How to perform Unguided Meditation (without initiation)
- Sit comfortably, preferably on a padded/carpeted floor or yoga-mat, and close your eyes. Feel a wave of subtle energy rise up along your spine.
- Keep the body completely relaxed.
- With the eyelids half closed (or completely closed, if this is more comfortable to you), look upward, focusing the gaze and the attention as though looking out through a point between the eyebrows. (A person deep in concentration often “knits“ his brows at this spot.) Do not cross the eyes or strain them; the upward gaze comes naturally when one is relaxed and calmly concentrated.
- Breathe normally and keep the mind engaged in observing your involuntary breathing.
- Think that you are not the body but only the pure air which is the gross manifestation of Prana (Life Energy).
- Let your body be relaxed and free to do whatever happens, just observe your involuntary breathing or any physical or mental activities (kriyas).
- If you find yourself getting distracted by random thoughts do not try to suppress them, instead, direct your attention back to your involuntary breathing or kriyas if they are occurring.
- Try this daily for 3 to 18 minutes or more. Do not open your eyes unless you feel the urge to do so.
Diligent daily practice of this approach, even without getting formally initiated, will lead to a diminishing of the normal clutter in one’s brain, providing the practitioner glimpses of Chaitanya Shakti (Universal Life Energy). This is the preliminary stage of the path leading to supreme bliss. And your next step should be to perform guided meditation.