Beginning to Meditate ?
Lesson 3 - "Odic and
There are two forces that we
become conscious of when we begin to meditate; the odic force and the
actinic force. Odic force is magnetism that emanates out from our physical
body, attracts and merges with the magnetism of other people. Actinic force
is pure life energy emanating from the central source of life itself. The
odic force is what cities are made of, homes are made of. The actinic force,
flowing through the physical body, out through the cells and through the
skin, eventually becomes odic force.
As soon as we begin to
meditate, we become conscious of these two forces and must be aware of how
to deal with them. The odic forces are warm, sticky. The actinic forces are
inspirational, clean, pure, true. We seek in meditation the actinic force.
When we begin to meditate, we have to transmute the energies of the physical
By sitting up straight with
the spine erect, the energies of the physical body are transmuted. The spine
erect, the head balanced at the top of the spine, brings one into a positive
mood. In a meditation position such as this we can not become worried,
fretful or depressed or sleepy.
Slump the shoulders forward
and short-circuit the actinic forces that flow through the spine and out
through the nerve system. In a position such as this it is easy to become
depressed, to have mental arguments with oneself or another, or to
experience unhappiness. With the spine erect and head balanced at the top of
the spine, we are positive, dynamic. Thoughts race through the
mind-substance, and we are aware of many, many thoughts. Therefore, the next
step is to transmute the energies from the intellectual area of the mind so
that we move our awareness into an area of the mind which does not think but
conceives, looks at the thinking area.
The force of the intellectual
area of the mind is controlled and transmuted through the power of a
regulated breath. A beginning pranayama is a method of breathing: nine
counts as we inhale, holding one; nine counts as we exhale, holding one
count. Be very sure to maintain the same number of counts out as in, or that
the breath is regulated to the same distance in as the same distance out.
This will quickly allow you to become aware of an area of the mind that does
not think but is intensely alive, peaceful, blissful, conceives the totality
of a concept rather than thinking out the various parts. This perceptive
area of the mind is where the actinic forces are most vibrant. Sushumna, the
power of the spine, is felt dynamically, and we are then ready to begin