“But make haste SLOWLY! Prepare the body, prepare the
mind, before ye attempt to loosen it in such measures or manners
that it may be taken hold upon by those influences which constantly
seek expressions of self rather than of a living, constructive
influence of a CRUCIFIED Savior. Then, crucify desire in self;
that ye may be awakened to the real abilities of helpfulness
that lie within thy grasp. ...without preparation, desires of
EVERY nature may become so accentuated as to destroy....”
Therefore, let’s examine our purposes, searching our hearts
for our true passion. Is it cooperation and coordination with
God, or are we still longing to gratify some lingering desires
of our own self interests?
The Taoist meditators of The Secret of the Golden Flower talk
about the right method being like one wing of a bird, the other
wing being the right heart. A wise seeker must remember, the
bird cannot fly with only one wing. All seekers must have the
right method and the right heart.
right-heart concept leads us naturally to the readings’
teaching that an ideal should be raised as we seek to awaken
the life force. What is our ideal? To whom or what do we look
for examples of better behavior, better choices, better uses
for our energies, better relating skills with others? What standard
guides us in conceiving our better selves? Who is the author
of our “Book of Life”? Is it the circumstances of
life? Is it our self-interests?
These are important questions from the perspective of the Cayce
readings, questions that should be considered before going on
with the powerful kundalini forces aroused in this method of
meditation. As the readings say, we can build a Frankenstein
or a god using basically the same meditative method. It all
depends on the ideal held as the practice progresses.
FIND that which is to YOURSELF the more certain way to your
consciousness of PURIFYING body and mind, before ye attempt
to enter into the meditation as to raise the image of that through
which ye are seeking to know the will or the activity of the
Creative Forces; for ye are RAISING in meditation actual CREATION
taking place within the inner self!
The readings would advise anyone who feels unable to “set
the carnal aside” and attune to a high ideal for the period
of meditation to not meditate -- and instead to pray. If the
pray then changes you and you feel that you can set the carnal
forces aside, you may enter into meditation. Otherwise, stay
away from it. Meditation gives power to whatever is in the consciousness
and desires of the person. Make sure these are pure and of the
Kundalini meditation is certainly an Eastern concept and method
of meditation, but the Christ Spirit can help one awaken these
powerful forces carefully and in accord with God's will and
way. The Edgar Cayce readings present Jesus Christ as not only
a high ideal but as a powerful force of protection for anyone
seeking to loosen their life force, to open the bio-spiritual
seals, and enter into the presence of God. Christ is presented
as an advocate for us before the Godhead. To call on this protection
and guidance is to call on the greatest resource available.
However, the readings do not put the religion that formed around
Jesus Christ above other religions. The readings are too universal
for that. Seekers from any religious faith can use the power
of Christ in their meditative practice and
still remain loyal to their religion. Here’s an example
of this perspective, from reading 281-13:
If there has been set the mark (mark meaning here the image
that is raised by the individual in its imaginative and impulse
force) such that it takes the form of the ideal the individual
is holding as its standard to be raised to, ...then the individual
(or the image) bears the mark of the Lamb, or the Christ, or
the Holy One, or the Son, or any of the names we may have given
to that which enables the individual to enter THROUGH IT into
the very presence of that which is the creative force from within
itself -- see?...
Raising then in the inner self that image of the Christ, love
of God-Consciousness, is making the body so cleansed as to be
barred against all powers that would in any manner hinder.
Notice how “Christ” is given as equivalent to the
“love of God-Consciousness.” Seekers from any religion
may have love of God-Consciousness. Christ in this perspective
is more universal than the religion that possesses that name.
Notice also how “love of God-Consciousness” cleanses
us of self-interests that may hinder or harm us.
