Meditation CoursesMy first contact with meditation began at the age of 16. I have been meditating on a daily basis for over 35 years. To me, meditation is the very foundation stone in the edifice of spiritual development. There is no comparison. I also practice Yoga on a regular basis and these two together form a perfect balance for the body, emotions and the mind.
Although I was naturally psychic as a child, other faculties developed over time, bringing me to develop mediumship and true clairvoyance, which is a step beyond the purely psychic, which is a rudimentary form of spiritual contact. Meditation was the process which opened up the channels within myself for utilising clairvoyance, clairsentience, clairaudience, mediumship, ESP and telepathy. As a result, I have often experienced lucid dreaming and even Out-of-Body-Experiences or OBE's. My students do not necessarily develop any of the abilities mentioned above, nor do all of them have such experiences. Indeed, they are not a goal in themselves. These extra-sensory capabilities only come along naturally when the student is spiritually ready for them. However, it is well known that meditation can certainly bring latent faculties up to the surface, and the safe, sane and sensible approach used in my classes will help you to utilise any gifts in a careful and safe manner. I will also be able to explain experiences to you and guide you gently along your path.
Having so many years experience in meditation, in 2002 I produced a book on this subject entitled "Meditation for Everyday Living" which included a CD of my voice giving guided meditations. You will find references to this book throughout this website. For over ten years I have taught meditation both in the UK and in Canada. Anyone attending my Meditation courses can expect to be taught in a structured, organised, yet flexible, manner, in which I am able to gauge the needs of any particular class and teach appropriately. My method of teaching meditation is a blend of many techniques and according to traditional, safe, tried and tested methods.
My experience of meditation is that it is what you make of it. It is very much a case of 'when the pupil is ready' as it were, then results will come. But a good teacher can certainly act as a signpost and point the way. All you have to do is follow the route. I have the necessary tools to show you how to get those results if you are prepared to make it a daily discipline. Indeed, it is more than a discipline, it is a way of life, and the more you meditate, the more you will find that you will want to meditate. You will find that meditation will enhance every aspect of your life in a vast variety of ways.
What is Meditation?
I find that I am still learning and experiencing ever deeper layers of the meaning of meditation, as it unfolds, lotus like, revealing more of its true essence. Meditation for me therefore is not so much a practice that I do, but is more in the nature of attempting to achieve a state of being or rather a process of becoming.
It has occurred to me that I could write another meditation book but it would only have one page within its covers. That page would merely read “Enter the Silence.” The book would need no other adornment or photographs or text; just that one page of three simple words. No one would buy the book of course, and no publisher would dare print it, yet in those three words would be conveyed the whole meaning of meditation beyond every technique that you have ever learned. Fix the mind on those words carefully and you will have all understanding of the process of meditation, especially when the words themselves lose their meaning and thoughts have ceased.
But first then, how do we get to such a sublime state? Before even entering into a discourse on meditation it is vital that you understand first one fundamental that is often overlooked; there is no meditation per se, without concentration first. Concentration leads to meditation. When the mind is fixed on one point this naturally produces a meditative state. One becomes somewhat entranced, yet with a relaxed focus that enables you to channel mental energy and hold it on one spot.
The mind is by nature, inquisitive, so it really is natural for the thoughts to go from one place to another. Think of the mind as being composed of mental energy or mind-stuff (known as ‘chitta’ in the East) which is rather liquid in form and therefore very malleable and able to form itself into anything that it gives its attention to. If water is poured into any vessel it will immediately take the shape of that vessel into which it is poured. Mental matter (for want of an adequate way to describe the nebulous) will mould itself into whatever it enters into. But the obstacle to meditation is that very tendency of the mind to wander onto pastures new, to be poured into another vessel.
The first prerequisite therefore, to even coming close to true meditation is to learn to train the mind in concentration techniques which direct the mind into a steady, relaxed focus in which the thoughts do not waver or flit from one thing to the next. Most people cannot concentrate for more than a few minutes and it has been demonstrated that people lose concentration after about half an hour or so of reading a book for example. Few films these days are as long as three hours because audiences cannot sit through a three-hour movie. There is clearly something amiss with the ability to concentrate in this modern world that is filled with myriads of distractions.
One of the best forms of concentration practice is Candle Gazing. I advise that the would-be meditator (and even the more experienced meditator) set up a candle about 18 inches or two feet away from them on a table in a darkened room, light the candle and practice concentrating on the flame for about 5 minutes. Have some soft music playing if you like, and set a soft-toned alarm for 5 minutes that will not shock you when it rings. The practice is to be conducted with eyes that are softly focussed on the flame. Try to conjure up a sense of relaxed, very soft eyes, gently gazing at the flame only. Do not look beyond the flame or at any faintly visible objects in the room (hence the need for a dark room, to avoid distractions) and just become aware of how you start to become at one with the candle flame. Bring your attention to your breathing, just gently in and out through the nostrils, mouth closed. In Eastern mysticism, it is well known that whatever we gaze upon we take the essence of that thing into ourselves. We become what we see. This is how the mental matter or chitta operates in moulding itself into the object of attention. The intention behind the candle-gazing is to feel the bright light of the flame inside your being as the all-embracing stillness emitted by the candle pervades you. You mentally become the candle flame, still, bright and one-pointed, fully absorbed in the soft focus upon the flame itself and undisturbed by the vicissitudes of life. Nothing else matters. What the mind perceives it will take the shape of and become. If you look at the world around us it is easy to understand the profundity of this statement.
