Sunday, April 3, 2016

Meditation: Not Just for Quieting the Mind - An Exploration, Commentary, and Links, Plus an Update from Sheldan Nidle

In modern times, the interpretations of the Eastern practice of meditation are numerous, and can vary quite significantly.  There seem to be countless types of meditation--so many that it may seem difficult for us to choose which type may work best for us according to our particular need and preference.

Though there is no strict regiment or necessity as to how we meditate, it is good to have a variety of options as to how we go about our practice.  On this note, I decided to write on this subject periodically with the hope that many will further expand upon their techniques of focus, connection, relaxation, and awakening during their journey of expansion and growth.


For further understanding on the multiple types of meditations available to us, here is an excerpt from an article from Gaiam Community titled, "How to Focus Your Mind to Benefit Your Body, Plus 4 Types of Meditation".

Meditation and visualization are empowering tools to enhance consciousness and self-awareness and to focus the mind. Visualization is a healthy way of bringing positive energy into your mind, body and spirit, expanding your capacity for creativity. Meditation and visualization experiences will vary; it is best to let go of expectations and surrender to your own inner wisdom.

Visualization in meditation


In meditation, the mind concentrates while the body relaxes; an effective position in which to begin visualization. You may find it helpful to consult visualization scripts or relaxation scripts before you try on your own. When the mind is clear and the body is relaxed, you can engage the imagination to visualize images and ideas. Meditation and visualization have the power to teach and heal. Visualization is one method of using the mind to influence the body.

Here is an example of an easy relaxation script for meditation: "Breathing in, I relax. Breathing out, I smile." Repeat this as long as you like, visualizing your body relaxing as you continue. Notice the physical changes.

Visualization Benefits


Holistic Online cites many university studies showing that visualization has remarkable physical health benefits, including boosting immunity, easing depression, relieving insomnia, decreasing stress, and alleviating headaches and chronic pain. Often, seeing yourself healthy in your mind — or visualizing the image of a healthy body — is enough for your body to understand it as truth. If you are practicing visualization and meditation for health benefits, you should develop a daily practice to strengthen the communication between mind and body. There are numerous visual and audio visualization scripts available to guide your experience. Do not be attached to the results, but rather observe your personal journey.

Beginning Visualization


To begin visualization:
  • Clear the mind completely. You may begin by concentrating on your breath.
  • Generate an image or idea in your mind before you begin visualization. Try using a general idea such as love, joy or a positive thought or affirmation such as, "I am balanced."
  • With each inhale, feel your body expand with potential, and exhale your positive thought into your world.

In the beginning, visualization may be repeating a mantra or concentrating on one positive image, but you can get creative with practice.

Creative Visualization


Creative visualization, or guided imagery, is using the focus of the mind to create intentional thoughts or goals in your reality. When you can visualize an experience before you act on it, you are better prepared for the outcome. You may use creative visualization to affect your reality with your imagination, or you may choose to ground, relax or heal yourself.

Many visualization scripts invite you to imagine yourself in a safe, soothing natural environment like a sunny beach or wooded forest, where you can tune in to the sights, sounds and smells of that special place. You are free to roam around this space and see what arises in your mind. Be open to what you see, and know that this place always exists for you to visit.

4 Simple Meditations


If you talk to 10 people who meditate, you’ll likely hear 10 different approaches to the practice. The truth is there is no right or wrong way to meditate; whatever works for you is the right way. But there are some common ways to get started. Here are five techniques for you to try, combine or adjust to your liking. Explore them all until you find the technique that speaks to you.

Breath Meditation


Focusing on your breathing is the oldest and most basic meditation technique.
  • Start off by sitting comfortably (on a cushion, mat or chair).
  • Then, close your eyes, press your tongue to your palate, close your mouth and breathe through your nose.
  • Inhale deeply into your abdomen.
  • Exhale through a slightly open mouth until your lungs are empty. Focus on your breath as you inhale and exhale. Count breaths if that feels right.

The goal is not to think about your breath but to quiet your mind and simply become aware of it.

Walking Meditation


Walking meditation invites you to bring your attention to the act of walking — the movement — the continual connection between you and the earth. Focus on your feet as they touch the ground; try not to let your mind or your eyes wander. Keep your attention on the feeling of each foot connecting with the ground, and keep your gaze in front of you.

Heart Chakra Meditation


Because the heart is thought to be the center of life and love, it can be a wonderfully healing focus for your meditation.
  • To get in touch with your heart chakra, gently rub your palms together to warm and energize them.
  • Then, move your right palm to your chest over your heart and put your left hand on top of it. Imagine your heart, the center of your body, glowing with radiant energy.
  • Then imagine that energy radiating out to the rest of your body and mind.
  • When you're ready, send that energy out through your palms to loved ones or to the world around you.

Mantra meditation


A mantra is a sound, a word or a phrase that you repeat slowly in a soft, easy rhythm while you meditate. Many find repeating a mantra further calms and quiets a busy mind. Your mantra can have personal meaning — something that reflects your spiritual beliefs, or it can simply be a series of words or sounds that are comforting to you.

http://life.gaiam.com/article/meditation-and-visualization

What many may not know about meditation is that as a person becomes more advanced, the restrictions are not so pronounced.  The mind becomes used to going different places, and can achieve the desired state more quickly and productively.

Meditation, like martial arts, is based upon outer discipline, but as one masters the body, the inner world becomes the focus.  When an individual reaches this level, they are able to create their own meditations for their own individual needs.  In truth, there is no limit to what you can achieve if you have the self discipline to attain your goal.

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It is also important to realize that when we encounter channeled information from different people, these people are using many of these same techniques.  Though we may find their work helpful, it is important to realize that we are just as capable of connecting and attaining the answers we seek on a personal level.  With this in mind, here is the weekly update from Sheldan Nidle.

