At Apprising Ministries you will have heard me talking more and more about the new spirituality which has now slithered its way deep into mainstream evangelicalism from its den in the neo-liberal cult of the Emerging Church.
The most dangerous aspect of the new spirituality is this idea of some supposed “spiritual disciplines,” which must be performed in order to more fully “experience” God. It should also be noted that those who are following the blind guides in the Emerging Church will insist that these disciplines are not necessarily all the same.
As a Christian practice [meditation is] inextricably bound up with…silence, the Jesus Prayer, and Centering Prayer,… Further, it’s linked with the recent popularity in the West of Eastern religions, resulting in books with such titles as Christian Zen and Christian Yoga.
Since Jones himself has now introduced the book Christian Zen (CZ) by the late William Johnston, a priest of apostate Roman Catholicism who wrote “numerous articles on Zen and Christianity, [and] on mysticism East and West,” let us turn to it.
Turning to Christian mystics,…[h]ere are men and women whose meditation (or contemplation) is more akin to that of the Zen Masters… [Thomas] Merton, too, belongs to the same tradition, and that is why he has such sympathy for Zen. The problem is this just isn’t true as you have seen from CZ and from what Tony Jones himself admits in SW. Islam is much more gracious towards evangelical Christians who are faithful to the New Testament, than Christians are towards Islamic people who are faithful to the Koran. I think there are Muslim brothers and sisters who are willing to say, “You live up to the truth as you understand it. But this kind of universal foolishness is the direct result of the deception which comes when one continually practices this unbiblical form of transcendental meditation for the Christian (see—2 Thessalonians 2:9-12).
Obviously, their whole shtick is spreading sinfully ecumenical spurious spirituality as so-called Spiritual Formation. But despite his doctrinal views and New Age leanings Foster considers Merton’s Contemplative Prayer, “A must book,” and says of Merton, “[He] has perhaps done more than any other twentieth-century figure to make the life of prayer widely known and understood.” Merton wrote, “If only [people] could see themselves as they really are.
He takes people into deep places within themselves… At the core of Thomas Merton’s spiritual writings is the search for the “true self” and our need for relationship with God, other people and all of creation… Merton believes that we must discover God as the center of our being. What is happening here with men like Richard Foster, and others who teach and practice this neo-pagan Gnostic new spirituality, is they are equivocating with words i.e. And it is precisely this “transformation of consciousness” that is a major source of concern in my work right now at AM. In this generation it has become critical that the American Christian Church repent of virtually ignoring the spiritual side of our relationship with the one true and living God as revealed in the Bible. And the sooner we get over our fear of this the better, because what has happened now in our pagan “postmodern” nation is that some people have been quickened by God to become spiritually hungry for more of Him, which is a good thing.
A thin window of consciousness differentiates two states of the mind – self-hypnosis and meditation – and this book will show their similarities, and define each condition and accessibility.
Retired Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist Mary Deal helps the reader understand the power on one’s subconscious.
Section One-Hypnosis speaks to the issues of unintentional Childhood Training-My Early Practices, using Inductions and Scripts and Terminology that the lay person needs to know.
About half way through the book I learned something that I could put into immediate practice to lower my stress. It is my impression that whether you believe in Hypnosis or Meditation this book will show you ways to reduce stress and become more aware of your surroundings. Cold Coffee Press Endorses For Hypno-Scripts - Life Changing Techniques Using Self-Hypnosis and Meditation - by Mary Deal for her educated guidance with Hypno-Scripts and her concise writing ability that brings the subject into the readers grasp for self-help. Many Chakra meditations involving sound, often overlook the importance of the exact frequency of that sound.
Ancient cultures knew that each Chakra is balanced at an exact frequency, and that creating this exact frequency, brings that Chakra back into balance. The meditation is guided from Root to Crown, contemplating personal goals for each energy centre, for about 5 minutes on each Chakra.
Setting Intention – before the meditation, the function of each of the Chakras is briefly explained as it is here, to give you some to consider what you need to manifest, to bring that area of your life into balance. You will leave this meditation feeling relaxed, empowered, and confident in your ability to continue using this clarity to manifest what you want in your personal and professional life. While it is certainly possible to meditate without any special equipment, there are a few things every meditation practitioner should have.
