Prince Siddhartha Gautama, known as the Buddha, was born and raised with every possible advantage. He was born around 563 BCE near or around present day Nepal near the India Border. Unfortunately, his mother, Maya died seven days after his birth. Her sister, Prajapati, became his step mother. His father, King Suddhodana made every possible effort to keep his son shielded from the unpleasant world even knowing about death. His father made great efforts to hide the suffering from his son, even going as far as building another city to remove the poverty, sick and dying. Not seeing the real world, Gautama was married to Yaśodhara, daughter of King Suppabuddha. and had a son. Despite his father’s efforts to shield his son from the woes of the world, Gautama, did sneak away to explore. For the first time he saw a sick person, and old person and a corpse. He met a samara, an ancient Hindu ascetic who, despite of all the poverty and ills of the world, was serene and happy.
Gautama, after seeing the real world, knew there was more to life and wanted to seek the spiritual truth. He had to become a samara, a life of severe self-discipline and abstention from all forms of indulgence. He left against his family wishes.
His first order of business was finding a teacher. He began his studies under Alara, a famed yogi who taught him the meditative consciousness called the, “sphere beyond materiality”. He then went to Uddaka Ramaputta, who taught him how to reach the sphere of “neither perception nor non-perception.” Gautama realized neither of these were the highest attainments of spirituality. He added extreme asceticism to his practice by fasting and not bathing. He realized that drastic measures were going to kill him, so he renounced the life of pain as he did pleasure.
At a loss, Gautama rested under a tree. He thought, as a child attending to his breath made him more acutely aware of his surroundings and dispelled any feelings of boredom or unrest. The path to nibbana might lie in the form of contemplation or meditation, so he tried this technique again. The Pali accounts of what happened next are sparse. Later legends describe the onslaught of temptation and torment from the demon like Mara, designed to sway him from his goal. Gautama did not sway and as confidence bolsters, his mind expanded as he gained deeper insights into the human condition. Just as the morning star appeared in the sky before dawn, he became aware of the fact that he had finally discovered the ultimate truth. From that point on he was known as the Buddha.
Buddha’s wife and son later join him as disciples.
Buddha teaching is still cherish today. But like all things, man has incorporated personal teachings so finding Buddha core teachings is a difficult task. Scott Mandelker PhD provides his views-Action-Path in Buddha-Dhamma in this extended analysis series of Buddhist teaching on 10 Wrong Views, human rebirth & cosmology, 3 Marks, karmic results and path to Sotapanna awakening. Comparisons with Ra Material & Western philosophy (Materialism, Nihilism).
A Divine law is believed to comedirectlyfromGod. But is it a law as we know it, such as thou shalt not kill, steal, lie or is it more of a physic law. Or perhaps, we simply use the word law because otherwise it is beyond our understanding. Love, as we understanding it, would certainly curtail any negative action against anyone we loved.
Our Spiritual teachers, Jesus, Krishna, Buddha and Lao Tzu and many more provided their wisdom to help answer that question.
Jesus said love your neighbor as yourself.
Buddha said out of the abundance of your heart, cultivate love and compassion for all beings.
Lao Tzu said nothing but good comes to him who loves others as he loves himself.
Krishna said those find the “Way” are those who have love and forgiveness in their hearts.
Storge: natural affection, the love you share with your family.
Philia: love you have for friends.
Eros: sexual and erotic desire kind of love (positive or negative)
Agape: unconditional love, or divine love
Ludus: playful love, like childish love or flirting.
Pragma: long-standing love. The love in a married couple.
Philautia: the love of the self (negative or positive)
The 18th century mystic and spiritual explorer Emanuel Swedenborg said, “man knows that there is such a thing as love, but he does not know what love is. He knows that there is such a thing as love from common speech, as when it is said, he loves me, a king loves his subjects, and subjects love their king, a husband loves his wife, a mother her children, and conversely; also, this or that one loves his country, his fellow citizens, his neighbor; and likewise of things abstracted from person, as when it is said, one loves this or that thing Although the word love is so universally used, hardly anybody knows what love is.”
Love is the most powerful emotion we can experience, a force to be reckoned with. Perhaps that is why love is considered the one “Divine Law”, the emotion that conquers all emotions.
