In 1968, Edwin C. Steinbrecher wrote a book that provided a method by which individuals could contact that true inner guide and eventually transform their lives. The first part will be direct instructions on how to conduct the meditation. Then I will share what I experienced going through this process.
Read and Follow These Instructions Carefully
(All quotes are from the Second Impression in 1983 of The Aquarian Press publication dated 1982).
There is one thing about human beings that is consistent throughout the world: we do not follow instructions carefully. The reason for this title is to get your attention.
Sit in a comfortable, straight-back chair, with your spine erect and both feet flat on the floor. Separate the two sides of the body (don’t have your arms or legs touching each other or crossed), with your thighs parallel to the floor and your hands resting lightly on the thighs, palms up and open. The reason for this is to prevent the circuit of your energy being closed.
Close your eyes, and invent a cave around you as if you have just walked into the cave and the entrance is at your back. The cave will become clearer as your mind begins to see its details, like having your eyes get used to the dark.
Be as sensory as you can Use all your senses. As in Hypnotherapy, the more the senses are used, the more ‘real’ the impressions that are received.
Be sure you are observing and sensing the environment while being in your body and looking out of your eyes. It would be so easy to watch an image of yourself, but then you wouldn’t be present in the experience, you would be disconnected.
When you can feel yourself in the cave, even though things may still be vague at this point, move forward and to the left, away from the cave entrance, and find some kind of doorway or opening there on the left that will lead you out into a landscape. This first part of the movement is necessary for the rest to work. It has some connection to ancient spiritual processes.
Take a step out into the landscape when it appears, feeling the new type of ground under your feet. The landscape will feel real, so be there, in that space.
Then with your mind call for an animal to come to you. Let it be unknown to you.
Ask the animal to lead you off to the right to where your Inner Guide awaits you. Let the animal lead you, and keep from anticipating where that might end.
The animal will lead you to the feet of an unknown male figure – your first Guide. The initial Inner Guide will be an unknown male figure for both men and women.
Start receiving impressions about the figure. Allow the impressions to come to you uncritically. You will be presented with significant information, which will be useful when you review the experience later.
Be sure to ask the figure if he is your true Guide and if he has the power to protect you in the inner realms. If he’s a false Guide, he will disappear.
Then ask the Guide to take your right hand in his left. (The reverse would be appropriate for left-handed people.) Again, make sure all your senses are in play during this portion of the process.
Ask your Guide then to point to where The Sun is in the sky of your inner world. As the position of the Guide is in the Ninth House of your birth chart, the relative position of the Sun in your chart should correspond to where you see it in this environment. If it doesn’t, or the Guide does not point out the Sun, you are with a false Guide. Look for another Guide to the right of the false Guide, and know that he is nearby. Call to him, and give him your permission to appear to you. (Don’t accept any known figure from your outer world.)
After your Guide takes your hand and points out where The Sun is and you see it, ask The Sun to come down, in human form, to where you and your Guide are. It may appear as a man or a woman, so try not to preconceive its appearance.
When you and your Inner Guide are together with The Sun figure, direct your attention to The Sun and ask it to send as much light and love into you physically as you can handle at that particular time. Absorb the energy as it comes. This is when the experience may suddenly feel ‘real’ because none of us know how to make something like that up.
Now is the time to ask two questions: 1. What do you need from me and from my life to work with me and be my friend? and 2. What do you have to give me (in the form of a symbolic object placed in your hand) that I need from you? The request may be simple, it may be complex, but does it feel ‘right’? Ask your Guide’s advice before agreeing to anything. The symbolic object will be whatever you perceive it to be. Accept whatever comes.
Ask both the archetypal giver and your Guide to help you understand the gift and the ways you may use it in both the inner and outer worlds. If it isn’t clear, keep asking until it is.
When you have really understood the talent or ability, ask the archetype that presented the gift to place it in or on your body at a place where you should absorb and carry it. Feel where the energy form of the object settles within you. You may feel physical sensations in one or more parts of your body.
Again, check out all the steps in the process with your Inner Guide. He’s there to help you, but he can’t help unless he is asked. You are in foreign territory. He knows how everything works there, you don’t.
Say thank you to all you encounter there, and then return to ‘normal’ consciousness when you are done.
My Inner Guide Experience
There are some that say there is nothing real in imagination. And yet, where does reality start but in imagination? If you cannot imagine something, it does not exist for you, even if it stood in front of you and poked you with its finger.
My Inner Guide Meditation was done on my own. Normally it would be helpful to have someone read out the instructions to you while you were going through the process, but in my case it wasn’t necessary.
My induction process was simple: I just imagined a building, then I walked down steps to the basement, walked through the door and into the cave.
The cave did take some time to get used to, I must admit, but then the turning to the left, walking through a tunnel into a walled garden, worked easily. The animal that came when I called it was a horse. I held onto its tail when it took me to another part of the garden to our right. (That movement is important: left, then right.) The horse brought me to the boots of an American Staff Sergeant. I was surprised, because I’d had such an aversion to war and the armed forces.
My Guide was a man of few words. In fact, for most of the time he just grunted a ‘yes’ or a ‘no’, depending on my question. But the feeling between us was one of a band of brothers, so I suspect we had been friends in our previous existence together (during WW II, I would imagine).
The Sun, when he pointed to it, was low in the sky and slightly to the right , but otherwise directly across from us. That fitted where it should be (as far as my birth chart shows). When the Sun came down in human form, it was like Apollo, and that made sense to me. The jolt of electricity that went into my body when he shared his energy with me was truly electrifying. The hands were where I felt the energy the most.
What the Sun wanted from me was to be mindful of his existence every day. What he gave me was a skeleton key. The reason for the key was to unlock secrets of the universe. He placed it in my heart and that was to remind me that I had to ‘feel’ how others feel, in order to help them with healing.
I came away from the experience as if a light had been turned on in my body.
We are so wrapped up in the ‘job’ of living that we forget that at the centre of our being is a spark that needs fanning, in order for our spiritual light to shine.
We all have that spark, even those who do not believe in such things. What we wait for all of our lives is to have someone or something set the spark afire. To quote the last paragraph on page 84, “The Inner Guide Meditation places spiritual authority back within the individual – its true and holy place, Your Guide exists to teach you your spiritual path, your way to God, not someone else’s.” Amen to that.