The first thing most people realize when they start to meditate is that it’s much, much tougher than they ever thought it would be, usually because of physical discomfort. When I re-started my practice as an adult, I started by sitting on a throw-pillow I borrowed from a nearby sofa. A nice, inexpensive meditation cushion called a zafu made all the difference in the world, and probably saved my practice. A zafu is a round cushion, about 14-inches in diameter and about 8-inches tall, designed to raise the hips and make most if not all of the cross-legged sitting-meditation positions more stable and comfortable. I like the buckwheat husk-filled style because it’s easier to shape, but I think the kapok style is a bit more popular.
If sitting on a cushion on the floor won’t work for you, you might want to consider a meditation bench, also called a seiza bench or yoga seat, like the Peace Bench, the Pi Meditation Bench, or the Omni Bench. The least expensive way to time your meditation would be to use a mp3 file, like the ones provided here on the Audio Dharma website. My favorite timer, and the one I use currently at home, is the Zen Timepiece by Now & Zen.
Yantras are visual tools that serve in meditation either as centering devices or as symbolic compositions of the energy pattern of a deity as seen by Tantric seers in their vision.
When a yantra is adopted for worship and the energy is invoked in it, it becomes a symbolic representative of the deity and actually it becomes the deity when the person abandons his analytical, critical attitude and the energy circulates in higher centers. The act of drawing and painting yantras teaches the mind how to concentrate, how to be one-pointed.
A black point on a white background forms the most precise and powerful yantra for meditation.

Especially Westerners are more left hemisphere dominated and are deficient in right hemisphere education which causes some loss of imagination and of faith in higher values. Meditation is a form of alternative medicine that promotes relaxing and mental calmness through the use of controlling or suspending thoughts for a certain period of time. When some people hear about meditation as a way to relieve stress, they laugh and think it’s a bunch of baloney.
The most notable research on meditation’s usefulness in relieving stress was done in 1968 by Dr. When you prepare yourself for meditation, be sure to set aside a certain amount of time where you’re guaranteed not to be interrupted. Another way to control wandering thoughts when you’re in a meditation session is to use imagery.
The team that put together Sit Illustrated and the meditation cartoons website is now focusing on… among other things… Music!
We are about to launch on a one month tour (by sailboat) with our freshly-minted 8-piece folk-rock band Solaris.
The worlds first and, to our knowledge, only meditation cartoon book: Sit Illustrated is a collection of drawings compiled from the illustrated journals of a small group of spiritual aspirants. Space does not allow a discussion of “the deeper life” that orthodox Christians such as A.W. While this makes some Christians nervous, others revel in the fact that God is revealed in all truth, no matter the religion of origin. In this book Johnston “suggests techniques of Zen meditation” will “heighten Christian meditation.” In fact, Johnson “discovered in Zen a pool of quiet energy which transforms the Western intellectualized experience of meditation into a full-bodied, intuitive communion with God” (front flap). As we progress with this you will come to understand the dangerous spiritual reality about what Foster tells us concerning the eventual effect that arrived at through the meditation “of this kind [which] transforms the inner personality.” Indeed, it does. The Islamic faith will ask, “Are you faithful to the book that you have?” Mohammad was very understanding that there was great truth in Christianity. And the most prominent purveyor of this so-called “Christian” mysticism is Richard Foster, whom I mentioned earlier.
He was a twentieth-century Roman Catholic who had so immersed himself in Buddhism that he claimed he saw no contradiction between Buddhism and Christianity and intended to become as good a Buddhist as he could. In this book Merton also denies the doctrine of original sin when he says at, “the center of our being is a point of nothingness which is untouched by sin and by illusion, a point of pure truth.” [10] Here’s some more information on the theology that Thomas Merton “received” as a result of his years of practicing transcendental meditation. Because what we have just read from a website promoting Merton’s ill-fated works could be agreed upon by virtually anyone from any spiritual background, and this is precisely my point.
However, at the same time Satan has now rushed into this vacuum with his new, but really very old, spirituality. If curious enough to at least peruse this book, then the ability to learn these techniques are already a part of your consciousness and soon to be recognized. Quote: “A thin window of consciousness differentiates two states of mind-self-hypnosis and meditation – and this book explains their similarities and defines each condition and accessibility.
