Two simple exercises, the first is awareness in the present moment, an exercise that clears the mind and allows consciousness to perceive three-dimensional reality clearer. The second is self-observation, an exercise to look within to see thoughts, feelings and emotions and to be aware of ego states as they appear. From a talk in Berkeley, California, in 2009. https://youtu.be/2TO61txt9RE
Often in our spiritual journey, and in the daily course of life, there just isn’t the time to sit down and meditate, pause in prayer and reflection, or do a mantra. So what happens when the hectic pace of life seems to out pace us? Who are we in those times, when we can’t even sneak in a moment of calm to recompose ourselves? Sometimes it seems like life’s circumstances come to force us to see what we really are, stripped of spiritual crutches, and to test whether we have built the inner muscles to enable us to walk without them. Consciousness is within at every moment, not just in spiritual exercises. I think many practices can help a great deal and are extremely important when used wisely, like crutches for those who’ve suffered the loss of their spiritual parts, to help us find and learn to use them again. And being in the spiritually blind and debilitated state we are in, it would seem a little arrogant to me to think we don’t need them. Take for example what Lao-Tzu says about this in the Hua Hu Ching: "Don't think you can attain total awareness and whole enlightenment without [...]
To successfully astral project, it’s important to be able to concentrate on the particular exercise of astral projection you are doing at the time, without being distracted from it by other thoughts or by anything else. Willed astral projection usually occurs when the mind is concentrated at the exact moment that sleep occurs. Most techniques for astral projection are variations of concentrating the mind and/or visualizing. Being concentrated is having the mind and the whole of one’s attention on one thing alone. It is possible to concentrate upon whatever activity we do at one time. That ability is developed by learning to do one thing at a time in daily life. It is also a natural outcome of the psychological study, which I describe in other works. Sitting exercises of concentration train and develop the ability to concentrate upon any astral or esoteric exercise. Read the articles: Concentration and Visualization for Astral Projection and Meditation Concentration and Visualization on an Object Imaginative Visualization These three articles are taken from my book on astral travel, which is being revised and converted into a free eBook.
There’s an event in near-death experiences that indicates a way to get better understanding from daily life. One of the most common things people recall in a near-death experience is going through a review of their lives. Many go through it in minute detail, recalling every event. Most describe how much they’ve learned from it and what a positive experience it was. But there’s actually a way to learn like this in every day of our lives, by reviewing the day, at the end of each day. What people tend to say matters most when they review their lives after death are simple things, such as how much they’ve loved, what good they did, how they hurt others, what they felt, and how they made other people feel. This is what they say is really important. It’s not how much money they earned, or what career they achieved, but it’s more to do with interactions with people, such as what emotions they felt, what they did to others and especially how they loved. To understand more about how you live, how you really are, and what’s important in life, it helps to do a review at the end of every [...]
This evening I set out to explore the words of Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita “The mind of him, who is trying to conquer it, is forcibly carried away in spite of his efforts, by his tumultuous senses. Restraining them all, let him meditate steadfastly on Me; for who thus conquers his senses achieves perfection. “ I sat comfortably and tried to see what it is to meditate on Krishna, who is the Christ. In the past I’ve concentrated my mind and reached meditation- perfect silence whereby I left behind the body, mind, and emotions to enter into the light that casts no shadows, the illuminated void. But this meditation that Krishna refers to is quite different; he refers to meditating upon him in the actions of life, not being out of the body, so I wanted to learn something about what he meant by meditating upon Krishna. I quietened the body and looked for a way to meditate on him. I sought to concentrate my mind, so I thought of him, but my thoughts were not him. I visualized him, imagined various forms of light, but I realized this was only my imagination and not him. So I immersed [...]
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A simple and straightforward guide to remembering dreams has been added, containing tips on keeping a dream diary, lying still when you wake up, chanting a mantra, going back into a dream after you wake up and more. Read the article here.