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Meditation is a well known exercise by most people. However the approach of the occultist to meditation is different to the ‘layman’.
The layman’s approach to meditation is basic.
He wants to receive the benefits of meditation such as a relaxed mind or a clear thought process. The layman will use basic techniques to acquire these benefits and will repeat the process.
However as occultists, our attitudes on meditation differ.
We meditate to transcend limitations, dive deep into our minds and to seek enlightenment.
Meditation is a building block to many other important occult exercises. Consider the following statements.
Meditation is the first step to a ritual (The Middle Pillar)
Meditation and Magic are entirely necessary to each other for the full development of the human soul. (Magical Ritual Methods)
The value of simple meditation practices, such as are found in Zen practice should not be discounted, as they can be a great help in developing body mind awareness, relaxation, and awareness of the immediate present (Condensed Chaos)
For the layman, a simple mindfulness meditation will suffice. As occultists our goals of enlightenment and spiritual transformation require special forms of meditation.
We will be looking at three important meditation exercises for the occultist in this article.
The Yoga Framework for meditation is a great system for the beginner occultist to get started with.
It is recommended that the neophyte starts to learn about the different chakras, asanas (postures), pranayamas (breath control), dharana (concentration) and much more.
The Yoga system for meditation is important because it is a ‘systematic method of self-development‘ (The Middle Pillar) and a purification of the soul from the ego and its blemishes.
There is much information on the internet about getting started with Yoga meditation so we will not spend time outlining all the exact techniques. However we wish to put forward some tips that will help the neophyte in Yogic meditation.
If the occultist wishes to achieve success in meditation, he should first be well trained in pranayama (breath control).
We sincerely suggest that all persons intent on attaining success in meditation should first master the techniques of pranayama. It will help them greatly.Meditations from the Tantra.
One pranayama exercise to help the occultist to better his meditation is the Nadi Shodhana Pranayama (Psychic Network Purification).
Nadi Shodhana, If practiced properly and without strain, is the greatest of pranayamas for purifying the body and stilling the mind (Meditations from the Tantra)
We will not explain this method as we are not sufficiently trained in Yoga and we do not wish to corrupt the teachings of Yoga. We advise the reader to perform his own research into this technique.
There are some tips I would like to put forward regarding Yoga Meditation:
Work equally on each chakra.
Many people focus on one chakra because they want the benefits of that specific chakra.
This is futile.
If your preceding chakras are not open, prana (vital life force) cannot flow up towards the chakra you wish to improve.
It is advised that the practitioner balances his time and efforts between the different chakras.
Don’t get frustrated.
We tend to get frustrated when we are unable to maintain focus in meditation. We need to remind ourselves that it is okay to lose focus as it is natural for the mind to wonder off and on ponder every thought.
The neophyte should make changes to his meditation routine so that he can meditate better.
Consider the changes below:
- Focus on something interesting.
- Meditate in the Morning.
- Alternate Nostril Breathing.
- Change Lifestyle Habits.
Maintain a schedule.
A schedule strengthens the individuals resolution to do something.
By making meditation part of your schedule you are giving it importance and thereby are more likely to persist in your meditation practices.
Meditation should be a habit among your other habits like brushing your teeth, exercising, reading and so on.
Meditations on the Tarot
The Tarot is a deck of cards originating from the 15th century, which were used to play games such as Tarocchini, French Tarot and Königrufen.
Then in the late 18th century, Tarot cards began to be used for divination purposes.
On 1 March 1933, Carl Jung spoke about the Tarot during a seminar he was conducting on active imagination.
Those are sort of archetypal ideas, of a differentiated nature, which mingle with the ordinary constituents of the flow of the unconscious, and therefore it is applicable for an intuitive method that has the purpose of understanding the flow of life, possibly even predicting future events.
While Tarot cards today are mainly used for divination purposes, the occultist uses the Tarot to access the archetypes that are within the cards.
Magicians regard archetypes as various forms or images of divinity that teach us about ourselves and our place in the divine universe.
There are many occult exercises one can perform with the Tarot, however for this article we will limit ourselves to one starter exercise the neophyte can work with.
If you wish to get a full understanding of Tarot Meditation, you should consider the following books:
- The New Golden Dawn Ritual Tarot: Keys to the Rituals, Symbolism, Magic and Divination.
- Tarot and Magic: Images for Ritual and Pathworking
- Tarot for Your Self: A Workbook for Personal Transformation
The meditation we will provide here is sourced from Israel Regardie’s The Middle Pillar.
- Shuffle the cards of the Major Arcana and choose one at random.
- Observe the card deeply . Take note of the symbolism, the colors, the patterns and other significant factors.
- Close your eyes and try to re-create that card in your minds eye.
- After 5 minutes of roughly re-creating the card in your mind begin to dismantle the card. Separate the different elements of the cards until nothing remains in the mind.
- When the image is no longer in the mind, try to hold on to that mental silence from the meditation. This mental silence is important because in this time some spiritual information may be transmitted to you.
- Slowly come out of the meditation.
There are many other types of tarot meditation. If you wish to find the different types, have a look at the three links I have placed above.
The neophyte occultist will know that the Kabbalah has an important place in the Western Esoteric Tradtion.
“Virtually all Western Spiritual Systems can trace their roots to the Qabbalistic Tree of Life” (Self-Initiation Into the Golden Dawn Tradition).
Before I procced to provide a Kabbalah Meditation, I would like to advise the neophyte occultist to learn the Hebrew Alphabet, as the Hebrew Alphabet is the primary alphabet of Western Magic.
Consider the following statement:
“These letters can also have a psychological influence on the aspirant who meditates upon them – affecting changes in consciousness. The importance of memorizing the Hebrew Alphabet cannot be stressed enough, for it is one tool that the magician will use constantly throughout his/her ceremonial workings” (Self-Initiation Into the Golden Dawn Tradition).
Now I will put forth a beginner Kabbalistic Meditation. I strongly advise that the reader studies the Kabbalah from the established authors and teachers. I will leave a list of resources at the end of this section.
Meditation with the Hebrew Alphabet
Now that we know that the Hebrew Alphabet is very influential for the occultist we should begin to connect with them on a deeper level.
Twenty-two fundamental letters were carved by God, sculpted, weighed & combinedSepher Yetzirah
Get into a meditative state. In a meditative state the conscious mind is submerged and the subconscious mind is active.
If we want to deeply connect with the Hebrew Alphabet we must fill our subconscious mind with it.
“Choose one and focus on its shape. Close your eyes and see it clearly in your minds eye” (Three Kabbalistic Meditations.)
Perform different visualization exercises with your chosen letter.
- See the letter as a certain color.
- See the letter contrasting with another background color.
- See the letter ablaze with fire.
There are many other exercises you can perform with the Hebrew Alphabet. For further reading into Kabbalah Meditation please check the hyperlinks below:
- Sefer Yetzirah: The Book of Creation.
- The Heart of Jewish Meditation.
- Jewish Meditation: A Practical Guide.
- Three Kabbalistic Meditations.
- Alef Meditation
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