Best Time for Meditation

November 20, 2006

To make progess in meditation it is important to meditate at least once a day. If you are inspired then it is good to meditate 3 times a day. Regularity is very important for increasing your meditation capacity. Some people may say it is very hard to find time in a busy day to meditate. However if you really value something then you will find time. 3 times a day we find time to feed the body. We should also feel the necessity of feeding our soul, our inner being. If we value meditation then we will not want to miss our regular period of silence.

The best time to meditate is early in the morning. Early in the morning the earth is restful and more peaceful. Also there are less demands on your time. Therefore the morning consciousness is more conducive to meditation. Sri Chinmoy says:

“If you meditate in the morning, you will find that your meditation will be most fruitful. Before the sun rises, the earth -consciousness is not yet agitated.”

In the Indian scriptures it is said the absolutely best time to meditate is between 3am and 4am. This is known as the Brahma Muhurta or hour of God. However in the west if we go to bed at 11 or 12 then this will be too early. If we try to meditate very early we may find our mind is sleepy making real meditation very difficult. However it is beneficial to be able to meditate early in the morning as the peace we feel will remain with us for the rest of the day. If it is possible to meditate facing the rising sun this will also be very beneficial as we will derive energy from the sun.

The next best time to meditate is in the evening. In the evening the atmosphere becomes a little more restful as we forget the troubles of the day. However if we meditate straight after finishing work then we may still have thoughts from the days activities going around in our mind. Before meditating it is good to take a shower and clear our mind of what has been going on during the day.

If you have time to meditate during the day that is good, however it may be difficult to go deep, so a short meditation may be appropriate. Whatever time you meditate it is important to give the meditation a high priority. It is better to meditate once a day with our full attention and focus, rather than sit down several times a day with thoughts going through our mind.

Whatever time you choose and this may vary depending upon personal circumstances it is important to try and stick to your fixed time. Like regularity, punctuality is also very beneficial for making our meditation more powerful. It is like eating food, at a certain time we become ready for food. At another time we may become ready for meditation. Our inner being will be more receptive.

About the Author – R.Pettinger
R.Pettinger is a member of Sri Chinmoy Centre in England. He gives free meditation classes from the teachings of Sri Chinmoy

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Most of what I’m going to lecture from come from Cynthia Giles’ book: The Tarot, History, Mystery and Lore and some other resources.

The origins of the Tarot have been attributed a wide range of wacky sources – paleolithic cave paintings, gypsy folk lore, Moroccan mystics and even gifts from space aliens to Egyptian priests!. Most of these stories are, of course, speculation of the wildest, most ridiculous kind, and only serve to muddy the waters when it comes to understanding the Tarot. If you’re going to use the cards, it’s important to understand where they come from – so that you know their rich history, their potential and their value – and not put faith in silly urban legends.

Tarot on parade

The first mention of the cards was in Italy in the 14th century, called “Tarocco” and used for games – and already, authorities were lecturing against its use. The first known deck was made for the Vicsconzi-Sforza family of Milan, designed by the artist Bembo. According to Tarot expert Gertrude Moakley, the various characters illustrated in the major arcana represented the triomfi, or parade, that accompanied Italian celebrations.

Historians believe that there may have been other cards that existed to represent other characters but have disappeared over time. Few decks of Tarot cards exist for those early days, but there’s enough similarity in artwork to make it clear that the deck was in common use in that time. Some historians believe that the Tarot was originally only used as a gaming deck – to play a game called tarocchi – until occultists began using them for divination.

Taking Europe by storm

The next big milestone in Tarot’s history came in the late 1700’s when Court de Gebelen, a member of a secret society of occultists, came across the a game of tarocchi and became obsessed with the cards. He believed them to be imbued with important symbolism which he attributed to ancient Egyptian lore. De Geblen wrote a nine-volume treatise titled “Le Monde Primitif” in which he discussed the meanings of the Tarot. That he attributed the Tarot’s symbolism to the Egyptian’s was based less on any real fact than on the fascination that Europeans had with Egypt at that time, believing it to be the center of all of man’s early wisdom. Use of the cards for divination spread during that time, with a book by a man named Etteilla in 1783, in which he offered his interpretations of the cards. In fact, professional mystics began using the Tarot throughout Europe, although there was no consensus of what the cards actually meant.

The mystical background of the Tarot

Card readings have long been associated with Gypsies, although they certainly weren’t responsible for their creation. For hundreds of years, Gypsies made their way across the world, living by their wits and earning a living by any skills that they could market. Gypsies were exotic, feared and looked down on, but there was an aura of romance about them that caught the imagination of Europeans in the 1800’s. A book was published towards the end of the century called “The Tarot of the Bohemians,” attributing the Tarot to the Gypsies (who Europeans commonly believed came from Egypt). Interestingly, Gypsies used regular playing cards for divination – not the Tarot.

In the 19th century, the famed mystic Eliphas Levi Zahed (whose real name was Alphonse Louis Constant) connected the Taror with Hebrew mysticism – the Kabbalah. He saw the Tarot as a key to life, a tool that man can use to develop himself as a human being, as a way to grow so that he might find heaven. His work outlined 22 connections to the tarot major arcana, making it a tool to be used on the path to enlightenment.

