Guided and self-guided meditation deepen us into the subconscious mind for personal discovery, healing and transformation. In the quiet of the soul, we see, hear, feel and distinctly sense the presence of universal energies within us – the currents of light and sound flowing through the body's energy system, the seven chakras (spinning wheels of light) in the image above.
Having a spiritual focus in meditation makes it easier to open the heart and merge with universal consciousness.
Find a quiet place and a comfortable
upright chair. Place your hands in a relaxed position
in your lap, with your feet flat on the floor,
close your eyes and withdraw from the outer world
into yourself. Follow the quiet, steady movement
of your breath in and out of your body.
To help relax your bodymind, breathe into any
areas of darkness or tension until these become
light. Now take a long, deep inhalation and
draw it up from the base of your spine to the
crown of your head; hold your breath for a moment
and allow spiritual light to enter the top of
your head. On the exhalation, bring this light
down into your body, pausing at the end of your
breath to feel the currents of spiritual light
collecting and moving inside you.
Repeat this breathing pattern for awhile, and
when you are ready, say to yourself, "Arise,
my soul and enter the Oneness." Use whatever
words are meaningful to you. *
In a few moments, ask your inner being, your
soul, for an ideal a guiding aspiration
to repeat like a mantra during meditation.
Simply ask your deeper self what you most need
in your life at this time.
When you have a word or series of words that
strike a chord of truth within you, create an
"I am" statement such as "I am
filled with Light," or "I am peaceful
in the Oneness."
If your thoughts wander, draw your mind back
to the words of your ideal. Let it be your anchor,
but not just the words. Try to feel and experience
your ideal, or mantra, to deepen your awareness.
Repeat your affirmative, one-sentence mantra
as often as necessary to focus your mind on
the meditation. This repetition will build your
intention into the atoms of your body and imprint
it on your subconscious mind, thus making your
life what you want it to be.
Should your bodymind become too aroused to concentrate,
imagine a place in nature that you especially
love. Use all of your senses to experience this
place. Relax into the colors, shapes, textures
and forms in this environment.
When you relax again, return to the silence.
Repeat and experience your "I am"
ideal as needed. Gradually, your thoughts will
drift away and your meditation will deepen.
You will find in this calm, peaceful silence
an expansiveness and sense of unity with all
of life. In deeper meditations, you may receive
guidance for your growth and happiness.
This feels like and is a gift. So is the experience
of quiet listening and attunement with your
Spirit. You will emerge from meditation with
greater clarity of mind, an inner sense of unity
and peace, creative solutions to challenges,
and the strength and resources needed to cope
with whatever comes your way.
You can consciously ask for wisdom or guidance
by requesting help and watching for it to appear
in some form as a symbol, word, phrase,
sense of inner knowing, a totem animal, angel,
teacher or guide.
Stay focused and wait patiently. If you receive
an insight, impress it on your conscious mind.
Later on, you can write it down.
special occurs except a calmer, deeper sense
of relaxation, then close with gratitude, open
your eyes, wiggle your fingers and toes, take
a full-body stretch, and return to the outside
Your guidance will appear in some other
form, perhaps in a casual comment you hear,
a vivid, movie-like dream, a synchronous event
or a pattern of meaningful coincidences.
With your desire and intention, you have embarked
upon the higher road of destiny and the blossoming
of your life. This is the promise of the Source,
the Creative Force that makes itself available
in infinite ways for our healing and growth.
You can strengthen the light flowing through
you by praying for others. At the end of your
meditation, bring people to mind one by one
and surround them with light. You need not pray
for a specific outcome; the energy knows what
Healing prayer will evolve your mind and change
your life for the better. Immediately and over
time, you will experience more peace, healing,
growth and joy, and this will radiate outward
into everything and everyone you touch.
May love, the excitement of discovery, and your
chosen ideal lift your meditations to the mountaintop,
where you soar like the freedom-loving eagle
on currents of fulfillment and bliss.