Monthly Meditation Themes

 

At the beginning of every month, TRIUNE members receive an electronic newsletter which also includes a seed thought for meditation. If they choose, members are encouraged to incorporate these thoughts into their own daily meditation routines. Meditation themes are usually seasonal and/or address a specific topic or situation needing immediate attention. Please feel free to join us in meditative focus.

 


 

November 2021

 

November is a time of year when many people remember those who have made their transition from the physical plane and passed over in death. Christians celebrate All Souls Day in early November, for example, and many people of Hispanic heritage honor the deceased on Dia de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead. The following Native American Prayer of Passage is a beautiful and fitting tribute to those Souls who are now on the higher planes, as well as a comfort to their loved ones who have been left behind.

I give you this thought to keep.
I'm with you still, I'm not asleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow;
I am the diamond glints of snow.
I'm sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awake in morning's hush,
I am the swift, uplifting rush
of quiet birds in circled flight,
the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not think of me as gone.
I'm with you still, in each new dawn.

 

No matter how much we intellectually tell ourselves that we understand and accept death, it still breaks our hearts to lose a beloved family member or dear friend. During the month of November, please hold in your heart all those who have passed away, as well as those who must navigate their pain and loss and move onto healing.

 

July 2021

 

Covid, of course, still remains a great concern all over the world. As we enter July here in the United States, our President Biden had hoped that 70% of our population would have been fully vaccinated by now. We have not yet, unfortunately, reached that goal; and now the new Delta variant is rapidly infecting the unvaccinated around our country, threatening a surge in cases and a possible renewal of lockdowns and restrictions. The situation is even worse in so many other countries, and we all wonder if this terrible threat will ever end. The entire world is suffering from covid fatigue, with fear and uncertainty emotionally draining everyone. We seem stuck between two extremes. The first is a return to some sense of "normalcy" with businesses and schools re-opening, people traveling again, etc.; and the other is a nervous watchfulness, waiting and wondering what this tricky virus will do next and how it will ultimately affect the entire world.

I recently read an article in a Christian-focused magazine, offering advice on how to cope with our fears about covid and all the other stressors we experience these days. The article was peppered with numerous Bible quotes, and one particularly struck me as both relevant and comforting, as well as being good, practical advice for these wearisome times. (Philippians 4:6-8):

"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds...Whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy, meditate on these things."

And so for the month of July and beyond, as we grapple with covid and also our everyday struggles and strife, let us use this beautiful quote as a seed thought. Let us meditate upon the privilege of being alive at this moment and the joy of being witness to the beauty and goodness of life here on Earth, with all her wonder and bountiful treasures.

 

May 2021

 

For many centuries, humanity has been led to believe the old adage that “money is the source of all evil”. This erroneous thoughtform remains powerfully present, even though money is simply crystallized, manifested energy and cannot of itself be either good or evil. It is simply a tool necessary at this stage of the human race’s development and brings to the physical plane the contents of humanity’s consciousness.

Unfortunately, people often fear lack in one form or another and so they selfishly grasp for more money. Because the global consciousness is filled with such doubts, the rightful flow and circulation of money has become pinched off. This energy disruption has resulted in the extreme contrasts we see today between the excessive wealth of some and the desperate poverty of others. It is a situation unbecoming a future civilization based on loving sharing, as governed by Divine purpose and principle.

The human race must adjust its thinking to accept money as spiritual energy, to be used not just for personal satisfaction, but to minister to group and global need. To increase the circulatory flow of this crystallized energy, humanity must also accept a new era of “simplicity” in which funds are used not for frivolous personal excess, but rather for necessities and useful ingredients that provide a creative, happy and fulfilling life for everyone, not just a privileged few.

Despite claims to the contrary, there are adequate resources to meet the needs of our global population. Once corrective measures are taken, there is enough food, fuel and other resources to provide a comfortable existence for all. The problem is one of distribution – or rather lack thereof – which restricts the flow of these resources to the entire populace. This restriction is the fault of individuals, corporations and governmental entities alike.

