Let's take a brief respite from the sabbats and look at meditation. In its present form meditation has come to the Western world by way of the East. For centuries the eastern initiates have known of the power and the advantages of regular meditation. They have used it, developing it into a fine art through which they have learned to control the mind, overcome sickness, separate themselves from problems and fears, develop psychic abilities and expand philosophy and knowledge of Universal Law.
Today, in the Western world, there is an evergrowing awareness of these benefits of meditation. TM—Transcendental Meditation, Yoga, Silva Mind Control—all these and many more are now common, turning up in everyday conversations not only among Wiccans and other occultists, but among ordinary, everyday folk. The trouble is that, in listening to these conversations, it quickly becomes obvious that many are mere dabblers in this realm. Many are confused. "Which technique is best?" "Why am I getting nothing out of it?" "Am I doing it right?"
So, what is meditation? Quite simply it is a listening... listening to the Higher Self or, if you prefer, the Inner Self, the Creative Force, the Higher Consciousness; even the gods themselves. It can be all of these. Properly used, meditation opens the door to individual growth and personal advancement. Of all the techniques of advancement in the psychic and spiritual fields, meditation is by far the most effective. Coinciden-tally, it is also the most simple. And it can be practiced alone or in a group setting.
The late, renowned psychic Edgar Cayce, in one of his readings (# 281 -13), said that "Meditation is emptying self of all that hinders from the creative forces rising along the natural channels of the physical man to be disseminated through those centers and sources that create the activities of the physical, mental and spiritual man; properly done (meditation) must make one stronger mentally, physically... we may receive that strength and power that fits each individual, each soul for greater activity in this material world." In short, meditation is a method whereby we can improve our lives materially, physically, mentally and spiritually. As with the Eastern Master, you too can discipline your mind, control your emotions, overcome illness, solve problems and begin to
create your own reality. You only need to have the desire and be willing to expend the effort.
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