Lately I’ve been reminded me of certain meditative techniques. One of these techniques is the Council of Elders, the other is Quantum Jumping, and the last one is a meditative practice that combines elements of both that I found in a book by Serge Kahili King entitled “Urban Shaman”.
The first is a technique referenced in the book “Path Notes of an American Ninja Master” by Glenn Morris as a technique used by the author of “Think and Grow Rich.” It goes like this:
1. Get into a comfortable position.
2. Take a few deep breaths
3. Breath naturally and focus attention on your breath.
4. Progressively relax every part of your body to put yourself into a relaxed, meditative state.
5. Visualize a scene with a group of men and/or women from history or fiction. Each person you envision before you should be an expert in a subject or two. For example: to represent my choice of an expert in relationships I may choose Barbara DeAngelis; for an expert/advisor on health and fitness I may choose Jorge Cruise; for an expert on Spirituality I may choose Saint Teresa of Avila; for an advisor on hand-to-hand combat (I love martial arts) I may choose Marvel Comics’ Daniel Rand, a.k.a. Iron Fist, and so on.
You can choose as many experts on as many different topics as you wish (or as many as you can comfortably visualize or remember).
6. Interact with this Council of Elders individually, or as a group. Ask them questions, and listen to their answers. At first it may seem as though you are the puppet master and the answers spoken to you by these experts is in fact coming from and being supplied by you. Fortunately, and somewhat frighteningly, eventually this will no longer be the case and they will act and say things that truly surprise you. At this point you will no longer feel like you are controlling the interaction, but that you are truly interacting with them as though they were real individuals. This will be disorienting and a bit frightening at first, but after receiving some high-quality advice and direction, this uncomfortable feeling will pass.
7. Treat each advisor with respect!!