Today I would like to introduce another meditation technique called Yantra Meditation. A yantra is a sacred geometric diagram some of which have been around for thousands of years. A yantra is said to be a symbolic depiction of a doorway into a higher dimension of mind. By focusing on a yantra during meditation, you can draw some of the energy and awareness from that higher dimension into your own mind.
There are many different yantras. Find one that seems to feel right for you. The yantra below is my favorite. It is known as the Sri Yantra. It is associated with the Hindu goddess Lakshmi, who is also associated with the Heart Chakra energy center (more on those in a couple of days).
To use a yantra in meditation, you should print one out on regular 8X10 photo paper, and mount it in a simple frame that you set on your meditation table. It should be visible from where you sit to meditate, with your eyes just directed downward slightly; so, just below eye level. With this particular yantra, you want to make sure that the central triangle is pointing downwards. Then, you should sit with your eyes open, close enough to the diagram, that it fills most of your vision, including your peripheral vision. Stare at the dot, or bindi, in the very center, but relax your gaze somewhat so that you can take in the whole diagram. However, it is important to keep your gaze directed at the dot in the center. Don’t lose that! You can blink whenever necessary, but try to keep your gaze fixed as long as you can.
As you meditate, you may notice slight shifts in your visual perception. The lines of the diagram may appear to move around, the colors may get very intense, or change into golden hues. These are just indications that you are moving through higher dimensions of mind. You are activating your ‘second sight’, your ability to see in other non-physical dimensions. If you see such phenomena, don’t let them distract you. They can be interesting, but just notice them and don’t analyze them, otherwise, you will stop meditating.
Meditate on the yantra for as long as your normal meditation period. For beginners, you may find meditating for 15 – 20 minutes to be a good period of time. With experience, you may move up to 30 minutes, 45 minutes, and eventually one hour. There is no need to meditate longer than an hour, unless you are just having a really great time!
Yantra meditations are very powerful, as they help you access energy from higher dimensions. They are also good because they are one of the few meditation exercises where you keep your eyes open. Many people start to drift off to sleep if they meditate with their eyes closed, so, this is a good technique for those people to practice, as it really forces you to keep your focus and to stay awake!