Tuesday, 31 March 2020
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Greetings,

While I was skimming through I came across this exercise which really sounds appealing for what it promises to do, so I decided to give it a serious go because I messed up my brain quite a bit in the past. Before I start, I have some questions regarding this month's practice and I also want to use the opportunity to ask some questions about the path I have taken since this is my first inquiry.

Before we go to bed, should we imagine the fire descending through us after 30 minutes of mental silence or during this time period? Also, are these "igneous columns" referring to Ida and Pingala? Should I imagine the fire descending through the channels on either side of Sushumna, or including Sushumna as well?

Does the vowel "I" have to be vocalized externally, or can I say it internally in my mind? When you say it internally, there is no exhaustion or the need to stop to breathe in.

You have to move your head forward 7 times and backward 7 times and then rotate it 7 times forward and 7 times backward, or is it only the rotation?

Now, when it comes to the imagination of the circulation of the energy, I have used two approaches. The first one is to imagine the body and the surroundings together with the chakras and a white shaft of energy going through each of them. With the Ham-Sah pranayama, I've abandoned my previous practice because it was hard to imagine and feel 5 chakras, each with its own colour, at the same time (The Middle Pillar by Israel Regardie). The second one is to only feel the energy ascending through the spinal column and up into the brain without seeing anything at all. Sometimes I try to direct my attention to the darkness, so I may not accidentally imagine the physical again. I find it almost impossible to give this flow of energy an aspect without bringing in the image of the physical channel it circulates through and everything else around me. I want to know what approach you are using, so I can persevere without fluctuating between methods.

What is your opinion on "The Jesus Prayer"? I am surprised there are no articles on this prayer yet as it is considered one of the most powerful prayers in Christianity. I use this mantra quite a lot during my tasks which don't require intellectual effort - washing dishes, bathing, eating, walking - so I can do it consciously. Now, for me "consciously" in this instance means to pay attention to each letter or word of this mantra without thinking of useless things or of all of those theories on how to do it right. Sometimes I try to add whatever love I have been left with, awareness of my existence, awareness of God's presence, but all of this at the same time is quite challenging for my mind. How should I do it?

I've found out about the path two years ago because I felt something was wrong and in the beginning all I was trying to do was to stay chaste. Now , after some time I've started meditation - or what I understand of it - to fight thoughts and be aware when the pull happens to deny it. I am still young, so I'm trying to cope with two schools at the moment. One is concerned with physical affairs, the other spiritual. Therefore, the process of learning how to change myself from these teachings is pretty slow. Most of the times I teach myself how to stay conscious by seeing what makes my mind shift and try to avoid that. At the moment, I can't stop the flow of thoughts without concentrating on a mantra. Some instances make it feel like it's impossible to meditate. When I read a book or work on an assignment I must pay attention and apprehend every word I read and I need to think or label what I need to write (like in this moment) and what I have to do for university. Being conscious that I am reading or I am working or I am thinking or not saying a mantra mechanically while doing this doesn't work for me at the moment. I am sure you've heard this a thousand times. What I want to know is if it will become possible if I keep pushing or if there is something I need to be aware of or try.

I don't have access to an instructor in my area. Is it advisable to enroll the Distance Learning Course or can I do it alone with only the teachings presented here and God's mercy? Also, should I study all lectures in the "Beginning Here and Now" course before I plunge myself into the meditation aimed courses? Liberation from everything I've become and traveling to other worlds for knowledge which can change myself and aid mankind is my current aim.

Thank you,
Kevin
2 years ago
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Move your head forward and backward seven times, back and forward seven times, your head to the left seven times, the right seven times. Your head is in the center. Simply move them towards the direction required and back again. You don't need to rotate your head around.

Yes, enter a state of equanimity, serenity, and mental silence for thirty minutes. Afterward, imagine the fire descending into your head, circulating through the channels Ida, Pingala, and Sushumna.

You can combine this part of the exercise with the previous one in Practical Astrology, where you vocalize the mantra "I" for an hour aloud. First vocalize, then enter mental silence, followed by the visualization.

There are many different visualizations, each with their own specific purpose and directions. The Aries practice requires to imagine bright light or fire descending into your head. For Ham-Sah, you imagine the energies of Ida and Pingala rising up the spine to the brain with the mantra HAM, internalized, followed by sending the energy to the heart with a light exhalation, the verbalized mantra "Sah!"

The Jesus Prayer is powerful: "Lord Jesus [Yeshua: the Savior] Christ [Kristos, the anointing fire] Son of God, have mercy [Chesed, the Innermost] on me [Tiphereth, fallen as] a sinner [in the four bodies of Netzach, Hod, Yesod, Malkuth]."

We included a lecture below to help you learn to pray.

What do you mean that you are still trying to cope with two schools at the moment?

Yes, the Beginning Here and Now Course is excellent. We recommend you register for the Distance Learning as well.

You can also refer to the article below to help you:
2 years ago
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#21578
Accepted Answer
Move your head forward and backward seven times, back and forward seven times, your head to the left seven times, the right seven times. Your head is in the center. Simply move them towards the direction required and back again. You don't need to rotate your head around.

Yes, enter a state of equanimity, serenity, and mental silence for thirty minutes. Afterward, imagine the fire descending into your head, circulating through the channels Ida, Pingala, and Sushumna.

You can combine this part of the exercise with the previous one in Practical Astrology, where you vocalize the mantra "I" for an hour aloud. First vocalize, then enter mental silence, followed by the visualization.

There are many different visualizations, each with their own specific purpose and directions. The Aries practice requires to imagine bright light or fire descending into your head. For Ham-Sah, you imagine the energies of Ida and Pingala rising up the spine to the brain with the mantra HAM, internalized, followed by sending the energy to the heart with a light exhalation, the verbalized mantra "Sah!"

The Jesus Prayer is powerful: "Lord Jesus [Yeshua: the Savior] Christ [Kristos, the anointing fire] Son of God, have mercy [Chesed, the Innermost] on me [Tiphereth, fallen as] a sinner [in the four bodies of Netzach, Hod, Yesod, Malkuth]."

We included a lecture below to help you learn to pray.

What do you mean that you are still trying to cope with two schools at the moment?

Yes, the Beginning Here and Now Course is excellent. We recommend you register for the Distance Learning as well.

You can also refer to the article below to help you:
2 years ago
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After 30 minutes of silence, should I visualize the image of the fire descending through my head and ending up in Malkuth once or shall I do it several times? Should I force myself into seeing only the fire and not the physical spine and body it circulates through? And when it comes to the Ham-Sah pranayama, should I imagine how this flow of energy looks as in the Aries Meditation - like giving it the look of a fire or bright light - or is it enough to sense it?

I suppose the vocalization of the mantra "I" has to be done consciously as well and then be conscious for another 30 minutes without vocalizing the mantra, right?

Sorry for the ambiguity :D What I meant is that I'm currently studying film at university and at the same time trying to learn to take care of my soul from Mr. Weor, you and God. I want to make movies in the distant future which teach people about the path, but I can't teach anyone anything if I don't have my own houses in order. I want the stories to be based on what I have seen and experienced and not be just poor imitations of the doctrine. It's a lot to be said about this and it's been haunting me way before I heard about the Path, but I don't want to run before I learn how to walk.

Thank you for your answer, professor. I will definitely check out these references. I hope I will attain the ability to be aware of what I am doing at all times, even in the instances when I have to exert a lot of intellectual effort and concentration when I am reading or writing for university.
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