Part 1: Meditation and Beyond
R. Jaffe, Ph.D.
TO THESE LESSONS
frankly, not everyone who has read
articles has been sold on this method of
meditation. There are usually one of three responses:
tried it and it works!
tried it and I'm not sure if it works.
tried it and didn't feel anything
you plunge in to this material, a word of advice. If you try any of
these techniques and "don't feel anything", relax. It doesn't mean that
your efforts are for naught. In fact if you keep practicing the
techniques, say for from ten to thirty minutes a day, the chances are
very good that within a week or two you wILL see some results. You might
even start to "feel something"! Keep an open mind, don't try too hard.
secret is in "effortless effort", of getting the energy flow started
with the thought, then letting it happen. Most of us are conditioned to
try to make something happen. In the case of inner work, that often
blocks our means of perceiving what is happening. So again, just think
the thought, let it happen, and be open to observing and experiencing
whatever you perceive, no matter how subtle.
your time. Assimilation is a very important part of this work. You
wouldn't eat three dinners at once, you would take time to digest. The
same is true with this material. Each article is designed to be read,
then practiced, so that you move from the idea into the experience. As
you do so, each life-energy tool or technique becomes more and more an
integral part of your consciousness, and begins to express in behavior.
This is a process known as "earthing" -- bringing spirit
form, and translating changes in consciousness into action.
recommend that you read at most one article in a day, work with the
technique for a while, then come back and read the next one. Good luck,
powerful, yet safe, introductory meditation technique which follows has
been taught to literally thousands of people over more than 30 years,
including health practitioners at the University of California, San
Diego Health Sciences Department. Many have found it to be calming and
centering for themselves and for those they treat and counsel.
Scientific studies have found meditation in general to have health
benefits such as reducing stress and lowering blood pressure. Beyond
those physical benefits, if practiced often, meditation can lead to an
overall increased clarity of mind, emotional well-being, and sensory
delight in life--in essence, more of the joy of living.
Actualism is a step-by-step process of enhancing and accelerating
and enlightenment. Using ancient techniques in a modern
formulation, Actualism works with inner "light-fire" energy tools and
techniques to bring about the releasing of one's potential for healing
self and others, for creative inspiration and expression, and for
problem-solving in many areas of life.
in the early 1960's by Dr. Russell Paul Schofield, Actualism --then
known as "Agni Yoga" or "union by fire"--is now taught at centers in New
York and California (including Costa Mesa, Escondido, Los Angeles, San
Diego, and San Francisco). I am endeavoring to introduce this teaching
to a worldwide audience by means of the Internet and commercial online
services such as America Online and CompuServe.
teach meditation by correspondence, or long distance over networks such
as these, is a formidable task, but the results since this article was
first posted in September 1993 have shown that it is possible. At least
the introductory techniques can be practiced, and even mastered, from
reading and then sitting down and working with them. With a teacher
present in person, it is much easier to learn because not only is the
teacher available to answer questions, but the energy and awareness of
the teacher amplify the experience of the student.
begin with, there are some basic laws of energy that are helpful to
Awareness directs thought, and thought directs energy.
Life-energy follows thought.
Where there is pain, from mild discomfort to acute distress, the flow of
life-energy is obstructed.
Where thought is focussed, the power of life-energy is concentrated.
sum up these four laws in four simple words for practical application:
THINK, LET, OBSERVE, and EXPERIENCE. So when you are working with inner
life energy tools, think of the energy once, then let it flow, observe
it moving about, and with your awareness let yourself enter into the
experience. As you
skilled at this directed "letting" you move into what we call
"effortless effort". How difficult is it to think a thought? Yet that is
all it takes to begin tapping into your inner light-fire energy. The key
is knowing where to direct your awareness, and how to bring the energy
from within out. The "how" is easy, once
stop trying to make it difficult.
Especially when you start out working with life-energies, it is best to
be in a situation where you will not be interrupted. If possible, find a
quiet, comfortable place to sit. Let someone else or your phone
answering machine answer the phone. Sit in a comfortable chair, with
your feet flat on the floor, your legs and
uncrossed. (This can also be done lying down, but you might fall
asleep). Rest your hands on your upper legs, with your palms down.
Close your eyes, so your mind won't be distracted by what is going on
Direct your focus of awareness to a place six inches (about 20cm)
directly above the center of the top of your head. Here is located a
place in consciousness which is always calm and radiant, no matter what
is going on elsewhere in your mind or body, or around you. It is called
the "upper room". Think of a point of pure, crystal-white light here.
