|Types of Meditation|
When most people hear the word meditation, they often think of transcendental meditation or similar practices used to evoke the relaxation response. In these approaches you focus attention on one thing, usually the sensation of breath leaving and entering your body or a mantra (a special sound or phrase you repeat silently to yourself).
Anything else that comes into your mind during meditation is seen as a distraction to be disregarded. These practices can give rise to very deep states of calmness and stability of attention.
They are known as the concentration, or “one-pointed,” type of meditation. In the practice of mindfulness, you begin by utilizing one-pointed attention to cultivate calmness and stability, but then you move beyond that by introducing a wider scope to the observing, as well as an element of inquiry.
When thoughts or feelings come up in your mind, you don’t ignore them or suppress them, nor do you analyze or judge their content. Rather, you simply note any thoughts as they occur as best you can and observe them intentionally but non-judgmentally, moment by moment, as the events in the field of your awareness.
Paradoxically, this inclusive noting of thoughts that come and go in your mind can lead you to feel less caught up in them and give you a deeper perspective on your reaction to everyday stress and pressures. By observing your thoughts and emotions as if you had taken a step back from them, you can see much more clearly what is actually on your mind. You can see your thoughts arise and recede one after another.
You can note the content of your thoughts, the feelings associated with them, and your reactions to them. You might become aware of agendas, attachments, likes and dislikes, and inaccuracies in your ideas. You can gain insight into what drives you, how you see the world, which you think you are insight into your fears and aspirations. Mindfulness Meditation:
The key to mindfulness is not so much what you choose to focus on but the quality of the awareness that you bring to each moment. It is very important that it be nonjudgmental–more of a silent witnessing, a dispassionate observing, than a running commentary on your inner experience.
Observing without judging, moment by moment, helps you see what is on your mind without editing or censoring it, without intellectualizing it or getting lost in your own incessant thinking.
It is this investigative, discerning observation of whatever comes up in the present moment that is the hallmark of mindfulness and differentiates it most from other forms of meditation.
The goal of mindfulness is for you to be more aware, more in touch with life and with whatever is happening in your own body and mind at the time it is happening–that is, in the present moment. If you are experiencing a distressing thought or feeling or actual physical pain in any moment, you resist the impulse to try to escape the unpleasantness; instead, you attempt to see it clearly as it is and accept it because it is already present in this moment.
Acceptance, of course, does not mean passivity or resignation. On the contrary, by fully accepting what each moment offers, you open yourself to experiencing life much more completely and make it more likely that you will be able to respond effectively to any situation that presents itself.
One way to envision how mindfulness works is to think of the mind as the surface of a lake or ocean. There are always waves, sometimes big, sometimes small. Many people think the goal of meditation is to stop the waves so that the water will be flat, peaceful, and tranquil–but that is not so.
Meditation in Pyramids:
The meditation in pyramids is to visualize each wall of the pyramid falling forward and opening that side of the pyramid, either opening or closing with the north. Then one exists outside in an indigo-blue starry sky.
The way is then open to follow the “river in the sky” to the 3 stars, to the old homeland in the Orion Nebula. That’s what the Egyptians did.
The only metal in the pyramid should be gold.
We believe that the easiest way to be sure to overpower any unwanted vibration in the pyramid (from construction materials or metal in your pocket) is to hang a gold necklace in the pyramid.
The vibration of gold is especially tuned to the pyramid through the heart. Any gold is OK, since we are vibratory and a single atom of gold has the same vibration. Any carat, any color, even gold-filled or gold plate will work. It develops the mind, and by developing the mind, also develops the spirit.