I did the Morning Offering and then got myself ready for the day. Today the 103 quote comes from Chapter Three and the section on meditation and breathing techniques:
Ever since 1962, the Confederation of Planets in the Service of the One Infinite Creator has suggested that our greatest tool in following our spiritual paths and being of service to others is meditation. Meditation is a practice that is available to everyone and, when used on a daily basis, can give us an enhanced perception of the Creator and the creation around us. At the beginning of this chapter I introduced the basic concept of meditation and how it could become more and more helpful as part of our spiritual journey. Now I would like to go deeper into different types of meditation.
There are many different kinds of breathing techniques which are useful in developing a meditative practice. The simplest was suggested by Ra in 49.8, where they did not offer any deviation from our normal process of breathing:
“The passive meditation involving the clearing of the mind—the emptying of the mental jumble which is characteristic of mind complex activity among your peoples—is efficacious for those whose goal is to achieve an inner silence as a base from which to listen to the Creator. This is an useful and helpful tool, and is, by far, the most generally useful type of meditation as opposed to contemplation or prayer.”
Both prayer and meditation are ways of communing with the Creator. Prayer is our means of speaking to the Creator and thanking the Creator for our very lives and the opportunity to serve the Creator in all beings through our words, our thoughts, and our deeds. Silent meditation, on the other hand, is our means of listening to the Creator for Its messages which might come in a variety of ways: intuitive flashes indicating a direction or pattern of thought; images meant to inspire; deep silence that may dissolve fears and doubts; coincidences and synchronicities confirming our thoughts and actions; and we may even hear or see words giving us a specific direction or pattern of thoughts although it is more likely that the messages will be in thoughts too deep for words.
Another form of meditation is called mindfulness meditation, and it is often used to help in overcoming dissatisfaction, impatience, intolerance and many of the other habits that keep us from living fuller, happier lives. Keeping the back straight, feet on the floor, and hands in the lap is the required posture. Then become aware of the breath or other body sensations along with any thoughts that come into the mind, and these are ways of focusing your attention with the objective of being honest with yourself as to how you feel about these thoughts. This type of meditation has proven to be helpful in dealing with stress and anxiety.
For people who have a hard time remaining motionless the movement meditation, especially the walking meditation, allows one to combine mindfulness with a physical discipline like yoga or tai chi. You can also combine it with more regular activities like walking your dog, gardening, playing golf or even taking a bath. This type of meditation works well for people who have more success in concentrating their attention when their bodies are in motion.
Deep breathing is also a very popular type of meditative technique. Concentrating on the breath seems to be much easier when the breath is exaggerated as it is in deep breathing. In this type of deep breathing meditation, another technique that can be used with deep breathing is holding the breath for a certain period of time on the inhale, the exhale, or both. For some people holding the breath also enhances the activation of the higher energy centers. However, it seems that keeping the inner focus on the indigo-ray energy center in any variation of this meditative technique creates a greater possibility of activation of the higher energy centers. The goal of this type of meditation is to activate the intelligent energy of the indigo chakra and then, perhaps, make contact with the intelligent infinity of the violet ray chakra. Both of these chakras offer a further experience of the one Creator available from the meditative state.
In 42.13 Ra mentioned visualization meditation as a means of increasing our attention span:
Questioner: Can you mention some exercises for helping to increase the attention span?
Ra: I am Ra. Such exercises are common among the many mystical traditions of your entities. The visualization of a shape and color which is of personal inspirational quality to the meditator is the heart of what you would call the religious aspects of this sort of visualization.
The visualization of simple shapes and colors which have no innate inspirational quality to the entity form the basis for what you may call your magical traditions.
Whether you image the rose or the circle is not important. However, it is suggested that one or the other path towards visualization be chosen in order to exercise this faculty. This is due to the careful arrangement of shapes and colors which have been described as visualizations by those steeped in the magical tradition.
In 49.8, Ra listed more uses of the visualization type of meditation:
The type of meditation which may be called visualization has as its goal not that which is contained in the meditation itself. Visualization is the tool of the adept. Those who learn to hold visual images in mind are developing an inner concentrative power that can transcend boredom and discomfort. When this ability has become crystallized in an adept, the adept may then do polarizing in consciousness without external action which can affect the planetary consciousness. This is the reason for existence of the so-called white magician. Only those wishing to pursue the conscious raising of planetary vibration will find visualization to be a particularly satisfying type of meditation.
The last type of meditation that I would like to share with you is one of the first ones that I learned from the fellow who taught me what he called brain self-control as a form of self-therapy. His meditation technique utilized sitting with the back straight and then keeping the inner vision focused on the indigo-ray energy center. In this configuration most of the time you will see various areas of light and dark all mixed together. He would find an area of light in the center of his inner field of vision and focus on that light until it got bigger and bigger. As it grew in size it would take on the variety of light and dark areas with which he began. He would continue to focus on the center of his inner field of vision and find another point of light. He would keep doing this as a means of keeping his thoughts single-pointed, and every now and then the light would become very bright. I think that this form of meditation, and all forms of meditation for that matter, are a means of listening to or communing with the one Creator, and this is a conversation that we seek as Players on the Enhanced Gameboard of Life.
This morning I ran a series of errands with my first stop being at Feeder’s Supply where I bought another 40 lb. bag of bird seed. Then I stopped at the bank to withdraw some money to spend on small purchases. My third stop was at Kroeger’s to get some food that I can’t find at Paul’s Food Market. My fourth stop was at Paul’s Food Market to get some of my favorite food: apple cider and sliced cantaloupe. My last stop was at Walgreen’s where I got some prescriptions filled.
From A Book of Days, channeled by Carla L. Rueckert:
Dance Upon The Road
I am of the consciousness which is the principle of Jesus the Christ and I greet you in divine love.
The far country beckons! The mystery retreats! The road calls the weary pilgrim forward and a new day dawns! Let this day be the day the pilgrim kicks off the dusty shoes and dances upon the road.
Let the heart be merry and light, for within winter’s dimness of day and length of night much is occurring within the body of your planet which shall be cause for great rejoicing.
Similarly, each careworn seeker is gestating within the Christed self that is born within those seeds which shall, in good time, bear fruit.
It is not necessary to await the length of days, the summer’s sun, and the visible harvest, to rejoice in the fecundity of the earth and the perfection of the process of growth. Similarly, rejoice in the process of growth within yourself and be merry this day.
We leave you in the joy and peace of Jesus the Christ, now and forever. Amen.
I said the prayer at the Gaia Meditation tonight:
We come in the name of love and open our hearts, minds, and souls to send love, light, and healing energy to Mother Earth as she brings forth a new Earth in the fourth density. We ask that the infinite love, light and healing energy of the One Infinite Creator heal the hearts of all souls in pain on Earth tonight. May all souls on Earth feel our love, light, and healing energy in their hearts, their minds, and their souls. Amen.