An Experimental Meditation using NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) ApproachesWritten by Adam Sargant, Dip.H.Ed (Nursing Studies), Dip.Hyp.,NLP(prac)
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Now, whichever is easier, allow guru self to fill your being from within, or allow yourself to expand and merge with image of guru self. Become aware of transparency of self as you grow and simply rest, still, within mind of guru self.
In your mind, say now "Fill me now with love and devotion I have learned in future, guide me to resources I have acquired in time of my future self. I am my own Buddha teacher, and pull of my own inspiration is inspired to flower and to blossom, as a flower in sun". Maturation
Within mind of guru self, simply practice whatever form of meditation is most familiar to you, whether it be single pointed concentration on an external object or a mantra meditation, or whatever form is most natural to you. Simply offer this meditation up with devotion and love to future guru self and your own spiritual aspirations. Empowerment
Separating your self from future guru self, see guru self again as filling sky, translucent as a rainbow. Now imagine thousands of rays of light pouring from image of guru self, into you, filling you with love, healing, purifying and sowing seeds of your future spiritual growth. As these lights continue to pour forth, imagine a swelling of intense white light emanating from forehead of guru self, between eyes, and bursting forth and entering and filling you through same point.
Then, imagine a ruby red light originating from throat of guru self, growing and then pouring forth into you entering at your throat.
And then, imagine an intense blue light pouring from heart of guru self, filling your heart, and cascading through your body.
Relax and sit still in knowledge of having been imparted body, speech and heart of your spiritually developed guru self. Integration
Now, allow image of guru self to dissolve into light, filling sky and space around and within you, allowing sense of your own presence to dissolve into light. Rest for a while in this state of integrating, sensing any shifts in energy that occur, not making intellectual judgements but simply allowing experience to occur.
Adam is an NLP practitioner and Hypnotherapist, as well as a mental health nurse with over a decades experience. He is passionate about the use of language to effect change, and about the ability of people to maximise their own potential.
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The Paradox of One And Many in Aikido PhilosophyWritten by Charlie Badenhop
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As you learn to locate and maintain your own personal "center", you discover that your center is both local and global, or as Akio Morita past CEO of Sony said, "We must think globally while acting locally. We must develop capacity to be 'glocal'." When you experience this sense of being "glocal" you manifest a greater capacity to join and blend with "ki" of others. You realize that in some very important way we all share same ki, same ancestry, same God, same life. There is a "oneness" to all of life, and this "One" can never be reduced to zero. From this "One" energy two counterbalancing forces appeared and stimulated and supported each other, and conditional world was born. The conditional world requires ongoing working relationship of "opposites." Night and Day, Male-Female, Yin and Yang. These opposites REQUIRE and support each other. If night were to oppose day, if male denigrates and or suppresses female, if one group of people subjugates another, all of life is diminished in some important sense. The relative world REQUIRES difference in order to maintain commonality of life. Differences in opinion, difference in beliefs, differences in religion, all lead to a feeding of "reiseishin" of our common spirit. It is so important for us to realize that "difference" creates diversity that supports viability of future life, that opposites are necessary for counterbalance in a conditional world. We must sense our oneness with all of life, while not in any way requiring that there only be one right way, one set of beliefs, one religion.
Three important components in supporting diversity that feeds life, are Appreciation, Empathy, and Respect.
1. Appreciation of diversity fosters an openness to exploring difference. An openness to exploring difference means that we will have a much richer wealth of ideas and alternatives to draw upon. This is one of necessary components for successful adaptation. We move away from a concept of "right or wrong" and instead consider what will work best in this particular instance. We welcome and acknowledge process of trial and error, knowing that all learning requires that we make some mistakes along way. If we belittle or stifle answers or opinions that don't wind up fitting our needs this time around, we denigrate creative process, and diminish flow of new ideas in future. 2. Empathy helps us to be responsive to needs, dreams, and desires of others. When we are sensitive to thoughts and feelings of others, we soon realize that "MY" way is not only way. "My" way is not THE right way. "My" way is only one of many ways. 3. Respect is an important component in fostering all of life, because it leads to manifestation of "reiseishin." Our task in life is not easy. But luckily, we each have great capacity, as we are each fed by "One" ki of universe.
May importance of differences in opinion and beliefs be appreciated. May we empathize with plight of others. May we bow to and respect sanctity of all life.
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