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

May have to sit this one out.

Edit: I've decided to try for someone who I may have known, oh say in another life maybe, and work with that.

"we choose someone we loved in life, who is now departed..."

What if we have no one like that, someone who has died?

I think that meditation outside of group time is starting to become effective as well. Or it might be that doing a meditation on a good strong vibe according to your day is just as helpful, I dunno. In any case, its been good.

Laid out my Marsellies Tarot deck that is mentioned in the back of The Path. I stared and contemplated the JUSTICE card. Started my meditation warm up at 11:45 EST and ultimately went to 12:45 am , but I was clearly missing some time. Everytime I get into the zone to meditate at the beginning of the 'session' my large Maine coon cat will jump up on my chest. No matter where he is in the house, he comes when I get like 15 minutes into the session. At first I thought this to be a lark, but this is the third occurance & frankly he creates more chatter in my mind. The dog doesn't budge. Anyone else have astral cat issues? Is he tuned in to whats going on? I wonder.

I've had both my Maine Coon cat and my Lab /Australian Shepard mix howl or jump on me to prevent the OOB states or higher states of consciousness and wondered if it was related to "contact" experiences. Once I awoke in a paralyzed state aware that there were "others" walking around the bedroom and they made the mistake of trying to pick up the cat. She cleaned something's clock in a hurry. Furniture got knocked over and I heard a lot of movement and a clicking chirping sounds and squeaks of excited activity, it sounded something like a dolphin. It lasted less than a minute, but from that time on all the pets were out cold for 5 minutes or more after I regained the ability to move after a "visit".

The courage and strength to make the effort without fear:
And in the end
The love you take
Is equal to the love you make.

Meditated on Engaging The Tarot Teacher last night. I would think these next two weeks should be powerful. I am still feeling it from last night....

Whitley, and everyone.....This meditation, at least for me, was one of the best, I was able to go deeper tonight. However, the following was not expected. As much as I was trying to stay in the silence, this song (music and all came to mind). I looked up the lyrics after the meditation and these are the words that spoke to me.

Come, oh, come, come, come.]

He roller-coaster, he got early warning
He got muddy water, he one mojo filter
He say "One and one and one is three"
Got to be good-looking cos he's so hard to see
Come together right now over me

Come together
Yeah come together
Yeah come together
Yeah come together
Yeah come together
Yeah come together
Yeah come together
Yeah oh
Come together
Yeah come together

The meditations, especially during the weekly Thursday evenings, have been very powerful. There is a warmth that accompanies the effort while directing my attention. It is like a harmony, like when a three part harmony sounds so well blended. These group efforts are very worthwhile. I am so glad Whitley suggested this idea.

During this past week's meditation, I brought my sensation to the silence around me. I surprisingly found a calm, still silence. Surrenduring myself to this silence, I began to obtain glimpses of this deep vastness from which all seems possible. I felt that my analytic brain, trying to analyze the experience prevented me from immersing deeper in this meditation. However, I gained a new sense of joy in the experiences that fill my life. From the silence, from this potential, all being exists and it is truly wonderful, all of it. There is really only love there, here and everywhere.

For me the meditation was very powerful. I don't sense the presence of others directly, but doing the mediation during the group time is far more energetic for me, so I am sure that our collective effort is working. I experienced the silence itself as something alive, conscious, everywhere and absolutely still, an observer to the universe of motion in which we live. The question 'why am I here?' gained new life for me, new mystery and new meaning. So to everybody who was out there struggling along with me, THANK YOU!

Before I started the meditation I just thought the phrase: Why am I here? Once I started, it was just mostly dark silence then would hear the word “Love” unexpectedly at different times. Saw visuals of liquid type color forms swirling and moving around in fascinating 3d type designs that were geometric but morphed around into liquid form as unfamiliar faces morphing in and out of liquid form, body chills throughout. Visuals were very alive and wormlike. Just mostly dark this time and quiet in the beginning and middle portion other than the visuals described and the one word that was heard. Then towards the end kept hearing “I want to hear the Universe, speak to me, I’m listening." Before opening my eyes I heard "Remember who you are" in soft soothing tone. I was extremely relaxed afterwards but very awake.

Ray, I had nearly the same experience as you on Jan 3. I am in Wisconsin. When asking the question, why am I here?, it was at first just random flashes back and forth and long silence. Then very clearly: "You are here to love." It rang in my head like a bell over and over, and I smiled in the dark. I now understand that we are here to create the only NEW energy in the universe: love. All else was there at the beginning, our souls, our carbon, our motion forward. But all of us in this meditation group are creators of the only element that is created new and never diminishes or dies. Love.

Melanie, That is so great to hear. Even though distance is between us and this group, it's good to know that we are all experiencing something unique together and that is truly amazing. When I read your post I got goosebumps because it confirms to me even more that what we are experiencing is real!

Well, I feel reasonably sure this dream experience is related to the meditation…..

I did the meditation, and then went to bed. I prayed for a dream, showing me wisdom and truth. Here is a synopsis of what I dreamed during the night.

