A Technique to Use Before Sleep

Posted by Trevor on 24 February 2017 | 19 Comments

Hello Everyone

Originally I had a podcast here. Some of you heard it before the main email went out. I was reading from an “alleged” copy of an old manuscript of a meditation technique to use before going to sleep. Someone then kindly pointed out that the same passage, word for word, can be found in more modern works including one as recent as 1974. The technique, however, is one passed down through time and which can be found in similar forms in most religious and metaphysical texts. Some modern “self-help gurus,” also claim variations of it as their own brilliant advice. I find it a very useful technique, so please consider adding it to your arsenal.

It is in the silence that the soul grows strong. For then it is thrown back upon its own energies and powers, and learns to know itself. One of the finest ways of getting light on a problem quickly and certainly, of cultivating intuition, is by not passing the trouble of solving it on to someone who you believe can help you. Seeing solutions and solving problems are a matter of training, of inner growth. One of the first rules that a neophyte is taught is never to ask a question until he has tried earnestly and repeatedly to answer it. Because the attempt to do so is an appeal to the intuition. It is also an exercise. It strengthens one’s inner powers. Asking questions before we have ourselves tried to resolve them simply shows that we are leaning, and this is not good. To exercise our own faculties means growth, the gaining of strength and ability.

Certain questions, however, come with a force that compels an answer. They are like the mystic knocking on the door of the temple; they demand the giving of more light, for they come not from the brain-mind, but from the soul striving to understand the light flowing into it from the perennial fountains of divinity. Ask and ye shall receive; knock — and knock aright — and it shall be opened unto you. If the appeal is strong and impersonal enough, the very gods in heaven will respond. If the individual is very much in earnest, the answer will come to him from within, from the only initiator that any neophyte ever has.

Meditation is a positive attitude of mind, a state of consciousness rather than a system or a time period of intensive brain-mind thinking. One should be positive in attitude, but quietly so; positive as the mountain of granite, and as serene and peaceful, avoiding the disturbing influences of the ever-active and feverish mentality. And, above everything else, impersonal. Meditation in the better sense is the bending of the consciousness, and the raising of the mind to the plane where intuition guides, and where some noble idea or aspiration is native, and the holding of the consciousness in thought there. But one can meditate also on evil things and, alas, many do just this.

It is possible so to meditate before falling asleep that one’s soul ascends to the gods, and is refreshed and strengthened by its confabulations with those divine beings. But it is likewise possible to brood before sleep comes so that when the bonds of wakefulness are broken, and the brain-mind is silenced, the soul is dragged downwards, and is thus degraded and weakened. One should never sleep until one has sincerely forgiven all injuries done unto him. This is very important not only as an ennobling practice, but as a much needed protection. Fill the heart with thoughts of love and compassion for all, and the mind with some lofty idea and dwell on it calmly, with the higher, impersonal brooding that is effortless and still, and then there will be a rest of all the senses, and quiet in the mind.

One reason for the need of strict impersonality, without the slightest thought of any destructive or morally offensive element intruding into the heart, such as hate, anger, fear or revenge, or any other of the horrid progeny of the lower self, is that when sleep steals over the body and the ordinary brain-mind consciousness drops away, the soul now released automatically follows the direction last given to it. Thus the practice of calming the mind before retiring can elevate the soul.

Cheers
Trev

19 Comments

  1. Sandy Silva says:

    Thanks for the combined efforts that produced the written version of that wonderful podcast. I started “transcribing” it yesterday–very tedious. Was just about to resume when this TTS message appeared. Perfect! What was the title of the 1974 work? Please and thank you!

    best,
    sandy

    • Trevor says:

      Fountain-Source of Occultism by G de Purucker (available free online via google search). Thanks to Kyle Kroha for pointing everyone there.

      Cheers
      Trev

  2. Jeff says:

    Hi Trev,

    This is an absolute gem and I can tell I’ll be printing and keeping a copy of it nearby! Thank you!

    My biggest takeaway was making sure the last thing on your mind before sleep is positive and enriching because this is what the soul will follow after you fall asleep.

    This is probably one of the things I have seriously neglected since beginning my TSS journey. I’ll take more care to remedy that ASAP!

