The idea is to attune your mind and inner ear to the vibration of the universe. Both are symbolic of it and remind us of that humming sound that is within and all around us. Both help us to become more in touch with the inner sound and light of God. My suggestion is to only use the A U M as practiced on the download for now. In most cases it will take you in deeper than chanting OM but not too deep unless you are ready. In the beginning on the highest form of meditation I prefer the three syllable way of chanting in your mind better than the one syllable you describe. Also because I have taught so many in this method if you have any questions it is much easier to answer and help you if you are practicing in the way that I have taught, rather than try to explain or correct something that comes up with another teaching. Usually it is best to only use one way at a time. This also helps with you tracking your progress. If you are trying several or mixing several ways, when you have results you may not know which way achieved which results. Your results and miracles may not always come right when you are meditating, but come on account of the meditation you have been doing. If you have been practicing a different way, and do not want to stop for a while, I suggest that you wait to practice this type until you can at least try it by itself for a while. When you do, see which one works best for you.
When we are choosing methods and a path, too many choices can be a stumbling block. I have seen many become very confused trying to do more than one at a time. Even if both paths say the same thing in different ways it can be quite confusing. I say find the one that seems to agree with you most, and use it alone. When you have gone as far as you can with it investigate others, building on what you have learned. When you find the one that agrees with you most, where you are at this point, put all you have into this way. Most important give it a little time and see how it works for you. Eventually you will find the way that is for you completely and high enough to take you all the way.
Recently I had a wake up call that reminded me of several things that I really need to be taking care of in my life. The wake up call I got was so big that it made me look at taking a giant leap into becoming the potential person that I often wonder if I really have the motivation and strength to become. The interesting thing is, as I looked around me I could see people everywhere going through the same thing. Everyone who I ran into who was having such a wake up call was expressing sort of the same thing. Just like me, they were realizing how good it is to be alive and how beautiful God’s universe is. Many of us knew this already, but did not see it quite as clearly as during the time when the Universe has gotten our undivided attention. They were also expressing how they were now staying focused on what is really important in life. In Bret Michael’s case (the leader of the band Poison and reality show personality who recently had a brush with death) he said it was being the best dad he could be and rocking the world. During the incredible life shattering challenges, if we are lucky, we begin to realize that we need to keep our focus on what we so much wanted to stay here on this earth for and take care of. The question is, once God and the Universe has given us the second chance and given us the means to do what we are intended to do,will we do it? In other words, What do you do on the other side of the wake up call? Have you had one? Have you ever had one? If so, are you really living in light of it now? Be honest, think back, and live that life.
I was at the bank standing in line and I was about to be helped by the teller who is not quite my favorite teller. She is usually kind of cold and takes the rules to the hilt. For example, if a check for my gutter company says Kimbrough Gutters she does not want to deposit it because me DBA papers say Kimbrough and Company. Customers make out checks to Kimbrough Gutters, Kimbrough Gutters and Windows and a whole host of Kimbrough titles. The other tellers at this and other branches take the checks no matter what the customer has put on there as long as it says Kimbrough on the check. Anyway the guy in front of me is very friendly to her. I say to myself “it would be nice if she and I could have a friendly experience rather than our usual cold meeting.” She then gives the guy in front of me a hard time about certain rules. I think “well, she has a point this time.” Now my turn comes and she is unusually friendly and cracks jokes out of nowhere. I do the same, and we have a good time laughing and talking. She carries out my transaction and I leave still laughing and talking to her as I exit the place. Then I remember that she did not even give me a hard time about my checks, some of which did not completely match the DBA papers on file. I also remember saying something to the effect of “wouldn’t it be nice to have a pleasant exchange rather than the same old cold encounter.” I remember telling myself if I keep my mind on God and the magic of the Universe, I would see miracles all day. I then said Miracle number 1.
