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EXERCISES GIVEN BY VITVAN

Over the years, Vitvan gave a variety of meditation practices, depending upon the level of understanding of the students, and the perceptive abilities desired to be gained. Our thanks to John Woodyard for preparing this list from Vitvan's many works..

    1) Visualize concentric circles; the first two with 3 finer circles: Label them : The Father substance, The Mother Substance and the Resulting Creation. Each outer ring contains and permeates all the rest. [from Veil of Maya]. Variation: Corresponding to cosmic primaries ....Atma, Buddhi, Manas [Natural Order Process, Vol. 1, P44]

    2) Visualize in the early morning (upon 1st awakening) a circle of light around your body; rotate it to form an envelope; then concentrate to the top of the head, listen for the sound currents. [From Tape #1, Non Image Id.]

    3) Practice sensing without thinking or identifying objects. Every day start with easy senses first, i.e., touching, smelling, tasting; then hearing and seeing. [from Christos, tape]

    4) Visualize the Chakras. Start by taking a deep breath and hold just above the Sacral center. Proceed upward in the same manner to the Conarial (Crown) center. Keep your consciousness on the Crown. [from Perceptive Insight, p57]

    5) Before going to sleep, command your Psyche to obey you; to learn where it goes and to bring back knowledge. In the Morning, command your psyche for a report: Where it went? What it did? What did it, who did it, what did you see? learn? Then, be still and listen. [from How to Discipline Your Psyche, p5-6]

    6) To circumvent mentalizing before going to bed, direct your attention to the sound currents. This will promote sleep. To "lift the golden lid", e.g. : get to higher consciousness, do the above as meditation. It bypasses intellectualizing and you "enter the silence". You attend nothing but the frequency of the "I Am" ..listen to it...it does everything else. [from tape 6 (2nd side), Description of the Psychic World.]

    7) Telepathy: Visualize a person with which you are "en rapport". Concentrate on his/her image, qualities, etc., until you are at the point of being able to carry on a conversation. Eventually you will be able to converse with 'ascended masters' such as Plato. [from Tape 4, & p.27, 1st par.2 ff., Practice of the Way.)

    8) Daily, practice giving "freedom" to others...to do their own thing, on their own level. At the end of the day, go over your actions and remember when you gave freedom to others. [from Tape 1, Practice of the Way.]

    9) Respect the integrity of others, accept people for where they are on their level. Don't criticize their ideas, rather praise their attempts...on their level. [from Tape 2, Practice of the Way.]

    10) There is one word which must be reiterated over and over again: That word is 'force' (electro-dynamic energy). To visualize the structure of that which we label the universe and which we have designated "this world", start with the description of the structure of atoms. Go from there to the description of an electromagnetic field, then visualize the stars, the sun, the planets, satellites, etc., as centers of force describing spiral pathways; each spiral pathway describing an orbit within its field. Practice seeing that which we label 'physical body' as a configuration of units of energy in the center of an electro-magnetic field of force. In this visualization practice eliminating from the mind every vestige of 'solid thing', 'object', 'matter,' etc.; concentrate until 'the body' is seen, understood to be, etc., a brilliant center of energy forces, surrounded with an highly active sphere of radiant energy. (preliminary to understanding of the Force Centers.) Begin by feeling the sensation produced in your nervous system by your own force. Cultivate the awareness of just that sensation produced, by your own vibrations, or in rapport with another, until you have so familiarized yourself with them that you can turn your consciousness, interceptionally, and by doing so, you learn that you can direct these forces. You can direct them to the genital center; to the solar center, the heart center and to the head center. Familiarize and steadily will and direct the forces. This will awaken the Kundalini. [p52-56] See #4 above.

    11) 'Here-now' meditation: Take a stick, imagine a point in the center; to the left, the past, to the right, the future. On the mental level, only in the private world does it appear that time flows from present to future. Does now exist? No, past, no present, no future...you can't find now! This path is bundled up in consciousness all in 'now'. The future is only a projection of the past...in thought, the past and future are only ideas on the mental level...they exist no place else. Because of motion/sensation, we objectify time. In meditating upon that interval between thinking of the past and thinking of the future we expand the now, but you have to catch that interval between thinking of the past and thinking of the future. [from Tape 2B, & p. 101 last par. ff Practice of the Way.]

