As a psychic medium, I can tell you that meditation is very important to my daily life. I must actively pray, and then passively listen to connect with God every day and also before every reading I do for a client. For me, prayer and meditation have always led to great answers, and fabulous levels of higher consciousness, but it is not that easy for everyone when they first start out.
So many come to me unsure where to start. I have taught meditation classes and so many people entered my classes telling me that they can not get into meditation, and that they have tried with many teachers and failed. They say they can not get enough focus to do it.
When they come to me with this lack of confidence, I usually ask them if they are hearing and understanding everything I am saying to them. Of course, they respond with a yes. I then tell them that if they can be passive enough to listen to me, they can apply that same passivity to meditation. You see, to stop thinking and just listen seems very simple when you think someone is in front of you trying to talk. Well, listening to spirit through meditation, doing a guided meditation, doing a sound healing meditation, or any of these things are the same. You just have to be passive as you would be when you listen to someone talk to you. Let go of all the thoughts in your mind, and simply listen.
If you are meditating specifically to get information, then your prayer and questions to God should be your most active part , and that should come before the meditation. You actively thought about things and “talked” during your prayers. Now, simply get yourself in a comfortable position, become passive, and “listen” for response. You could get an answer through any sensation: hearing, seeing / visions, feelings, emotions, knowing, tastes, thoughts, you name it.
The most active thing you should be doing during a meditation is to breathe…Just breathe. Now many have a problem with this too, because they have not learned to breathe properly. Proper breathing is the most important factor to any good meditation. The proper movements of inhalation and exhalation are fundamental to life. Proper breathing not only brings forth life energy, but it is healing to the depths of our soul. Through the simplicity of our breath, we can awaken our individual healing abilities, and feel a greater sense of completeness and well-being. Proper breathing not only can energize us, but it can bring us to higher levels of consciousness.
The following exercise will help you to learn to breathe properly:
Sit quietly for several minutes, either cross-legged on the floor or on a chair (without leaning against the back of the chair). Be sure that your spine is straight. As you sit, sense your weight being supported by the earth and allow the whole sensation of your body to enter your awareness and come to life.
Now, simply follow your breathing as you inhale and exhale. It is through following our breathing through our sensation that we begin to open to the power of breath. During inhalation, sense the temperature and vibration of the air as it flows from the tip of your nose through your nasal passages, throat, and trachea on its way into your lungs. During exhalation, sense the air going up and out of your lungs through your trachea, throat, and nose. (Do not manipulate your breathing.)
After five minutes, rub your hands together several times, put them over your navel, and sense your belly. How does your breathing respond to the warmth and energy from your hands? As you continue to follow your breathing, can you sense your belly expanding as you inhale and flattening as you exhale, without losing your awareness of the air as it enters and leaves your lungs?
As you begin to observe more clearly these movements of your breathing, you may start to experience a sense of energy deep in your belly, at the level of about an inch or two below your navel. During inhalation, you may feel this energy filling your entire belly. During exhalation, you may feel the energy becoming more compact and concentrated. Really let yourself experience this expanding and contracting sense of energy in your belly as your breathing continues.
Continue working in this way with your breathing for another five minutes or more. When you’re almost ready to stop, give yourself a couple of minutes to sense the energy, or at least some of the energy, being absorbed into the cells of your belly and back toward your spine. Then bring your attention back to the whole sensation of yourself just sitting there, breathing. Watch, sense, and feel everything that’s taking place, including your breathing, until you are ready to stop. See if you can sense yourself as a breathing being.
Practice this breathing meditation exercise frequently. This is a beginners meditation and will help prepare you for other meditations in the future. For any meditation, it is always important to simply breathe and simply be. Try it out! You’ll be surprised how good it makes you feel.
I will be doing radio shows on Spiritual Awakenings Radio to help teach everyone more about meditation very soon. I hope everyone can listen.