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Meditation of the Death Defiers
Alchemy is the process of transmuting the state of being from impurity to purity. The meditation presented in this essay is a way of doing exactly that, only not with a metal, but with the body, mind and spirit of a living organism. Three points must be taken into account: bodily posture, breathing (pranayama) and visualization. These three components, when performed properly, lead to the enhancement of life force and consciousness. Light is a source of life and that by seeing light with our mind, combined with controlled breathing and posture we can enhance life force.
In meditation proper posture is very important. There are fife basic postures in meditation: sitting on the floor, lying on the floor, kneeling on the floor, sitting on a chair and the Seed Posture. By meditating in these postures, the most benefit is reaped.
The best-known posture is the lotus posture. A variation of the padmasana, as the lotus posture is called, is the easy pose, simple sitting cross-legged on the floor or on a meditation cushion (zafu). It takes some will power to sustain this position for the required time, and for the novice the legs tend to fall asleep. By sitting like this one enters a kind of exhilarated state, which can be described as Clear Trance.
A good alternative to sitting is kneeling on the floor. There is a way of desensitizing the tendons at the back of the knees so that sitting on the heels does not hurt that much. Holding the toes with the hands while the legs are outstretched does that. If you vary between kneeling and holding the toes three times one minute each, the tendons at the back of the knees will be conditioned properly. Then, you will be able to kneel without the agony of pain being too intense. The goal of the kneeling posture is to transmute the pain into love and kindness, which is done by focusing on the heart chakra.
The ability to relax is fundamental in meditation. Relaxation leads to a meditative mind. We are advised to meditate while lying on the back. Doing progressive muscular relaxation by taking 10 deep breaths and then flexing and relaxing all the muscles in the body, starting with the toes and ending with the muscles of the face, will relax you completely after a few repetions. This posture is most suitable for entering the trance state.
The fourth way of positioning yourself is to sit on a chair, with a straight spine and the hands on the knees. This is the easiest posture to meditate in and is especially effective with continual prayer, where a Mantra is combined with breathwork to produce a state of exhilaration.
The fifth meditative posture is to sit on the heels (kneel) and bend forward, your head resting on the yoga mattress. The hands can be positioned either along the legs with palms facing upwards, besides the head or stretched out in front of the head. The seed posture enhances clarity and is an excellent alternative in meditation and yoga. Imagine yourself as a seed sprouting and growing through the moist and dark earth towards the surface. When the surface is reached break up the exercise.
Pranayama is breath-control. Breathing techniques serve as replenishment for the life-force of the body and increase awareness.
When doing yogic breathing, fill the belly with air and expand the diaphragm downward and finally expand the chest. This should be done smoothly, deeply and effortlessly.
The crown achievement of a Yogi is the Full Yogic Breath. A full yogic breath lasts one minute; that is the in-breath lasts 20 seconds, retained for 20 seconds and the out-breath lasts 20 seconds. You can cut the duration to half the Full Yogic Breath, by breathing in for 10 seconds, holding the breath for 10 seconds and breathing out for 10 seconds. That is best performed while sitting on a chair.
Another way of breathing is the alternate-nostril breathing. Press the thumb of the right hand against the right nostril, put the second and third fingers at the third eye and with the ring finger and pinkie the left nostril is closed, when it is time. Breathe in through the left nostril for 8 seconds, hold the breath for 8 seconds, close the left nostril and breathe out through the right nostril for the duration of 8 seconds. Repeat the procedure with the open right nostril. Repeat this cycle 8 times.
Extensively used in Kundalini Yoga is the Breath of Fire, which is rapid abdominal breathing, 2 to 3 breaths within one second. This breathing technique clears the blood and lungs. To avoid hyperventilation, it is very important to breathe from the belly, not with the chest.
While mediating cross-legged, the Male Breath is most effective. It is done the following way: breathe in for four seconds and breathe out for the same duration. This cycle is repeated 4 or 7 times and then the breath is held for 4 or 8 seconds. An 8 seconds exhalation follows.
When the Male breath has been mastered one can prolong the exhalations. The inhalations last four seconds each. The first exhalation lasts four seconds, the second eight, the third 12 and the fourth 16. Then take a slow, deep breath, lasting eight seconds, hold the breath for eight seconds and exhale for sixteen seconds. This practice has the effect of building up energy and releasing it.
