An Introduction to Gnostic Heart Meditation
Copyright © Dr. Seyed M. Azmayesh 2014
Heart Meditation: An Introduction to Gnostic Heart Meditation
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1. Introduction — 8
2. Challenges of our time — 11
3. The Heart and the Brain — 15
4. Meditation — 18
5. Owner of the heart — 21
6. The secret of the rhythms — 24
7. Imaging – the active creation of inner images — 28
8. Directing the breath during meditation — 30
9. Samâ – meditating in a group — 32
10. Emptiness — 34
11. Three steps to intensify the effects of meditation — 36
12. Three steps to happiness — 39
13. Appendix — 41
14. The Author — 43
15. Workshops in London — 45
16. Recommended resources — 46
Humans from various spiritual traditions have developed, applied and taught meditation for thousands of years. During the past century the exact effects of meditation have been recorded and scientific research on people who meditate is now well documented.
Some of the areas that improve significantly within people who meditate are; general well-being, increased orientation towards solutions, positivity and faithfulness, better stress resistance compared to people who don’t meditate, access to intuitions and genuine social behaviour.
This booklet describes a specific method of meditation, which focuses on the physical heart muscle and its electro-magnetic field. The heart is regarded as the main organ, alongside various brain functions.
The booklet introduces heart meditation according to the Gnostic tradition. Some metaphors will help to visualize the process of meditation more broadly. The use of metaphors corresponds to one of the teaching methods of Gnostic teachers.
Before we begin, it is important to understand the context within which this booklet refers to Sufism or Sufi Masters. Gnosticism is an esoteric spiritual path whose origins date back to early man’s desire to better understand himself and to become self-aware of his true nature. So in this sense, many esoteric paths we observe today are a branch of Gnosticism, and Sufism is merely one of these paths. Gnosticism predates Islam, so it is therefore a mistake to consider Sufism a mystical branch of Islam, as its true origins also predate Islam.
So in this pamphlet when we refer to Sufism we are in fact referring to a path which is part of Gnosticism, and hence many of its teachings originate from general Gnostic teachings.
This is something that Sufi masters, such as Suhravardi, have often mentioned and others, due to the political pressures of their time, have been forced to conceal. In fact many of the famous early Sufi masters who were forced to adopt exoteric Islamic teachings based their esoteric teachings on Gnostic teachings that originated from esoteric traditions of Christianity, Mazdeism and Manicheism that existed in regions such as Egypt, Syria, and Persia, where the majority of the fathers of Sufism lived and taught.
In this booklet, Gnostic teachings on heart meditation will be outlined in a step-by-step and logical manner. This subject matter is broad and requires access to library of books, in order gain a detailed understanding, which we don’t pretend to be able achieve in this booklet.
The booklet is merely an introduction to heart meditation according to the Gnostic method, and is aimed to give some insight to anyone interested in the subject. The proper teaching of this method requires live workshops or gatherings dedicated to this subject. It is only through practical experience one can achieve the desired results.
The appendix offers further information to the readers, who would like to gain deeper insights, and to know more about the scientific research or reports about the effects of certain meditation techniques. You will also find details of classes in the UK which teach heart meditation as it is described in this booklet.
“Pull the thorn of existence out of the heart! Fast! For when you do,
you will see thousands of rose gardens in yourself”
“Into my heart’s night, along a narrow way I was searching;
and lo! the light, an infinite land of day.”