Month: April 2018

Meditation: Simple Steps to Start or Enhance

 

Some days, you may feel that your brain is on this never ending loop of constant worries and negative talk. Many people struggle in knowing how to stop that chatter. A great way to learn to silence that disruptive head talk, and to restore a sense of calm or emotional neutrality within the body, is through meditation.

Some people have a strong preconceived notion that meditation HAS to be a total clearing of their mind.  Unless you have practiced this for some time, that could likely prove stressful and may even discourage you from trying. Thus, I suggest GUIDED meditation as it is very effective and provides a great way to keep that rational brain occupied and less disruptive with intrusive reminders of things to be done.

There is no one way to meditate. I invite your to try different methods to find the one that fits you best. Meditation is actually a skill and with repeated practice, deepens and becomes even more effective. It is a great method for quieting the negative looping talk in the head and pivoting into a more neutral/positive mood state.   It a meditative state, the brain waves mimic that within sleep. Essentially, meditation shifts the energy within our brain, so we can actually become better problem solvers and more attuned to our intuitive senses.

If you have limited experience or past stress with prior meditation practices, here are a few suggestions to help develop a practice that can be rewarding:

  • Find a time of day to practice.  This may be right away in the morning or at some other time where you can spend at least 15 minutes doing this. Schedules and environmental disruptions often influence timing.
  • Start with 15 minutes.  Just allow whatever happens to happen. If you note the brain keeps disrupting, try not to push, pull or move thoughts. Just notice them. You do not have to silence the talk–it will start to fade on its own.
  • Experiment with your eyes open and perhaps fixated on a stationary object and/or with eyes closed. You will likely prefer one to the other.
  • Feel free to incorporate any sensory items that help you relax (e.g. scented candles, music, white noise, healing tones, nature sounds etc).
  • There are free and helpful guided imagery/meditation playlists on various social media platforms you can use to practice or enhance your experience.
  • With repeated practice, take notice of how it feels when you are in the relaxed (trance) state.  Notice how you might enter that state with less time and greater depths after repeated attempts. Let that be encouragement!
  • Notice any ideas, thoughts, or images that emerge during meditation. I encourage you not to dismiss them as just imagination.  Observe with curiosity.
  • Accept that each meditative session may feel differently and yield varying results. All normal.  We are constantly changing and shifting, so our experiences will as well.
  • Try utilizing meditation when in a negative emotional state to help shift out of it and improve your mood. It is an excellent tool to manage stress and mood.
  • Set agendas and/or choose guided imagery sessions with specific intents (eg calm, connecting with higher self, clearing chakras).
  • Limit expectations of how it ‘should’ be or what impact it might have. You can set an intent of wanting to self soothe or explore your intuitive abilities, but try to avoid fixed or limiting thoughts on how that will transpire.  That can block and frustrate the process.

There is no ‘right’ way to meditate.  Everyone is different, resonates with different styles, and may have differing responses to the practice. All of it is valid and normal.  If we compare ourselves to others, we may feel we are doing it wrong because it looks differently.  You are simply noticing how it best serves you on an individual level. Most of all, I encourage you to approach mediation with a sense of playfulness and curiosity. It can be a great way to manage our stresses and greatly enhance our intuitive development. It is meant to be helpful and not overwhelming or frustrating.

 

 

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Sound Therapy

Music has a long history and obviously, it is global. Not hard to identify its meaning and inherent value across time, cultures and persons.  It is a notable element in most sacred and/or spiritual based practices.  For many individuals, music is a daily need similar to that of breathing and may even feel critical to their daily well being. Many people denote that the music they listen to reflects their mood and/or that they are soothed by it. So, what would you say if you were told music (vibrational energy) can actually HEAL?

We are energetic beings.  Our Chakras are aligned and tuned to specific vibrational frequencies (Hertz).  These frequencies, called the Solfeggio Frequencies, correspond to specific sounds and colors. Interestingly, Earth itself has both a tone and its frequency has been rising with time. All of this information is released and reported by NASA. Taking into account that everything is energy, there is an emerging healing approach, Sound Therapy, that recognizes our ability to activate our bodies healing capacity through specifically tuned sound (energy).

I attended a Sound Therapy training and was excited to learn how to incorporate sound as a healing component in my work.  One can utilize a variety of instruments such as: Tibetan Bowls, Gong, Crystal Singing Bowls, and Tuning Forks.  This is not a comprehensive list by any means but these are commonly used within Sound Therapy practice.

Here is a brief summary of these items and how this therapy helps:

1. Tibetan Singing Bowls:  The bowls are fascinating as they are comprised of different metals, all of which correspond to different chakras, and are also sound tuned to specific chakras.  Thus, the metal and the vibrational tuning correspond to specific chakras.  Some bowls are constructed of seven metals to help activate all 7 chakras but they are tuned to one sound.  A person is invited to select a bowl based on intuition. Meaning, you will be drawn towards YOUR bowl.  The bowls can be temperamental.  If you have others and are trying to match, you need to bring those that you have to pair to ensure they ‘play well’.  Additionally, what I experienced is that you might choose a bowl but the bowl has to choose you as well.  When it does, it sings.  This may be immediately or comes with practice.

