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Practical Guidance on Light and Sound Meditation and Progressing to Enlightenment

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Practical advice about meditation

Meditation Advice

This page provides practical guidance on aspects of meditation depending on where you are in your personal journey. Although everyone is different everyone starts at the same place. These are not rules, but rather an indication of practices which make it easier for you to meditate on light and sound energy once you have been initiated and importantly to progress.
Throughout your journey we encourage you to keep the principle of unconditional love at core of all you do. For example where we recommend doing 30 mins a day of meditation, from your mind’s perspective you may think something supportive like “I’m really looking forward to that“, or you may think something unhelpful like “How could I fit that in?“.
But when you move from your mind to your heart then instead of “thinking” about meditation, you can start “loving” your meditation. With love as the guiding principle you would want to do more as it’s natural to want more of the things you love. Then the act of meditation is no longer about time, rather it becomes about quality and joy within that stillness. So please understand these guidelines are given with love.

Advice for all Stages of Your Spiritual Journey

The following guidelines will help support you at all stages of your journey.

Appreciating the “Bigger Picture“, Where Does this Energy Come From?

It always helps to remember that even before you start meditating you are already a spiritual being with a soul that is here to learn, to experience, and to love. The chance for you to become connected with spiritual light and sound energy, which takes your awareness into higher spiritual dimensions, is a gift from the Spiritual Hierarchy. This spiritual energy is not always available on the planet but if you are ready for it then you will be born into a life that has the potential to become initiated.

You have a Soul and a Spirit

Every life you have is a chance for your soul to become more ready for that spiritual potential and on this soul journey you are never alone. You are supported by your spiritual guide, and beings of light and love and above all God. The soul journey is one that progresses over many lifetimes, learning through experience and if you become spiritual within your soul, then the opportunity to start the spiritual journey may present itself. However both journeys are vital to be a complete and integrated spiritual person. This is why The Way Back exists, to guide both the soul and the spiritual journeys.

Embrace The Six Virtues in Your Life

Understanding that the soul journey is vital to support the spiritual journey reveals why the Six Virtues are so important. These Six Virtues help you raise your soul vibration making it easier to meditate and to integrate with the states of higher spiritual consciousness which are revealed to you through initiation once you have access to the spiritual light and sound energy:

The Six Virtues

Remember that each of these virtues can be explored in relation towards yourself, towards others, and ultimately towards God and the Spiritual Hierarchy. For example be grateful for your life, be grateful for others in your life, be grateful to God.

Protect Yourself

Once you have been initiated you are filled with spiritual light and it shines from you inspiring those around you and the higher your vibration the more light you potentially radiate. Spiritual light is a rare gift indeed and because of the nature of duality it may attract things on other dimensions which are negative. For the best part they wont be a problem but it is well advised that you put protection around yourself.

Once you are initiated you have the ability to draw down powerful protection energy by simply intending “I surround myself with protection” and there is no need for visualisation. As your state increases from first initiate to second initiate and then again to enlightenment the power of the protection increases accordingly too.

This protection can be called on between 06:00 until 23:00. It cannot be called on outside of these times since your crown chakra is inactive from 23:00 until 06:00. The protection lasts about 12 hours and so it is advisable to put it in place in the morning and just before bed.

If you are initiated then you can also put protection around your children (up to the age of 18) but you cannot put protection around your partner or any other adult or children that are not your own.

Drugs and Mind Altering Medicine Plants

Avoid the use of recreational drugs, medicine plants including cannabis, peyote, ayahuasca iowaska, mushrooms, or yagé and other such things. These will rapidly close the crown chakra, and disrupt your connection to higher consciousness.

Diet and Food

The Spiritual Hierarchy recommend that you reduce or avoid eating meat, poultry, or seafood, and are vegetarian. Consuming meat lowers your vibration and also the vibration of the planet too. Lowering your vibration will slow down your progress.


The damage that smoking tobacco and drinking alcohol does to you increases with the amount and frequency used. Everyone is different and you are responsible for yourself and the vibrational consequences of your choices. Small amounts can be tolerated but too much of either will begin to lower your vibration, holding you back in your meditation.

Any behaviour which harms your body/energy/vibration or causes harm to other beings demonstrates a lack of respect for oneself or life in general, going against the virtues of respect and unconditional love.

Vibrational Choices

Everything has a vibration and that includes what you listen to, read, and even watch. This means that music, television, videos, computer games, books, the theatre, cinema, magazines, radio and so on are all either raising your vibration or lowering it. The problem is that often people will watch an action film and not realise that although it is “not real” they are still seeing the depiction of people being killed or hurt. Or perhaps it’s a film about young magicians fighting dark forces? Again it is “not real”, but their mind is still focussing on these dark things, which raises the question “what is real?”. When a child reads a book and there are demons, monsters or any such thing, then they still have to imagine, empathise, feel, contemplate and engage with these things. The same is true of adults.

