To reach the state of meditation, one withdraws attention from the physical senses and the exterior world. In this way, the consciousness is withdrawn — temporarily liberated — from those conditions. Similarly, on a deeper level, one then must withdraw attention from the internal conditioning factors: thoughts, emotions, etc. Obviously, these are more subtle, and require more skill. To more one can withdraw from conditioning factors — whether external or internal — the closer one gets to experiencing the state of meditation.
If you are paying attention to the external environment, whether to a pain in your body, to music, sensations of any kind, or to someone "guiding your meditation," then your attention is still in the physical world, even attached to it, and thus remains conditioned by physical limitations. In that state, you can never experience the state of meditation. Insisting on paying attention to the physical world is enough to prevent consciousness from entering the state of meditation. Attachment to physical sensations of any kind keeps the consciousness limited by physicality.
This is why no genuine tradition of meditation in the world ever taught "guided meditation." The idea of "guided meditation" is an invention of lazy people in the West who want "quick results," or a "shortcut," and rather than helping people learn meditation, so-called "guided meditation" prevents real meditaiton from being possible. By listening to the voice of the guide, one does not learn to escape from the senses, nor to dive within, nor to recognize thoughts, dreams, and emotions as the illusions they are, nor to escape all that conditioning and experience the state of meditation. Instead, one remains weak, lacking experience, and a victim of circumstances. Worse, one remains convinced that one needs some external crutch or assistance in order to reach the state of meditation, which is a lie. To reach the state of meditation, you do not need anything outside of you.
Therefore, we do not offer guided meditation. We teach the simple, practical, and proven methods that lead to the genuine experience of meditation. We teach what has been taught by meditation teachers for thousands of years, and has been proven effective by uncountable meditators.
In our meditation sessions, instructions are given before the practice. When the practice begins, absolute silence is kept so that each person can dive within, leaving the physical world behind.