Meditation Group
Meditation Group

We try to meditate together at 9PM Pacific Time on Thursday nights for 15 minutes, but you can use the meditation at any time.

Theme for August 18--September 18, 2014


We live in the illusion that life is endless, but to trade that for an awareness of death as the end is only another sort of illusion.

Better to live as if life is an incident in one's being, which is nirvana. When we find heaven within us, we discover that it has been calling us always, but in a voice too sweet to bear, and so we have not heard the song of our true heart, and most of us never do in this life.

But we can, and the secret of this practice comes in two words, "have joy." Joy lifts us. The body, suffused with joy, rises to a different level with different laws and greater freedom. The secret of the sphinx is that the observer, risen on the wings of the eagle, looks down upon his life and feels not regret or recrimination or bitterness or judgement, but the joy of a child seeing for the first time the rising of the sun.

We are here in life to gather the energy that comes from reconciling the dark and the light. We do this by pausing whenever the possibility emerges, of balancing our light and innocent side with our dark and knowing side. It is out of this balance that real light--the light of nirvana--emerges.

Here is a simple practice. For the next month, each day, find something about yourself that brings you laughter. That's the beginning of true inner work, the start along the winding path of balance, where joy is.

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The Meditation Group is for Unknowncountry participants who have an interest in meditation designed to expand awareness and evolve contact. Many of us have direct experience of the effectiveness of meditative states in communication with our visitors.

The Meditation Group meets virtually two to four times a month, and attempts to meditate as far as possible at the same time on the same theme. Group members are NOT informed of themes and times via email, although occasional emails are sent to the group.

To participate, it's necessary to take an active role: make a resolution to visit this page every two weeks. Put a reminder on your calendar, whatever it takes. And meditate with the group as you are able.


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To follow the audio meditations designed by Whitley Strieber, Unknowncountry subscribers should go to Whitley's Room and click on subjects in the subject cloud to the right that include the word 'Meditation.' These meditations reflect his own work with the visitors, and are the result of 40 years of personal meditation, and 11 years of meditation with them.

Whitley is always ready to answer questions at Whitley@Strieber.com.

I am aware of three obelisks in this location, they are set in a very sandy/desert like environment; they are leaning against one another whether by age or design, I do not know. The black obelisk has a glossy sheen while the other two are clear, like smooth glass or crystal.

I sent out prayers for the areas on earth that needed rain and for those that needed the rain to stop and I could see myself as you described with pulsing waves radiating out from my body and they were going out so far and I felt so powerful,my heart area was expanding and my arms were outstretched and my hands were full of a powerful energy also and felt as if they werent there.Wow it was wonderful and I was told the energy was not only being used for what I asked but was my protection also.

Sitting uprightin a chair, I began at 11:45pm EST Came out at 12:45... 1 hour of bliss & POV from above.

In this meditation, I had thoughts and the feeling of a Queen Bee; I could feel her close to me in this meditation…..Here are the thoughts that came to mind.

She helps maintain a delicate and well organized environment/colony.

She is single minded as are all the bees, knowing their functions/responsibilities as worker bees and drones.

Then, inside my head, I hear a kind of buzzing and realize this must be the unique sound/music or vibration of a particular hive. (Our own planet must be unique in this way too).

Healthy honey comes from a healthy hive.

So, is this meditation about the health of our own Mother Earth and her delicate balance?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queen_bee

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A very special cell that hangs vertically downwards is used to produce new queens. A colony producing queen type cells warns the beekeeper of an impending swarm.

A male drone bee has no father but does have a grandfather!
A healthy queen bee is continually emitting pheromones (a bee perfume) that only the bees in the hive can smell.

These pheromone odors tell the bees in the colony that the queen is still with them and all is well in the hive. This chemical pheromone communication is quite sophisticated and the ‘personality’ of a beehive will change if the beekeeper changes an old queen for a young one. Just as the personality of the beekeeper might change if he swaps his old wife for a young one. In this way a beekeeper has some control over the temper and enthusiasm of a colony.

Very peaceful I saw my energy connected to others we dont have to like them as long as we can love them.Once again I saw myself meditating without emotion .During the day I am very aware of my thoughts and am amazed at how the negative ones slip in and have realized that as a child and even a teenager I never had such thoughts.I am very much aware of how important it is to live in the now and forget all the negatives things that happened in the past they no longer serve me.I am grateful for the things I DO have.Lovely to hear Anne back again love to you both.

