The Levels of Meditation
(NOTE: Some of this discussion concerns the New Jerusalem Meditation which can be found HERE)
Since Glenys and some others have had rewarding experiences with the New Jerusalem Meditation yet others are a little frustrated at their progress I thought I would write a little on meditation itself. First of all let me express the desired end result of this meditation. Many of the members of the group have often expressed a desire to be closer and how wonderful it would be if we could all be physically together, even if for a short period.
If we as a group are successful at this meditation we will be brought together. It may be awkward at first for most of us, but if we persist we will find realistic meetings of group members commonplace on the higher planes. This meditation can remove the barriers of distance that we have on the physical plane.
There are four basic planes that we normal humans can use as a medium for meditation.
The first is the physical. In this world we use the power of meditation through the power of paying Attention. This can be done through paying attention to a physical teacher, speaker or book, to gazing into a crystal ball or flame. As we meditate on the physical plane the mind and heart may be stimulated to bring forth images or ideas that will assist us. If nothing else meditation on the physical level will help focus us on the real that exists here so we do not turn into impractical dreamers.
The second is the emotional or astral and attention is a factor but in addition to this visualization comes into play. Overall females are better than males at visualizing because this is accomplished through female energy. You’ll notice that females are reporting greater success at following this guided meditation because it works in the direction of their natural energy. Now many men are also good at it, but overall the female has the advantage here.
The third plane of meditation is the world of the mind and this is accomplished through imagination. Mind and imagination are polarized in the male energy so us guys have the advantage here. It’s easy for us to imagine things, but it takes effort for us to visualize.
So what is the difference between visualization and imagination one may ask.
Let us say the object we want to bring into focus is an apple. To manifest it in the physical world we put attention on our physical desire for the apple and go and retrieve it from the refrigerator.
To make it manifest in the astral we tune in to our emotional; body and feel or sense the apple before us. If we are so in tune the apple will appear almost as real as one on the physical plane and may even stay suspended before the meditator for a period of time.
To manifest the apple on the plane of the mind the mental faculty of imagination is used. Forms filtered through the imagination may not produce such real or lingering images as does the astral, but the images become as real as necessary to communicate the essence of the meditation on this plane to the physical brain.
Thus, the imagination may flash an image of an apple to the brain that may linger less than a second whereas the power of visualization may cause the apple to linger on for minutes. Then on the physical plane it lasts even longer – until it decays or is eaten.
The apple is made of real substance on all of these planes, but as we go up the planes substance becomes more rarefied and time is compressed. This is why we have more time to see the visualization and much less to examine the thing that flashed into the imagination.
It takes contemplation to absorb all that the imagination brings down. This is why those who do not contemplate that which is imagined are often led astray by imagination.
Even though there are several levels of formless realities we shall lump them into one category here for practical purposes. This fourth level the realm where ideas originate and are transmitted. An idea flashes forth for a shorter instant of time than a thing imagined. An idea has no form, but as it passes down through the mind it takes form by stimulating the imagination. Next it will clothe itself with desire and its form will be seen through visualization. Finally, if the intensity is strong enough, it will manifest in physical reality.
He who meditates in the formless worlds sees nothing and knows nothing while in the meditation. Instead he throws “seed thoughts” into this formless void and goes there through meditation and waits for the seeds to sprout and send their fruit in the form of inspired ideas that filter through ideas to the imagination down through visualized desire and finally into physical reality.
The first formless world requires that we be female or receptive in polarization to tap into it and thus the female has an advantage again. Nevertheless, through the power of attention all the levels of meditation are available to both physical sexes.
Now it is possible that several may be concerned that they are not highly evolved and may feel discouraged if they are unable to have an experience right away such as Glenys had. Please please, do not feel this way. Glenys did have a wonderful experience and I know it inspired many in this group, for what one can do all can do through the power of Decision and Attention. Nevertheless, we all make decisions and place attention in different areas of life so none of us are the best at everything. In addition, some may be very talented with ideas and imagination, but not so talented with visualization just as some are good at music, but not business.