The bowls both vibrate and make a sound. The sound arises from the strong vibration that the Tibetan bowl emits. Though the bowl most always vibrates, it can be difficult to get it to sing. The bowls themselves are actually meant to be played upon the body, usually on torso, so that the vibrational current runs through the person.  It helps denote blockages and moves energy.   The bowls can also be played over the body if a person struggles in tolerating the energy in their person or when using multiple bowls at one time. Those with open systems may feel the vibration from head to toe and it can be overwhelming. Those with blockages may denote the energy moves only through part of the (open) body. The body can absorb the vibration and often a person can sense the movement. When the work is complete, a person has a strong sensation of no longer wanting the bowl upon them.

2. Crystal Singing Bowls:  These are made of high quality quartz and some sets are colored to signal their alignment with the specific chakra.  Each bowl is attuned to a specific chakra (HZ). They look innocent but the sound was INTENSE. The sound of these beautifies fill the space of the room. They actually generate a vibration from their sound.  Thus, the sound first fills the room and is quickly followed by a vibrational energy that permeates the body. These are often used in open outdoor spaces and/or with groups of people.

3. Gong: A gong is an amazing tool to open portals and clear out energy. It can be used along side other tools.  It has a strong sound and vibration that actually creates a vortex. Hence, not a surprise that is has commonly been used in some spiritual practices. It can clear and move energy out of large spaces.

4. Tuning Forks: These are reminiscent of wind chimes.  The forks can activate and move energy within the chakras as well.  For example, a tuning fork calibrated to 432 Hz can be used to ground emotion (sounding it and placing it on collar bone) and clear negative energy out of the body.  432 Hz is considered to be the healing tone.  Additionally, a 528 HZ fork can be activated and played by the ears to open and channel with divine (angelic) energy. The tuning forks have a light and soothing impact.

For those curious and not wanting to invest in any of the tools.  The Solfeggio Healing Frequencies are available on YouTube and Spotify. You can listen to the tones as part of your meditative or healing practices.  The tones themselves have a healing impact but in my experience, the tools offer an accompanying vibrational energy that adds an element of advanced healing.  Some may incorporate other healing agents, such as crystals, to attune and work through various emotional, physical, spiritual concerns and processes.

 

 

 

 

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Energy Healing: Benefits and Side Effects

I am a big supporter of people seeking out a variety of services to heal and work towards on-going growth and progress.  Aside from taking care of our physical health, I encourage body, energy, and counseling services.  Our bodies are the warehouse for so much and sometimes, we need to help to ‘release’ patterns, trapped emotion, and memories that no longer serve us.

That being said, I recently attended a training. The facilitator is a healer and I was intuitively drawn to scheduling a session with her.  At my first session, she asked what I wanted to focus on and/or what I was hoping to achieve from the session. I heard myself say “I know you have answers to questions I have and answers to questions i did not know that I had.”   My request was to allow what needed to come forward and I would ask questions as needed.  The session was insightful, powerful and helpful.  The practitioner uses stones as part of her practice and can shift energy.  I felt the energy shifts in session and left feeling euphoric and grounded.

I continued my day as normal and noted feeling queasy, which I simply attributed to a busy day and not eating as I am accustomed.  I fatigued that night and nearly crawled to bed.  I awoke in the middle of the night sweaty and super nauseous.  I began to worry that I may have a stomach bug but nothing ever materialized.

The following days I noted a host of various emotional and physical complaints and discomforts.  I also observed the sudden onset of the discomforts (e.g. sudden fatigue, a raging headache out of no where).  As a practitioner myself, especially upholding the mind-body connection, I FINALLY realized that I was not sick but experiencing side effects from the session.

Energy work is akin to trauma work.  It activates the person on a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level. It is greatly beneficial to resolve past trauma, integrate experiences, clear energy blocks and facilitate intuitive growth. Great insights and movement in energy and in person can generate quite intense and uncomfortable sensations as the person integrates it all into their being.  This is not to discourage such work but to prepare a person to be patient and prioritize self-care as their being acclimates to the clearing and healing.

Here are some common side effects of such work:

  1. Nausea
  2. Night sweats and sleep disturbances
  3. Fatigue and feeling emotional drained
  4. Mood fluctuations (e.g. free floating emotions)
  5. Dizziness and feeling light-headed
  6. Yawning
  7. Stomach feeling bloated or bubbly
  8. Increase elimination (urination, sweating, burping, sneezing,bowels, etc)
  9. Blurred vision
  10. Reddening of the face
  11. Flu like symptoms
  12. Feeling tingling, burning, or currents in body

The period that one experiences such symptoms, as well as their intensity, can really vary.  It is quite evident to me that this session hit some core level themes and my being was working hard to accomodate all the new information.  It is helpful to allow for more quiet time, meditation, drinking of water, and healthy eating to ease oneself through this process.  It can prove difficult to allow and surrender to such processes but the lack of resistance actually helps to minimize the impact. In many ways, the healing process really symbolizes the full spectrum of life and the inherent need for discomfort and comfort.  We need to learn to be comfortable with being uncomfortable.

 

 

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