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.

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

Oct 11th...
Nothing...My Maine Coon Cat "Buddy" kept jumping on my chest and walking behind me and then meowing, he was interrupting the entire med...

Its great that Whitley is feeling a little better! Whew. Let's hope things clear up fully in a short time.

Someone was coughing in the next room, someone shuffling through the hallway. Meditatus Interruptus. wait... I sense... i sense we need to get our own meditation rooms, is what I sense.

The same thing always happens to me,just as i'm in a place that is neither here nor there,there will be a bang outside or the cops sirens will go off or my mrs will start snoring.I started to feel it was being done intentionally as a few more seconds in the state i had achieved my have given me great insight on something.
I was meditating once and i hit a state whereby i was half way out of my body,only my shoulders and my head were anchored to the bed,i felt i needed some help to get all the way out when a pair of hands grabbed mine and started gently pulling me further out,as soon as i became fully aware of what was going on i was snapped back and came back to this state.
Anyway stick at it,there are great rewards and the times when it seems the hardest is probably the time you will reap the most rewards.
Try focusing on your body more than your mind.As you breathe in tense your whole body and then when you breathe out relax after a few minutes of this you will become greatly relaxed and meditation becomes easier,even with all the noises.

The interruptions are actually part of the process, annoying as it may seem...

I have a cat and a dog, and both want attention. Just work through it, and you may find a day will come when they sit with you and get into the flow along side you. (It does happen occasionally, and is also special!) We can't all be monks sitting on a mountain-top without the distractions of every day life. For us, meditation requires work, and that in and of itself is important. It IS about the work, the path, the journey, or whatever you want to call it. When the world is crashing down around you is when you will need the ability to get to let go of the distractions and just be. Consider your pets, the noisy neighbor, and other assorted sounds as your teachers who are there to push you along to where you need to be.

When you do find yourself in a totally quiet moment, embrace it, appreciate it, and give thanks. Hours or minutes of quiet hold no more for you than those brief moments of peace. Letting go of the notion of time constraints really helps, since time really has nothing to do with it.

Not much for me really.The only thing of note was i felt more physical sensation in the top of my brain and at the back.

I am wondering whether group meditation actually refines or helps to define one's body sensation. Perhaps the extra attention, perhaps the focus of others assists in your effort. Well, I gotta say, THIS IS SO COOL!!

I absolutely did not know and do not know what to expect but I am very much looking forward to the next one. Heck, I'm doing this every day no matter what. (Heehee! What an adventure we got going here!)

When I meditate alone, I feel it becomes an effort and a struggle to come to sensation. Sometimes, I feel sensations that are very uncomfortable and dull. But when I do the group meditation, I feel light as a bird and more energetic than before. I wonder if we can also meditate with other groups doing this same thing on other worlds or with visitors doing this type of meditation even on this world as well.

First time I have meditated in almost 30 years. Think I did ok. I'm not Jewish, but the word Shalom kept coming to me. I think it means God's peace be with you. So I went with it and put my hands in prayer and from my heart and mind I said "Shalom" then extended my hands outward. Looked and it was just past ending time of meditation. Woke up feeling wonderful and feeling as though the world was wounderous! Will try to send healing to Whitley tonight. Anxiously await next session.

I did the usual instructions for the group mediation and immediately, I sensed a surge of energy that I have usually felt during these type of meditations. I didn't hear anything, but in the darkness, I saw within the dull neural yellow lights that we see when we close our eyes, faces of gray aliens forming and appearing in and out using the neural yellow light itself to form an image, sometimes appearing from far away. sometimes...not so far... Seeing those eyes made my skin light up in electric sensation while I meditated. Despite the strangeness, I told them in my mind that seeing them made me stronger. I started late around 11:06pm and ended at 11:21pm central time. I could have sworn only 5 minutes had passed!

Marla Frees posted an update on Facebook today saying that Whitley has hurt his back and is in pain. Anyone who wants to, please join me at 8:00 CST tonight for a 15-minute meditation to send healing to Whitley. Thanks!

Sounds like a great idea. Count me in.

I missed last night's meditation. I was all set to go at 11pm central time, but I closed my eyes, and the next thing I knew it was 4am.

My first group meditation...I started at 11:45 and went to 12:38.EST Nothing coherent reallyuntil At one point I saw (quite vivdly) my feet, with hair all over them trodding through a wooded area. It was from teh viewpoint of me wallking while looking down at what I was stepping on. There were unregogniziable lime green leaves lite by dappled sunlight. I noticed holes in them, where soem Insect (?) had mucnched through them. I was moving through a forest on some path and gently brushing the bush leaves past. I held that vision, but of course as soon as I zoned in on it for more details. It faded. Mid meditation around 12ish, I moved to a comfortabel chair off the carpet because my back , which never hurts started hurting me. I tried to imagine who I might know on this web site and reach out to touch them. I just learned today that WS hurt his back! I wonder if i tapped into his pain at some level? I never had nor have back pain.
Look forward to the next group meditation.

I started the meditation about 10pm. I sensed many presences, easily in the hundreds. As I contined, the group's focus in meditation felt like a breathing of sorts as the energy traveled through it and me. I felt an extremely emotional response, one of sadness but overwhelming joy. Shortly after that, most of the presences dropped out. This was about 10:12 or so, I checked because I wondered why everyone was leaving. Then there was only one main presence with another one very faintly there, just as an observer. I had to focus on it to even detect it. The main presence felt calm and relaxing. I felt a connectedness with it and then became aware that other presences existed, but they were a part of this main presence. I stayed like this for about another 10 minutes then I stopped.

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.

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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.


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