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Creating Sacred Space, Invocation, & Conducting a Ceremonial Circle (Fire)

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Creating Sacred Space

Opening a circle and conducting a ceremonial fire (small/inside) or large/outside) is a way to create sacred space in your mind, within which to undertake healing and spiritual work. Creating a sacred circle, invocation, and conducting a ceremonial fire transact this intent. What follows is a framework, or suggestion, giving you scope to adapt to your situation or cultural context (spiritual faith or religion). Better to conduct one than not at all, and then learn and adapt as you go. Print this out for each participant and study/visualize its conduct beforehand. Use it on-site until you no longer need it.

The Steps to Opening a Circle and Conducting a Ceremonial Fire

  1. Organize ceremonial fire materials around the place of fire. Incense blocks, small ceremonial candles (yellow, red, black, white, green, blue), flower petals (same colors; replace black with a dark color), and offerings (sugar, candies, cigars, aromatic incenses).
  2. Ritual Cleansing: Each participant should anoint him/herself, or each other, before the ritual with cleansing water (essential oils).
  3. Stand at the edge of an imaginary circle around the ceremonial fire place. If you are a group, then hold hands. Close your eyes and visualize the energy flowing anti-clockwise (the Earth’s direction of rotation and orbit) for a minute or so, saying, “Only love may enter and love may leave” (silently or aloud). Become present in the Now, clearing your mind of thoughts.
  4. Smudging: Before entering the sacred space (imaginary or bounded circle that contains the fire), smudge yourself, or each other (smoldering dried sage, sweet grass, etc.), all the while visualizing all negativity drifting away with the smoke. You have now entered sacred space and should remain inside the circle until the fire becomes embers. If you must leave, ask permission within yourself, cut an imaginary door at one of the cardinal points, step outside, and then immediately close it. Do the same upon your return, thanking yourself within and smiling.
  5. Invocation (see below): Call for the presence and blessing of the immanent, transcendent, and eternal source of all life (your god) by invoking the cardinal and solstice directions, elements of life, animal signs, ancestors, and spirits that have collectively created the building blocks of all life.
  6. Assemble the ceremonial fire collectively or by assigning someone for this task. Assemble the blocks of incense in an anti-clockwise manner at each cardinal point (North, South, East, West (NWSE) and solstices midway between SE-NW, NE-SW). Then place colored candles on top of the incense (South is red; East is yellow; North is white; West is black/dark-colored; inter-SE (winter solstice sunrise) is blue; inter-NW (summer solstice sunset) is green). Progress each point toward the fire’s center. Light the candles on the fire when you are ready.
  7. During the fire: Offer prayers of gratitude and love to (as you see fit)—the immanent, transcendent, and eternal source of all life (your God), our ancestors (close, ancient, and evolutionary), Earth, Sun, Moon, planets and stars, cardinal and solstice directions, the elements (Earth, Air, Water, and Fire), animal signs, ancestors, and spirits. Then make any requests and/or state clearly your Ritual Meditation intentions. This can be done silently or aloud. In between, maintain silence, pray, and cast your ritual intention(s) while focusing on the fire. The flames will carry these intentions between the realms, ensuring your higher self (consciousness) knows you know. Most of all—respect the space and others’ silence; collectively agree on any norms for this time upfront. This typically lasts 90–120 minutes.
  8. Close the circle: You should remain inside the sacred space until the fire becomes embers, whereupon you should close the circle (click link below).

Equinox ceremony & offerings 2

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Invocation

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Timing August’s Super Moon Meditation

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August 10th’s full moon is 2014’s super moon, as it falls on the same day as perigee, i.e., the moon is closest to the Earth and only 356,896 km away! According to NASA, the moon will be 14% closer and 30% brighter than the other full moons of 2014. Perigee will not be experienced again until the full moon on the 28 September 2015. While we’re discussing August’s nighttime celestial events, the annual Perseid meteor shower also peaks between August 11–13 and should be visible on the night of the full moon. You can view a NASA’s YouTube of both these celestial events.

This makes the August super moon an even more auspicious time for meditation.

