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Meditation and Kaballah

Author: Ivory Cat

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Meditation is one of the most vital elements of occult and esoteric
practices, especially in the study of the Kaballah. I've heard it said that
prayer is talking to the Divine and meditation is listening for the answers.
I've also heard that the answers come in the form of our own intuition, which
is said to be the Divine talking to us. Through meditative practices we can
gain a wide variety of benefits from finding answers, to reducing stress, to
gaining insights, to strengthening our inner essence.

There are many varieties of meditations. Some are in the form of imagery
guided journeys, some focus on physically relaxing the body, some require the
mind to be empty. You can reach a meditative state by doing a prolonged
activity where you can achieve a rhythm, such as drumming, long distance
running or swimming. The rhythm induces a hypnotic effect and stimulates the
mind into an altered state of consciousness or a form of trance. This level
of consciousness is called an alpha state and is where one wants to be to
perform magic, manifestations, spells, and other occult practices. It seems
the best way to get the most out of a meditation is to pick one (or two) and
stick with it for a while. Work with it often and if inclined, keep a journal
of your progress.

I find the most personally effective forms of meditation to be exercises
with movement. Most favorite for relaxation is swimming with my eyes slightly
unfocused in front of me so I can get hypnotized in the reflections of the
water. For esoteric development I prefer exercises that move light energy
through the body. I like these because they strengthen the inner essence
energy, and perfect the ability to direct this energy. Because working magic
depends a great deal on being able to excentuate, move and direct energy,
these forms aid in the achievement of this skill.

I have been working with a couple of meditations, the Qabalistic Middle
Pillar exercise and a form of raising shamanic kudalini with a tape produced
by a friend of mine. I've written of these two in previous essays, and would
like to share some experiences and insights gained from working them.

I began working the middle pillar meditation about five years ago. The
meditation involves invoking various God names which correspond to specific
Sephioth on the body. They are points just above the head, the throat, solar
plexus, groin, feet. Above the head is Kether and is invoked with the name
Eheieh (Eh-hey-yay) meaning " I am". ("I Am" and the profound personal
realization of "I Am That I Am" are the ultimate quiessential Divine essence
of who we truely are, quite apart from our physical body or our personality.)

The throat corresponds to the invisible sphere Daath, the abyss of
knowledge, and the name YHVH Elohim (Yode-heh-vav-heh El-oh-heem), "The Lord
God is intoned. The light center at the solar plexus is Tipareth. The name
YHVH Eloa ve-Daath (Yode-heh-vav-heh El-oh-ah v'-Dah-ath) "Lord God of
Knowledge" is vibrated here.

The name Shaddai El Chai (Shah-dye El-Chai), meaning "Almighty Living God"
is intoned at the pelvic chakra corresponding to Yesod. Ending at Malkuth,
the feet, with vibrating the name Adonai ha-Aretz (Ah-doe-nye ha-Ah-retz),
"Lord of Earth". Many of the Jewish scholars express immense importance in
the correct pronunciation of these names.

Here I'd like to bring up the Tetragramaton formula. The YHVH, the Divine
name. It is comprised of the Hebrew letters Yod Heh Vav Heh. Per Regardie
"The letters of the Tetragrammaton are used to imply the whole gamut of the
four elements. Yod as the creative function of the Archetypal Realm, is Fire
in the Chiah, (etc.associated with Chokmah) and is the Divine Father. The
first Heh represents water in the Neschamah ( Binah) and symbolizes the the
passive character of the Creative World. The Mother. Verve is the Son, (at
Tipareth) the active vice-regent of the Father and is Air in the Ruach; and
the final Heh is the Nephesch (Yesod), the daughter, the passive receptive
earth, fructifying all things". I will explain the regions of Chiah,
Neschamah, Rauch, in the near future.

The Tetragamaton a very important formula and concept for the adept to
grasp. Per Regardie "..the unredeemed Virgin the last letter Heh (at Yesod),
must carry the celestial bridgegroom, the Son (Vav) who is in Tipareth. This
process is called the attainment of the Knowledge and Conversation of the
Holy Guardian Angel. It is the alchemical marriage, the mystical nuptials of
the heavenly Bride and Groom. This union makes the virgin a pregnant mother
(Binah, the first Heh, Neschamah) and with her the Father (Yod, or Chokmah
and the place of Chiah) eventually unites himself and both become absorbed
into the Crown at Kether", the sphere of Divinity. "The final Heh (in Yesod)
is the Nephesch or subconsciousness. Normally, ones conscious mind, the Vav
or Son, (Tipareth) is in dire conflict with the subconscious self, and
confusion and a disruption of one's total consciousness is the result. One's
first object must be to reconcile the conscious ego with the subsconscious
mind, and set the factor of equilibrium between the two. When this usual
source of conflict has disappeared, one is in the position to obtain
Understanding, (Binah, the first Heh, the Mother). From Understanding, which
is Love, Wisdom (Chokmah, Yod, Father) can arise. With the union in oneself
of Wisdom and Understanding, the purpose of life may be divined, and the
steps leading to the consummation of divine union may be instituted without
danger, fear or the ordinary conflicts of the personality."

The Middle Pillar exercise can be done without the invocation of the
names by just visualizing light at the chakra points instead, although I
would say it would be much more effective to intone the names. You visualize
a bright light above your head. Then you bring it down to your throat and
allow it to glow there. Then to the solar plexus, pelvic area, and feet while
letting the light glow at each place for as long as it takes to feel that you
are finished. Sometimes points take longer than other and may differ from
each time the exercise is performed. When the light is at the feet, then pull
it up your right side and down the left. Do this a few times. Then up the
front and down the back of the body. Then circulate and spiral the light from
the feet all the way up the body to two feet above the head. Take your time
doing this because this is the most exhilarating part. When you are all
wrapped up in a cocoon of light, sit and relish in its splendor. Any color of
light or multi colored lights can be envisioned, or you can correspond colors
to the chakras.

