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GOLDEN FLOWER MEDITATION

This is such a sublime meditation, useful and beneficial to your wellbeing.

This is why;

You sit down and close your eyes, relax the back of your tongue and slow your breathing (this reduces beta brain waves and so calms your nervous system), use all of your senses to imagine and explore a pleasing environment (this sensory delight generates alpha brain waves) and drift deeper and deeper down into your essential being (this increases theta brainwaves) while resting in the open, spacious awareness of your spirit (these are delta brainwaves).

Finding internal landmarks (a word, image, concept, or body sensation) for the feeling of this state of expanded awareness is a fast-track to brainwave development. In the next session, you simply bring to mind the landmark, your brain remembers what it felt like, and you're back in the sought after brainwave state.

There is also an important role that rituals play in preparing the body, mind, and spirit to enter the silent depths of meditation and revere the sacred practice that it is. Rituals act like stepping stones you tread across the divide from the everyday to the sacred. Performing the same simple tasks before each meditation will quickly focus your attention.

Silent meditation with a spiritual dimension for 15 minutes to an hour, even if only once a week, will beautifully condition your body and brain towards perceiving the interconnectedness of all things. It is like dressing your soul in diamonds.

This meditation is based on the 'The Circulation of Breath' up and down the chakra system. It comes from ancient Buddhist writings published in 'The Secret of the Golden Flower'.

Buddhists practiced the circulation of breath to create a "diamond body" of light and superconscious awareness which travels into higher dimensions. Its harmonising of subtle and physical energies was also believed to vastly improve physical health and increase longevity.

GOLDEN FLOWER MEDITATION

  1. Preparation
    Shower or wash your hands and drink water to increase the flow of electricity throughout your body, mind, and spirit. Light candles and/or incense to illuminate your meditation area.

  2. Relax your body
    Loosen up with gentle stretching. Standing up, stretch like a cat or do gentle head and neck rolls to relax the muscles attached to your spine.

  3. Find a position
    Sit with your back straight and feet flat on the floor. Loosen any binding clothing. Position your hands comfortably and rest your tongue on the roof of your mouth or the back of your teeth to close the electrical circuit.

  4. Connect with your spirit
    Chant OM or read a passage that inspires you.

  5. Withdraw into yourself
    Do *alternate nostril breathing to balance your brain and harmonise your two nervous systems. Set aside your earthly self: grasp it and set it firmly outside your body.

  6. Clear your mind with light
    Sense the presence of sunlight above your head and draw it down into your brain to immerse any remaining thoughts in your mind. Usher these thoughts down into your heart and let them flow in golden light.

  7. Connect with Universal Awareness
    Breathe starlight up your chakra system as far as the edge of the third-eye area. Rest for a moment then exhale back down your spine, breathing out darkness through your tailbone. Then raise your presence to gather sunlight from your crown and breathe it all the way down to the base of your spine. Do this 7 times. Say "Arise my soul and enter the Oneness" to elevate your body-mind.

  8. Expand outward
    Enter the dark cave of your third-eye chakra and dwell in its violet flame. From here expand your starlight into Universal Awareness. Feel yourself moving out into the Universe towards your Source. Rest in pure awareness.

  9. Meditate in the silence
    If thoughts arise, draw your attention back to the violet cave of your third eye. Stay connected and receive the golden light streaming into you.

  10. Transmit loving light to others
    Send out love to all sentient beings, including the Earth.

  11. Close your meditation
    Find a "landmark" an emotion visualised, representing how you now feel.

  12. Give thanks
    Speak in creative prayer or Chant OM to ground yourself. Distribute the loving energy throughout your body.

  13. Return to your body
    Arouse with a sharp, deep exhalation and a full-body stretch.

The benefit of silent spiritual meditation is the intentioned connection with your higher self. Any experience of a higher state dissolves resistance and informs and stabilises lower states by allowing the free flow of absolute understanding and illumination, through to expanded creativity and peak performance.

*Alternate Nostril Breathing This is slightly different from yogic breathing. Use your thumb and forefinger to successively close off both nostrils. First close the left nostril and deeply breathe into the right nostril, silently saying "Strength"; at the end of the inhalation, close the right nostril and breathe out your mouth.Do this three times. Next, close off the right nostril and breathe in deeply, silently saying "Spirit of life"; for the exhalation, close off the left nostril and breathe out the right nostril. Do this three times. This practice balances the brain and calms the nervous system.

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