Anyone set up their own Chamber of Reflection?

Discussion in 'Philosophy, Religion and Spirituality' started by hanzosbm, Feb 12, 2020.

  1. hanzosbm

    hanzosbm Premium Member

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    My wife and I bought a new home recently and in the basement is a small storage closet. With a 1 year old in the house, privacy and solitude for any kind of meditation is hard to come by. Since it was a small, dark space anyway, I considered setting up my own CoR.
    While I see value in reflecting on the points emphasized in the CoR, I wasn't sure if it would be useful on an ongoing basis and was curious to see if any of the Brethren here had done something similar.
     
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  2. JamestheJust

    JamestheJust Registered User

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    The Earth energies can vary quite a lot even in a small block of land and the geometry of the building also affects the energies. So the first step, preferably when you have the house to yourself, is to stand very quietly in each space and feel its effect upon you.

    I recall a large old hotel in the Scottish Highlands that we cleaned pretty well, but a year later I found, in a basement apartment, a small storage room that had not been cleaned, and the room was the refuge of some of the ancient spirits of the building that no longer felt at home in the cleaned areas. I found the spirits rather uncomfortable, as did the couple living in the apartment. The couple broke up while living there.

    The meditation space needs to be carefully chosen. I use a spare bedroom, with most of the furniture removed and the rest carefully placed - partly for the geometric effect on the etheric flows but also so that I can sit at the place of maximum Earth energy.

    Long ago I suffered from sleep apnea and would fall asleep in meetings at work. So I would make a point of being first into the meeting room and would move around until I found the strongest energy. I would sit there and would be energized and not fall asleep. I learned that from Carlos Castaneda's writings.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlos_Castaneda
     
  3. Pointwithinacircle3

    Pointwithinacircle3 Registered User

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    I hope to someday be so attuned to my environment that where I pray and meditate is an issue. :) For now I use my bedroom since it is the most convenient and I am already there twice a day anyway. When my wife goes to bed early I use the spare bedroom.
     
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  4. TheThumbPuppy

    TheThumbPuppy Registered User

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    I use any room, but sometimes I just meditate at my desk or when I go for a walk. Personally I don't need a designated space for it, but I'm a creature of habits and I end up meditating in the same corner of our bedroom more often than not.
     
  5. CLewey44

    CLewey44 Registered User

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    A brother MM in Oklahoma had one set up. He was a charter member of a TO lodge there so he was all-in haha.
     
  6. Pointwithinacircle3

    Pointwithinacircle3 Registered User

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    In am fortunate to live about 100 yards off the road so my daily trip to the mailbox and back always offers a chance for a short meditation. I find that the daily “sameness” of my situation is conducive to relaxing my mind. When meditating in my bedroom I always turn on the same light and place my glasses in the same spot.
     
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  7. coachn

    coachn Coach John S. Nagy Premium Member

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    Ear puds and shades... cheap and most effective...
     
  8. Pointwithinacircle3

    Pointwithinacircle3 Registered User

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    :) Perhaps. I suppose it depends on whether you are trying to focus the mind while closing the awareness and shutting the world out or while opening the awareness and letting the whole world in. To quote one of my teachers; “It is a shame the the English language has only one word to describe the almost infinite variety of techniques that go by the name meditation“.
     
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  9. hanzosbm

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    For what it's worth, one of the reasons I suggest such a thing is that, by design, the CoR is a space which is supposed to focus one's thoughts on a particular subject, or condition.
    While one could of course focus their thoughts on the same subject regardless of surroundings, the CoR is a tool to facilitate this.
    Other topics of meditation might benefit from a light, airy space with calming music.

    Between trying to find a space to escape a toddler (and wife) while meditating, and also wanting to immerse myself in a particular thought process, I had considered this project.

    Honestly, I was hoping to find a way to not have it be a dedicated CoR (maybe black wall coverings that can be rolled up rather than painting the room, etc) to sell it to my wife a little easier.
     
  10. coachn

    coachn Coach John S. Nagy Premium Member

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    Absolutely! I do enough intake during the day. Off hours are mine! Hence the design.
     
  11. Thomas Stright

    Thomas Stright Premium Member

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    My meditation usually involve a cigar and a neat scotch.
     
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  12. acjohnson53

    acjohnson53 Registered User

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    Funny you ask about a Chamber of Reflection, My Lodge is in the process of relocating to a Masonic Temple, downtown Sacramento, one of Temples staff was showing me around and he showed me this room and call it the Chamber of Reflection, I've got a lot to learn...
     
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