Probably 15 minutes is a good goal, but if its boring you’re not meditating, don’t have the right motive, and/or are not using the right type of meditation in the right way for the goal. If you are bored then perhaps your real question should be, “What is meditation and how do I do it.”Many things go under the name “meditation.” People use the word in ways that can mean any or all of this list where it can bebeing mindful of all in and around yougaining insight and detachment by reviewing your day from above as would an outsiderthe useful discipline of focusing the mind a chosen theme so that all thoughts relate back to that theme and to no other (concentration)focusing in the spiritual heart and radiating love or:a service in which you make your self a channel for various energies that the world needs such as harmony, will to good, clarity of mind, divine order, right aspiration, serenity, etc.a transcendent experience of union with higher consciousness or soul that is characterized by joy, perception of beauty, consciousness of infinity, reality, and the meaning of all lifeintuitive reception/perception of the great rain cloud of knowable and doable things that will benefit the worldan attitude of mind and heart in which meditation is blended with your every day consciousness so that you approach the goal of “meditating without ceasing”
The mind (meaning the intellectual mind) is—in and of itself and on its own level—not capable of apprehending the real, where the “real” here refers to spiritual reality. Spiritual reality is above or transcendent to the mind and the mind can not, by analysis, memory, etc, gain access to the truth in the spiritual sense.
Consequently when one is focused only at the mental or intellectual level, that activity can block, screen out, discount—in effect “slay” the real. It does not, of course, literally “slay” anything, rather it means that mind can act as a barrier to perception of the deeper truths of life.
This does not mean that the mind should not be fully developed, educated, and sharp. Blavatsky was herself a great intellect. It’s just that there is far more to man than intellect. The intellect is a subsidiary aspect of the higher consciousness, or put another way, it is only one aspect of conscious a partial expression or extension of the soul, and not the whole of what man is.
True knowledge, in the spiritual sense, resides in the soul, the spirit, the higher self. The intellect deals well with the physical world, the facts given by the external senses, and related matters. But, by evolution, the eventual function of the mind also includes the ability to mirror spiritual reality and transmit and adapt it at the intellectual level.
In the related writings of Alice Bailey there is a version of the same concept in these words: “When the fire of the mind burns too brightly, it shuts out the light of the soul.” But the key thought here is not just “brightness” but rather that psychological condition in which the intellect becomes the exclusive ruler of the life. This blocks realization of the heart or soul aspect, of spiritual love and higher consciousness. When the intellect usurps all the power it also blocks spiritual intuition that reveals the meaning of life, and much else besides.
A good example of this type of intellectual “slaying the real” is found in “scientism” as distinct from science itself, for which see The Folly of Scientism
I think there is a confusion that exists in the minds of people about the word “spirit” and the word “psychic.” There is the “spiritual” world and spiritual perception of it, and there is the “psychic” world and psychic perception of it. In spiritualism, the word “spirit” realm is actually the “psychic” realm of many if not most other writing and teachings. So, unless you are speaking from a spiritualists perspective , e.g. mediumship and such, then your question should really read: “Why can’t we see the psychic realm.” The psychic realm is the world or level of this world on which, for instance, auras are perceived, and in which the so-called “dead” find themselves immediately after withdrawal from the physical body. It is also the level on which thoughts and feelings are shared as in ESP or telepathy. This world—which is really just a part of or a dimension of the ordinary world—contains illusory counterparts of things physical, but these are fluid “matrix-world” type things, energy patterns, and not real dense physical things. This world is all around us an interpenetrates the physical world.
Behind that and deeper or “higher” up are another always-present now realms of “spirit” and “soul” and these are not phenomenal in physical or psychic sense, have no close analogs in the physical world, and can only be understood by non-verbal direct experience in consciousness. Spiritual perception is mystical perception and is above or transcendent to physical and psychic perception. This world can not be adequately described in words and is only hinted at in some of the best music, poetry, and art.
