Meditation

Meditation

Meditation produces an inner revolution in every individual

This leads to “right consciousness”, “right breathing”, “right sleep” and “right sexuality”.

The main purpose for meditation is to make your mind peaceful and to recharge your energy; but there are actually more benefits than this to be gained. If you achieve a high level of meditation it is believed that you can develop healing powers. During meditation you will feel the chi flowing inside your body. When all the meridian channels are clear the chi will be very strong. The outside of the body will feel soft with all the muscles and joints relaxed. This means that the inside of the body is strong (when the outside is yin, the inside must be yang).

The Mind

Meditation is a method for acquainting your mind with virtue. It is the mind that will analyse or concentrate on a virtuous aspect. If you contemplate an object and it causes you to develop an un-peaceful mind, such as anger or attachment, this indicates that the object is non-virtuous. There are also many objects that are neither virtuous nor non-virtuous, these are neutral objects.

When you perform meditation your mind will become peaceful. You will be free from worries and mental discomfort, resulting with the experience of true happiness. But if your mind is not peaceful you will find it very difficult to be happy, even if you are living in the best conditions. Eventually, through continual training, you will be able to stay happy all the time, even in the most difficult circumstances. Most of the stress and tension you normally experience come from your mind. Problems you experience, including ill-health, are caused or aggravated by stress.

Initially you may find it difficult to control your mind. It seems as if your mind is like a balloon in the wind – blown here and there by external circumstances. If things go well your mind is happy, but if things go bad the mind immediately becomes unhappy. Such fluctuations of mood arise because you are too closely involved in the external situation. By performing meditation you create an inner space and clarity that enables you to control your mind regardless of the external circumstances. Gradually you develop mental equilibrium, a balanced mind that is happy all the time, rather than an unbalanced mind that oscillates between the extremes of excitement and despondency. Eventually you will be able to eradicate from your mind the delusions that are the cause of all your problems and suffering. However, you may feel that meditation is making your mind even busier; but in reality all that is happening is that you are just becoming aware of how busy your mind actually is.

There will be a great temptation to follow the different thoughts as they arise, but you should resist this and remain focused single-pointedly on the sensation of the breath. If you discover that your mind has wandered and is following your thoughts you should immediately return it to the breath. Concentrate on your Tan Tien area to ensure that the chi will be stored there. You should repeat this as many times as necessary until the mind settles on the breath. If you practice patiently in this way, gradually your distracting thoughts will subside and you will experience a sense of inner peace and relaxation. Your mind will feel lucid and spacious and you will feel refreshed. You should stay with this state of mental calm for a while.

Meditation postures.

You can practice your own style of meditation by using a sitting, standing or lying position. You may even use gestures or mantras. You must remain conscious of yourself – you cannot let go fully in order to forget everything. However, the magical word “meditation” simply translates as “nothing”.

The most common postures for the practice of meditation are:

  1. Sitting upright in a chair, with both feet flat on the floor.
    2. Sitting cross-legged on the floor and the hands relaxed upon your bent knees.
    3. Kneeling as if in prayer. Sitting on your heels or between them, resting your hands on your thighs.

To sit in a meditation posture requires that your physical balance is kept in accord with nature. If pushed from any direction you will not topple over. It is like a foundation-stone being firm, fixed and unshakeable. When you sit in a meditation posture it should be as if a lovely cool wind blows in summer and in winter a cosy fire burn on the hearth.

Commencing your meditation

1. To commence meditation it is best to choose a place where you will not be disturbed. Also, if possible, try to choose the same time each day.

2. Choose a comfortable posture. If sitting or kneeling your back should be straight so that the Baihui point or sky-door (on top of the head) and the Huiyin point (between the legs near the anus) are in line and vertical. This ensures that the spine is held in alignment and allows you to gather the “heaven” and “earth” chi, which will then flow naturally. By sitting in an incorrect posture, such as, leaning forward or backward will suppress the lungs, causing a shortness of breath and result in you losing chi. A good posture will prevent your mind from becoming sluggish or sleepy, and you will not become tired.