However, there is much more to this reading than ecumenism
and protection. Cayce is giving us a great insight into just
how a meditator may be transported from a good meditative stillness
into the very presence of the Creative Force, God -- with all
the ramifications of such an experience. If in our imaginative
forces we can conceive or form the ideal (the standard) to which
we seek to be raised, then we (as the Revelation states) bear
the mark or the sign of that power (whatever name we give it)
that enables us to enter through it into the very presence of
God within us, the Creative Force within us. Despite the power
of some of the other techniques in this form of meditation,
imaging the ideal is seminal to transformation. Reading 1458-1
points out our only limitation: “The entity is only limited
to that it sets as its ideal.” We are “gods in the
making” if we can conceive ourselves to be such -- in
cooperation and coordination with the Great God.
Kundalini and Eternal Life
As we have seen, the readings interweave Judaeo-Christian teachings
found throughout the Old and New Testaments, but particularly
in the book of The Revelation, with concepts and practices from
ancient Hinduism and Yoga. The fundamental concepts are these:
The kundalini is metaphorically seen as the great serpent power
fallen from its original place of honor. As Adam and Eve fell
from grace in the Garden, so did the serpent. But as Moses raised
the serpent in the desert and Jesus raised it to life everlasting,
so each of us must raise our serpent power to its rightful,
original place of honor. Kundalini meditation is intended to
do just that.
This kundalini or life force is within the human body, the
temple. Normally it is used in ways that dissipate it, eventually
leading to aging and death of the body. All people are allowed
to use their life force as they choose (at least within the
parameters of their karma). Whether they dissipate it consciously
or unconsciously makes no difference. When it’s gone,
it’s gone. But it doesn’t have to be this way. As
the readings put it, “...if there will be gained that
consciousness, there need not be ever the necessity of a physical
organism aging ... seeing this, feeling this, knowing this,
ye will find that not only does the body become revivified,
but by the creating in every atom of its being the knowledge
of the activity of this Creative Force ... spirit, mind, body
The “elan vital” of the Western world and the “kundalini”
of the Eastern world follows natural laws, and can be made to
flow in rejuvenative ways which enhance and extend the life.
This is not only possible with kundalini meditation, but it
is a valuable goal to pursue. Here’s one reading’s
statement on this: “How is the way shown by the Master?
What is the promise in Him? The last to be overcome is death.
Death of what? The soul cannot die, for it is of God. The body
may be revivified, rejuvenated. And it is to that end it may,
the body, transcend the earth and its influence.” This
meditation practice works directly with the forces of life.
Now let’s look at the mechanics of this method. Assuming
that our ideals, purposes and hearts are in the right place,
that we have crucified our selfish desires, conceived of our
ideal, and drawn on the power and protection of the Christ,
“love of God-Consciousness” -- let’s begin
with prayer-words for the seven chakras. These words vary with
different practices, but the Cayce readings teach that one reason
the Master created the Lord’s Prayer was for this purpose.
The readings give a slightly different version of the prayer,
which we’ll use. The readings are also comfortable with
the feminine aspect of the Godhead as well as the masculine,
so let’s also use this. As you say the prayer, feel the
meaning of the words as your consciousness is directed to the
location of the chakra.
To fully realize the power of this prayer, one must understand
that it is intended to call forth the highest in each chakra.
Just as we felt the words “stillness” and “God”
in the earlier affirmation/mantra, so now we must feel or imagine
the change brought on by these words and their meanings. Take
your time. Consider this as part of the meditation period.
The order of the chakra prayer is significant in that it attempts
to awaken the higher chakras before awakening the lower ones.
This is the best approach. Awakening the first chakra before
the seventh and sixth is like opening the serpent basket without
the charm of the flute. The serpent is loose to its own interests,
rather than under the charm of the higher music. Keep a higher
ideal, a higher purpose, a right heart, and the consciousness
focused predominantly on the higher centers. Draw the kundalini
Now once again we take hold of the breath. This time we take
a stronger hold and use it in ways that arouse the life force
and draw it up through the chakras of this wonderful bio-spiritual
instrument in which we abide. Why the breath? “BREATH
is the basis of the living organism’s activity. ...this
opening of the centers or the raising of the life force may
be brought about by certain characters of breathing -- for,
as indicated, the breath is power in itself; and this power
may be directed....”
