Regardless of what name we give to the universal energy source that governs all the intricacies of life, getting in touch with that source requires entering a state of meditation where we quiet our conscious minds and are able to tune into the still, small voice of that source that lies deep within our subconscious.
I have been practicing, experiencing, teaching and counseling for many years and the number one complaint I hear (and experienced at the start) when it comes to meditation is the problem with quieting the mind. We are so adapted to just letting our minds flow helter skelter that it takes a real, concentrated effort to still the noise (mental activity) and arrive at a place where we can engage in serious meditation and concentration that will produce results. In the beginning, we can only quiet our minds for the briefest of periods before distracting thoughts interfere with our concentration.
This is especially difficult for beginners to accomplish, but it is also essential to achieving satisfying results. Many people, even after they have been practicing awhile, yield to a shotgun effect at getting results. Some days we tap into a good connection and get a result, but many other times we put forth the effort and get nothing. Although this is part of the growing process, we should move from this stage into planes where we achieve a higher and higher manifestation percentage. This will happen as we discover the best ways to enter meditation deeply and more efficiently. Achieving a Constant, Semi-State of Meditation.
Our goal should be to live our daily lives in a semi-state of meditation. I have learned to do this (in varying degrees) and have found it to be most productive. When we go throughout our day already in tune to spiritual frequencies then we are better able to pick up on the messages coming from the spirit world, whether they are voices, hunches, visions, signs, etc. I have experiences of direct guidance and communication from the spirit world on a regular basis when I maintain this level of meditation, whether I’m sitting quietly at home or am out running errands in the busy streets. So, how can we effectively meditate and reach such a stage of internal communication? I must say, from my experience of dealing with many people from many walks of life, different methods of meditation work for different people. There is no one method that can be said is the only or best way to meditate, because what works best for me may not be what works best for you.
However, the target for everyone who practices spirituality is most definitely the same… to achieve a degree of meditation and concentration that will reach into the depths of our subconscious, tap into the universal source of energy that abides there and bring it into our natural existence, producing a manifestation of desire or will.
Assume the Most Productive Position
There are various methods and positions which can be utilized to practice meditation. The lotus position works very well for huge numbers of people. You can also sit Indian style, which comes from how Native Americans would sit and is, IMO, a relaxed form of the lotus. You might also sit comfortably in a chair or on a sofa. Again, the style is not what is the most important, but finding what works best for you.
I actually utilize all the above methods and have even entered meditative trances while standing. I basically use whatever style based on the mood I’m in at the time. The bottom line is that I get results regardless of the position I maintain.
However, there is one very important thing to keep in mind when experimenting with which position you want to use. You should be comfortable, but not so comfortable that you fall asleep! Falling asleep is another major hurdle to overcome, running close behind a noisy mind. Lying down is a bad meditative position!
Create the Most Productive Atmosphere
It is very effective and helpful when beginning a meditative practice to use objects to focus on. Staring at a candle flame, bowl of water, mirror, or other object helps the mind focus on something tangible while you train your subconscious to open up during an awakened state. This technique will help quiet the noisy conscious mind that is accustomed to always having something to focus on while awake. Other sensory affecting techniques are quite beneficial to use during meditative training. Incense and scented oils, and a CD of soft, gentle instrumental music, nature sounds, or chants are also quite effective in providing a creative atmosphere. Surrounding yourself with spiritual objects and symbols that mean something special to you also help to quiet the conscious mind and open up the subconscious mind. As you progress in your ability to meditate, you will find that the objects become less necessary as you will enter into a deep meditation quickly without them. However, as everyone knows, we don’t maintain the same moods, feelings and attitudes everyday of our lives (despite our best efforts), so when you are finding it difficult to enter a meditative state, break out the objects and utilize them. This is why they’re in your toolbox.
After much practice, you will discover that you actually maintain a peaceful, meditative state throughout your day and this is where a constant, exiting spiritual journey comes into play. As you progress, you will notice more communications and you will see more manifestations. At this point, life becomes an exciting journey!
Author Bio: Rod A. White has been actively and consciously pursuing spiritual knowledge and experience for over 30 years, acquiring a large, workable knowledge of how to effectively navigate otherworldly dimensions and helping others to do so. At present, he is a full time writer and editor who writes for various venues, but also uses his writing talent to share his personal, life-long knowledge and experience of spirituality. Visit http://www.writer.rod.com for writing services, or to follow his blog, Cosmic Exploration.
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