How does the full moon impact the meditation process? According to religious-spiritual traditions like Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism, the full moon represents an auspicious time for meditation, one in which we can amplify its outcome and that of our prayers and intentions. Consider meditation’s outcome in terms of bringing your mind into the mindfulness of calm abiding, concentrated on and detachedly aware of the object of meditation, i.e., breath, mantra, nature, or a statue of Buddha, etc., fully aware of the Now (the higher self) with markedly fewer arising thoughts. For highly experienced meditators, there is also the possibility of transcending this calm abiding and entering transcendental states of consciousness (non-duality). The impact of the full moon is to enhance these potential meditation outcomes.

For those who like a more rational explanation: at this stage, science can’t yet credibly explain the full moon’s effect. We know that three days before the full moon, the moon passes through the Earth’s magnetosphere’s tail, taking about six days to cross it [i]. In so doing, the moon impacts the Earth’s magnetosphere and ionosphere [ii, iii], and its magnetic field strength (geomagnetic activity)[iv, v]. The field of astrobiology shows how these changes can impact the brain’s biology and function. Such impacts are discussed in simplified and pictorial detail in Chapters 6–8 of Discovering Ritual Meditation, or you can access a series of scientific articles on the library resources page of my website. August’s super moon’s closer proximity, therefore, amplifies its effects on the planet and human biology more than normal—which is good news for the meditator’s brain and gateway meditation processes.

The Full Moon’s Influence on Meditation

The full moon is said to provide an opportunity for spiritual growth and transformation if approached in the right manner. It offers a time for purification and renunciation of the things that no longer serve our lives—addictions, anger, fear, grief, guilt, hatred, shame, judgements, and negative talk. The full moon provides us a moment of enhanced understanding, clarity, insight, guidance, and an opportunity to give and share positive intentions, wishes, and prayers, for the benefit of both our own and other’ lives. Remember, it can increase our positive energy but conversely amplify negative emotions, so we need to ensure we direct it with positive intention.

While not imperative, a full moon meditation should ideally be conducted outside in nature (weather, location, and safety permitting). Sitting on and connecting with Mother Earth and facing magnetic south or north (hemisphere dependent) when the moon is at/near its zenith (highest point in the sky) permit both the Earth’s and moon’s “energies” to best connect with your being. Start contemplating your positive intentions and get yourself into a good mind-space a few days beforehand.

August Supermoon Meditators

Figure Attributions:  Goddess Moon Meditations and Centre Bouddhiste Kadampa Drolma

When is the best time to meditate? In my view, the best time to be at peak meditation is halfway between moonrise and moonset when the full moon is at its zenith and peak powers. I have selected Panajachel (Guatemala) and Lima (Peru) as my Northern and Southern Hemisphere locations to exemplify the meditation calendar outputs (see below). In both cases, the time of peak effect would be circa midnight +/– 2 hours. If conducting ritual meditation using entheogens, then I start this 2–3 hours before the full moon’s peak effect, thus giving the entheogens time to access the brain and assist in the mind’s transformation. Continue reading

The Archeology, Art & Science of Altered States of Consciousness: A Shared Global Archaeological Fingerprint

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A Shared Global Archaeological Fingerprint

Some Background Context

I would like to share with you some unique and ground-breaking archeological discoveries underpinning my newly published book, Discovering Ritual Meditation: Transcendental Healing and Self-Realization. This thoroughly referenced (not duplicated herein) and graphically rich book presents data-driven research from four different Sun god religion’s and their most important archaeological sites. These religions left us important information regarding their sacred ritual processes in symbolic form—arguably humankind’s best-kept and most profound secret. These ritual processes embodied the Sun god religions of ancient Egypt, pre-Colombia Meso and South America, and Southern India, three of which were made extinct via religious assimilation.

An exciting two-minute video book trailer gives you a rapid overview for a broader context, and a free KMZ file containing 450 pyramid and temple sites brings this story to life in Google Earth. Instructions for its use are included in the download.

Introduction

Four hundred and fifty (450) sacred sites and the deity art and icons from four different Sun god religions were researched using a common framework. This framework identified symbolic information embedded in temple alignments, art, icons, and other information pertaining to altered states of consciousness (ASC). These archaeological sites were once the epicenters of their religions. As such, priesthoods once resided at each, holding domain and leaving a collective fingerprint—ensured by their teaching and time-keeping needs—of their symbolically veiled ritual processes.