3. Keep your shoulders down and the arms relaxed.

4. The head and neck should be kept straight and upright. The head should not be allowed to slump onto your chest as this blocks the flow of energy through the neck.

5. Your eyes should be partially closed and your sight focused on a spot on a distant wall.

6. Concentrate and think about your breathing pattern. Breathe naturally, preferably through the nostrils. Without attempting to control your breath, try to become aware of the sensation of the breath as it enters and leaves the nostrils. This sensation is your object of meditation. You should try to concentrate on it to the exclusion of everything else. You may feel warm, tingling or itchy – such sensations are very natural.

Finishing your meditation

When you want to finish your meditation, you should complete with Shou Gong, which means Ending Exercise or Collecting (Balancing) Exercise. Always do this as it brings your chi back to the Tan Tien, to store it so it is not lost. If you have been meditating in a sitting or lying position you should do the Shou Gong sitting. If you have been meditating standing up, you should do the Shou Gong in a standing position.

Breath

Meditation is the master of breath. It will give meaning to the development of mind and body. Proper breathing is taught as an essential and fundamental factor of concentration. You will probably find, as you relax, that your breathing will deepen and the body’s healing and balancing powers will begin to work. With each breath you should gather your whole strength on one point only in the Tan Tien. This is known as keeping your strength in the lower belly. The pattern of breathing should be slow, deep, cairn and natural – using your diaphragm. There must be deep inhalation and full exhalation. The action of making the expiration longer than the inspiration exerts a downward pressure on the intestines. Normal breathing rate is fifteen to eighteen cycles per minute. Through the exercise of meditation the breathing rate may become less than ten cycles per minute. Really good “meditative” breathing could be as low as three cycles per minute.

Natural breathing

When you breathe naturally the breathing cycle should follow your body’s movements or feelings, and you should not be aware of your breathing actions. When you inhale using this method your abdomen expands, and when you exhale it contracts. This method is connected with the Tan Tien, which is located in the area below the navel. Thus the expanding and contracting of the abdomen stimulate the Tan Tien.

Reverse breathing

This is the opposite of natural breathing. When you inhale the abdomen contracts, when you exhale the abdomen expands. This method of breathing requires a higher level of expertise. It makes the Tan Tien very strong and stimulates the Ren (front) and Du (back) channels. Reverse breathing creates fire in your body.

Whichever kinds of breathing you use, do not go too far too quickly. Start by using natural breathing and then gradually introduce the use of reverse breathing for certain purposes. In fact, if you can relax enough and forget the way you breathe, unconsciously your breathing will incorporate both normal and reverse breathing.

Colours

Everyone will experience meditation in a different and unique way. You may see colours. These colours represent the energy (chi) emanating from various internal organs (each has its own colour).

Concentration

All of the following methods will help you to achieve a quiet state of relaxation. In the beginning you will have problems trying to concentrate the mind, so, “use one thought to get rid of a thousand thoughts until everything is peaceful”.

1. Imagine the moon at the centre of your body, in your Tan Tien. Clouds drift slowly overhead and the moon disappears behind them, then it appears again. Combine this visualization with your breathing.

2. Imagine an object you like, such as a flower, a tree, the sun, the moon or a person, and put this visualization in your Tan Tien.

3. Look at one object and forget everything else.

4. Imagine a sound like a stream train slowly pulling away in the distance, water dropping or a clock ticking.

5. You can listen to some beautiful music during meditation to bring yourself to a relaxed state.

6. Breathe in and breathe out while counting the length of each breath.

7. Think of a poem or phrase (similar to Mantra repetition)

8.Let the distractions come and slowly achieve balance through concentrating on them.

9. Go to a peaceful place, let the atmosphere influence you, and then practice meditation.

10. Count from one to hundred during meditation.

Even though breathing meditation is only a preliminary stage of meditation, it can be quite powerful.