I am in a shopping mall with many store fronts and many choices. None were bad choices, simply a quantum choice that would take me down a specific road.

Now with a male co-worker that I used to work with (both of us now retired) and we are putting multi colored food nuggets into bags to be distributed to the needy/hungry; there are other people working with us as well.

I am observing a gray alien, procreating with a human female, seemingly all consensual/no fear.

In a different house now where my good friend grew up and we have wonderful childhood memories here. I (HEAR) a piano and two teen voices coming from the kitchen. THE VOICES WERE SOOO SWEET. I have been in the bathroom putting on makeup but then walk out to see who is singing. The voices are coming from my two great nephews (not aware they have any exceptional musical talents). This is what they are singing, over and over. The melody is beautiful.


Thank you Whitley..I needed a good laugh.

Whitley, I want to share this and am NOT saying it is true for everyone but it does resonate for me.....

"Where is this silence? Is it in my body or my brain, in memory or in mind?"

When going into meditation and if it is a deep meditation, there is a stirring/tingle in the PINEAL as well as the PITUITARY. It feels like a pendulum moving slowly between the two energy centers, then the movement stops bringing silence. As I thought about this it occurred to me that thought might also be stored here, the kind of thought that is really us and not what we want the world to believe we are; the thoughts that make up our REAL self.

"And we come, through this exploration, to a new question: where am I not only in space, but in time? We end by opening the door to the long shadow that stretches behind us, the true time of our soul."

EARLIER today I decided to go into meditation and sort of observe myself at the same time. I was fortunate in that I was able to go pretty deep (not always possible for me) BUT in spite of it all there was still a little voice I could not control and was not able to continue. I wrote down the words phonetically, took a walk in the park to clear my mind, came home then tried to unravel what I had written down.....The words sounded like..... TORAH KAL GLOW.....This is one of the first websites that came up and the one that made the most sense.

Chapter 8

2 When you kindle the lamps: Spiritually, lighting the lamps of the menorah means igniting our own souls and the souls of others, as King Solomon says, "The lamp of God is the soul of man." The flame of a candle constantly flickers upwards, as if yearning to leave the wick behind and ascend to the heavens. The soul shares this nature, constantly striving to break out of the boundaries imposed on it by the body and the physical world and reconnect with its spiritual source.

At times, however, this nature recedes and becomes dormant. The soul is so blinded by its surroundings that it forgets its natural thirst for Divinity. This is why the lamps must be kindled. They must be reminded of their innate desire to ascend.

The seven lamps signify the seven basic types of souls, each having its particular path in accomplishing God's purposes based on one of the seven basic emotions. Just as the seven lamps are all part of one candelabrum, all the diverse types of Jews form one collective body. Still, because our Divine mission is the purpose of our existence, our separate paths in achieving it make us separate "lamps"; what we do defines who we are.

However, there is a deeper level of the soul, where it has intrinsic value beyond its Divine mission. At this level, the soul is an end in itself rather than merely a means to an end, and there is therefore no differentiation of souls based on the differences in the way they achieve their Divine mission. The Torah therefore first refers to the lamps in general, rather than to a specific number, for the elevation it requires us to seek is intended to reach the level where we are all one.

During my meditation on the 29th of November, I had a hard time concentrating on the silence too. I had good sensation of my body but when I tried to quiet everything else down as I had done the previous week, the silence wasn't there. I wasn't aware of any words in particular. Instead of fighting it, I just sensed my body and imagined the group working together and felt the connectedness of the group.

Carollee, maybe the work you had done earlier on the 29th was present in the group because the work done during meditation is really timeless and at some deep level we are all one?

Just liek to say something down to earth here:

Why can't this message board put the most recent comments at the top instead of at the end?
The first post is from August the 14th 2012!!!

During this meditation there were soft voices chattering all around me BUT from the moment I closed my eyes this song kept playing though my mind.

Barbra Streisand - People

Leaving oneself behind is the beginning of meditation. We are named so early that we never get the chance to experience the simple mystery of being. That's why detaching from our names can be so useful. Beneath the name, there is a rich and original presence, full of mystery and humor and question. False self seeks. Real self is already there.
Leaving oneself behind is the beginning of meditation. We are named so early that we never get the chance to experience the simple mystery of being. That's why detaching from our names can be so useful. Beneath the name, there is a rich and original presence, full of mystery and humor and question. False self seeks. Real self is already there.

There is a previous meditation here on site about group meditation. It involved purple light, if that should jog the memory. Incredibly the date of that meditation is 2005. Seven years ago!

Its a must listen.

Both the 7th and the 14th are Wednesdays, not Thursdays.

Thinking about this, a few things come to mind. One, I have the attention span of a gerbil. I really ought to try studying and memorizing the intention before I start. Overkill? But I would be honoring the aim of all this and taking it seriously an all, and because, you know, gerbil.

