Creating a Conscious Self

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Choices Meditation

The conscious self recognizes that it has the capacity to make choice. We can develop our ability to make choice by simply affirming that choice is possible. Even when external circumstances or internal states of mind seem overwhelming we can try to remember that we have choice about how we respond to them. To develop the conscious self, ask yourself several times a day, when confronted by ordinary or difficult circumstances, people, or tasks - what are my choices here? The moment of awareness, the space, the breath, the recognition of choice - this shifts your experience of the external circumstance, brings you back to yourself.

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Transformation Meditation

Before you begin the meditation, take a moment and reflect on the concept of self. What is it that you call "yourself?" Consider that a great deal of what we call our "self" is constructed by past experience and conditioning. What we believe, our values, our views of the world are perhaps learned habits, patterns we carry from childhood, culture and karma. The following meditation helps one to experience energetically the bringing of a greater awareness that has the potential to transform the old patterns we carry

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In this meditation you will be working with light. Light is a tangible, visible form of energy. It represents the transformative, creative force of the universe.

You will also be working with visualization. This does not mean you have to be able to see images in your mind. If you can, fine. Otherwise simply sense what is happening, or describe the process to yourself in words.

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This meditation works with the chakras, the primary energy centers described in many ancient spiritual traditions. You can find different opinions as to what each chakra signifies. Feel free to change this meditation to attune it to your understanding of the chakras.

Begin by sitting quietly and experiencing the breath. Imagine a point of golden light at the crown chakra, the top of the head. Simply feel the light radiate into you.

Then imagine a point of golden light at the third-eye chakra, in the middle of the forehead. Think to yourself "This light represents the transformation of perception, thought, and understanding."

Next, imagine a point of golden light at the throat chakra, at the base of the neck. Think to yourself, "This represents the transformation of speech and hearing."

Imagine the point of golden light at the heart chakra and at the solar plexus. Think, "This represents the transformation of emotion."

Imagine a point of golden light at the second chakra, below the navel, and at the root chakra, the perineum. Think, "This represents the transformation of will, power and the body."

Sit for a while with all seven points of light. Notice where you are drawn. Perhaps you want to focus more specifically on a given point. For example the "transformation of emotion" might lead you to reflect on the transformation of fear into love, or anger into compassion. However, the main point of this meditation is simply to open oneself to the possibility that there is a greater consciousness that we can bring to the transformation of old patterns that we carry within ourselves.

At the end of the meditation, allow each point to dissolve and imagine that the energy of each point of light is melting through your body, bringing energy to your entire being

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