When kneeling, the master’s breath is the best pranayama. It is a little more complex then the Male Breath. Its timing is based on the process of banishing the Dark Fear. The timing is 1-1, 3-3, 2-2, 4-4 three times, followed by 7 times 2-2 and once 8-8-8-8 seconds. It takes exactly two minutes to perform the Master’s Breath.
The breathing technique that will make you more handsome and will renew you, while providing you with an excellent meditation experience is the 8-8, 8-8, 8-8-12 seconds pranayama. Note that the full cycle lasts exactly one minute. 30 cycles after a workout will do a lot for sickness prevention and recovery.
By combining these breathing techniques with the above described postures we create raw energy. While retaining the breath, one can breathe through the pores and make the energy flow up the spinal cord or through the organs, resulting in a more vivid perception of the Buddha Nature and the translucent mind.
The Japanese, although their Zen Masters don’t reveal their breathing techniques, compose Haiku poems, consisting of 17 syllables. The first line has 5 syllables, the second 7 and the third 5. By orienting oneself on this pattern, that is, by breathing in for 5 seconds, holding the breath for 7 seconds and breathing out for 5 seconds, enhancement of awareness occurs.
The Mind in Meditation
So far the bodily aspects of meditation have been discussed. You can bring the meditation experience a level further by engaging the mind, too. The interaction between body and mind creates spirit.
There are various ways of engaging the mind. A Taoist axiom states that the Chi follows the mind, or in other words, that energy follows thought and/or Will.
A way to engage the Mind is to do The Inner Smile followed by the Microcosmic Orbit.
Imagine yourself at your favourite place with your favourite person. You see him or her smiling at you or sending you “positive vibes”. You see golden light entering your brain through the third eye and enhancing your feeling of joy and love. You smile with each organ and bone in your body as the golden light spreads throughout the body-mind. On the in-breath the golden light enters you as you affirm, “I breathe in the light of God”. While you hold the breath you say in your mind, “I absorb the Light of God”. As you breathe out you say, “I expand the Light of God” and imagine yourself turning into light and expanding to infinity. Then, intent energetic movement in the heart chakra as you project, “I project the Light of God”. A slow inhalation, for eight seconds, follows accompanied by the mantra, “God and me, me and God are One”. The breath is held for eight seconds and an exhalation of 16 seconds follows.
This is the Inner Smile.
The microcosmic orbit consists of sending the energy down the front of the upper body, along the back of the legs, raising it along the front of the legs and up the back. A simpler version is to just send the energy down the front and up the back of the upper body.
Symptoms of successful meditation are euphoria and compassion. This feeling should be shared with spirit guides and loved ones. By focusing our energy on souls that are worthy, we can share in their glory. The goal of meditation is to hear and see one’s spirit guide and to empathically share in the soul experience.
The practical application of this meditation is called pranic healing. Prana is the life force inherent in air and in our bodies. One should imagine light with the mind while circulating energy through the body and into the heart chakra and through the hands into one’s own, or somebody else’s, body.
The best kind of light for this kind of atonement is clear white. All colours are inherent in white, making it most potent for healing, energizing and pain relief. It is a very easy but effective exercise. On the in-breath, which lasts 3 seconds, one directs the energy from the feet, through the legs and upper body into the heart chakra. The out-breath lasts two seconds and energy is directed from above the head into the heart centre and through the hands. The whole cycle is repeated four times and then the breath is held for 8 seconds, while whirling the navel, heart and brain chakras thus boosting the healing energies. As you breathe out, sent the energy through the hands into the body, which can be present physically or in the healer’s mind. It is also helpful to intent, without voicing it, to energize and heal.
The crux of this technique is to feel with the hands where the patient is leaking energy and stop the leakage and fill it with positive energy. One should draw the hands along the body, not touching it and feel for hot or cold spots - the hot spots are treated by channelling blue light and the cold one’s are treated with red light.
Meditation is the best way of enhancing life. Through meditation we cultivate the subtle energies in our body-minds and improve the quality of consciousness gradually. Meditation could quite literally liberate the human spirit from the bonds of illusion that there is nothing more to life than we take for granted. It brings us closer to our creator. The above described meditation deals with the physical, mental and energetic process of meditation. When we focus on overcoming the lower self, which manifests as ignorance, greed and hatred and cultivating the Higher Self of Wisdom, Compassion and Empathy we become more then human, we awaken to our spiritual selves. Meditation is a way of becoming aware of the full potential as human beings.
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