A staggering amount of information can be found on the internet regarding meditation – a subject that is as vast and deep as the space itself. Most of the information caters to the requirement of glorifying the subject and sheds little light on some ‘not so bright’ aspects.
From time immemorial, meditation has been associated with spiritual development of human beings. Those who are not interested in spirituality also practice meditation for improving their mental and physical well-being. In fact, experiments have proved that meditation can greatly improve the ability to concentrate for long periods of time. Yoga, the oriental way of synchronizing body, mind and nature, also emphasizes on the importance of meditation.
Due to the sheer impact that it can create on the human psyche, meditation rightly deserves all the praise that has been bestowed on it for ages. But as with everything in this universe and beyond, meditation is not devoid of negative fall outs. Although inconsequential for ordinary mortals, these aspects can create a havoc in the mental landscape of serious practitioners and seekers of higher truth.
In essence, meditation soothes the nervous system and helps the meditator to increase his power of concentration. According to oriental philosophy and scriptures, greater the ability to concentrate more is the intensity of thoughts. For a concentrated mind, mental energies are channelized and focused at a particular point of thought.
It is this ability to focus that determines the quality of work for any person, simply because of the fact that every possible action in this universe is a gross manifestation of the subtle thoughts originated from a focused mind. Ripples of strong brain waves pervade the fabric of the cosmos and are converted into forms that are more tangible.
However, when a person reaches advanced stages of meditation, his mind becomes extremely powerful and he gains occult and psychic abilities to the extent of influencing thoughts and actions of other individuals by merely concentrating on the subject. This is the most critical stage of one’s spiritual journey that determines whether the practitioner will be able to reach the zenith of spirituality.
Ancient scriptures have repeatedly warned spiritual seekers to ignore these special powers and move forward towards the ultimate goal of realizing one’s true self. It is permissible to exhibit some of these gifts on a few occasions, so that ordinary people can realize the significance of meditation and put their faith on it.
If anyone wishes to serve people for free through his psychic powers, then there are chances that he may get away with it without being trapped by earthly pleasures. However, these powers must not be used to earn money and fame, as these are nothing but distractions that deviates a seeker of truth from his goal. Also, the scriptures strongly advise the aspirants against indulging in shadowy activities for narrow and selfish motives. So, the next time you feel empowered while meditating, be very cautious of the slippery path that lies ahead.
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Thomas he has drawn heavily from the experiences he has gained by interviewing Jeanette Jones – a meditation teacher and psychic in Brisbane.
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An empath is a highly sensitive person who can feel the emotional and physical states of people around them. This, of course, can be problematic for the individual while walking through crowds or being around people who are in a negative state of mind.
They also have the ability, if they set aside any bias or emotional attachment, to sense truth and the motives of others.
Unfortunately, there are many people who are highly empathic and don’t realize it. They struggle daily with not only their emotions, but those of everyone around them. Some attempt self-medication with alcohol or drugs, or are prescribed drugs, that compound the issue, by doctors who don’t understand the problem.
Thankfully, if you’re an empath, there are other ways to deal with it. Below are things we’ve learned, as empaths, that we must do if we want to feel good on a daily basis.
1) Diet is key. You must be careful about how you fuel your body. Sugar and junk food will affect how you feel more so than other people, so it’s best to avoid it as much as possible. Also, go easy on fruit sugar and make sure you are getting enough quality protein (not non- fermented, processed soy).
2) Regular exercise makes everyone feel better, and it’s especially important for empaths. You don’t need to go to a gym to exercise, of course, and a crowded gym might not be the best place for you.
3) Make sure to schedule alone time to recharge; reading or walks in nature are two good ways. Regular solitude is a healing balm to the spiritually sensitive.
4) Be careful of who you allow in your inner circle. Don’t try to save toxic people.
5) Meditate daily to clear your mind and calm your energy. There are many ways to meditate. For beginners, we recommend just sitting quietly with your eyes closed, and focusing exclusively on your breathing, a mantra, or counting from one to 500.
6) Burn white sage or use other energy clearing and protection methods to keep your space energetically clean. We’ve written other articles about helpful psychic protection tricks. The more you use them, and the more faith and confidence you have in your ability to use them, the more effective they will be.
7) Know that you always have access to spiritual help and protection from the other side. We call upon Arch Angel Michael for clearing and protection often, and there’s no such thing as asking for too much help of him, or other helpful guides and beings of the Light, or God.
8) When you are feeling down, anxious, or otherwise negative, stop, breath, and ask yourself, “Are these feelings from me or someone else?” even if you are alone, you may be picking up other people’s thoughts or energy from many miles away. You have the option to reject outside, negative energy and the right to feel good. Stand your ground and refuse to take on the energy of others. Sometimes you just have to not care.