Any decision to restrict on the physical plane, no matter by whom, begins on the higher planes and so must be addressed there first. One way to help is by incorporating the following meditation/affirmation into our work for this month of May and beyond:

Assume an attitude of love, service and fairness to all. Visualize the global supply of money as a great, energetic stream of flowing golden substance, circulating around the planet. Try to “cleanse” this energy of any negative association others may attach or already have attached to it. Be open to experiencing its vibratory frequency and recognizing where there might be any areas of constriction of this flow. Visualize this supply as moving away from the forces of grasping and materialism, loosening and finally breaking these bonds. See it being magnetized instead by the forces of Light to be used for the purposes of manifesting a new, more just and equitable society and, thus, advancing the Divine Plan. Close with the following affirmation:

O Thou in whom we live and move and have our Being, turn to spiritual purposes the money of this world. Touch the hearts of all men and women everywhere, that we may let go of selfish and materialistic ways and come to recognize the true significance of money. Help us to understand the Divine Plan and that to bring it into manifestation, that which has hitherto been given to material satisfaction must now be freely given for group and global need. In the spirit of sharing and by Divine Command, let it be so. Amen.

(Many thanks to the Institute for Planetary Synthesis in Geneva for the idea for our meditation/affirmation. Their website is ipsgeneva.com.)

 

February 2021

 

Here in the U.S., we are beginning to recover from the trauma of the horrible attack on our Capitol building in Washington on January 6. Still, every day more and more details emerge about the true viciousness of the attack and the (thankfully) unsuccessful efforts to physically harm or kill some of our legislators. Common sense eventually ruled the day and democracy prevailed, but the whole incident has left an aching hole in the hearts of peace-loving proponents of freedom and democratic rule everywhere.

That is why it is so hard to watch the violent and ruthless suppression of our Russian brothers and sisters who have recently been peacefully demonstrating in support of Alexei Navalny, the leader of the opposition to Vladimir Putin.  All over the world, it seems, humanity is crying out for freedom, justice and an escape from the crushing restraints of selfish dictatorial rulers who, caring only for power and their own personal comforts, seek to silence their citizens.

Freedom and liberty are as essential to the life of a human being as are air and water. "Freedom," said Helena Roerich, "this bird of paradise, sings only in pure hearts liberated from their only jailer, whose name is Selfishness." We must, therefore, support our Russian friends and all others who are struggling, by sending them Light, Love, Compassion, Strength and  protective energies. They need our help as they struggle to express their divinely given choices of liberty and equality, along with their demands for truthfulness and transparency from their leaders. In our meditations for this month of February, we can use the following suggestions from Russian esotericist Helena Roerich as seed thoughts in developing ways to help:

"A prison deprives of freedom of locomotion and action, but how many other skillfully hidden forms of slavery still exist in all state systems? And the most lamentable of these is assuredly slavery of thought."

"The great ideas of liberty, equality, brotherhood -- ideas which alone keep humanity alive -- if these were to be put aside because they seem utopian, then it would be better for humanity to cease to exist. Unless these ideas are carried in the heart, humanity will sink..."

 

October/November 2020

 

Here in the United States, we are entering the final stages of a very contentious Presidential election cycle. The distress and division humanity is currently experiencing, as evidenced in our current political situation, is a painful problem not only here in the U.S., but all over the planet as well. While we have seen some progress in promoting a sense of global Oneness, no country -- no citizen of Earth -- is immune to the harmful effects of contention and division which work to eclipse the forward progress made. If ever a time cried out for global unity and synthesis, this is certainly it.

While it's easy to become discouraged, it's always helpful to regain our balance by viewing the current state of affairs in the larger context and from the esoteric and spiritual perspective. Permanent answers won't be found unless and until humanity as a whole can do this. We can help by stepping up our efforts to hasten global understanding and acceptance of this concept of synthesis. There is, unmistakably, a sense of some urgency to this task; but we are reminded that this work also requires delicacy and finesse.

"The new forms of civilization must be constructed out of a re-modification of the old ones, in order to maintain the continuity of consciousness from one civilization to the other." - Lucille Cedercrans

The Institute for Planetary Synthesis (IPS), located in Geneva, is working towards these aims; and TRIUNE has officially joined with the Institute's efforts. IPS is planning a series of special meditations for synthesis, the first Sundays of November and December. If possible, please take some time during that day and/or in your regular meditation periods to mentally link with the Institute and all other co-workers globally who are working for these same aims. This type of work is best done if we first individually identify ourselves from the Soul level, as Divine Souls who have incarnated here on Earth to do a job.

"Focus the consciousness in the cave in the center of the head and identify as the Conscious Soul Incarnate. Visualize a line of light extending upward from the center of the head through the top of the head to an overshadowing sphere of blue- white Christ Light, which symbolizes the Ashram of Synthesis and its center of Divine Purpose."

