In our Gnostic Society, we have reached the conclusion, that despite the different forms and ways that exist in the practice of meditation, all of the techniques are reduced to two kinds of practices; the first one is “guided” by the instructor or missionary, the second is “self-guided.”
Self-guided meditation is led by the “Remembrance of the Being,” therefore, it does not depend on “external motivation”; however, in the beginning, it will be necessary to rely on it.
And only when we are capable of substituting “external motivation” for “internal motivation” will the moment arrive when we know and put into practice: The Three Phases of Self-guided Meditation or Mo Chao.
Regarding Mo Chao, Master Samael says the following, “The Chinese word ‘Mo’ means silence or serene; ‘Chao’ means reflection or observation. Therefore Mo Chao can be translated as serene reflection or serene observation.”
Even though we can understand such a definition intellectually, we need to comprehend it practically; and this can only be done during meditation, when we recognize ourselves as what we are a consciousness.
The point of departure of self-guided meditation or Mo Chao starts with the consciousness itself. The profound inner Being will always motivate, will inspire, the consciousness toward new levels of comprehension.
And, consequently, it is the consciousness that acts upon the mind and its different desires and forms in order to continuously transform it. But none of this is possible without motivation. Therefore, each practice of self-guided meditation should always be initiated with its corresponding motivation, which is the inspiration or superior emotion that unites us with our Being.
This is the notable difference between guided and self-guided meditation, from where the motivation comes. Thus, before starting self-guided meditation, we should always pray, asking for the necessary internal illumination, which is God’s action upon us. Not always will the motivation bestowed by the prayer be sweet or pleasant; many times it has a bitter feeling of remorse and of repentance, enhancing its importance even more.
To practice a prolonged meditation without external guidance is disconcerting in the beginning, but if we are a little patient, after making a sincere petition for illumination from the Being, best while kneeling, we will get the answer.
If our petition is sincere—a true necessity—first He listens to us, and next we must listen to Him because that’s the way things are and it cannot be any other way.
Then, naturally, the “self-discipline” that each of us needs emerges, transcending the “general discipline” that we needed in the beginning.
If you are ready, you will be welcomed to the silent yet eloquent language of God!
Once we are informed about Gnostic initiatic esotericism, what follows can be nothing other than the interior work, where only the “can do” attitude of the consciousness counts.
The moment of a practice or esoteric exercise requires a different attention than that of grasping intellectual information.
It seems unbelievable but now we must learn to forget what has been learned by means of the intellect, which is far from the “Remembrance of the Being.” And we will appreciate it, since this is to illuminate good ideas.
Because whosoever in the glory of ecstasy allows one atom of mental desire, in that instant, all will be denied to him…
In direct experience with the consciousness, we must be free from any attachments, including even the best concepts.
In true comprehension, in profound comprehension, in deep intimate comprehension, there only exists the intimate pressure of the consciousness, constant pressure born from the essence that we carry within, and that is all.
Group meditation forms a formidable magnetic vortex which, by cosmic magnetization, has the power to attract certain types of divine forces to the participants that are much needed.
~ Gnostic master