Ended up flying around a bit as my "observer". I wonder if it should have a name? As I was returning, I gave a hug to the "me" on the sofa, she seemed such a cute and endearing creature. Outside the meditation, keeping the observer perspective with me has brought a deep sense of peace. Just checking with it enables me to take a breath and take in the moment, and stop with the pushiness I tend to have, always going for the next moment. It will come of it's own accord, I know, but seem to keep forgetting.

I find myself looking down on myself in some meditations and during the week I actually observed myself as if I wasnt me and meeting other beings who were discussing my progress it was very strange and very real.I felt not emotion about the person who was me sitting on the couch.This morning it was a lovely meditation shorter than usual as I go over the 15 minutes. I felt as if I was holding a ball of gold light at my heart centre and clearing out old unwanted memories there was so much energy in my left hand and in both thumbs ,very strong.

Very powerful despite the fact that my alarm kept going off.My phone is new and I havent worked it out yet!I was told never to judge a rich man as I didnt know how he used his money or how he used his heart,and we can all be the same,have the same abundance, we have the ability to change and become whoever we want to be,nothing is written in stone.The most important thing is love.In fact never judge anybody as we have all chosen our journey and the people in it and knew before we came what we were in for. I saw many different textures a lot of white very like plaster but I dont think it was and many shapes of gold light that were not clear and when I asked why was told that as my pineal opened more I would see the clearer picture.I felt surrounded by such love.

I got a late start to this meditation tonight, but as usual, feel it is important to post what comes to mind.

I had a strong impression of Harry Houdini.....
http://www.biography.com/people/harry-houdini-40056?page=1

THEN, the impression of Falstaff.....
http://www.shakespeare-online.com/plays/henryiv/2kh4charactersfalstaff.html

This time more like a normal meditation, no visions. A mild, but very clear joy lingered.

But the text for the meditation contains such sublime insight I collapsed in tears reading it. The filtering function of brain - an insight that forever changes how I look at it. Yesterday evening after reading the text I could see that there is some dimension in me that is scared of the world (of vastness) beyond brain. Shrinking in fear. Trying to comfort that part - vital because, as the text says - the soul is the whole system. The whole system has to permit the filter to relax (one dream some time ago expressed that this journey is only available for volunteers - any residual resistance will be barring the way). So far, in my experience, the most expansive and explosive states of joy come in dancing (no steps, free dance, these states come after about 3 days into a workshop). Seems my brain gets flooded enough by music that the wider being can emerge to consciousness. But pretty much every time I get to a new level of higher joy it is accompanied by a new peek into some abyss of dread or despair. To be faced and integrated. The most recent ones have related to existential levels I have had virtually no conscious contact with. And still, after working through it, I have been able to see how it has manifested in my life. My current theory is that joy expands the boundaries of consciousness, and with that expansion also that part comes into view that (maybe?) caused the shrinkage. The part so dreadful it was doomed to be cut out. The stains?

So, is the dread about the process that invites life back to a wider being, including the stained parts? Or is it the dread of losing the child-like status - the illusion of being separate, individual? The tought of being free in the scope of what brain can fathom is comforting compared to the idea of free-jumping into unfathomable infinity of vastness.

Is the text for the previous meditation still available somewhere? Even that contained insight that turned my perception into a new postition. I'd like to review it. And thank you for these meditations, I am immensely grateful.

I have stepped into a majestic place of color.

Lemon yellows, lime greens, sparkling orange, strawberry reds, blue and violet neon colors.

The colors are tiny sparks, filling the air with snapping and popping sounds. Invisible hands massage the colors into my face and arms; I can taste them with my tongue and feel the texture of each color on my skin. It is beautiful and peaceful here; a place of healing and rejuvenation. The sun is an extremely bright gold, shining down and intensifying the colors.

I did not know I had access to this place. When the body and mind are weary, this is where I can come in my thoughts/imagination to re-energize.

I see an older man in my line of vision. He has thinning white hair (bald on top) and is wearing a white lab coat. Very familiar, but where have I seen him before? I wait until another image appears; a flying car zips past him and I remember, he is Dr. Emmett brown from the movie ‘BACK TO THE FUTURE.’
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dr._Emmett_Brown

Now, as I type out this meditation, this image seems to imply that time travel can go into the past as well as the future.