    Jeff

  3. Robert Shindoll says:

    Thanks Trev good to hear from you.

  4. Amy Iaciofano says:

    Thank you Trevor. Always a smile when I receive an e-mail from you. Your work is inspiring.

    Enjoy the day

    Amy

  5. Niels says:

    Another suggestion is the “6 phase guided meditation” by Vishen Lakhiani.
    It also practices forgiveness, relaxation, positivity etc. and has elements of the ritual describes in one of the podcasts from Trevor about “imaginering” your future. I find it very useful and it’s part of my Wizards Toolkit! Usually use it before going to sleep.

    Hope this helps:

  6. Christine says:

    Thank you, Trevor,
    This comes exactly at the right time for me. It is the answer to my latest query.
    Best,
    Christine

  7. Darrol says:

    Thanks Trevor
    and thanks for posting / doing a few podcasts again

    Also, a great thing to do and very benifical before falling asleep is to review a few things your grateful for and so reflecting on positive stuff in our life before falling asleep. I used to do this in the morning in a Grateful journal where I wold come up with 5 things but have been influenced to believe that there are more benefits to this practice if think / feel on these just before falling asleep.
    take care,
    Darrol

  8. Rebecca Klein says:

    Thanks Trevor – Always happy to see an email in my box from you. This post was perfect timing as usual. I was just telling someone the other day about how. Thanks to TSS, taking quiet time first thing every morning (going on 4 1/2 years now!) has transformed my life and that I was starting to feel the need and importance of adding an evening meditation just before sleep. This passage affirmed so many of my intuitions: that my last thoughts determine the quality of my sleep, dreams and – indeed – my very soul’s restoration. Thank you for sharing Trev and for putting another wonderful practice in motion for many.
    Always,
    Rebecca

  9. Teresa Bruni says:

    Hi Trevor,

    Perfect timing for me as well! I have been posting short video clips with techniques that will assist my clients with their heal process and today’s topic is “preparing for a good night’s sleep”. Thank you!
    Teresa

  10. Goran says:

    Thank you

    I realy needed that insight now.. going to sleep with clear thoughts..

    Cheers
    Goran

  11. Margie says:

    Hi Trevor,
    So nice to see you are still following up with all your fans, myself included! You truly are an inspiration! I definitely now know why I am having trouble sleeping lately. Good timing with this bit of advice! I have always expressed gratitude in the morning but some how forget to before bedtime! It works for me to allow time before bed to wind down & now I will add this to my sweet dreams list!! Happy day & thank you! Say hello to the family!

  12. Danielle says:

    Hi Trevor,

    What can be done if one is not even concerned about finding one’s personal happiness or seeks beyond a life of already achieved contentment, for one is already satisfied with exactly where and who they are, for much of their life (regardless of any disdain of others)… but what haunts them every night and keeps them awake/places one’s mind in an ever-degenerating stressed state is not fears of failure, doubt, or inner states of revenge and jealousy over one’s personal life, but just constant abstract waking terror that lasts thru the whole day and only strengthens at night on the behalf of all the REST of the human race and planet?? All the utter helplessness that I feel at being unable to possibly remedy any of it?

