An amazing storm caused the lights to suddenly go out. As it was just on dusk locating one of many candles wasn’t difficult. With the man around the house away , soon the room had a wondrous glow, I still needed to cook our evening meal,Remembering that the little torches that he uses to go night fishing would be in the garage, I hunted through drawers with a small torch to find them, in my haste missed the batteries kept in a separate box.Thinking to wear one as I prepared my lentil soup. Soon a lovely aroma filled the room. Gazing into the soft candle glow calmed me, as the lightning flashed and heavy rain descended.
The light from many candles reflected on the glass and from the timber surfaces. Fire burning bright and the dog curled at my feet I found pleasure of gazing into the fire, the dancing flames were soothing as the storm surges, wind howls around corners and the waves crest to whitecaps, wild wind un-nerves me and I was still a little grumpy from not finding the torch batteries, a case of not looking properly.I then remembered the mind quieting technique of candle gazing.
Returning to the table I sat close to the candle. I began the candle gazing technique. If you are a visual person you will enjoy this very much, I have watched small children entranced with the beauty of candle gazing.(always watch little ones around fire.)
Tip: it is better to do this without wearing contact lenses.
Position the candle so that you can sit comfortably and be able to gaze at the flame. I suggest about twelve inches away , candle on same height as your eyes.It is important that your head and neck remain comfortable through out.
Pick a time when you will not be disturbed, As you begin, become aware of any tension in your body, release this with a few slow breaths. Breath in and out through your nostrils. Start with a straight spine.gently relax your shoulders so your head and neck can float freely. Eyes gently closed, it is important that you are relaxed as you will try not to move your body through out this practice.
Rest you eyes on the wick of the candle, Rest your breath, allow it to slow. As your eyes become accustomed to just watching the flame, neither concentrating or staring, just relax as your body and breath calm,close your eyes softly. After a few seconds an image will appear on the blank screen of your mind. Watch what appears here,( often it is nothing) just rest your mind as you did on the candle resting mind on the after image. Let your mind detach from thoughts and feeling. This teachers us detachment, as the thoughts arise,about the candle, your body, outside sounds. Let all of these slide away. as if the entire Universe is concentrated in your eyes.
Tip: If you begin to blink or your eyes water, close them , deepen the breath and begin again when you can candle gaze comfortably without blinking.
Hold this image whatever arises for you, in the center of your forehead or at the eye-brow center.Giselle from http://www.eternity-yoga.com/tratak.html suggests “After the flame has diminished from your mind’s eye, slowly open your eyes. don’t look at the flame.”
When teaching this in class I would extinguish the flame before giving the instruction to “open your eyes,” allowing the students a subtle amount of time to “come back into the room”
Giselle suggests you rest your eyes on the greenery of a living plant or flower. As the candle gaze technique draws heat and light energy into the eyes Giselle also suggests “A drop of rose-water (or natural eye drops) in each eye to refresh them.Ideal time, as with all meditation is sunrise or sunset. Candle gazing Giselle says “restores Pineal (gland) function to its peak, the body responds with new balance as nerve energy begins to flow evenly through both halves of the brain, body spinal, cord.
Improve your memory, drop your anxiety levels, stop an overactive brain, all this from the magic of becoming immersed in eternity as you sit with the living light of a candle.