Written and published on 1 May 2016
Previously titled: “Centering Prayer to Heal the Aggressor-Victim Mental Filter (aka V___ D___ Syndrome),” by Alice B. Clagett
Yesterday I went to a morning “Silent Saturday” retreat at Holy Spirit Retreat Center in Encino, California …
Link: “Holy Spirit Retreat Center: Where People of All Faiths Can Come to Seek the Sacred” … https://www.hsrcenter.com/ ..
… and there I learned the Method of Centering Prayer described here …
Link: “How to Do Centering Prayer,” 29 June 2019, in Wikihow … http://www.wikihow.com/Do-Centering-Prayer ..
This is a prayer technique taught through Contemplative Outreach, LTD., whose spiritual guide is Fr. Thomas Keating …
Link: “Centering Prayer,” by Contemplative Outreach … http://www.contemplativeoutreach.org/category/category/centering-prayer ..
It is a simple technique of shutting the door to the senses and the world, focusing on the heart. This center of Awareness could be center of the chest, or the physical heart, which is slightly to the left in the chest …
- I found when I focused on the center of the chest, I homed in on the sound of my lungs, and their crepuscular motion.
- I found when I focused slightly to the left, I homed in on the sound and motion of my heart, which practice I chose as my favorite.
Then one picks a simple Word, such as ‘Jesus’, ‘Abba’. ‘Christ’, ‘God’, ‘Father’, ‘Mother’, ‘Mary’, ‘Amen’, ‘Faith’, ‘Trust’, ‘Love’, ‘Joy’, ‘Grace’, ‘Peace’, ‘Let Go’, ‘Listen’, ‘Silence’, ‘Stillness’, or such like.
So, I am concentrating on my heart. Then a random thought arises. At this, in my heart, I say my chosen Word. There may be a stretch of silence, with no thought arising, during which my attention is purely focused on my heart. Then another thought arises. Once more, I say my favorite Word.
I took to this meditation immediately, and found it right away led me into the sort of Divine love described in the poems of 13th-century Persian Sunni Muslim theologian, jurist, Islamic scholar, and Sufi mystic Rumi, whose sacred poetry is acclaimed worldwide.
I was practicing the meditation last night, while lying flat on my back in ‘corpse pose’, and noticed the victim-aggressor mental filter (also known on the clair plane as V— D— syndrome) playing out in my mind.
Image: “Yoga postures: Shavasana (Corpse Pose),” by Joseph Renger, from Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported
In electromagnetic field terms, I would describe this victim-aggressor mental filter as a filtering of the Incoming Light by a glitch of about three points of Light closure in my crown chakra (7th chakra old-style, located at the top of my head).
As I brought attention from the astral play caused by the crown chakra glitch, back to my heart by repetition of my chosen Word, I felt the glitches fill with Light, and the astral play suddenly ceased. All the actors vanished. I was left mainly in the near silence of my softly susurrating heart.
So there it is, and so I have found: Centering Prayer is a way to heal the victim-aggressor mental filter (aka V— D— syndrome).
In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars
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