Not long ago I had a chance to read a book that was about an esoteric practice, as seen in the context of Tibetan Buddhism. One of the practices that was mentioned in this book is called Guru Yoga. It is a type of meditative practice that entails bringing in a high ideal and putting it in front of you. I heard about Guru Yoga term even before that, but in the context of invoking a spiritual teacher.
Being inspired by the description of the practice, I decided to do it but from the Gnostic approach and to see how it would affect me. Because the results were good, I decided to share here how the practice goes.
In Hinduism “guru” is a term that signifies “teacher”. It is most often referred to a physical teacher who is transmitting some kind of spiritual teachings. However, on a deeper level, in Hindi faith they say that any life-form can be a teacher, be it a plant, a rock, a mountain, a bird, a friend, a flowing water, a child, a stranger, or anyone else for that matter. Guru can also be some high principles of divinity, such as the three Logos – Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva. From the Gnostic perspective, a guru is also ones own Being (Higher Self), and based on this precise perspective I modified the practice that I’ve read in the abovementioned book. Continue reading
To worry is a common thing within the human being. We worry so much, almost all the time. Worry can be related to everything in life, but it tends to be strongest when it comes to things that are related to ones own survival. We constantly worry about so many things. For example, what others think of us occupy a strong place in the mind, and it is a worry directly related to pride. All of the worries have their roots in one ego (subconscious inner state, a defect) or another. Worry itself is an inner state/defect that pops up and manifest as an emotion, thought, or an impulse, and sadly often time it can consume the human being.
The best way to deal with it would be as with any other defect – observing it from the state of detachment. Once the defect is observed in that way, we gain an understanding of it, and can then eliminate it. This would be an ideal way to do it, a way also known as the First Key of the Path to Awakening. However, for those who are not yet ready for such technique, there are alternatives that could work.
Not long ago I’ve read a book by Annie Besant, a famous Theosophist. In it she says how a worry is a strong thought current, and if frequent enough, it digs for itself a channel by which it makes continuous impression on the mind of a person. She suggests that in order to counter it, a person should create a thought current and a channel of an opposite character. She says: Continue reading
An exercise of retrospection is a powerful tool. With it we gain self-knowledge, insights, and understanding about our behavior and subconscious defects or egos (things such as anger, fear, pride, lust etc.) that have manifested during the day but have gone unnoticed, and as they go unseen they are controlling our lives. As it is said, ‘Life is a series of events’. The flow of the day sets out various events that we go through, most of which bring about egos within us, regardless if we notice them or not. Sometimes we go through difficult or intense situations, a chaotic development of events where it is very hard to be in the present moment and detached from our egos. These types of events can easily pull us in and drag us along, which means that we act unconsciously. Even if the flow of events is ordinary, there are still emotions, thoughts, and/or impulses that manifest within us.
From an outburst of anger, to a subtle surging of envy, in the retrospective exercise we can see all of that and get knowledge about the egotistic state (ego) and how it controls us. This then can change our lives, simply because, in the exercise of retrospection, we are looking at the events from the perspective of the observer, rather than the participant. Continue reading
Vocalizing mantras is a great way to activate that which is spiritual within us, such as our chakras and consciousness. Vocalizing sounds of the mantra has the power to make our chakras vibrate, and our consciousness to temporarily wake up. Maintaining our consciousness (our true self) awake, is another story – it requires persistent efforts and a change in our way of being.
There are many mantras for many different purposes: there are mantras for astral projection, for ESP ability development, for countering low states, for protection, etc. The mantra that I am going to describe here is for connecting to the aspect of our Being known as Divine Mother. In the Gnostic teachings, each person has their own spiritual Being (also known as the Higher Self), of which we (the essence or consciousness) are a tiny part. Furthermore, that greater Being consists of many parts, the largest of which are Divine Father (masculine) and Divine Mother (feminine). It is said that this greater Being is separated from us, and that it incarnates within a person part by part on the spiritual journey to awakening.
Nevertheless, we are still connected to it, and It knows us thoroughly, yet we do not know It. With practices such as awareness of the present moment and a certain type of meditation and mantras, it is possible to get to know it a little bit more. And then if we take up the path to awakening, we can get to know it fully. Continue reading
Intuition is a useful skill that can benefit everyone. We can use it in all spheres of life, from small daily activities such as knowing in which cue to stand in the supermarket, to tackling difficult situations, to avoiding danger, knowing which path to take, interpreting dreams and symbolic teachings from the Astral plane, and much more. It has infinite number of uses, and it can be developed and sharpened to the point of becoming a clear “sixth sense”. It is said that this ability is coming from our higher nature, from our Being. That’s why listening to it is in our best interest, regardless of how small or big the thing presented before us is.