Last night my youngest son, Jordan, was playing with his new James train from the Thomas The Train collection. I fell asleep in the chair watching him. I woke up a few minutes later to see a mountain of salt on the desk with him pushing James through it. I got up and shouted, “No!” rather loudly. In my mind I could not believe it. Here we go again. He has used a whole bag of flour or sugar in the past, now salt, which is all over the desk, the chair and the carpet. He has gotten in trouble in the past for this but it only lasted for a few minutes. I must admit the first couple times I thought it was creative, he making his own snow and mountains, but it gets old after a while. I took his new big James, as he calls it, away and put it on top of the refrigerator. He has countless other trains from the collection including the smaller James, but this did not matter. It broke his heart that he could not play with the one I took. He cried and cried and cried and cried. I wanted to give it back so badly, but knew I could not give it back until the next morning this time, otherwise he would not get the lesson. Eventually he was O.K. and I took him to bed. He even became his normal cheerful self.
This morning I woke up from a dream that showed me a couple of oncoming punishments of my own. I realized in some areas I was being just as stubborn as my son, doing things that I know better than to do, and not doing some things that God and the Universe have told me I need to do. I will say in my defense that all of these things challenge who I am and my normal way of handling life, but still the same the bottom line is I seem to refuse to get the lesson in these areas. As I thought about this, I also found myself thinking about my son Jordan and how I had to take away the train for a whole evening, but of course he gets it back today. I also thought about my own life and how God gets my attention for a moment and it hurts, and could not help but think it’s time to get busy and do what I need to do before the time comes in which I may not get my train back at all.
In a nutshell, there are some things God wants me to do and has told me to do. Some I have done. Some I have put off. Now is the time to do what I need to do in all areas. I may need to meditate more just to have the strength to do so. But this blog is just not about me. The question is what is your lesson what do you need to do in life? Wake up and get busy.
What is a miracle? Some would say walking on water, making it rain, unexplained healings that defy normal human logic, or someone being saved out of the blue when it was evident that they were just about to perish. I would be inclined to agree that all these things can be miracles, but what really makes any one of these things a miracle is not only the defying of the odds, also the realization that it was the magic of God and the Universe stepping in.
Example: Seeing it change from sun to rain instantly may not be a miracle, but needing it to rain in that moment and saying it would really help if it rained right now, and then seeing it changing from sun to rain instantly – that would be a miracle. Even if the event can be scientifically explained, once things line up in your mind to where you are convinced that the Universe magically handled the details to defy great odds, you know you have witnessed a miracle. Here is a secret. The more you notice God in your world, the more you see miracles occur, and the more you are in touch with the vibration within, and the more you notice God in your world.
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I was a part of a criminal organization. One of the Mob bosses had just gotten out of prison and was telling me that he knew someone had evidence on him. It turned out that whoever it was left some personal information behind. I knew that it was my daughter who had the evidence, whether she knew it or not. I also knew that the organization would want to kill her. I kept thinking about ways of stopping oncoming danger headed her way. I also kept thinking “how could I have gotten her in so much danger?” The company I kept and the life I led was now affecting her. I kept running possible solutions through my mind in a half sleep, half awakened state. When I did wake up I looked at the clock. It was about 5:30 am. Time to get up write meditate and reflect. I decided to chant my mantra and go back into the dream. I had a need to fix the situation.
I knew in the back of my mind that it did not make sense to go back to this unpleasant dream. I had escaped it, and all was well back here in my waking state. But for some reason I felt the need to go back. I also had another need to fulfill. I needed to get up meditate write and reflect and get clarification on this dream. I decided to get up. I kept thinking “why is clarification so important to me?” Most of the meditation masters of old say don’t pay too much attention to dreams because they are not nearly as clear as visions in meditations. Still, I kept thinking about the feeling of not being able to protect my daughter in the other realm. I even felt like on some level I was leaving things undone. I was still even thinking of possible solutions and then it dawned on me, I could say it was me and take the consequences even if it meant death for me. Then I realized this is what my favorite character on one of my shows is going through, possibly sacrificing himself to protect his kid. He also just happens to be part of a criminal organization. I realize once again this T.V. show is not only affecting my emotions but also entering my dreams. Now I begin to wonder again “is it time to stop watching?” For years I have known that for whatever reason I not only identify with this character but I soon start to have similar situations show up in my life just like on the show, either in waking life or in dream. Then again all my research and experiences dealing with dreams tell me that this life I am living right now is somewhat of a dream also and the dreams emotions and experiences of one realm seem to overlap and become part of the dreams emotions and experiences of the other.
