Saturday, 01 December 2012
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I came to a realization that I have not truly been practicing Gnosis because I have not truly meditated. I stopped even trying for a while. I have no idea how to meditate. I haven't the first clue. Merely performing pranayama,working on alchemy, and cleansing my environment doesn't make someone a Gnostic as I heard in one of your lecture audios. I listened to part of the lecture after falling into the lust Ive been fighting for over a year now. I did the unthinkable in terms of the path and fell back into masturbating. It's been a constant down hill battle at fighting against it from there. I clean up the environment as best I can; but, as long as my mind isn't right and I'm not in touch with my inner self; I realize that any effort is completely useless.

I have no idea how to meditate. I've never truly meditated before. I thought I was maybe; but, I wasn't. There are things that confuse me about it. For example- the need to have a quiet, focused mind, focusing on your inner self; yet, how can you do that when mediating on a certain subject? When you meditate on a certain subject; then,. aren't you thinking about that subject instead of quieting your mind? I'm new to all of this; at least, in this lifetime, and I have no idea how to meditate. I read in the Yellow Book about needing to be in the sleepy state. I've tried that and; I fall completely asleep and experience nothing. The Yellow book doesn't explain in detail on how somebody who has never meditated before in their curent lifetime anyway; can learn to meditate. It merely tells you to be in the sleep state, etc. I've heard that people who truly meditate reach another state of consciousness and have experiences. That has never happened to me. Is there any sort of course or lesson on basic meditation techniques? The materials I've found haven't explained much of what I'm needing to know here. If they have then, I haven't understood it very well. I need to meditate as we all do. Every time I've tried; it hasn't really been meditation as much as it's been my noisy mind, lack of focus, etc. Either that; or, as I said before, I merely fall asleep. I need to explain further. I was reared as a protestant Christian in the southern United States. I'm not being critical as much as observational here. But; as I have seen it, southern, protestant, Christians are just about the least spiritually aware/ active people of all of the World's religions I've seen. Not only do they not teach mediation; but, some of them are puritanical and believe meditation is evil and of the devil. All they do is go to a Church building once or twice a week, sing, bow their heads and hold a conversation into the air, pass judgment on everybody they don't like, and leave. If the word mediation is used anywhere like " time for prayer and mediation" being used in a bulletin on the order of the service...their idea of mediation is sitting and thinking or bowing your head and thinking the conversation "that they call a prayer" in their head instead of saying it aloud. The ones who don't condemn the use of the word meditation have no idea what it is. They merely apply the word to bowing your head and thinking a conversation up in your mind. I didn't grow up around any of the religions who meditate; so, I haven't been taught any sort of meditation method whatsoever. I'm sure their must be others starting the path with this dilemma. What I need is a beginners course in how to meditate- period. Then; I can work from there. Is there anything that would help me to learn? I'll get nowhere unless I learn to meditate. What do I do?
10 years ago
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#2548
Accepted Answer
Study and implement the introductory practices and exercises from our online course: "Introduction to Gnostic Meditation," referenced below.

What will impel you to initiate and maintain your spiritual discipline is perception of its benefits within your daily life. If you do not realize how meditation can benefit you, you will not feel inspired to practice it. Yet when you comprehend its benefits through practical experience, you will naturally feel motivated to continue with it. As you have painfully realized, reading does not accomplish anything without practical application. This illustrates a serious point in this doctrine: without comprehending the purpose of a given practice through our own experience, we will fail to be consistent with it.

The Gnostic Meditation Course establishes a practical, straightforward and clear explication of the steps to achieve successful meditation. We recommend you follow its procedures in sequence and dedicate the time to actualizing its principles. As for masturbation, overcoming this terrible vice is a matter of perceiving its harmful consequences and practically comprehending the benefits of chastity from EXPERIENCE.

If you know masturbation causes harm, not merely from having read about it, but through conscious comprehension of how it damages your body, heart and mind, you will be inspired not to retrogress. Similarly, when you comprehend the positive results of chastity from the consciousness, you will naturally incorporate the discipline of transmutation within your daily life.

The meditation course can help you lay the foundation for the discipline you need to change. Study and implement its principles well, since the sequence of chapters work in a progressive and cumulative manner. If you work with the practices in their appropriate sequence and order, you will gradually experience the happiness and liberation prophesied by the great masters of humanity.

Start where you are at, and do not dismay. For repentance is the door to the path which leads out of suffering. What matters is that you sincerely wish to change and that you make the effort to do so.

Come, come, whoever you are.
Wanderer, worshipper, lover of leaving — it doesn't matter,
Ours is not a caravan of despair.
Come, even if you have broken your vow a hundred times,
Come, come again, come.
-Jalal al-Din Muhammad Rumi

Joyful in hope, suffering in tribulation, be thou constant in thy prayer.

Benedictis, qui venit in nomine Domini. Osanna in excelsis.

"Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest!"

10 years ago
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#2548
Accepted Answer
Study and implement the introductory practices and exercises from our online course: "Introduction to Gnostic Meditation," referenced below.

What will impel you to initiate and maintain your spiritual discipline is perception of its benefits within your daily life. If you do not realize how meditation can benefit you, you will not feel inspired to practice it. Yet when you comprehend its benefits through practical experience, you will naturally feel motivated to continue with it. As you have painfully realized, reading does not accomplish anything without practical application. This illustrates a serious point in this doctrine: without comprehending the purpose of a given practice through our own experience, we will fail to be consistent with it.

The Gnostic Meditation Course establishes a practical, straightforward and clear explication of the steps to achieve successful meditation. We recommend you follow its procedures in sequence and dedicate the time to actualizing its principles. As for masturbation, overcoming this terrible vice is a matter of perceiving its harmful consequences and practically comprehending the benefits of chastity from EXPERIENCE.

If you know masturbation causes harm, not merely from having read about it, but through conscious comprehension of how it damages your body, heart and mind, you will be inspired not to retrogress. Similarly, when you comprehend the positive results of chastity from the consciousness, you will naturally incorporate the discipline of transmutation within your daily life.

The meditation course can help you lay the foundation for the discipline you need to change. Study and implement its principles well, since the sequence of chapters work in a progressive and cumulative manner. If you work with the practices in their appropriate sequence and order, you will gradually experience the happiness and liberation prophesied by the great masters of humanity.

Start where you are at, and do not dismay. For repentance is the door to the path which leads out of suffering. What matters is that you sincerely wish to change and that you make the effort to do so.

Come, come, whoever you are.
Wanderer, worshipper, lover of leaving — it doesn't matter,
Ours is not a caravan of despair.
Come, even if you have broken your vow a hundred times,
Come, come again, come.
-Jalal al-Din Muhammad Rumi

Joyful in hope, suffering in tribulation, be thou constant in thy prayer.

Benedictis, qui venit in nomine Domini. Osanna in excelsis.

"Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest!"

10 years ago
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#2553
Thank you very much! This is exactly what I need. :)
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