by Jason Remfrey
Last updated: 5th October 2014 @ 7:30pm
I cannot stress the importance of meditation more strongly. It is more than just a tool to “still the mind”.
Your dedication in sitting or lying down for a period of time, with your intention of meditation, is a request from you to God… You are asking God to take away from you that which binds your soul in darkness. You are asking God to help you take responsibility for your own life. When you take the time to meditate, everything that happens during that time is meditation itself.
And much more, are all part of the meditative experience. If your mind begins to wander, let it, and then when you are ready, gradually bring your attention back to the meditation once more. It is a process where, in time, all your negativity is cleared and released.
Whether it be ten, twenty, thirty minutes or an hour, it matters little. Your heart will know what is the right time to meditate, whether it be for long periods, for short periods, morning, during the day or evening, within a group or on your own. There are no rules to follow.
Meditation then becomes a discovery, a tool to help you unlock the secrets of your heart, mind and spirit, and allows you to gain insight into all the unanswered questions you have held within you. Energy “blockages” will be cleared, and physical healings can also take place. When clearings happen, sometimes a person may shake, cry, speak in unusual ways, feel physical sensations, or even fall into a trance. These are known in eastern spiritual circles as “kriyas”.
You could well find, if you do not use meditation as a way to help yourself ascend, that in all sorts of situations, you may “discharge” negativities in all sorts of compromising, uncomfortable, painful or inappropriate ways (often verbally, physically, emotionally or mentally etc). It’s a way to say “Ok, perhaps there is something I should be looking at here”. If there is to be a positive from this, it may be that there is an acceptance of the importance of meditation in a person’s life, as I discovered for myself.
You may also find that during, or at the end of every “release”, there is an understanding of what the release was about, and more and more, meditation becomes a rewarding experience.
Just be comfortable, allow yourself to go on a journey, and be prepared to become the walking meditation itself… God’s Energy will be there to support you.
The Walking Meditation
Formal meditation, where a person sits or lies down for a period of time, is one of the most powerful ways to release burdens and negativity that are held within. However, you may find that while living out your normal everyday life you experience releases and have experiences, and gain understandings, that you might not have had before the fullness of God’s energy entered your life.
This is known as the “Walking Meditation”, although it doesn’t need to happen when you’re walking, and it can happen anywhere, anytime, with anyone, or on your own. What happens during the walking meditation is often more subtle, but no less powerful, and sometimes needs an external trigger for the release or experience to take place.
The process of walking meditation, and everyday life, can sometimes make us aware that we have an imbalance that we need to deal with, encouraging us to undertake a more formal meditation process with active intent. These “imbalances” can be emotional, spiritual, physical, mental, and so on, and as these are “worked through” and healed, we naturally become more positive and happy within ourselves, and this will become evident to everyone around us.
As I said earlier, there are no rules, and the most wonderful things can happen when you least expect them 🙂
If you choose to meditate by lying down and you find yourself going from “deeply relaxed” to “fast asleep”, you might like to choose to meditate at a time during the day where you do not feel so tired, or sitting in a chair might be an alternative if this feels comfortable for you.
Allow time after meditation ends to once again become aware of your surroundings, until you feel settled, perhaps staying in your meditation position for a few moments. When it is time to move around again, do so slowly to begin with (as the body may still be very relaxed), and give yourself as much time as you need.
Giving yourself time in this regard is especially important, so that when it comes time to once again perform your daily tasks (such as driving or using tools for example), these can be done safely, with clarity, focus, and attention.
Finally, try not to compare your meditation experiences with others, perhaps by saying “your experience was so much better than mine”. When I was growing spiritually I often found myself thinking this as I heard what others had to say, and I often wished my experiences could be just as good as theirs, sometimes wondering if I was even progressing at all.
Don’t think that the “meditation energy” ceases when meditation ends though, as it will continue to support you leading up until your next meditation, whenever that may be.
Everyone is unique, and we all need to experience different things in order to learn, grow and unfold. What one person may need and what they will receive will often not be what another person needs or will receive.
Everyone gets to the destination, that of Paradise. How we get there will differ from person to person, but each step we take is sacred, beautiful and important, no matter how small these steps may seem.
There is no one right path, and in the same way, everyone’s path to enlightenment and perfection is unique, and you will look back on your journey one day and say; “I have come so far, I now have a happy heart”.