Meditation the Good and the Ugly
By Hank Setala
Meditation is generally thought of as a relaxing exercise that reduces stress and promotes good health. This is not the
case with everyone though. For some people, dipping their toes into a meditation practice can bring feelings of chaos and agitation.
Even for the experienced practitioner regular meditation can come with some occasional upsets. This knowledge that I am about to share with you will help both the beginner students as well as the seasoned devotee.
Think of meditation simply as being still. Allowing a communion to occur between you, yourself, and your soul. As you enter the silence or progress towards it anything that is suppressed that is not congruent with an aligned state of being starts to bubble to the surface. Think of your consciousness like a farmer’s field. Entering into a meditation is like bringing a cold frost to the land. When this happens to a farm boulders are heaved up to the surface. Think of the boulders like suppressed experiences that need healing. Meditation brings these subconscious experiences closer to the surface of conscious thought.
This is the reason why many people have what is known as “monkey mind” when they begin their meditation practice. Not only do we live in a fast paced multi tasking society, our mind will also do just about anything to avoid bringing up what is perceived to be a painful experiences that we did not want to deal with. This also can occur with those who have practiced meditation for long periods of time. It can suddenly get hard to reach the silence. This is often a indication of a large block in need of healing. So what do you do?
- Keep a journal of the random thoughts that are from the past. Ask yourself with each one is there anything in this that needs healing. Thoughts from the past often resonate to some degree with the big boulder coming up. Modern day thoughts like your shopping list are just a mental defense mechanism.
- If meditation becomes overly uncomfortable, focus on mindfulness instead. Pay attention in every waking moment. If you notice yourself becoming agitated at someone or something ask yourself “When have I felt like this before.” It may take a while but a memory of an experience that needs healing will pop into you head.
- Analyses the blockage. Ask yourself “what does it it look like, feel like, sound like etc” See what impressions you get that will give more form and details to the block.
- State the intention “Allow this blockage to come to light in the most loving way possible” This statement simply says that you are willing to face it while asking that the impact happen in the most loving way possible.
Once you are aware of what the block or boulder is, the next step is to transmute that energy into positive expression. This can occur one of 2 ways.
- Passive Transmutation: This would involve changing your perspective of the event. If you do healing work you can send energy through time to the event with the intention of healing it.
- A great techniques is available from Patti Conklin called Color Works that works with subtly changing the frequency of the energy block.
- Active Transmutation: This involves the affected parties, going to them and asking a simple question. “What can I do to make this right with you?” Then following through with what the person says is needed to make it right for them.
Ether method is effective, though the passive option takes a much longer time frame for the effects to become rooted in your being to effect change.
Even if dealing with a block, it is still important to set aside time for meditation daily looking at it as an opportunity to plunge up what needs healing from the depths of your being.