    12) Hold in consciousness this description of the process resulting in configurations of energy-forms while we consider that parallel process to which we have referred as 'individualization of consciousness'. [p15, The Natural Order Process, Vol.. II.]

    13) Whatever you touch...whatever you look at say: "this is called energy." "This represents energy in configuration." "This represents a dynamic energy process." [p18, The Natural Order Process, Vol. II.]

    14) Each morning when you get up, when you dress...think of everything to which you can point and say "this"...and don't stop until you NEVER think in terms of THING...but you think in terms of ENERGY! [p18, The Natural Order Process, Vol.. II.]

    15) Go outdoors on a clear night and look at the stars. You could not begin to count them. They are as numerous as the sands. And then think: This solar field is just one of a countless number. The solar field would be recognized as our natural home, and we would see it as only one of a multiplicity of fields. [P.20, The Natural Order Process, Vol.. II.]

    16) An individual cannot remain unconscious of this process and become a participant in the full meaning of participation. He must BECOME CONSCIOUS OF THE WHOLE SELF before he can Volitionally participate in the process of SELF-AWARENESS. He cannot be fully conscious until he has perfected his Be-ing. He not only becomes conscious of that which he has unconsciously 'repeated' but he can 'consciously participate in the vast range of the ascending arc. [p25 The Natural Order Process, Vol. II.]

    17) Stop reifying and hypostatizing words and get acquainted with YOURSELF, for the way to greater and fuller understanding rests upon your conscious effort to register higher and finer energy-wave-lengths and frequencies. [p29, The Natural Order Process, Vol. II.]

    18) Our 'great work' is to develop the consciousness of frequencies registered. This ability to become conscious of frequencies registered is likened to a door opening into the realm of knowledge. (p32. The Natural Order Process, Vol.. II.]

    19) Even when we acknowledge that there is a Power-to-be-conscious, that there is a Power with which we think, feel and act, we must not, by labeling that power Ego, higher self, Logos, etc., create a semantic blockage and therefore begin to think of a 'soul', a 'spirit' or some entity; rather should we condition ourselves to think: this is the World Mother focalized or epitomized 'as' me, and to this World Mother, and therefore to me, there is an infinite range of wave-lengths and frequencies to explore, to register and to know. Each can say for himself, "That of which I am now conscious is due to my ability to register wave-lengths and frequencies." [P33. The Natural Order Process, Vol. II.]

    20) Visualize the whole of the frequency-world in terms of the three fundamental streams or primary gunas ( Atma, Buddhi, Manas); and then call this the world of Light, reality, Logos. In like manner visualize the four secondary streams of formative forces as configurations, forms, creations, etc. (p41. The Natural Order Process, Vol. II.]

    21) This work will generally mean a complete reorientation, a change in attitude and way of evaluating this world, which of course includes himself .... continually remind yourself: "This world is an energy-world, a vast energy-system; all that we have heretofore called things and objects are in reality configurations of units of energy effected or brought about by the formative forces of the World Mother. "And he should repeat over and over to yourself: "I am a conscious individualized energy-system in this energy-world." [p43. The Natural Order Process, Vol. II.]

    22) We must direct attention to the chakras or force centers, and not limit our consideration to the activities which they motivate or become identified with them. Otherwise, we cannot understand psycho-logical processes or successfully handle our own forces. [P64. The Natural Order Process, Vol. II.]