Don't "try" to visualize it. If you see it, fine, but if you don't, it
doesn't matter. As you think of the point of white light, it grows
brighter, expanding into a little star, three inches (about 10cm) in
Think and let the star burn away the veils that have kept it hidden all
these years. Direct the star to open, releasing a downpour of cleansing
and purifying life energy. This energy is crystal clear, like fresh
the energy flow through your hair, scalp, into the bones of your head
and face, into your brain, eyes, ears, nose, mouth, down the neck,
through your shoulders, arms, and hands. Experience it flowing through
your chest and back, abdomen, hips, pelvic area, upper legs, knees,
lower legs, ankles and feet. Think and let the soles of your feet open,
releasing the energy into the earth beneath your feet. Now it is flowing
through your whole body.
Think of the bottoms of your feet closing, so the energy begins to
backfill up through the areas you have cleared out. Experience it in
your legs, hips, torso, shoulders, arms, hands, neck, and head. Let it
overflow out the top of your head, surrounding your body with an aura of
crystal clear white light.
Bring your hands together, almost but not quite touching, palms facing
each other out in front of your body. Experience the energy flowing
through your hands. You could use this energy to heal others, by laying
your lighted hands on the person's head, heart, or wherever they have
discomfort. Whatever you touch with your hands lighted this way will be
filled with inner light-fire-energy.
you experience discomfort anywhere in your body as you are working with
the inner light, think of the "consuming fire" aspect of the energy.
Hold the focus of it in the area of discomfort to burn through the
obstructions to the flow of your pure life energy. Afterwards, take a
few minutes to assimilate the radiant essence of the light into any area
that you have cleared out with the consuming fire aspect.
TO USE THIS TECHNIQUE
addition to your focussed practice of the energy in a meditation as
described above, you can work with the downpour anytime and anywhere,
day or night, with your eyes open or closed, as appropriate to the
situation. You can use it as an inner shower while you take your outer
shower in the morning. Every time you think of the star and the white
light downpouring, it continues for about 30 minutes. So you can
literally fill your day with inner light. It's also a great way to go to
sleep at night. For stress-reduction it is best to practice the
technique for at least a few minutes every day.
ACTUALISM, Part 2: Enlightening Awareness
introduces a method of gathering and enlightening awareness. When
Actualism sessions are taught in person, this technique precedes each
lesson, including the introductory session, to enhance the experience of
life-energy. I am presenting this in this "online" series as the second
lesson, because I thought it might be too subtle for the first session
without a teacher present. If you had a good response to the energy work
from the first session, you are no doubt ready to do this more subtle
work with awareness. This can be practiced by itself, or as the
beginning of a meditation session with light-fire-energy.
the most important aspects of the power to focus thought, and thereby to
direct energy, is awareness. Where your awareness is scattered, your
thoughts become scattered, and your energy also. As you learn to gather
and enlighten your awareness, working with light-fire-energy becomes
more powerful and effective. Furthermore, as you gather more awareness,
you have more awareness available to expand. There is a big difference
between scattering awareness and expanding awareness, as you will come
Awareness has three main aspects:
Knowing Awareness--Which is your mental awareness, including
thoughts, ideas, plans, and concepts.
Emotional Awareness--Also called feeling awareness, including your
emotional feelings of every kind.
Sensory Awareness--Including sensations of every kind, perceptions,
TECHNIQUE FOR GATHERING AND ENLIGHTENING AWARENESS
following technique is a way of gathering and enlightening your knowing,
feeling, and sensory awareness. It is recommended that from now on you
do this at the beginning of every meditation session, to amplify your
experience of the light-fire-energy, and your ability to direct and
focus the energy.
comfortably, with your feet, legs, and arms uncrossed, and your eyes
closed. In time you will find you can also do this with your eyes open,
but it is easier not to be distracted with your eyes closed.
Think of your "Upper Room", the radiant, peaceful place within your
nature that is located about six inches (20cm) directly above the center
of the top of your head. Although it is not within your body, it is
within your energy field, which extends from 12 to 15 feet (about 4 to 5
meters) in every direction (spherically) around your body. The Upper
Room is a source point for the Radiant Awareness of your Actual Self,
also known as your "Higher Self" or the "Being of Light" that you
Focus your attention in your brain. Think and let the knowing awareness
in your brain-mind open to and harmonize with the Radiant Awareness from
your Upper Room. With effortless effort, observe and experience the
gathering in of your mental awareness. If your brain is chattering too
much for you to experience anything else, let your brain shift out of
the active "doing" role into the relaxed "being" mode. Continue this for
about 1-2 minutes.