 

Sheldan Nidle - March 29, 2016


Dratzo! The slight delay around Easter is over and the funds are moving forward again. This cat-and-mouse game of stop/start is related to the concern of the ancient families and royals over the sudden way that the oligarchs strike and how they too often disregard whatever they have agreed to. This wariness is thus reflected in the odd way funds have moved over the past few weeks. We have sincerely questioned these tactics and suggested alternative methods for countering this continued distrust of the way this process is to conclude. In any case, you are to eventually receive your initial funds and are to see the downfall of the rulers who compose their many defacto regimes. In fact, let it be known that the farcical false flags in both Paris and Brussels are just ways used by the dark to show that its days of manipulating you are not over. As long as their puppet governments rule, you can expect even more attempts to scare you. Fortunately, the new American Republic proposed by NESARA is quite close to actual fruition. There are still a few kinks left to work out and a stronger set of agreements to be put in place.

The dark cabal is like a cornered animal. It is constantly applying survival strategies that have seemed to work in the past. These false flags are yet another example of this. ISIS is a tool of this process. Its support comes from careful funding by the secret government, and it uses specially trained mercenaries to tutor its forces in irregular warfare tactics, which it currently employs. It has established "cells", similar to those used in previous wars against the French in Algeria in the 1950s, and used in other guerilla wars since that time. These strategies are being employed to make it seem that these militants are somehow indigenous to the Middle East. What they are doing is stirring up a pot of frustrations that has existed ever since the West stifled a pan-Arabic revolution against the Ottoman Empire in the late 1910s. This set of ongoing irritations, as well as the fate of millions of Islamic immigrants into Europe, now needs to be properly addressed. These issues require resolution by the Light and its new set of governance.


These problems have not as yet threatened the funds, but they have made many people weary of the continuing shenanigans of the dark and its cronies. When the new governance is soon established, these numerous divergences are to be carefully looked at by the Light's many representatives. Those programs destined to resolve these things are to be approved and, if necessary, supported. The key elements are peace and cooperation. NESARA is all about forging a new realm based on peace, prosperity and trust. We are aware of what happened when the "post-Anchara" era began in this galaxy a few decades ago. We intend to continue to advise you how best to prepare this realm for first contact. The dark cabal is a series of organizations and people who deeply wish to maintain their "divide and conquer" strategies. Once defeated by the Light, these vile individuals need to be isolated and their dark agencies disbanded. Remember you are all one and that Heaven Loves you all very much!

We come to implement your final steps to full consciousness. This transition requires that you employ your innate wisdom to change this reality for the better. You dearly wish to enjoy your global prosperity and to come together to show Gaia how your growing consciousness has changed the way you see her and her many diverse habitats. Use this acquired knowledge to end how Gaia's climate, oceans, atmosphere and land are now being exploited by the dark. Use your abilities to bring your realm into a balance that encourages the spread of life. Use your Love to ready this surface realm for the wondrous lessons of the Masters and for the return of your cousins, the Agarthans. They wish to explain that there are remedies for all that now brings you worry and displeasure. Finally, there are to be our landings and special mentors who are to ready you for the great transition that is full consciousness. You are truly blessed! See this present time as the final chaos before this new realm finally manifests before you!


Blessings and joy! We are your Ascended Masters! There are times in humanity's long history when turning points of great significance are reached. This time is truly one of them! It is not often when those who so callously drive the yoke are unceremoniously driven down. This is such a time and it has been long in coming. You sit at the very edge of this time worrying about how long it is to take. It was begun with stops and starts as it moved inevitably toward its seemingly endless goal. This is to end! You deserve better! We remember, when in mortal human form, watching our students suddenly pushed away from us by "those in the know." We can see how this carelessness by the dark affected all of us. We understand these distant incidents as well as the big picture itself. We Masters are doing what we can to alter this picture and bring you prosperity, peace and Love. We ask you to be positive and aid us in this most holy of tasks!

To envision a new realm means that the old must in its own inevitable way go. This operation can take time as perceptions need altering. Our joint project is to see that this is done. Hence, together let us envision this realm and manifest it clearly in our hearts. Then it can become real. Use this time, as funds begin to form, to act in concert with us when you do these daily ceremonies. Let our joint prayer and meditations create a new world. You, my dear Charges, have suffered far too long. It is the moment to leap forth and forge a spiritual partnership that can help this envisioning. Many amazing things are happening. Together, we can ensure that these events are the true beginning of an Age of Light. As a unit of Love and Light we can change this world! Use your incredible energies to permit these wonders to appear. Much is about to come to your aid!


This realm has seen the dark in charge for nearly 13 millennia. It was at that time that the Anunnaki first started their journey with you. These dark tyrants have since transformed and now it is their minions who cast their gloomy shadows upon you. Now the tables are to turn and you are to show them how mercy and divine grace operate. Learn from this and seek the divine One in all of us! This series of lessons is to show your inner strengths and your great Love of the One! This path given you is one rarely chosen by Heaven. All the things that anger and frustrate you are your final illusions in this odd physical reality. Do not think that wealth by itself can really alter this illusion. Learn wisdom and use it in all things. Understand how the universe and this reality operate. This simple set of lessons can take you far. Always be ready to learn wisdom and to best apply it. Hosanna! Hosanna!

Today, as usual, we continued our weekly reports. Much as we stated is happening! Do not be discouraged as events are forming and numerous miraculous things are ready to manifest. This is surely a time of wonders! Know, dear Ones, that the countless Supply and never-ending Prosperity of Heaven are indeed yours! So Be It! Selamat Gajun! Selamat Ja! (Sirian for Be One! and Be in Joy!)

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