|How to Meditate for the Spiritually Dense
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Have you ever said, or thought, "I can't meditate?" -- I have. And I've heard quite a few others tell me that they have trouble meditating. Well, if you are in this category, this article is for you. If you can already meditate, then this article is not for you -- don't waste your time reading it (unless you want to help someone who "can't meditate").
Learning to meditate to be able to receive guidance, to know what to do, or where to go, may be very important in the future as spiritual preparation for survival.
I am really amazed and envious at how Annie and others can experience such beautiful and imaginative meditations.
Mother Mary has told us that there are as many ways to pray as there are people. Along this line, I believe there are also as many ways to meditate. What I want to convey in this short article is what works for me -- how I meditate. It may not be the "right" way for you, but it works for me.
In Mary's Message we are taught that prayer is "talking to God" and that meditating is "listening to God." What I've learned since is that God talks to us in silence. He can, if we let him, place thoughts and ideas in our mind that will be available to us later when we need them. Have you ever been asked a question and answered, and then wondered "how did I know that?" This might be an example of thoughts that were placed in your mind prior to you needing them, and used when you answered the question. This recognition that God can talk with us in silence is a key factor in me accepting my form of meditation.
When I give talks on being prepared, I normally explain that "I'm a Taurus, very grounded and tied to the earth" -- and I feel somewhat "spiritually dense." So for me, to understand things, they have to be "logical," or "practical." The key factors I mention in this article allow me to accept my ability to meditate as logical and practical.
In her talks Annie often discusses meditating. She tells on me when she says that, "Sometimes when Byron's meditating ... he snores." This usually gets a good laugh from the audience. She then explains that when she asked Mother Mary about this, she was told, "Let him meditate however is his way."
This is how I normally meditate. I go into my bedroom and close the door. I turn the airconditioner fan switch to the "on" position to obtain a continuous uninterrupted air flow. I turn my stereo on and put in an audio tape that has sounds of rain and a mild thunderstorm. I find this very relaxing. I sit in my comfortable recliner chair in the reclined position and cover up with a light blanket.
Then I state my intention that I am going to meditate. This is normally done just in my mind, but it can also be verbally outloud. This "stating your intention to meditate" is the second key factor in my meditating. Often I say (in my mind or outloud), "I am going to meditate," or I may say, "I want to commune with God-Mind to strengthen my God-Mind connection." Or if I'm working on a problem, I may state, "I am going to meditate on ______" and mentally state the subject that I want to receive help with, through meditation.
Then I get comfortable and relax, taking a few deep breaths and letting my mind clear. I find that I tend to put my hands above my head interconnecting my fingers. I may rest my hands on the top of my head, or above my head, resting on the back of my recliner. I don't know why I do this, it just feels right for me. During the meditation I may lower my hands to my lap, if I get uncomfortable.
When I first start the meditation, my mind is often full of garbage and concerns of the day. Don't fight these thoughts, just let them happen. If you try to block them, you usually wind up concentrating on them. When I'm at this point, I just listen to the sounds of the rain and imagine that I'm sitting out on a old cabin porch watching the rain come down in a beautiful country forest. I think this picture may be from a past lifetime, because it feels so real to me, as if it really happened.
Not blocking these first thoughts and letting them just flow through my mind is the third key to my meditating.
Usually at this point I begin to feel myself relaxing as my body enters that almost hypnotic state and feels sort of dull and tingling. Then often I don't remember anything else until I wake up and my audio tape is no longer going. My meditations usually lasts about 30 minutes. Although they are sometimes shorter, I seem to have gotten what I needed out of the meditation. Or they can be longer, especially when I'm tired and my body has rested during the meditation.
That's a normal meditation for me, although they vary depending on what I need to receive. The keys to this working for me are that I realize that I can receive information in silence, that I stated my intention to meditate before I take my (almost) nap, and I don't fight to block out the thoughts that enter my busy mind at the first of the meditation.
Above I mentioned working on something and taking the question or problem into meditation. One example of this is when people ask us, "What's a safe area?" in regard to Earth changes. I first tell them about the maps that are available showing how the United States may look after the changes have been completed. Then I suggest that ultimately they have to determine what is "right" for them and their family. I suggest that they take this question into meditation and receive their own answer.
Also, when I was working on this article, I meditated first. In this case I had a small tape recorder handy and did not use my meditation tape. I just got quiet and relaxed. When I got something for the article, I spoke it into the recorder. Then I would relax again and forget about everything until my next thoughts arrived.
I've found that if I try to force the thoughts that I want or need, as in the case of this article, I block them -- I'm trying too hard. So I just relax and let whatever comes to me happen. The thoughts I'm looking for are the ones below the surface of my consciousness. These thoughts remind me of air bubbles rising to the surface of the water. The thoughts I'm trying to force remind me of a hard cover over the top of the water blocking the air bubbles from reaching the top. So I relax and let the deep thoughts come to the surface and reveal themselves to me.
Sometimes when starting my meditation, I imagine that the top of my head has two large doors that open upward to let God's light come into my mind. I "see" these doors opening into space and light shining in. This is my way of mentally opening my mind to God's communications with me.
Once in the past I was looking for a piece of paper that I'd filed that a friend needed. I tried to remember where I'd put it and with no avail. So I went into meditation with the intent of finding the lost document. I took my meditation nap and when I arose, I knew where it was. I got up and went directly to where I had filed the paper. The location had "bubbled up" from my consciousness.
It may help if you set a regular time of day to meditate -- mine's usually after my noon day meal. And select a quiet place to meditate -- as I mentioned, mine's in my bedroom in my recliner. If you travel, you will have to adjust your time and place, and that's OK.
There are also guided meditation tapes available to help you, such as the "Journey Within" by Connie Cornwell and Tim Caffee (available through B&A).
I don't know if this will help you or not, but it works for me. Hopefully by reading this you may get a few new ideas to help you meditate.
Sincerely -- Byron
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