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Books/Instructions on Meditation?

Postby Michaeljwjr » Wed Nov 21, 2007 4:53 pm

Which books / instructions are good for someone new two meditation. I've downloaded the Full Middle Pillar Excercise by Israel Regardie, and have been doing this daily.

I also have recently attended a class on Vedantic Meditation. I've read through so many books, I want to make sure that I'm doing the correct, Thelema Meditation.

So any instruction or direction would be greatly appreciated.

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Postby Draco Magnus » Wed Nov 21, 2007 5:34 pm

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Crowley's "Book 4" is full of possible choices for meditation. Hope that helps.

"Eight Lectures on Yoga" is another.


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Postby Aum418 » Thu Nov 22, 2007 11:46 am

Liber E: http://www.sacred-texts.com/oto/lib9.htm

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Postby Michaeljwjr » Mon Nov 26, 2007 1:21 am

ok I went through a vedantic meditation course, and it works for me to a degree.

The positions listed in the above link, I've seen before in the blue Magick book. Are those real positions? I could see the god and dragon, but the ibis seems incredibly difficult, and the thunderbolt I can't even get into.

I was taught to sit cross legged with hands folded in lap, however I had read before about those different positions and did not want to keep praciting the wrong way if the ToT or CoT will require something different.
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Postby kuniggety » Mon Nov 26, 2007 6:48 pm

Any books on yoga will do you good. The A.'.A.'. student reading list has a couple of books recommended by Crowley on the matter. I wouldn't worry about doing any "wrong" meditation. There is much to be learned from any. If the CoT or ToT wants you to do certain ones then they'll teach them to you but again, I wouldn't worry about starting any practices now and worrying about them being wrong. If you keep up with Regardie's Middle Pillar exercise, I think you'll find some pretty good results from it.
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Postby Rey De Lupos » Tue Nov 27, 2007 6:36 pm

I've read through so many books, I want to make sure that I'm doing the correct, Thelema Meditation.

So any instruction or direction would be greatly appreciated.



There is a correct Thelemic Meditation?! I must have missed that memo! :wink:

Just so you know, THELEMIC MEDITATION is simply meditation. And yes, there are so many variants of meditation -- just look at the Mahayana and Vajrayana traditions of Tibetan Buddhism! [see you in twenty years!]

A good book for the beginner in basic meditation can run the gambit -- there really are too many. And many are basic and suggest the same techniques.

In digging through my memories and library, I feel one really sticks out as useful:

The Three Pillars of Zen: Teaching, Practice, and Enlightenment by Philip Kapleau


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