9) Finally, you need to be aware of the information we’ve shared previously about spirit attachment and possession, which can be more of a problem for empaths. A weakened energy state, due to various reasons such as excess drinking, drugs, or stress, can inadvertently invite toxic energy in the form of stray souls, entities, or even demonic energy, which can greatly interfere with all areas of your life.
It isn’t easy maintaining a balanced state of mind as an empath but following these tips will help you feel better. You’ll also have more energy to use your empathic ability in positive ways, such as being able to understand others’ perspectives acutely well, and offering guidance when appropriate.
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“Interfaith Space” in the $44 million William N. Pennington Student Achievement Center at University of Nevada-Reno (UNR), currently under construction, would open in January 2016; UNR President Dr. Marc A. Johnson told Rajan Zed today.
Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, and who met Johnson in his office, has commended UNR for accepting the longstanding need of students of interfaith space for reflection, meditation, etc., and thus recognizing the intersection of spirituality and education. It is a step in the right direction, Zed adds.
Johnson told Zed that this Space would be open to all campus student groups belonging to various religions/denominations and non-believers for reflection and meditation. This room would include various cabinets where each group could keep their required icons and articles locked to be brought out when needed.
President Johnson also informed Zed that initially the Interfaith Space would be open from eight am to nine pm daily, with the possibility of opening it for 24-hours seeing the need and feasibility. It would be a quiet place for all students to use free-of-charge, he added.
Zed stresses that with the presence of Interfaith Space, UNR students will have a spiritually meaningful life in addition to material success after they graduate from here. Interfaith Space will be another feather in UNR’s cap in making it a world class educational institution, Zed points out.
Johnson further told Zed that 70,600 square feet Student Achievement Center, besides Interfaith Space, would also include Writing Center, Math Center, Tutoring Center, Career Studio, Advising Center, Student Veterans Center, Disability Resource Center, Counseling Services, etc.
This building “will help our students to become great scholars” … will also offer support areas “for students to continue learning outside of the standard classroom environment”, a UNR brochure indicates.
Many universities in USA and Canada already have prayer/meditation room for quiet reflection and spiritual exercise.
UNR, founded in 1874 and which has about 20,000 students, is known for helping to create the world’s most accurate atomic clock, earthquake expertise, highly ranked MBA program, several Pulitzer Prize winners and for “study of the behavior of matter at extremely high temperatures and densities.” About half-a-dozen Hollywood films were shot here and it is home to one of the largest earthquake-simulation labs.
Like many researchers, I believe that meditation has been a part of human life since the very beginning of human existence. Since man first became self aware, that is to say, when he first became conscious of himself as a being that can think, that can act out of conscience, that can remember the past and visualize the future, since he became aware of his own mental faculties, he has been driven by a innate urge to better understand his place in the universe and the essential nature of his own mind.
When we try to imagine the origins of meditation, most of us tend to picture it being practiced by followers of the earliest religions, such as Buddhism or Hinduism. As human civilization gradually developed, mans search for meaning blossomed into a variety of spiritual practices throughout the East, many of which included meditation. The earliest recorded evidence of meditation in written form is found in Hindu scriptures that date back approximately 5,000 years, and plenty of evidence is found in other religious texts, including those of Christianity, Judaism, and Taoism. These are the first texts to describe meditation as a formal practice with defined methodologies and objectives.
However, it is extremely likely that meditation played a part in the life of many human beings from a much earlier stage in the spiritual and sociological development of our species. The history of meditation probably goes back to a time well before we were capable of producing documentation to describe it as a systemized form of practice, and as a result, archaeological evidence of meditation is unlikely to provide us with the complete story. For example, scriptural records of meditation in countries such as India, Japan and China is plentiful, but very little recorded evidence of meditation in Australian Aboriginal culture exists, even though it is generally accepted that the Aboriginal inhabitants of Australia were practicing a form of meditation many tens of thousands of years ago, and they were certainly no exception at the time. Tribal rituals and ceremonies that involved trance-like states were common to a variety of ancient indigenous tribes around the world, and still are in some places.
It is almost certain that meditation has been practiced “informally” by man since the earliest of times. If one broadens one’s definition of meditation to take into account any form of silent awareness, any gaze of wonder, any form of focused introspection, then it is not hard to imagine early man slipping into states that we would happily define as “meditation” by our current standards. Since man first became self aware, he has had cause to look within, to become conscious of his own mind, and to rest peacefully in the space between his thoughts.
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Dr. Christopher Lloyd Clarke – Meditation really is one of the most powerful ways to experience inner peace and to improve your quality of life. For more information about guided meditation and to learn how to meditate for free, please visit www.The-Guided-Meditation-Site.com.
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Learn some self improvement lessons related to negative chatters, meditation, etc to eliminate negativity.
