Masterclass Refresher Sundays
Originally performed on: 28th. June, 2020
Topic: Universal Meditation Techniques for Deep Focus & Relaxation
What is meditation? This question has myriads of answers. In my opinion, it is a bridge of introspection. Meditation is about making oneself “whole”… We exist in this world in a material dimension comprising the body and mind, which is driven by an unseen intelligence, a life force, that exists at a level that lies well beyond the bounds of our material level mental comprehension. This is the level of the Higher Self.
Meditation can help build the bridge of introspection that connects all the three key levels of our being – the body, mind and Higher Self.
What is focus? It is a process of shutting down all dimensions of thought in the material mind, except for one, singular channel, which forms the basis for the journey through the bridge of introspection.
Focus can be built at four levels:
Level 1: STILLNESS. Our world and material life are governed by time, which is driven by constant change. This makes our minds race at an ever-increasing speed, hampering our ability to relax or concentrate. Our Higher Self, on the other hand is timeless and completely still. It observes our chaotic material life from a position of total Stillness. Therefore, by making the mind go still, we align ourselves with our Higher Self. It is a very empowering experience that creates inner peace and happiness - something we all need, especially in these times of global crisis.
Level 2: CLARITY. After achieving Stillness, we rise to the level of Clarity, where we silence our mind completely and then detach ourselves from our material world, the past, and the future, leaving us completely immersed in the Present – in a state of complete stillness. This is a liberating experience – one of pure freedom and clarity of thought.
Level 3: ONENESS. After having achieved Stillness and Clarity, we can rise to the level of Oneness, where our spiritual being (Higher Self) unites with our material self (mind). This is an experience of pure Oneness – between the material, spiritual. Oneness also embodies all creation, both seen and unseen. We become One with everything and at this stage, the only thing that separates us is our physical forms. Our essence is now One.
Level 4: LINKAGE. This is the ultimate level of the meditative journey, where we focus on a word that we deeply believe, represents the Source of our creation. If one practices Linkage from a religious perspective, one may elect to choose words such as God, Om, Allah, Christ, Father, Ram, Krishna… etc. – depending on one’s religious beliefs. Alternatively, Linkage can also be practiced from a non-religious perspective. In this case, words such as Universe, Origin, Nature, Life, etc. are potential options. The word, and the belief that one places in it, becomes the key to establishing a Linkage between the conscious material mind and the Higher Self. It is a very powerful level of search; whose outcome is of a very personal nature and beyond description in human vocabulary. Linkage can only be approached with absolute humility.
The Masterclass concludes with a guided meditation that enables participants to work with and experience each of the four levels, (Stillness, Clarity, Oneness & Linkage, which they can then practice on their own at any time.
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Originally performed on: 5th. July, 2020
Refresher 02. ©Amyn Dahya
We discussed the following topics and applied affirmations as follows:
1. ANCHOR THOUGHT: typical examples
I am stillness
I am happy
I am peace
I am abundance
I am love
I am forgiveness
I am clarity
I am gratitude
any other states of being you may wish to adopt
2. MEDITATION OF FLOW: typical example
I am peace…
Peace flows to me…
Peace flows through me…
Peace flows from me…
I am peace, ...complete peace…peace..peace..(continue repeating peace)
You may use these words for any anchor thought you wish to flow with.
3. FORGIVENESS AFFIRMATION:
When we wish to forgive someone:
I FORGIVE YOU…I RELEASE YOU…GO IN PEACE…PEACE BE UPON YOU.
When we seek forgiveness from someone:
I BEG YOUR FORGIVENESS..I PRAY YOU MAY FORGIVE ME …AND LET US PART IN PEACE… …PEACE BE UPON YOU.
4. LETTING GO OF FEAR – AFFIRMATION:
In these Affirmations, you may choose whatever name you wish to ascribe to your Creator – from a religious or non-religious perspective. We have used God as an example below:
I AM NOT ALONE…GOD IS WITH ME…
I FEAR NOTHING… FOR GOD IS WITH ME…
I AM SAFE…I AM LOVED…I AM PROTECTED…
I AM NOT ALONE…GOD IS WITH ME…
Keep repeating these words to help replace fear with Light…