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There are essentially two types of meditation–mystical and occult. And both of these differentiate into various meditation techniques.
Mystical forms of meditation depend largely upon an active feeling nature and an intense desire for spiritual union; or for some personal spiritual experience. This type of meditation tends to be introspective and self-centred. Occult meditation, on the other hand, builds upon whatever mystical experience may have occurred, taking the whole idea of meditation a step further. The goal is no longer personal illumination and inspiration, but the right use of the meditative technique to serve in the upliftment and the transformation of the human kingdom and the world in which we live. Occult meditation is a method of cooperating with the process of planetary evolution and planetary redemption.
Today, when so much nonsense and inaccuracies are attributed to the term “occult,” it’s useful to bear in mind one simple definition. Occultism is the science of energy flow and energy relationships. Occult meditation is a means of consciously and purposefully directing energy from a recognised source to the creation of some specific effect.
It is, of course, quite possible to meditate for selfish, personal goals; to acquire a facility in contacting sources of powerful energies and to utilise those energies for one’s own ends, material or subtle. Energy per se is impersonal. It can be used for good or evil ends. The motivation of each individual is the determining factor. And if we seek in meditation to channel the energies of light and love and the will-to-good, these carry their own safeguards from misuse.
The most powerful energy available to us at the present time is that of love. The very nature of love is selfless and harmless. If the inherent qualities of the energies we receive in meditation are not also a part of the quality of the meditator, those energies cannot be safely and effectively transmitted. There’s a blockage, a hindrance, in the channel of energy transmission which prevents or deflects the flow of energy and aborts its true usefulness. Effective occult meditation depends on the quality, the motive, the state of consciousness, the spiritual status and the defined purpose of the meditator.
Occult meditation is a mental activity, requiring a condition of alignment, or at-one-ment, between the three aspects of the mind: the lower or concrete mind, the soul, and the higher or abstract mind. This alignment integrates all three aspects of the individual meditator, spirit, soul and body, making available to him the spiritual resources of life, consciousness and form.
By way of this alignment the meditator is also united with the life principle in all things within the planet, and with the soul or consciousness of all manifestation. Thus, alignment is dual; vertical and horizontal. And this creates the basic form of all truly spiritual occult meditation.
Today, the most effective type of occult meditation is called Raja Yoga, the “kingly science of the soul.” A yoga is a disciplined way of achieving union or alignment, and a measure of control on some plane of consciousness. Raja Yoga uses the creative imagination, the art of visualisation and the use of a seed thought to exercise and expand the mind into the world of meaning and significance. It is in becoming aware of life’s meaning and significance that we train ourselves to function fully as souls in incarnation.
Raja Yoga is for the spiritually awakened individual intent on the right application of all available energy and resources. A typical form of Raja Yoga method of occult meditation might run something like this:
First, find a time and a place where the work can be done without interruption or distraction. Early in the morning is the best time, before the mind becomes preoccupied with the mundane affairs of the day. And daily regularity is important.
Sit in a straight-backed chair with the spine erect, yet with the body comfortable and relaxed. Fold the hands lightly in the lap and cross the ankles. Take a few slow, deep breaths while you empty out of the consciousness any personal matter that tends to cause anxiety or distract attention.
Lift the consciousness, through the creative imagination, to a focal point outside and above the top of the head. See this as the lower mind, the analytical critical mind stilled and quiescent, a quiet pool of light. Project a line of light upwards to the soul centre, seeing the soul as a brilliant sun a radiant source of energy. This is the real spiritual self.
Visualise a further projection of the line of light towards the higher or abstract mind, the lowest aspect of the divine Self. Hold that lighted alignment in the imagination and by visualisation. This should only take a few minutes.
Pause for a moment of interlude, aware of the light and energy of the soul as the central point in consciousness. Then, holding the mind steady in the light, meditate for a few minutes on a seed thought, for example, “Let the soul control the outer form and life and all events. Let love prevail. Let all men love.”
Examine the words first with the analytical mind, then seek to penetrate to the real inner meaning. What would it mean if the soul were in control of all life on earth and if love were the energy relating all mankind?
Then visualise the flow and precipitation of energy throughout the planet from the highest point of divine life to its lowest point of physical manifestation.
Pause for a few moments of reflection on the ways and means of working out the energies of light and love in all areas of human life, in all parts of the world.
Finally, acting as a channel for the transmission of energy and as an act of service to humanity, pour out the energies released during the meditation process. Use the Great Invocation to visualise light and love and power irradiating and inspiring human consciousness:
From the point of Light within the Mind of God
Let light stream forth into the minds of men.
Let Light descend on Earth.
From the point of Love within the Heart of God
Let love stream forth into the hearts of men.
May Christ return to Earth.
From the centre where the Will of God is known
Let purpose guide the little wills of men
The purpose which the Masters know and serve.
From the centre which we call the race of men
Let the Plan of Love and Light work out
And may it seal the door where evil dwells.
Let Light and Love and Power restore the Plan on Earth.
OM OM OM
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