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Daily Meditation Focus 10SEP2009

The Role of Breath IIAb4b

The relationship of air, the opening of the vital pathways in the body and respiration in general, is an integral theme to the global body of esoteric knowledge going

back to the beginning of the teachings themselves. It is often the case that discourses in breathing, are frequently the first step in mystical lessons, healing arts and in many of the meditation practices.

It is often noted that in our breathing, we take in the vital life force surrounding our planet, to animate our bodies pranayama_kundalinias we inhale and to expel waste energy and purify them as we exhale. The practice of Pranayama, or “control of the life force”  is said to be more than 3,000 years old. This practice teaches control of, and specific uses for, various breathing techniques for the purposes of prolonging life, curing illness and attaining rarified states of mind.

In the ancient Egyptian temple of Luxor, the large hall of columns in the section of the temple representing the human chest and lungs (see part III of the series on Symbol), has elaborate carvings of the cycles of the moon at the base of each of the columns that correlate to not just the rising and falling of tides and the human chest cavity, but specific intervals of breath to induce altered states of mind as well. In regards to our journey on the path and seeing the physical experience as a mystical adventure, how does our ability to control the function of breath (the only vital function we are able to consciously control) relate to its purpose and use and how is this advantageous to those of us on the path?

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Daily Meditation Focus 8SEP2009

Meditation and Prayer theologue6

A few months ago I watch a documentary on sacred science and the relationship of mind and

feeling to the world around us that I’d like to share with you. In the video, the narrator explains how he and a  very good friend of his, a native american from the US southwest, visited an ancient stone circle in the desert, so that his good friend could pray for rain. It hadn’t rained in months. They walked very, Egypt-RayofLight2very far and got to the circle,  his friend walked into the center and stood there for a minute or two and then walked out and said “Ok, let’s go”. The narrator was stunned to not see some ceremony or ritual performed and asked his friend what had happened? His friend explained, that it wasn’t about asking for rain or even some deep tribal secret, he simply imagined the feelings and smells of what it was like when it rained in his pueblo.. the mud between his toes, the feeling of rain on his skin, the smell of wet adobe, the cool dampness in the air. Later that night it rained. It rained hard and continued through to the next day.

Our relationship to the world around us and our feelings have much greater effect than great_pyramid_03is presently acknowledged. In a sense, it appears as though we have seemingly lost this knowledge or to some degree are re-acquiring it as a whole. Our relationship and understanding of prayer has gone from a deep, intuitive knowledge of ourselves and the world around us to a disconnected and often repressive and isolating experience. In regards to our journey on the path and seeing the physical experience as a mystical adventure, what is the relationship of mediation to prayer and what role do our feelings, states of mind and emotions play in these acts?

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