THE WAY OF CHRIST MEDITATION
1 Corinthians 3:16-17
“Do you not know that you are the temple of God,
and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
And whoever defiles the temple of God, God will destroy;
for the temple of God is Holy, and that temple is you.
TO CHRISTIAN INITIATIONS Begin Here
BASIC PRINCIPLES OF MEDITATION
STAGE 1 MEDITATION EARTH Physical World
STAGE 2 MEDITATION WATER Form World
STAGE 3 MEDITATION AIR Life World
STAGE 4 MEDITATION FIRE Light World
The diagram below shows the integration of the Triune Spirit into the human body.
Spirit & breath animate the physical body; the spiritual potential
of the body is revealed in the 4 stages of meditation.
The following text comes from a very old alchemical document called “The Turba Philosophorum”
which explains the relationship of the 4 elements of the universe to one another. These elements
also represent the 4 elemental states of the physical body and the 4 states of
consciousness in the body which correspond with the 4 stages of meditation.
“The stars are igneous (resembling fire) and are kept within bounds by the air. If the humidity and density of the air did not exist to separate the flames of the Sun from living things, then the Sun would consume all creatures. But God has provided the separating air, lest that which He has created should be burned up. Observe that the Sun when it rises in the heaven overcomes the air with its heat and the warmth, penetrating from the upper to the lower parts of the air. If the water did not nourish the air by such tenuous moisture, assuredly the Sun would overcome the air. The fire, therefore, extracts moisture from the water, by means of which the air conquers the fire itself. Thus, fire and water are enemies between which there is no agreement, for the fire is hot and dry, but the water is cold and moist.”
“The air, which is warm and moist, joins these together by its concordant medium; between the humidity of water and the heat of fire the air is thus placed to establish peace. A spirit arises from the tenuous vapor of the air because the heat being joined to the humor issues something tenuous, which will become a wind. For the heat of the Sun extracts something tenuous out of the air which then becomes spirit and life to all creatures. The air is thickened and it is also made thin; it grows warm and becomes cold. The density of the four elements reposes in the earth; for the fire falls into air, the density of air received from the fire, falls into water; the density of water increased by the fire and air reposes in earth.”
“Fire is the rarest; that which is warm and dry is rarer than the warm and moist; water is cold and moist; earth is cold and dry. Air is a tenuous matter of water and it is not separated from it, but remains above the dry earth, to wit, the air hidden in the water which is under the earth. If this air did not exist, the earth would not remain above the humid water. The air which is hidden in the water under the earth is that which sustains the earth, lest it be plunged into the said water; and it, moreover, prevents the earth from being overflowed by that water. The province of the air is, therefore, to fill up and to make separation between diverse things, that is to say, water and earth; and the air is constituted a peacemaker between hostile things, namely, water and fire, dividing these, lest they destroy one another.”
THIS VERY DAY
I reach through the darkness to offer an effervescent spark,
My burning hands pouring out the sun of my heart;
That you might turn to the crossroads, and walk in my way,
And then, "...rejoice with me in heaven this very day."
For when you remember me, paradise will open to you,
And you will walk in my garden, where the sky is always blue.
Then, you will eat of the fruit, hanging on every bough,
And you will truly know me, as I know you even now.
Painting by: Laura R. McCullough (Open Heaven)