5. WHITE LIGHT MEDITATION: THE PROCESS
1. Find a quiet place for about twenty minutes; sit down cross-legged in the lotus position (the picture above shows a woman sitting in lotus position); or sit on a chair if lotus is difficult for you. Now, relax. Bring your focus to you. Make sure you are away from phone calls, alarms, door bells, other devices and any other source of disturbance or distraction during your meditation time.
2. Close your eyes and focus on your heart while mentally acknowledging it to be the center of your existence. Appreciate the divine presence of your soul within your heart. Think of your soul as a tiny baby, a divine being dwelling within your heart; ponder upon its subtle presence inside you and mentally intend to send it love and affection. Do not be tensed, and do not worry about anything at this stage. Keep aside your concerns for just a few minutes; tell yourself that you will definitely come back to them in a short while. Ignore time; ignore space. Relax all your muscles and breathe slowly and casually.
3. Think of something that relaxes you: Mentally visualize the image of God, or repeat a short spiritual phrase or mantra that comforts you, for example, “Aum”, “peace”, “Our Father in Heaven”, “Our Lady”, “Bismillah”, “Sairam”, the face of your child, of your parent or your Guru – any thought that gives you peace and helps you relax. Note that this thought has no religious significance. It should help you calm down and to gather your consciousness back to you, so you can focus within. While doing so, if you get into a spiritual state of mind, then that is even better for you, though not required for the meditation. Calming down is what is required. Spend two to three minutes with this thought. Be silent; stay relaxed and still. Ignore your surroundings. Listen to the sounds playing within you – listen to your heart beat, the sound of silence in your ears, your breath, blood circulating through the veins, and the like. It is fine if you do not hear any of that; do not get anxious to ‘hear’. Just stay with yourself and listen within.
4. Handling thoughts that come to you during the meditation: Don’t think about anything at this point. Let your worries be where they are. You know you will get back to them after ten minutes. At the same time, do not try too hard not to think. If you get busy worrying about not to think then that will take you away from the purpose of the meditation. So if thoughts come to you, let them come and go. Just observe them like a third person; watch them come, watch them change and merge into other thoughts, watch them go away. Thoughts are usually fragmented and flickering, they do not stay for long. After some time your mind will clear out on its own. It is like a child. If you ask a child not to play with a toy, it will keep thinking of playing. If you let it play, then after a short while it is bored with the toy and ready to let go of it.
Once you are mentally settled in the moment, continue to remain seated quietly, preferably in a spiritual state of mind, and stay still. Linger in that stillness for a little while. Don’t get impatient even if you cannot usually stay still for long because you do not have to do that in White Light Meditation. The meditation is all about thinking. You are going to spend the next few minutes thinking about your most desired dreams and aspirations. You are going to imagine your dreams at your third eye, that is, at the center of your forehead, just above the brows. Why at the third eye? You might wonder what is the third eye and what is the use of thinking at the third eye?
We know that the human body is made up of physical tissues at the gross physical level. As I have mentioned briefly in Chapter 1, we have a wide subtle existence enveloping our physical bodies. It comprises of our aura, mental, emotional and spiritual bodies. The energies of all these bodies converge at seven major points within our physical body. These convergence points are called ‘chakras’ or subtle energy centers. The energies vibrate at different frequencies at the seven chakras and transmit energy to the physical body. If this cycle happens smoothly, we stay and feel healthy. The seven major chakras are neatly aligned along an invisible perpendicular meridian running through the center of the physical body parallel to the spine.
The seven chakras are -
- Crown chakra at the top of the head,
- Third-eye chakra at the center of the forehead,
- Throat chakra at the throat level,
- Heart chakra at the heart level,
- Solar-plexus chakra at the stomach level,
- Sacral chakra just below the belly button, and,
- Root chakra at the bottom of the spine.
Each chakra governs a set of mental-emotional-physical processes in the human body. In our discussion we shall try to stay focused at the third eye chakra since it is relevant to white light meditation. Every chakra is associated with a color, a syllable, and, has a separate endocrine gland interacting with it.
The third-eye chakra or brow chakra, as it is popularly known, is Indigo in color and communicates with the pituitary gland in the endocrine system. It controls the brain, the sinuses, the nose, and the face including the eyes. This chakra controls our power of intuition, ideas, imagination, vision and intelligence. It is our window to the spiritual world.
A balanced third eye ensures adequate intelligence, promptness of thoughts, envisioning beyond the present, future planning, healthy upper respiratory tracks and sinuses and strong intuition of the unseen and unknown. Activating this chakra through meditation or other spiritual exercises opens our ability to communicate with higher forces and frequencies of the universe. It strengthens our capacity to predict, prepare and project our thoughts into the future. That is why white light meditation works wonders with our thoughts. Visualizing your dream at the third-eye and empowering or charging it up with the white light brings together all the universal energies - inspiration, will power, resources, health, tenacity, and accomplishment, and actually manifests it in real life.
