I belong to a very large parish, with a wealth of activities; too many to do them all. Today I participated in one that's always fascinated me-the Twin Hearts Meditation for World Peace and Personal Healing.
The Planetary Meditation for Peace (Meditation on Twin Hearts) was developed by Grand Master Choa Kok Sui, the modern founder of Pranic Healing and Arhatic Yoga. It uses the Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi to project blessings to all people on the earth. Twin Hearts refers to the activation of both the Heart and Crown energy centers (chakras). The Heart Center focuses on compassion, joy, affection, consideration, and mercy. The Crown chakra is the center of illumination, divine love, and oneness with all.
One of the parish priests, Fr. Krings, led the meditation. There were about a dozen people there when we started. The first step was to do exercises for about five minutes to open and cleanse the body. After the exercises, everyone sat in a chair, closed their eyes, and placed their hands palms-up on their legs before the meditation CD began.
The first part was to think about happy experiences to activate the Heart chakra. Next, we visualized the earth the size of a small ball, held our hands up in front of us (facing out), and used the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi to bless the Earth and all the people.
The second half of the meditation concentrated on personal healing. We were told to visualize white light enveloping different parts of the body to heal it. The meditation touched on every part of the body--each organ was named, the arms, legs, shoulders, etc. I really tried, but I had trouble holding my concentration during this part; I had an itch on my neck, then one on my arm that needed attention. Fortunately, that was close to the end of the meditation, so a good chunk of it was fruitful for me.
After the meditation CD was over, we repeated a shorter series of exercises (including something similar to a yoga detox), discussed our experiences, then it was time to go. The whole thing only took about 45 minutes.