These guided meditations offer an easy way to learn the
skills required for effective meditation. Much like
"training-wheels" for the mind, these guided meditations can
help you to achieve success while, at the same time, you're gradually learning the
requisite skills for "solo" meditation anytime,
Meditation, as the word is used here, describes a process of
gently letting go of all that comes between yourself and the calm,
loving, pristine depths of your own inner being. We each have
a calm, kind, loving, accepting, and supportive inner core to
being, but unfortunately, most of us have become unconsciously attached
to the incessant chatter of the ego's old and largely ineffective
schemes of attempting to pursue the enduring joy, love, esteem
and well-being which truly are our innate birthright.
These guided meditations are based on ancient techniques
used by mystics and seekers for thousands of years, and are
presented here in a simple, easy to use format.
Rising Above the Past:
To truly enjoy life, we need to rise above the old ineffective emotional programs
and strategies which we've unconsciously adopted, and learn
instead to rely upon the Divine Presence, the Inner Life, the very core of our being,
the only place where our deepest needs for inner strength,
emotional support and well-being can be fully and reliably
satisfied. Due to flawed emotional programs for happiness and
well-being (many of which were created during childhood), we
have long been misled by our own mind, and we need to refocus
our attention toward the calm, pristine depths of the Inner
The relationship which we instinctively long for, the relationship
which we need above all others, is a deep inner relationship with
the Divine Presence which illuminates, guides and empowers us in the
perfect way that no human relationship can ever achieve. (For more
about relationships, please see the article entitled
Relationship: Human and Divine.)
These meditations are designed to help re-establish an
intimate relationship, a deep friendship, with that still
small voice within which can lead us toward powerful positive changes in every aspect of daily life.
The Radiance of Love, Peace and Beauty:
Just as the
pure, clear light of the sun can be more fully understood
and appreciated when separated into a rainbow of colors
through a prism, so too can we better understand the pure,
clear light of Divine Presence as we begin to more fully
recognize and embody the rainbow of inner gifts (in
brilliant hues such as Love, Peace and
Beauty) which are our birthright, pouring upon us in their
fullness in every moment, in every situation.
As we begin to realize and embody these precious gifts
such as Love, Peace and Beauty, carrying them into every
aspect of daily life, we begin to fulfill our purpose in
life, becoming loving, peaceful and beautiful instruments of the
In these meditations, you will simply bask in the Light,
allowing it to illuminate and transform you in its own gentle,
yet all-powerful manner. Much the same as basking in
sunlight will produce gradual yet powerful changes in our
body (such as the production of vitamin D and melanin)
without any specific effort required on our part, so too
will relaxed (yet deliberate and mentally focused) basking in the Light of Divine Presence
gradually produce profound changes in body and mind, with
each different hue of that Light (such as Love, Peace or
Beauty) producing it's own specific effects.
Be a Verb, not a Noun:
Spiritual progress relies upon seeing from a new
viewpoint. And to help begin seeing life from a new viewpoint, it may be
helpful to shift your thoughts of yourself from being a
noun, to being a verb.
That is, rather than thinking of yourself as "I" or "me" (something known and having
qualities), begin to think of yourself simply as an on-going
process (a work-in-progress), an ever-changing process which
is powered and nurtured by the ever-present ocean of Love in which we are
Simply open yourself to new possibilities, new ways of
life, and relax into the vast Ocean of Being, seeing
yourself as an on-going work of art, having unlimited
potential for inner peace and happiness.
The old, unsatisfactory mental habits have often been
accumulated and reinforced over many years, so it may take
some time and dedication to overcome them. At first,
meditation may seem like a burden, but over time, it will
likely become an important and cherished part of each day.
As a first step, sort of a trial period, meditate at
least once a day for thirty consecutive days, and then
carefully examine your daily life: are you calmer? more
peaceful? behaving more beautifully? expressing greater
loving-kindness? living with greater ease? If so, you're on
the right track!
Listen to the Meditations:
For the first few times you use these guided meditations, please listen to the introduction
before listening to the meditation.
The following three guided mediations are very similar,
except that they each use a different focal point, a
different type of imagery. Please begin with whichever meditation is easiest and most
appealing to you:
If imagining yourself in a peaceful place
is easier for you, then begin with Abiding Peace.
imagining yourself immersed in the presence of love is
easier for you, then begin with Loving Presence.
If imagining yourself in the midst of great beauty
is easier for you, then begin with Awesome Beauty.
Later, after you've mastered the initial meditation,
then it may be useful to work with whichever meditation you
like the least, and strive to better understand how to reach
the intended goal of the meditation despite your preferences.
P.S. ... Please use the contact link at the bottom of
this page to send me your comments, suggestions and/or a
description of some of your experiences!
Here are the meditation download links:
the audio file on your own computer (so that you can listen
off-line or put the recordings on a CD or iPod) simply point
to the desired link, right-click your mouse (option-click on mac) and choose Save Target As...
or Save Link as...
-- Please listen to the
introduction before using the meditations:
(mp3 format, 7.2 MB, 15 minutes)
1) Immerse yourself in
Abiding Peace Meditation
(mp3 format, 10.8 MB, 23 minutes)
2) Journey into the indwelling Loving Presence:
Loving Presence Meditation (mp3 format, 10.4 MB,
3) Dive into the splendor of Awesome Beauty:
Awesome Beauty Meditation (mp3 format, 10.5 MB,
Resources for Further Study:
Cultivating our Ultimate
The Need For a Sacred Space
The Art of Meditation, by Tom Crum
Perfect Love, Imperfect Relationships, by John Welwood
A Listening Heart, by Brother David Steindl-Rast
Contemplative Prayer, by Fr. Thomas Keating
Wishing you love, harmony and beauty,
Nov 5, 2009