MEDITATIONAL EXERCISES FOR GROUP WORK
Can be adapted for individual guidance.
Prepared by Geoffrey Farthing
|1||Meditation Guide Contents|
|2||Meditation Guide Introduction|
|3||Meditation Guide: Content of Sessions|
|4||Meditation Guide Course Leaders|
|H.P. Blavatsky Diagram of Meditation|
In addition to Geoffrey Farthing's material on meditation, attention is drawn to H.P. Blavatsky's Diagram of Meditation and a commentary published in The Theosophist May 2003
Leader: This material gives information on the universal principles of existence (the 'eternal verities' of The Key to Theosophy and the essential spiritual basis of the creative and sustaining powers in Nature. It also gives information on the spiritual constitution of man and his intimate, living relationship with the Universe in which he, as an integral part of it, has his being. This provides some intellectual justification for the spiritual life and meditation.
Use a sentence or a paragraph, as appropriate and according to the time available. Read the passage through completely, once. Repeat the material slowly by phrases, once or twice during the session, but leave plenty of time clear for reflection on it, at least one minute on each significant thought.
1. The Universe is a Unity.
All existence is one thing.
There is ONE POWER sustaining everything.
There is ONE SUBSTANCE from which all substances are derived.
There is ONE SPIRIT giving rise to one universal energy and motion - one dynamism, vitalizing and animating everything. It is the source of consciousness.
2. The root of all Nature, objective and subjective, and everything else in the Universe, visible and invisible is, was and ever will be One Absolute Essence from which all starts and into which everything returns.
3. "From the ONE LIFE, formless and uncreate, proceeds the Universe of lives" (S.D.). There is no 'dead' matter in the Universe; everything is a 'life'.
"Everything in the Universe, throughout all its Kingdoms, is conscious, i.e. endowed with a consciousness of its own kind and on its own plane of perception" (S.D.).
4. There is ONE LIFE of inexhaustible richness seeking expression through all the matter, organisms and living forms of our world - and all heavenly bodies and spaces of the Universe.
Unity underlies the variety and multitudes of all things and creatures; each manifests but aspects of the ONE LIFE.
5. Unity manifests as diversity ... the LIFE as the myriads of 'Lives'.
6. Seven Great Beings emanate seven rays, each of its own special quality, which shine forth from the Central Source. Each ray is a hierarchy of beings which contains the qualities of the others but emphasizes its own special quality.
All substances in their infinite variety and quality as 'lives' comprise all things, plants, animals and men, and all are variations on the seven fundamental themes. They derive from and manifest in infinite variety, admixtures of the primal qualities.
7. All things and beings in their essential nature, exist in the inner realms of being whence they reflect into our physical world as the things we know.
Every thing in nature, in due season, plays its part in the total scheme of things characteristically, according to its nature.
8. The keyboard of life is seven times sevenfold.
Man in his total nature is similarly sevenfold, reflecting the constitution of the Cosmos.
There are six inner realms of being and one outer, or physical; each of these realms corresponds to a mode of consciousness, typified by sense perception, by our feelings and desires, by our thoughts and intuitions and by those spiritual elements of Universal Being which we share with all other beings.
9. 'Matter is eternal. It is the Upadhi (the physical basis) for the One Infinite Universal Mind to build thereon its Ideations.' (S.D.)
The Universe manifests Divine Ideation - as Archetypes. In the world of thought, these give rise to ideal forms. Ideal forms become objectivised in the formative world and these reflect into the physical world as the things we know around us ... and, of course, ourselves.
10. 'Everything in the Universe follows analogy. As above, so below.' (S.D.)
Man is the microcosm of the macrocosm, the Cosmos; he is a spark of the One Flame.
11. Spirit must have a vehicle of matter to operate in; such operation is life - living. Experience is a product of living; the fruits of experience are garnered by the Spirit, through the agency of the Mind.
12. The Universe is BEING in action and it operates according to Law. This Law embraces all the laws of nature.
In man's affairs the law is that 'as ye sow so ye shall reap'. This is inescapable in the long or short term. The Law is the law of equilibrium and harmony.
13. Universal Law regulates natural processes. It works by rhythm and season, coming and going, rest and activity, life and death, in-breathing and out-breathing. This is the law of alternation, of cycles, of periodicity; within its embrace harmony reigns.
14. 'There is but one indivisible and absolute Omniscience and Intelligence in the Universe, and this thrills throughout every atom and infinitesimal point of the whole finite Kosmos which has no bounds, and which people call SPACE, considered independently of any contained in it.' (S.D.)
15. The Universe is self-regulating by means of inherent intelligence, of a kind and in a degree, in everything, itself a unit of the ONE LIFE.
'The Universe is worked and guided from within outwards.' (S.D.)
16. Everything in nature is sustained by something else; there is total economy maintained continually in marvellous balance.
17. Every process of nature is cyclical and there are cycles within cycles - all cycles progress in time.
Everything exists in a state of movement or change. Development or growth is progressive change. Nature is EVER-BECOMING.
'Nothing on earth has real duration, for nothing remains without change -or the same- for the billionth part of a second.' (S.D.)
18. Evolution is the process of progressive development, by stages, to perfection. Each stage is only relative perfection. Evolution is the progressive unfoldment of the power to respond on the one hand, and the power to act on the other.
19. Evolution provides Spirit with every improving means of expression, as it passes up through the Kingdoms of Nature - culminating in Man. Faculty grows with use.
20. Man shares the Universal Spirit. His unique individuality is centred in the higher aspects of his Mind. It is this, as his Ego, that reincarnates.
21. At each incarnation Man assumes a new personality; a new psyche (soul) and a new body. His psyche is his inner animal nature, his instincts and urges, and his emotional feelings and personal mind.
22. 'The pivotal doctrine of the esoteric philosophy admits no privileges or gifts in man, save those won by his own Ego through personal effort and merit throughout a long series of metempsychoses and reincarnation.' (S.D.)
23. 'The Secret Doctrine teaches progressive development of everything, worlds as well as atoms; and this stupendous development has neither conceivable beginning nor imaginable end.' (S.D.)
24. By the processes of Evolution within the Law, man is ultimately responsible for his own individual condition and circumstances. Mankind, as a whole, is responsible for its condition and circumstance. Their long term improvement is in his hands.
The salvation of man lies not in any outside agency, but with man himself, and he possesses all the attributes and powers in himself for the task.
25. Each man who achieves anything towards his full stature as a perfect adept in Life, to that extent redeems Mankind as a whole.
26. 'The Deity is boundless and infinite expansion.' (S.D.)