STEP ONE Perform the Relaxation Ritual.
STEP TWO. Perform the LBRP. Always be sure to do a protection ritual before meditating.
STEP THREE. Shuffle the Major Arcana cards (practice this for several weeks with cards 6,7,10,13,15 and 18 left out) and randomly select one to use. This will be the object which you will use for the contemplation part of this technique.
STEP FOUR. If you feel the need, do the Relaxation Ritual again.
STEP FIVE. Scanning: This step works in a way similar in nature to the method by which a television produces a picture. In a picture tube Is a device called an "electron gun" which shoots electrons in a small single beam toward the screen, forming a "scan line" across the front of the tube. The beam from the electron gun then jumps back to just below the first line and repeats the process. If you look closely at the front of your set when it is on, you can see the lines. But you cannot see the lines being made because the process is done so fast that your eye cannot follow it, so it appears that you have a solid picture. In this meditation technique, scanning is done this way:
2. Start by looking at the upper right hand corner of your chosen card.
2. Look at a horizontal strip of the card about a half-inch from top to bottom. Move your vision from right to left across the width of the card. Thus you should have a strip of the card in your mind composed of the uppermost half-inch of the card.
3. Now return to the right-hand side of the card and scan again across the card, from right to left, covering another half-inch immediately below your previous scan.
4. Repeat this process until you have totally covered the card.
What you are doing is observing the card, from top to bottom, a half-inch at a time. Try to remember as much of each strip or "scan" as you can, but don't worry about perfection. You will get better with practice.
STEP SIX. Contemplation: In this step you will become fully involved with the object. Put simply, the technique is to reproduce the previous step of scanning, but within your mind's eye.
2. Put down the card so that you can no longer see its face.
2. By memory, go through and visualize the entire scanning process.
Go one strip at a time until you have reproduced, to the best of your ability, the entire card in your imagination. The first time you do this you may miss many things and colors, and perhaps you will only be able to recall and mentally create the outline of shapes that were on the card. It is not important that you are completely accurate with your visualization, but your visualization abilities will improve with practice. This does not mean that it is permissible to be lazy or overly brief in this process. You must do the very best that you can. This step should take between three and four minutes, but if you wish it may take longer.
STEP SEVEN. Negation:
1. Starting again in the upper right-hand corner of the card which you have now visualized through the scanning procedure, take the topmost scan and, moving from right to left, erase the image. That is, "de-scan" it; make it disappear. In your mind's eye you should still see a card, but with its top half-inch removed.
2. Return to the top right-hand corner of what is left of your visualized card and take off another strip.
3. Continue this de-scanning, erasing process until the entire card is gone from your mind. Duration for this step: about 1V2-3 minutes, maximum.
STEP EIGHT. The State of True Meditation: At this point, a very interesting phenomenon will occur. Your consciousness which has been caught up in the act of de-scanning the visualized card, will also be "gone" (actually it will only be silent) by the time the card is gone. Your consciousness will be silent and the monologue in your head will be stopped. This will give your subconscious a chance to speak to you and give you possibly important messages and information.
Usually the first time somebody tries the process described above, the true meditative state lasts only an instant. The inner voice returns and asks something like "Am I silent? Did I do this right?" As soon as the voice comes back, the meditation is over.
As you practice this technique you will be able to make that instant of true meditation last a minute, five minutes, or more. As this state stretches out in length you will have a new feeling come over you, a feeling of being in total harmony with the universe, of having all knowledge and knowing that although things must evolve to a better state, all things are exactly as they should be at this instant in time. This is known as cosmic consciousness or enlightenment. It is, as I have said, really impossible to speak of this state of feeling, this state of existence. You must try it and discover its beauty for yourself.
As stated at the beginning of this section, it is not requirrd that you practice meditation. Nor is it required that you practice this particular method of meditation. However, sooner or later you will come to realize that meditation should become a part of your daily life.
When you do decide to meditate on a regular basis, if you choose to use another system of meditation than is described here, do not deceive yourself into thinking that you are really meditating if all you are doing is concentrating or relaxing. Those are aspects of true meditation, but they are not meditation in and of themselves.
Also, you will find that all of your rituals and exercises will be greatly improved by practicing true meditation.
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