    I have wanted so badly to talk of this but normal folks do not speak like that so I keep silent. I hear the screams of Syrian men women and children being destroyed in my head, I cannot unsee all the bleached dead coral reefs, I cannot unenvision all the miseries of the homeless and the child slaves and the burned forests and the various terrible things we do in the name of imperialism and capitalism and ‘faith’ upon each other, every single night. I feel like we are doomed. Every effort that I make to try to stay calm and centered, just feels more increasingly like I am trying to say to myself “Suffering is not Real” and just sticking my priviledged silly head in the sand, while allowing the rest of the world to die. I try so hard to find the compassion and forgiveness in my heart for those who bring this evil upon our planet and upon ourselves. I want to forgive them, try to understand that most do not come from a place of sadism or intentional evil, just ignorance of actions or needs for survival. I want to forgive even those who also truly do thrive intentionally on Abuse, Greed, and Violent Bigotry, so that my mind and heart may be pure, and above their hate. But it is so, so difficult. My mind just throws itself perpetually down a nihilistic spiral that I struggle to overcome, not because of what goes on in my own life, but because I see so much Destruction and Torment daily by just reading about it or overhearing about it or witnessing it directly, even though it doesn’t involve me, I can’t help but feel sorrow and a desire to fix it all but don’t know where or how to possibly even begin, because most of the atrocity is already done or on such a global scale or out of my power I don’t know how to heal anyone or any thing….I feel like all I can do is see a matrix with every piece of food, at every piece of clothing, or nice luxury or gift I have been blessed with, my mind fills in the gaps instantly with “This was made in a sweatshop. Some animal died for this. You enjoy this, while a war somewhere is raging because of the oil and chemicals used to make it. You do not deserve this. You do not deserve to be alive.” I know it is hyperbole to an extent but its true. Once a piece of knowledge about the world is gained, it cannot be taken back out of my head and it pervades every joyous experience I should have. I do not know how to erase this knowledge. Or if pretending all is well and forgiving will even make it better in any way or just perpetuate my ignorance. I know what the benefits are of deep meditation, and contrary to what I am writing believe it or not I HAVE achieved peace before and gained a lot of insight during such trances of ‘nothingness’. Yet I cannot help feeling all the rest of the time that by even trying to grant myself the luxury of mental clarity, like I am trying to practice slow deep breaths and just saying “I am fine”, while sitting on a bus that is on fire going over a cliff and everyone else who is a passenger on it not only is screaming but melting and charred pieces of blackened meat. When do I stop trying to calm myself down and DO something about it? Is there any way to stop the bus driver, or help anyone else?? How do I relax when every scientist says we are already essentially doomed. Or even beyond that, that in the grand scheme of things, the sun will swallow over all the planet anyway so every struggle of man and lost beautiful species is of moot point anyway?? I know I sound like a rambling teenager. I know. I just…I have no ability to speak to anyone else, and I feel like this is one of the few areas maybe someone with a good head on their shoulders can bring some enlightenment to it. How do I conquer all this world panic and despair?

    • Trevor says:

      Danielle
      Thanks for a great question, one I am certain is shared with others here. Corny as it will seem at first I do like this quote:

      God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Reinhold Niebuhr

      I am a perpetual (my wife would say addicted) student of history and anthropology. One of the things that strikes me is human capacity for inhumanity throughout time. The scale of it can indeed make us crazy, and it seems to be a part of the human experience no matter the era, no matter the place, no matter who is “in charge.” I truly rely heavily on Niebuhr’s quote or I would probably feel the same sense of world panic and despair as you. (I did smile at your description of people burning alive in a bus falling over a cliff. That one should be set to a country music soundtrack). I do, however, think that understanding the things we can and cannot influence helps our balance and sanity.

      I also remind myself (and others if they will listen) of the often quoted parable of a man walking on a beach when he comes upon a small boy who is knee deep in stranded and dying starfish. One by one the small boy picks up a single starfish and takes it back to the ocean. The man laughs at the boy and says ‘why are you wasting your time? There are thousands of starfish and you cannot make a difference.’ The boy looks down at a starfish in his hands and answers “But it makes a difference to this one.” That really is a parable that has influenced how I handle the very dilemma you write about. I know I can’t catch a falling plane and save the innocent passengers, but I also know I can make small differences and who knows where it leads to? This is not new-age bs. It is sometimes all we have to fight with. A real-world example:

