named Frank Jordan, (website: psi-tronics.com) which was very powerful. He was on Wolf Spirit Radio with Dave Corso.

He explained how to meditate and how it works. Very fascinating. He touched on many other topics as well.

Here is the recording:


Inelia Benz at www.ascension101.com is another good source.



AnonymousMay 23, 2012 6:03 PM
There is a simple and powerful meditation : The Violet flame meditation, on youtube :
Nicole



Eagle AuthorMay 23, 2012 6:58 PM
masteringalchemy.com free to join, Jim Self is a master teacher, also has FREE youtube meditations

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