    23) The removal of semantic blockages begins by changing one's own evaluations, uncovering hidden reactions, qualities, repressions, congealed or inhibited forces within one's own state. The development of some new interest is important; as it not only changes the effects of former semantic blockages but takes one's mind one's self. Create an interest which will require thought to be directed continually away from self. (P54. Healing Technic)

    24) Begin living in this world as a 'dynamic world.' Search for meaning HERE and NOW. Contemplate THIS WORLD free and clear from the Veil of Maya. Abandon seeking in 'other realms', leaving those hazardous bypaths and sidetracks severely alone; for HERE the fullness of Truth will be found and each step of the way will be characterized by safety, security and confidence. [P65. Healing Technic)

    25) Positive Meditation: A) Reorientation of consciousness to one's self: I am a consciousness center of dynamic energy-force and power; the various 'levels' states, energy-configurations or frequencies 'labeled' 'physical body', etc., are one intangible whole...controlled by individualized Self. B) Bring this fact into functional experience and vivid awareness...on all levels or in different centers. C) Practice transferring localization or focalization of these forces, frequencies, etc., from one 'level' to another or form one force center to another, until complete control is gained. D) Conscious functioning with others as in healing, working together, inter-communicatively, telepathically, creating, etc. E) Practice in conscious participation (by way of one's forces) in energy world frequencies, supporting worthy individuals, protecting, healing, functioning in larger affairs of community, country, constructive programs for world advancement, etc. Group forces are linked with other group forces for over all world Dharma. F) Practice being conscious of self; in which all individualized selves are merged in one conscious, dynamic, unrestricted universe. G) Functional accomplishment...Wholeness, the plenum-as-self [P69-69. Healing Technic).

    26) Practice abstracting CONSCIOUSLY. Get wise to YOURSELF! To practice 'conscious abstracting' is the best preventive and corrective method we know to eliminate the many habitual unconscious identifications responsible for so many of the 'maps' not true to 'territory'. Only in the freedom form the 'veil' does attainment begin. The shortest, safest and most reliable of all possible 'short-cuts' to this freedom is through mastering 'conscious' abstracting. [P78-79. Healing Technic)

    27) Learn to classify people by their rays. [7 rays tape].

    28) Practice functioning on other rays. The 1st step is to discipline yourself in coordination; put your 'mind' on what on what you are doing while doing it. Bring your mind back when it's wandering...hold the mind steady. [ 7 rays tape].

    29) Practice rhythm...breathing, walking, etc. : Breathe in...6 steps...hold 3 steps...exhale 6 steps...etc. or 8:4 to 16:8. Hum/sing/beat time as you work, walk, etc. Listen to rhythm/waves/heart beat. p.61 3d par. Self Mastery Through Meditation

    30) Find a favorite spot, in the woods or under a tree, sit and listen to the sound currents. Good for cleansing. [ 7 Rays tape]. Further: The older the tree the better.....Get quiet and listen...It comes by a sort of inner listening. ...Keep trying and keep trying.....You can actually hear it, feel it, and experience it, this pulse beat of the World Mother. When you do that you are cultivating the harmonic ray at the same time. [p23. 7 Rays]

    31) Say: "Here now" to focus in on what you are doing...be here now! [Lesson 2 Psychotherapy.]

    33) Develop self-reliance: To tune in to your True Self, to develop the Higher psyche, purify the lower psyche and take care of your configuration. Move out of the city. Focus on your health Get involved in local politics Develop and maintain inner serenity Get into maintenance Get into canning, gardening, etc. Making own clothes Self employment The creative arts Schooling for self improvement Practice extensionality to counter semantic reactions [From Practice of the Way tape]

    34) Begin with the eyes closed and turned up. The focus of attention is the crown of the head, and the eyes "look for" that point of light. Then inhale slowly until the lungs are full. Be sure they are full. Practice until the old habit of shallow breathing is replaced by a full breath. Then inhale slowly and gradually. And exhale slowly and gradually, using the full breath and never breaking the focus of attention. Do 15 min. 3 x a day for two weeks. Your whole world will be transformed. Do 1st thing in AM and last thing at night and one other time during the day. Be patient. Use power of suggestion on the psyche.... get it organized, channel it and talk to it. [From p89. Steps in Self-Unfoldment, Lesson 12]