Strengthening and Opening Breath
There are several breathing patterns we may use. The first
is described often in the readings. It begins with a deep inhalation
through the right nostril, filling the lungs and feeling strength!
Then exhalation through the mouth. This should be felt throughout
the torso of the body -- STRENGTH! After three of these, shift
to inhaling through the left nostril and exhaling through the
right (not through the mouth). This time feel the opening of
your centers. As you do this left-right nostril breathing, keep
your focus on the third eye and crown chakra, letting the other
centers open toward these two. This will not be difficult because
the sixth and seventh centers have a natural magnetism -- just
as the snake charmer’s music.
When you have finished this breathing pattern, go through the
prayer again slowly, directing your attention to each chakra
as you recite the phrase and key word.
Rising and Bathing Breath
Then, begin the second breathing pattern. It goes like this.
Breathe through your nostrils in a normal manner; however, with
each inhalation feel or imagine the life force being drawn up
from the lower parts of the torso to the crown of the head and
over into the third-eye center. Hold the breath slightly, and
then as you exhale, feel or imagine the life force bathing the
chakras as it descends through them to the lowest center. Pause,
then inhale while again feeling or imagining the drawing upward.
Repeat this cycle at a comfortable pace -- using your consciousness
and breath to direct the movement in synchronization with the
inhalations and exhalations. As the breath and life force rise,
feel or imagine how they are cleansed and purified in the higher
chakras. As they descend, feel how they bathe the chakras with
this purified energy. Take your time; again, consider this as
part of the meditation. Do about seven cycles of inhalations
“These exercises [yoga breathing] are excellent.... Thus
an entity puts itself, through such an activity [yoga breathing],
into association or in conjunction with all it has EVER been
or may be. For it loosens the physical consciousness to the
universal consciousness.... Thus ye may constructively use that
ability of spiritual attunement, which is the birthright of
each soul; ye may use it as a helpful influence in thy experiences
in the earth.”
The Rising Incantation
After this breathing pattern is a good time to use a rising
incantation. Here’s one from an ancient Egyptian mystical
practice described in the readings. Breathe in deeply, then
as you very slowly exhale, direct your consciousness to the
lowest chakra and begin moving the life force upward as you
chant in a drone “ah ah ah ah ah, a a a a a, e e e e e,
i i i i i, o o o o o, u u u u u, m m m m m.” Each sound
is associated with a chakra. “Ah” with the root
chakra (reading 2072-10, “this is not R, but Ah,”
as the “a” in spa). “A” with the lyden
center (sounds like long “a” in able). “E”
with the solar plexus (sounds like long “e” in eve).
“I” with the heart (a long “i”, as in
high). “O” with the throat (long “o”
as in open). “U” with the pineal (sounds like the
“u” in true) . And, “m” with the third
eye (like humming the “m” in room).
Remember that true incanting is an inner sounding which vibrates,
stimulates and lifts the life force. It is done in a droning
manner, with a monotonous, humming tone -- vibrating the vocal
cords and then directing this vibration to the chakras, thus
vibrating them. Feel the chakras being tuned to the specific
sound/vibration, and then carry your consciousness upward as
the sound changes. Do this chanting three or more times, or
until you feel its effect. You may also want to finish this
chanting portion of the practice with a few soundings of the
great OM chant (as in home).
Often at this point in the meditation, the head will be drawn
back, the forehead and crown may have pronounced sensations
or vibrations, and the upper body and head may be moving back
and forth, or side to side, or in a circular motion (circular
is preferable). These are all natural results of the practice
and are identified as such in the readings. In the Revelation,
St. John associates body-shaking (“earthquakes”)
with the opening of the sixth chakra, followed by “silence
in heaven” as the seventh chakra opens.
