A SPIRITUAL BLOG ABOUT CURRENT EVENTS, 

HEALING, AND BEING HUMAN. 

Beginers Meditation and the World of Energy 

A magical moment near the pier of my old home in North Vancouver.

An energy healer is someone who is trained in reading the subtle energy anatomy of living things. I specialize in the human domain, but energy healers can be found elsewhere, not just with humans. Each in their own flavour, I have had wonderful experiences with healers who work with animals and businesses, with the kingdoms of the earth or with the kingdoms of heaven, and the really old souls, most likely, can work with them all.


When I think of the human body, I think of it metaphorically as a big, beautiful home that we each receive when we incarnate as a human. From a soul level these homes will include wisdom and unresolved issues from other lifeltimes, and we are each bestowed with taking care of our homes on our passage through linear time.


Our chakra system is like the windows and doors to this home, and for all intensive purposes we will each have seven. Seven spinning vortices that project out of the front and back of our bodies, where energy from the universal energy field around us comes in and becomes a part of who we are. With each inhale and exhale, what comes in are the experiences that shape us, and we receive them psychically as much as we receive them through our five senses of; touch, taste, smell, sound, and sight, all getting stored in our mind and cells as memory.


Typically, the way we are taught to do life (or at least how I was taught), has us sitting on the front porch of our home watching and engaging with the people that pass us by. People come for a visits and sit for a while. We allow these visitors to place gifts inside of our home without really taking a look to see what is inside of their wrapping and most likely we'll continue to sit on the front porch place things in our homes as the arrive until things start to feel off. In this version of doing life, we have totally forgotten to walk inside, to dust and to vacuum, to take down the Christmas decorations, or to clear the unnecessary clutter from our space. And just in case you missed it, all these are a metaphor for life's experiences adding up over time.


Some people on the other hand were born lucky, they had parents who taught them how to walk inside and do housekeeping. They learned from birth to keep a tidy Feng Shui'd space. Whether the front door was open or closed when people came to visit, or whether or not their gifts were welcomed through the thresh-hold was all determined by the belief structures they adopted through the experiences that shaped their beginning years. These are the lucky ones, while the majority of us need to be taught how to do this later in life, and so alas, mindfulness meditation arrives as a helpful tool.


By practicing mindfulness meditation we are allowing our mind to walk through the front door of our own house and connect in with all of the things we’ve stored there over the years. It takes effort and practice to walk through the door at first, but once you do, quickly you'll start to enjoy sitting down to meditate.


It will seem difficult, then peaceful, and then and you'll get little hits of insight, revealing what is going on inside of inner world.

The path to start receiving this information has two essential components: the breath and an attunment to the sensations in your body. The breath is how you walk though your house internally, and sensations are the bodies way of showing you what it wants you to look at. Focus on these two things as you move through your inner world and let the rest be organic. Sensations become (in)sight when we spend time with them.


MEDITATION FOR BEGINNERS


1. Find a time and place in the day that you can take 10 minutes to practice. The location that you choose should be quiet and peaceful, where no one will bother you.


2. Next get comfortable. You can be sitting in a chair, lying down or in a meditative posture with your legs crossed. All will do, as the most important factor here is that your spine is straight. * Be attentive if you choose a lying down posture. This is how our bodies know it's time to go to sleep, so you may notice that you get drowsy more easily in this position.


3. Take a moment to get into the right headspace. Be kind to yourself. Maybe, smile at how crazy, complex, silly and simple being a human really is.


4. Whatever comes from that—smile even more. Imagine yourself as innocent as as a young child. Love your self as you would a new born baby. Tap into your spontaneity and tenderness as it's from this place that true transformation can take place.


5. Now you're ready to practice. Open your eyes and set a 10 minute timer. Close your eyes and get quiet. Start focusing on your breath. Now be warned, if you’ve never done this before your mind is going to throw a whole pile of thoughts at you—maybe telling you its a waste of time, you’re crazy, or you’re not doing it right. Just smile at that and focus again on the breath. This is you walking in the front door.


6. When you focus on the breath for long enough the mind will begin to calm down, and this is where you can begin to let the sensations in the body become interesting. With every inhale and exhale imagine going deeper. Focus on the sensation in or on your body. These might feel like tingling, heat, pulsing, spaciousness, coolness, tension, or pain. Pain, if thats what you're feeling, is not an easy thing to be with, but in actuality it's our resistance to the pain that causes us suffering . . . so play with that idea and see what it feels like to just breath with the pain. Whatever comes up—just be with it and continue to focus on the breath.


7. Breathe, inhale & exhale, inhale & exhale.


8. When the timer beeps, gently wiggle your fingers and toes, and open your eyes. Take any gentle stretching movement that you need. and know that you’re done for now. Great job! Even if you managed to truly focus on the breath for 30 seconds of the 10 minutes, know you did amazingly.


9. With a journal close by and if you feel so inclined, you can write down any thoughts or ideas that came up during your meditation to release them, to remember them, or to allow them more time for contemplation.


10. Congratulate yourself for taking the time and if it’s something that you feel benefited you, why not see if you can recreate a time in your day to practice on a regular basis? I recommend 3-5 times a week to start. Repeat for 2 weeks and then think about extending your time to 15, or even 30 minutes. The more that you sit, the more you'll unfold, and the more internal space you're bound to discover.


From my heart to yours,

Marnie



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