Negative feelings are like tidal waves, they attack your mind like waves coming one after another. Negative energy in you can take away you from good things in life. You are the beautiful creation of god and so don’t let any negativity affect your living. How to get rid of negativity? Get in touch with experts that deal with self improvement lessons. This will help in understanding the reason behind such pessimism and way to cure it.
In one day you cannot eliminate all negative energy, so start slowly and steadily. First understand what invites such bad feeling in your mind. Feelings like anger, jealousy, confusion, depression, etc results in downbeat which affects your persona. Learning self improvement lessons can help in getting rid of demons like negative energy. How to get rid of negativity? Here are some lessons related to self improvement which you need to learn:
Get in touch with experts
There are experts who can take you to the path of happiness by means of examining your problems. Learn how to control harsh emotions and not let them come your way in future in order to continue living and ego free life. In self improvement lessons, expert will always advice you to love yourself because this will help you to love others. If you let ego go out of your life, it can become very easy to handle emotions.
They will always advice you to meditate more in order to develop the power of concentration and gain back the positive aura. Meditation has power to eliminate every reason behind negativity! It helps to lower down the stress level, eliminate anxiety, etc. It will connect you in understanding yourself emotionally and will bring out positive power that can assist in dealing with different problems. Basically it quiets your body and soul, allowing you to develop self awareness.
Control negative chatters
What are chatters? Chatters are those thoughts that keep on running in your mind like things you want to achieve, your goal, your daily task, etc. You keep on thinking such things while traveling or while working but the problem arises when these chatters turn out to be negative. When you start thinking ‘you cannot travel, you cannot work’, etc brings in negativity. How to get rid of negativity? Best answer to this is control negative chatters. Don’t divert your mind from your goal! Such negative chatters are not worth against your precious time.
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About The Logistics: The Mechanics: The Simplicity: Avoiding Complications:
Page by page instruction on how to individually self-implement the practice of Correct Meditation, along with its introduction, has yet to be posted on this Web Site @ www.alfsbootcampblog.com. It will be posted in the Boot Camp section, not on the About page. Primarily, the About page is directed at the highly educated in society and particularly the disciplines of Science & Academia. That is not to say that others with lesser education, will not understand the content on the About page. But many others in society may struggle with its content, they should not have to struggle with the revised content on the boot camp pages.
Personal one-on-one instruction of Transcendent Meditation, is the correct way to learn the technique of its simple practice. But, it is possible with written clear instructions to self-implement its technique…and very necessary, for those having to wait years to receive personal instruction. For those in this category, very close attention to its written instruction is most important. So careful reading of that simple instruction, is very necessary to avoid making-it-up as you go along. Sooner or later, the means will arise in your town, to receive personal one on one correct instruction on its technique. Be patient and considerate of the enormous logistics involved, to reach everyone in society with its one-on-one instruction.
Note: Obviously we are talking in years for everyone in a Nation to receive personal instruction on its technique. So it is very necessary logistically, that the one-on-one teaching of meditation, starts in the Higher Education system & Government and eventually works its way through society. This is the practical way, the fastest way and the order out of chaos way, to implement Correct Meditation in a Nation.
It is also very necessary for anyone practicing Transcendent Meditation, to understand that acquiring silence in the mind, is the whole objective of sitting down for two twenty minute sessions a day. So it is important to create the habit to remind our self, to directly aim for that stillness in the mind when commencing its practice. Otherwise the mind will continue with its old habit of constantly thinking about things and over-ride the principle objective. It takes time and practice for the mind to adjust itself to new habits, so fighting this old habit with your thoughts every time you sit down to meditate…is a no no with an extra no thrown in for remembrance.
Note: The process takes care of itself, that is why it is called a simple technique by the author and open to any adult to practice. Children are another matter where Correct Meditation is concerned, requiring expert one on one tuition owing to that fact they have not reached adulthood. Nothing mysterious about that fact, just common sense. Common sense that children lack, until the mind grows to develop the reasoning processes of the intellect in adulthood. Those reasoning processes of the mature adult, allow the adult to digest its written instruction thoroughly and apply it to the letter when self-administering its technique.
The other complication, that the conscious mind has little control over until it expands, is the all important sub-conscious driven ego. The ego and its subliminal thought process, has developed (evolved) in our human evolution, to automatically protect the created identity and conscious self of the individual…and that includes its belief system indoctrinated in childhood. To avoid the ego automatically taking over the mind with thought during the practice of meditation, learn to realize this takeover when it happens with the awareness of the mind. Understand the awareness of the mind is not thought, and it will eventually expand with the practice to become aware of that distraction. You will know this distraction when it arises, because you will have stopped intoning the mantra and replaced it with thinking about something.