    35) Tuning in to the Source: Select one day a week and one hour of that day--at least-- where you lay aside all of your mundane affairs and try to forget them and direct your attention to the Source which makes everything possible.....it will constitute a sort of background, an accompaniment to all of your interests and activities. Cultivate increasing interest in the slightest details of the day's work; you will make each detail a moment of creative expression, and that is not high nor low or menial. It is carrying that happiness into each little detail of the day's activities, of the day's work, that makes this that we call life worth living. How? By keeping in contact with the background, the Source. [From Lesson 2, How to Take the Journey, 1956]

    36) Put your mind on what you are doing while you are doing it. If you catch your mind wandering, bring it back and focus it like a burning glass, whether on a five-minute job or a day-long job. Hold your mind of what you are doing, then all your functional forces will begin to channel into what you are doing. It is simple. When you eat, put your mind on it, but don't talk and eat at the same time. Eat and then turn your mind to the talking or to whatever else you are doing. Hold yourself steady and all of your forces will begin to coordinate. This is just a little self-discipline and nobody is going to do it for you, and I don't suppose anybody cares whether you do it or not. But if you want harmonic coordination this is the way to get it. If you practice, it will not be many months before there will be a great change in your life. (P.22 last par 7 Rays)

    37) Check out those 3 levels of yourself( 1. Action level, 2. feeling-desire level, 3. thinking level.) every night before you allow yourself to go out temporarily in sleep so when it comes to the end of your birth-death cycle you won't have to review anything. (P.135 last par ff St/Psycho)

     38) "Study mitosis, look at that little obscure and microscopic cell; it epitomizes the whole cosmic process." (p139 last par St/Psycho)

    39) " We get lots of wonderful energy just by walking on the earth....Every once in a while take your shoes off and wiggle your toes in the good earth." (p147 1st par St/Psycho)

    40) When you get devitalized in city living, find the biggest tree you can find, sit down and put your back to the tree, lean your head against it. You will draw energy from the tree up and down the centers and cerebrospinal nervous system. You will feel refreshed in reinvigorated. (p147 1st par St/Psycho)

     41) "There are two basic practices once you have the force focused in the head centers. 1st, direct the force to various areas of the brain... 2nd, involves focusing the whole attention of the force upon itself. Be still and know." p96 last par SMTM

    42) Regarding the building of a shield for protection against the onslaughts of forces directed by the extinguishers of Light and Truth, begin with concentration of your psychic energies in the heart center. After all psychic energy is focused in the heart center, then send it out to all, particularly to those you know who are destructive. Enclose him, or them, in your radiant stream of impersonal yet universalized Love. To do this most effectively, think of or make contact with the Real Self of that person. If anyone falls short of centering his psychic energy in the heart center, or does not know how to do it, then avoid hate or reaction in a personal sense; to not do this puts you on the same level as the one sending out destructive forces and consequently causes you to be susceptible to the destructive influence. Not by anger but by laughter one slays the destructive forces. Then, after the avoidance of hate, reaction, etc., be at peace and with thought focused on the Hierarchy intone the Word, AUM. Keep chanting the Word until you experience a decided uplift. At this point in the exercise visualize a field, or a sphere, of Fire surrounding you. If this exercise is conscientiously and faithfully practiced two or more times daily for some weeks or months, the field of Fire will become steady and relatively permanent. P.3 Mem. ltrs II

