Asking the Oracle

When you meditate, you awaken your own personal oracle.

In ancient times, people travelled miles to consult the oracle at Delphi. Deep in a dark pit, at what was considered to be the centre of the world, were the rotting remains of a huge python, or dragon, slain by the golden god Apollo. A beautiful temple was erected above the pit, which gave off a constant smoke with a sweet, sickly smell. For several hundred years, the Delphic Oracle was the most prestigious and authoritative oracle among the Greeks. The High Priestess of the temple, who delivered prophetic poetry, was without doubt the most powerful woman in the classical world.

In modern times we can consult astrologers, Tarot readers, chierologists (sometimes called palmists), or we can use our own packs of cards, yarrow stalks for I Ching, or maybe rune stones. Even tea-leaves can be used to catch a glimpse of the future! The Angels Script, which I channelled in 1997, is another example, another method for consulting an invisible source of wisdom. These are all oracular tools. We use them to access wisdom that seems to be hidden from us – we want to ‘know’ the future. We want insights into the best way forward. We want to understand our Soul’s destiny.

Why have people, for thousands of years, consulted ‘the oracle’ – rather than just getting on with life, making their decisions as they go along, according to rational and pragmatic choices? Perhaps because we have a deep suspicion that there is some other wisdom that can be brought to bear when making important decisions. Nowadays, atheists and physicalists, who have no truck with such ‘specious nonsense’ (to quote British comedian Stephen Fry), point the finger of scorn and scepticism at people who consult astrologers or ‘fortune-tellers’. Yet, even in the 21st century, when science claims to know so much more than the Ancient Greeks, these activities have not disappeared from our culture. Many people continue to seek deeper answers, from a source that goes beyond rational thought.

Why should we imagine we can access this super-rational information, using these tools? Where does it come from? The image of a deep pit at the centre of the earth can be used as a metaphor to describe the depth of our own consciousness. We can consider the archetypal story here. Apollo is god of the Sun, which shines in the daytime. Apollo represents all that is clear and revealed to our day-to-day vision. The dragon that has been slain, whose remains are in the pit, is the unconscious mind, which is deep and mysterious to our daily awareness.

We use our tarot cards, celestial charts, hexagrams to give our unconscious mind an opportunity to communicate with our everyday self. This ancient story suggests our conscious self is actually in denial – it has been avoiding the power of the unconscious by ‘slaying’ it, tucking it away in a pit where, we had hoped it would be no trouble. But then – oh me! oh my! – we realised that what we ignored and feared, is actually the greatest source of wisdom and power. Then we have to use an oracular process to communicate with this magnificent, potent snake of true wisdom.

And what has this to do with meditation, I hear you asking? When we surrender to Divine Source we are dropping into an inner landscape – we are lowering our conscious self into a deep well of wisdom that resides within our heart and mind. But it is not a dark pit – not at all. What we find there is light! This light can expand throughout all levels of our consciousness. This means that what used to be unconscious to our everyday self, starts to become more conscious. We become en’ light’ ened, we begin to understand our own true purpose in life, because we can access the invisible content of what was once hidden in our own shadowy cupboards. Once that becomes an embedded illumination we will no longer need an outside oracle. We contain our own High Priestess and she will tell us everything we need to know.

The journey towards this illumined state of being takes time, so if you have a favoured pack of wisdom cards, or if you use astrology, don’t give them up right now. Just keep up your meditation and gradually you will begin to realise that your own core of wisdom can be your constant companion, your life guide, your personal oracle, your inner sat-nav.

Your unlimited wealth

How does meditation affect your wealth and abundance? Does ‘being spiritual’ mean you have to be poor?

When teachers encourage people to meditate, we usually list the following benefits: ‘less stress’, ‘easier problem solving’,  ‘increased joy’, ‘better relationships’, etc. But what if I told you that meditation can help you create a more substantial flow of money in your life?

King Croesus (pronounced like ‘creases’) was a real Greek monarch who lived around 6oo years before the common era (BCE). His name has become a by-word for being extremely wealthy – ‘as rich as Croesus’, the saying goes. Croesus discovered that his riches could not make him happy when his son died in an accident, and his wife committed suicide.

The god Dionysius offered another legendary king, Midas, the chance to receive a magic gift. Midas asked that everything he laid a hand on would turn to gold.  Midas rejoiced in his new power, which he hastened to put to the test. He touched an oak twig and a stone; both turned to gold. He was overjoyed and, as soon as he arrived home, he touched every rose in the rose garden and all became gold. But Midas very quickly discovered the downside of this gift. He ordered the servants to set a feast on the table but, when he tried to eat, all his food and drink turned to gold. Eventually, he begged Dionysius to reverse the magic.

Our Western mythology is full of negative stories about wealth and the desire for it. These myths lead many people to get stuck with a mindset that dismisses the importance of money and possessions, leading them to shrug their shoulders and say, “Too much money leads to selfishness” or, “Money can’t buy you love” or, “Wealth doesn’t bring happiness”. At the same time, people can be fixated on how to get more money, or more possessions. A recent newspaper article, by the novelist Joanna Trollope, suggested that J.K.Rowling is imprisoned by ‘too much wealth’, as much as she was once boxed in by lack of resources when she was struggling as a single mother. But this fixation – that excess money is spiritually and psychologically dangerous – does not bring happiness either!

