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Saturday, November 10, 2007

Chakra meditation

Regarding “American Gangster.” Someone thought that Denzel’s character might have had sex had he died at the end. Maybe there would have been a better chance—but it probably would have been offscreen. I find myself needing to constantly restate my position: this isn’t a “Hollywood” problem. Hollywood is the same as the rest of the country, the rest of the world, only probably more Liberal. Hollywood would put Julia Roberts boffing a gorilla on prime time if they’d make a dollar thereby. They’ve learned over painful decades that white guys won’t support a film with non-white guys having sex. It’s as simple and painful as that. That “80% aversion” statistic in Discover points directly to it. The amygdalic response research points directly to it. I think that people have a very, very hard time accepting this, because it tars their group. All right—consider it Universal. All males feel this way about males of other groups, unless they’ve been brainwashed. Ooops! Does that idea seem too depressing? Not to me. It’s just reality.

And it does point the way out: for children, program them young. For adults, monitor their thoughts by controlling language and actions. This is where the concept of “Political Correctness” can be valuable. If you can’t say it, and you can’t act it, it gets harder to think it. Scary, but useful.

And of course, for those of us committed to higher truth, skin color differences start meaning far, far less than to those mired in the tribal. Open your heart space, and the roar of the third Chakra gets softer…
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Again, the specific meditation recommended goes something like this:
1) Listen to the heartbeat for five minutes. Visualize the things and people that you love most deeply. Visualize your own child self in the bosom of a loving family—either literal or constructed.
2) Drop your focus to the lower chakras. Visualize your perfect body. Rotate it and see it from all directions. See it functioning with animal grace and power. Spend five minutes here.
3) Take the light from these first two visualizations. Condense them, then explode them upward to your head. Visualize your career dreams. See yourself in the house or office of your dreams, surrounded by the trappings of success. See yourself holding up a newspaper with the date by which you will accomplish these things. Five minutes.
4) See the light flowing up from the lower charkas, or out from your heart (but NOT down from your head!). If it is clear and unobstructed, great! Close the meditation and enter your day. If it is cloudy or otherwise troublesome, spend some time clearing it.

Use this daily, until you develop a correlation between morning meditation and your actions and results. It takes time—months at least. You are creating an extraordinarily sophisticated internal communications system. It is worth the effort.

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