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Step-by-step Instructions in Twin Heart Meditation
by V.C. Vishwanathan
This is an excellent Medition for a Full Moon! [AndEl]
You may wonder why this meditation is so called. The twin hearts refer to the heart chakra, the center of the emotional heart, and the crown chakra, the center of the divine heart.
When you meditate on these twin hearts, divine energy flows into your crown chakra from where it is distributed to all parts of the body. The crown chakra can be activated only when the heart chakra is sufficiently activated.
While there are many techniques for activating the chakras, the most effective, safest and fastest way is through using the heart and crown chakras for blessing the earth with loving kindness. As they become channels for the flow of spiritual energies, they get activated in the process. And by blessing the earth and all sentient beings, you are in turn blessed many times. It is in giving that you receive—that is the law.
The best way to explain and understand the significance and uniqueness of twin heart meditation would be to take you through the various steps. An even better way is for you to listen to the meditation tape and practice it yourself.
Exercise for a few minutes before you start to meditate. This is necessary to condition your physical and energy body and to enable it to receive and absorb the high energy that will flow into you during meditation.
INVOKE DIVING BLESSINGS
You may now sit comfortably either on the floor in a lotus (Padmasana) or semi-lotus position or on a chair. If you are sitting on a chair, sit erect without leaning on its back. Assume a receptive pose, your spine erect and palms turned upwards, resting on your lap. Close your eyes. Raise your tongue to touch the palate. This is to facilitate the circulation of energy in the body. Keep your tongue touching the palate throughout the meditation. Take a few deep and slow relaxing breaths. Inhale slowly; exhale slowly. Do this a few times rhythmically. Still your mind.
Now make a simple invocation for divine blessings and protection on these lines (you may choose your own words and language depending on your faith):
Divine Father, Divine Mother,
I humbly invoke your divine blessings
for light, love, guidance, help, illumination, power and protection.
With thanks and in full faith. So be it.
RELAXATION, CLEANSING AND ENERGIZING
Continue to breathe deeply and allow your body to relax. Let this relaxation flow from the top of your head down to your forehead and to your eyes, to your nose, to your cheeks and to your whole face. Let it flow down the neck and shoulders and arms, chest, abdomen, down to your back, to the end of your spine, to your thighs, knees, legs and feet. You should now be completely relaxed. Inhale fresh vitalizing energy; exhale diseased and used-up energy.
- Inhale good health; exhale all the pains and discomforts. Inhale relaxing and comforting energy; exhale stress, tension and fatigue.
- Inhale love and peace; exhale your hatred and resentments away. Inhale calmness and confidence; exhale your fears and worries.
- Inhale happiness; exhale your sadness and depression.
- Inhale kindness; exhale irritability and anger away.
- Inhale positive and creative thoughts; exhale negative and harmful thoughts.
- Inhale positive and good emotions; exhale negative and harmful emotions.
SELF-INTROSPECTION AND INNER REFLECTION
This time you are going into a series of inner reflections. Think of the virtue of harmlessness and kindness. Examine yourself if you have hurt somebody physically. Also think if you have given pain to somebody through your speech and emotional reactions. Are you constantly harboring negative or injurious thoughts towards other people? If you are, then mentally ask for forgiveness from all those whom you have hurt or are still hurting.
Resolve that this day you are going to practice kindness towards all people in your thoughts, speech and action. As a part of this resolution.
- Visualize yourself forgiving those who may have hurt you. Bless them with the good things in life.
- Visualize yourself also being forgiven by those whom you may have hurt. Experience the feeling of being forgiven.
- Now examine if you have taken things, which are not yours, whether tangible or intangible. Have you taken somebody's reputation, credits, glory or ideas for your selfish ends? Have you taken an affection, which is due to another person?
- If you have, then mentally ask for forgiveness and resolve that you will not take things, which are not yours. Also resolve that you shall be generous and shall offer your help when necessary.
- Ask yourself if you have been misleading or deceiving people in your speech and actions. Are you deliberately telling lies? Or pretending to be other than what you really are? Are you withholding the truth from other people for your own selfish ends?
- Resolve that this day you shall be true to yourself and to other people in your speech and actions. As part of this practice of truthfulness, now examine the secrets in your life, which have been giving you a feeling of guilt.
- Free yourself by mentally telling the person concerned and ask for forgiveness. Experience the peace that comes from being true to yourself and to other people.
- You are now ready to bless the earth and the whole of humanity with your love and kindness.
ACTIVATING THE HEART CHAKRA
To activate your heart energy center, press the center of your chest and concentrate on it for a few seconds. Now recall the most pleasant feeling that you have ever experienced in your entire life. For example, a feeling of love, of kindness, peace and joy. You may have felt this when you have given yourself in service to others, or shared yourself with your friends, or when you felt close to God or, May be, when you fell in love.
You are now going to share this feeling of kindness with the entire planet earth.
Visualize in front of your chest a small planet earth, as small as a ball one inch in diameter. Imagine the pinkish light from the heart energy center going to the earth and enveloping it with love and kindness. Smile at this planet earth and mentally say this prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi:
From the heart energy center, bless the earth with divine peace
Where there is hatred, let me sow love
Visualize the pinkish energy of love from your heart energy center enveloping the earth
Where there is injury, pardon
Bless all people on earth with forgiveness
Where there is doubt, faith, Where there is despair, hope
Bless all the needy people on earth with a new hope for a better world
Where there is darkness, light
Bless the earth with light
Where there is sadness, you
Bless the earth with great joy and visualize the people you meet every day smiling and being filled with great joy
O Divine Master, rather than I may not seek so much to be consoled as to console; to be understood, as to understand; and to be loved as to love, For it is in giving that we receive, It is in pardoning that we are pardoned, And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
ACTIVATING THE CROWN CHAKRA
This time, touch your crown energy center and activate it by concentrating on it and by recalling your aspiration to share your life in service, to be on good terms with other people, to be of help to the needy and to see universal brotherhood on earth.
Now visualize a brilliant white light from the crown energy center at the top of your head, going to the planet earth and enveloping it with divine love and kindness.
Let the entire planet earth be blessed with love and kindness
Let the entire planet earth be blessed
with great joy and divine peace
Let the entire planet earth be blessed
with understanding, harmony, and goodwill
And the willingness to do good
So be it
Continue to bless the earth with brilliant white light from your crown energy center and continue to smile with a feeling of kindness towards the earth.
Now visualize a flame of light on the top of your head and mentally chant and mantra, Om, and concentrate on the gaps of silence between the Oms, maintaining the flame of light in your imagination.
RELEASING EXCESS ENERGY
After a few minutes of chanting Om, slowly come back to your normal waking consciousness, keeping the eyes closed. Slowly move your fingers, raise your hands at chest level, almost facing each other, about six inches apart to release the excess energy, blessing with light and power. Visualize again a small planet earth in front of you.
Bless the earth with peace, abundance and spirituality. Bless your country with peace, abundance and spirituality. Bless those people who support you, your family and loved ones and your home with harmony, good health, abundance and spirituality. You can continue to bless, releasing the excess energy, until you feel your body has returned to its normal condition.
EXPRESSION OF GRATITUDE AND THANKS
End the meditation with a prayer of thanks on these lines:
Thank you for your divine blessings
Thank you for your protection, guidance, help and illumination
In full faith, so be it
You can now open your eyes with a smile, massage your face and your head, tap your liver a few times and your kidneys also. This is to avoid the accumulation of energy in these parts. Also massage your arms, hands, things, legs and other parts of your body.
Now do the same set of exercises you did before the meditation. Massage and exercise will further release excess energy and make your body assimilate fresh energy.
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