Those fortunate enough to have been at Muz’s sessions at the (BWY) Congress will need no elaboration on the pleasant, soft-voice guiding the experiences on this CD; nor will it be any surprise to them to learn that the pace is slow and more or less ideal, and the diction unfailingly peaceful. All this is complemented by the gentle sitar music of Ramchandra Mistry, which remains appropriately distanced and truly in the background.
The Yoga Nidra sequence features most of the usual elements, the Resolution, the rapid rotation of consciousness around the different physiological locations, followed by the withdrawal of consciousness from the body, etc. There is considerable emphasis placed upon the idea that the body sleeps while the consciousness remains alert—the resolution of the apparent contradiction involved in the use of the concept nidra in relaxation...
What is most impressive about this experience, however, is the depth of relaxation achieved – largely through breathing; ‘Breathe in “calm”, breath out “relax”,’ though partly, also, through the profoundly relaxing quality of the intonation – and the positive effect of the whole sequence.
On The Cosmic Candle, we are eased into a meditative state through guided visualisation in a way which makes this a real continuation of the first experience. This is a Candle Meditation with a difference, in which the meditator imagines himself as the candle and in which the inner light, as the flame burns, gradually melts away the outer body, dissolving distinctions between inner and outer, self and universe. Badly done, this could have turned out to be disturbing and negative; but Muz manages to maintain almost perfect balance and the result is profound and inspiring.
As the distinction between self and universe disappears, we are led to feel the ‘vastness of Space within and the millions of points of light’; overcoming what Alan Watts called ‘the skin encapsulated Ego,’ we experience a little of the unity not only of the individual and the All, but the atomic and the cosmic too. Muz’s insight and compassion provide exactly the right guide and the journey through Space, Light, Inner Sound and Love.