When you are at the cinema watching a horror movie or a gripping thriller, the reason it is so entertaining is that you are emotionally engaged. Now if for example during a horror film you feel fear, worry, shock, anxiety or such negative emotions, whether the content is real is irrelevant, the feelings are real and you now have the vibrational consequences of these very negative emotions within you. If you would not want to see it in real life then do not invite it into you life in the name of entertainment. How many people watch soap operas with people constantly arguing and being negative towards each other?

When a child or adult kills in a computer game, on some level they are experiencing some of the emotions and energetic consequences of “killing”. They are lowering their vibration and moving away from love. Just as the food you eat determines your physical wellbeing, what you watch and listen to impacts on your emotional and mental vibrations and you are encouraged to pay closer attention to what you give your attention to.

Best times to Meditate

As an energy being you are also affected by the energy of the environments around you. When there is light then the planet is lighter, and when it is night time the planet is naturally darker. These daily cycles also affect the vibration of your environment. As a guideline it is best to meditate any time after 06:00 and not later than 00:00. Although the crown chakra becomes dormant at 23:00 there is usually enough light energy within it to go into meditation, however it will be harder than before 23:00. No matter what stage you are at, it is never advisable to meditate outside of these times as these would be very low energy times.

Practical Considerations at all stages

Contrary to popular belief you can meditate sitting upright OR lying down and you can receive light into your crown while lying down. The original teacher from the mid 70’s who was held in high regard and who revealed enlightenment to many of those who would eventually establish Lightwave and The Way Back taught information which was inaccurate and naturally these myths were believed by many.

One such inaccuracy was that you cannot meditate lying down because doing so places the body in alignment with the magnetic field of the Earth causing consciousness to become less active, this is not true. The fact is that if you lie down you are much more likely to fall asleep, but it is good to have the choice and make your own mind up. Initiations will always be performed sitting upright though.

It is only with the more recent ability of teachers like Mark and Paula to communicate directly with the Spiritual Hierarchy that such misinformation is finally being put right. Regrettably a few of these myths have appeared in some of the earlier videos and articles that you may find. In such cases understand that it was believed to be true at the time and the information given here at this time (14th Jan 2020) is more accurate having come from much higher sources.

It is a valuable lesson for everyone and explains further why The Way Back strive for truth through direct experience rather than relying on belief. This is why a true spiritual journey is about directly revealing truth rather than simply gathering information from others; Light is TRUTH.

Getting ready for Light and Sound Energy

Preparing to receive initiation for light and sound meditation is learning how to sit in stillness with the desire to let go of the ego, personality and mind, aligning your orientation towards unconditional love. Although everyone is different it generally takes practice and time for change to become established within you. When preparing for initiation you should practice for about 21 days, meditating every day and an absolute minimum of 17 days provided you are really dedicated.

But as has been explained in the teachings of The Way Back, the initiation attends to the spiritual journey and it is only if your soul is also prepared that you will have sufficient spiritual orientation to progress and go fully into your light and sound meditation. The advanced enlightened teachers of The Way Back will be able to check with the Spiritual Hierarchy to make sure you are ready for the energy and that it is given at the right time for you, taking into account your soul’s qualities as well as your meditative ability.

Here is some general advice to help you prepare for initiation:

  • Build up to at least 30 mins a day of meditation with the focus on stillness.
  • Aim to do a couple of 1 to 4 hour meditates to develop your ability to go deeper into meditation.
  • Mantra and breath meditation are helpful but are not vital, the most important thing is to be able to sit in stillness and neutrality.
  • Meditation is best done sitting upright, to avoid falling asleep.
  • To connect more deeply with your meditation work on embracing The Six Virtues in daily life.
  • Regular contact with your enlightened teacher will help you prepare for meditation.
  • A student cannot have two teachers” belonging to two groups or following two teachers would result in confusion and is disrespectful to both teachers. A good teacher demonstrates duty of care towards their students but cannot take responsibility for a student who is also getting advice from a different teacher, which may conflict.
  • Although not essential, it helps to eat more healthier and aspire towards a vegetarian diet.
  • Practice filling yourself with love on a daily basis and also sending love out to the world.

Once you have Access to Light and Sound Energy

The gift of light and sound energy benefits you as a meditator but also the whole planet, including those around you that you care for and love. Regular meditation helps you keep your crown chakra open and increases the positive impact you have on the world around you, by bringing in more light. As a “first initiate” you truly become a light worker, able to perceive and channel spiritual light.

  • Meditate for at least 30 mins every day.
  • Once a week enjoy a 2 hour meditation, sitting alone without external guidance. Ideally this is done as a single sitting without interruption.
  • Give your attention to light and sound energy in equal measures starting with the sound. Each should be noticed separately and you are not encouraged to focus on both together as your attention divided means you will fail to let go into either.
  • When you are meditating on the light then give your full awareness to the light (love the light).
  • When you are meditating on sound then give your full awareness to the sound (love the sound).
  • Do not channel light, it is not to be used in this way. It will naturally emanate from your aura when you are coming from a place of humility and love.
  • Practice filling yourself with love on a daily basis and also sending love out to the world. This is better done at the start of a meditation as it will help you to let go.