Site specifications captured within the research framework include:

1)  Sacred space included a site’s geographical location, i.e., proximity to a lightning center, fault line, and/or volcano; its alignments relative to the overhead, moving day-night boundary (solar terminator) and the Earth’s magnetic axis (geomancy); and the place where ritual took place in some form of sensory isolation, i.e., temple sanctum, pyramid chamber, or cave/underground tunnel.

2)  Sacred time included pyramid and temple alignments both locally, i.e., the equinox sunrises/sets, winter solstice sunrise (WSSR), and summer solstice sunset (SSSS), and regionally, relative to the overhead solar terminator (on the WSSR/SSSS; seen by satellite); temple-pyramid superstructure features, i.e,. 47-degree angles as solstice symbols seen with some pyramid outlines, Hindu temple gates and spires; and in their deity art and icons as sacred time symbols, i.e., V47 solstice, equinox serpents.

3)  Sacred ritual involved activities undertaken to catalyze the switch in their state of consciousness, i.e., the consumption of entheogens (hallucinogens or neurochemicals from nature detailed in symbolic form in temple art as hallucinogenic flowers, fruit, and fauna), and meditation, drumming, and/or pipe music.

Sacred ritual at its essence involved sacredly timed meditation conducted in sensory isolation (silence or acoustic resonances) under the influence of hallucinogens, while potentially aligning the meditator’s body to the Earth’s magnetic fields (equinoxes, geomagnetic activity). Sacred time for the Sun god religions implied the winter solstice sunrise, summer solstice sunset, and equinox sunrises or sunsets (dependent on the phase of the moon, i.e., new or full moon).

Sacred time coincided(s) with peaks in the Earth’s electromagnetic and magnetic fields. This offered four times a year when alpha brainwaves could be maximally enhanced via entrainment processes. Alpha brainwaves are the most important brainwave signature of people in deep meditative and transcendental states of consciousness. This is where the fanciful transcendental phenomena arise, and deities, spirits, epic journeys, unity states of consciousness, god union, spiritual death/ rebirth/ resurrection (healing), and other transcendental phenomena all play out.

The research framework filtered important information from the priesthood archaeological domains, identifying two separate and related archaeological fingerprints: site alignments recorded sacred time, and their sacred ritual processes were embedded in temple art and icons in symbolic form, which included sacred time symbols. You can read more about the second fingerprint and the science and esoteric subjects involved in humans attaining and experiencing altered states of consciousness in Discovering Ritual Meditation.

A Priesthood’s Need to Accurately Tell Time Left Its Mark

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Timing Your Full Moon Meditation

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Full Moon Meditation

Saturday, July 12, 2014 is the next full moon. According to religious-spiritual traditions like Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism, the full moon represents a time for important religious festivals and observances. Take Buddhism for example—important events associated with Lord Buddha’s life took place on full moon days: his birth, renunciation, enlightenment, and passing away all occurred on full moon days.

This highlights the importance and potential of the full moon as sacred time and, as such, offers an important opportunity and time to meditate, a time in which we can amplify the outcome of routine and ritual meditation and our prayer-intentions. If you have practical insight or experience with this, please share via a comment—we would love to hear from you!

Consider meditation’s outcome in terms of bringing your mind into the mindfulness of calm abiding, where your mind is concentrated on and aware of the object of meditation, the breath, and you are fully aware of the Now (the higher self), with few arising, ego-driven thoughts. For highly experienced meditators, there is also the possibility of transcending the ego mind (and body-space-time) to enter transcendental states of consciousness, as Lord Buddha did. The impact of the full moon is to enhance these potential meditation outcomes, if we time it right.

How does the full moon impact the meditation process? The fact ancient religions revered these times and their impact on meditation and ritual processes are key in supporting this argument.

At this stage, a science-based answer is not credibly possible because science has not investigated this in a controlled manner. That said, we know that three days before the full moon, the moon passes through the Earth’s magnetosphere’s tail, taking about six days to cross it [i]. In so doing, the moon impacts numerous parameters associated with the Earth’s magnetosphere and ionosphere, just as the sun does. This impacts their collective electromagnetic and magnetic properties [ii, iii], and the Earth’s magnetic field strength (geomagnetic activity) [iv, v]. The field of astrobiology shows very clearly how changes to the Earth’s magnetosphere, ionosphere, and geomagnetic activity can impact the brain’s biology and function. Such impacts are discussed in comprehensible detail in my book Discovering Ritual Meditation, or you can access a series of scientific articles on the library resources page of my website. In my view, any impacts beyond these are speculation.