Then meditate upon the concept of synthesis, what it truly means, how it can help heal the ills of the Earth and humanity, and remodify the old civilization into the bright new one we envision.

 

July/ August 2020

 

It's practically impossible not to be consumed by the current pandemic crisis, as it affects everything about our lives these days. Unfortunately as you know, cases in many parts of the world are on the rise, including here in the United States, where numbers are exploding exponentially. Medical professionals and others ask why things have been allowed to get so out-of-control, particularly in a supposedly developed, prosperous and widely educated nation like the U.S. There's no easy answer, but a quote from American Civil War-era President Abraham Lincoln comes to mind:

"You can't escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today."

This subject of personal responsibility should be on everyone's minds these days. Naturally, none of us are perfect, and it's certainly true that we all drop the ball, so to speak, every now and then; but generally, there seems to be two types of people: those who might be labelled "the givers" and others who are "receivers." The givers are the responsible ones, the people who can be counted on to deliver the job at work by the deadline, to show up for their appointments, to pay their bills on time, to help out in a crisis, to go out of their way to ensure that their personal actions don't inadvertently cause distress for anyone else. They do these things without thinking, almost automatically, simply because they understand that they have a personal sense of responsibility not only to those who depend upon them every day, but also to society at large.

Receivers, on the other hand, are different. They're not "bad" people. In fact, they are often more personable and likeable than others, including some givers. They simply don't seem to recognize -- or if they do, they choose to ignore it -- the fact of personal responsibility and its importance to the functioning of society. Perhaps years of conditioning have led them to realize that givers exist who inevitably pick up the pieces, and so they have become lax. While their lives are almost always less stressful because of this, they must eventually own up to the fact that not exercising personal responsibility hurts others around them and themselves.

Nowhere is this more evident than in the current crisis we are facing with the coronavirus pandemic. The recent surge in cases, for example has been attributed to, among other things, the lack of personal responsibility of many people in taking safety measures to prevent the virus spread. Simple things like mask wearing and avoiding crowded parties, etc. have simply been ignored by those who find it too personally inconvenient to do so. They consciously choose their own immediate comfort and desire over the well-being of others, even though the consequences to society are far-reaching and potentially devastating.

Helena Roerich once said: "Each man is responsible not only for himself, but also for others, for man is a creator of the whole world in the full meaning of this concept. All possibilities are contained within him. Of all creatures, only man has the gift of conscious free will. The sole expression of this freedom is the freedom of choice."

It's impossible to verbally "argue" the importance of personal responsibility. One either eventually realizes and practices it or not. It must come forward from deep within the mind and Soul. So during the months of July and August, we can meditate upon this important issue and put into the ethers thoughts and vibrations about the absolute imperative necessity that we all practice personal responsibility, at least where the pandemic virus is concerned. Perhaps by doing so, we can touch the minds and hearts of those who are as yet unaware.

 

June, July, August 2020

 

As we find ourselves still immersed in the global covid-19 virus pandemic, let's concentrate our daily meditations on the use of the "OM" for the months of June, July and August.

As you know, this mantra, chant, vowel sound or whatever you wish to call it is one of the major components of many meditation rituals. Many people open and close their periods of personal or group meditation with it. It's used in religious practices and is a staple tool for numerous esoteric students worldwide. It's been said that the vibratory rate of the sound we make when sounding the OM is akin to the natural vibrations we experience when in tune with nature or, taken to a higher degree, with Divine Beings and the entire Universe itself.

It would be very beneficial for humanity and the planet itself if we could counteract all the fear, anxiety and generally dark and negative vibrations associated with the worldwide coronavirus outbreak. Frequently and mindfully sounding the OM can help in this effort. It is known to help reduce blood pressure and the heart rate in individuals and to generally "stabilize" negativity in the ethers, both particularly beneficial things at this stressful time.

Sound healer, Dean Carter from the UK, has noted that often the OM is incorrectly pronounced by practitioners. The correct pronunciation of OM is to sound a long O, followed by a nasalized M, something to keep in mind. So for our own meditations if you wish to participate, we should settle into a calm state, clear the mind, take a deep cleansing breath, and then sound the OM. It's important to remember that we should be able to feel the vibratory effect of this sound first in the chest area as we begin to sound the long O. Then the sound should move upwards to the throat chakra area and, finally, the nasalized M will move upwards again to the ajna center in the middle of the forehead and finally to the crown chakra at the top of the head.

While many people like to sound the OM three times, you can do it as many times as you feel appropriate. Feel free to adjust your own meditation periods to whatever time limit feels comfortable for you. Namaste.