We all have difficulties in expressing universal love or compassion. According to the Law of One, we are here to evolve spiritually through healing and balancing by learning the ways of love with wisdom. It is about healing, by knowing yourself, accepting yourselves and other selves and knowing we are all part of the Creator.
Session 5.2 provides the steps for the healing process.
Scott Mandelker PhD, combines eclectic Western psychology with intensive study of Eastern religions, and followed upon years of formal training in US and Asian Buddhist temples said the Law of One material is “One of the most important spiritual documents since Jesus”. You will find his understanding and reading of session 5 on YouTube.
We all have our own experiences, observations, opinions, etc., about love that should be shared with the world in your own way. May the force be with you.
We have been chosen to be on earth at this moment in time. Over 7 billion strong, from every culture, from all over the world, humans have populated the earth since the beginning. By the year 1 A.D. the Earth’s population was an estimated 200 million. It hit the billion mark in 1804 and doubled by 1927. This short YouTube video depicts human population through time.
Consider why have we been chosen, what is our purpose and why at this time? Those are questions only you can answer. For me, it is a journey to seek the truth. According to Jesus, each of us are from the light and the light we will return. Religion was to help us find our way home. Unfortunately man, through the ages inserted their beliefs and/or understandings and over time, became a tool for religious leaders to control the masses, attempting to take away the power of free-will.
Beliefs systems have been followed by mankind for centuries. Archeological evidence indicates the Indus Valley civilization flourished between 3000-1500 BCE and appears to have contributed significantly to the development of Hinduism. Starting in Axial Age, approximately 800-200 BCE, is a period of time unprecedented developments. Zoroaster, Jeremiah, Isaiah, the Buddha, Confucius, Vardhamana Marhavira, Pythagoras, Heraclitus, Socrates, Plato and Aristotle all produced the intellectual and moral matrix out of which the world religions were born. Today, there are countless Religions and belief systems. Most followers never venture from the religion in which they were born. In that sense, religion may hold a person back from truly discovering the truth for themselves.
Consider each of us have been chosen because we have a divine light or spark within waiting to be ignited and our purpose is ignite that spark in our own way. Our teachers provided insight.
Jesus said, ” When I came among humanity I opened the door to the Way. I showed you the path that you must follow. You will find it within yourself.”
Lao Tzu said “He who say they have found the Way, have not. That which is eternal cannot be spoken of. It lies within.”
Buddha said “Seeking within, you will find stillness. Here there is no more fear or attachment-only joy”
Krishna said “When the mind becomes still, when thinking ceases, this is the beginning of the supreme path.”
The world population is larger than ever. Could it be the reincarnation of past lives manifesting at a time, when learning is at our fingertips.
Jesus said in the Gospel of Thomas “Know what is in front of your face and what is hidden from you will be disclosed. There is nothing hidden that will not be revealed. ”
Look within and it may be revealed that you have been chosen to be on earth at this time to learn the ways of love and be of service to others. The only Way is your path as you seek to find your way home.
I have a dear friend with a Ph.D. in Linguistics, he told me language for each person has an emotional connection to words and phrases, and they are different from person to person. Each of us speaks, listens, and thinks in our own special language; we have been shaped by our culture, experiences, profession, personality, morals and attitudes, but one thing we do have in common; we are here to evolve spiritually in our own way.
I like to think, being a spiritual person on the positive path, is one whose highest priority is to love others as they love themselves; cares and helps people, animals and the planet; knows that we are all One, consciously attempts to honor this Oneness; and meditates, contemplates and prays to stay connected, and goes deeper in understanding the self. Most of humanity is on the positive path.
A person on the negative path is someone who loves and cares only about the self; controlling others by any means possible.
Consider, we have choices everyday, positive or negative, also known as good and evil. Our thoughts, emotions and actions are part of these choices. Positive thinking generates positive emotions resulting in positive actions. Negative thinking works the same way. We all have these thoughts, we are human.
According to the Law of One, each one of us are here to evolve spiritually, to choose a path of either positive or negative polarity, to help build our lives according to a Divine plan that is beyond our understanding. Perhaps Jesus was trying to tell us the same thing in his message of seek and you shall find. His teachings are much deeper than what religion teaches. The personal realization of truth is the science behind all sciences. But for most people, religion has devolved to a matter of of belief only. Some believe in Catholicism, others Protestant, others assert the Jewish or Hindu or Muslim or Buddhist is the true way. The science of religion identifies the universal truth common to all, the basis for religion.