Getting ready to progress towards the “Second Stage”

  • As a first initiate you would ideally be building your daily meditations up to at least 1 hour a day.
  • You would have sat and completed at least one or more 4 hour meditations, enjoying a much deeper stillness.
  • You should have noticed a consistent change in the depth of stillness and inner peace that you are accessing within your meditation, compared to meditations prior to initiation.
  • You should also have noticed significant changes in your inner experience as explained here.
  • You should be proficient at both the light and sound techniques (which you will be taught when you are initiated) and you will be noticing both the inner spiritual light and the inner spiritual sound with ease.
  • Ideally you will be discussing your meditations with your enlightened The Way Back teacher who can help guide you with practical advice.

Once you are a “Second Stage” Meditator

As a second stage meditator you have access to the highest level of consciousness and to be completely beyond your mind. Your ability to go into profound stillness is even greater.

  • Practice filling yourself with love on a daily basis and also sending love out to the world. This is better done at the start of a meditation as it will help you to let go.
  • Meditate for at least 1 hour every day.
  • Enjoy a longer meditate of about 2 to 4 hours at least once a week.
  • Do not channel light, it is not to be used in this way. It will naturally emanate from your aura when you are coming from a place of humility and love.
  • Meditate as before starting with sound if it is present, and then moving onto the light. Aim to make about 40-50% of your meditation on the light and sound but then allow yourself to go fully into stillness. This will come with experience. It helps to appreciate that at the highest levels of this state there is no sound. If you are always hearing sound then you have yet to go fully into this state.

Preparing for Enlightenment

  • You will be meditating daily for at least 1 hour.
  • You would have sat and completed at least two 4 hour meditations going deeper into the state of second initiation.
  • You will have made a number of key realisations and have experienced a profound change in the level of stillness and inner peace, much greater than that you experienced as a first initiate.
  • Ideally you will be discussing your meditations with your enlightened teacher who can help guide you with practical advice.
  • When you sit to realise enlightenment you will need to sit for 4 hours without moving or needing a break, it is for this reason that you are encouraged to practice longer meditations. It may seem a lot but build up at a rate you are comfortable with, this is not a race, it is a journey.

Once you have attained Enlightenment

Enlightenment is not the end, it is the beginning. Throughout your journey you would have been integrating with The Six virtues of humility, gratitude, respect, non-judgement, compassion and unconditional love. As an enlightened person you will understand that it is not your personality that is enlightened, and that it is through these virtues that you integrate your state of consciousness with your personality, to live a life more holistically aligned with unconditional love.

  • Enjoy meditating for at least 1 hour every day, to explore, maintain and strengthen your connection with The Source.
  • Enjoy a 2 to 6 hour meditation at least once a week, doing more when you can.

Why Do Longer Meditations?

Throughout the day while your crown chakra is active you periodically received spiritual light energy which comes in waves. This means that about every 2 hours you will take on more energy, which gives a boost to your stillness. The more time you spend in your states of higher consciousness means more time to potentially have realisations since these higher dimensions are vast and therefore you need time to explore them.

Support from The Way Back

Mark and Inia
If anything is unclear then please get in touch, or ask your teacher for guidance. We are here to support you.

These are guidelines and you are encouraged to be self-motivated because the more you do the easier you will find it to enjoy your meditation and progress. Historically those aspiring to be light and sound meditators (a.k.a. aspirants) would meditate 2 hours every day and 6 hours once a week for a year just to prepare for receiving the initiation for spiritual light and sound energy. After many more years of daily meditation on light and sound they would sit for 10 to 12 days doing up to 16 hours a day of meditation to receive enlightenment. Because of the kindness and grace of the Spiritual Hierarchy, and the light that those meditators brought to the planet then the journey today is much easier and quicker.

Mark Zaretti Meditation teacher
How do you know if you have a genuine teacher able to guide you properly?

The Way Back Teachers

“Your spiritual and soul journeys are the most sacred and important parts of your life and it is natural that you want to seek guidance and support from those most able to help you. There are at this time over 60 groups and organisations that talk about ‘light and sound meditation’ and in the history section we discuss this further.
To help guide you in making the best choice I provide some details on what to expect from teachers of The Way Back and those on The Way Back.

Teachers of The Way Back

  • Teachers of The Way Back have already realised their enlightenment under the guidance of The Way Back.
  • Teachers of The Way Back are listed on this website and all adhere to and teach the same consistent principles and guidelines.
  • Teachers of The Way Back do not ask for payment for their teachings. If you wish to support The Way Back you can do so voluntarily here.

Members of The Way Back

Everyone is welcome to follow our teachings and guidance whatever stage they are at in their personal journey. To be formerly recognised as being a “member of The Way Back” means that:

  • Irrespective of your background you are being taught and guided by a recognised The Way Back teacher.
  • You have been initiated by The Way Back into light and sound and have demonstrated a commitment to daily meditation.
  • You are demonstrating a desire to embrace the ethos and principles of The Way Back in every day life, including the Six Virtues.
  • The Spiritual Hierarchy have confirmed you are a member via Inia, Mark, or Paula the three main teachers.