Now that we know what the third-eye is and why we are meditating at the third-eye, let us come back to White Light Meditation…
5. Imagine there is a circular white light at your Third Eye Chakra located at the center of your forehead. It is coming to you from the spiritual realm of the universe, from the energy belt that stores positivity. You do not have to actually feel or see the light, just imagine it is there. Because, by its very innate nature, White Light comes to you the moment you think of it. Imagine that the light beam is shining on you, has entered through your head and gathered at your third eye.
Now visualize your dream within the white light at your forehead. Visualize it happening inside the circular light, like a movie running on a white circular screen. See yourself and all the others involved in the accomplishment of your dream. It shows things actually happening, it portrays future events as they should happen for reaching your goals. See all the things that you have always wanted - health, happiness, success, peace, intimate relationships, affluence; whatever it is that you desire. You are visualizing it all happen at your third eye inside the white light. It could be for you or for others: wellbeing, prosperity, success, career, fame, fortune, family life, marriage, friends, and relationships, anything you aspire for. As you imagine it at your forehead, mentally cover it with a sheet of the divine white light.
You could imagine yourself or others happy, successful, and accomplished in family life, at work, in education, in relationships, in public interactions; if there is any important event that you wish would happen successfully, in a particular way, imagine that event within the white light at your forehead, as if it were actually happening the way you want it to be. If there is disease or an imminent danger in your life, watch the person(s) involved getting healed, rejuvenated, and getting back to normal life, staying healthy, happy and safe.
Continue the visualization for at least ten to fifteen minutes. You can continue longer for as long as you want to. Then slowly open your eyes and feel happy with yourself because you have taken the first step towards manifesting your dream. You have sent a huge dose of divine white light energy, and with it all the essentials required to convert your endeavors into accomplishments.
The empowerment and positive effects of White Light Meditation on your thoughts and aspirations are unimaginable. Do this meditation every day for a minimum of ten minutes and find out for yourself all the blessings it unlocks for you!
Keep my instructions handy for the first few days. Remember, these are guidelines meant to help you. There are no rigid rules that if not followed stringently would affect the meditation or its manifesting power. The meditation always works provided you do it regularly.
At the end of your meditation, thank the Almighty whole-heartedly for bestowing upon you the many beautiful people and opportunities, big or small, you have in life. Express your gratitude for everything including this meditation. Remember, gratitude is a very powerful virtue. It completes the cycle of exchange of give and take between two entities. Remember to express your gratitude to the Almighty every single day. Realize that to wake up and to find yourself and your loved one(s) intact is also a great blessing from above! And, most importantly, practice white light meditation every day to keep the flow of the divine light on, and to ensure that the progression of your dream continues with equal vigor right up to completion.
I would like to share with you an intimate realization, an expression of my spiritual experiences, my perception of the Almighty –
“Everywhere I see there is eternal light, and every place is divine! He is here, and He is out there too -
but cherished most within my heart, His shrine, His eternal abode. For here I secure His grace forever!”
DOS and DON’TS of WHITE LIGHT MEDITATION
Who can practice white light meditation?
White Light Meditation can be practiced by anyone irrespective of his or her age, socio-cultural background, nationality, religion, or belief. It is absolutely safe, natural and divine. It is important to remember that white light meditation is a spiritual practice and does not accrue to any religion or sect.
Although I have mentioned earlier, I feel it is worthwhile to reinforce to my readers the fact that in order to start White Light Meditation even for the first time you do not need the physical presence of a trainer, teacher or a guru. You do not need to get specially initiated into the white light meditation or to the white light energy to be able to seek and channelize it through you. A sincere intent to do so is all that is required to bring the light to you. White Light comes to you as soon as you think about it; and that is its uniqueness.
I have gifted White Light Meditation to numerous individuals who have not done any spiritual course as such, and have not been initiated or attuned into any other spiritual energy field. Most of them have noticed amazing changes and turnarounds within a few days of starting White Light Meditation.
Meditating on the White Light during pregnancy, visualizing a normal and healthy conception, pregnancy, delivery and a normal healthy and happy baby can do wonders by nourishing the mother and the foetus with the divine grace of the White Light.
Children who have the maturity to visualize can also meditate with the White Light. I advice children to start the meditation between ages eight and ten years depending upon individual maturity level.
Is there an ideal time or place to practice white light meditation?
White light meditation can be practiced at any hour of the day or at night, and anywhere. However, finding a relatively silent place would be conducive to the meditation process, especially for those new to meditation, since it would help them concentrate.
Note that it is better to meditate at least twenty minutes after a heavy meal. It makes focusing easier. The physiological energies are mostly occupied in digestion right after meals. Besides, the meditation relaxes you so much that you tend to doze off when the stomach is full. On the other hand, meditating on an empty stomach is not a good idea since the mind would naturally crave for food! It is therefore best to do White Light Meditation when you are neither hungry nor too full. Choose a time at least twenty minutes after a meal to two and a half hours after a meal, that is, before you are likely to be hungry again, depending upon how often you need to eat.
5. The Process; Dos And Don’ts