NOW A SHIFT……I am seeing a spiral staircase. This too is familiar…..Yes, it is in the Loretto Chapel and I was there many years ago.
http://www.escapingabroad.com/blog/loretto-chapel/

33 steps spiraled upward through two 360 degree revolutions.
http://www.desertusa.com/mag08/apr08/loretto_staircase.html

Thought the opinion of snopes should be included here as well.
http://www.snopes.com/horrors/ghosts/loretto.asp

Finally figured out the corect time here for the meditation (7 in the morning the next day). Had tried the meditation before, but somehow it did not work. This is on the 27th: First sent attention to body - that did not feel right. So I tried the empty mind - this I do not usually do. And I am climbing in a very difficult terrain, giant rock formations of very dark rock. And I am watching from above, and know/realise how immensely important it is to be connected to something above, simply because otherwise one could not know which way to go. And then, I become aware of the surroundings. The rock formation floats in an infinity of white light. Very bright, comforting, forgiving white light. I do not feel that I am struggling so much in my life, but this vision seems to suggest that I am taking this maybe a bit too seriously. It is all floating in white light anyways.

Extremely useful and inspiring meditation for me. Couldn't make it yesterday, but look forward to the next ones. This is very important, please keep it going - I registered just to be able to say this.

I laid down on the still warm fireplace hearth.. I could hear the coals crackling still...then I heard my cat fussing with something and his bell became more & more distant...

Now I am above my body at a bird's eye view, I can now not take 'forever' with telling my body parts to feel/sleep..the intent just happens..in the past I would put the cat out of the room as he was so distracting. Also he always 'acts up' when I begin to meditate (weird).. The Monkey Chatter is less & less.

A great Med , I am bound for Gateway@ TMI in 1 week.. I owe it all to Whitley and the community he created from Wm Henry to Marla Frees to JIm Marrs to Linda Howe to Anne Strebier and all 'seeker' friends I'v met at Dreamland fests ...all community..all family..
Happy New Year all...keep it going...

.....We look at ourselves from above, imagining, in meditation, that we are rising above our bodies and our lives, and looking down at that part of ourselves that is unfolding in time.....

So, I settle in around 10:30 and close my eyes for the group meditation.

The first thought is RUN, RUN fast as you can. (The Gingerbread Man)?

Then, there is a shift and I am suspended in space; looking down on our planet.

I am not alone here, standing next to me is an extremely old woman. Her face seemingly a composite of many earth like/type entities. See does not look at me but I am sure she is aware of my presence. She is serene but displays no sign of joy or sorrow. The only other part of her body that I can see is her hands. Her fingers are extremely long…..Another fable comes to mind. (Hansel and Gretel).

How do I know this old woman? She feels familiar? The next thought is, “we are all transient beings.”

http://www.mordent.com/folktales/grimms/hng/hng.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hansel_and_Gretel

I met the child who was me as a little girl it was quite lovely she was full of joy and I asked for the things to leave that were irrelevant to my life now but to keep all her love and joyfulness.Then I was told the things I could do were limitless.Another powerful meditation it is good to be back.Happy new year .

I'm at a bit of a loss. Although I don't mind it much. Do i philosophize as I sit in meditation? Do I wonder in thought as I still myself in quiet? I remember what I read in the meditation, play the words over, come back to the feeling of the feet, the hands, etc - I keep doing this throughout - then back to thinking on what I'd read. Is this whatsit? I suppose I should just relax about it, its not about trying is it? Its about being. But it is exciting. I mean just look at this meditation. Its adventure, man, ADVENTURE. Oh people, people, don't miss out on this, its like a gift.

( Even so, I missed the last meditation on boxing day. I'm a bit angry at that. How could I have forgotten??)

I am chained and weighed down by own anger and revenge. It is great to the point where I feel a sensation of numbing pain. I feel the weight of it every time I go into meditation. However, it is not always the case.

These are bits of things that came floating through my mind tonight.

Rather ask, ‘what is this planet?’

The place of fine tuning and a finishing school.

Come forth with speech, use it wisely.

Alberdeen/Aberdeen?

For this meditation, the focus on my sensation on my body included self observation. I didn't really know where the search began so I chose to search my surroundings, an inner and outer search. Toward the end of the meditation, I became aware of what could be described as an energy or presence. It appeared before me and I accepted it. It entered me and the meditation ended.