India’s teaching of Raja Yoga, the science of the soul, provides similar methods to balance the self as discussed in the Law of One. Other teachers also taught us to look within. Lao Tzu said in the Tao Te Ching, “Wise are they who center their hearts on the inner essence of things, not on outer appearances” In the Dialogue of the Savior Jesus said ” light comes through the mind and illuminates the whole body. When all things within you are integrated your light will shine everywhere ” And Buddha said in the The Lankavatara Sutra, “In order to eliminate the discriminating mind, there must be a complete turning around of one being at the deepest level of consciousness”.
Infinite Intelligence or Creator, known as God and other names in different religions, is pure energy and is simply beyond our understanding. As we evolve spiritually and seek the truth, there will be a realization the world is not as it seems. We all have been chosen to be here to learn and understand the ways of love and wisdom. We have been given special gifts to discover and apply them in our world today. Our job is to positively raise the planet vibration by applying these seven steps in our daily lives.
1. Love Infinite Intelligence
2. Love yourself
3. Love others as you love yourself
4. Love earth and nature.
5. Be of Service to others in your own way.
6. Meditation/Contemplation and pray to further your understanding and connection to Infinite Intelligence.
7. Realize we are co-creators, and we create our lives with our thoughts, emotions and actions.
Know yourself, accept yourself and realize we are all one with Infinite Intelligence. Our Journey will be different paths, different understandings but the progression is one.
Ancient traditions knew of the pineal or third eye and all its mysteries. They knew of the pineal role in our spiritual development and communication with spiritual beings.
Within Taoist self cultivation, the third eye, known as Ancestral Cavity, is located between and behind the eyes and serves as the cavity of profound and ancient knowledged and can be accessed through meditation and contemplation.
In Buddhism, the third eye refers to Eye of Consciousness, seeing the world beyond physical eyes. In Hinduism the third eye is the eye of spiritual wisdom and knowledge.
Based on my understanding from studying the Law of One, the third eye, the indigo-ray or 6th chakra is our gateway to connect with Infinite Intelligence. In order to connect, we have to balance, understand and unblock our lower chakras. Each Chakra is a energy center. The 1st chakra, or red-ray is basic and fundamental. The second Chakra, or orange-ray is the emotional or personal energy center. The third Chakra, or yellow-ray is what we call the ego. The fourth Chakra, the heart chaka, known as the green-ray, is our understanding of universal love or compassion. The fifth Chakra, known as the blue-ray, is our understandings of ourselves and our communication with others.
The more blockages we have in our lower chakras the less flow of Intelligent Energy we receive. Our goal is to unblock our lower chakras and connect with Infinite Intelligence. Loving others as we love ourselves; love nature; be of service to others; understand our thoughts, emotions, and actions create our reality; and meditation, contemplation and prayer are the gateway to Infinite Intelligence.
We have all heard of Chakras, especially from the eastern cultures and religions, but what is it? Chakra is a Sanskrit word which means “vortex of energy”. The number of energy centers which are identified as important varies somewhat from tradition to tradition. Chinese medicine has identified hundreds of acupuncture points , and the ancients from India, Japan, and as well as other countries had a understanding of the energetic body. They spoke of energy channels, meridians or nadis which the vital energy flowed in our bodies. Now Science actually proves meridians exist in our body.
Meridians helps the flow of energy to the energy centers within the human body, which helps regulate the body processes, from organ function to to the immune system and emotions. The energy, our life force, also known as chi, prana, spirit, soul, to name a few, was considered to be a bio-electrical and vibrational energy phenomenon and so health revolved around balancing energy through various means. Life existed because of our life force and energy running through our body, ensuring we can move, breathe, digest food, feel and even think.
Below, meridian points of the hands and feet, known as Reflexology Notice the points, also known as chakras, affect other parts of the body. It is a a system of how one part of the human body relates to another part of the body. By using a systematic practice by applying some pressure to any particular points on the feet and hands give impacts on the health of related parts of the body.
Here are the meridian points of the feet. For headaches or sinus issues, massaging the foot in the area depicted below, may help.
