Method of Meditation
(Part of the ‘Let’s Meditate’ series)
Unlike most other types of meditations, Raja Yoga Meditation is specifically practiced with open eyes. Closing our eyes may give us a moment of relief and a feeling of stepping away from it all but we may be fooling ourself. Simply closing the shutters of our house does not automatically make the problems outside go away. More powerful would be to keep our eyes open, and yet master not looking. This takes a mental strength and inner power. There are many reasons for this.
As explained earlier, Raja Yoga Meditation means to become the master of one’s self, which means the master of one’s life. We cannot do this by sitting on a remote mountain, eyes closed and away from all forms of interaction. We are not blind to life and our challenges, so how would we learn spiritual mastery with our eyes closed? We have to face every situation and learn to master its various dynamics.
Secondly, as we keep our eyes open and use a focal point such as a picture of a tiny point representing the soul, or a candle, or a beautiful flower, we eventually begin to become/reflect that which we look at over a period of time.
Thirdly, in meditation our brain emits waves that are very close to the delta waves created during sleep. If our eyes are closed, we can confuse sleep with meditation quite easily!
Before we begin any meditation, the preparation of ‘soul consciousness’ is fundamental. This term means to be totally stable in the consciousness of being a soul, a point of light energy sitting in the centre of the forehead, rather than to be in our usual ordinary awareness of being a physical entity. Soul consciousness is our key to enter a whole new world of experiences. This is the zone, the frequency that we need to tune into to be able to really make the time in our meditation fruitful.
Try to find a quiet space in which to meditate. It can be a special chair, a corner of your house or a specially dedicated room for meditation.
Step 1 – Initiation
Thoughts are our creation. It’s important to take full responsibility for them. In meditation I consciously learn to create the right thoughts resulting in the right patterns of thoughts. Initiate the thoughts you want to delve into further and the ones you want to make your reality. Choose to focus on one of your innate qualities, Purity, Power, Positivity, etc.
Step 2 – Meditation
In this stage, we begin to gently step into the experience of that quality or thought by creating a question… for example, as we focus on Peace and ask ourselves ‘How do I become the embodiment of this quality of mine?’ ‘What is it like to be a being of peace?’, we automatically step away from all other thoughts. In meditation the aim is not to try to push away our thoughts or control them with force. In this instance we can think of our mind as being like a child. We cannot snatch a toy from him; he will only let go of the old when he is enticed to take up so something better. Our mind is very much like a child that is holding something we want, we cannot snatch it from him, only entice him to take something better. In this way our mind will automatically drop the old thoughts in favour of the attractive, sparkling new ones.
Step 3 – Concentration
Now that we are fully focused on the one thought, we can zoom into it further; concentrate fully on it. This takes us a little deeper in the feeling of the thought. We start to now ‘touch’ this thought and it begins to permeate our whole being.
Step 4 – Realization
If we have done the other three stages consciously, then this stage arrives naturally. We real-eyes – see with our real eyes, our internal (third) eye. We begin to not only feel, but also begin to see who we are – the pure, peaceful being. And as we become lost in this experience, it feels as though there is no thought, but truly, we have dived into one thought. The thought and I have become one… Peace and I have become one.
Raja Yoga meditation is more powerful when practiced early in the morning. Some yogis even wake up at 3, 4 or 5am to take advantage of the elevated vibration and calm, pure atmosphere at these times. Even just waking up a few minutes earlier than your normal routine and taking a few moments to sit with yourself is a good start, and will add to the quality of your life.
Once we recognize that value and the benefits of meditation we won’t be able to do without it. We will ensure that we are in meditation as much as possible, in other words in an elevated state of consciousness at all times. So whether we are sitting down in meditation, or walking and working, we are in yoga, in union with our higher self.
It’s time… to take out a few moments every morning to practice a little meditation and our innate qualities. Become soul conscious and ‘real-eyes’ that we are all just tiny points, sparkling stars!
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