I found the Through The Gate: Problem Solving, Allergy Control, Tinnitus Reassignment, Immediate Stress Reduction and The Attic Trunk-Finding Your Gifts most enlightening.
Playing an instrument out of tune is not dangerous, but it feels so much better when it is IN TUNE. This is because the inner ear resonates very strongly with the 432 Hz frequency, which means that we can hear more of the harmonic range of each note in the scale, and the effect is increased mental clarity and better focus. The range of tones used for the Chakras in this meditation have the exact frequencies of the range of Tibetan singing bowels used for Chakra alignment.
If that area is already in balance, focus your mind on gratitude for the duration of that Chakra, to sustain the balance.
The fewer distractions and difficulties you face, the easier it will be to establish and deepen your practice. After only five minutes, my back and legs were killing me, and I was already dreading my next sitting. They use environmentally friendly materials, and fill the cushions with either buckwheat husks or kapok, a stuffing used in Japan for centuries as a filling for sitting and sleeping mats.
But if you’re going to be placing the zafu on a hard surface like a floor (rather than a carpet), or if you have any issues with you knees, you may want to also consider a zabuton. It makes the perfect compliment to a zafu, acting as an additional cushion for your knees and legs. You need to keep track how long you’ve been sitting, and knowing that a bell will sound gently when time is up will save you from yet another mental distraction.
It has a removable 6-inch brass bowl-gong which is struck by a little hammer for a warm, sustaining tone. This beautifully designed app has a ton of handy features, like periodical interval timing, smart restart, a preparation timer (useful for hitting start and then getting into position), meditation history, and more. Yantra is the body or form of the deity (devata), whereas mantra is the mind, consciousness, spirit or name. To some people this practice of painting yantras is fascinating and absorbing, while others might not find it as interesting as doing calligraphy or singing, but creating a yantra can yield a valuable lesson.
But it is too simple to say that a yantra is a point on a surface which serves as a field for gazing. Since meditation involves physical and mental relaxation, it’s a great way to relieve stress. Meditation means that you need to focus inwardly so that your mind is basically so busy concentrating on breathing and body form that there’s no time to think about the events that are causing you stress. Meditation doesn’t require hours of practicing at a time for it to be effective in reducing stress. This means that when you practice meditation, you should make sure that you’re wearing comfortable, unrestrictive clothing.

When you learn to control your mind, you can control your thoughts, and you’ll be able to better control the functions of your muscles. We will be playing concerts and at churches and gatherings of different faiths around the Salish Sea, in Seattle, Victoria and Vancouver. Tozer would speak of, but we are clearly not talking about the same thing—nor am I necessarily endorsing it. He differed with us in that he felt he had a more complete truth, and Islam would hold to that, but Mohammad contended that we would ultimately be judged in terms of the truth that we had at our disposal. A member of the The Religious Society of Friends (the Quakers) Foster is quite familiar with mysticism and very well versed in “the silence” aka meditation, and none other than Emergent guru Brian McLaren himself calls Foster and his disciple Dallas Willard “key mentors” in the Emerging Church. Gary Gilley did great job whittling down this massive subject to its most important elements. It is exactly this same message of New Age spirituality that comes through the “transformation of consciousness” to all those who practice this transcendental meditation long enough to anger God until He finally abandons them to their reprobate mind. The goal of CSM, which as I have shown you is actually meditation for the “Christian” every bit as consistent as that practiced in Zen, is clearly spelled out here in Harper’s Encyclopedia of Mystical & Paranormal Experience. For that matter it seems we have very few leaders within the evangelical camp itself who appear capable of recognizing just how deeply the Devil has now penetrated into the Church of our Lord all over again with his repainted Gnosticism. And since Jesus of Nazareth—the LORD God Almighty Himself in human flesh—explains that God is Spirit, then it logically follows that we’re going to have to be involved in a spiritual life.
As difficult as it is, we need to pray for a balance between a very real dead orthodoxy within much of the contemporary Christian church and the proper spirituality rooted in Sola Scriptura. The secret is in accessing those states through easy life-changing techniques presented here, in thoroughly explained examples.
