Spiritual Awakening – the Journey to Enlightenment

Spiritual AwakeningIn this section you can read metaphysical articles about meditation, dreams work and the journey to enlightenment. I tackle some of the big questions about God, the meaning of life and our place in the universe as well as give you some techniques to help you to discover your own inner reality. I have also included some of the stories about my time in India and my interactions with spiritual masters and the energies of holy temples and places. Most of this is now linked from the page about my new book and television series: Messages from the Universe.

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The Basics: Awakening Through Meditation

What is meditation?

Meditation is a way to start inner transformation. Most methods require the practitioner to still the mind through focused concentration and then to allow the mind to enter a state of contemplation and eventually meditation. Different faiths practice slightly different methods of meditation and may have different understandings of what the state is. Most yoga systems of meditation take their methods from the 196 sutras (aphorisms) of Patañjali – one of the world’s greatest yogis who wandered India somewhere between 200 B.C. and 200 A.D.

Patañjali gave the following steps to achieving the state of spiritual union which is the goal of yoga and meditation.

  1. Yama: Peacefulness, Truthfulness, Generosity, Conservation, Moderation
  2. Niyama: Cleanliness, Contentment, Simplicity, Self-Study, Devotion
  3. Asana: Posture or Pose
  4. Pranayama: Breath
  5. Pratyahara: Introspection
  6. Dharana: Soft Concentration
  7. Dhyana: Focused Concentration or Meditation
  8. Samadhi: Union (Yoga)

Meditation is the state of Dhyana which can be described as a state of complete absorption  in the bliss of pure existence. This is eventually followed by Samadhi – what some may call enlightenment in which a person achieves full realisation of the Self.

Meditation and psychic powers

Spiritualism and a medium’s circle will use meditation as a key part of the psychic development of their students. Some groups initially use a form of visualisation to guide the students into a more relaxed and spiritual state. The students may also experience inner visions and a feeling that they are communicating with their spirit guides and helpers. Although many call this meditation it is perhaps better to call it ‘attuning to spirit’ as has different aims of the goals of Patañjali and others – in fact Patañjali warns that to seek psychic powers for their own sake can hold a person back from spiritual progress and become a trap of the ego. I have addressed some of these issues in the articles linked above as well as help you to integrate real meditation in your work of psychic and mediumistic development.

Your Guru

Jane and I visited India to be with the great teacher (Avatar) called Sathya Sai Baba and were greatly moved by what we witnesses. I have also been very inspired by some of the great spiritualist mediums and other teachers from the East such as Paramahansa Yogananda and Rama Krishna. You can read about our search for enlightenment in the articles above.

Dreams open to spiritual insight

I have written and published many books about dreams and been greatly inspired by the psychologist Carl Gustav Jung. Jung, was a Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist who founded analytical psychology but also believed dreams gave spiritual insight into ourselves. In his autobiography Memories, Dreams, Reflections Jung explains how dreams show the Unconscious mind that is a storehouse of lost spiritual knowledge that is reflected in myth, stories, symbols and traditions that make up our cultures.

Learn to meditate

We offer a number of classes about meditation and visualization on this site geared primarily towards developing mediumship. You can use these by joining the community section of this site. In life you can find a good yoga and meditation teacher through the The British Wheel of Yoga – an organisation which promoted a greater understanding of yoga, meditation and its safe practice.

Video of Craig talking about Psychic Powers and Meditation

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Spiritual Awakening – the journey to enlightenment
ABC techniques for meditation and dream work. Includes a journey to India to find spiritual enlightenment and enlightening insights into psychic meditation. FAQ includes What is meditation? Can Meditation bring psychic powers? Who is your guru? Can dreams open me to spiritual insight? Where can I learn to meditate?
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