In this session we will go into more detail exploring the process of looking inward during meditation and seeing spiritually. We address how to deal with the mind, the significance of focusing into your third eye and we give you a technique on how to open your spiritual eyes.
The lessons in this session are:
- Establishing a Regular Meditation Practice
- Where to focus your attention
- The Third Eye
- Seeing Spiritually
- Meditation Practice – Guided Spiritual Exercises
Lesson 1: Establishing A Regular Practice
Starting something new and making it a habit in your daily life can sometimes be challenging. Here are 5 tips that specifically relate to establishing a regular meditation practice.
1. Start Small
If you are new to meditation you can start with 5-10 mins per day or something that is achievable for you. Take the pressure off yourself from thinking you need to meditate for long periods of time in the beginning. As you meditate for 5 minutes you will still experience benefits and you can gradually increase the time period as you start to build the consistency and confidence in your practice.
Sometimes in life the “getting to do” something can be harder than the actual doing of it. So make it easy to get to do it. Sometimes if we think we have to meditate for 30mins or an hour but haven’t built up to that it can be daunting and it actually becomes a barrier to doing it.
2. Create a Routine
Create a routine. Try and stick to a certain time of the day and a certain location. This routine helps establish the habit and makes it easier to meditate regularly.
It doesn’t have to be the exact same time every day. It could simply be the time of day after you wake up before breakfast, or when you get home from work before you eat dinner. Experiment and find what time of the day works for you and try to make that your routine.
3. Commit to 30 Days
A habit takes about 30 days to form. Be aware of that. Set yourself a 30 day goal and commit to it. Put it in your calendar and make it a priority.
You don’t even have to meditate very long each day. Even if you committed to 2 or 5 mins per day for 30 days it will build in the routine and habit into your consciousness. It is also something that is achievable. Then you are not setting yourself up to fail by committing to long periods of meditation. One hour or 2 hours per day is a lot, especially for someone trying to develop a regular practice.
By committing to and following through with even 2 mins a day you will still be building the habit and routine. And you can also meditate for longer during each session if you want. Be patient and gentle with yourself. And set yourself up to succeed.
4. Reflect on the Benefits
Take time to reflect on the benefits of meditation at the end of your meditation session. Scan your feelings, your body, your mind and your general state of being. Are you more relaxed? More peaceful? These are some of the benefits of meditating, and taking a moment to be aware of this and appreciate it helps anchor in that meditation is actually something that delivers good results in your life.
The more you establish a connection between meditating and feeling clearer, more peaceful and uplifted, the easier it becomes to sit down and practice each day.
A specific way to do this is to take a moment before you begin your meditation and scan your body, mind and emotions and rate out of 10 your sense of peace, joy and relaxation. Then just after you complete your mediation scan yourself again and rate your state again.
5. Let Go of Expectations
Let go of your expectations about what you think should be happening when you meditate as these can be very discouraging. For example, people who are starting to meditate often think that they need to control their mind, and that when they are drifting off in their mind that they are doing something wrong. That’s not the case. It’s not about controlling or stopping your mind, it’s more about getting above your mind. Allow your mind and your entire experience to be whatever it is – that state of consciousness is more important than anything else.
Lesson 2: Where To Focus Your Attention
While meditating or doing spiritual exercises, a lot of people struggle with the idea that they can’t steady or focus the mind. Very few people can hold the mind steady, however. So while you are [meditating and] chanting, you may start thinking of other things. But you can think of other things and still be chanting. You can do that. It’s a mechanical thing. Don’t stop chanting, and don’t try to control the mind. Just let the mind do what it wants, and you continue chanting. The mind is slowly trapping itself.
The reason we meditate and do spiritual exercises is that when we move into the Spirit, we get to see the dynamics of the emotions, the mind, and the unconscious, and when they start to act up, we say, “That’s the emotions. That’s the mind. That’s the unconscious.” Then we may deal with it and clear it. Or we may see that it doesn’t last more than thirty seconds, so we just let it go and we’re on to something else.
You see, you can’t see the top of the swimming pool when you’re swimming on the bottom. You’ve got to get up and get out of the pool to see it. And that’s what spiritual exercises do – get you above that field of activity so you can see it.
