Prayer to the Cosmic Mother

COSMIC MOTHER

Virgin Mary
Lady Quan Yin
Goddess Isis
Divine Mothers of the World
One and the same

Envelop me in your mantle
Of compassion
And loving kindess
Succor me in my times
Of need
And in times of plenty
Teach me Grace
Through you I bear it all
With dignity.

O great Lady,
Transform me with your
Light
And fill me with your
Essence

Mother of the Cosmos
Come to me, your daughter,
As I reach out to you
With open arms.

Pray for us sinners
My Great Lady,
Pray for us Earth-dwellers
Now and at the moment of our
Last Breath.

Amen.

Triple Meditation

The Triple Meditation is a 15-minute meditation that I try to do every morning, and is made up of three different 5-minute segments that serve to nurture our Imagination, Inspiration, and Intuition, in that order.

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First of all, and before I explain what these three 5-minute segments are all about, let me explain to you why it’s specifically important for this meditation to be done early morning, right after you wake up if possible.

When we sleep, our emotional body (what is called the ‘astral’ body in occultist circles) and our ego or ‘I’ separates from our physical and etheric (energetic) bodies, which remain on earth. Our astral body and ego are then free to roam through different consciousness states, but out of a vital necessity, right in the middle of our dream cycle, in what is called both in scientific and occultist circles as the state of ‘dreamless sleep’, our spirit is reunited with its creator, or with God.

Due to this periodical unity, our forces are replenished, our daily fatigue is absorbed, and our self becomes once again harmonized and vital. That is why sleep is so important for a human being. After that sacred reunion between what is human and what is divine takes place, our astral bodies and our ‘I’ begin their downward descent towards the world, to be reunited once again with our physical and etheric bodies upon waking up.

This dreamless state  was beautifully described as ‘the whisper of the stars’ in ancient arabic poetry. It is the state where the stars, or the gods, or everything that is heavenly and divine, can whisper their secrets and instill their beauty into our souls. Upon waking up, our consciousness once again becomes earth-bound, but the period of time between waking up and once again regaining this earth-bound consciousness is not immediate, it takes a little time.

Performing this triple meditation early morning, after waking up, where our consciousness is still in the in-between world where we are not entirely asleep but not entirely awake either is especially beneficial because our souls are more in tune with what is heavenly than during any other part of the day, and this meditation will have more effect upon us.

This doesn’t mean it’s not beneficial to meditate during any other part of the day; it just means that it is especially powerful to meditate right after we wake up, when our consciousness isn’t as occupied with all our earthly duties and problems as it is during the rest of the day.

However, be prepared for some difficulty. People usually use this period of time to hit the ‘snooze’ button and doze off a little while longer before fully waking up (I am talking from experience here). It will take some effort to sit up and meditate right after waking up, but it will also be a more rewarding experience if that initial resistance is overcome and we can start the day by becoming in tune with our Higher Selves, which will in turn positively affect the rest of our day, making us more grounded and serene.

Now, on to the meditation.

The first 5-minute segment of the meditation is the Imagination part. We start, as the name indicates, by imagining our Higher Selves. Instead of letting our mind wander through useless abstractions and thoughts, or trying to grasp something in the dark, so to speak, it is more useful if we concentrate on a single train of thought that will help us to more vividly picture this Higher Self of ours.

The following mantra is especially useful, because it is direct, straight-forward, easy to remember, but it also doesn’t limit the concept of the Higher Self in any way by boxing it under one specific meaning. It is the following:

More Radiant than the Sun

Purer than the Snow

Subtler than the Ether

is the Self

That Spirit within my Heart

I Am that Self

That Self Am I

We internally repeat this mantra for 5 minutes, and it is especially important that we pair it with a living feeling. If we only repeat the thought but remain dry or distant inside, we achieve very little. If, instead, we accompany the mantra with an internal feeling of warmth, of sacredness, with the sense that we are approaching that part of us that is Holy and God-like, the meditation is much more effective.