In to the Mind
Now we want to move in consciousness, so let the breathing
and body go on autopilot (the Autonomic Nervous System will
watch over them).
At this point in the practice, the whole of the body, mind
and soul are aroused and alert. Now, the ideal held is the formative
influence, and development proceeds according to the ideal held.
The mind has a somewhat different experience in this type of
meditation than it does in the Magic Silence method. All self-initiated
activity is suspended. The mind has been changing as we have
raised the energies of the body. By now it is very still, yet
quite alert. Stay here. Do not draw away or attempt to affect
anything. Heightened expectancy and alertness is an excellent
state of mind at this point. Here’s where we have the
greatest opportunity to receive God. Completely open your consciousness
to God’s. St. John says that he was “in the spirit”
(the readings says this was John’s way of saying that
he was in meditation) and he “turned” (in consciousness)
and his revelation began. St. John’s word “turned”
so precisely describes the cessation of all self-initiated activity.
We too must reach a point in the meditation where we turn around
from our constant outer-directed thoughtstream, to become transfixed
on God’s consciousness, and purely receptive.
Expansion and the Imaginative
The readings say we should have a strong sense of expansion
and universalization while in this state. They also recommend
that we imagine expansion as we progress toward this place in
the meditation. The imaginative forces should be used to help
us reach higher consciousness. So, imagine expansion as you
raise the life force in the early stages of the practice. According
to the readings, the pineal’s primary functioning is “the
impulse or imaginative” force. It is the pineal chakra
that aids in the transition from heightened material consciousness
to real spiritual consciousness. Use your imaginative forces
to aid in this transition. Also, reading 294-141 adds, “Keep
the pineal gland operating and you won’t grow old -- you
will always be young!” Again we see the rejuvenative powers
of stimulating the imagination.
The Lower and Upper Gates
Reading 281-13 describes more of what occurs. “The spirit
and the soul is within its encasement, or its temple within
the body of the individual - see? With the arousing..., it rises
along that which is known as the Appian Way, or the pineal center,
to the base of the brain, that it may be disseminated to those
centers that give activity to the whole of the mental and physical
being. It rises then to the hidden eye in the center of the
brain system, or is felt in the forefront of the head, or in
the place just above the real face - or bridge of nose, see?”
As we have seen, the soul is encased in the second chakra of
the body, the lyden center. From this chakra it is drawn upwards
by the magnetism that results from stimulating the pineal center.
It rises to the base of the brain and into the pineal center,
the crown chakra. In ancient Egyptian mysticism, the lyden center
is represented by the lower gate and pharaoh of the lower Nile,
while the pineal center is the upper gate and pharaoh of the
upper Nile. In The Book of the Master of the Hidden Places,
there are ancient Egyptian pictures of a young man named “Ani”
encouraging his soul to pass through the lower gate, and later
Ani’s soul is seen at the threshold of the upper gate,
ready to make that wonderful passage into the higher consciousness.
The caption under these pictures reads, “Hail ye gods
who make souls to enter into their spiritual bodies. Grant ye
that the soul of the reunited Ani, triumphant, may come forth
before the gods, and that his soul may have peace in the Hidden
A More Wonderful Life
The power gained from this type of meditation is not used to
rule but to allow more of God’s influence to come into
our lives and into this dimension. Raising the Life Force within
the body is key to higher consciousness and resurrecting mortal
flesh as spiritualized flesh.
We are the channels of God in this realm, if we choose to be
so. We could literally transform this realm if more of us developed
ourselves to be better, clearer channels of the Life Force,
the Great Spirit, God. The residual effect of this is that our
individual lives become more fulfilling, abundant, rejuvenated
Success is in the Doing!
From the readings’ perspective, “In the doing comes
the understanding” -- not in the talking, the reading,
the believing, the knowing, or thinking -- but in the doing.
So come, take up your practice. Not just to feel better, but
that the infinite may manifest in the finite, lifting all to
a more wonderful life!
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