However, the Chakras familiar to us are known as the seven chakras, the seven energy centers. The seven chakras are aligned vertically along your back, from the top of your head to just below the bottom of your spine. Each chakra is equivalent to a energy wave field with pure potential. Kundalini Awakening Process
The first step is understanding our energy centers. The illustration provides a guide for reference. Based on the Law of One, our challenge is to unblock our first three chakras and develop our 4th, the heart or green ray, and 5th, the blue-ray. In session 15.12 in the “Law of One” Ra said, “The center of heart, or green ray, is the center from which third-density beings may springboard, shall we say, towards infinite intelligence. Blockages in this area may manifest as difficulties in expressing what you may call universal love or compassion.”
“The blue-ray center of energy streaming is the center which, for the first time, is outgoing as well as inpouring. Those blocked in this area may have difficulty in grasping the spirit/mind complexes of its own entity and further difficulty in expressing such understandings of self. Entities blocked in this area may have difficulties in accepting communication from other mind/body/spirit complexes.”
Scott Mandelker, PHD, provides his insight and teaching regarding Cosmic structure, details of the Ra contact, rapid aging and global energy, self-balancing and chakra activation, and the “ego” concept, in The Law of One, Session 15, part 1.
Another interesting phenomena, is call the Kundalini. According to the traditional Yoga philosophies, the term Kundalini refers to both a ‘mechanism’ and an ‘ spiral energy’ in the human body. The energy, prana, is transferred through the meridian of the root to the crown Chakra once activated. It is thought that once activated, an increased amount of pranic energy to be produced in the cells and tissues of the body and to be transmitted to the brain via the nerves in and around the spinal column, leading to alterations in the state of consciousness of the individual. Under the right conditions this enhanced prana operating in the brain can lead to higher states of consciousness such as genius, psychic abilities and mystical experience. The kundalini is being studied today and believed to be a state that has been the crowning vision of the mystics and the prophets.
Another interesting point is scientists have spent decades studying the extraordinary abilities and anatomy of human sperm. Recently an international team of researchers discover a mysterious, spiral-shaped nanostructure in the tails of sperm. Could that be Kundalini is the sperm tail. The Law of One provides more insight about Kundalini in session 49.6. Scott Mandelker PhD, provides his commentary and teaching in this presentation discussing experiential catalyst & north pole/south pole energy dynamics; kundalini flow and 7-chakras’ development.
This chart provides some overview how our energy systems work through our thoughts, emotions and actions.
There is an advanced spiritual practice within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition known as the Rainbow Body practice. A person of high spiritual development could exit their physical body, vanish in mere days, leaving behind only ashes, becoming ‘rainbow body,’ of manifest light. Attaining ‘rainbow body’ is discussed in Zen texts, as well as Zoroastrian, Christian, Manichean, Muslim, Bonpo, and of course, Vedic texts, among others. Attaining the ‘light body’ is for everyone, providing ample proof that it actually does, and can occur. FatherFrancis V. Tiso a Catholic priest, scholar, and writer interested in inter-religious dialogue and Tibetan Buddhism, gave this presentation at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco regarding Rainbow bodies and Resurrection.
There is much to learn and understand about our energy bodies. Does activating the Chakras and Kundalini result in the Rainbow body? Perhaps our teachers were trying to tell us, but just beyond our understanding.
Jesus said, The kingdom of God is within you, and all around you.
Krishna said, When the mind becomes still, thinking ceases, this is the beginning of the supreme path.
Buddha said “Seeking within, you will find stillness. Here, there is no more fear or attachment-only joy
I grew up in the Christian religion, not getting answers, I started studying Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, Hinduism, and then I found the Gnostics . In 1945, Thirteen ancient books, called “codices,” containing over fifty texts, was discovered in upper Egypt, now known as the Nag Hammadi Library . The Gospel of Thomas, 114 secret saying of Jesus was one of those text. The first saying is “Whoever finds the interpretation of these sayings will not experience death.”
The Law one One provided insight and a better understanding to what Jesus was saying in the Gospel of Thomas and all other religious texts. It provided the understanding of our World Religious systems but more importantly our spirituality. The Law of One may have been the One Law referenced in the Teachings of the Essenes. Although the Ra material is somewhat difficult and complex it is a spiritual message that may be worth the effort for those seeking. It is rich with intriguing, metaphysical, spiritual and scientific information. It provides a sense of reality and understanding of our world today.
