Working with Air
Embrace the reality of spirit using a method of your choice:
meditation, fervent prayer, breathing exercises, rituals, initiations,
hypnogogic states (NDEs, OBEs, psychotropics). The soul can leave
the body only be fusing with spirit. Meditate on images of separation
– knives, scissors, axes, swords, splitting the red sea, release
of steam, breaking apart of heaven and earth, a feather, the formation
of an egg, breaking an egg (the egg is the Self), squaring the circle,
complicated geometric diagrams. Meditate on the Kings in all four
Tarot suits, then meditate on Justice (the Tarot card). The result
of these exercises is that the Alchemist realized that’s/he
is made up of basic components, the main ones being an indestructible
soul (essence) and a higher spiritual component. (This dualism is
a Greek invention, the Egyptians postulated at least 9 parts of
the soul and its essences and spirits).
Breaking through Maya
Relax and concentrate on the breath while repeatedly asking
the self “Who is aware?” Sit in a dark, silent room
and repeat your name over and over, trying to determine what it
really means, enter a mental loop until there is no difference between
observer and observed, this is a big part of the True Self.
Look beyond the surface and pay attention to character, even
state of health, concentrate on shadows (or auras) instead of objects,
and focus on things that usually go unnoticed (body movements, expressions,
things happening in the background, placements of objects around
the person you are talking with). This takes practice, but one begins
by entering a state of not-doing and halting the internal voices
that support the First Attention (everyday, shallow, surface life).
Since women already pay attention to expressions, backgrounds and
placement of objects, if you are female, pay attention to the absolute
direction you are facing (north, south, east, west, or in between),
larger body gestures, the exact words someone is speaking (rather
than the emotional overtones and expressions), what is happening
behind you. (Most of these exercises were written by men, so you
will just have to be creative. Concentrate on things you wouldn’t
normally pay attention to).
Prana breathing from belly, chest and throat, all three levels
of the lungs. Sit upright in a chair and relax. Using the diaphragm,
take a deep breath, expanding the stomach, ribs, then upper chest
into the throat. Then exhale completely – throat, ribs, belly.
Inhale to count of 8, hold breath for a count of 24, exhale to count
of 16. Practice until you can do this exercise at will for extended
periods of time (1/2 and hour to an hour). Record visions and experiences.