Saturday, May 29, 2010

19 - 2 - Safety Screening for Meditation

By Dr. Robert Constas, M.D.

The question was asked: What if I have been taking medications to treat depression or other mental health issues, how do I determine if I am ready for meditation?

2. Meditation may bring episodes of over stimulation

Over stimulation may lead to feelings of inadequacy, fear, and imbalance mentally, emotionally, and even physically. An over stimulated person will often discontinue the meditation and other spiritual work. This may actually be the healthy thing to do for a while until balance is restored.  Over stimulation may also lead to thinking that one is a very special person, and may even exaggerate spiritual ambition thus leading to making false claims for one’s status and even delusions of grandeur. Another sign of over stimulation is criticism of coworkers. Vanity is another indication of over stimulation. Vanity is believing that we are more than what we really are. If we approach meditation from a selfish and self-centered perspective, vanity is a danger that we will eventually encounter.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

19 - 1 - Safety Screening for Meditation

By Dr. Robert Constas, M.D

1. Approaching Meditation

Question: What if I have been taking medications to treat depression or other mental health issues, how do I determine if I am ready for meditation?

The practice of meditation is like watering a garden: when we tend a garden and water it, the seeds sprout. The first seeds to sprout are usually weeds. The creation of a beautiful garden requires the care of a diligent and vigilant gardener who is able to discern the difference between a weed and a desirable flower. Weeds need to be removed regularly so as to allow room for the flowers to bloom.

Most systems of meditation require substantial amounts of concentration. Meditation brings extra energy into our physical brain, emotional and mental natures, and into our etheric centers [chakras] for better and for worse. Healthy persons can absorb the extra energy and use it for constructive service and transformation. Persons who are not balanced run the risk of further imbalance. If you feel that you are not emotionally or mentally stable, this sort of meditation may not be right for you. You may need to begin with meditation that teaches you how to relax and how to observe your emotions and mental events. Or, you may wish to engage in brief periods of reading and contemplation.

Friday, May 14, 2010

18 - Meditation and Obstacles on the Path

By Torkom Saraydarian

The life of an aspirant or of a disciple is not an easy life. We all have our obstacles on the Path. Once we decide to do regular medi­tation, according to the ancient rules, many unexpected obstacles start to appear. The disciple, however, is a man not paralyzed by obstacles, but one who is inflamed more and more with a continuous inner radiance. He even enjoys obstacles because “he grows through them.”

Each obstacle evokes a new line to be developed in our nature, a new tool to be built for the battle, a new means to bridge the gaps and to master our nature. We do not ask for happiness, only for growth....

The student is tested also by his beloved ones. His wife, her husband, or the children may create many problems and put him in a state of worry or depression in which it seems to him that it is im­possible to carry on his meditation, his study, and special type of service.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

17 - Using The Great Invocation for Healing

By: Torkom Saraydarian

(See lecture download/CD by Torkom on The Deeper Layers of the Great Invocation)

From the point of Light within the Mind of God
Let light stream forth into the minds of men.
Let Light descend on Earth.

From the point of Love within the Heart of God
Let love stream forth into the hearts of men.
May Christ return to Earth.

From the centre where the Will of God is known
Let purpose guide the little wills of men —
The Purpose which the Masters know and serve.

From the centre which we call the race of men
Let the Plan of Love and Light work out
And may it seal the door where evil dwells.

Let Light and Love and Power restore the Plan on Earth. 1

As you say the Great Invocation, visualize the whole world, all humanity, and spread the Light, Love, and Power all over the planet so that men everywhere, without distinction of race, color, or reli­gion, may be flooded by the Light which cleanses away all ignorance and reveals the truth of the divine origin of man; by Love that urges us to live as one humanity and prepares the way for world brother­hood; by the Power that gives us courage to live according to our highest vision for the highest good of the one humanity.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

16 - Mother's Blessings: A Poem to Mother

By: Torkom Saraydarian

When I was leaving my home
to walk on my own feet and trace the thread
of my destiny, my Mother looked at me
with stern eyes and said,

"I feel I will never see you again, but you will be always
in my heart if you follow the direction of your Soul and beware of chaos.
Direction exists only on the path of beauty, goodness, and truth. All other paths lead us into chaos.
Chaos is a situation in which you feel abandoned, or you run
after your tail or you crucify things you worshiped.
Chaos is a situation in which you deny your essential divinity, your dignity.
Chaos is a situation in which your pleasures are your goals, and your vanity is your guide.
Chaos is a situation when there is anarchy within your mind and your heart."