Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Simple Letter Medtiation

This meditation is based on Rabbi Abraham Abulafia letter meditation.

  1. Clear your mind.
    1. My preferred way of doing this is to count 1 to 10 and then 10 back to 1 a number of times until my mind still enough to only focus on the numbers. 
  2. Cycle through the letters of the Aleph Bet and combine each letter with the 5 vowels in the following order: o - a - e - i - u
  3. With each letter plus vowel combination, you need to move your head as if you are drawing (or etching) the vowels with each letter:
    1. o - move your head from facing forwards to looking upwards (the return to facing forwards)
    2. a - move your head from right to left (the return to facing forwards)
    3. e - move your head from left to right (the return to facing forwards)
    4. i - move your head from facing forwards to looking downwards (the return to facing forwards)
    5. u - move your heads forwards and backwards 
  4. For example.... for Aleph
    1. Ohhh - move head up
    2. Ahhh - move head right to left
    3. Ehhh - move your head left to right
    4. Ihhh - move your head down
    5. Uhhh - move your head forwards and back (repeat)
  5. For example...
    1. Bet: Boh, Bah, Beh, Bi-h, Bu-h 
    2. Gimmel: Goh, Gah, Geh, Gi-h, Gu-h
    3. Dalet: Doh, Dah, Deh, Di-h, Du-h
    4. Heh:  Hoh, Hah, Heh, Hi-h, Hu-h 
    5. Vav:  Voh, Vah, Veh, Vi-h, Vu-h  
    6. Zayin:  Zoh, Zah, Zeh, Zi-h, Zu-h  
    7. Chet:  Choh, Chah, Cheh, Chi-h, Chu-h  
    8. Tet:  Toh, Tah, Teh, Ti-h, Tu-h  
    9. Yud:  Yoh, Yah, Yeh, Yi-h, Yu-h  
    10. Kaf:  Koh, Kah, Keh, Ki-h, Ku-h  
    11. Lamed:  Loh, Lah, Leh, Li-h, Lu-h  
    12. Mem: Moh, Mah, Meh, Mi-h, Mu-h
    13. Nun:  Noh, Nah, Neh, Ni-h, Nu-h  
    14. Samech:  Soh, Sah, Seh, Si-h, Su-h  
    15. Ayin:  (A)oh, (A)ah, (A)eh, (A)i-h, (A)u-h  (A) means gutteral, from deep int he throat
    16. Peh:  Poh, Pah, Peh, Pi-h, Pu-h  
    17. Tzadi:  Tzoh, Tzah, Tzeh, Tzi-h, Tzu-h  
    18. Kuf:  Koh, Kah, Keh, Ki-h, Ku-h  
    19. Resh:  Roh, Rah, Reh, Ri-h, Ru-h  
    20. Shin:  Shoh, Shah, Sheh, Shi-h, Shu-h  
    21. Taf:  Toh, Tah, Teh, Ti-h, Tu-h  
Cycle through all the letters of the Aleph-Bet in order at least once. Once you get used to doing this and can do it with your eyes closed, go around the letters several times.

I have done this on and off for a couple of years and I'm only conscious of the sound of the letters in my ears and a vague sense of what letter is coming next. I would not say that my mind is blank but rather that I am on the precipices between the conscious and unconscious mind, or at least that is how it feels.

I have yet to do this meditation with combination of letters. I.e. combining Aleph with all the letters (and all the vowels), then Bet with all the letters, etc.

Please note that Rabbi Abraham ABulafia specifies how many breaths you can take between each letter and letter group (when combining letters). I'll leave it up to you to track down those details as to be honest... I can't remember them.

Finally... it took me about 2-3 week of doing this meditation every day to feel any effects. By effects I mean improved concentration, memory, awareness and ability to visually engrave and carve the Hebrew letters in my imagination.