PS. It’s a funny thing just as I finished writing I heard a line from the movie Robots playing in the other room. The robot said “I am not a mugger.” As I heard it I could barely feel my body and my breathing became imperceptible. My son Jordan has been saying that line over and over for months “I am not a mugger!” My wife and I could not figure out where it came from and why he was saying it. Now I know. When I heard it on the show just now it was if God was saying “see how these shows stay with us.”
The other day I was talking to my friend Charles who writes as a jazz critic for the Metro Times and has a wonderful jazz blog on Blogger. As we were talking about our blogs and he began to give me his opinion about my blog which I could tell he had been reading and knew very well. He said that he really liked the post A Secret To Peace Of Mind. Charles also told me that I had the kind of blog that leaves you wanting more and makes you want to come back every couple days to see what else I have written. He said that my posts were not too long, just long enough, and were like life coaching sessions. He said “the only thing I would change is you need to post more often.” Charles pointed out “I can get away with posting once or twice a week. Mine is just about music, but your content is used to help people’s lives. People need to know they can come back in a day or two and see something new.” I often wondered if I needed to post more often and wondered if this was my answer. I had been reluctant in the past because I didn’t want to put so much out there that when I write new books people would feel like I heard all he has to say in his blog. So I had been debating.
Later that evening, I could not get the conversation out of my head. I turned on the radio and said “maybe I will get my answer as to whether the conversation was a sign on the radio.” I turned on Rosie O’donell’s show and guess what the subject was? They devoted the show to getting listener feedback, and spoke about how they needed it to make the show be all that it can be. I wondered “is this a coincidence or a sign?” The next morning I was still looking for or rather being open to signs when Charles called me. We rarely talk on the phone so I said “this must be more information from the Universe coming through Charles.” I answered and there was only jazz playing in the background. I called him back but got no answer. Then an hour later he called me again. I said “OK now here comes more feedback from Charles or maybe more signs.” Once again jazz playing in the background. I said to myself “I am sure he must be hitting the talk button over and over by mistake.” But I also thought that “this is God reminding me about the conversation and also telling me that the Universe has said all it has to say through Charles already”. Over the next couple days I continued to get more and more signs telling me more posts more often.
My question to you is; What is the Universe trying to tell you? Be open, and as always pay attention to the signs, they are all around you, and will lead you where you need to go.
By the way, if you like jazz, Charles’ blog is http://Idigjazz.blogspot.com
This life is easy. This is what I have been saying to myself all week as I watch incredible things get magically taken care of. I wrote about this in my book Wise Words years ago. I explained how my teacher Mr. Ambrister and I had a running joke. When ever I was struggling and things looked impossible, he would tell me about the path and how I needed to meditate all the time. “He said “ Sonny, when you have the kind of problems that you have, you have to meditate all the time.” I knew he meant to keep my mind on God, the lesson, and the higher things all day in addition to my meditation in the lotus position. Then he would always conclude saying “and Craig, it’s gonna be easy!” We would then both crack up laughing, because at the moment the situation would look practically impossible. On some occasions I would be laughing and crying at the same time.
I also explain in Wise Words that we must get our personal self out of the way before things get easy. Lately I have thinking a lot about this, getting my personal self out of the way. I talk about this more in my first book What If My Soul Is Eternal and Heaven Is Everywhere. It’s like in the movie Bagger Vance (one of the greatest movies of all time). They ask Bagger How is he going to help poor Junna with his game. Now Junna is only playing the two greatest golfers ever and struggling for dear life as he represents the town where the tournament is being held. Bagger, Junna’s caddie and mystical teacher says “Oh you want to know my strategy. You see right now my player has a problem, he still thinks he’s Rannolf Junnah.” “A man says he is Rannolf Junna you twit.” Bagger says “he is and he aint.” He meant that Junna had access to a deeper self that is one with the Universe and this is what he needed to get in touch with. But first he had to get his mind off all his ego based concerns, like, will this work, how will they look at me? What if I let the town down? And all that came along with being Junna. He had to focus only on the game and the moment. The same is true with us. We must all enter the field, the zone, by any means possible. We have to meditate repeat our mantra, look for the lesson in the midst of what’s going on, how we need to grow and change, in the situation rather than for a good outcome or solution to our problems. And let the Universe magically handle things. When we do, we find ourselves practically floating with things magically coming together, and we suddenly realize that life has become quite easy.