At the request of a client, I've decided to talk a bit about the subject of mind control; specifically, I am referring to adequate self-control when it comes to one's own thoughts and feelings. Its an exceedingly important topic, but is largely dismissed in the West, despite the fact that an untrained mind is often weak and pliable. Weak and pliable = vulnerable to spiritual attack for reasons that I'll discuss later.
That being the case, it behooves us to do what we can to work to control the inner machinations of our brains. However, before we can control something, we must be aware of it and understand it intimately.
If we are to understand how we function, we need a tool that'll allow us to do just that. We are fortunate to have one: meditation; a simple to use, difficult to master skill that's incredibly important in magical work.
When you meditate, the things that pop into the forefront of your mind's eye are usually noise and chatter from your deep mind. All of those concerns like "did I finish the laundry" and "what the hell perfume was she wearing?!" are little things that your subconscious is ruminating over. Those things are, in magical work, distractions, and until you get control of them, you're going to have difficulty doing magic.
With time and practice, you'll learn not to focus on those little tidbits that pop up. Instead, you can simply observe them and they'll pass. Your goal, during meditation, is to be an impartial observer who simply lives with himself or herself. As you do so, you'll begin to see patterns that define you. These patterns are incredibly important, as they are the building blocks of your personal song; that vibration which describes you to the universe. When those patterns suddenly don't match the usual patterns you observe, you're either going through important changes, someone is screwing with you, you're being visited by a spirit, or you're under extreme duress and need to relax.
See why this is important?
That addressed, let's get to the method of how one meditates.
I find that I am most successful when I attain a light trance and then begin to meditate. It cuts down on the mental chatter considerably while making it easier to focus. To do so, I find a reasonably comfortable way to sit, stand, or lay down, as this ensures that I don't cramp up during the process, as that, frankly, sucks. From there, I begin to control the rhythm of my breathing and close my eyes, turning my focus inwards. I then stay in that state for however long I need to; usually its 15 minutes, unless I've got a specific goal in mind.
So, let's rehash. The TL:DR version of the above paragraph, step-by-step, is as follows:
- Get comfortable
- Control your breathing
- Turn your attention inwards
- Observe your mental behavior until you've done so for a set period of time.
With that said, that's all for now.