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How to Pray and Meditate

Reading 281-13
How to meditate and pray without
disturbing the mental or physical body.

Let us first analyze the difference
between meditation and prayer.

As has been defined by the Great Teacher,
"Prayer is the making of one's conscious self
more in attune with the spiritual forces
that may manifest in a material world."

Prayer can be a cooperative experience of many individuals
when all come together in one accord and one mind.

As illustrated:

Be not as the Pharisees, who love to be seen by men,
who make long dissertation or prayer to be heard by other men.
They immediately have their reward in the physical-mental mind.

Be rather as he that entered the temple and not so much
as lifting his eyes, smote his breast and said,
"God be merciful to me a sinner!"

Which man was justified, this man or he that stood
to be seen of men and thanked God
he was not as other men, that he paid his tithes,
that he did the services required in the temple,
that he stood in awe of no one,
he was not even as this heathen who in an uncouth manner,
not with washed hands, not with shaven face attempted
to reach the throne of grace?

Here we have drawn for us a comparison in prayer:
The pouring out of the personality of the individual,
who enter in for the purpose of outward show
to be seen by men.

Or the one who enters in the closet of one's inner self
and pours out self that the inner man may be
filled with the Spirit of the Father in His merciful kindness to men.

Now the comparisons for meditation:
Meditation is prayer, but is prayer from within the inner self,
and partakes not only of the physical inner man
but the soul that is aroused by the spirit of man from within.

Let us consider this from an individual interpretation,
and group interpretation;
or individual meditation and group meditation.
There are definite conditions that arise
from within the inner man when an individual enters
into true or deep meditation.

A physical condition happens.
A physical activity takes place!

Acting through what?
Through the man that has chosen to call the imaginative or the impulsive.
The sources of impulse are aroused by the shutting out of thought
pertaining to activities or attributes of the carnal forces of man.

That is true whether we are considering it from the group standpoint
or the individual.

Changes naturally take place when there is
the arousing of that stimuli within the individual
that has within it the seat of the soul's dwelling,
within the individual body of man.
This partakes of the individuality rather than the personality.

If there has been set the mark (mark meaning here the image
that is raised by the individual in its imaginative and impulse force)
such that it takes the form of the ideal the individual
is holding as its standard to be raised to, within the individual
as well as to all forces and powers that are magnified
or to be magnified in the world from without,
then the individual (or the image) bears the mark of the Lamb,
or the Christ, or the Holy One, or the Son,
or any of the names we may have given to that which enables
the individual to enter through it into the very presence
of that which is the Creative Force from within itself - see?

Some have so overshadowed themselves by abuses
of the mental attributes of the body to make scars,
rather than the mark, so only an imperfect image
may be raised within themselves that may rise no higher
than the arousing of the carnal desires within the individual body.

We are speaking individually, of course.
We haven't raised it to where it may be disseminated.

For remember it rises from the glands known in the body as the lyden,
or to the lyden [Leydig] and through the reproductive forces themselves,
which are the very essence of Life itself within an individual - see?

For these functionings never reach that position or place
that they do not continue to secrete that which makes for virility
to an individual physical body.

Now we are speaking of conditions from without and from within!

The spirit and the soul is within its encasement,
or its temple within the body of the individual - see?

With the arousing then of this image, it rises along that
which is known as the Appian Way, or the pineal center,
to the base of the brain, that it may be disseminated
to those centers that give activity to the whole
of the mental and physical being.

It rises then to the hidden eye in the center of the brain system,
or is felt in the forefront of the head,
or in the place just above the real face - or bridge of nose, see?

Do not be confused by the terms that we are necessarily
using to give the exact location of the activities of these conditions
within the individuals, that we may make this clarified for individuals.

When an individual enters into deep meditation:

It has been found throughout the ages
that self-preparation is necessary.

To some it is necessary that the body be cleansed with pure water,
that certain types of breathing are taken,
that there may be an even balance
in the whole of the respiratory system,
that the circulation becomes normal in its flow through the body,
that certain or definite odors produce those conditions
that allay or stimulate the activity of portions of the system,
that the more carnal or more material sources are laid aside,
or the whole of the body is purified so that the purity of thought
as it rises has less to work against in its dissemination
of that it brings to the whole of the system,
in its rising through the whole of these centers,
stations or places along the body.

