My Meditation Journey
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There are four parts to this article series. Today I want to talk about my journey as a meditator and the overall benefits meditating can have for you, your health and your everyday life.
In the remaining three articles I will talk specifically about my experience with Vipassana, why silence and solitude are so essential to everyone and in the last article I will share some tips to helping you make your meditation experience a success.
Characteristics of Those Who Meditate
I can always tell when a person meditates from those who don’t (including those who say they do but they don’t). There is a certain peace surrounding and emanating from a person who meditates. They are not flustered easily and not much seems to rock their boat. When tragedy hits, either in their life or in the world, they have a way of exercising enormous amounts of compassion without attaching to a specific outcome. They are at peace knowing that this too shall pass. They are non-reactive. They don’t do drama and certainly don’t gossip – these energies go against the fundamentals of what meditation is all about. These people have mature and healthy relationships and rarely cling to any specific person, project or materialistic thing. This doesn’t mean they are not wealthy, it simply means they are not attached to their wealth but know that this too shall pass.
People who meditate breathe deeper and slower and they are generally speaking healthier than non-meditating people. They exude a beauty and confidence that is truly unshakeable, because it comes not from their outer appearance or classes they took to teach them how to be confident, it comes from a place that is the inner source and fountain of their contentment.
Hundreds of Different Techniques
This is the first of four articles talking about a meditation technique that has been around for over 2,500 years. There are hundreds, perhaps thousands of meditation techniques. All of which have benefits and are useful in helping us draw to the fountain of life within. There is no one technique that supersedes another as each technique has to be experienced by each individual. And since everyone is in a different space, every technique will have a different effect on the meditator.
I had three near death experiences, with my first experience at the age of five. Life changed forever after this event and I immediately became a quiet, inward, shy child, who preferred to be alone and out in nature. My favorite place was a corn silo where I would climb the latter to the top and jump on top of the corn. Once I got comfortable I would lay there starring at the lights dancing through the holes in the old, wooden roof above. Seeing funnels and vortexes I danced with the light without moving my body. I was acutely aware of everything that was going on even though I didn’t move. Today I realize how dangerous my corn silo excursions were. I could have easily been buried and suffocated and no one would have even known where I was. It was this hiding out in a quiet place where no one would find me that was so attractive to me. Time undisturbed, with just myself and the energies of this world.
When I wasn’t able to lay in the corn silo I would sit in front of my window and stare at the edge of the forest in front of us or sit down and stare into the mirror until everything started to fade and twirl away around me until only reality remained. It takes patience but I knew intuitively that intense focus on one point would eventually dissolve everything that is seen and open up the unseen. Then I would hear and see things of past lives and given visions of the future and eventually other realities all together. It’s difficult to explain and these experiences really must be experienced by the individual or they remain just information.
Even as a child I remember just “watching” or observing these visions. I never questioned them, they didn’t scare me, they just “were.” After my second near death experience at the age of 15 I went through an intense three years of being so depressed that I could barely function. I had felt the ultimate peace and unconditional love at the end of this tunnel and now I was back in this fony, non-realistic world where I would have to pretend to be human. I didn’t see the point, it made no sense. After sulking for three years in self-pity I decided to be here, to live, to function as a human and to give it my best, no matter how illusory this reality was – with the request that I would see it all. The good, the bad, the light, the dark – everything. If you imagine a figure 8, the infinity symbol, I wanted to be at the center where light and dark crash into one and find their ultimate equilibrium.
I did not know what I asked for then or I probably would not have asked…
A journey of self discovery and conscious introspection began. I always knew that all the answers can be found within. No exception. I started to consciously meditate when I was in my late teens. Over the decades I have applied many techniques. I was taught by a wonderful man who spent 7 years in a Tibetan monastery. This perhaps was when my meditations gave me the biggest spring board from which to learn and grow from. Years later I met my wonderful Native American teacher, whose wife taught me the Native American way of meditating; a specific technique for Native American women. And of course I have been applying the Master Key meditation techniques (by Charles Haanel) for decades as well; I love his techniques so much that I made it available as a free download on my site.
I have applied many meditation techniques since then. I even became a certified hypnotist because giving someone a transcendental guided visualization can have some of the most powerful meditative results that I have seen, especially when meditation is used for co-creating.
In the next article I want to share with you about my experience with Vipassana. A technique completely different from the ones I have learned and yet a technique that is simply amazing.
Tips and Steps to Take
Decide: Make a decision to include meditation as part of your daily routine.
Download your Master Key for free by clicking here. If you have never meditated before, download this free eBook and follow the instructions.
Recommit: If you used to meditate but gave it up for whatever reason, simply recommit to yourself and start dedicating a few minutes once or twice a day.
Mercy and Grace: When you miss a day, exercise mercy and grace to yourself, instead of beating yourself up for missing one of your meditation sessions. Start again. A good start for brand new meditators is to allow 10 minutes of silent sitting once or twice a day. Work up to 20 minutes a day.
Stretch Yourself: When you are comfortable increase your sessions to 30 minutes and eventually to one hour sessions (once or twice a day).