Meditation for Freeing the Blocks


We need the meditation practice.  It not only prepares the consciousness for a new day but it brings us into a place of balance at every level of being. It’s important to feel that silence and restfulness at every level of being.

Begin by focusing at the centre of the eyebrows.  This connects us to the energy centre of the mind that is in our subtle body.   As you breathe out take your attention down the centre line of the body right down to the perineum area. As you breathe in, keep that pelvic area firm and grounded and breathe up along the spinal column. Your attention should be along the spinal column,  right up to the medulla point at the back of the neck and across the brain to the third eye.  That’s how you connect to every level of being.

Now, if you feel that the prana or the breathing is not settling down then look for the area where you may feel a block in the breathing.  Breathe out from that point and breathe in from that point, keeping attention on the block, but holding the consciousness of freeing the block every time you breathe out and breathe in.  Each time you breathe in tap into your deeper centre of being, tapping into Grace, into a greater flow of energy.  And every time you breathe out, you’re letting go.  So if you feel a knot in the chest area for example focus there, begin to nourish that area.

As you breathe out once again take your attention down the centerline of the body letting the shoulders drop, the chest contract, belly contract and go right down to the root.  It should give the experience of being grounded, making contact with the earth and keeping that grounded feeling on the consciousness of the perineum area.  That’s the energy centre of the base that grounds you to the earth.  Breathe up along the spinal column.  So the spinal column is in your awareness and the brain is in your awareness and this is how you  balance the prana at every level of being. Sri Vasudeva

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       Diagram credit Denise Parris

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Freedom from Fear


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How much fear is in our being!                                                                                                        Fear to make a decision.                                                                                                                     Fear when children leave us.                                                                                                           Fear when a spouse challenges us.                                                                                                Fear when we have difficulties at the work place.                                                                         Fear of ill health.                                                                                                                                  Fear of dying and fear of living.                                                                                                      Only that experience of higher consciousness, our true reality can protect us and can save us.

Oh Supreme One, we give thanks for Your boundless grace.                                                     We thank You for lifting us to a greater awareness of Your presence in us.                     Help us to stay there, never to lose awareness of You and Your presence everywhere as we interact with our daily life.                                                                                                        Sri Vasudeva

You are invited to join a free 21 day meditation course where we will be taught how to come into that higher consciousness. You can watch the live transmissions on facebook on the blue star page  or subscribe to Sri Vasudeva’s channel on youtube. Here is the link to Day 1

The Timeless Space


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There is a timeless aspect to the consciousness where the pure observer is. Thought, emotions and the physical body exist in time, but the place from where we observe is beyond time. Sri Vasudeva

Meditation: Observe Without Identifying With Change


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In this meditation, we are going to centre in that inner posture, that holds us in the witness consciousness, observing mode, without judgement, without labelling, without like and dislike. Just learn to observe. The only aspect that does not change is that witness conscious aspect of being, where you observe all that changes; mind changes, emotion changes, body changes. Observe everything from that centre of being, where you do not identify with the change. The goal is not to identify with the change, just to observe the change from that centre of peacefulness.

The goal is to observe how we quickly identify with change. A thought comes, and we become carried away by it. An emotion comes, and we get carried away by it. The body’s vitality changes, and we become carried away by it. Is it possible that we can observe everything without being carried away, without losing that centre of consciousness where we are constantly in present moment observation?

A good practice here, as you stay observing without judgement, is to focus on your breathing – breath awareness. Just allow the breath to gracefully and naturally flow as you breathe out completely and breathe in deeply. A rhythmic breath allows us to become more peaceful, more stable in the consciousness. Observe the human experience.

Observe the physical body without judgement. Observe how the belly breathes when you relax the belly. Observe how the chest opens up as you fill the lungs. Observe how the shoulders move to allow for a deeper breath. Observe how the breath flows out as you push the breath out completely. Just observe, and in a very natural way, breathe.

Clear the mind of thoughts that you will stay fully in the present moment, observing that mental experience of being. If a thought comes, gently push it away. If many thoughts come, take a remote view; allow them to come, allow them to go. Just witness them. And learn how to observe the human experience. If emotions come, again observe them, do not be carried away by them, and come into a place of equanimous being; just observing the duality from that space of acceptance and lovingness. Sustain that awareness. That is learning how to go deeper into the reality.

