To understand how meditation works we must examine human make-up on a conscious level and must also realize that we are spiritual as well as physical beings. The physical and spiritual bodies are connected at the vital centers, known by their Sanskrit name— Chakra (see Figure 7.1). In meditation the mysterious psychic energy can be sent up through these centers. This very potent force is called the Kundalini, or "Serpent Power". As this mighty force begins to flow within you, these vital psychic centers—the chakras— begin to open in successive order.
On a conscious level, consider the total consciousness as a sort of sandwich. On one side you have the Conscious Mind. This is the mind that is concerned with your everyday world and activities and your physical/material being. It is your waking state of consciousness. On the other side of the sandwich is what is called the Higher Consciousness, or the Super-Consciousness. This is your Higher Self Mind. It is concerned with your spiritual well-being and retains your Universal Memory. In the center is that which is often called the Subconscious Mind. It is passive and is largely subordinate to the conscious mind—primarily_
because it has been made so. It rules the realm of the involuntary body functions; memory; reflex actions; and serves as the connecting passageway between your conscious and super-conscious minds.
As the vital forces begin to flow through the nervous sytem, the individual achieves a sense of well-being and peace. The subconscious begins to clear itself of the negative and undesired patterns of feelings and the images that have been programmed into it through your lifetime. The cosmic force of the Kundalini very naturally operates in a calm, relaxed, contemplative atmosphere. As the succession of opening chakras continues, your awareness and perception of life flows continually from within. You are led to do the right thing at the right time. A new vibrancy permeates your being.
Meditation allows you to learn to control the restless, materially oriented conscious mind and re-program the subordinate subconsciousness, in order that you may function from your spiritually oriented higher consciousness. It opens up the channel to your Higher Self.
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