The aim of psychic meditation is to develop your powers to perceive super-sensible phenomena. This may seem quite different from some other aims of meditation, such as relaxation or healing. For example, while in a relaxation meditation or healing meditation the aim is to return the body, soul and spirit to their natural balance, in this meditation on the other hand the aim is to further develop them beyond their given state. If I may draw an analogy to jumping: the other forms of meditation are like regular jumping, whereas this meditation is more like learning high-jumping!
Is this something you would want to do straight-off, when you're just new to meditation? Well, probably not, but as I have said before, there is no harm in trying, provided you go gently. Also, any form of meditation you encounter on this site, by its very nature, enhances your perceptive abilities. For example, if you only ever observe your own breathing (as in one kind of mindfulness meditation), then you will, in time, become more perceptive and sensitive to what goes on in your whole being while you breathe. This is also a kind of super-sensible perception.
My knowledge of psychic meditation is primarily derived from the works of Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925). For example in his 'How to know higher worlds' he describes in detail the spiritual development towards psychic perception and initiation that can be achieved through following the guidance he gives. And such super-sensible perception lies at the basis of all his writings. Check out also my page on spiritual science meditation. Here is a very simple meditation, which is based on the first of Steiner's 'six auxiliary exercises':
Psychic meditation exercise
Find one simple, small, man-made object, such as a pin, pen, piece of string etc. Ensure you have this object at hand, so put it on the table in front of you, on your lap or in your pocket.
Make yourself comfortable, preferably by sitting upright on a chair, or standing upright. It is best to avoid lying down if at all possible. Please make sure you are safe and your conscious attention can be dedicated to this meditation, without bringing yourself or others in danger (e.g. do not do this while driving or operating machinery)
Centre yourself. This means three deep breaths. In-out, in-out, in-out. Do this in your own rhythm. Then allow the breath to fall back into its natural flow. Relax and then retrieve the object from your pocket, or pick it up from the table or your lap.
Holding the object, examine it carefully, mindfully, slowly. You can turn it so you can observe it from different angles and persepectives.
While you do this, slowly, mindfully, describe the object in words. You can do this out loud, or you can do this with your inner voice. Carefully guide the thoughts you have in relation to the object, so that at all times they describe it. As soon as you find yourself thinking about something that is not a description of this object, bring your mind back to it again.
So for example, when observing a pin you might describe it as 'a thin, hard, metallic object with a sharp point', which is accurate. You may also contemplate how it was manufactured and very likely you will discover you do not know this.
But you might also think 'pin pricks hurt, I once found a pin in my trouser leg and it scratched me'. Now clearly, this is an association of thought triggered by the perception of the pin (or even just by the concept 'pin') which has a lot to do with you (or me in this case!), but nothing whatsoever with this particular pin.
Do this for 2-5 minutes, keep breathing. When the time is up, put the object ot the side, so you can find it again tomorrow. Relax, take a few deep breaths.
Step 7 (optional, but very helpful)
Spend maybe 10-15 minutes to make a journal, writing down the date/time of the psychic meditation and briefly what happened and how it went.
It is more important to do this meditation regularly than to do it perfectly, like with every other type of mediation. You could do this meditation every morning for a month. You can change the object and try to increase the time. It is a very simple exercise, intended to strenthen both your willpower as well as your ability to make accurate, objective observations. Very simple, but not easy. You will learn to distinguish between thoughts that are intrinsically connected with objects, and those that are intrinsically connected with you.
You may spend some time during the day researching how your object might have been manufactured, so that the next time you come back to it, you can connect clearer thoughts to it in relation to how it was made.
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