Excerpt of guided meditation by Sri Vasudeva, for more go to  www. blue-star.org

Meditation on the Subtle Energy Space


pexels-photo-132344.jpegBreathe down to the root, and then breathe with attention up the spine, giving attention to every area where the senses are connected: root chakra and smell; sacral chakra and taste; navel chakra and light, seeing; heart chakra and touch, feeling; throat chakra and space, ākāsh, and; then the mind, centre of the eyebrows. So let the breath revitalize every area that you can see it clearly.

Now an important point is to observe whether the prāṇa is energizing you, whether you are becoming aware of these areas of the senses, and whether you are having an even breath. Go to that place where the breath can be more even, where the prāṇa can be more steady, and begin to revitalize those areas, regulate the prāṇa, and begin to observe what happens to the mind when you do.

Keenly observe whatever thoughts are arising in the mind; they are coming from the chitta, the memory store. Learn to develop a relationship of the manas with every area: mind with throat; mind with heart; mind with gut; mind with sacral area; mind with root. And observe what thoughts enter the play; that will give you an idea of where you need to work more.  Sri Vasudeva Day 25 Forty days 2017. For full talk and meditation go to  www. blue-star.org

Seek the Eyes of Wisdom


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Observe what the pause in the breath does; the pause at the end of the in-breath, the pause at the end of the out-breath.  It can hold you in a place of no beginning, no end. It can hold you in a place of timelessness. Your true Self is boundless and free.

O Creator of Maya, I seek the eyes of wisdom that I may understand your play. I seek the vision of the third eye.”

As you breathe into the centre of the eyebrows, as you focus on the brain, let your prayer be to see with the eyes of the wise.

“Let me see the play of your Maya.

Let me see the sport of your Maya, O Creator of Maya. I seek liberation in this play.” 

Asato Mā Sad Gamaya

Tamaso Mā Jyotir Gamaya

Mrityor Mā Amritam Gamaya

Show me the real; take away the unreal from my eyes. Remove the darkness that enshrouds me; let me see the Light. Lead me to immortal consciousness, and take away the consciousness of death.

Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti. 

Peace, Peace, Peace.

Sri Vasudeva Day 8 Forty days 2017. For full talk and meditation go to  www. blue-star.org

Two Ways of Dealing with Persistent Thoughts


We’ve been talking about looking at the categories of thought that occupy the mind during the day. We said we would try sitting for a short period, fifteen to twenty minutes repeating the mantra and observing what comes up in the mind.

Today I want to talk about the types of persistent thoughts that come up. This type of thought reveal areas of our lives that need attention, they tell us we have pressing issues to sort through. These thoughts are difficult to remove from the mind unless examined and analyzed.

While I am sitting in meditation I promise myself I will deal with the thoughts outside of the meditation. during the meditation I keep the focus on the mantra and the gaps between each mantra repetition.

Once I’m out of the meditation I keep my promise. I deal with these types of thoughts in two main ways.

The first way is to use my intellect to try to figure out a solution. For further information I may read inspirational books or works of fiction that address a similar situation. I may look to movies to give me another perspective of the situation. Sometimes museums that give historical context are helpful, because there are few really new situations in life, many others in history would have faced a similar situation.

Another important way of dealing with persistent troubling thoughts is to look for inner guidance from the Universal wisdom field. Wisdom thoughts are different from ordinary thoughts. They are simple and seem to resonate with a unique energy. When they first start to arise I take note of them and after the meditation I consider the new information. At first I was cautious in following such thoughts. Now I know when I follow the guidance given I feel uplifted, I feel open, expansive….

I have more experience now and I find it easier to distinguish wisdom thoughts from the rest. Now I can actively seek such guidance. I can see those wisdom thoughts coming outside of the sitting meditation too. They may arise in my mind or they may come from the many sources of information around me.

If I stay stuck with a difficult situation and I can’t seem to find my way, then I seek help from someone who has experience and has the capacity to support me in working through my challenge. One way or the other I am determined not to stay stuck and somehow a way always opens up.