The second 5-minute segment of the meditation is the Inspiration part. Here, we look to once again repeat a mantra, or a quote, over and over again and also pair it with feeling, with the objective of inspiring our souls wholly and completely. The quote that you choose can come from any text that is sacred or from the teachings of more elevated masters. You can choose the Bhagavad-Gita, the Bible, or any other sacred text you feel drawn to. Some of my favorite quotes are the following:

‘May my soul bloom in love for all existence’

‘The way is open to anyone whose will is sincere’

‘The relics of my earthly sojourn will echo throughout the aeons of time’

‘For a warrior, nothing is greater than a war against evil’

‘Whosoever shall come with me, shall deny himself, pick up his cross, and follow me’

‘We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit’

‘The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new’

All of these quotes have the potential to inspire us in very different ways, and I recommend sticking with one quote in particular for a week or at least a period of days to fully grasp and understand the way that dwelling on those specific words can affect and inspire our souls. Of course, you can choose any quote you feel drawn to, as long as it is positive and the source is markedly spiritual and elevated.

The third and final 5-minute segment of the meditation is designed to hone our Intuition by enabling us to connect with the Higher Powers. This is different than connecting with our Higher Selves. In this case, we are actually seeking to connect with something different than ourselves, something superior.

We do this by first choosing a divine entity or being that we feel especially attracted to. For some it may be St. Michael the Archangel, or Jesus Christ, for others it may be Krishna from the Bhagavad-Gita, still for others it may be the Virgin Mary, or Apollo the Sun-God, or Allah. What being you choose doesn’t matter as much as the feeling that is generated in your soul when you contemplate this being that you feel reverence for.

So for 5 minutes, you surrender yourself in prayerful reverence to this being that you feel and know to be superior to you. Intuitively, through our feelings of reverence, we begin to understand and come close to this being.

This Triple Meditation should be done at the same time every day, in order not to create disorder in our astral bodies. We should meet our Higher Self, be Inspired, and meet the Higher Powers, and generate these feelings within us every day at the same time to take advantage of our bodies natural rhythms.

And that’s it. It’s a simple meditation, but it’s worth noting that it will only create the desired effects when the practice of the meditation is as sincere and rigorous as it is simple. If we don’t seek to do it every day, or at least every other day, we will not reach the desired results, which is a total transformation of our thinking, feeling and willing lives.

I will continue to blog about the other meditations I strive to perform on a daily basis in the future.

Until then, cheers, and stay spiritual 😉

Cognitive Exercises

Cognitive exercises help sharpen mental faculties and also strengthen will-power. Most of these exercises are based on ancient spiritual practices from what were once called The Mystery Schools. The following are are a few that I consider especially effective:

RIGHT EXAMINATION (5 min)

Close yourself off from all external interruptions (people, electronics, work, etc.). Breathe quietly and observe your emotions and thoughts. Then think about your life in general. Test and form the principles you live by, weigh up your duties, think about the true purpose of your life, and also take time to feel genuinely pained over your own errors and imperfections, but don’t wallow in regret.

Wishing to change the past is selfish; you wish it because you’re ashamed or embarrassed over how you acted, and this is driven by your ego (the limited perception you have of yourself). The desire to do better in the future should replace any feelings of regret.

The result of this exercise is the discovery of what is essential and enduring in life, and what is inessential. If you strive to live in accordance with what is essential, your virtues will also grow stronger (courage, love, friendship, loyalty, honesty) and you will have a more fulfilling life, or at least that’s the science of it.

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DAILY REVIEW (5-15 min)

Once you’re done with everything and ready to go to bed, mentally review everything you did during the day backwards (from the end of the day to the beginning). You do this backwards because naturally you’re more attached to the experiences you have recently lived and less attached to, say, what you had for breakfast.

As you review your day, try to remember how you felt, your reactions to people and the words you used. This shouldn’t be a mechanical exercise, it should be filled with real feeling. Whether these are good feelings because you are proud of what you did, or more ambiguous feelings over things you’re maybe not so proud of, depends entirely on how you lived your day.

It’s totally fine if you fall asleep during this exercise. Even 3-4 minutes are hugely beneficial. The result of this daily practice is a growing awareness of your actions, words, and reactions during the day. When you emotionally connect to your deeds before going to sleep, you wake up feeling more conscientious about what you do and say and how you interact with others. It helps open your eyes to yourself.

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TRIPLE MEDITATION (15 min)

You do this exercise early in the morning, right after you wake up. For the first five minutes, take a couple of breaths and separate yourself from your ordinary life, your daily worries, duties, responsibilities, or plans. Take your mind off external life, and focus on the inside. Strive to connect with that higher part of you that is beyond all the petty concerns of life, the part of you that is infinitely calm, no matter what the outward circumstances may be.

