A SELF-AWARENESS MEDITATION
March 27, 2011 by ravenstarshealingroom
“When interpreting the signals from the spirit world, you must perfect your sensitivity to such an extend that you can see with your inner eye and hear with your inner ear. The world is full of distractions; it takes patience, practice, and determination to sit quietly and listen to your inner voice. To do this, you must broaden your use of the sensory skills you already have.” James Van Praagh
Every sensation you ever experienced is recorded in your body forever. Sounds, smells tastes and feelings speak of where you come from, what is living in you now and why you do the things you do, sometimes out of necessity rather than choice. Your mind doesn’t store past experiences or dreams in words, numbers or letters but in images and sense impressions. It then translates those images into words with the native language you speak.
This guided meditation/visualization is designed to help you experience and develop the richness of all five senses as well as different levels of emotional, mental and spiritual awareness. As you practice it, you will notice ‘you’ are controlling the mind, rather than the mind controlling you. You will be at the controls as this meditation guides you in becoming aware of images and symbols, as well as old and deeply buried fears, anxieties and sorrows. It is really more a journey in self-awareness than of meditation and it often gives a greater realization of the soul and its independence of the body.
“Imagery further maximizes your potential by helping you to develop greater energy, concentration, memory, confidence, work efficiency, athletic ability, and intuition. Finally, the images teach you to access a higher reality of consciousness, independent of the illusion of your five-sensory world, an interface between this dimension and the one above where lies greater knowledge, truth, and happiness—your paradise.” William Fezler, Ph.D.
I highly recommend you read over this meditation/visualization once or twice before trying it. Don’t be afraid to eliminate some of my explanations or change it around and make it your very own. You can record it or read it, it’s up to you.
Let all the tension that has collected in your muscles from the stresses and strains of the day drain slowly away as you settle yourself in the chair where you are sitting. Take several deep breaths, and as you exhale feel all the accumulated tension in your body flow away. As you relax your body, let your eyelids close, or keep your eyes focused on one particular place in order to avoid distractions. Beginning at the top of your head, visualize the tension that remains there as drops of water forming a trickle and then a stream that is slowly flowing down from your shoulders and arms and chest and every portion of your body until it all drains out of the bottom of your feet……As the tension flows away from your body, feel yourself becoming more and more relaxed, more and more in tune with the natural rhythm of your body, which is the rhythm of your breathing…..breathing in fresh air and life-giving oxygen and breathing out stale air and tension….breathing in…..and breathing out…..slowly and evenly.
Imagine yourself standing on the worn stone steps of a beautiful old monastery. Look down at the steps and notice the texture and color of the stone, and the uneven cracks running through them…..The ornately carved oak doors of the monastery slowly open, and as you look up, you see the aged, frail figure of a monk standing on the threshold……Your eyes take in the heavy brown cloth of his habit, and the pale skin of his elderly wrinkled face. He smiles at you and raises a hand in a welcoming gesture.
[The monk or guide usually appears as a figure which helps a person through the tangled, hidden byways of the unconscious mind.]
Follow the monk as he turns and walks through the doorway into the monastery…..As the doors slowly close behind you, they bring a veil of stillness down around you and you become aware of the quiet, calm atmosphere of the monastery……Follow the old man as he makes his way slowly down a shadowy passageway, lit only by flickering lamps strategically placed on the stone walls either side of you. Dark shadows reach across the floor in front of you. Your heart quickens in anticipation as you hasten to keep up with the old monk, whose shuffling footsteps echo off the walls……You emerge into a huge, round, brightly lit hall. The high, domed, stained glass ceiling allows a cascade of colour to pool down upon the marble mosaic floor, which appears to glisten and sparkle as if it , too, is made of glass……As you look around you notice that the walls of the hall appear translucent. They shimmer like mother-of-pearl……You notice several monks moving contemplatively around you, chanting to an accompaniment of chimes. For a moment you remain still, listening to the chanting. (pause)
Smiling, your elderly guide gestures towards a doorway on the other side of the hall……You obediently walk across the cool marble floor towards it. By the time you reach the door it is already open……Through the doorway you can see a narrow wooden staircase leading upwards. Move towards it, and stand for a moment at the foot of the stairs. (pause)
Watch the sunlight stream in through a high window on the landing above you, throwing shards of bright light across the floor and walls. In the distance you can still hear the rhythmic chanting of the monks. (pause)
Begin to ascend the stairs, one step at a time, feeling a rush of excitement as you climb higher and higher……Follow the staircase as it turns to the left. A few more steps and you find yourself standing alone on the first landing, gazing curiously down the long narrow passageway in front of you……There is a sweet fragrance in the air, and a sense of peace and well being overwhelms you. You become aware of an extremely strong, familiar feeling of having been here before.
As you look along the passageway you notice three doors on the left side and two doors on the right. At the every end of the passage, facing you, there is one door. Pause for a few moments before moving to the door of your choice. (pause)
Before choosing a door it is important to realize that at this level you are given the opportunity to deal with old patterns of negative thoughts and emotions. This second level is known as the unconscious or instinctive center. Although this center is situated in the 1st chakra, it has connections to all 7 chakras of the body. Think of it as a library or repository of knowledge and memories from all previous lifetimes. Once the door is chosen, you can enter, explore and reorganize it consciously.
Visualize the door opening inwardly, welcoming you inside…..Upon entering the room of your choice, close the door gently behind you. Relax for a few seconds and take a couple of slow deep breaths. Now look around the room. Is it bright or dark? If it’s dark, reach for the light switch next to the door and switch it on.
