I realized, in writing various articles, that the issue of meditation would come up quite a bit. Rather that repeat this each and every time, I’m going to layout some guidelines on meditation, for those who may not have a strong grasp of it.
If you meditate, then you can probably skip this page.
On this page I’ve included a varied set of systems to introduce the aspirant to different types of meditation and mind altering techniques.
The mind is a jumble of noise. At any given moment your mind is running amuck. You might be thinking about traffic and 2 min. later you’ve just realized you’re pondering the taste of cheese wiz on rye bread. How did that happen? The ego happened.
The ego is what you self-identify with. It’s part of the mind that says, “I am.” Often it gets mixed up in one’s body identity (“I am this body.”) The ego can not deal with emptiness, voidness or nonsense. It must make things as concepts it can talk and babble on about.
When a person looks at an ink blot, it is the ego that says, “ah yes that’s a bird.” It makes sense of things. So what do you think happens when you are getting spiritual data? The ego will step in and try and make sense of it all.
What each aspirant requires is a steady and calm mind, a mind without surface thoughts running about. This can be achieved via meditation, mindfulness and presence.
Many forms of meditation can be found all over the internet, but I’ll give you several to investigate:
Specific books I would recommend would be:
- The works of Thrangu Rinpoche (examples below)
- The works of Trungpa Rinpoche (examples below)
While some meditation rely’s on mental visuals, the above stick to holding the mind on an object. I think that’s very important in the beginning stages. If one’s meditation is to visually guide them through a series of concepts, that’s great, but it doesn’t help with the ego issue.
Mindfulness is another option. Rather than join a Buddhist or Hindu group, you could instead follow the path of mindfulness. In fact Mindfulness is very similar to Shamata and Zen. They are like cousins.
Mindfulness doesn’t require you to dress a certain way or to do any prayers. It’s very informal. You simply become aware of things. The most common practice of mindfulness is becoming aware of your breath.
It may seem too simple, but breath awareness is very challenging. The mind/ego will try and escape to something more challenging. But you pull it back to observe the breath. You mentally observe the flow of the breath going in, and going out through your nose. You do this for 30 min. or so. At first it seems fine, after a few minutes it will become VERY boring and the mind will start to distract you with images, ideas, worries, or regrets. Each time you find your mind has drifted, you pull your attention back and resume following your breathing.
It might help to follow along with a pre-recorded session, where you are reminded, “where is your mind” from time to time. Such a recording can be found on the Samadhi Center’s Audio download section (scroll to the bottom): https://www.samadhi.ca/Media.html
Another attempt at quieting the mind is in the practices of Eckhart Tolle as detailed in his work “The Power of Now.” You could read the work or you could buy the audio version (which I think is a better choice.) While Eckhart Tolle is not espousing any particular faith, he does distill Zen and Buddhism quite nicely.
With this concept, one isn’t really meditating. Instead the person is tuning into the present moment. The end result is the same – a silent mind, but there isn’t a formal session.
For Tolle, one doesn’t spend 20 minutes a day in meditation – rather one is in the present moment. It starts with holding the present moment for a few seconds, then minutes and then as long as you can.
For the purpose of mysticism and magick, this type of mind opens one to the hidden realms. If you hold this state that Tolle talks about (no thought), and have the intent (not the thought, but the intent) of tapping into the unseen – miracles can happen.
Tolle uses a variety of techniques to do this:
- Tuning into the Energy Body
- Hyper focus on the current environment
- Asking, “What at this moment is lacking?”
- Asking, “What will my next thought be?” and watching for what comes next
Those are some of the techniques Tolle uses in the Power of Now. There are many more and it’s worth a listen to. He brings up Zen, Taoism amongst others, to bring this clear mind concept home.
In Penczak’s work “The Inner Temple of Witchcraft…” he covers a form of modern meditation in chapter 6. He has a variety of techniques that are similar to subliminal forms of meditative state induction.
I highly recommend Christopher Penczak’s works and I think his methods of meditation are fine. However, I’m not sure he gets past the noise of the mind, which can lead to bad data and confusion.
The Inner Temple of Witchcraft has some great ideas teachings on Instant Magick, creating triggers, affirmations, meditation, sensing energy, casting energy, and much more. It’s well worth a read if you’re new to magick or the occult. It’s a great work that is less ceremonial than Modern Magick.
The In Between
I’ve included one more option, and I hesitate to mention it. The organization that teaches this has some controversy regarding their marketing and sales tactics. However, the teachings on “the In-Between,” do work really well.
This is a mind state where one is hyper present (like Tolle’s present moment), only that the aspirant is using their intent to tap into a possibility of connecting with unseen forces.
I had a great success doing this – seeing a hyper real person appear in my personal space. They stood within 10 feet of me and were as solid as any other object… in the blink of the eye – they were gone.
As this technique is no doubt trademarked by the author (E. Pepin), I’ll simply point you to his work:
- “Prescient Visions” Chapter 12 (The In-Between)
I believe that if you buy his book (above), it comes with a link allowing a guided audio of the “In Between” state. At least it used to. Following his script you can enter into a present moment state that incorporates the psychic senses as well.
E. Pepin also covers his form of meditation in a variety of other books and lectures, specifically in his book “Meditation with Eternity.”