Meditation and the I AM Presence
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The Brotherhood suggests the following method for profound spiritual growth.
Meditation, when properly understood, is the stilling of the physical body, generally in a position where the spine is straight and erect, sitting up, not lying down. Your place of meditation should be fairly comfortable as to temperature and somewhere you are likely not to be disturbed by others. An ambiance or atmosphere of the spirit should be cultivated around it if possible.
When you sit to meditate, you must come to feel that you are about to have a conversation with your God, your Higher Self, and nothing less. You should approach meditation as you approach the altar of invocation--with humility, awe, respect, great love and gratitude.
With the proper attitude, approach, and place, we suggest the following meditation procedure:
1. Sit in a comfortable posture with you spine straight and erect. You may sit in the traditional yogi's meditation position or straight up in a comfortable chair.
2. Invoke the Violet Flame of Protection or read the Invocation of Protection.
3. Begin to breathe deeply and honor the breath that is yours to draw in and to exhale. And with each breath, one should realize that one is drawing in pure life and light.
4. As you breath deeply, initially focus your attention in the head area, the top of the head in particular. Become aware of your own aura.
5. Then, become aware of your spine, the central beam of the temple of the body, the spinal column, that lovely dimensional doorway into inner space. Focus on the spine as you get used to the rhythm of the breath, as it goes in, as it goes out, and eventually release your attention on the breathing as it continues at the proper pace by itself.
6. Focus all attention on the spinal column itself, holding the attention there. Seek to visualize it as a tube of pure white light.
7. You begin to have the desire to go into it, for it is indeed a doorway. It is a dimensional opening in the physical body. You seek to go in it. You must have the desire to go in it, the will to go in, and in, and in. You must will yourself to go in, not unlike one paddling a canoe upstream against the current and not unlike the salmon who doggedly keep swimming upstream against the current that keeps beating them back. But they don't stop. Use your will to go in, in, in.
8. In each session of meditation, at some point one will hit an inner foothold, a landmark, so to speak. You'll know what it is by the sheer experience of it. If you think you cannot go any deeper, you should keep trying nonetheless until you cannot go any more. At this point, stop and simply enjoy the inner surroundings.
9. Seek to become aware of the inner atmosphere as the breath continues to inhale and exhale at its own steady pace.
10. Seek to know yourself as you are, beyond thoughts, feelings, sensations and certainly physical bodies. Every session will be a new adventure.
11. Seek to know that part of you that has never changed and shall never change, the part of you that is eternal. Seek to feel your own endlessness.
This may seem like a very cursory and basic approach to meditation but we assure you that if properly followed, it will lead you to inner breakthroughs of the type that most people so much want to experience but are so unaware of how to.