I was honored to give the opening meditations each morning at this year's Rendezvous. Because so many people asked about them, I said I'd post some information here.
Thursday morning's meditation about the gem, and focused on clarifying goals and values about money and/or wealth, comes from a book titled Guided Imagery for Groups. The basic script is found on page 154, but I modified it quite a bit as I was taking us through the process. (I don't ever lead a meditation in the same way; they always change in the moment.) Because of copyright, I won't post the pages here, but the book is readily available. I picked up a copy at my local library.
My plans for the Friday morning meditation changed after a number of attendees stopped me in the hallway and told me how much they had appreciated a meditation I led last year; several said they are still using it. They were referring to the Disindentification Exercise, and I brought back a form of it this year due to the enthusiastic response.
The Disidentification Exercise was developed by Roberto Assagioli as a part of his psychological practices and theories called psychosynthesis (several related links at that post). Googling "Disindentification Exercise" will bring up a number of versions. To create my script for Friday, I referred to a few of my books and a Web site:
- What We May Be--page 66 in my edition in a section titled "Self-Identification"
- The Act of Will--in Appendix One, section called "Identification Exercise"
- "Exercise: The Observer Self" (Intergral Options)
- Psychosynthesis--in Chapter IV, "Personal Psychosynthesis—Techniques"
Again, my rough, written script was modified as I moved through the meditation process. The core of the meditation always contains something like:
I have a body, but I am not my body
I have emotions, but I am not my emotions
I have desires, but I am not my desires
I have thoughts, but I am not my thoughts
I am the self, a center of pure consciousness
Thanks for the conversations I had at the conference this year. It was a pleasure to meet so many extraordinary people.
Note (added August 6, 2012): For those interested in learning more about psychosynthesis, there are links to resources here.