Whitley, I ask for a little help with this meditation. In my imagination I see a ghostly figure standing to my right. (Support). Sometimes when I do this, it helps me get into my truth.

I am here (humanity) for the betterment or understanding of the process called evolution on this planet. Free will has been granted to me (us) and as you evolve so does the cosmos. This current life is part and parcel of the soul's journey, embrace it. You have chosen it. Your soul self knows no boundaries.

For perfect love casteth out fear, and fear can only be from the material things that soon must fade away. And thus hold to the higher thought of eternity. For life is a continual experience. Edgar Cayce.....Reading 1175-1

The morning star crossed my mind earlier tonight.

Courage. The word courage came to me. It takes courage to be able to see oneself objectively, to see the right and wrong, the good and the evil. Throughout the meditation I felt a great amount of love, a love that knows no bounds.

During the last few minutes of this meditation the one word 'MANNA' came into my thoughts. I have done some searching but did not see anything that most people have not already read about in the bible. Here is something on the HIDDEN MANNA. (Perhaps the first real SOUL food).

What else do we know about it? "It was like white coriander seed, and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey." (Exodus 16:31) We also know from Psalm 78:24 that it was the heavenly food of angels. "And given them the bread of heaven. Men ate angels' food." Additionally God wanted some of it saved and preserved for future generations to remind them of the Lord's covenant of faithfulness. Moses placed a portion of manna in the Ark of the Covenant.

Now comes a real mystery in the Old Testament. Somewhere between the time Moses first placed it in the Ark and the dedication of the Solomon's Temple, the manna disappeared along with Aaron's rod. At the dedication ceremony; "nothing was in the ark except the two tablets of stone which Moses put there at Horeb, when the Lord made a covenant with the children of Israel, when they came out of the land of Egypt." (1 Kings 8:9)

Whitley, for me, this was not the usual meditation tonight. I had trouble getting past 'Typhoon Haiyan' moving over the Philippines tonight. So much misery and suffering that will surely follow this storm.

I could imagine an angry Poseidon rising out of the water, there are flashes of lightning streaming out of the trident he is holding. Is he trying to create another deadly storm, or is he trying to calm the sea?

I am in a pretty good meditation when I see myself sitting on a chair/stool; Mickey and Minnie Mouse are with me. They are both much larger then I am and both have on white gloves. Minnie is on my right, she cups her hands over my ear and whispers (restore). Mickey is on my left, he cups his hands over my ear and whispers (remember).

They now spin the stool where I am sitting; the spin is so fast that my body becomes a blur.

The spin stops, I am alone and this thought crosses my mind…..”And you will (must) pass under the rod.”

Not sure about the Minnie and Mickey images unless the meditation has been influenced by Halloween and costumes???

I believe this is about a gift or opportunity, another lifetime, to hopefully right some of my wrongs. Making the self worthy of restoring/remembering the divine nature and abilities we ALL share as humankind. Keeping the self humble.

I like these next two meditations. Going to be good on halloween night tonight. :-)

The fool & his tools spread out becomes the magician...I need to reread the Path

I entered the meditation contemplatng, who am I, if not me? My sensation grew and I felt like I was floating. I tried to see my life for what it is, greater than the experiences that have filled it. As I did this, the energy in my sensation increased even more and I felt a unique connection with the group. At the level of the soul, we are all connected, all conscious beings. Everywhere, there is a web of energy. We are part of it, but don't easily perceive it because the brain filters it out. In meditation, when we connect with the soul, our very being, we can taste the truth. Surrendering is the key.

"We seek into the region of innocence that lies above the land of life.".......

I am weary tonight (good weary but a very long day). Not wanting to miss the meditation, I ask for something to soothe the soul. This came flowing though my mind.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKzd2Wh3xNk

Another powerful meditation. In my mind's eye, I saw a rotating red cube. Then I saw many Visitors encircle it and each one reached in to the center of the circle reaching for the red cube.

My meditation was strongly about my loss of innocense and trust and about how by using my heart and mind centre I would make better decisions in the things I do.In that way, only, would I regain my trust not only in myself but also in the people I deal with.My first vision many years ago was of a golden being standing to the left of a magnificent rainbow and the love I felt was so immense and unworldly that I would have gone through anything just to be with him.Lately in my meditations he steps out of the matrix and comes to me and tells me to remember who I really am, and how powerful, and to never forget!Thank you once more.

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