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Remembrance

 

By George A. Boyd ©2002

Seekers are often perplexed with the variety of techniques invested for spiritual insight, uplift and transformation. They may be confused as to what technique is best. A simple place to start meditation is with the practice of remembrance. Remembrance is a fundamental technique that is very useful as a basic centering method. Remembrance focuses the attention on the Soul, the Spirit and the Divine. Here are seven types.

The first type of remembrance is of the nature of the Soul. To perform this technique, raise the eyes gently to look at the point between the eyebrows. Your attention will follow a golden pathway, which traces the Soul’s development on the GCC. At the deepest level of this meditation, you will feel the bliss of your Soul.

The second type of remembrance is of the Soul’s calling. This type of remembrance is a more advanced technique. Once you have gained union with the bliss of the Soul, you turn your gaze downward towards the tip of your nose (closest to the mouth). This will carry your attention across the unconscious mind. At the depth of this meditation, you will become aware of the seed of your Soul Purpose.

The third type of passive remembrance is of your Spirit. Here you focus your attention in the area of your breastbone, in the hollow place in the center of your chest. Your attention will be drawn into a channel of energy. First you will become aware of your physical heart, then your ego, then your Self, then your spirit.

The fourth type is active remembrance of your spirit. Here you use a contemplative mantra to focus your attention on a particular octave of the spiritual paths. This method is called simran or zhikir.

The fifth type of remembrance brings up earlier and earlier and earlier experiences from the unconscious reservoir and recollects past incarnations. Ultimately, the meditation discovers the thread of the evolving Soul in each life and encounters its essence as the true being within. You can reliably access this unconscious reservoir by using process meditation.

The sixth type of remembrance is called faith. Faith apprehends a transcendent reality and forms a conduit with the Other Reality for prayer, dialogue and receipt of guidance and blessings. This sacred belief is applied in different ways depending on the tradition.

    1. The first is remembrance of the name and form of God, Divine Spirit, Holy Spirit or Shakti.

    2. The second is remembrance of the name and form of a Master, Avatar, Savior, Christ, God-man or Sat Guru.

    3. The third is remembrance of a demigod, god or goddess.

    4. The fourth is remembrance of an angel.

    5. The fifth is remembrance of an ancestral spirit.

    6. The sixth is remembrance of a spiritual guide.

    7. The seventh is remembrance of a symbol or statue that is believed to represent the Divine.

The seventh type of remembrance is ritual ensoulment of a sacred rite. This may involve a sacred ceremony like the Mass or granting of the Eucharist, drinking holy water (amrita) or taking blessed sweets (prasadam), that evokes remembrance and, often, spiritual communion with the spiritual Master that started the ritual. This remembrance may take the form of a pilgrimage, participation in a worship ceremony (puja or bhajan) or a sacred dance.

Remembrance types one through five are aspects of meditation. Types six and seven are fundamental to religion.

Seekers can achieve value from familiarizing themselves with these types of remembrance. Gradually, each type of remembrance will become easy for you and you will use this versatile technique again and again and again as a stepping-stone into the glorious worlds within.

 

 

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