Meditation, trouble

Gem Meditation for This Time of Trouble

I can’t remember where I came upon this meditation, but back then (decades ago) it did me some good. So I remembered it. And forgot it …

… Until last night. I was lying in bed unable to let my body settle as I worried about all the businesses that are part of my life that have been ravaged by looting and riotous destruction. The bookstore I worked for for years has been burnt to the ground. People I know live close to where the rioting has been taking place. The government has advised us to bring our trash cans and patio furniture inside. The spark that ignited it all, the death of George Floyd, can seem forgotten in the midst of the chaos.

This in addition to COVID-19.

Sleep seemed like a fantastical myth, even after yoga.

And then the gem meditation came back to me. Here it is:

  • To begin, sit with your spine straight and your feet flat on the floor.
  • Begin paying attention as you take long, slow, full breaths.
  • Imagine that there is a perfect, clear, green emerald inside your heart.
    • Imagine that emerald growing and growing until your whole body fits inside it. It continues to grow until it extends three feet from your body in every direction.
  • Now, imagine that there is a perfect, clear, blue sapphire inside your heart.
    • Imagine that sapphire growing and growing until your whole body fits inside it.
    • As it grows, it pushes the emerald outward. As it grows, the emerald still extends three feet in every direction beyond the edge of the sapphire.
    • The sapphire continues to grow until it extends three feet from your body in every direction. At this point you have cocoon of six feet in every direction.
  • Now, imagine that there is a perfect, clear, white diamond at the core of your heart.
    • Imagine that diamond growing and growing until your whole body fits inside it.
    • As it grows, it pushes the emerald and sapphire ever outward. As it grows, the emerald still extends three feet in every direction beyond the edge of the sapphire. The sapphire extends three feet in every direction beyond the diamond.
    • The diamond continues to grow until it extends three feet from your body in every direction.

At this point, there is a faceted cocoon of gems moving from white to green extending a combined distance of nine feet in every direction. These gems act as an energetic filter against negative energy or energy that inhibits the natural expression of your own truest self, whether from within or without.

Last night I put all my focus into the rather methodical building of my own shield of many colors. I found myself in a quiet place at the center of these filters and I shifted from fear, to visualization, to that quiet place inside where real meditation happens.

I fell asleep.

Maybe it will help you.