Keltic Meditation


Meditation in the Keltic (spelt as it was of old) Tradition is not an end in itself, it is a process – a discipline.  To practice it is to expect some development into a next stage.  Too often the word ‘meditation’ is used loosely, covering the whole process of preparing oneself to enter a mystical state and even the mystical state itself, though strictly speaking this is incorrect.  The objective of meditation is to still the processes of physical living, so that they do not intrude into or disturb the mind, thereby causing the consciousness to focus upon them.  Thus, the consciousness is free to focus on other non-physical levels.  This is not an easy exercise as the consciousness is easily brought back by such things as a tickling on the skin, a buzzing fly, a nose itch.

Meditation is where we begin the new adventure of discovering the source of our being, the reason for our existence.  It is a love affair between the outer personality and the True Self.  It takes a great deal of practice and willpower just to learn to sit quietly no matter how old we are.  We are so used to restless and wayward thoughts running through our minds and making excuses to ourselves for things we should be doing.  Watch the deviousness of your own mind as it wriggles and squirms to get out of this simple discipline, as it struggles to prevent you becoming master of yourself.

The average person uses approximately 10% of his or her mental capacity, so just imagine the potential of what is being left unutilized.  The form of meditation we teach, together with other awareness-expanding exercises, is intended to awaken the dormant brain cells.  Therefore, something more is being aimed for than just expanded spiritual awareness.

It is easy to talk about natural laws and the things experienced through the five senses, but to know the Inner Being who interprets what our senses convey is not common.  The majority of people simply take their limited awareness for granted and few ever bother to do the meditational exercises that provide a greater insight into the real nature of their perceptions.  Here we provide preliminary exercises with the primary object of stilling the mental processes in order to reduce the speed of thought vibrations.  Yet, the aim is not to stifle and subdue thought, but to utilize it as a useful tool to higher advancement.

In order to create correct conditions, it is necessary to prepare the body by first gaining control over the rhythm of breathing.  Unless control is developed to a marked degree, mental effort will be ineffective owing to the lack of oxygen in the blood.  The calculated slow rhythm induced by the correct breathing exercises will form a gateway to controlled psychic excursions which, without this preliminary discipline, would possibly lead to danger.

As you progress with meditation you may notice an ever-increasing strain on your physical body and compensation for this must be made by deliberately relaxing both body and mind.  In the early stages of concentration this strain will be mainly muscular, but as you get deeper into meditational practices you will notice that there is also considerable strain on the nerves.  You may become irritable and hypersensitive.  This is a common experience and must be brought under control by paying attention to your breathing and to purifying the body in every possible way.  What is happening is that the refinement of the bodily physical instrument is not keeping pace with the development of the mind.

If you are able to find a like-minded friend or companion who is willing to try these techniques with you, it will be a great help.  Together you can exchange views and results and compare experiences and feelings.  Even though you may both be novices you cannot come to harm with these basic techniques and someone with whom you can discuss what you do or do not perceive, will be of great assistance.

If, however, you have to work alone the answer is a good notebook or diary into which the experiences and results can be recorded.  It should not be displayed to all and sundry and you should feel free to enter thoughts, ideas, premonitions and so on, that come to you in the appropriate place.  Even if you are able to meditate with a friend it is a good idea to keep a record.  It is only in this way that you will be able to properly assess progress and judge the validity of your meditational experiences.  At the end of each session jot down the thoughts that have occurred to you, or the non-results which may happen when you first begin to meditate.  The latter is, however, unlikely, provided this form of Western meditation is the first you practice, for if it is you obtain most immediate results.  Only those who have previously followed Eastern forms of meditation will experience initial difficulties.

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