The Full Moon Influence and Meditation: The full moon is said to provide an opportunity for spiritual growth and transformation if approached correctly. It offers a time for purification and renunciation of the things that no longer serve our lives. The full moon provides us a moment of enhanced understanding, clarity, insight, guidance, and an opportunity to give and share positive intentions, wishes, and prayers for the benefit of both our own and others’ lives. We must be mindful that meditating around the time of the full moon can increase our positive energy and conversely amplify negative emotions, so we need to ensure we direct it with positive intention and do our best to quell any negative emotions in the days beforehand.

While not imperative, a full moon meditation should be conducted outside in nature (weather, location, and safety permitting). Consider sitting on and connecting with Mother Earth, facing the full moon’s zenith (highest point in the night sky), unless it’s directly overhead. The zenith should be somewhere between geographical and magnetic south or north, which is the direction you should be facing (hemisphere dependent). This best permits both the Earth’s and the full moon’s “energies” to connect with your being. Start contemplating this and get yourself into a good mind-space a few days beforehand.

Full moon meditation_Ying & Yang

When is the best time to meditate? In my view, the best time to be at peak meditation is halfway between moonrise and moonset, when the full moon is at its zenith and peak powers. This naturally places the meditator’s brain in an environment of maximum brain-mind impact. I have selected Panajachel (Guatemala) and Lima (Peru) as my Northern and Southern Hemisphere locations to exemplify the meditation calendar outputs (see below). In both cases, the time of peak effect would be circa 12:30 am +/– 2 hours. In conducting ritual meditation using entheogens, I ingest these three hours before the full moon’s peak effect, giving the entheogens time to access the brain and transform the mind. Continue reading

Why Do We Meditate?

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The simple answer is we meditate to bring our awareness into presence, or the Now. We know we are present when we are simultaneously aware of our breath and one to two senses (i.e. sight, sound, feel of breeze on skin etc.).

We meditate because we feel a deep inner peace, tranquility and it quiets the mind. Over time, and the more present we are, we develop mindfulness or emotional intelligence, and slowly this transform our minds and lives. The more present we are the more spiritual qualities begin to naturally manifest i.e., loving-kindness, compassion, acceptance, forgiveness, non-judging, equanimity, generosity etc.

From presence we are able to observe our physical senses (i.e., sight, sound etc.), the arisings of feelings, thoughts, and our body. This helps us create separation in our awareness. We come to realize we are not any of these arisings, but merely the awareness of them. Without self realization once we finish our meditation we move back to our busy minds, or ego consciousness. Meditation after self realization becomes an even greater joy, and we simply melt into a deeper presence. The hallmarks of this deep presence include a disruption of time i.e., time flies by, a deep effortless silence, the awareness of our physical bodies partially disappears, and mild visuals can arise.

Meditation is a natural biological process gifted to humans enabling us to move our awareness, or consciousness, from ego to presence, and from presence to the perspectives of the higher self or Unity consciousness (beyond objective reality). Thus meditation enables us to expand or move our awareness (consciousness) beyond the confines of the body-mind in space-time—if we know how.

Most humans, meditation and mystic adepts aside, will need to “supplement” their meditation to achieve this consciousness expansion within or beyond objective reality. This supplementation is achieved using entheogens (i.e., magic mushrooms), combined with conducting meditation at “sacred times” i.e., on the solstices and equinoxes 60-90 minutes before sunrise or sunset (click Meditation Calendar).

This supplementation can be achieved using the Meditation & Magic Mushroom method detailed in my blog (click link). Supplementation effectively provides support of natural biological processes taking place in the brain during meditation by supplying additional brain chemicals (5-hydroxytryptamine-2a serotonin, and/or dopamine), and by boosting our alpha-brainwave voltages (entrainment). You can read more about this physiological supplementation in my book (Discovering Ritual Meditation; see chapters 7 & 8) or via scientific references on this website (click the link).

