Meditation Styles

There are a variety of meditation styles. I use several. I listed as many as I could. Do you follow a speciifc style evrytime or do you use several like I do?

*Upward-The aim of upward meditation is to lift consciousness out of the body, an imperfect
container for the pure light of consciousness. To reverse the “gravity
pull of consciousness” a powerful upward force in the spine, called
“Kundalini”, is used. By triggering Kundalini, Samadhi may be attained,
which is an awareness of non-physical reality at the cost of physical
consciousness. Detachment and disassociation results.

*Downward-The aim of Heart Rhythm Meditation is to pull
the richness of the universe into the person, and anchor it in the
heart. The downward flow of energy, called “Love”, collects in the
heart and causes an expansion of the heart faculty. This results in
massive creativity, courage and compassion. It fosters the descent of
blessing and grace upon the person.

*Mind-Centered-This type of meditation does not use emotion. The goal is sometimes described as having no thought.

*Heart-Centered-Heart-centered meditation is emotion-rich.
The goal is to experience all emotion, simultaneously, which requires
and causes an expanded emotional capacity (heart).

*Monastic-The motivation for these meditations is to
explore the great mystery of death, before death, so as to overcome all
fear of death and suffering. These meditations were developed in
monasteries or ashrams, for solitary use. They can make living in the
world more difficult, as sensitivity is increased.

*In-Life-These meditations can be done in life and pertain
to life. They come from the desire to explore what it is to be human,
and what is the purpose of life. They overcome the fear of being fully
alive. While they increase compassion, they also increase the power and
creativity to solve problems.

*Observer-“Watch your thoughts, watch your emotions, watch
your consciousness.” — this is a Buddhist precept. Becoming adept at
this causes an observer attitude toward yourself and life in general.

*Passive-The user tries to do nothing. The mind is
unfocused, neutral, making no judgments. Most beginning users
assume this is the objective and the method. This is a difficult method
that usually lapses into daydreaming or sleep.

Example: Listening to scientifically-produced tones to induce
brain waves that mimic meditation. (This does not have the same effect
as when the brain produces these waves within itself.)

*Active-The Heart Rhythm user is actively pursuing a goal
in the meditation. The mind is used as a lens to focus the infinite
into the finite. The objective is to be able to be in a self-produced
meditation state all the time, everywhere. What comes out of you is
more important than what goes into you. Peace is not to be found; it is
to be made. The user generates waves of peace that bring
situations and other people into harmony.

Turning on the heart is much easier than turning off the mind.

*Fantasy-based-In fantasy, you imagine you are in some other
place, or are a different type of person or being. This is done to make
the conditions for meditation more auspicious, although it deprecates
one’s actual situation.

*Reality-based-Imagination is limited to what can be verified as
true, but cannot be sensed directly, like the magnetic field and the
light of the stars in daytime. The goal of this meditation is the
discovery of reality, so no fantasy is used.

*Trance-An altered state of consciousness in which sensory
awareness, alertness or memory are diminished can be induced by very
rhythmic chanting, suggestions of deep sleep, or demands of submission.
This can be a dramatic shift from ordinary consciousness, demonstrating
that different states exist and producing a calm emotion.

Examples: Hypnosis, long sessions of mindless chanting.

*Awakening-Sensory awareness, alertness and memory are
heightened as inspiration and revelation spring from the heart. When
chanting, the rhythm is frequently changed, with the aim to constantly
improve the sound and the coordination with others. Submission is never
demanded. Sleepiness is overcome by increased oxygenation.

*Denial or Dualistic-“My body is not me.” “My true being is not
suffering.” “I battle with my ego.” “I want relief from my mind.” “The
good in me overwhelms the bad.” “I want to stop my negative emotions.”
Divisions are made within the one universe to create contrast, but the
divisions distort the unified nature of reality.

*Inclusive-There is only one reality, and that reality is
unified. “There is nothing I am not. All parts of me have a purpose and
a contribution. My mind is a wonderful servant. Without my ego I could
not take responsibility. My distortions push me forward while my ideal
pulls me forward. My objective is to be fully human, not angelic.” The
heart contains all joy and all sorrow — hide one and both disappear.

*Religious-Specific religious leaders — masters, saints and prophets — are used for inspiration and devotion.

*Heart-Centered-Loved ones and all inspired and devoted human
beings are used for inspiration and devotion in Heart Rhythm
Meditation.

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7 thoughts on “Meditation Styles

  1. Happy Sunday šŸ˜€
    Thank you for this post. I’m just starting to meditate regularly in addition to my yoga practice and I think these styles will be very helpful! I’m one who likes to come back home to what I’m used to, but I think it is beneficial to expand into other styles/methods.

    1. What a lovely comment. Thank you so much for visiting. Be Well and Happy Sunday to you too

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