Energy series – Meditation
This is the last post on our energy series (at least for now), and we will talk about meditation.
I was really excited to write about that and got even more thrilled when I saw Ray Dalio‘s interview, where he stated that “meditation is the biggest gift I can give to anyone. And I would say more than anything it is whatever reason for the success I had”.
I have to confess two things:
1) This is my favorite one.
First and foremost, because you don’t have to spend money or depend on anyone else to do it, and being accessible is an essential quality to promote change on a large scale.
The second reason is that THERE IS JUST SO MUCH SCIENCE BACKING IT UP. Which leads to my second comment.
2) I didn’t know how to approach it for this post.
So… here is the deal: there is the brain-science-way of looking at meditation, and there is the connection-to-the-universe way. Since this is an “energy series” I didn’t want to put this in terms of improving brain performance, I was hoping to persuade to do it for your energy field.
The first thing I realized when I did my research is that other people shared my perception of this “differentiation” of two types of meditation. Daniel Goleman and Richard J. Davidson refer to them as WIDE and DEEP.
1) The wide and the deep
“[…] an ancient meditation tradition, was not intended to be such a cure; this method was only recently adapted as a balm for our modern forms of angst. The original aim, […] focuses on a deep exploration of the mind toward a profound alteration of our very being.Excerpt From: Daniel Goleman and Richard J. Davidson in “Altered Traits.”
On the other hand, the pragmatic applications of meditation […] appeal widely but do not go so deep. Because this wide approach has easy access, multitudes […] .
There are, then, two paths: the deep and the wide. Those two paths are often confused with each other, though they differ greatly.”
What they explain is that you have meditation in its “pure form”, the traditional and ancient way (Theravada Buddhism, Tibetan yogis, etc.).
The first alienation is to remove these traditions from their frame of reference, both by taking them away from a total lifestyle and by adapting them for the West
If you keep “peeling” it, you will also take it away from an enlightenment context, like in the use of mindfulness meditation to reduce stress
No wonder people are questioning this kind of practice, like this post I received from my dear godmother:
In my opinion, not everybody is looking for enlightenment. Some people are just looking for something to relieve their anxiety and depression. So this “watered version” would be my preference over taking medicine or drinking or anything else.
My personal experience is that once you start being aware, it is a matter of time to increase and deepen the practice. I started with 3 minutes with an app. I now meditate at least one hour a day, focusing on connecting with the divine.
The reality is that I believe so much in meditation that I don’t care why you start doing it; the path eventually will lead you to fulfill whatever it is that your soul needs that might be different from what I need.
“Our Asian teachers said if any aspect of meditation could help alleviate suffering, it should be offered to all, not just those on a spiritual search. Our doctoral dissertations applied that advice by studying ways meditation could have cognitive and emotional payoffs.”Excerpt From: Daniel Goleman and Richard J. Davidson in “Altered Traits.”
2) What will we be talking about?
By now, you already know that meditation can mean a lot of things. And that’s why this post probably won’t be the last one about the topic. Later on, I’ll write more specifics on one type of practice or another.
“Meditation is a catch-all word for myriad varieties of contemplative practice, just as sports refers to a wide range of athletic activities. For both sports and meditation, the end results vary depending on what you actually do.”Excerpt From: Daniel Goleman and Richard J. Davidson in “Altered Traits.”
What I have chosen to talk about here is the energy centers meditation.
3) Energy centers meditation
I’ve been doing Dr. Joe Dispenza’s work for a while now, and the blessing of the energy centers is still my favorite meditation. The energy centers are the well know chakras, but Dr. Joe likes to call them this way because he tries to break down any cultural or religion barrier that might come up.
“Think of each of them as an individual center of information. Each has its own specific energy that carries a corresponding level of consciousness, its own emission of light expressing very specific information, or its own frequency carrying a certain message. Each also has its own individual glands, its own unique hormones, its own chemistry, and its own individual plexus of neurons. Think of these individual clusters of neurological networks as mini-brains.”Excerpt From: Dr. Joe Dispenza. “Becoming Supernatural: How Common People Are Doing the Uncommon.”
When you activate each of these centers by putting your attention in it, putting conscious intention, they start to regulate every function related to it. If you start looking on the internet, you will see that Dr. Joe considers some minor variation regarding the exact location of the 6th and 7th centers, and he also adds the 8th center (that is not usually mentioned). You can see an image below of a more conventional approach.
What you have to do, very simply put, is to put your attention and a healing/loving intention in each of those centers (choose the organization that fits you better). The more you read about the energy centers, the more information you will have to do that properly. However, I must give you this tip: it is not just a matter of visualization, you should be able to FEEL the center, the energy in it, and all around it. You will go from the first energy in the base of your spine all the way up to the last one.
The guided meditation to bless those energy centers is available for purchase in dr. Joe’s online store, but you will find plenty of free options on youtube. Or you can do without guidance, just thinking about it.
Here are some basic instructions by Dr. Joe:
“Begin by placing your attention in the first energy center, and then move to opening up your attention to the space around this center. Once you can sense this space around the energy center, bless that center for the greatest good, and then connect to elevated emotions—like love, gratitude, or joy—to raise the frequency of this center and also create a coherent field of energy.Excerpt From: Dr. Joe Dispenza. “Becoming Supernatural: How Common People Are Doing the Uncommon.”
Do this for each of the seven energy centers in the body, and when you come to the eighth center, a place about 16 inches above your head, bless this center with gratitude or appreciation or thankfulness, because gratitude is the ultimate state of receivership. This center will then begin to open the door to profound information from the quantum field.
Now open your focus and place your attention on the electromagnetic energy surrounding your entire body, building a new field of energy. As your body draws from a new field of electromagnetic energy, you become more light, more energy, and less matter—and you raise your body’s frequency.”
Here is one of my favorite free resources. Click here and listen to it.
4) What is in it for me?
Well, in the worst scenario: some minutes for yourself. In the best scenario, enlightenment for life. A more realistic scenario, though, might be better explained if I support myself with some scientific data.
There are a lot of promised benefits, and the number of scientific studies on meditation has been rising. Still, a lot of them have problems with the methods used, size of the sample, or need more testing and corroboration to evaluate if those findings will stand up to scrutiny, especially if they are being presented by someone who is profiting from it.
“The mix of meditation and monetizing has a sorry track record as a recipe for hucksterism, disappointment, even scandal. All too often, gross misrepresentations, questionable claims, or distortions of scientific studies are used to sell meditation. A business website, for instance, features a blog post called “How Mindfulness Fixes Your Brain, Reduces Stress, and Boosts Performance.” Are these claims justified by solid scientific findings? Yes and no—though the “no” too easily gets overlooked.”Excerpt From: Daniel Goleman and Richard J. Davidson in “Altered Traits.”
However, there are also some fantastic scientific findings that include the fact that your brain can change.
“Researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California have shown that the adult brain can change its structure, its connections, and therefore its functions-a capacity for change that scientists had long believed was lost in early childhood. This means that we can voluntarily trans form our minds and brains throughout our lifetime by choosing our environment, our way of life, and the types of mental activity we engage in.”Excerpt From: Wallace, B. Alan. Mind in the balance: meditation in science, Buddhism, and Christianity
Here is an infographic with some benefits that we prepared to excite you to start your journey:
5) Final thoughts
In this post, I wanted to build a case for meditation and give enough information so that you can start to try it out, but as I said before, it is a long road.
Also, it is something we’ll need to build on. F
Don’t give up. You will get better at it. And don’t be embarrassed to start with help from apps or another tool.