When the 5 minutes are up, gently close the palms of your hands over your eyes without pressing on the eyelids so that your eyes are in complete darkness. Just breathe softly and wait for a few moments; you should (if the candle was placed at about 18 inches to two feet from your eyes, and if the room was sufficiently dark) see the retinal image of the candle flame in the ‘mind’s eye’ which will then glow through a wonderful kaleidoscope of brilliant colours – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, purple – all the colours of the spectrum, until they fade from the view of the inner eye. When this is complete, after about another 5 minutes, you may come out of the concentration practice or go further towards the goal of meditation itself. Note that I do not say that this practice is meditation; it is concentration which is a beautiful practice by itself, which is training your mind to become fit for true meditation which will far surpass this experience when you reach that goal. After the Candle-Gazing alone, you will have accomplished about 10 minutes or more of a deep concentration exercise leading towards meditation. Gazing at the flame with eyes open is objective concentration and viewing the flame on the ‘inner eye’ with eyes closed is subjective concentration.
Notice how clear the mind has become. Were there any other thoughts? It is likely that the mind, in such training has learned to still itself sufficiently to the point of becoming focussed on just one thing; the candle flame, nothing else. That in itself is an accomplishment. If you now carry this practice forward every day, preferably at the same time each day (use a time that you will commit to) your ability to concentrate will improve enormously. You will find that you actually take in more information without forgetting important facts and your memory will improve, discarding the unnecessary, useless and harmful and retaining the valuable. You will function far more effectively every day in other areas of your life outside of this practice, for the benefits of Candle Gazing are very far reaching.
We are learning to anchor the mind, so that the ship of the mind no longer drifts on the rough currents of unbridled thought. When we anchor thought on one point, we can then see all of life more clearly, just like the candle burning brightly in the dimness of the room. When we bring the mind to one point it means that we gain in more self-control and develop our higher, more spiritual qualities. We become flame-like, still, bright and untouched by the surrounding environs, and even if a passing gust disturbs us momentarily, we return to the semblance of the balanced, perfected, bright point of light.
As a further analogy, think of the cyclone that whirls around whipping up everything into its path; it has been proven by science that at the centre of the cyclone there is a still point of peace. Nothing can disturb that point of peace, not even sound, for the centre of the cyclone is a vacuum of great and profound silence. You become this centre of peace amidst the raging world around you. Candle Gazing can lead us towards the deep inner silence that we seek as it trains the mind to Enter the Silence by fixing on one point. No meditation is possible without this necessary training, and I hold that Candle Gazing is one of the best methods for attaining this.
When you have been able to regularly practice Candle Gazing it will become much easier to perform other concentration and meditation techniques. So many people fail in their meditations because they have not yet mastered basic concentration techniques. The mind remains busy, unable to shut off and they give up the practice completely. With diligence in concentration practices such as Candle Gazing you will finally experience moments of genuine mental peace and true equilibrium whereupon a vacuum is created in which there is no constant mental chatter; I call this place the point of No Thought. With very good reason it is stated in the Bible “Be still, and know that I am God.” This experience will then lead, eventually, to that wondrous place of being known in Eastern mysticism as Samadhi, or the Superconscious State. That is how the great mystics and spiritual teachers have attained understanding of the Godhead and have accomplished the various developmental faculties of the advanced adept or saint.
One more vital note on meditation as such, is that you cannot confine it to the goal of half an hour or so of each day; it is imperative that you ‘link in’ to the memory of your concentration and meditation experiences and carry the feeling of that experience with you each day, wherever you are. Do not just jump up from meditation and carry on as if you have finished off a necessary chore. Incorporate the sense of being in the meditative state throughout the day because in order to truly understand meditation, one must attempt to bring its effects forward into every day life as much as possible. Use moments of the day when you specifically ‘link in’ mentally to this feeling and notice the changes in your inner state of being. The idea of meditation is to use it as a vehicle for transforming your consciousness by degrees of deeper inner awareness that is alert to the world and yet is still and silent inwardly, aware and yet unruffled by the outer world.
Some of the meditation techniques that my students learn are as follows:
- Correct posture, including Half-Lotus and Full-Lotus for those who want to try. (This is not compulsory, for some people are not flexible enough or for medical reasons not capable of performing these traditional meditation postures. Many of my students prefer to sit in a chair).
- Concentration exercises
- Breathing exercises (pranayama)
- Energising the chakra system
- The AUM mantra
- Guided meditations
- Visualisation & Imagery
- Control of thoughts/emotions
- Entering the Silence
The above includes a large repertoire of exercises and techniques which the class employs to bring the Inner Self back to a central point of beingness where there is harmony, balance, poise and equinimity. You become the point of stillness and peace at the centre of the cyclone beyond the turbulence of the world.
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You may find my Meditation Recordings page by clicking the following link Meditation Recordings to access my audio meditations.
Individual Meditation Instruction
In-person Meditation Instruction & Telephone Meditation Instruction
I also offer individual meditation instruction, on a one-on-one basis. If you would like to receive personal meditation instruction from me, please email me to arrange a session. The fee for a 1 Hour session will be the same as the fee for a Clairvoyant Reading. Please refer to My Fees page.
I recommend that the meditation student should attend at least four meditation sessions with me, in the initial stages. You will be taken step by step through the process of meditation along the lines outlined above.
Groups of up to six individuals can be accommodated for the same fee as an individual, which means a big saving as the cost is spread amongst the group. I also offer Telephone Meditation Instruction for those who cannot see me in person. For Telephone Meditation, it will be essential that the student has a speaker phone in order to be hands-free. Also, it is perfectly feasible to instruct meditation to more than one person over the phone, which will reduce the cost to you for the same fee.
Each Meditation Instruction will last about 1 Hour either in-person or over the phone and will include a CD recording of each session so that you can practice again at home with my voice guiding you. If more than one person is being taught simultaneously, please bear in mind that individuals in the group must purchase duplicate CD copies of each session should they require them.
Please refer to my fees page for Meditation Instruction in-person or on the telephone.
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