A GUIDE TO MEDITATION by AMITAKH CHIAPPALONE
First printed and published 1996 Updated and reprinted 1998 by ANNWN PUBLICATIONS for Amitakh Chiappalone PO Box 28 Malanda 4885 Queensland Australia Copyright: Amitakh Chiappalone ISBN 1 875286 01 2
CONTENTS CHAPTER 1 What is Meditation? 2 Meditation Progress 3 The benefits of Meditation 4 The Need for Protection 5 An Aura Protection Excercise 6 How does one meditate? 7 Helpful Hints 8 Seeing Images and Colours 9 Conclusion
For Thomas and Phoebenale
ONE WHAT IS MEDITATION?
I entered Silence a thousand times before I saw the face of True Silence. Meditation is a natural state of mind. It is purely a mental activity. The main goal ...view middle of the document...
To do this we need to go very deeply into meditation, graduating from an infantile to advanced stage. In the early stage of meditation, we strive to achieve stillness and calmness and to be very quiet and relaxed, and perhaps follow simple instructions in the form of guided meditation. But as we refine our meditation, we begin to realize that meditation is more than just relaxing and observing and dealing with our feelings, thoughts, emotions and experiences. We realize that it is a process of seeking the truth of things. Some people apply intense concentration when beginning meditation, others may use visualization or the chanting of mantras or other practices to help them to develop stillness and concentration. Meditation is a process which heightens specific forms of sensitivity. In meditation we go inwards. To go inward in meditation is to go to the source of our being, to go into the pure state. In meditation we still our mind to bring about an inner awareness and a oneness with a powerful, harmonious Force which we can recognise as quite apart from ourselves and our environment. It must be made absolutely clear that at no stage is meditation a means of escaping this world. Instead, it is an experience we go through to contact our own Inner Being - the Divine within.
The minute we relax our body and mind completely, deeply and spontaneously, meditation commences. And when we let go and relax fully, and enter into the silence within our inner mind, we are engaging in the process called meditation. When we listen to the inner silence within us we simply remain silent without any expectation, without anxiety about the outcome, without trying to grasp or interpret anything. When we enter into the silence of the inner mind, we enter into a vast openness; we enter into a silence that is not the absence of sound. Neither is the silence free from distraction. This silence is the presence of the awareness of the mind. Meditation is not emptying your head. It is concentrating yourself in a contemplation of the Divine. If you persist, the quality of life will change for the better. You will feel peace, an inner calm, an unchanging force and a certitude within yourself. When meditation deepens, it will move naturally into a level where one can experience its state of reality. Concentration is a more active state. Concentration is the capacity to focus one's attention at one point. It is more difficult than meditation. One can concentrate while meditating but this is a mental function and not a spiritual one. If you have the capacity to concentrate, your meditation will be easier but one can meditate without concentrating. Many follow a series of ideas in their meditation. This is meditation, not concentration. Thus, in meditation one can be involved in many things, whereas in concentration, one always gathers oneself at one point. Hence meditation is a more relaxed action and therefore less tense than concentration. The method of gazing at an...