The Contact was made with the L/L research group, Love /Light. The three members, Don Elkins, a former Physics Professor and Airline pilot; Carla Rueckert,the instrument RA used for channel known as “tuned trance telepathy”, a devoted Christian; , and James McCarty, the sole survivor today. The contact was made by an advanced extraterrestrial named RA, the humble messenger of the Law of One. Ra, a complex vibratory group from the 6th density made contact:
We have watched your group. We have been called to your group, for you have a need for the diversity of experiences in channeling which go with a more intensive, or as you might call it, advanced approach to the system of studying the patterns of the illusions of your body, your mind, and your spirit, which you call seeking the truth. We hope to offer you a somewhat different slant upon the information which is always and ever the same.
The contact was made so the group could ask questions. Questions infringing on free were not answered. The group asked over 2360 questions in 106 sessions from 1981 to 1984, recorded and documented. This series of channeling was the first time in human history when real-time questions and answers with a non-human entity has been recorded. Those questions and answers are “ The Ra material known as the Law of One”.
Albert Einstein, German Theoretical Physicist said “Everyone who is seriously involved in the pursuit of science becomes convinced that a spirit is manifest in the laws of the universe—a spirit vastly superior to that of man.”
The message, simply put, is that the Law of One is the Universal Truth that “All Is One.” The sessions opens with, “I am Ra. I greet you in the love and the light of our Infinite Creator” and closes with, “I am Ra. I leave you in the glory and the peace of the One Creator. Rejoice in the love/light, and go forth in the power of the One Creator. In joy, we leave you. Adonai.”
The contact has metaphysical, scientific, and complex vocabulary, rich with information for the seeker. There are seven densities or dimensions. We are in the third working for toward the forth. We are all connected, not just on our planet but with all throughout the universe. We are body, mind and spirit complexes on earth to learn to love and understand, and be of service to others. Jesus was telling us to love your neighbor as yourself. The body mind and spirit complex has a choice of positive or negative path. Our energy, or spirit is infinite. When the body dies, and if your thoughts and actions as well have been a service to others at least 51 percent of the time, you move to the next level. If not you get to do it all over again, reincarnation.
We have seven energy centers in our bodies, known as chakras and our goal is balance and clear blockages. Session 15.12 Ra talks about the blockages . There is so much information for the seeker and I would suggest if your interested just go to Law of One and use the search for anything you may find interesting.
1. PRACTICE ONE: UNITY CONSCIOUSNESS – The Law of One is the comprehension that all things are made of intelligent energy and are a part of the All-One. The Law of One is a Sacred Science of the mechanics of consciousness and are the Natural Laws governing our Universal Creation. All-One is the recognition that Eternal Truth is Eternal Love and Eternal Love is the organic consciousness of Infinite Creator, or God. Eternal Love consciousness embodied in a form is Unity intelligence, and simultaneously recognized as, the Inner Light of Christos. Unity consciousness is at One with God and Unity consciousness ignites the Inner Light of Christos. The Inner Light of Christos when actualized in form, is the embodiment of an Eternal God Human. Practice Unity Consciousness and One is directly reflecting the image of God’s Love, and is eternally protected. Be At One with All, as One is All with God.
2. PRACTICE TWO: LOVE YOURSELF – Apply the practice of Unity with All-One as an extension towards loving, honoring and respecting yourself. Acknowledge the precious life force within by holding reverence and respect for yourself in all ways. Loving yourself is the action of Self Sovereignty, which is the natural state of embodying God’s Eternal Love. As a manifestation of God’s eternal spirit of Love, one has the ability to choose to create personal freedom without harming others. Have courage to remove the obstacles of pain and fear to become embodied Love, as God’s spirit is always found within.
3. PRACTICE THREE: LOVE OTHERS – As you learn to love yourself, love others. Acknowledge the precious life force in others by holding love, reverence and respect for others. Loving others as you love yourself, is the natural state of Self Sovereignty as you give others the same reverence for their life, as you give your own life. Through practicing self-love and loving others, no approval, worth or esteem issues come into question, as all is loved equally.
