Shower of Light Meditation
Find a comfortable, quiet place to meditate. You may have soft music playing in the background if you wish. Sit with your spine erect, to allow optimum flow of energy through your Central Channel, and close your eyes.
Begin to breathe deeply in the 4 x 4 Breathing Technique, pulling the air deep into your abdomen and not just your chest. Breathe in for 4 counts. Hold for four counts. Breathe out for four counts. Hold for four counts. Repeat.
Let your consciousness sink to your Heart Center. Feel the beating of your heart and your breathing synchronize. Breathe in. Hold. Breathe out. Hold.
Expand your consciousness upwards and downwards through your Chakras from your Heart Chakras: Throat and Solar Plexus, Third Eye and Sacral, Crown and Root. At each step pause and consciously Will your Chakras open.
Expand your conscious outward to your first sub-personal Chakra, the Earth Star, and your first transpersonal Chakra, the Soul Star. Consciously open your Earth Star and dedicate all the stagnate energy and karmic debris currently stuck in your energetic matrix to be flushed out your Earth Star and sent to the Beings of Light, who work for Greater Good, and through the Christ- consciousness, to be transformed, transmuted and sent to those in need for their greater good.
Consciously open your Soul Star by reciting the Soul Mantra three times.
State your intention to allow yourself to receive the Blessing of the Golden Liquid Light.
Visualize a viscous golden liquid made of pure Light flowing from Source through your Soul Star and down onto your Crown Chakra in a slow clockwise spiral stream. Feel it bath your Crown Chakra in golden warmth, filling it and expanding it, energizing it with the Light of Christ- consciousness. As it flows like thick syrup, it collects and carries away any stagnate energy and karmic debris that may have accumulated in your Crown Chakra. Spend a moment, or an eternity, basking your consciousness in your Crown Chakra in the warm Golden Liquid Light.
When it is time, the Golden Liquid Light will flow in a viscous clockwise stream down your Central Channel to your Third Eye Chakra.
Visualize the process at each Chakra repeating just as it did for the Crown Chakra.
When the Golden Liquid Light reaches your Earth Star Chakra, all the stagnate energy and karmic debris is flushed out of your system like tiny black specs being pulled along by the thick golden Light. When the flow is fully clear and pure, spend a moment, or an eternity, feeling your Oneness with the Golden Liquid Light and through it, your connection to Divine Source at both ends of the energy flow, as it circles like the Ourboros, the symbol of eternity.
You are one with All That Is.
When the time is right, send out your Gratitude for the Golden Liquid Light and the Blessing you have received, because it is a magnificent manifestation of Divine Grace. Bring your consciousness back to your Heart Center from above and below in the opposite of your expansion out.
Breathe in for 4 counts. Hold for four counts. Breathe out for four counts. Hold for four counts.
Once you are back in your Heart Center, open your eyes, coming fully back to yourself, not releasing the feeling of Oneness.
~ Bob Sharples
Benefits of meditation...
Buddhists, yogis and ayurvedic doctors have said for centuries that meditation improves health and well-being. Now scientists are trying to prove it.
Several clinical studies have documented specific ways that meditating may help people stay healthier, sharpen mental focus and gain more power over their emotions. Some studies even show that the brain of someone who meditates may be physically different from the next guy's.
Scientists say it's a very new field of study. But their findings to date offer compelling confirmation to the 10 million Americans who meditate — and tell skeptics that those who are getting on the cushion every day might be onto something.
Can meditation make you happier?
When emotions wreak havoc, it helps to “get it out” — ranting to a therapist, friend or spouse, or writing about your feelings in a journal. Sitting down on a cushion to meditate is seemingly the polar opposite of this catharsis. But could it be that the two approaches are helpful for similar reasons?
Talking or writing about your feelings forces you to call them something. And one technique taught in mindfulness meditation is naming your emotions. It’s part of noticing and detaching from those emotions vs. letting them hijack your bliss. Meditation instructor Dianna Dunbar calls it “the mindfulness wedge.” It’s about “helping people develop that pause button,” she says, so they can observe emotions from the outside.
Two UCLA studies showed “that simply labeling emotion promotes detachment,” says David Creswell, Ph.D., a meditation researcher at the university who joined colleague Matthew D. Lieberman, Ph.D., in heading up the studies.
Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to record brain activity and pinpoint where in the brain it occurs, Lieberman’s team found that assigning names to negative emotions turns down the intensity of activity in the amygdala — an almond-sized sector of the brain that acts like an alarm system: When you witness a car crash, argue with your spouse or get yelled at by your boss, it’s your amygdala’s job to set off a cascade of stress-related reactions.
But if you simply name the distressing event, Lieberman says, you can wield more power over your amygdala’s freak-out. “When you attach the word ‘angry,’” he explains, “you see a decreased response in the amygdala.”
Creswell’s 2007 study supported these findings. His team asked 27 undergraduates to fill out a questionnaire on how “mindful” they were — how inclined they were to pay attention to present emotions, thoughts or sensations. They found a striking difference between the brains of those who called themselves mindful and those who didn’t: Mindful patients showed more activity in the areas that calm down emotional response, known as the prefrontal cortex; and less activation in the amygdala.
Twenty-year meditation practitioner Joyce Bonnie says the UCLA findings aren’t surprising to her. But she says having that emotion-diffusing ability is one thing, and using it is another.
“It’s very challenging to bring what you practice on the meditation cushion out in a real-life situation,” says Bonnie, an independent filmmaker in Santa Monica, Calif. “When you’re actually in that moment — say someone is yelling at you — you have to remember to step back, say, ‘Oh, that’s anger I’m feeling,' and change what you do with that emotion, all in a millisecond. It takes a lot of practice.”
