‘It is through meditation that you allow your inner Self to express itself and reach its full flowering. This is the means by which you can release this mysterious, subtle being so that it can gaze on all that exists in infinite space and then reproduce it on the physical plane.
Of course, we are seldom conscious of the realities that this being gazes on, but if we continue to do these exercises regularly and often, little by little they will reach our consciousness and constitute an inner treasure that will always be with us.’
‘It is essential that you understand the importance of meditation and, above all, that you understand, if your meditations are to bear fruit, you must watch over your thoughts, feelings and actions, in other words, over your whole way of life. Begin by meditating on simple, easy subjects and, gradually, you can go on to more sublime things and, one day, all your work will be focused on becoming an instrument in the hands of God in order to establish his kingdom on earth. There is nothing more divine or more glorious than this. This is the perfect fulfilment of divine law, the perfection of wisdom.’
« To meditate is first and foremost to concentrate on a spiritual subject with the aim of linking to a higher world. »
Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov – Extract from a lecture given on 19th August 1984.
‘You must learn to enjoy meditation. Meditation must become a need in you, in your minds, hearts and wills. It must become a pleasure without which life is insipid and meaningless. You should look forward impatiently to those moments when you can, at last, immerse yourself in Eternity and drink the Elixir of Immortal Life! You should be like a drunkard who thinks of nothing but his wine and, when the time comes for your meditation, your reaction should be: ‘At last! My soul, my spirit, my heart are free to embrace the whole universe for a few moments. Free to come face to face with Immensity!’
Meditation at Sunrise
Meditating at dawn, in the living presence of the rising sun, is the method the Master urged all disciples to practice; it lies at the heart of his teaching. He gave it the name ‘Surya Yoga’ from the Sanskrit, ‘Yoga of the Sun’ and it is practised at all brotherhood centres between the Spring and the Autumn equinoxes. The rays of the sun and the ‘prana’ that is present in the air at sunrise are able to renew and transform us.
By concentrating all our thoughts and forces on the sun, the centre of our solar system, we gradually reinforce our connection with our spirit, the centre of our own being. In this way a bridge is formed between our higher and lower natures allowing paths of communication to be established.
The sun is the centre of our solar system ; by harmonizing with the sun when it rises we are linking to our higher Self which is our inner sun, and we then succeed in awakening particles of this higher Self which projects onto us extraordinary elements.
‘Each morning, when you go to the sunrise, think of nothing but renewing yourself. Leave everything else to one side, everything that is old and mouldy, so you can once and for all receive this new life and enter into communication with that great current coming from the heart of the universe. In springtime, the early morning rays send you all the energies and stimulus you need for the rest of the year. Don’t let them pass you by without benefiting from them. Open yourself to these rays and allow the forces of light, joy and resurrection to pass through you.’
Meditation with Music
Collective meditation in brotherhood centres begins with 10 to 15 minutes of inspiring music, usually choral pieces by the great classical composers such as Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven. The music is an aid to relaxation and stimulates the work of the imagination, enabling everyone present to project luminous, beneficial images for the good of their immediate environment and the good of humanity.
‘Learn to work with music in order to enrich your spiritual life. Once you sense that a piece of music purifies you, strengthens you, gives you greater clarity of mind, and allows you to modify and unite the elements of your inner life, try to make full use of it. Sustain a noble image, a revelation or thought within your heart, mind and soul, and music will be there to help you, to lead you forwards, and project you heavenwards.’
Meetings include a short period of intense, silent meditation during which everyone present is united in concentrating on the same image, a dazzling white light, or the sun. The Master named this special type of meditation ‘the laser’.
When everyone meditating concentrates on the same image at the same time they also vibrate at the same wavelength, like a laser, and therefore project a more powerful light. The Master stressed that the power of spiritualists lies in their unity and concentration. By projecting light out towards the world we are able to counteract negative forces and currents.
- Izvor Book 212, Life is a Living Spirit
This topic is covered in:
- The Brochure Meditation
- Izvor Book 224, The Powers of Thought
- Complete Works Book 13, ‘A New Earth – Methods, Exercises, Formulas and Prayers’