The faculty of intuition is connected with the heart chakra, and there are techniques that we can practice to develop it. I will describe some of those practices, coming from the teachings of Gnosis, or more specifically from a spiritual master Samael Aun Weor.
According to his teachings, each chakra reacts to its own corresponding sound. Also, each chakra has one or more psychic faculties, also known as non-physical senses. It has been said that human being has five physical senses and seven non-physical ones (because there are seven main chakras in the body). These are the senses like intuition, telepathy, clairvoyance, polyvision, remote viewing, and more.
Intuition is intimately related to the chakra of the heart, that reacts to and can be activated by the vocalization of the sound O. The sound should be elongated like this: OOOOOOOOOOO
There are many mantras that contain the sound O within themselves and that are good for developing the chakra of the heart, such as mantras OM, ON, and ONRO. In this entry I will write on how to stimulate the heart chakra with mantra OM, and how to actually put the intuition into practice. Continue reading
Dream yoga is a term often used for some kind of control over dreams, such as in lucid dreaming, or using them for specific purpose. In the video I’ll share here the instructor describes the technique of what one must do in order to use dreams to their advantage. By applying this technique, you can become lucid in dream, have astral projection, receive guidance about any issue you are facing, etc.
The technique is very simple – you just need to have intention in mind as you are falling asleep, and consciously repeating it over and over. This technique has much more potency than just requesting something once before sleep, or performing it at some other time of day.
It’s a very well known technique in esoteric traditions, but the instructor from the video explains it in its own way, which is definitely helpful and, even if you already know about it, it can give you additional understanding.
The first time when I decided to properly use this type of dream yoga technique from I was in somewhat difficult situation. I was traveling, and found myself not knowing where to go next. I had to decide between two roads, one separated thousands of miles from the other. At that time I was staying alone in a trailer on a property on a mountain. One morning I woke up quite early, so I decided to return back to sleep, and remembered to apply the dream yoga technique. As I was falling asleep I kept repeating a question to my higher being and guides as to where to go. When I fell asleep I dreamt what would happen if I choose one of those two options. The guidance was very clear, and I knew exactly which road to take.
Dreams are a powerful source of information. Every time we fall asleep we leave our physical bodies behind and travel in our astral bodies in a region of 5th dimension, the place where dreams unfold. It’s a lower region of the astral plane, nevertheless it’s frequently visited by our guides and Teachers who instruct us. This is even more so when we are open to seeking guidance from dreams, when we are the ones who facilitate the contact, and are sincere in trying to find an answer.
Mantra WU is a very good mantra to bring the mind to a decent level of stillness in a relatively short period of time. I was amazed of its effects when I finally learned how to do it properly. I searched for years on how to actually do it, because it’s not fully clear from the description in Samael’s books. Finally I learned how to do it correctly.
After getting in a comfortable position, start relaxing your body. Once that’s done, move to vocalizing the mantra Wu. You have to imitate the sound of a hurricane, a strong wind, which is the sound similar to vowel U. However, you do not release the sound U in its full tone as it’s usually pronounced. Instead, you want to create it’s subtle aspect, centered in the throat. Like the sound of a hurricane. Experiment with this and see how it affects you. Once you reached the stillness of the mind, stop vocalizing the mantra. From there on you can move to another practice, or you can just continue sitting still with eyes closed, enjoying the inner peacefulness. What I like to do after this practice is observing my sense of self, my consciousness. Focusing on consciousness can enable you to go deeper within yourself and reach various insights.
You can also use mantra WU as the preparatory stage into practices that require great focus of the mind, such as astral projection, analysis of the subconscious state, etc. You can also just continue pronouncing the mantra for longer to see how much more can you silence the mind. Another thing you can do is to vocalize it only mentally, and trying to reach complete silence, in all the levels of the mind. Whatever you decide to do, don’t be afraid of experimenting with it.
Wu Wen chanted the mantra “WU”; with “U,” he imitated the sound of the wind in a mountain ravine and the sound of the sea crashing against the beach. Wu Wen knew how to intelligently combine meditation and sleep. Wu Wen vocalized his mantra mentally and thought of nothing. – from the book The Buddha’s Necklace by Samael Aun Weor