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 March 15--April 14, 2014

Last month, we returned to the basic of meditation: sensing oneself physically. Now we build on that foundation, extending sensation from the density of blood and flesh into less dense aspects of the body.

It is sometimes difficult to find the foundation of this higher level of search. Is it meditation, contemplation, prayer, reading? Actually, the journey begins in compassion, and it starts with the search to find compassion for oneself. We have addressed compassion before, saying that it isn’t a matter of simply being kind, but that it has another, deeper, dimension. Compassion is about understanding and giving what is needed the most. So, how do we start?

There is inside each one of us a built-in master who stands willing to assist us in our journey. This part of being lies at the borderland between oneself and the conscious energy all around us. To gain access, engage in the sensing exercise, quiet your mind, then ask, ‘tell me what I need the most?’ Sooner or later, an answer will come, most often in a dream. Once that happens, you have begun a wonderful, lifelong journey of discovery with your inner master. This master is, in part, what we call ‘conscience.’ It is deeply moral, truthful and honest. It is joyous, innocent and wise. It is you, and also all of consciousness reflected within you.

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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.

You can join the meditation group by leaving your email address here.

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

Snolion - thanks for sharing this. Part of my experience was that the presence I felt was pulling me up - as though he/she would have yanked my astral body out for an adventure had I let it :)
Also, the strongest sensation was in my head. Interesting parallels to your experience.....

Tried joining in last night but dinner was really late and as 10 rolled around we were sitting in front of the TV and I thought "oh well, missed it." Not having done the prep work but I thought to just touch in and see whatever was happening. Maybe a bad idea. Sitting there, next to my husband, tv on...almost immediately, obvious to only me, two figures were there, one tall on the right, a shorter one to my left - they were both dark and undistinguishable and not really threatening.

The tall one touched my head, nothing really happened and tried settling down on the love seat between us, the other moved to my left touching my head on that side and there was an instant pulling sensation and pressure just on that side of my head and face. Pulling upward and out. It wasn't frightening.

I thought "why are you here" and the tall one replied they were invited and seemed to feel it a bit humorous that I asked. More was said but I can't recall. What seemed strange was that they were there the moment I thought of the group and in circumstances not exactly meditative.???

I was late - joined in at 10:10 PST, but stayed in meditation until almost 10:30. After a few fleeting images - a bright yellow light, seeing a couple of people leave through a turnstile (perhaps my imaging for exiting meditators?) I felt a very large energetic body entering my upper body. It was unmistakably another person/soul/energy. I felt it in my arms, upper body and head. It felt very peaceful and it reminded me to smile (I had forgotten about smiling). When I moved toward an inner smile, this ramped up the vibrational level of this being considerably. It was a calm yet powerful energy, and it felt like it was trying to 'settle' in my smaller physical body. I had slight trepidation......though I've done some channeling, this was an 'unknown' and I didn't let it get too in sync with me. But I felt this was a trial run for deeper contact. It was a benevolent presence, and left after about 10 minutes.

I set my alarm for 12:50am to give this thing a shot. I CANNOT meditate (never could) - my mind will not settle down enough. So I dutifully squirmed and fidgeted as I expected for fifteen minutes and went back to bed thinking I did my part at least. But this experience with which I've studied for almost my entire life is for others, not me... WELL GUESS WHAT!!! An hour later I woke up having three very significant dreams. I realize I must've fallen asleep instantly because only an hour had passed and I know I was totally asleep for that period. The first I remember, was a person sitting on the bed in the room with me and introduced himself as 'Jarius'. It feels incredible now but he was small and almost bald, I think he had small round glasses on. We talked about some things but it struck me I wasn't frightened and got the feeling he wanted to work with me.
Anyway, I don't want to make this too long, but the final dream I was in a very modern clinical setting with some professional types. There was a small bottle of something there which I pocketed. When I woke up I had a very sweet complex taste of something in my mouth and nose.

