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Below are Questions and Answers that Frequently Come Up Once You Become Conscious
In mindfulness practice, we are learning how to return to, and remain in, the present moment; to anchor ourselves in the here and now, purposefully, without judgement. Listen to Eckhart Tolle's talk on "Staying in the Present Moment."
Meditation is one of the most effective ways in order to establish a practice of living in presence. Developing a meditation practice is a wonderful way to reduce stress and to clear any mental or emotional blocks that may be come up for you. When you are still and your mind is calm you create more space for healthy energy to flow.
What does it Mean to Live in the Present Moment?
“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”
It takes practice to live your life in the present moment. The mind takes you to the past through your memories. It leads your thinking into the future with thoughts of “what if.” In reality when your mind goes into the past you are not in the present moment. Recalling memories is fine if you do not remain there. You can visit a memory but if happiness is what you are looking for, you need to let go of the past and live in the present moment. Living in the present moment means no longer worrying about what happened in the past and not fearing what will happen in the future. It means enjoying what’s happening now and living for today.
You may not be certain how to stay in the present moment because the mind is so used to taking you to the past or the future. You can stop yourself from not being in presence by noticing your breath, looking at the clouds in the sky, notice the trees, feel your inner body. With the practice of living in the present moment you find peace in your life. You can handle life circumstances much easier and without all the drama. Dream big. Set goals and plans for the future. But working hard today is always the first step towards realizing your dreams tomorrow. Don’t allow dreaming about tomorrow replace living in the moment. Dreaming about the future is only productive when combined with action taken today. You can’t appreciate today if you worry about tomorrow. Realize that tomorrow is going to happen whether you worry about it or not. And since worry robs you of your you and peace of mind, redirect your mental energy back to presence.
What is the Pain Body & How do I Heal My Pain Body?
How do I Release My Emotional & Physical Pain?
The pain body consists of past emotional pain that has not been fully accepted or released. You may experience it as anxiety, anger, depression, or some other negative emotional state. The pain body usually is inherited through your childhood experiences or family, or part of the collective human pain body. Your awareness of it breaks identification with it, which therefore weakens it.
Your pain body is activated all by itself. It feeds itself by talking over your stream of thought and charging each thought with its own emotional energy. The thought feeds the emotion further, and the thought-emotion loop then continues for a while as you are left feeling emotional pain. Unless you are conscientiously aware of it, this continues until the pain body has renewed itself (as described in Eckhart Tolle's "A New Earth"). It then subsides until it awakens again at a later moment. Other people or circumstances trigger the pain body response.
The pain body requires your consciousness to survive. This means that for it’s survival you have to identified with it. The pain body is not you at all. It activates all by itself and it subsides all by itself. Pure awareness is all that is required to break identification with your pain body. Once you break identification, it loses power over you and begins to weaken. Allow what you are feeling without judgement. Observe yourself and feel the power behind the experience and how it effects your thoughts. Inhabit your inner body. Become aware of your breath. This helps you regain consciousness.
What is the Energy Body?
The energy body, or subtle body, is a system that carries life force energy through and around us, connecting us to the earth, the divine, our higher selves and each other. Understanding this system is crucial for physical, emotional and spiritual health. The energy body is invisible to most of us; however, we feel and react to it constantly, whether we know it or not. This system is made up of several components that work together, just like the other body systems.
What is the Aura?
Your aura is a barrier of energy between you and the rest of the world. When it is healthy it gives you a sense of security, insulating you from the energies around you. You have clear boundaries and can tell the difference between your own needs and emotions and those of others.
When it is unhealthy you feel anxious, or attacked. The energy of others around you can seem to bear down on you. You have poor boundaries with other people and tend to take on the emotions and problems of other people. Have you ever been standing in the grocery store line and felt someone step too close to you? They didn’t touch you, but you felt them enter your space. Your aura is your bubble, a protective layer that is arm’s length all around your body. This field of energy is a constant source of information about the world around you. Learning to intentionally read and trust what your aura is telling you is a skill that can lead to success in your relationships, career and beyond.
What are the Chakras ?
The chakras are energy centers in the body. There are sever main chakras, although there are many more, throughout the body, as well as above and below the body. The chakras are connected to one another through channels of energy that run throughout the body. This energy comes from your connection to the energy of the earth below you and the energy of the divine above you.
