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Why are you so enchanted by this world when a mine of gold lies within you? Open your eyes and come -return to the root of your own Soul." ~ Rumi
The purpose of meditation is to address our most fundamental problems and bring about profound inner change and spiritual transformation.
In order to accomplish this, effective meditation begins with the observation of facts and remains focused on facts, rather than on beliefs or theories. When we observe humanity and face the reality of today’s world, we see a lot of problems, a lot of suffering, and much that seems impossible to understand or change. Real meditation provides a way of changing all of that, providing an effective method of transformation for the individual, who can then help others.
In our everyday life as individuals, our mind becomes stressed, anxious and agitated. The mind reacts against the circumstances of life, regrets the past, fears the future and keeps us out of the present moment in which we are actually living. Through the practice of meditation we can learn to reach beyond the tensions of the mind and experience ourselves as a Being, as a Soul.
Gnostic meditation courses include a variety of practices for the student. An introductory outline of meditation practice is described in the following six stages:
Asana – posture. Finding our natural posture for meditation. Becoming aware of the subtle forces of the body and learning how to consciously relax.
Pranayama- breathing exercise. Learning how to breathe correctly, using the breath to relax and control the mind, cultivating and balancing prana.
Pratyahara- serene observation. The observation of our thoughts.
Dharana- concentration. A natural and spontaneous concentration arising from a deep relaxation of the mind.
Dhyana- meditation. To place full attention on the object of investigation. This can be meditation on a facet of our self that we want to understand, meditation in silence, mantras, remembering our dreams, prayer, etc.
Samadhi- absorption. The consciousness itself attains the experience of Gnosis: there is nothing between us and the thing we know. This is the attainment of direct knowledge.
Meditation allows us to activate superior emotions within and, in combination with heartfelt prayer, mantras and other spiritual exercises, to walk the path of spiritual transformation and awakening to ever increasing exaltations of our own inner Divinity.