Lesson 3: The Third Eye
How do we have awareness into the physical level? Well, we have two eyes, two ears, two nostrils, a mouth, a rectum, and a reproductive organ; these are the nine levels of consciousness (the nine doorways) that pull us back to the physical level. So as rapidly as we can, we want to pull our consciousness out of our eliminative system, our reproductive system, and the sense organs of the world.
We bring our consciousness up to what we call the spiritual eye, the third eye, the tenth doorway, the tisra til. That’s usually where the Soul will reside in the physical body: between the eyes, about two inches straight back. Sometimes it looks like a little round disk, and sometimes it can be as small as a fingernail or as large as a universe.
We say that the way we go into the spiritual world is to go into the tenth door (the spiritual center, or chakra, at the top of the head) and the top part of the third eye (the spiritual center in the middle of the forehead).
So when you are working to overcome these lower levels, you will want to gather your attention up into the third eye, the tenth door.
If you draw a line from the middle of the forehead to the center back of the head, and another line from just above the right ear to just above the left ear, the point at which they intersect would be the approximate location of the third eye. It has three levels: the physical, the mental, and the spiritual.
The lower part of the spiritual eye is involved with the physical level. People who have clairvoyant vision can see through this part of the third eye and can use this to their advantage.
The middle range of the third eye is involved with the mental and emotional levels. We include the emotional here because people do think emotionally at times.
We don’t work with any of these aspects of the lower two-thirds of the spiritual eye.
The top part of the spiritual eye allows you to see the spiritual within the physical, to see God in humankind, to see the God image in each person you meet. The awakening of this part of the spiritual eye is part of the work done through Soul Transcendence.
Lesson 4: Seeing Spiritually
Seeing is very important. In fact, it is above all. Not feeling, not hearing, but seeing – inner vision. You almost have to will your spiritual eyes to open, and they do. It does not come in physically, like seeing with our eyes here, because this is physical vision. You need to know how to look for it and find it. When your spiritual eyes are open, you then get to see more clearly, and things are even more real than when you are looking at your own hand. A lot of times, spiritual exercises and meditation are just learning to see in the Spirit.
An Approach to Opening your Spiritual Eyes
Here is an approach to opening your spiritual eyes. After you get inside, you say, “I’m opening my spiritual eyes.” (This is different from opening your physical eyes). Sometimes all you see is white because it is so bright. It is as if you woke up from a physical sleep and someone is shining bright headlights in your eyes; you cannot see anything because it is so bright. But accommodation begins to take place in the spiritual realms.
Spirit will open your spiritual eye for you when you are, indeed, ready to enter into it. Your job is to make yourself available to recognize it when it is open.
Audio (2:01): John-Roger
Seeing from a Higher Altitude
Spiritual exercises and meditation can open your eyes to the other realms and levels. When this happens, you can see more clearly how you and your patterns of existence fit in with the larger scheme of things, and you will be more willing to cooperate with the path that has been prepared for you. If you are unwilling to recognize the divine perfection of your own nature and everyone else’s, that unwillingness can keep the spiritual eyes closed on the inner realms.
Lesson 5: Meditation Practice
We will be continuing with the Guided Meditation for Spiritual Exercises in this session. Each meditation is a brand new experience so remain open. And in this meditation remember to focus on what we have covered so far in the course:
- Set your intention for the meditation. This could be as simple as completing the meditation, or as ambitious as awakening to God consciousness. Whatever is true and present for you is fine.
- Practice opening your Spiritual eyes. Before or during your meditation say to yourself “I am opening my spiritual eyes”.
- Keep a Journal. When you complete your meditation write about your experience. – If you haven’t already you can download and print out the course journal here.
You can also refer to the summary of the 5 steps before you begin if you want to refresh yourself. See below.
Guided Meditation for Spiritual Exercises (23:32)
A Summary of the 5 Steps of Spiritual Exercises:
- Call in the Light
- Focus your attention into the third eye
- Chant the HU
- Listen within
- Chanting and listening
End of Session 2
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