How large or small is the room? Observe the walls, the windows, the furniture, the rugs on the floor……Sit down on a chair for a few moments, taking in the whole atmosphere. This is a challenging process as it has been known to resurrect memories tucked away or just as soon forgotten.
Now get rid of or change anything you do not feel comfortable with….. Fill the wastebasket and gladly throw the garbage out. If the color(s) on the walls are in need of repainting, see the walls instantly changed to the color of your choice. Rearrange the room to your liking, or simply remove an item of furniture or anything else you find unpleasant from the room……Before you leave the room you must feel comfortable with it. This is the first step towards rearranging the memory levels of your mind. The more you work on different rooms at different times the better you will have access to your intuition, your hunches and inspirations.
Now it’s time to leave this room. Move towards the door. Pause for a moment to have a last look around….. Open the door and move into the corridor, closing the door behind you as you leave……Before moving away from the room, mentally prepare yourself for the next level – that of ‘intellectual awareness. This is the level at which ideas will come to you. You feel strongly inspired at this level and may even decide that you do not wish to go any further. Should this be the case, do not in any way question the apprehension you feel, simply leave and return to the ground floor, the first level.
Now continue along the corridor to the staircase at the end…..Climb the stairs very slowly, allowing your hand to brush against the cool stone wall. It feels solid and secure beneath your fingers. Once again the feeling of anticipation rushes through you……Within moments you reach the next level.
At the top of the stairs you move directly into a small study……There are shelves and shelves of books around the walls, and a desk, upon which you notice a writing quill resting in an inkwell. There is a blank piece of parchment lying next to it……A fire is burning brightly in the fireplace, which is surrounded by a beautifully designed mantel. You can feel the heat from the fire……Sit in the armchair for a new moments, allowing the peace and serenity of the study to wash over you. At the same time reflect upon your visit to the monastery, and your reason for coming.
This level is often productive of symbols, ideas and over-whelming feelings. Many different images and feelings can come to you, reflecting the present situation in your life. Make your mind completely open to them……Don’t judge or censor as they come through, and don’t acknowledge or interpret them……Rise from the chair and move over to the desk. Take the quill firmly in your hand and scribble on the parchment any thoughts, images or feelings you have at the moment. Simply get them down on paper but avoid the temptation to elaborate on them…….Be brief, you will be inspired and guided to add more detail to these later, when this meditation has ended.*
Now take a good look around the room…..Feel contemplative, mentally alert, and completely open to the impulses from the next level – that of spiritual awareness. Make a mental note of what you have written on the parchment…..and move away from the desk.
Leave the study and walk back towards the head of the stairs. Your eyes search for the way up to the next level (spiritual awareness). There do not appear to be any stairs to the next level. Stand for a few moments contemplating the way forward. (pause)
You suddenly realize that the only access route to the fourth level is through your imagination.
Imagine yourself standing and holding out your arms while staring upwards……Imagine an intense white light above you, as if shining through the ceiling……Allow that bright light to slowly descend and envelop you…..Feel the light all around you, flowing into every cell of your body, realigning energy, revitalizing and healing you. You feel totally disorientated and lose all sense of your surroundings…..Almost at once you feel the bright light gradually fading into nothingness and you find yourself standing in a beautiful sanctuary, in the center of which there is a comfortable chair. Sit down in the chair and enjoy the peace, the quiet and the solitude…..Feel totally at peace in that sanctuary, allowing your imagination to create whatever it wishes……Be aware of every aspect of your surroundings, the sweet fragrance wafting over you in the stillness……Remain there for as long as you wish. (pause)……It may be that you will lose all sense of time, for time does not exist at the fourth level, where all the answers lie.
When you are ready to leave, simply allow the quiet sanctuary to slowly fade from your consciousness……Find yourself standing at the top of the stairs at the third level.
Move slowly down the stairs, taking in your surroundings as you descend…..eventually reaching the second level. Without pausing, continue to move down the stairs to the ground floor and the first level……Pass through the small door into the spacious round room with the domed ceiling and the mosaic floor. There you are greeted by your guide, the elderly monk…….This time pay attention to his aged, line face. Notice his eyes, which are warm and friendly. Feel secure and safe with him, for next time you must greet him as an old friend.
Follow the old man across the mosaic floor, this time paying attention to the intricate detail in the design of the patterns on the floor……Follow him back along the shadowy passageway until you reach the monastery doors……Open them, and move outside into the cool, fresh breeze that gently caresses your skin and touches your hair…..Turn and bid your guide farewell…..Mentally ask him if you may return…..He nods his answer with a smile and then closes the doors.
Breathe very slowly and deeply a few times, and dissolve the exercise in your mind. Relax for a few moments in your chair and slowly open your eyes.
*If you do feel inspired to recall the writing you did in the study, close your eyes and let the words you wrote present themselves to you again. You may see them, hear them, intuit them. Whatever form they appear, record the message(s) as they come to you. Don’t pay any attention to the style of your writing, simply let the words flow in a continuous movement. If images come to you, write them down. When the flow of words stop, your writing is done.
What feelings do you find within yourself now that you have remembered what you wrote in the study? How did you feel while you were writing them? As you think about this, write whatever additional feelings and thoughts and memories and observations come to you. Put this writing away for a couple of days and then read it again with fresh eyes. What presents itself, may surprise you.