I began my meditation before the event at 8:25 PM CST, with the intent of joining the group at the appointed time. Here are the things that I experienced:

1. Whitley was not alone, and there was someone very ancient sitting next to him
2. Not sure who this person was, or even one of the group, but I repeatedly saw a thin woman, very short, gray, wavy hair. She was wearing a blue, knit shirt with 3/4 sleeves and a bateau neck (Guess this is a woman thang! I noticed what she was wearing.) She was also wearing glasses with black rims, and I also saw some big, dangly earrings. She was sitting in the lotus pose with her eyes closed.
3. I saw a big fire pit blazing away in the dark. A huge circle of people were sitting around the fire, in chairs, with their eyes closed.

That's about it. If anyone saw a tiger, or lots of orange, let me know.

Peace, ya'll!

This was lovely.....

In the very beginning of this meditation I had the thought of RED CLOVER?????

I am trying to locate everyone but having no success. I keep searching when all of a sudden I see cupped hands holding a white orb of light. Surrounding this image are hundreds of people forming a circle. THEN, I have a thought understood as light consciousness. I held this image as long as I could then it simply disappeared.

Would love to join but 10 pm Pacific time? that will be1:00 in the morning for eastern time. I agree with Nidia. It is not easy to get in one place the meditations to follow.

Lilaclily and anyone worried about the time difference:

The first thing to let go of is the notion of linear time. I am in Texas and usually in bed by 9 so that I can get up early for work, but I am not allowing that to stop me from joining the group---the intent will allow me to be there with you all at Whitley's appointed 'time', whether I do it at midnight or 8 PM.

I was wondering when this would begin for us. Thank you Whitley for the heads up.
I realize how critically important it is to do this. I will diligently follow through.

Removed repeated comment.

I'm based in the UK so I think the group meditation time equates to 6:00am on Wednesday 26th, for me. This would be the first time me trying something like this and I'm really looking forward to it.

I haven't much experience of meditating in the tends to be in the evening..but for some reason I haven't done much of it recently. At least I know I will be relaxed in the morning...but it tends to take me quite a while to get out of 'dream' mode when the alarm goes off.

What does anyone else it better to wake up properly before meditating, or should I just dive straight in, so to speak...or do you not think it matters at all?

The meditation set for 9/25/12 reads "Sunday, September 25," but the 25th is a Tuesday.

This is really strange.....There has been a lot of confusion in regards to that date in my life. (Actually the 17th, 24th and 25th). On two different occasions not including this current one with the meditation date (makes three now) some friends and I had to reschedule as well as another friend in that same time frame. We all seemed to looking at the calendar in the same wrong way......Just thought it to be interesting. So, is the meditation set for SUNDAY?

The meditation set for 9/25/12 reads "Sunday, September 25," but the 25th is a Tuesday.

Posted by Edward Talbot on 20 Sep 2012 at 14:17

Sunday night was my first time with the group also. I too felt the others as I focused on my body. During this time I got several fleeting images of me being in other places. Standing in a desert, then in an area that I can only say that reminded me of the Tuscany region of Italy. About two thirds of the way through the meditation I felt a cool wind hit my forehead but only in the area of the third eye. I'm not sure what all this means, but I do know that when I left the group, My first thought was "WOW" and that I was at a state of peace and contentment that I have not felt in years.

Like Kay above, I was a regular meditator for about 10yrs, but it's been very sparse for the last five. I've always enjoyed Whitley's meditations and style, and so was glad to see this group start up recently. Last night was my first time joining the group and I enjoyed the thought of sitting along with everyone else at the scheduled time, in unison. Immediately, I began to work through the sensing exercise, which has always been both simple and powerful for me. All the while, I tried to keep in mind that these others from the group were sharing this "space" as well. As soon as I finished a full round of body sensing, coming back to the solar plexus and feeling the expansion from there, I was enormously surprised... POP!... My awareness suddenly formed a nicely coherent bubble around me and I could sense great depth to the vast darkness that exists inside. I settled and relaxed into the feeling a little more and began to feel that if I went much further, I would really begin to enter the sublime.