What is your experience of dealing with persistent thoughts? How do you over come them? Share your success strategies so that we all can top up the options we have, when persistent troubling thoughts occupy our minds.

 

Will you donate eight mantras?


Our ultimate goal is to connect with the Source of our being and to sustain that connection and we want to take some concrete steps to achieve that goal.

We’ve laid good ground work this last week by pausing ten times during the day to repeat the mantra ten times for a total of one hundred mantras. As promised today I’d like to add another part to the practice.

Would you consider  donating eight mantras? You can donate your mantras to those who need physical, mental, emotional or spiritual healing. Another possibility is to donate to those who are struggling to survive, who need food, shelter, clothes. Perhaps you feel called to say your mantra for the environment; to purify the air, water and soil. May be you want to support all those who work for social justice. Or you might like to say your mantras to support all spiritual teachers. There are many possibilities. It would be great to hear about your donation.

This means that we are increasing our daily mantra amount to  108. When will we do our additional eight mantras? That’s the interesting part. We get a chance to experiment with when and how we say it. Will we say it at the beginning or end of the day? Do we prefer to say it at some special point during the day? Will we say all eight at the same time or do one at a time and spread them out throughout the day?

Here comes another very important part of the practice. Observe what impact the addition of these eight mantras make to the experience of the day.

Please share your experiences as we keep in mind those who are trying to do mantra repetition for the first time and who are sincerely seeking to take another step on the journey.

Enjoy! I’ll be back on Thursday.

Throat Chakra-Meditation Part 1


Yesterday I said the throat center is a center of purification. We talked about how as this Vishudha chakra opens up we have the capacity to energize our words and so they can have a powerful positive or negative influence on those around us.

Today I’d like to bring attention to the fact that our words, through our internal talk, have a tremendously powerful impact on ourselves. So it is essential that we purify our internal talk. Lets start by connecting to the Source from which all expressions emerge.

Meditation on Throat Center

In our meditation when we were doing mental training of the mind I said to listen to the mind repeating the mantra, to follow the vibrations of the sound, to notice as the sound subsides, to experience the silence within.

Today we extend that practice into observing the space of silence from which the mantra emerges, repeat the mantra, then observe. We can combine the mantra with the breath if we feel that inner prompt to do so. Repeating the mantra breathing out. Repeating the mantra breathing in. Take time to experience the silence between each repetition of the mantra.

Use the brow chakra to keep a one pointed focus on the sound vibrations of mantra, the arising of those sounds, the fullness of the sound of the mantra and the subsiding of the sound, then the silence that follows. The exquisite silence.

I will be developing this meditation practice in the coming posts. It will be easier to follow what comes in the next few days if we begin with this practice today.

 

 

Support from the brow center


We’ve been talking about the navel center or Manipura Chakra and I’ve been sharing exercises to stimulate this chakra. When we tap into manipura we are tapping into that infinite source of energy within us and in the process we boost our immune system,  fire up the digestive system and bring  renewed vitality throughout our nervous system and the whole body feels tremendously energized.

I’ve been saying that it is important while doing the exercises to keep a strong focus on the navel center. Now if we could develop our power of concentration and use it to focus on the navel center we will be able to really take the exercise to another level. Don’t you think?

We have an energy center that can help us to hone our attention where ever we decide to focus. That center is located in the eyebrow area. I will be writing a lot more about the brow center. Today lets start to become in tune with the brow area and start to build our powers of concentration and focus.

Meditation Exercise

Close the eyes and place the tip of the index finger on the point between the eyebrow. Just a light pressure. Now when we breathe out feel as if all the chatter in the mind is being released and the breath is coming in to that point between the eyebrow bringing all the energy of the Universe. When you feel you can keep the focus remove the finger and continue with the breathing exercise. Let the exhaled breath be one of cleansing of all stresses, all thoughts and the inhaled breath one of energizing. Now let us add the affirmations to the breath. We can use any affirmation or mantra of power. Perhaps we can continue with the ones from yesterday. “I am powerful”. “I am strong”. “I am confident”.

Now if you like bring the palms of the hands to the navel center. If you feel inspired to, continue the exercise from yesterday. Otherwise just keep the focus on the brow area, breathing into and out of the brow area.

How did stimulating the brow area affect you?