Meditation supplementation greatly increases the chances of transcending body-mind in space-time, helping us move our awareness beyond objective reality—where we witness profound consciousness experiences (see blog).

Meditation is the means by which we spiritually awaken, spiritually heal, and self realize, and this absolutely transforms our mind and life beyond belief. Do it every day, even without rituals, and watch the transformation unfold.

Without doubt meditation is the single most important thing we can ever learn. I have so much gratitude for our ancient ancestors (i.e., the sun god religion priesthoods) for leaving us their knowledge of consciousness and its movement/expansion (see Discovering Ritual Meditation).

If you’d like to know how to meditate, then please read my blog “How to Meditate for Presence and Rituals”. This is a no frills approach to learning how to meditate from someone who has witnessed Unity consciousness and the higher self beyond objective reality numerous times. I also developed the Transcendental Self Inquiry method then used it to self realize six hours later. Presence is now my natural state of consciousness. Don’t worry we still have an ego afterwards, but its no longer the only show in town!

Thank you and my best wishes to you.

Carlton Brown

Enhance Your Meditation Using the Free Meditation Calendar

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Your meditation can benefit from careful daily and yearly timing to benefit from the Earth’s naturally generated electromagnetic and magnetic fields. Using the Meditation Calendar (sun- and moon- rise/set), I will show you how to time your meditation to benefit from this effect.

Alpha brainwaves detected over the frontal brain (forehead) are a key brainwave signature of those transcending or in deep meditation. These alpha brainwaves can be best augmented by the local environment during sacred times, i.e., at the winter solstice sunrise, summer solstice sunset, equinox sunrises, and eclipses, and with daily sunrise and sunsets. Sacred time coincides with the times when the Earth’s electromagnetic environment (Schumann resonances) and its magnetic field strength (geomagnetic activity) naturally peak. In meditating at sacred time and with daily sunrise/sets, you can benefit from this augmentation effect.

This augmentation happens because of a natural process called brainwave entrainment, in which naturally generated electromagnetic wave fields (Schumann resonances) enhance the meditator’s frontal brain alpha brainwaves. These Schumann resonances (7.8 hertz) are naturally generated by the global lightning centers and at sunrise and sunset. The meditator’s alpha brainwaves are generated by the “third eye” in the frontal brain. This region of the brain is responsible for propagating the meditation process in conjunction with the thalamus (mid-brain), resulting in the executive control over the brain’s function, emotional regulation, and brain activity silencing. This entrainment improves the depth of meditation, which can result in a change of consciousness, giving you direct access to transcendental and unitive states of consciousness. This is why routine meditation around sunrise and sunsets and during lightning storms feels more special than at other times.

You can access the resource library for links to an array of scientific articles referencing this content or read my book. If you wish to benefit from the sunrise or sunset power effect with your routine meditation, then select your meditation time by starting meditation 60–30 minutes before your local sunrise or sunset on the day(s) required, determined using the meditation calendar. See the output summary below and its user-friendly interface.

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Sacredly Timed Ritual Meditation (Hallucinogens)

The effect is strongest at sacred times. Once upon a time, these dates and times were ubiquitously celebrated as the most important ritual-festival dates for the Sun god religions of ancient Egypt, India, and pre-Colombian Central and South America. This was encoded in their pyramid and temple alignments, and is symbolically embedded in their Sun god art and icons. It is the same fingerprint the ancient Sun god world over.

If you wish to benefit from the power effect at the winter solstice sunrise, summer solstice sunset, and the equinox sunrise/set, during the conduct of ritual meditation, then select your ritual timing for these dates, so it commences 60–90 minutes before sunrise or sunset by using the Meditation Calendar.

If you are serious about experiencing transcendental states of consciousness, then sacredly timed meditation, using an eyes-closed, focused attention type of meditation, focused on the awareness of breath in the Now in sensory isolation with the mind in effortless silence, after consuming entheogens (hallucinogens), meditating with your body comfortably seated and magnetically aligned gives you the access codes to the transcendental realm. Follow my blog as I share my ritual know-how and experiences, and you can help by participating in this discussion.

Thank you and my best wishes.

Carlton Brown

Meditation & Magic Mushrooms for Spiritual Awakening, Spiritual Healing, and Self Realization

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