Another thing, this was discussed at chat the other day, why is it that the meditation should happen at a specific time. Is it to strengthen a beginner's efforts, is it a placebo technique? It certainly makes me anxious to meet the start deadline - and in effect builds up a certain nervous energy, helpful to the effort now that I think about it. Is this attracting attention which is what that flume of awareness was - an eye sweeping onto my effort watching me flutter in surprise? and being very nice about it too, by not pronouncing - as I would probably question my sanity if I had actually heard something.

I don't expect an answer about this. I'm just wondering.

This was my experience. I was tired but looking forward to this. The major high point for me: after the sensation run-through I started repeating my name over and over until I flittered to a stop, basically forgetting what I was doing. I had to remind myself something about being a child, was it? Did so. Then what? I just stayed there, not thinking of anything, flickering to parts of the body, my feet, my spine. Then just staying still and calm, nothing in particular. I think I was about to tip over into boredom or sleep when quite suddenly , a flow, or burst rather, of warmish light and lightness drenched, just bloomed through me.

I gotta tell you its very startling, so very sudden that it puts you at attention just like that. In fact it was because of this suddeness that l got lost. Okay, okay, what, what do I do now? I forget what I'm supposed to do. I lingered in the sensation, I mutter a few thoughts, hi, hello, I forget what. I imagine an image by Picasso of a woman holding a child because I can't imagine myself as a child, I imagine the soothing words of a mother, my mother's words in my thoughts. I completely forget the details of the intention.

Oh well, I have to get used to that instantaneousness flame of... whatever the heck that was. (Can that happen every time? Will it happen outside of group mediation, on my own? What IS happening when that happens?)

God, this is great, ha. It really is. You gotta give it a try. Who knows what it will be like for you - something completely different. I ended the meditation at 23 after the hour. Went to bed energized, full of well-being, said I love you to my parents in their distant place, went to sleep.

Hello everyone. I must confess that I started this meditation early so as to get into the full spirit of it and let my imagination go where it would.

After erasing my current name I went inside my body, climbed a ladder, opened the window of my mind's eye and viewed the outside world through the eyes of a child. From here I slipped out of body to find the many meditators. I wanted it to be an early childhood place but it felt more like a stop before entering our physical birth. There are many small children here dancing, laughing and simply being young children. It also felt like a place where memories are gradually erased in preparation for the new selves. The light here is more of a gold, not bright but not dark either. There is a line of children holding hands and connected in a deep way BY the holding of hands. There is a school house I am curious about so I go inside, standing there is a woman. Before I ask a question, she has the answer and says, “You have a task to complete when you leave this place, all of you do.” This is good (I think) or at least it does not concern me at this time. I ask her if she will give me a gift that I can take back to the other children? She places something in my hands, I open my hands to see what she has placed there. The gift is glowing, she explains that the gift is called …..Conscience….. an aptitude, faculty, intuition or judgment of the intellect that distinguishes right from wrong..... Now the other children are in boats as I join them BUT there is no water, they seem to be riding on invisible waves and all going in the same direction. We will enter the physical bodies at different times. I notice a boy child and tell him his name is NOT Walter, his real name is PURPOSE.

Thinking here that we all have our own purpose and task to complete.

I missed the group last Thursday but I did participate in the one before on feelings sensations. It was excellent. I was rushed to a void place where swirling warm gold light was. I saw Whitely smiling in the center of warm golden light. Then I was back in my own home in my meditation room still feeling the golden light and happy smiles from head to toe. Yummy!

I didn't really need to go through the process of feeling each part of my body. When I began the meditation, I immediately felt sensation throughout my body, especially my spine. My spine felt like it was warm and glowing. I went through the process of visualizing my heart as an orb of light and extended compassion and love to those listed in the meditation directions. When I got to extending love and compassion to those that do good and the good, I thought of those helping our environment and helping people in third world countries struggling from the aftermath of earthquakes and hurricanes. It felt as if someone tugged at my shirt sleeve and asked "What about Haiti?" I extended my compassion and love there and immediately saw people living in small shanties in extreme poverty. My chest felt really warm and ached. I moved on to extend compassion and love to those that do evil. Politicians came to mind:) When I extended love and compassion to evil in my mind's eye I saw a small night animal hiding from the light. It was then that I could feel tears rushing down my face. My chest felt warmer than ever and really ached. I felt such compassion for my symbol of evil. I was overwhelmed. I was silently crying so hard that I stopped a few minutes early. I am really surprised by my response. Usually I am trying hard to feel my body and bring my attention back to it. I was able to give into that very easily this time and found that I have a pretty good imagination. I am looking forward to the next group meditation and hope that Whitley is healing quickly, feeling less pain, and will be able to participate. Thanks Whitley for the opportunity to be part of a group meditation. Because of the group sessions, I am encouraged to meditate on my own more.


Would it be possible to either post a meditation schedule of future dates and times for the coming months, or make the meditation on the same day and time every week. Also an email reminder a couple of days before the event. These things would certainly aid those who want to make time to join in.

Also, as I am based in the UK would it be possible to have a few meditations at a friendlier time for us.



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