To protect us, the conscious mind, the left brain, censures all we receive, know, or transmit.
Playing these tones with Isochronic pulses at different frequencies of Alpha, creates a gentle and relaxing effect, that is completely safe. These little things are really important, especially when you’re trying to establish a new daily practice.
A bell is rung once at the start, and three times at the end of each file, perfect for using as a meditation timer. No idol or picture of a deity is as powerful as a yantra in meditation, because a yantra is composed of archetypical forms that are common to all existing phenomena. Yantra drawing requires accuracy, exactness, discipline, concentration, neatness and patience. Practitioners of tantra combine the universal pattern of the yantra with the cosmic sound of a mantra to achieve a higher state of awareness, in which individual being and universal being are one. By coloring and drawing the geometrical yantra diagrams, based on the mathematical perfection of sages of the East, Westerners can make both their hemispheres work simultaneously and calmly, achieve faith and live in constant awareness. But research has shown that meditation works and is a practical technique for stress management.
The atmosphere temperature (whether you’re indoors or outdoors) should also be comfortable for you in order to make your meditation session as stress fighting as possible. Sometimes it takes a bit of time to learn not to let your mind wander to other thoughts while you’re in a meditation session. Here I am simply discussing the heterodox practices culled from so-called “Christian” mystics that they in turn adopted from Eastern religions and then passed off as consistent with the historic orthodox Christian faith. You will also find it interesting to note that in CoD Foster personally recommends another book called The Living Testament: The Essential Writings of Christianity Since the Bible, which just happens to be edited by Pennington and one Alan Jones—another name that should be familiar to those following this work. Tragically this has now given rise to a postevangelicalism and the Emerging Church, which are both rooted in a neo-orthodox, and highly subjective, “experience interprets Scripture” approach to the Bible that has rapidly coalesced into what is becoming the Ecumenical Church of Deceit.
Truth is cloaked in order that we may not be hurt by that which we do not understand or are not ready to comprehend or accept.
Weil, American medical doctor, teacher and best-selling author on holistic health says on an internet post: “People who are stressed or anxious are actually chronically under-breathing, because stressed people breathe shortly and shallowly, and often even unconsciously hold their breath.
The very process of making a yantra is an archetypical activity that works with the encoding of the genes.
The geometrical forms of the yantra activate the right hemisphere, which is visual and nonverbal. When working with a yantra, a mantra is needed to invoke the vital life force (prana) of the particular deity. Benson wrote that meditation increased the skin’s resistance to damage or infections, slowed the heartbeat and breathing rate, and reduced oxygen consumption. By extending your inhale to the count of four, you are forcing yourself to take in more oxygen, allowing the oxygen to affect your bloodstream by holding your breath for seven seconds, and then emitting carbon dioxide from your lungs by exhaling steadily for eight seconds.
As a tool, yantra meditation is used to withdraw consciousness from the outer world, so as to help the student to go beyond the normal framework of mind to the altered states of consciousness known as turiya. Although in theory a true point has no magnitude, but to have a point in concrete form, it is given the smallest practicable magnitude. You can even say the numbers out loud to discourage your mind from wandering to other thoughts. The technique will effectively slow your heart rate and increase oxygen into your bloodstream, and may even make you feel slightly lightheaded which contributes to the mild sedative-like effect. It will instantly relax your heart, mind, and overall central nervous system because you are controlling the breath versus continuing to breathe short shallow gasps of air”. Meditation or concentration on this point brings the mind towards abstract concentration which is used as a means to self realization.

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  1. 09.09.2013 at 10:27:54
    katyonok writes:
    There to give retreats meditation using breath yourself with the thought that we're our own Buddha??as a result.
  2. 09.09.2013 at 19:49:22
    KRUTOY_BMW writes:
    But the aim of any mindfulness approach is to achieve a state.
  3. 09.09.2013 at 11:31:32
    sevgi_delisi writes:
    Would have taken years of meditation practice extra.
  4. 09.09.2013 at 17:52:11
    ayka012 writes:
    Couple of minutes out of your day.
  5. 09.09.2013 at 11:44:50
    ONUR_212 writes:
    Beliefs or custom, religious accepting of their own degradation, however who.