    43) Practice the bel canto method of chanting the word AUM. Use the back breath: Take three full breaths and on the last breath, hold bated, push the your diaphragm in and press down on the air until you have a bulge at the small of the back. The third phase of the exercise we call the attack; i.e., with the sustained cushion of air in the small of the back and with the air therein used as a hammer, strike upward on the vocal cords, sounding AU like oo. Hold the larynx and the throat muscles immobile like a horn into which you are blowing from the cushion of air in the small of the back but with this difference--not air is allowed to escape. Practice the attack as though you are taking a singing lesson and this is an exercise given by your teacher. It is very important to practice this attack very exhaustively before attempting the AUM chant. When this is accomplished, then sound forth the full word, prolonging the M sound. From the first sounding-forth practice, keep the key in mind as given above. If the breath work is developed and the attack is made from the cushion of air at the small of the back, the sound will be as mellow and penetrating as a bell. A valuable suggestion which has been given and one fraught with quite a good deal of significance is this: chant the word rather softly, audibly, in the key and at the volume of sound that does not have any strain or tension; immediately afterward listen with the 'inner' ear trying to hear the sound. Practice this until you can hear the word by just thinking of it. (see SMTM p.44,67, 75, 77) If any student will take the Word, learn the proper key, generally the key of C, and very quietly, almost inaudibly, to himself chant the Word over and over again, and while doing so endeavor to get into the 'inner side' of the sound, he will soon feel the force effect vibrating within his consciousness. Then, by directing the force to the higher centers and on through into the Mind Level he will eventually focus that vibratory activity in the Mind Level; here it is clearly heard like a continuous ringing bell and in a key representative of content of consciousness on that level. When one becomes conditioned to these very high-pitched ringing 'inner' sounds he can tell, by the changing key, the changing frequencies in consciousness respecting that level. At this point in his practice, if a student can hold himself in one- pointed concentration so that his consciousness begins to enter the Mind Level, he will then experience the inner sound currents as the Master Self uses them. (p.80, 2nd par. SMTM)

    45) Chanting Elohim :"When you get farther along in your development, in taking the journey and learn how to chant on the back breath and can use the word Elohim, it will oscillate every molecule in your physiological organism, it will loosen up every atom in the psyche and will arouse out of latency the dynamic power in the Triune Man - Speirema, Kundalini, or whatever label you wish to use, just the chanting of that word Elohim...it will precipitate the purificatory process. We have learned by years of experience to take each one through the purificatory process gradually, we do not precipitate it, then all of the expurgatable substances and 'things' acquired and cultivated will be thrown out little by little. That is the safest way to go through the purificatory process, take lots of time, don't hurry it, don't precipitate it by chanting the word Elohim on the back breath, it gives great resonance, power to it." p.2 2nd par. (V) (Memltrs)

    46) "Become the witness, the onlooker; begin practicing now in each minute particular, standing outside of any involvement - mentally, emotionally, or in respect to identity....This practice will never leave you, because it expands and grows with your development, until on the Mind level you can become the witness, the onlooker of the whole cosmic process..." p52 3d par (Teachers' Guide Vol. 4)

    47) Meditatively study analogical representations of the world of reality.p21 2nd par. (POW)

    48) Say: "Not my will, but thy will be done", carefully every day & many times a day: I give up, I surrender; let the dynamic process operate in me at my evolutionary state of development, and what is mine will come to me and nothing will keep it away from me. The 1st rung of the ladder of the Path of development is to give up, surrender, let go your fixations; and as you cultivate that letting go you begin to feel free....watch your fixations. (p37 2nd par. (POW)

    49) Meditate upon the Power-to-be-Conscious. With what Power are you Conscious? You cannot doubt the Power ... what is the Power with which you doubt?....etc., etc., p57 last par. ff (POW)

    50) When you feel depressed, elated, sad, happy, and all the degrees in between, ask yourself, "What caused me to feel this way, what motivated this feeling? What rapport, what frequency, what 'atmosphere' did I contact, did I get into?" What motivated the thought, What motivates the way you feel? This transfers consciousness from identification to motivational forces. P.67 2nd par. (POW)

    51) Say & meditate on this: "As I am now conscious of myself, I an not a 'physical' body. I am not a 'physical' body containing in some way or other a soul, a psyche." Just practice saying: " I am not a 'physical' body having a soul." Meditate on that & all the reasons, the whys & wherefores. p.97 2nd par. (POW)

    52) ABC in practicing the way: "Be selective of the type of literature, companionship, even the places you go. Be highly selective. Only select that which will contribute a higher quality to you and severely rule out that which would lower the tone, the quality of your thoughts, feelings, desires, etc." P. 101 1st par. (POW)

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