Then, for the next five minutes, choose a saying that you like and repeat it in your head, like a mantra. Again, this shouldn’t be mindless repetition. We should seek to emotionally connect with the words we’re thinking. Here are a few of my favorites:

“For a warrior, nothing is greater than a battle against evil.”–Sri Krishna, The Bhagavad-Gita

“Whosoever shall come with me, shall deny himself, pick up his cross, and follow me.”–Jesus Christ, The Gospel of Mark

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”–Aristotle

“The path is open to anyone whose will is sincere.”–Rudolf Steiner

The words you choose should come from enlightened literature or from people that you consider your superiors. The point of these 5 minutes is to connect with a current of thought (or thought-form) that is elevated; higher than the types of thoughts normally flitting through your head. When you fill your mind with higher thoughts and feelings, you access a certain mood of soul that helps you deal with life in a more inspired way.

The last 5 minutes of this exercise should be dedicated exclusively to a devotional practice, or prayerful surrender. If you are not religious, spend these 5 minutes seeking to surrender yourself to high ideals such as truth, compassion, love, acceptance, and fraternity. Fill yourself with thoughts and feelings about what it would be like to actually have peace on earth, or a fair justice system, or a human race where there is no poverty and every human being has the opportunity for true happiness. Anything that strikes sincere devotion in you will work for the purpose of this meditation. If you are religious, surrender yourself in prayer to the deity of your choice.

It doesn’t really matter what we feel devoted to, as long as–once again–it’s something that you consider higher than yourself. The point of this exercise is to feel what it’s like to be devoted to something other than yourself, your motives, or your life. When you practice these feelings of devotion and reverence to something greater, it becomes easier to look at your fellow human beings with acceptance, tolerance, and maybe even compassion, rather than judgment or criticism.

CONCENTRATION EXERCISES (5 min. each)

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For 5 minutes, stare at a dot in the middle of a circle:

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Try not to think about anything, just stare at the dot and keep your mind blank. Slowly, if you’re doing it right, the circle around the dot will start to disappear. Then your surroundings will also start to disappear (I kid you not) in a white haze, and you will only see the dot, until this too disappears.

This mental training helps foster single-mindedness and sharpens your focus, because you learn how to block out anything that you’re not exclusively paying attention to. This could later help in your work when you need to sit down and hammer away for hours to get something done and don’t want any distractions (like your cellphone or facebook, for example). Total single-mindedness.

Logical observation

This second exercise fosters logical, objective thinking. You take a random object (a pencil, a lighter, a spoon, whatever) and place it in front of yourself. For 5 minutes, you think about ways you can describe this object. Take a box of matches, for example. It’s rectangular, three-dimensional,  made of carton, the sides are folded in, the matches have tips made of phosphorous, etc. etc. Five minutes seems like a small amount of time, but it really isn’t when you’re doing this exercise.

What you’re doing here is awakening your mind to a whole new level of observation. If you routinely practice this, soon you will get used to observing everything objectively, and you will be able to absorb greater amounts of information from the whole world surrounding you.

Weather watching

Every day, look at the sky and notice the weather. Form a vivid picture by remembering every detail that you observe (the shapes of the clouds, the color of the sky, the amount of sunlight, etc.). At the end of the week, try to remember how the weather changed from day to day, forming a sequence of images in your head. This exercise will help foster an awareness of your surroundings and of the passing of time, as well as sharpen your memory and capacity for recalling details.

CONCLUSION

The great thing about these exercises is that they don’t take much time at all. Once I did every single one of these exercises for two weeks straight. My memory was super sharp, I started noticing details that other people took for granted, my argumentative skills were on point because I could follow a logical train of thought for a long period of time, and I was calmer and more serene in the face of adversity, because I knew I had a well of skill and strength inside me that I could use no matter what happened.

It’s important that when we start practicing these exercises we don’t lose touch with our humanity or start thinking ourselves superior or more intelligent than other people. It really doesn’t matter how smart we get if we’re still total a-holes. That’s why every day, in our dealings with others, we should strive to understand instead of criticize, and look for the good qualities in people instead of focusing on the bad.

What food is to the body, feelings are to the soul. And if your mind is sharp but your feelings are shitty, you’re doing yourself and the world a disfavor.

Hope these exercises have piqued your interest. What do you do to stay sharp?