This was actually somewhat shocking to me. I've been in this type of mode before, but in the past it really took consistent practice to get there. Sometimes the initial meditation after a long dry spell can be enormously rewarding, so maybe this was that. On the other hand, I set out with the intention of communing with and sharing myself with you other people who are making the same effort to connect. Even if I didn't "connect-up" with the group (whatever that means - I'm extremely dubious about hocus-pocus ideas, and even the existence of a soul), just the knowledge of our tiny community trying this out together was quite empowering. I very much enjoyed the whole evening and stayed on for a full half-hour just to soak it in.

Thanks to everyone who participated. I look forward to the future.

That darkness within is a very important place, and one we need to experience. The dark is the source of knowledge, the womb of being. It contains many things, including the long time of the soul, in the form of traceries and signals we have left from our existence, both the active, inbreathing part we call 'life,' and the passive, contemplative part we call 'death.' Accessing it is a matter of 'effortless effort,' that is to say, coming to a synchronous vibration that integrates our whole being. This way, our consciousness becomes the third force in the triad of being, which is then in harmony with itself. First force: active state, or life. Second force: passive state, or death. Third force: balancing consciousness. Keep smiling, and you will find that the secret of the dark is laughter.

I used to meditate regularly about 10 years ago, but stopped. I only occasionally meditate now. So I was one of the newbies. I started the process by sensing my feet first, but felt like I had somehow skipped to my hands and arms and the area of my face associated with my third eye was really throbbing. I tried to slow down the process to my own pace. I got the feeling that I was being helped but I was stubborn and wanted to do go through the process without any help. Despite my resistance to help, I was excited that I might be in contact with others and I began breathing rapidly and couldn't slow my breathing down and I was having difficulty focusing. Then somehow I felt enveloped in calmness and my breathing slowed. I proceeded through the body sensing process. I have always had to use my imagination to feel my vertebrae, but this time I could really sense them. I used the Buddha smile that Whitley suggested and felt my entire body just smiling! It was great fun. Thanks to whomever reached out to help calm me so I could participate. If this group is only for those with years of experience I am sorry that I intruded. If it is open for all, then I'll see you next time.

If you are here, you are welcome to join. We are all newbies at this group meditation. We need someone like Whitley who has experience to help teach us how to do this. Kay, you must have been the "smiling " one "near" me. You were a very vibrant energy. Thank you for joining.

It's very important not to try. Just be. Watch, don't look. There is a subtle but important difference. The key here is the active/passive state. And of course the group is open to everybody. I have over forty years of experience, and each time I begin, I try to make it the first time.

Also had one whopper of a headache after meditation which has never happened before& felt drained.Had to do something mundane ( continued reading To Kill a Mockingbird) before I tried going to bed.

I too felt a lot of tension at the beginning of the meditation, either there was conflict or focus wasn't as strong as Friday's. At the beginning, I saw an image of a narrow vertical object, maybe a knife. There was a also a red circle.

Very soon, though I began to sense words, which did not happen on Friday. I believe the leader of the group suggessted this and tried to send out words. I tried to think a few words in sentence form, then I heard a response, it took me two times to make out the word, but I heard clearly "Ecstacy." I should note too that somebody "near" me was "smiling" a lot. I began working on focusing my energy in the group.

I felt a solid 8 people tonight, with possibly 10 toward the end. However, there was more distraction and it felt like everyone wasn't fully there all the time. At one point I heard my name called out and I moved to the center of the group and radiated a wave of ecstacy outward to the whole group and at one moment felt a coherence with everyone. Then some of us took turns doing this, moving to the center and radiating energy outward. It ended very strongly and I only began to disconnect more than a minute after 10:15. I had noticed people dropping out and realized that it must have been time, but I had to stay just a little longer so I left about 10:16 or a little after.