4. PRACTICE FOUR: LOVE EARTH AND NATURE – Loving the Earth and all her creations, the kingdoms of nature, plants, animals and mineral, which are all alive, conscious and intelligent energy beings. Acknowledge the precious life force present in all of God’s creation, by holding reverence and respect for nature. Doing so restores balance and harmony to nature, and the intelligent energy of all of earth’s creations will respond to cooperate with humankind. Humans living in discord with nature create many events that are considered to be “at the mercy of” the untamed forces. As humans learn to live in harmony with earth and the nature kingdom, the natural creatures will align to be in harmony and cooperation with all inhabitants.
5. PRACTICE FIVE: SERVICE TO OTHERS – Upon firmly loving yourself and honoring your path, find methods to be of service to others that do not overstep personal boundaries of discernment. Being of service to others does not include consumptive modeling, such as victim-victimizer, parasitism or emotional vampirism. Being of service does not hold an ego perspective of entitlement, expectation or attachment. Practice being of service with unconditional love, and naturally flowing in the moment. The energy exchange made between participants being of service to others, amplifies and expands consciousness growth like no other method. The more you amplify the energetic field of being in service to others, the more joy, harmony and gifts will be brought into your life. The more service you dedicate to Gods plan, the Law of One, the more spiritual support and spiritual presence one can exchange with God Force.
6. PRACTICE SIX: CONSCIOUSNESS EXPANSION – Learn to develop inner clarity and spiritual integrity by intending to develop personal consciousness and/or spiritual identity. To embody one’s spiritual identity, one’s mind must be initiated and disciplined. If the ego is in authority of the body it will repel the spiritual identity from embodiment. If the mental body creates obstacles to the spiritual identity, the spiritual identity, therefore the consciousness, will not be experienced. The first step to consciousness expansion is becoming aware of mind control and the quality content of thoughts and belief systems. The second step is to cooperate with the process of mental and physical discomfort by having patience and waiting in the void of silence. Learn to quiet the mind, sublimate the ego and be still. Once stillness, mental discipline and ego sublimation has been achieved, listen to your inner spirit to receive guidance. Inner Guidance will always lead to the process of re-education to experience continual consciousness expansion free of fear and dogma. The Inner Christos always guides one towards choosing more love and peace via consciousness expansion of the spiritual identity.
7. PRACTICE SEVEN: RESPONSIBLE CO-CREATION – As one becomes more infused with the eternal love of the spiritual identity, the intelligent blueprint activates the divine purpose of being as a co-creator with God. The spiritual identity and the intelligent blueprint of divine purpose are one and the same. Clarity of purpose and direction becomes clearer and clearer as one commits to live in service to the principles of All-ONE or Christ spirit. Knowing and Living our purpose brings joy, peace and fulfillment, even when facing adversity or challenges. Once we achieve “knowing”, we are responsible for that knowing, and practice responsible co-creation with the All-One. A responsible co-creator knows all manifestations are in partnership with the All-One. We do not possess or control anything, so needs, desires and superimposing will, should be avoided. We are stewards of God Spirit to Serve Others in responsible co-creation with All-One. From this knowing, and living this principle, we are eternally free of karmic exchanges.
The greatest thing about meditation is the probability it could change our world. Imagine millions, if not billions of people around the world meditating, vibrating love and light. With love vibration, our positive energy resonates at a high frequency expressing our positive spiritual qualities of compassion, wisdom, gratitude and appreciation – all that inspires, empowers and enhances the earth vibration for those on the positive path.
The love vibration around the world would generate and create a positive state of consciousness, freeing us of negative thoughts and behaviors. After all we are co-creators according to the Law of One. Scientific studies has proven global meditation, focusing intention on positive changes in hearts and minds, can positively change our world.
Imagine a world with no negativity, corruption, disease, greed or war. I know,
the first thought is “impossible”. That reminds me of something that keeps coming to mind. “For with God nothing shall be impossible.” The Creator is within each of us, waiting to be awaken.
The ancients knew about meditation since 1500 BC starting as a religious practice. Eastern cultures have been using it for centuries understanding our bodies had a vital life force, a higher power known by many different names: higher self, spirit, kundli, soul, chi, prana, divine spark, and chakras. The vital life force is a sophisticated network of energy pathways, or highways, circuiting the body. Recently, science proved there are Meridians in our bodies for the flow of energy, the vital life force. Consider that meditation helps us understand this vital force and is God’s gift to all of us so we may find our way home.