 

February 2020

 

In many countries, Valentine's Day is celebrated on February 14. Sometimes, the entire month of February is associated with this holiday in showing appreciation and love -- often with cards and gifts -- to the special persons in our lives. It's a lovely sentiment, and life might seem a little gentler and kinder if more days each year were so designated.

The real origin and exact identity of St. Valentine, the namesake of the holiday, is somewhat obscure, and several people have shared the honor over the years, including a martyred priest who ministered to early persecuted Christians. Of course, the origins of the celebration are not as important as the expression of love with which the day is associated. However, the mundane meaning of the word "love" as used by the average person in the emotional sense is far removed from that universal concept with which we seek to work on the spiritual level. Torkom Saraydarian once wrote:

"Real Love is so deep. It is the ability to sense the Heart of the Sun. It is not personal, family or national love. It is not even international love. This Love means that you are devoted to something abstract and Divine. You are spiritually intoxicated with bliss."

It's interesting -- and usually quite illuminating! -- to look deeply into our own Souls and ponder whether or not we truly understand this type of intensity when we say we love all other living beings. But that is exactly what we're called to do. In "Applied Wisdom" we are encouraged to express "a part of the gift of the Christ to humanity" by being "the love of the Christ moving within the body of humanity to lift, to give strength, to bring light."

This is no easy task, especially in our current atmosphere of division and strife. Sometimes our tempers grow short and it seems next to impossible to maintain our equilibrium within the swirling and chaotic ethers that confront us every day. Then we often fail to recognize and honor with true Divine Love the Divinity which exists in others. But nobody ever said a life of service would be simple, and knowing and expressing Love in the Divine sense is far different from that expressed on the emotional level. The words of Helena Roerich to a student offer some insight when contemplating this awesome task:

"Service for the Common Good is the highest form of love, because it is devoid of selfhood. Love for humanity demands complete self-abnegation and self-sacrifice. For if love for the Beloved brings an answer from the Beloved -- love for humanity is crowned with a wreath of thorns."

So in our periods of meditation in February, let's try to "sense the Heart of the Sun" and explore the true depths of universal Love as we continue our work for the Divine Plan.

 

December 2019

 

December is, of course, a time of celebration when we look back over the events of the past year and look forward to starting a new one. Astrologically, it's always an important time of year, but this year is even more special. Lucis Trust, the publishing arm for followers of the teachings of Alice Bailey and the Tibetan Master D.K., has informed us of an extra-important date to remember this month -- the solstice of December 21.

According to the Trust, every seven years, humanity can expect an inflow of certain great Cosmic energies during Capricorn, which help on our esoteric work to a very great degree. We are asked that when we meditate on the 21st this December, we particularly focus on this idea. More information about this, as well as the "Festival Week of the New Group of World Servers" is available at their website:  www.festivalweek.org

Also on the 21st of December, co-workers around the world participate in the "Silent Minute" of meditation for global peace at 9:00 pm London GMT. This activity is preceded by a global ringing of bells. Ringing a small brass bell before and after meditation is something which can be easily incorporated into any regular meditation routine. The pure, clear tone attracts positive energies at the start and "seals" the intent of the meditation period at the end. So if you don't already do this, you may wish to add it to your regular meditation routine.

The Lucis Trust additionally offers esoteric workers words of encouragement at this rather confusing time on our planet, when many of us are having trouble staying focused, let alone optimistic that our efforts are truly producing results. We're reminded that the group work we are doing right now is a concentrated effort which will take two centuries to physically manifest visible results in all areas and, additionally, we are setting the tone for an entire 2,500 year cycle. If at times we begin to feel discouraged, it's helpful to keep in mind this great timeline and realize that it requires a great deal of patience, unselfish love, compassion, strength and fortitude to accomplish such difficult tasks. Take heart in knowing this.

Feel free to take into meditation the invocation below, provided through Alice Bailey.

 

THE GREAT INVOCATION

From the point of Light within the Mind of God
Let light stream forth into human minds.
Let Light descend on Earth.

From the point of Love within the Heart of God
Let love stream forth into human hearts.
May the Coming One return to Earth.

From the center where the Will of God is known
Let purpose guide all little human wills,
The purpose which the Masters know and serve.

From the center which we call the human race
Let the Plan of Love and Light work out
And may it seal the door where evil dwells.

Let Light and Love and Power restore the Plan on Earth.

 

OM  OM  OM

 

 

 

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