1. The Root Chakra - Your root chakra is the foundation of your energy body. It sits at the base of your spine, in the center of your body. Your root chakra is your energy connection to the earth. It is a conduit, drawing life force energy from the earth, up and into your body through the feet. It is the center of safety, security and stability in your life. When it is balanced you feel a strong sense of security and groundedness that allows you to try new things, take risks and enjoy your life. When it is out of balance you may feel afraid, insecure, and the need to manipulate or control things in your life in order to feel safe
2. The Sacral Chakra - Your sacral chakra sits just below your navel. It is the center of your creativity and emotional expression and core beliefs of your life. When this chakra is in balance you can express yourself creatively. When the sacral chakra is out of balance you feel stifled, you question your worth, and can be rigid and judgmental of yourself.
3. The Solar Plexus Chakra - Your solar plexus chakra is found at the base of your sternum. s the center of personal power, will and self-esteem in your life. It is your powerhouse, and governs how you extend your will into the world. When it is balanced you are confident and strong and you stand up for what you want. When it is out of balance you can feel weak, allow yourself to be controlled by others and lose sight of what you really want. You can also become defensive and angry, using your will to control those around you.
4.The Heart Chakra - Your heart chakra is located in the center of your chest. It is the center of love and all relationships in your life, including with yourself. When your heart is balanced you have a clear balance between giving and receiving in your life. Your relationships are nurturing and supportive and you have good boundaries with other people. When the heart is out of balance you may withdraw from relationships to protect yourself, give too much, have poor boundaries and resent your relationships.
5. The Throat Chakra - Your throat chakra is the center of communication in your body. It governs honest communication and active listening. When your throat is balanced you speak up for yourself, share your needs and feelings honestly and are willing to hear what other people have to say. When it is out of balance you may hold your emotions and needs back, be dishonest about how you feel, or lash out when you feel discounted.
6. The Third Eye - Your third eye is in the center of your forehead. It is the center of intuition in the body. You receive intuitive insight through this chakra. When you open your third eye you have a strong sense about what you see, hear, feel, and know. When this chakra is in balance you know truths that guide your life. When your third eye is out of balance you question your intuition, try to prove it, or rationalize it away.
7. The Crown Chakra - Your crown chakra is on the top of your hea. It is the center of divine connection and your connection to your higher self. When it is balanced you feel connected and safe; you know that there is something bigger than you watching out for your well-being.
You feel a strong sense of who you really are, beyond just the mundane of this lifetime, a strong sense of connectedness to the cosmic consciousness. When your crown is out of balance you may feel insecure and small, experience symptoms of anxiety and depression and feel as though you are disconnected.
This is a link for a Chakra Balancing Meditation with Deepak Chopra
Your aura is an electrical field of energy that emanates from each of your chakras. The health of your aura is in direct relationship to the balance of your chakras. They are connected to one another on a very deep level. Your aura projects out into the world the information that your chakras are emanating.
What is the Light Body or the Subtle Body?
The light body is your vehicle to move from the human condition back to source. Mystical traditions knew that everything is energy. Nothing in this world is just physical. Everything is a culmination of constantly moving energy creating matter. Knowing how to use form to your highest good was the work of the sages, but today is becoming the practice of the awakened collective.
To activate your light body is no longer only the work of gurus and masters. It’s a way of Being. Your light body is a vehicle to assist you in experiencing your God state and it’s the most worthy gift you can give yourself.
What does it Mean to Have A Spiritual Awakening?
Waking up spiritually, in its more basic terms would be to recognize with your whole being your connection to everyone and everything around you.
This is often referred to as themystical experienceas described by Alan Watts. Becoming conscious is to remember that you have always been connected with the oneness of the universe. Once you realizes that everything is connected, you must decide what your work or impact on existence is going to be. Waking up is a powerful experience that will change everything about who you are and how you feel about things.
How Do You Calm the Monkey Mind?
According to Buddhist principles, the “monkey mind” is a term that refers to being unsettled, restless, or confused. It’s also the part of you that stifles creativity and prevents you from moving forward with yourpassions. The monkey mind insists on being heard, and sometimes it takes a lot of self-control to shut it down.
It is also the part of your brain that becomes easily distracted, so if you want to get anything done in life, your challenge will be to shut down the monkey mind.
The first step in calming the monkey mind is to become grounded, that is, remember to be in the here and now. Being present. When considering how to quiet your mind, try to sit still for a minute and think about what calms you. Contemplate how you can incorporate these activities into your daily life. Even just a few minutes of walking meditation, or mindful breathing can help you back into the present moment.