shift your focus to the nerve cells and nerves in your brain. Most of
the brain is made up of nerve cells. Direct the
to harmonize with radiant awareness from your upper room, and send
Radiant Awareness flowing through your spinal cord, solar plexus, and
out through all the nerves in your body, gathering and enlightening your
sensory awareness. Continue this for about 1-2 minutes.
focus in your heart and harmonize your heart with the Radiant Awareness
from the Upper Room. From here it flows out through your blood and
circulatory system throughout your whole body. Expand this focus to your
liver, and from the liver Radiant Awareness moves to all the glands in
your body. From this focus in the liquid systems of your heart, blood,
circulatory system, liver and glands, experience gathering and
enlightening your emotional or feeling awareness. Continue this for
about 1-2 minutes.
have enlightened knowing, sensory, and emotional awareness. From here
you can move with a flow of enlightened awareness into your Upper Room,
lighting your Star and downpouring as in the previous lesson.
ACTUALISM, Part 3: Your Energy Field
discusses the energy field which surrounds everything, and how to
enlighten the field surrounding your body. It includes the next in this
series of techniques, building upon the methods taught in Parts 1 and 2.
I call this series "meditation and beyond" because it involves not only
transforming your energy during meditation, but in your active daily
life as well. For best results, practice working with the light (with
effortless effort) for at least a few minutes every day.
in a sea of energy, as many people have discovered. Everything, whether
animal, vegetable, or mineral, has an energy field within and around it.
Human beings have the largest fields, in proportion to the size of
their bodies, of any life form on earth. The greater the degree of
sensitivity, the larger the field. With training, the field can be
extended to an even greater size. People who are interested in
meditation generally have a high degree of sensitivity, with a field
extending from 12 to 15 feet (about 4 to 5 meters) in every direction
around the body, or about 30 feet (roughly 10m) in diameter.
field tends to be very magnetic, picking up energy vibrations from the
environment, of both high frequency, life-supportive energy and low
frequency, life-draining energy. Often we experience these loads without
realizing what is happening. That is why sometimes you may suddenly feel
tired, depressed, or anxious upon entering a room or a building (such as
a store), or after a few minutes of being around certain people. With
enlightened awareness expanded into the field, and with the use of
light-fire-energy from the crystal white Star, any loads picked up in
the field can quickly be processed and transformed into life-supporting
is a central vertical axis (CVA) running through the center of your body
and your field, from top to bottom. It follows the position of your
body, and bends if your body bends, such as when you are seated in a
chair. The upper room and white star that we worked with in previous
sessions are located upon this central vertical axis.
TECHNIQUE FOR CLEARING THE FIELD
After gathering and enlightening awareness (see Part 2 of this series),
and turning on the crystal white star and downpour (see Part 1), raise
the star up to about three feet (about 1m) above the center of the top
of your head. Direct the star to expand to about 3-1/2 feet in diameter,
and close it so that it is no longer downpouring.
Bring the star out in front of your body and on down below your feet to
about 12 feet (4m) below your body. Here at the
of your field, the star centers on the CVA. Direct the star to begin
spinning in a counterclockwise direction (at body height this would be
from right to left). This counterclockwise (CC) spin intensifies
elimination of low frequency energy debris. Here we are using it to
clear out the bottom of the field, where loads of muddy energy often
collect. For added clearing power, think of, which invokes, the
"consuming fire" aspect of the crystal white light. This speeds up the
elimination of low frequency, making room for high frequency energy.
star will reach a tremendous speed, faster than any material object
could spin without flying apart. Your brain-mind does not have to keep
it going, so just relax and let the star do the spinning! This is
"effortless effort" in action.
Bring the spinning star slowly up along the CVA, pausing about six
inches (20cm) below your feet, then bring it up into your legs and
pelvic bowl, so you are seated within the spinning star. Then bring it
up into the upper half of your body, extending from above your head to
below your seat.
Raise the star up above your body, on up to about 3 feet (1m) above.
Direct it to stop spinning, which it does instantly. Then have the star
spinning clockwise (CW) and repeat the previous steps with the CW spin.
This amplifies assimilation of purified, transformed energy essence
into all the areas you have cleared out. By filling in with light all
along your axis, you are building up a powerful radiant glow that will
keep these areas lighted as you go about your business in the world.
are other techniques for becoming more aware of your field, and for
building up the strength of the light in your field, which we will go
into in subsequent sessions.
thanks to those of you who responded to the previous articles. As
always, if you have any questions, comments, or wish further information
about Actualism, please feel free to contact me at any of the addresses
below. I'd be very interested to know from where in the world you are
reading this, and to hear about your experiences of working with these
techniques. Meanwhile, may you enjoy working with the
light-fire-energies of your Actual Self!