So, where does meditation fit into the abundance and wealth story? First of all, take a moment to define what you mean by wealth…

  • Property ownership – just big enough to accommodate your family?
  • Property ownership – spare houses that can bring an income, or can be used for holidays?
  • A certain amount of cash in the bank? How much? A million? More?
  • A certain amount of cash flowing through your current account each month? How much?
  • Owning a luxurious car?
  • Owning a yacht?
  • Owning an island?
  • Owning a private aeroplane?

Take a moment with a calculator and work out what amount of money would make you feel truly ‘wealthy’.

When we consider what wealth means for us as individuals, we may not easily be able to identify the actual maths. It’s more likely that you will think in general terms, imagining a life-style that feels easy and comfortable. You might list the price of all the things you would like to buy when your wealth arrives. You might add up what you could spend on a yearly basis. But the calculator doesn’t tell you anything about personal satisfaction and joy. All it can tell you is the difference (in the current economy) between the cost of basic survival and having a great life that includes more than necessities, bringing you and your family delight every day.

Meditation takes you back to Divine Source. This is where true delight rests. This is the well-spring of all that is truly valuable. But, when we emerge from our heavenly home, we have to engage with worldly activities and these include finding the wherewithal to pay the rent, buy clothes, make dinner, and so forth. Meditators have an advantage in the material world: your practice will help you relax and stay calm. You will find it easier to deal with the stress-laden workplace that is a common lifestyle issue for many people. So, earning money can be less of a challenge for meditators. But there is an even bigger benefit…

Regular contact with Divine Source helps you discover your real identity – your true purpose and the real reason you are in this world in the first place. With this knowledge you will be able to identify what ‘wealth’ actually means for you. You understand that the flow of money is directly related to your Soul’s desire to reach its potential. During meditation sessions we can easily get a powerful sense of our own capacity and our innate desires. Each of us has an inner ‘seed’, or what we could call our ‘Soul’s code’. That seed of our being wants to grow, just like an acorn wants to grow into an oak.

Everything we need for growth and development is within us and money is only an outward symbol of our divinely inspired activities in the world. If you believe that worldly goods are ‘out there’, waiting to be ‘attracted’, or ‘acquired’, then you will always feel in need. When you understand that your wealth is embedded in who you are, then everything you need and require will come easily to you. Your desires will be in harmony with your Soul’s purpose and you won’t be longing for things that are not appropriate for your unique destiny. Divine Source provides abundance for everyone – there is no shortage. When we work creatively with the Divine, we will receive in plenty; when we think of life as a competition and there’s only so much to go round, that’s when the problems begin and we feel lack.

Meditation feeds your roots. Then you grow into the most beautiful plant you were meant to be; then you blossom; then your fruits appear for easy picking. After a season the cycle begins again, but there will always be fruit, because that is Nature’s way. Zera Meditators get their wishes fulfilled more easily than the average Joe, because they check in with Divine Source on a daily basis and their wishes get planted in good spiritual ‘compost’.

Smart Monkey!

Monkey Mind needs a break from constant duties. Otherwise that smart uniform will begin to look shabby and the suitcases will overflow on to the floor.

This picture offers us a great lesson about the role of Monkey Mind.

The ‘toff’ in the elegant suit and top hat is standing by, allowing the porter, a monkey in a red uniform, to carry all the baggage. Unfortunately, one of the cases has fallen open, because the monkey can’t manage such a big heap of bags. The porter is rather like us, really – we are often so overloaded with thoughts, ideas, plans, shopping lists and daily timetables that we can’t keep everything tidy. Stuff is bound to spill over, especially while we are meditating.

If we think of the monkey porter as our everyday self – looking stylish, but trying hard to cope – then the toff watching on, detached and uninvolved, is our ‘witness’, our ‘higher self’, or Soul. This is the part of us that can stand to one side, staying calm and stress-free, even while the baggage is falling apart!

It is Monkey Mind’s job to deal with the everyday stuff. And Monkey is really smart. Just like the character in the red uniform, Monkey can get on with the task, usually with a high degree of efficiency – it’s not very often that the suitcases spill out their contents. What we are learning, is how to make best use of Monkey Mind, as a servant who can supprt our daily needs. What are a smart Monkey’s duties?

  • Planning our timetable
  • Checking our shopping lists
  • Organising outings and holidays
  • Doing the money maths
  • Finding the keys
  • Remembering birthdays…  and so on.

Monkey Mind will always find something else to get smart with. Excellent work, Monkey, you deserve a tip. Now you’ve got that sorted I can get on with my meditation!

We might think, looking at this tableau, that maybe the toff could offer a helping hand – or at least offer some kind advice. Like, “there, there my friend, not to worry, everything will be fine.” But the toff stands in his own centre, at ease, feet apart, looking on unruffled. He looks as though he doesn’t really care about the untidy mess the monkey has made. He doesn’t express any sympathy with the monkey’s plight.

We do need to care about Monkey Mind, our faithful, hard-working servant. That’s why we meditate, to give Monkey a break from the constant grind of keeping up with all our twenty-first century demands. Monkey can take a sabbatical twice a day and will breathe a sigh of relief when duty calls again, and the uniform has to come out of the cupboard. If Monkey doesn’t get a respite, how will there be time to keep that smart uniform clean and tidy, ready to put on the best show for the public arriving at the hotel?