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Reflecting and Meditating on Verses of Sacred Texts

Reading spiritual texts can be a great source of motivation, inspiring us and opening our minds to new approaches and thoughts. Most people read these texts in order to learn something new, which is a valid reason, though such information stays only on intellectual level if it is not understood with the faculty of intuition or grasped by the sufficient free consciousness that an individual have, though as such abilities depend on spiritual level, not everyone can get those insights when
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Fundamental and Secondary Practices of the Gnostic Teachings

In the Gnostic teachings, there are many practices of mystical and psychological type, that have as the goal to awaken the consciousness and mystical feelings, so that we can move closer and closer to the incarnation of the Being, and later on to the full integration and mergance with it. Everything that we do in this Great Work is to fulfil the highest purpose of our life in and in the Wheel of Samsara – the self-realization of the Being and the liberation from this Universe and its laws;
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Activating the Solar Plexus Chakra with Sun Rays and Mantra U

In the book The Three Mountains, Samael Aun Weor narrated an interesting practice that he did in his early days of spiritual learning, when he was in a Rosicrucian school. In the book, he said the following: “Following the instructions of the professor, I used to sit every day, preferably at dawn, on a comfortable armchair with my face towards the east. I imagined then in an extraordinary manner a gigantic golden cross, with the King Star as its basic center, which cast divine rays from
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To Transcend the Ego or to Eliminate it

The work on the ego is the basis of true spiritual progress. Without working on it, we can only improve the quality of our energies to a very small degree, and can train ourselves to be a (seemingly) happier person, but in reality we won’t really be that much happier than when we had no clue about any spiritual teachings, but rather we will just concern ourselves more with things less mundane. The true happiness is achieved when we devote ourselves to the work on the ego. Peace, on the
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At the Doors of Silence: Entering Properly to Meditation

Ancient wisdom states: “The terrestrial thoughts must fall dead in front of the doors of the temple.” In that statement lies the key to great success that can come from the practice of meditation. It’s not uncommon that when the meditation practice becomes a routine, we enter it as if we are always ready for it and always know exactly what to do. Though it happens that this assurance can be used against us by the ego and the personality, if we are not careful. That’s why it is important to
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Meditation on a Spiritual Being to Connect with their Strength and Energy

A great way to receive an extra strength in the time of need, is to focus or meditate on a spiritual being. It may be that sometimes we lack strength, will or inspiration to continue working on ourselves; this may come about for many reasons, such as karmic, making wrong decisions, slacking with maintenance of an optimal inner level etc.; whatever it is, we have to return to ourselves and give our all in the work; give our all in striving for the work to become a fully integrated part of
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Achievable Goals and Experiences in Out of Body State (Part II)

In the first part of this article, I talked about some goals and activities when outside the physical body, in the astral plane. In this part, I will mention some other possibilities that can be achieved when out of the body. Here are some more reachable goals:
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Purifying the Chakras with Sounds, Intention and Visualization

There are many practices out there that entail working on the development of the chakras. The latter are described as energy vortexes on the astral body that fulfil multiple purposes within the multi-dimensional level of the human organism, a lot of it boiling down to being the centers of transformation of a higher type of energy into the one that the physical body can use for its daily needs. Besides that, the chakras are also non-physical senses through which we can sense beyond what the
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The Role of Doubt in Spiritual Development

Doubt has its role both in the mundane and spiritual life. Regardless of its source, it is there to steer us away from a danger, to make us question, or to create an opportunity so that we can learn more about ourselves. In the spiritual work, many students are often assailed by doubt, making them question if the spiritual path is the right for them, and if the esoteric topics one learns are true. As today’s upbringing and education often have very little to do with discovering one’s true
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Are Dreams just Dreams? Some Reasons to take your Dreams more Seriously

In today's world, the phrase “It is just a dream” has become a common thing when someone wants to diminish the value of what happened during the hours of sleep. We have become ignorant of the value that the dream information carry, looking at it as something nonsensical and solely from the point of view of the brain processing the information from previous days. Even modern psychology is seeing dreams in a very limited way, mostly looking at it from the point of view of the subconscious
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Esoteric Practice that can Help Heal the Mind

It is already well-known that spiritual practices can have amazing effect on healing of the physical, vital, astral, and mental bodies. All these bodies are interconnected, which means the health of one depends on the health of the other. Nonetheless, some bodies have somewhat higher importance in the overall constitution, when it comes to health. It is described that the vital body is the most important one, because it is what keeps the physical body alive, and due to its importance it is
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A Visualization Practice to Perceive what is Beyond our Universe

A number of years ago, on a retreat in Europe, we did an interesting practice of visualization. There are many exercises of visualization, which are often used to perceive clairvoyantly, for communication purposes, or simply to improve one’s ability to concentrate. The one we did on that retreat was to perceive what is out there beyond our Universe. While this practice can be done in any quiet environment, doing it in nature would be particularly suited, and the retreat leader even
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The Inner Work Includes Working on Good Egos too, not just on Bad Ones

When we do a deep form of the inner work, with a goal to reach a complete dissolution of the ego, we find ourselves involved in a continuous self-observation, observing the five psychological centers from moment to moment. By so doing, we discover that our psychological world comprises many things; we see the subtlety of thoughts, emotions and sensations. We also see the structure material of our mind, different energies that fuel the physical and non-physical bodies, and the jewel of
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Communication with Spirit Guides

Being able to communicate with one’s own spirit guides can be very useful, particularly when we are aspiring to or are on the Path to awakening. It is explained that every person has their own spirit guide, and sometimes more than one. They may or may not be the same ones for the duration of one’s lifetime; it is apparently not uncommon that they would change at certain stages of life, possibly depending on life’s lessons that the person is going through.
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A Practice with the Holy Spirit for Activation of the Third Eye Chakra

In his book the Aztec Christic Magic, Samael Aun Weor has taught various exercises for activating the senses of psychic perceptions by working with the energy of the Holy Spirit, directing it into the chakras by using visualization, mantras and slumber. The exercises are set out for each of the main chakras, working with one chakra for some time before moving on to another, and then finally working on all of them at once. However, if one already has experience of the spiritual work or aims
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