Monastic Jedi Middle Pillar Exercise
Monastic Jedi Middle Pillar Exercise
- Preparation: Find a quiet, comfortable space where you won’t be disturbed. Begin by grounding yourself, taking deep, rhythmic breaths, and allowing your body and mind to relax. Visualize a light or energy field enveloping you, representing your connection to the Force.
- Crown (Kether – Sahasrara): Visualize a brilliant white light above your head. This light represents the Force’s infinite, all-encompassing presence. As you focus on this energy, intone: “In the name of the Force, the Infinite All.” Then, chant the mantra “Om-Ein-Sof” four times. Feel the energy from this sphere flowing down into your being, igniting your divine connection.
- Head/Throat (Daath – Vishuddha): Draw the light down into your throat area. Not how it passes the Third eye, and how this whole process is being aided by it, and it’s closeness to the other centers. The throat area represents the sphere of knowledge and communication. As you connect with this energy, intone: “I seek knowledge, yet I know the Force guides me.” Then, chant the mantra “Ham-Vak-Shri” four times. Feel this energy center awaken, enhancing your ability to speak and understand your truth.
- Heart (Tiphereth – Anahata): Draw the light further down into your heart area. See the pillar of light illuminating the path. This area represents the sphere of beauty, love, and compassion. As you focus on this energy, intone: “I am one with the Force, the Force is with me.” Then, chant the mantra “Yam-Anahata” four times. Let the energy of love and unity fill your being, reminding you of your interconnectedness with all of life.
- Generative Organs/Lower Hips (Yesod – Manipura/Svadisthana): Continue to draw the light into the lower hips area, symbolizing the foundation, personal power, and will. As you focus on this energy, intone: “The Force empowers me, connects me.” Then, chant the mantra “Hadit-Ram-Vam” four times. Feel the energy from this sphere invigorating your personal power and determination.
- Root (Malkuth – Muladhara): Finally, bring the light down through your body and to the earth, grounding you and linking you with the physical realm. Visualize this as a point right between your feet. As you focus on this energy, intone: “I am made of the Force, grounded in the here and now.” Then, chant the mantra “Lam-Adonai-Muladhara” four times. Feel the energy of this sphere connecting you with the earth, grounding you in the present moment and stabilizing your energy.
- Energy Circulation: Now, bring your attention to the energy circulating within your being. Visualize this energy moving in a loop, ascending from the base of Muladhara between your feet, up to the crown of your head (the crown chakra) along the back of your body. Once the energy reaches the crown of your head, visualize it descending down the front of your body, from the face to the chest and abdomen, and finally returning to the base of the spine. See this energy circulation as a continuous loop, connecting all your energy centers. Engage in this circulation for as long as you feel comfortable, feeling the energy flowing freely throughout your entire being.
- Completion: When you feel ready to conclude the exercise, visualize the energy settling in your lower abdomen, a point often referred to as the “Sea of Qi” in Qigong and Traditional Chinese Medicine. This serves as a storage area for your vital energy. Finally, visualize the energy from the Middle Pillar grounding into the Earth, anchoring you to the planet and the physical world. Visualize roots extending from your feet into the Earth, strengthening your connection with the material realm. Take a few deep breaths, letting your consciousness gradually return to the physical world. When you feel ready, gently open your eyes, carrying the peace and balance from this exercise with you into your daily life.
This Monastic Jedi Middle Pillar Exercise, as detailed above, serves as a potential framework that you might find useful in your spiritual practice. However, it’s essential to remember that the effectiveness of these types of exercises is highly personal and subjective. Every practitioner has unique spiritual inclinations, resonances, and connections. Therefore, while this exercise may serve as a foundation, it should be adjusted, modified, or expanded according to your personal preferences, intuitions, and spiritual insights. Always feel free to adapt these practices in a way that resonates deeply with your unique spiritual path. The ultimate aim is to foster a greater connection with the Force, your higher self, and the interconnected web of life. Your personal experience and intuition should be your primary guide on this journey.
Explanation of Terms Used
Kether, Daath, Tiphereth, Yesod, and Malkuth are terms from the Kabbalistic Tree of Life, representing different spheres or sephiroth on the Tree, each of which correspond to different aspects of reality.
Sahasrara, Ajna, Vishuddha, Anahata, Manipura, Svadhisthana, and Muladhara are terms for the chakras in the Hindu and Buddhist spiritual traditions. They represent energy centers in the body, each associated with different physical, psychological, and spiritual functions.
Om, Ham, Yam, Ram, and Lam are seed mantras, or bija mantras, associated with the different chakras. They are sounds that can be used to balance and awaken the corresponding energy center.
Ein-Sof is a Kabbalistic term meaning “without end”, used to describe the infinite divine essence.
Vak is a Sanskrit term meaning speech or word, associated with the throat chakra.
Shri is a Sanskrit term of respect, similar to ‘Mr.’ or ‘Mrs.’ but it is also often associated with the divine, particularly the goddess Lakshmi.
Anahata is the Sanskrit term for the heart chakra, meaning “unhurt” or “unstruck”, often associated with a mystical sound perceived in deep meditation.
Hadit is a Thelemic term representing the infinitesimal point, compliment to Nuit, the infinite expanse.
Manipura is the Sanskrit term for the solar plexus chakra, meaning “city of jewels”, associated with personal power and will.
Adonai is a Hebrew term often used in religious texts to refer to God, associated with earthly kingdom and mastery.
Muladhara is the Sanskrit term for the root chakra, meaning “root support”, associated with grounding and survival.