Even though the mind is a wonderful thing, it can sometimes get in the way of creativity, mainly because the voice in your head can get in the way of what your heart wants to say. The ego has the ability to create false thoughts, which is the inner chatter, the monkey mind, you hear most often. This is one reason why during meditation it’s a good idea to let thoughts come and go, rather than becoming obsessed with them or focusing on them. If you focus on your thoughts, you lose touch with the here and now. The more you bring your focus into the present moment, the more you experience the bliss and joy of that moment and see your true essence. In this way, you can release the demons that come along with the monkey mind.
How Do I Connect with My Angels & Guardian Angels?
Get into a meditative state. You can hear guidance from your angels best when you quiet yourself and tune out all the noise and activities around you. Shut down noisy stimulation like telephones and televisions, and find a quiet place where you can relax and not be disturbed. Don’t try to make anything happen, just relax and listen. Listen to the rhythm of your heart and take some deep cleansing breaths.
When you feel completely relaxed ask questions of your angels. You can ask them in you mind, from your heart, or out loud. Then listen carefully to the loving messages that they speak to you through your heart, body, and mind. Listen to your own inner truths. Don’t expect to receive messages through words. Communication happens through colors, symbols, and feelings.
How Can I Develop My Clairvoyance?
Becoming clairvoyant, or developing your clear seeing, is fun and easier than you might think. But just like with anything new, it takes some practice and patience to get good at it. If you want to play an instrument, or join a sports team, you have to work at it and practice regularly. It’s the same with developing your psychic skills. Building your “psychic muscles” is a process, just like working out.
1. Practice meditation. There are several guided mediations available on YouTube. I will share a few of my favorites.
Once you have practiced with the guided meditations for a few weeks, you might be ready to try meditating with sound. Singing bowls, gongs, and soothing instrumental music can help assist you to move into the meditative state. Either way, practice, practice, practice.
2. Practice Visualization - Clairvoyants have strong visualization abilities. The “seeing” clairvoyants have is usually in their minds eye, through their third eye, the sixth chakra located just above and between your eyebrows. Through the sixth chakra is where you see the visions, pictures, and symbols from source. It’s easier to receive clairvoyant images when your third eye chakra is open.
This exercise allows you to practice deliberately creating an internal visualization.
Sit quietly. Breathe steadily and close your eyes. Imagine a scene in your head. Choose a place in nature, or even another room in your home. Be in that scene. Turn your imaginary head to see what’s around you. Now create some action in the scene. Birds, people, anything. You might even have a conversation with someone. Now walk away from the scene and imagine coming into the room where you are, and sitting down. As though your imagined self, and your actual self become one.
As before, sit quietly. Breathe steadily and close your eyes. Don’t try to create a scene. Relax and see what arises in your imagination. Ask your guides for a message. In your mind, or out loud, say, “Guides, do you have a message for me?” Pay attention to the pictures that come into your awareness. If you are prompted by instinct to open your eyes, do so. As soon as you feel alone, write down what you saw, heard and felt.You may not receive a message, but don’t be put off, this is an exercise you will need to repeat. It may become your go-to method for receiving messages.
Basic Meditation for Beginners
- Get comfortable and prepare to sit still for a few minutes. After you stop reading this, you’re going to simply focus on your own natural inhaling and exhaling of breath.
2. Focus on your breath. Where do you feel your breath most? In your belly? In your nose? Try to keep your attention on your inhale and exhale. Take a deep inhale, expanding your belly, and then exhale slowly, elongating the out-breath as your belly contracts. Continue with the deep breathing for at least three deep breaths, then let your breath be normal. Don’t control it, just follow it. Now, sit quietly and follow your breath for two minutes. When your mind wonders gently bring it back by following your breath.
Don’t judge yourself or be critical if your mind wanders when you sit in silence as you practice meditation. Just come back to following your breath.
Click this link for a guided meditation for beginners.
Begin to play with the feeling in your left hand, then your right hand as your eyes are still closed. Once you feel the energy in your hands, go down to your feet and feel the energy in your toes, ankles, arches. The energy you feel in these few body parts is your energy body, or the subtle body. If you focus your attention on any body part you can feel the energy body. It might feel tingly, or have a slight vibration. Do you feel it?