Who is the most evolved – the musician or the businessman. Who can say? It’s a silly question.
If you are not a great visualizer then find out where your power is. Someone suggested making a tape for physical assistance. This is an excellent idea. You can also bypass visualization temporarily and use the imagination at first, but later cloth the imagination with desire to bring it into focus through visualization.
Finally, you can also use the formless worlds by casting a “seed thought” into this reality. This seed thought would be centered around what you want to accomplish in meditation. If done successfully, the essence from this higher world will send you ideas and inspiration that will enable you to fulfill your desire.
Dave asks a good question:
“I have a quick question/concern. Don’t get me wrong here, the idea of seeing myself in the future would be wonderful. I would like to see how things turn out, and how I become. On the other hand, what good does it do for my future self to come and give advice to my present self? Let me try and clarify why I ask this.
“Let’s say my present self decides to go visit a lessor evolved past self in NJ today. Personally, I doubt that anything I say to that past self will change the way things are now. It makes it kind of pointless to go back and discuss anything with my past self, doesn’t it? So why would my future self waste his time speaking to me?”
Let me say just a couple of things about time travel. To travel in time you have to move beyond the physical. This is fortunate; otherwise it would open the possibility for a Nazi to go back and help Hitler win the war.
We cannot change the literal past, but we can change the effects of the past so a certain negative event in the past is changed so it is no longer negative to us.
Calling forth your future self does not change the past because your calling him forth is a part of his history, as well as anything he tells you.
Also keep this in mind. Your far future self has complete oneness with God and lives beyond the normal rules of time and space. This being has abilities beyond that which we can imagine.
Normally he has to be invoked but he can make an appearance in any past time when the entity is open to instruction, but this is the exception.
Fortunately, the Dark Brothers are very limited in using time travel and the Brotherhood of Light basically practice non interference so time is quite a stable quantity.
Our past lives of lower evolution never call out to the future self and only have a dim sense of it at best. A person has to reach a degree of soul contact before there can be communication between the past and the future. When this happens the Will of God is followed and no change in that Will takes place.
There has to be a reasonable and open belief in the possibility of this future self for this meditation to work, but those who accept it and give it a try may be pleasantly surprised at the results.
No, your future self will not give you winning lottery numbers. He doesn’t even know what they are nor does he want to know. He will only come to help you work with your own strengths and achieving power to obtain money through the normal use of law is something we all have to learn one time or another.
Glenys makes an interesting comment:
“On the other hand, I often think of how the Masters used to leave money in a box for Madam Blavatsky.”
An important item to know about Madam Blavatsky is that she was Count Alessandro Cagliostro in the life before she was HPB. In that life she had an important mission that was completely botched and she used her talents to gain money and fame as a charlatan.
Even though she redeemed herself as Madame Blavatsky she still fell to the temptation to assist a bit in signs to the believers such as the money in the box type of thing.
Alice A. Bailey (the next main messenger) to her credit was completely honest in her approach and thus you see that the main witness to her work were the teachings themselves, and this is how it should be.
To just materialize money out of thin air as some claim the Masters do would be a form of stealing for it calls forth labor behind the goods and services it purchases and the value of that labor is not returned. This is contrary to the law of cause and effect. Even the Masters would only use money to take, if they can give something of equal or greater value in return.
I know all of us who love to learn and teach would like to have all of our time free and money to spend for the good of mankind. But just as humanity must earn the right to have higher teachings, so must the teachers earn the right to teach and all teachers of light must work within the law or suffer the effects of karma.
I presently am in a situation where I have to work long hours to keep my business going and pay the bills and I rarely have time to write anything for the group before 2 AM and haven’t had time to read a book for years. I listen to tapes while doing other things for my mental food at present.
My point is that we can’t expect higher powers to do for us what we can do for ourselves and we all have to work within the situation where we find ourselves and make the best of it.
One can never become a Master unless he masters situations through his own intelligence and inner strength.
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