Faculty 5: Meditation

“As a lotus flower is born in water, grows in water and rises out of water to stand above it unsoiled, so I, born in the world, raised in the world having overcome the world, live unsoiled by the world” - Buddha

Mantra

Aum Mani Padme

Know love is at the center of it all – just like the jewel in the lotus (f5) As Seekers, we are often in search of an authentic connection to our own wisdom or our “Inner Buddha” — this Aum Mani Padme Hum can help us seek truth within. "The Great Mani" is a widely celebrated mantra that combines the totality of the Buddha’s teachings in 6 syllables. This mantra is often translated as “Behold the jewel of the lotus!” and considered a prescription for opening  the channels between the mind and the heart. In those moments when resolution feels continually out of reach, recite Aum Mani Padme Hum in order to access joy in the here and now and renew a spirit of resilience. Listen to Aum Mani Padme:

Mudra

Infinity Mudra

Faculty 1 we introduced the Law of Magnetism, in F2 the Law of Consciousness, in F3 the Law of Polarities, in F4 the Law of Mutuality and in F5 we enter the next 8 Faculties working on the Law of Reciprocity. The Law of Reciprocity focuses on the relationship between polarities and can be viewed symbolically as two seamlessly interweaving spheres that create an infinity symbol. Infinity Mudra replicates and amplifies this flow of opposites -- inviting the hands to set a harmonious rhythm of giving and receiving

In Practice:

Muse: Ribs shield, protect and guard our vital parts. Are they receiving enough nourishment, rest and purification to uphold their duties? What would it feel like to allow the expand and contract from all sides? 
  1. Seated comfortably, place left finger pads on right heel of hand and place right finger pads on left knuckles, seal bases of thumbs and heels of hands together. Allow thumb stems to rest.
  2. Exhale, push left finger pads into right heel of hand.
  3. Inhale, pull right heel away from the push of the left finger pads to create opposition (counterbalance by pressing the right finger pads onto the left knuckles)
  4. Breathe 5 breath cycles.
  5. Repeat on the other side.

Guided Meditation: