How do we introduce new abhyasis through Heartfulness workshops? [BGP p 55]
Generally nowadays, newcomers are introduced through Heartfulness workshops and programs. These workshops are often done for large groups, and during the three introductory sessions the participants are introduced in a guided way to relaxation, meditation, cleaning and prayer.
The approach is scientific and experiential, with only a short introductory explanation before going straight into the practical aspect. The practical guided experience is done in the following way:
First, the participants are invited to meditate on the Source of Divine Light in the heart on their own for 10 minutes, that is, without yogic transmission.
Then the trainer guides them through the Heartfulness Relaxation, followed by the first introductory sitting, that is, meditation on the Source of Divine Light in the heart with yogic transmission.
In the second session, the participants are introduced to the process of cleaning, and experience a guided cleaning, followed by the second introductory sitting.
In the third session, the participants are introduced to the practice of prayer, and are guided to experience the prayer before having the third introductory sitting.