To be sure, these are conducive;
as are also certain incantations,
as a drone of certain sounds,
as the tolling of certain tones,
bells, cymbals, drums,
or various kinds of skins.

Though we may as higher thought individuals
find some fault with those called savages,
they produce or arouse or bring within themselves
- just as we have known, do know, that there may be raised
through the battle-cry, there may be raised through
the using of certain words or things, the passion or
the thirst for destructive forces.

Just the same may there be raised, not sedative to these
but a cleansing of the body.

"Consecrate yourselves this day
that you may on the morrow
present yourselves before the Lord
that He may speak through you!"
is not amiss.

So to all this may be given:

Find within yourself the more certain way
to your consciousness of purifying body and mind,
before you attempt to enter into meditation
to raise the image of that through which
you are seeking to know the will or the activity
of the Creative Forces.

For you are raising in meditation actual Creation
taking place within your inner self!

When one has found within self a way to cleanse the body,
whether from the keeping away from certain foods
or from certain associations (either man or woman),
or from those thoughts and activities that would hinder
that which is to be raised from finding its full measure
of expression in the inner individual (meaning in this sense
those centers from which all the physical organs, the mental organs,
receive their stimuli for activity),  we readily see how, then,
in meditation (when one has so purified self)
that healing of every kind and nature may be disseminated
on the wings of thought, that are so much a thing
- and so little considered by the tongue that speaks
without taking into consideration what may be the end thereof!

Now, when one has cleansed self, in whatever manner it may be,
there may be no fear that it will become so overpowering
that it will cause any physical or mental disorder.

It is without the cleansing that entering any
such finds any type or form of disaster, or of pain,
or of any dis-ease of any nature.

It is when the thoughts, then, or when the cleansings
of group meditations are conflicting that such meditations
call on the higher forces raised within self for manifestations
and bring those conditions that either draw one closer
to another or make for that which shadows [shatters?]
much in the experiences of others.

Hence short group meditations with a central thought
around some individual idea, or either in words, incantations,
or by following the speech of one sincere in abilities,
efforts or desires to raise a cooperative activity in the minds,
would be the better.

Then one formula - not the only one - for an individual
that would enter into meditation for self,
for others:

Cleanse the body with pure water.
Sit or lie in an easy position,
without binding garments about the body.
Breathe in through the right nostril three times,
and exhale through the mouth.
Breathe in three times through the left nostril
and exhale through the right.

Then, either with the aid of a low music,
or the incantation of that which carries self deeper - deeper
- to the seeing, feeling, experiencing of that image
in the Creative Forces of love, enter into the Holy of Holies.

As self feels or experiences the raising of this,
see it disseminated through the inner eye (not the carnal eye)
to that which will bring the greater understanding
in meeting every condition in the experience of the body.

Then listen to the music that is made as each center
of thine own body responds to that new Creative Force
that little by little this entering in will enable self to renew
all that is necessary - in Him.

Cleanse the room.
Cleanse the body.
Cleanse the surroundings,
in thought, in act!
Approach not the inner man, or the inner self,
with a grudge or an unkind thought held against any man!
or do so to thine own undoing sooner or later!

Prayer and Meditation:
Prayer is the concerted effort of the physical consciousness
to become attuned to the consciousness of the Creator,
either collectively or individually!

Meditation is Emptying self of all that hinders the Creative Forces
from rising along the natural channels of the physical man
to be disseminated through those centers and sources
that create the activities of the physical, the mental,
the spiritual man.

Properly done must make one stronger
mentally, physically, for has it not been given?
"He went in the strength of that meat received for many days"

Was it not given by Him who has shown us the Way,
"I have had meat that you know not of"?

As we give out, so does the whole of man
- physically and mentally become depleted,
yet in entering into the silence,
entering into the silence in meditation,
with a clean hand, a clean body, a clean mind,
we may receive that strength and power
that fits each individual, each soul,
for a greater activity in this material world.

"Be not afraid, it is I."
Be sure it is Him we worship that we raise in our inner selves
for the dissemination.

For, as He gave,
"You must eat of my body; you must drink of my blood."

Raising then in the inner self
that image of the Christ,
love of the God-Consciousness,
is making the body so cleansed
as to be barred against all powers
that would in any manner hinder.
Be clean, in Him.

Updated: 15 August 2013