When the turbulence of distracting thoughts subside and your mind becomes still, a deep happiness and contentment arise naturally from within. This feeling of contentment and well-being help you to cope with the busyness and difficulties of daily life. Just by performing breathing meditation for ten to fifteen minutes each day you will be able to reduce stress. You will experience a calm, spacious feeling in the mind, and many of your usual problems will fall away. Difficult situations will become easier to deal with. You will naturally feel warm and well disposed toward other people, and your relationships with others will gradually improve

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Reiki Explained

Reiki Explained

Reiki is one of the widely known forms of energy healing. Energy healing involves direct application of Chi to the universal life force, for the purpose of bringing the physical, mental and spiritual bodies into alignment.

Reiki is very easy to learn very simple to use and beneficial for all.

It is one of many forms and healing through the use of natural forces, which were given the name Chi by ancient Chinese mystics. Some forms of healing using chi energy forces are Chi Gong, Pranic healing, Chelation and Polarity balancing.

All use the same energies with different techniques of application and energy quality commonly known as vibration.

(This term vibration is used to refer to arrange in experience is between the dense or low vibration of the physical world to the higher vibration of the spiritual world. The term is inadequate to truly describe the difference the term is descriptive of how the energy feels).

Since the word Reiki means universal life force energy, it refers to the energy and not the specific techniques taught by Reiki masters. The techniques are more properly called the “Usui System of Natural Healing. After the founder of the system Dr. Mikao Usui. However Reiki is the common name, and the one most people associate with. Reiki Explained

A Reiki healing is very simple to perform. The practitioner places his or her hands upon the person to be healed with the intent for healing to occur, and the energy begins flowing. The Reiki energy is smart since the universe is a very smart place indeed. The energy knows where to go, and what to do once it gets there, or else is being directed by a higher intelligence. The energy manager its own flow to and within the recipient. It draws through the healer exactly the amount of energy the recipient needs. All this happens without direct conscious intervention by the healer. The healer’s job is to get out of the way, to keep the healing space open and to watch and listen for signs of what to do next.

REIKIS’ CAPABILITIES

Reiki is capable of healing anything because it works at a very fundamental level of reality. Even though the capability is there, this is not what always happens.
The limits of Reiki seemed to be in the recipient’s willingness to cast off old habits and patterns, to accept change and healing. The level of reality we are Reiki operates is the underlying energy structure of matter, as the physical matter we see around us is a solidified firm of energy. At the level where Reiki works anything can be changed because is fluid like and very malleable. Emotional difficulties are just as healable as physical ones since emotional issues are even more directly present in the energy structures.

In this context the word healing has a somewhat different meaning from the widely accepted meaning. Which seems to be curing of symptoms, for that seems to be what medical doctors and the like look to do in their practices. The other meaning for healing used in the practice of Reiki as well as other related areas, is the return to greater wholeness. There is an ideal form each of us has, this ideal form being the highest and clearest expression of who we are. Pain and disease comes from any deviation between the person’s current form in the physical world and this ideal form. Healing then is to bring this physical form into closer alignment with the ideal form.

The way we acquire deviations from our ideal form is to accept limitations into our life.

Most of this comes from early childhood because that is the phase of life where we are most open and inquisitive about life. A limitation maybe a parent yelling “Be Quite!!” enough times that the child learns not to speak. Another limitation may be a limp continues long after the physical injury has healed, maybe with phantom pains. These limitations are behaviour patterns, eating patterns, physical limitations, imagined physical limitations, psychological, mental or emotional ways of being, living, expressing or loving that is not in alignment with our personal highest expression.

In any healing the goal is to find the limitation, recognize the pattern, recognize where it came from and to let it go.

Reiki accomplishes this by providing the recipient enough energy to step above (metaphorically) to see all that and have the courage to let go. This usually does not happen consciously as a result of Reiki, but sometimes it does happen that Reiki gives the recipient the conscious awareness of the pattern and recognizing where it came from. Our lives are a constant flow of patterns of activity and it is our choice, to have the patterns remain stuck in limited expression, or to release old patterns and try on new and shinier ones.

Reiki is also a gateway shining pure love into the universe. It is this love which allows us to transcend our wounds and help us remember our true nature.

WHAT REIKI IS NOT
It is not massage
It is not religion
It is not a substitute for traditional medical treatment.


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