The art of meditation can be an elusive and escaping thing for new witches and occultists. They read dozens of books and all of them say that we should be meditating more. What does this mean?
Is it Meditation, Concentration or Contemplation we are aiming for?
All three of these above are different, but yet, all three get lumped under the heading of meditation. For the witch and occultist in training, it can be confusing. It is even more confusing reading the next dozen or so books and they make the same references to the first dozen you’ve read that say, “Meditate more. Spend more time in silence at the beginning and end of your day. Meditate. Turn off the t.v. Meditate. Get off social media. Meditate.”
This list goes on and on.
All three (Meditation, Concentration and Contemplation) are valuable and important. All thee can be used in different ways.
We encourage our coven to spend time in Contemplation. (sometimes, folks say meditate on an idea or image when we really mean contemplate on an idea or image.) This contemplation on ideas or images is where great insight can rush in either in slow ripples or sometimes all at once.
So few people actively contemplate anything. Why? Because it takes time to contemplate. It is an active form of meditation with the purpose of actively engaging an idea or topic, and waiting for the answer.
What is most confusing of all? Group meditation!
It is a popular thing to attend trendy-new-ager classes and the speaker walks the listeners through meditations, sometimes right off the bat! It is not uncommon as well for folks to say, “Wow! That felt really good!” Did it?
To illustrate better, I give the following quote:
“Collective meditation, such as some Lodges have at the public lectures for a mixed crowd, is frankly not of much use. It just keeps the audience quiet for a few moments, but it does little more, because the average man does not know how to think at all.”
-“The Monad,” by C.W. Leadbrater, 1920 by The Theosophical Publishing House
These various forms of meditation are extremely useful to well-established, functioning groups, but not in mixed company at a lecture. All participants must be actively working toward mastery of these techniques before they can be of use to a full group, lodge or coven. Then, it is extraordinary and more than the “good feelings” everyone gets from actively enjoying a few quiet moments in the midst of a lot of emotional and visual stimuli that you receive at lectures and talks of mixed company.
Look up the dictionary definitions of all three of these forms and each time you decide to meditate and decide which one will be the most benefit to you.