Many people have occasional glimpses of the psychic word or things belonging to it such as auras, but most people do not, or if they do only rarely. Some people are born with the ability to see it to some degree and this can be occasionally, frequently, or in rare cases consistently at will.The reason why only a minority can see it with any degree of frequency while most do not, is physiological or more exactly etheric-physiological. Numerous noted psychics of the more rare reliable kind describe what is termed an “etheric web” which in most people acts as barrier between the physical brain consciousness of the psychic world. This web is a natural protection that prevents a premature and chaotic consciousness of the psychic world—a consciousness that most people would be unprepared to handle as they can hardly handle ordinary life awareness without going a little crazy. See: The this second of the book The Grand Illusion: A Synthesis of Science and Spirituality
Some people come into incarnation with an etheric web thiner and so permits (usually only occasional) psychic perceptions. Certain types of meditation also tend to thin the web, and some drugs or traumas can cause breaks in it. The degree of awaking of kundalini has a dramatic effect on thinning or removing the web (see for instance Living with Kundalini: The Autobiography of Gopi Krishna).
The etheric web exists also on a planetary level and it may be the denotation of atomic weapons that greatly accelerated the phenomena of lights and apparent objects in the sky that people identify as UFOS. If this is correct, then most UFOS are actually temporary breaks in the web that precipitate the energy phenomena from the psychic world.
So the bottom line answer as to why people usually don’t see is that they are built that way, it is part of the normal relationship between the physical and metaphysical anatomy—these two being parts of one matter-energy matrix that is evolving. But the chosen path in life can alter this. The natural division between the worlds is decreasing as humanity evolves, and eventually psychic seeing will be as common as are the current ordinary perceptions of the physical world.
The bible written in human heart clearly states that to be “saved” simply means to love. It is not the ghosts of belief and faith that save. We are saved by commitment to love and this takes place in the present moment on Earth and carries over to life in all worlds.
Some of the best sources indicate there is often a strong connection initially with former life, more especially if there is a motivation of unfinished business. But that after a period of time, most at the personality level of emotions/mind, are mainly preoccupied with their new life and withdrawal from the past one, with perhaps only occasional glances back over the shoulder to those left behind. But much harking back to previous life is not usually helpful for evolution and the natural division of levels, to a considerable degree, inhibits consciousness of it. A single strong visitation to loved ones in incarnation followed by moving on, seems to be common.
However, after a longer period of time discarnate persons withdraw more meditatively into the soul level which is the higher consciousness—the source form which mind and emotions of the former life, and of all previous lives was created or extended when incarnating. At that level there is a profound love and unity, especially with those loved during earth lives or between them. Consequently, loved ones still in incarnation may experience—in the brain consciousness—a spiritual connection to those who have apparently (but never actually) left them. This persists, and while most are unconscious of it, can not be broken.
“For a consciously developed spirit the period of sojourn on the astral plane could be limited to the interval of forty days, but various earthly conditions have prolonged this time to an interminable period. The misery and grief of those who are carried away from Earth binds them thereto.
The best instance of this is found in the Biblical legend about Lot. For a new life they walked out of the city, and only one condition was imposed upon them—not to look back. But the wife of Lot looked back, and bound herself to Earth.
Religion says: He who goes to his fathers will dwell with them; he who goes to the angels will dwell with them; and he who goes to God will dwell with Him. It means that he who has ordained for himself the utmost progress arrives at the best attainment. Therefore, the best bidding to the one who departs from Earth will be—””Hurry, without looking back.”
What about the dear ones? But the higher you ascend, the better and closer you will see them. Of course, the cause of the delay is usually in the last remaining near ones. Therefore, the abbreviation of the sojourn on the astral plane depends upon a proper cooperation.”
Leaves of M’s Garden, II
More life consisting of worlds of many dimensions, relationships, consciousness, learning, love, work, beauty, surprises, difficulties, unfolding mysteries, improvements, purification, relinquishment, attainments, and worlds within worlds of things that can in no way be adequately expressed in human language.