The modern Tarot deck was most influenced by the cards used in the late 1800’s by the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. The order was founded in England by three men who, according to lore, found an old secret manuscript written in code, deciphered it as the by-laws of a secret German society, and received permission to start their own group in England. Years later, the woman who gave them permission died, and the German members disavowed the British branch, saying they never got permission after all.

The modern Tarot is born

Despite its contentious beginnings, the Golden Dawn became a very influential group, with two members in particular doing a great deal to spread the popularity of occultism – Aleister Crowley and Arthur Edward Waite. Crowley, a protégé of the Golden Dawn founders in England, created a Tarot called the Book of Thoth. Waite created the Tarot deck that’s most familiar to modern users. Working with an American artist named Pamela Coleman Smith, Waite used a storytelling theme, utilizing characters from myth, legend and religion, allocating a group of symbols to each card that gives them unique meaning. His Tarot formed the foundation on which most decks that followed were based.

The next milestone in the Tarot’s history came in the 1920’s, when a Golden Dawn member named Paul Foster Case started a group in Los Angeles called Builders of the Adytum (BOTA). The BOTA deck is in black and white, created so that the owner could color the drawings themselves (it was a tradition in the Golden Dawn that each member had to make their own deck as part of their training). The group offers Tarot training to this day, although their interpretations of the cards are disputed by many divination experts.

Today, there are countless versions of the Crowley/Waite Tarot available, some with magnificent artwork, others less impressive. Whatever your choice of deck, using the Tarot as a divination tool is a personal experience, one that’s origins reach far back in history. Hopefully, knowing the background of this ancient art will enhance your connection to the cards, and to your own readings.

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Many people find it amazing that in this day and age where technology is become more and more advanced and scientific facts seem to explain more mysteries of the world with each day that there is still a huge market for psychic reading and other forms of paranormal/non-scientific method.

Psychic reading dates back thousands of years, throughout history people have been reported to possess a certain gift for foretelling the future or relating past events in great detail in which they couldn’t have possibly known. While in any other area of life whether plumbers, car mechanics or fortune tellers, there are charlatans, frauds and cheats and people who use more psychological tricks than genuine ability for psychic reading, and many people fall for this.

In some cases however, there are genuine people capable of psychic reading, and it is a shame many people dismiss such a potentially powerful method in life simply because many people are cranks.

The most common form of psychic reading is star signs in which a persons future or past or combination of the two is read based upon the alignment of the stars and planets and a persons birth date. This is an extremely common form of psychic reading which often is inside newspapers and magazines.

The second most common form of psychic reading is palm reading in which the curves, lines and prints of a persons hand are examined and are all said to have different meaning and baring upon how a persons life will turn out and how long they may live and so forth. Palm reading is common at fair grounds and the like.

Tarot reading is a form of psychic reading which is done with a deck of 78 cards (the Tarot) which are used to predict many aspects of a person’s life from their job and careers, to their love-life and more. Tarot reading is a fairly complicated art in which the cards which appear in the tarot, their position and the order in which they appear all have specific meanings and the entire interpretation of what each card means depends entirely upon the tarot reader.

One of the fastest growing and most intriguing forms of psychic reading is aura reading. A person’s aura is said to be an invisible band and pattern of colours in which every person in the world gives off, and each aura is different to another persons.

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Astrology hasn’t left even a single sphere of your life from its purview. It throws light on almost every aspect of your life. This incredible stream can also give you some insight into your probable career. In fact a psychic astrologer could tell you a great deal about your basic instincts and traits that would help you ascertain a path for career making.

Astrological recommendations have in fact proved useful in zooming in on right career option for many. Your sun sign and birth chart happen to be full of mysteries related to your life that is unfolded by an expert astrologer in order to find out best possible career for you.

An analysis of various astrological houses can prove very handy in making a firm opinion on best possible career for a person. Planetary movements and specifically position of Saturn greatly reveal the success that you are expected to achieve in life. It is said that a Saturn staying in the tenth house ensures that you would be a great success on career front.

Even a Sun placed in tenth house is positive, from career point of view. Moon in tenth house indicates great role of luck in your career elevation. Mercury in tenth house shows your willingness to make money and also ensures that you make moolahs.

Jupiter in tenth house reflects that person is going to be a public personality, he is likely to take up acting, music or dance as a career option. In Vedic astrology, Rahu and ketu are two hypothetical planets which play crucial role in deciding your career.

Thus career path is ascertained by astrology through examination of various positions of planets in different astrological houses. Usually fourth and tenth houses happen to be under consideration. Some astrologers believe that position of different planets in tenth house depicts different careers.

I would recommend you to pay a visit to a psychic astrologer. A psychic astrologer could be of great help in guiding you towards a right career path to ensure your bright future.

A comparison of two favorable career options would help you chose the one that best suits to you. So, it is wise to seek astrological help for a wonderful career ahead.

About the Author – Javier Fuller
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