      I recently started walking my dogs in a new neighborhood. On a street corner I walked by a mother and son waiting on a street corner for the school bus. The son looked like any other local in his jeans and tee-shirt. The mother wore a burqa, which is an unusual sight in this neighborhood. On the same corner were two other families. It was noticeable how the mother-in-burqa and son were being ignored. The other parents and kids had their backs turned to them, were huddled together and some distance away. I didn’t need to be a genius to work out what was going on in the mindsets of the huddled group. They probably all watch Fox news and feared the mother-in-burqa wanted to bomb them. Writing that seems harsh but it is the world in which we live. People believe what they see on TV. I felt sorry for the mother-in-burqa and son who were being ignored, but did nothing. I observed this scene several times over the next few days, and it became even more obvious that the mother and son were being shunned. I have to say it started to piss me off, but still I did nothing. I had three choices. I could mind my own business and walk on. I could say something unpleasant to the rude group (which is what I really wanted to do and what is my more usual reaction). Or I could address the mother-in-burqa and son. Finally one morning quite recently I decided to cut the corner, walk close to the mother-in-burqa and offer a friendly greeting. One of my dogs decided she liked the burqa, and before I could react I was a jumble of dogs leashes, mother-in-burqa and son. The poor woman probably thought she was being attacked. Regardless, the son and my dogs got on like long lost lovers. The ice was broken. When I managed to untangle us all I looked up at the mother to see the most grateful, smiling eyes I have seen in quite a while. We enjoyed a brief chat and I could feel the intrigue behind me from the larger group. The next day we enjoyed a more organized meeting with better behaved dogs (although they do love that burqa), and before long the other kids joined in the canine melee as well. This morning everyone was talking together and there was no distance between anyone in the group. The mother-in-burqa is accepted and friendships seem to be fermenting. She greets me with a look of total gratitude, although really I did nothing much at all.

      Okay, it is a small thing and no burning bus passengers were saved. But who knows what becomes of a small act of kindness (accidental though it was) like that? Perhaps one day the son will be in politics or religion or teaching and will remember what it felt like to suddenly be accepted and treated as normal? I think all we can do sometimes is to make a positive difference in someone’s life, have fun doing it and share in the rewards that inevitably come. That’s all the advice I can offer Danielle. Stop worrying about what you can’t change, and just do something positive no matter how seemingly small it is at the time.

      Cheers
      Trev

      • Faye Griffin says:

        Dear Trevor, you are such an inspiration to me and my husband. I am reading Three Simple Steps for the second time, and I want to tell everyone that the second time around is even more incredible, and I understand every word of it so much better than the first time!
        I love what you tell us here of your experience with the mother-in-burqa and her child. Oh, if only more people, and especially men, could be as wise and as kind as you! We would not have the current person in office if people were that kind and wise.
        We so appreciate your book and your wisdom.
        Faye Griffin

    • Faye Griffin says:

      I know exactly what you are saying and how you feel. It takes a lot of mind work and discipline to not look at or listen to the news, but that is essential. We have to ignore all this bad news that is being forced into our heads, or there is no way we can go about our day happily. 24 hour news channels are NOT good for us. There is always bad news going on somewhere, however, there is a ton of wonderful and good stuff that people are doing, too, all over the world….incredible things. We just do not hear enough about those wonderful, helpful things.
      Stop looking at the news. Start seeking out positive stories…..check the Optimist magazine, for instance.
      You are a caring person, but we have to realize that there is no way we can fix everything that is wrong. It is to our good health that we do whatever good we can and stop worrying about all that we cannot fix.
      The main thing is to concentrate on the good in the world and stop thinking about all the bad. It’s always been there.
      I totally understand and hear you. Smile at yourself in the mirror a lot, too. that helps a little.

  13. Andrew Green says:

    Trevor,

    The book is enlightening and life changing in small but perfectly formed steps, thank you for sharing your experiences and enabling me to have the right tools , I have meditated for over 10 years, your quiet time version is an easy and effective approach one I use daily…

    Andrew

  14. Lotje says:

    Dear Trevor, first of all, Thank you for the tss book. IT is like a gift to me. I really felt i was in quicksand before Reading.
    I follow every step you write about ( sorry for my english, i Am dutch) and iT helped me a lot. I dotake quiet time in the morning, i dont watch the news anymore, i dont gossip anymore, i try not to let negative emotions slip into my head.
    but since u practice this for a while i do have a question. IT is about visualizing. After i take my time in the morning i do write my intensions down, like u propose, but somehow iT Often works the other way around. Can you tell me if you regonize this?
    For example i imagine my financialsituation gets better, and after visualizing iT even get worse. And so on…
    I hope to hear from you, because thus troubels me a lot,
    Thank you very Much for everything you brought me already.
    Lotje

  15. Christine says:

    I am reading TSS for the second time. Thank you so much for simplifying things. I am excited for the future for the first time in a very long time.

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