It starts with us, with you. Meditation practice has countless benefits.
There are always questions about Meditation and techniques. This is something I read and wanted to share. Enjoy!
ESSENTIAL ADVICE ON MEDITATION excerpts from Teachings by Sogyal Rinpoche
When you read books about meditation, or often when meditation is is presented by different groups, much of the emphasis falls on the techniques. In the West, people tend to be very interested in the “technology” of meditation. However, by far the most important feature of meditation is not technique, but the way of being, the spirit, which is called the “posture”, a posture which is not so much physical, but more to do with spirit or attitude.
It is well to recognize that when you start on a meditation practice, you are entering a totally different dimension of reality. Normally in life we put a great deal of effort into achieving things, and there is a lot of struggle involved, whereas meditation is just the opposite, it is a break from how we normally operate.
Meditation is simply a question of being, of melting, like a piece of butter left in the sun. It has nothing to do with whether or not you “know” anything about it, in fact, each time you practice meditation it should be fresh, as if it were happening for the very first time. You just quietly sit, your body still, your speech silent, your mind at ease, and allow thoughts to come and go, without letting them play havoc on you.
If you need something to do, then watch the breathing. This is a very simple process. When you are breathing out, know that you are breathing out. When you breath in, know that you are breathing in, without supplying any kind of extra commentary or internalized mental gossip, but just identifying with the breath. That very simple process of mindfulness processes your thoughts and emotions, and then, like an old skin being shed, something is peeled off and freed.
Usually people tend to relax the body by concentrating on different parts. Real relaxation comes when you relax from within, for then everything else will ease itself out quite naturally.
When you begin to practice, you center yourself, in touch with your “soft spot”, and just remain there. You need not focus on anything in particular to begin with. Just be spacious, and allow thoughts and emotions to settle. If you do so, then later, when you use a method such as watching the breath, your attention will more easily be on your breathing. There is no particular point on the breath on which you need to focus, it is simply the process of breathing. Twenty-five percent of your attention is on the breath, and seventy-five percent is relaxed. Try to actually identify with the breathing, rather than just watching it. You may choose an object, like a flower, for example, to focus upon.
Sometimes you are taught to visualize a light on the forehead, or in the heart. Sometimes a sound or a mantra can be used. But at he beginning it is best to simply be spacious, like the sky. Think of yourself as the sky, holding the whole universe.
When you sit, let things settle and allow all your discordant self with its genuineness and unnaturalness to dissolve, out of that rises your real being. You experience an aspect of yourself which is more genuine and more authentic-the “real” you.
As you go deeper, you begin to discover and connect with your fundamental goodness. The whole point of meditation is to get used to the that aspect which you have forgotten. In Tibetan “meditation” means “getting used to”. Getting used to what? to your true nature, your Buddha nature. This is why, in the highest teaching of Buddhism, Dzogchen, you are told to “rest in the nature of mind”. You just quietly sit and let all thoughts and concepts dissolve. It is like when the clouds dissolve or the mist evaporates, to reveal the clear sky and the sun shining down. When everything dissolves like this, you begin to experience your true nature, to “live”.
Then you know it, and at that moment, you feel really good. It is unlike any other feeling of well-being that you might have experienced. This is a real and genuine goodness, in which you feel a deep sense of peace, contentment and confidence about yourself.
It is good to meditate when you feel inspired. Early mornings can bring that inspiration, as the best moments of the mind are early in the day, when the mind is calmer and fresher (the time traditionally recommended is before dawn). It is more appropriate to sit when you are inspired, for not only is it easier than as you are in a better frame of mind for meditation, but you will also be more encouraged by the very practice that you do. This in turn will bring more confidence in the practice, and later on you will be able to practice when you are not inspired. There is no need to meditate for a long time: just remain quietly until you are a little open and able to connect with your heart essence. That is the main point.
After that, some integration, or meditation in action. Once your mindfulness has been awakened by your meditation, your mind is calm and your perception a little more coherent. Then, whatever you do, you are present, right there. As in the famous Zen master’s saying: “When I eat, I eat; when I sleep, I sleep”. Whatever you do, you are fully present in the act. Even washing dishes, if it is done one-pointedly, can be very energizing, freeing, cleansing. You are more peaceful, so you are more “you”. You assume the “Universal You”.
