Receptive / Inspired
The idea of Passive Meditation is to allow the mind to remain ‘still’ and not bring it into active participation with events. In other words the person receives impressions or influences, but only as a passive spectator, and not as an actor in the scene.
This process is often extremely hard for people who are not attuned to a solitary life, and particularly for those in Western Cultures.
Below you will find two forms of Passive Meditation. Both are designed to suspend activity of the intellectual faculties, and allow the mind to become wholly passive in reception of inflowing thoughts,
Those who have difficulty in concentration will probably find the second method easier to use at first. In all cases of meditation, however, the best results are achieved when fully prepared and relaxed. (see Relaxation Techniques)
It is wise to start Receptive Meditation with no particular thoughts or pre-conceived ideas at all.
Silence is valuable
Close your eyes, and allow the thoughts that come to flow through you.
If you have prepared yourself, and are fully relaxed before you begin, you should not be bothered by everyday concerns. However, some people find it useful to begin with a mantra in order to focus concentration away from such matters.
Make no judgements – accept anything and everything that comes to you without trying to analyse or assess at the time.
Afterwards make notes if you like, and then, and only then should you try to make some sense of what you have received. Information may well come through symbols and colour. Try to determine what this means to you personally, rather than form opinions from what you have read or heard.
However, it really doesn’t matter if you cannot make any sense of it, as long as you feel refreshed and rested after your meditation.
It is more practical to think of a subject or a question when using this form of meditation. Before you begin, it is worth writing it down and keeping a pen and paper handy for recording any information you receive.
Ensure you are completely relaxed and without expectation. You will probably find it is easier for concentration to work in silence.
Start thinking about the subject or question, and how you feel about it. Let the thoughts come in slowly, and try to avoid any form of analysis at the time.
Consciously putting yourself in the mode of ‘the receiver’ and ‘muse’ about the idea. Just recognise each thought or piece of information, but do not hang onto it. The flow should be steady and relaxed. Accept all things that come to you, and be aware that ‘inspiration’ is guiding you.
Write notes as you receive impressions, and do not discard anything however stupid or insignificant it may seem. The first impressions are often more important than we realise.
This form of meditation is a conscious operation, but passive in so much as it is necessary to allow yourself to receive impressions in much the same way as before. However, you may well find yourself influenced by thoughts that don’t seem to relate at all to you as a personality. By writing them down, you could be surprised by how much new information you have, that was previously unknown to you.
You can analyse this after the event.
Inspired Meditation is sometimes known as Channelling, and some people have written complete documents, or even books by this process, but it normally takes considerable practice before this can be achieved.