Fist time with a group like this & couldn't say it was a whole lot different than meditating on my own..went deep & tried to connect.It was quite pleasant...some one said to "ask him about the old lamp that broke" what ever that means.Did have alot of visuals but tried to just refocus on body sensation.15 minutes was too short & I got the sense that there was others that continued too? Stopped at about 10:30

Tonight was my first time meditating with the group. I saw a lot of abstract blue. Then the blue of a glacier, and the blue heart of a flame. Then suddenly about halfway through I felt a strong sense of kinship and warmth, almost as though someone had hugged me. Just fleetingly. The next thing surprised me completely. I visualized blue and golden threads of light shooting out of the top of my head, spreading out across the country, the world, seeking out all of you. Suddenly I felt a strong pulling sensation from the top of my head, I mean STRONG, almost strong enough to pull me up out of my chair. I've never felt anything like it. It didn't feel like I even needed to concentrate or focus to maintain it, any more than you need to focus to keep your arm from flying off. I put my hand on my head and the sensation stopped. It was 10:18. Thank you for letting me be a part of this.

My meditation goes.....I am having more trouble then usual tonight trying to quiet my mind but I have also had a lot of interaction/stimulation with people the whole weekend. Images kept coming to mind as I keep bringing my mind back to a nothingness.

First image is an boxlike object spinning/tumbling over and over in space. Bring myself back from this.

Then, hear/see the words/image of the VIOLET FLAME. Bring myself back from this.

Then, in my mind hear the words Lakota Sioux. Bring myself back from this.

Perhaps someone was thinking about these things???

When I first began tonight's meditation my thoughts went to a friend of mine, a Wiccan High Priest who lost his battle with cancer this past Saturday morning. But then I gained joy knowing that he likely has a strong body of light to keep him a coherent being during the next, non-physical part of his journey through existence. Quite suddenly, l then saw three quarters of a stone wheel representing three forces of the universe: the active, the passive and the neutral. The fourth quarter, that which reconciles and manifests them, then fell into place. I cannot yet see what changes will come to our world when the wheel begins to turn.

Yes, a very powerful meditation indeed. I could sense a number of distinct presences, coincidentally the same number Whitley reported. My third eye was very active too. Did any of you see anything that looked to resemble this ? I was trying to send a moving image of this to all who participated. I also saw an image of a dolphin and a room with a shelf.

The lattice of light.I.saw was the link you referenced.

Yes, Quantum, I did see a shelf.....

See above.....

'It is not light but not dark either, to the right of where I am standing there is a small room with a stone looking shelf attached to a wall.'

Your experience rings true with what I saw, but I saw it slightly in a different manner. I was in a rectangular room with other rooms attached, the first time, the room seemed to have a bluish hue to it, dim, there was a flat shelf. I then was searching for someone there, I was perplexed because I was sure Whitley was to be there, but no one was. I then focused on the shelf again, but this time it seemed like it was maybe a low table, narrow, maybe a foot deep but wider than deep.
I also saw a candle flickering toward the end. I saw the thin vertical flickering flame even at the end of the meditation.

I felt as if there was somebody that showed up a little late and announced their presence very clearly. I also felt that there was someone who was "watching the clock" because I got a sense to wrap it up and right when I felt that "time's up", I looked at my watch and sure enough, 10:15.01 pm on the dot(my watch is synchonized by satellites).

To say the least, I felt connected during this meditation like I never have before. I entered a meditative state earlier today and felt an empiness like I have never realized before until now. Meditating alone is powerful, meditating with a group as focused as we are is literally "A Whole New World".

Thank you all who are participating in this. It is a very wondrous and humbling experience to be connected with others at such a deep level.

Powerful meditation last night. I found myself seeing with my third eye a wheat field. As I stood in the field, it was night and strange shadows played across a full moon. Then, I saw a beautiful lattice of light and could feel everyone participating flow through me. It was a wonderful sensation.


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