One of the fundamental points of the spiritual journey is to persevere along the path. Though one’s meditation may be good one day, not so good the next, like changes in scenery, essentially it is not the experiences, good or bad which count so much, but rather that when you persevere, the real practice rubs off on you and comes through both good and bad. Good and bad are simply apparitions, just as there may be good or bad weather, yet the sky is always unchanging. If you persevere and have that sky like attitude of spaciousness, without being perturbed by emotions and experiences, you will develop stability and the real profoundness of meditation will take effect. You will find that gradually and almost unnoticed, your attitude begins to change.
You do not hold on to things as solidly as before, or grasp at them so strongly, and though crisis will still happen, you can handle them a bit better with more humor and ease. You will even be able to laugh at difficulties a little, since there is more space between you and them, and you are freer of yourself. Things become less solid, slightly ridiculous, and you become more light-hearted.
Meditation is the new buzz word for the west and we are learning the positive benefits to our well being. Meditation can have positive effects on our lives and what we do, so let’s explore meditation and the possibilities. Meditation is defined as thinking deeply or focusing one’s mind for a period of time, in silence or with the aid of chanting, for religious or spiritual purposes or as a method of relaxation. Meditation is the all-embracing sense of oneness, an intimate connection to yourself and the world around you.
Based on Hindu Scripture, meditation has been practiced since 1500 BCE, starting as a religious practice. The practice spread to China and India around the fifth century BCE and other forms of Meditation developed within religions including Taoism, Buddhism, Islam, and Christianity.
The bible speaks of meditation in Psalm 1:1-2 which says “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; (2)but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.”
Could the law of the Lord be considered the same as the Law of One?
In Joshua 1:8 God tells Joshua, “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it.”
Buddha said “Meditation brings wisdom; lack of mediation leaves ignorance. Know well what leads you forward and what holds you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom.”
Now the Catholic Church is recognizing the benefits of meditation. As we seek and explore the truth, our past has much to offer. What are the ancients telling us about meditation?
Is there a much deeper meaning for which daily meditation practice could raise our awareness and awaken the consciousness? With countless belief systems all striving toward the same goal, meditation may be most beneficial in our endeavor to connect to our higher power. God, known by many different names in different languages, is ultimately the one Infinite Creator. Consider, within each of us we have a divine spark, our soul, spirit, the essence of our being, pure energy. Energy is made up of Chakras, centers of spiritual power in the human body, usually considered to be seven in number. Each center has a color and all seven represents a rainbow. Rainbows appear in seven colors of the spectrum (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet). Each Chakra center is controlled by emotions.
The first step is understanding our energy centers. The illustrations provides a guide for a better understanding. Based on the Law of One, our challenge is to unblock our first three chakras and develop our 4th, the heart or green ray, and 5th, the blue-ray. In session 15.12 in the “Law of One” Ra said, “The center of heart, or green ray, is the center from which third-density beings may springboard, shall we say, towards infinite intelligence. Blockages in this area may manifest as difficulties in expressing what you may call universal love or compassion.”
“The blue-ray center of energy streaming is the center which, for the first time, is outgoing as well as inpouring. Those blocked in this area may have difficulty in grasping the spirit/mind complexes of its own entity and further difficulty in expressing such understandings of self. Entities blocked in this area may have difficulties in accepting communication from other mind/body/spirit complexes.”
It goes even deeper and full understanding of the true powers of our Chakras remains a mystery to us. Father Francis V. Tiso, a Catholic priest, scholar, and writer interested in inter-religious dialogue and Tibetan Buddhism was a witness to the death of Khenpo A-chos, a Gelugpa monk of Khams who died in 1998 resulting a rainbow body or “body of light” after death. It is reported that in the last 1,200 years, there have been approximately 160,000 documented cases of people turning into literal light bodies. Rainbow bodies may be another way to ascend, the resurrection of the divine spark, soul or spirit, an energy transfer.
From a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual standpoint, the benefits of meditation are countless. Daily Meditation practice, a few minutes in the morning and a few minutes in the evening to start. Try to clear the mind for just a few minutes each day. Make it a habit and in time you will realize difference it will make