This Golden Dawn paper came from Percy Wilkinson's collection. Percy was a long serving member of Whare Ra joining in the 1950s and formally leaving only after it closed. It is not clear who wrote this paper and it seems to owe much to Geoffrey Hodson who was an English Theosophist. Before he died at age 94 he had written more than 40 books dealing with topics such as meditation, the spiritual life, health and disease, and clairvoyance.
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deep in a Meditative state.
THE CYCLE OF MEDITATION
(With acknowlegement to the writings of Geoffrey Hodson)
PURPOSE: The purpose of meditation is to effect a unity between the lower mind and the higher spiritual nature of the Self. A necessary preliminary is the control of the body, emotions and thought. This in turn demands control of the actions, desires and speech.
- PREPARATION: Relax the body and harmonise the emotions. Alert the mind and charge it with will. Establish a centre of awareness in the Higher Self.
- DISSOCIATION: Mentally affirm: “I am not the physical body, I am the spiritual self. I am not the emotions, I am my spiritual self. I am not the mind, I am my spiritual self.”
- MEDITATION: Assert: “I am the Divine Self. Immortal. Eternal Radiant with spiritual light. I am that self of Light; that self am I. The self in me, the Atma, is one with the self in all the Paramatma. I am that self in all. That Self am I. The Atma and the Paramatma are One. I am that. That I am.
- PERIOD OF MEDITATION: Five minutes at first, then lengthen gradually to 15 or 30 minutes. Best times are sunrise, mid-day and sunset. Cease meditating if any signs of a headache are felt.
- CLOSING PHASE: Bring the centre of awareness:(a) Into the formal mind, illumined and responsive to the intuition.(b) Into the emotions radiated by the Spiritual Light.(c) Into the body, empowered by the Spiritual Will, inwardly, vitalised and self-recollected throughout the day, remembering the Divine Presence within the heart, the inner ruler, immortal, seated in the hearts of all beings.
7. CONCLUSION: Now relax the mind and permit the uplifting effect of he meditation to extend into all other activities of the day.
Notes you can see the Theosophical influence in this paper. Indeed when I was given this paper I was told to replace the words Atma with the "Higher Self" or the "son" and Paramatma with the Absolute or One Thing. It is possible to say "I and the Father are One" just as easily as it is to say "The Atma and the Paramatma are One."
However this shows how sometimes Theosophical teachings and Indian systems found their way into Whare Ra.