To practice Photo Meditation, we need a photograph of our own face in which our eyes and face are clear. The size of the photo should not be smaller than 12 x 10 cm, or 5 x 4 inches. The photograph should be placed in front of us at the same height as our eyes, approximately 1 to 2 meters (about 3 to 6 feet) away, so that we can focus clearly on our open eyes in the photograph. If the photo is kept at eye level, the spine will automatically become erect.
We might wonder why we should choose a photo of ourselves and not one of a guru, parent, or the depiction of a god. Our concentration will be fast if we use the photo of someone we love. thee reason why we do not use other pictures is that we love ourselves the most. We cannot love anyone more than our own selves. We have the electromagnetic power of the soul within us, which constantly protects us and draws us towards itself.
Because we are under the influence of Maya (a world of illusions), we cannot recognize the electromagnetic power of the soul, even though we can feel it sometimes. Hence, using our own photograph is the most advantageous thing to do. If we used someone else’s photo, it would be time-consuming because, first, we would have to relate to that soul, which only then would reflect to us. If we focus on our own photo, our own electromagnetic power will surface and reflect like a mirror. It will save us time and energy. We can also practice open-eye meditation by using a mirror, candlelight, or a dot on the wall. In the initial stages, the mind is restless, and eye movements are rapid. The movements in the mirror will
appear twice as fast, making it difficult for us to concentrate. The candlelight and the dot on the wall are the third and fourth options, but it is harder for us to tune into their vibrations, thus requiring more time to go deeply into meditation. These practices put pressure on the pineal gland and make the head feel heavy. This sensation deters many people from continuing. Only those who have conditioned themselves can go further with the practice. Important for this meditation is to also follow the three instructions for Sun Meditation.
Eye-to-Eye Meditation is preferably done by two people who have a strong bond and feel close, such as two friends, two siblings, two lovers, or a husband and wife. The meditation is excellent for healing and strengthening relationships. For example, it is beneficial for a husband and wife preparing to conceive a baby.
In a group meditation, we find a partner and sit facing one another at arm’s length. This distance will maintain the balance between the participant’s eyes. If we have weak eyesight, we can use glasses. In the beginning, we may burst into laughter. It is okay to laugh until we are settled, and then we will be able to concentrate. If we are ready from within, we will not laugh. It is also important for Eye-to-Eye Meditation to follow the three instructions for Sun Meditation.