Still, the clinical results “may explain the beneficial health effects of mindfulness meditation,” Creswell says, “and suggest why mindfulness meditation programs improve mood and health.
“For the first time since [the Buddha’s] teachings,” he adds, “we have shown that there is actually a neurological reason for doing mindfulness meditation.”
Can meditation make you healthier?
Thirty-seven-year-old mom Nikki Ragonese has meditated for six years as one way to cope with painful degenerative osteoarthritis. Meditation, she says, makes it easier to accept her pain and the difficult emotions it fuels.
“Often when you feel something, you don’t acknowledge it,” Ragonese says. “And by avoiding that feeling, you perpetuate greater pain. Meditation helps me realize that I create my own feelings. If I’m in a state of frustration and I stop and observe it, I realize there’s another way to deal with the pain.”
Ragonese’s mindfulness meditation instructor in Boulder, Colo., therapist Dianna Dunbar, agrees. “I’ve seen patients who gain a greater sense of awareness of their pain become nonjudgmental observers of their pain,” she says. “They are less irritable, and more able to calm down and relax.”
Science is starting to churn out more evidence echoing Ragonese and Dunbar’s experience, showing signs that mindfulness meditation can help ease symptoms of conditions including psoriasis and hypertension as well as chronic pain.
Meditating also slows breathing rate, blood pressure and heart rate, and there’s some evidence that meditation may aid treatment of anxiety, depression, high blood pressure and a range of other ailments.
Can meditation make you smarter?
The buzz about meditation’s ability to turn out shiny, happy people makes you wonder: Do people who meditate have something different going on upstairs than non-meditators do?
A noted 2005 study by Sara Lazar, Ph.D., an instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, aimed to find out which parts of the brain become active when a person practices mindfulness and meditation. Her team studied 20 people who meditate regularly and 20 who don’t.
The results were astounding: Brain regions associated with attention, sensory awareness and emotional processing — the cortex — were thicker in meditators. In fact, meditators’ brains grew thicker in direct correlation with how much they meditated.
The findings suggest that meditation can change the brain’s structure — perhaps because certain brain regions are used more frequently in the process of meditation, and therefore grow.
Lazar says it’s a “huge, huge, huge” leap to assert that meditators’ brains function better. “We really don’t know how meditation works,” Lazar cautions, stressing that scientists are merely uncovering “pieces of the puzzle.”Yet for anyone accustomed to waiting for a chorus of nods from science before trying alternative methods, these tip-of-the-iceberg findings may be ample proof of what Eastern cultures have been saying for centuries: Meditation is good for you and it's never too late to begin to Meditate! ~END~
A Meditation - Entering the Void
Try this: Stop reading this article and close your eyes for 10-20 seconds. What happened? What's going on in there?
Chances are, when you closed your eyes, you encountered what I call mind-stuff. If you're in a loud place, or in a relatively good inner state, it may be more difficult to encounter. But if you're in a quiet room or you have any inner agitation, 10 seconds is more than enough time. You know exactly what we mean. Most of us walk around and even sleep with a tremendous amount of "mind stuff" hanging around inside. Sometimes it's laying low, other times it's raging, but it's usually there at some level.
When people embark into a meditation practice, they often come face to face with this stuff and experience it as a block to their enjoyment of the practice. Often, this mind-stuff is the reason why people don't meditate.
They get overwhelmed by the suggestions of the mind-stuff or, when faced with the mess they have inside, decide they'd rather back out now, shut the door, open a good magazine and read about meditation and the inner space. Well... read on. There is a solution for this dilemma.
What to do? The very best solution to the inner clutter dilemma... meditation techniques - that focus on the shunya or void.
When I focussed on the drama, the drama expanded and made me more and more agitated. When I focussed on the space, the openness and power of the space expanded and took me beyond the inner conflict.
The point is that our deeper self - our inner power - is always waiting to surge forth and be experienced. Often, all we need to do is shift our attention. Meditating on the void is but one method to help us make this shift.
You can use "void" as the object of meditation in a variety of ways. Verse 48 of the Vijnana Bhairava says:
The yogi contemplates the skin of their body as an outer wall and imagines "there is nothing substantial inside." Meditating like this, they reach a profound state of transcendence. (transalated to English)
This is a very effective method for deep meditation. You simply sit for meditation and imagine that the whole inside of your body is totally empty. It's as if your skin is a thin shell covering a totally hollow inner space. With your inner attention and imagination, you scan through your body from your head downwards imagining that all of the parts of your body are hollow, empty - without substance.
As your breath flows in and out, imagine it moving in this empty space. If you start off in an agitated state, give it some time. Just stay with the dharana. If your inner space feels especially crowded, imagine your breath like a wind moving through you and clearing the mind-stuff away, creating space. Even if you only experience a small bit of hollowness, go with it. Sink your attention deeper and deeper into the hollow part and watch it expand.
After some minutes of this, you may find your attention moving into a whole other realm - the realm of pure consciousness. Or you may fall asleep or go into an unconscious state when you enter the void. Whatever happens, don't worry; try to enjoy it. Sometimes, our sessions are like expeditions into cosmic inner realms. Sometimes, they happen beyond the reach of the reporting mind. Sometimes, we're tired and the spaciousness of the void gives us permission to nod off and have a sweet nap. However you experience this inner space, however much you're able to touch this space of the void, relish it. See how you can stay in touch with it when you come out of meditation. Remember the void when you meditate, but also try to remember it when you're out and about, when you're in a crisis, when you're watching a movie. Anytime.
This void, this heart cave, is the sanctuary that each one of us has within. With practice we can go there any time. How much time we spend there is up to us." Harshada David Wagner