Note: As soon as you realize with the awareness, that you are thinking and not reciting the mantra, gently…repeat gently, go back to intoning the mantra. You will eventually master this distracting process of the ego with time and patience. The ego and its sub-conscious thought process in the mind, will eventually acquire the habit to remain quiet when you are intoning the mantra…if you follow this advice. When that happens, you will be able to spend most of that twenty minutes out of thought…and not in and out of thought. But, it does take time and everyone is different in the time it takes, to master that distraction of the ego and its activity.
That brings us to understand, that the practice of meditation is very…repeat, very personal. The experience out of the practice is also very…repeat, very personal. As such, learn to keep it personal. Along with all experience that that arises out of its practice. In doing so, you are respecting its ancient tradition and respecting the quality of Abstract Consciousness that comes out of its regular twice daily practice. We will not consciously realize that Abstract Consciousness growing in the mind…definitely. That is why we do the practice and forget all about it afterwards and become busy.
Note: Life & Nature demands that activity of us…nothing to do with the author, he is only giving the instruction and help. So setting up chat pages on the Internet and telling all & sundry about your personal experience, is a no no with an extra no for good measure. That respect & dignity, is a powerful influence in the spiritual workings of Nature, that reaps invisible dividends down the track of life. How does the author know all this? Because he has been there and back to bring this information to you. It is your turn now…if you want it to be.
To conclude with a brief history, understanding & meaning of the word mantra; to help clear up misconceptions and satisfy the natural curiosity of the inquisitive mind. A mantra has no physical attribute, it is a abstract non-physical vibration. By that, we mean it is a vibration manifesting out of the Absolute Consciousness that sources everything in Creation. It has no conscious meaning. The science of mantra’s, is exclusive to those who have acquired the fullness of Absolute Consciousness and the fullness of Spiritual & Physical Consciousness in their life. Those human beings have been extremely rare throughout the history of mankind. When they are here, the knowledge of mantra’s is always revived and renewed in that civilization. They have now been renewed in this global civilization.
Note: To say more than this at this point in time, is not productive in or out of boot camp. We need to climb further up the ladder of spiritual evolution first as a species. The means to do that, is through the regular twice daily practice of Correct Meditation and the knowledge of mantra’s.
If the mind cannot accept this new information to the world, then it is not fair…or productive, to blame the subliminal mind or call the ego immature. As the writer has done (for a positive purpose) in a previous article. Denial, sub-consciously protects the conscious mind of the individual and the more intelligent the mind, the more convincing that instant denial is to the listener. The only way around this automatic protective mechanism of the ego, is to become conscious of that fact and try the practice of Correct Meditation. No harm can come to the individual through its practice, only the creative imagination of the mind can bring harm to this simple uncomplicated practice.
Note: That last fact, is always good to remember through all internal experience in the complex mind. Because the imagination of the creative mind and the thought process of the subliminal ego, are not required during the effortless practice of Correct Meditation. So send them on holiday when practicing its technique and your mind, will be very refreshed when they return to remind you who you are.
Summing up: The continuation of this Article will be found in in a future article called, The Technique. It will be posted when the time is right for it to be posted. That depends on how fast Universities can expedite setting up the logistics, for the establishment of a new science discipline in their busy curriculum. I can say to the Principles of those Universities, that the necessary funds will be forthcoming, if the process is enacted & forthcoming…not otherwise. You will have to trust me on that statement, a trust that can be found in the sincerity of all my words to you. It is very necessary for the harmony of society, that the inauguration of that new discipline, coincide with the release on the Internet of the article called The Technique. It will only complicate this necessary process, if the author is compelled to elaborate further on the subject…at this point in time.
Note: To release that article called The Technique on the Internet, it is not necessary for every University in a Nation, to establish a Department & Faculty for the Science of Meditation immediately, only one. It is also important to inaugurate that new Department, with a simple but dignified ceremony. Further elaboration of this polite request to the University in question, will be forthcoming if requested. Just to add that Ceremony, when conducted with dignity & appropriate words, has meaning & influence far beyond out physical senses to evaluate. Like the original knowledge of mantra’s, its subtle meaning has become lost with the passing of millenniums. We still conduct ceremony in society as part of tradition, but the real purpose of its function has long since faded into obscurity.
Postscript: This is a personal note to all the Teachers of Transcendent Meditation outside of the umbrella of its Universities. Many of whom, have gone there own way in society for many personal and economic survival reasons. We all have to earn a living to survive in this economic driven world we have created…especially if we have the responsibilities of families. But it is time to return to the official fold and update your understanding and existing teaching of its practice. You will be respecting the founder of your movement by doing so and be of great service to a Nation in the process. You are needed in other words, to enable Correct Meditation to come to fruition in this shared World of ours.
Kind regards to the reader from the author.