Sensations from this meditation have varied greatly. At times more
intense than at others. The most dramatic effects occur when I am spiraling
the light around me. It doesn't always travel in a neat circular spiral from
head to toe. Sometimes the spiral assumes a more elliptical shape, traveling
around me as an electron travels around the nucleus of an atom with the speed
varying greatly from time to time. I've worked it where it seemed to take
forever for the light to make it to the top of my head, then I've
experimented with purposefully speeding up and slowing down, even suspending
the light. Some times it spirals two feet from my body, sometimes so close I
feel like a wrapped mummy.

Since I have been doing this exercise I have incorporated it into other
areas of my life. I combine this exercise with reiki when I work on
clientele, sometimes swirling them up in a spiral of twinkling light, or
increasing my visualization of light on specific stressed areas of the body.

A wonderful meditation that I've been working with for the past eight or
so months is raising Shamanic Kundalini by Walter Soaring Eagle. With this
meditation you raise the Kundalini energy, the essence of your being, the "I
Am That I Am". This energy is situated at the base of the spine. By the
guided meditation, you bring the light energy out through a door at the base
of the spine and it spirals up the body in a glass tube. It has many
similarities to the Middle Pillar, and because of these I have taken to
combining the two. The meditation begins with alignment of the chakras. "I Am
That I Am" is atoned at each of the seven chakras. This has had profound
effects on me over time, namely the projection of my voice. I've noticed when
I sing along to songs I have a much wider range than I did before. When I
first began this exercise my voice would slip. At times coming out sounding
unlike me. Likewise with the Kundalini itself. It took me several attempts to
begin raising this energy, then 4 to 5 months to get used to it because it
would cause irregular patterns in my day to day life, creating pulses of
energy, as if it was radiating from the center of my body. I found that I
would feel manic, with higher highs and much lower lows on a day to day
basis. However, if I did come upon an emotionally upsetting situation, I was
able to shift my energy much easier, to alter my perspective of the
situation, as in shifting from being a victim to being dominant, and doing it
more calmer than I've ever been able to do before. It has taken me a full 8
months to finally feel comfortable with more control of this energy.

When the Kundalini is raised, it travels out of a door at the base of the
spine and in front of the body past the root chakra, located two feet in
front of the pelvic area with the stem reaching through the body to the
spinal cord, which, at this chakra, would be the tail bone. A bright red
flower is envisioned two feet in front of the body, in the auric field, and
then it is set into a spinning motion that shoots red light down the stem to
the back of the spine. Then it shoots up the spine through the top of the
head, and a shower of red light is envisioned shooting out of the top of the
head and falling all around the body, encompassing it in red light. The
Kundalini then travels up the tube spiraling up the body and the same is done
with the other chakra points. Lower abdomen has an orange flower, the solar
plexus is yellow, the heart is green, the throat chakra is blue, the third
eye is indigo. This spiral tube also gets closer to the body as it ascends
and ends up piercing through the left side of the skull, takes a few twists
inside the cranium them comes out the top of the head, stimulating the crown
chakra, which is an illuminous violet lotus flower. The flower is set into
spinning and a violet light comes down the stem, hits the top of the head,
and showers violet light all around the body. It is said that the body can
arch and sway like a snake when the Kundalini is awakened, and that without
proper guidance through the process, spontaneous human combustion could
occur. Well, I can say I have combusted yet, but I have experienced a lot of
body twitching in working this.

You then ascend up a silver cord, through the top of your head, upward
toward a huge golden sphere. You enter the sphere where the light penetrated
through your body, your bones, and it is here that you take some time to
experience your higher self. At the end of the meditation you turn off the
lights, starting at the violet lotus. As the Kundalini spiral descends down
the body each flower is stopped and the light is turned off. When the
Kundalini travels back into the base of the base of the spine, the door is
closed and locked.

I've been these two meditations together. At the part of the Kundalini
exercise where I am up in my higher self, I incorporate the Middle Pillar.
Since I'm already up into Kether, I then either intone the God names and
begin the Middle Pillar, or I go right to taking the bright violet light and
running it up and down the sides of my body, front to back, and then
spiraling it up the body in the same direction that I swirled the Kundalini.

After working with a meditation over a prolonged period of time you may
find yourself changing it to suit yourself, or naturally taking it to another
higher level. After about 7 months of raising Kundalini, one morning I
discovered that I have mirror flower petaled chakras extending from my back.
So now when I set a charka lotus spinning, I set two in motion, the ones in
front of me and the ones behind me. Let me tell you, this greatly increases
the momentum of the energy.

I have been doing this meditation faithfully since about the end of
January every weekday morning. I have made it part of my morning ritual. I
even invested in an expensive bottle of Pink Lotus Absolute, (the real
stuff), as an aroma inducement, being that the scent of the true lotus will
work on cellular memory to trigger deeper states of consciousness. Lotus has
been used forever for mystical activities by civilizations of Ancient Egypt
and India. By smelling true lotus you can awaken to the memory of the
ancients at the cellular level, which can allow access to their collected
consciousness. Around 7:30 in the morning, there I am with a strong cup of
coffee and a bottle of pink lotus absolute, combining the Middle Pillar with
raising Kundalini. This works so well, and I can get the light swirling so
fast, that I glow in the dark!

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