Meditation as Special Tool in Bio-Energy Healing
Excerpts from the Book Health by Bio-Energy and Mind by Michael and Eva Nudel, Ph.D.
There is a special tool which may promote the development and mastery of a special mind state and bio-energetic ability to feel and assess human energy - meditation.
Healers achieve a special state of consciousness, spiritual knowledge, and self-realization through meditation. Eastern mystics consider meditation as highly sophisticated, and a private method to observe nature, the universe, and to achieve constant awareness to perceive a new reality of the inner self - microcosm, and thus, the Universe - macrocosm. Eastern mystics consider humans the whole and identify themselves with the ultimate reality, and Divine who controls everything from within the body.
With meditation techniques require the mind to be absolutely quieted, not thinking. Meditation helps to shift awareness from the rational to the intuitive mode of consciousness. Energy healers have to develop the ability to attain meditative mode of consciousness. For someone it seems a completely new experience. Nevertheless, any bio-energy work demands a healer to be in meditative state of mind.
In scientific terms, our brains elicit four types of electrical brain-wave- frequencies: alpha, beta, theta, and delta. The slowest brain waves are delta (deep sleep). Rapid brain-wave frequencies are beta (rational, detail-oriented thinking). Stress and negative thinking or emotions can appear while the brain is in the beta state. Most adults live and work at the beta-wave frequency or typical working condition. At beta (brain alert and logical) inspiration or creative activity cannot occur.
Next to delta, slow theta waves appear before sleep. They are associated with drowsiness and rapid assimilation of new information. Theta brain-wave frequencies appear in deeply relaxed or daydreaming states. When meditating or practicing yoga people can control their mental states, and manipulate their brain waves producing a memory-triggering creative theta state. Mental phenomena such as hypnagogic imagery, creative thoughts, integrative experiences, and spontaneous memories may be brought with theta state. In theta state, the physical body is deeply relaxed but mind is extremely alert and lucid. Inspiration or insight appears while in theta state of mind.
Alpha frequencies are higher than theta, and less than beta. Alpha produces relaxation. The alpha state occurs when people enter meditative states (theta replaces alpha activity). The meditative state can also be named alpha and theta state. At first mind goes empty, and then the feeling is replaced by creative imagination or day dreaming. Inner healing of the physical body is accelerated in alpha and theta state. And healing by bio-energy can be done while the healer and healee appear to be in this state.
Alpha and theta state brings harmonious balance between left hemisphere activity (rational thinking), and right hemisphere activity of the brain (creativity) and a balanced state of whole-brain integration while physical body is deeply relaxed. This is extremely beneficial to reach a higher level of mental powers and reorientation toward life. In this state the mind works at high intellectual levels, and it is accompanied with creativity, euphoria, intuition, and feeling of being oneness with the universe.
In many forms of meditation, this quieting of the rational mind is achieved by concentrating one’s attention on a single thing or sound (breathing, mantra, or a visual image). One method of concentration of your consciousness on one thing or thought at the time of exercise is not easy to do, because the mind thinks all the time, recalling unexpected and unusual thoughts. Also it does not want concentrate on one thing or it is distracted. People need meditation because they think about their problems all the time. They need to learn how to relax and forget about them for a while. The ability to stay concentrated or distracted for a while is a mastery that can be achieved by frequent practice. When you can stay concentrated, you are able to control your physical, mental, and, later, even energetic state.
In the beginning of practice of meditation, if you experience your mind starting to wander, try to return your consciousness to the object of meditation and wave away those thoughts like clouds. When mind concentrates on one chosen thought or object, it is not possible to worry, fear, and hate. When practiced regularly, your body can learn about the way of ridding anxiety, depression, fear, hostility and other stressful emotions. You will learn to manage strong and habitual emotions, and let them pass without any trace. You will be able to maintain equilibrium in your life without unhealthy emotions.
Whenever you need to release tension, tiredness, pain, or stressful emotions, find a comfortable posture, center yourself, and take several deep breaths. Begin your meditation and focus on sensations of inner discomfort, scanning your body to see if muscles are tightening. Find ways to calm self down repeating gently "Relax", or "Let it go more". Later, you can scan your body for tension, take several deep breaths, and relax.
It is better to start meditation with breath-counting. In the beginning, just simply count each deep inhalation to ten, then start over with "one". Observe what is going on within yourself, wait until all current sensations are gone; however, return the consciousness to the counting. When you open your eyes at the end of your meditation, you will realize you feel much more relaxed than you did before meditating.
For your meditation you can choose any sitting postures with crossed legs, or Yoga postures where you can sit straight. To find the balance of the body, you can rock slightly from side to side. Breathe through your nose. Touch the palate of your mouth with your tongue. All you need is a quiet place, comfortable pose, and emptiness of the stomach (not less then two hours after eating).
Staying centered or grounded is an important part of meditation and bio-energetic work. Closing your eyes, or discentering your vision, render centering physically and psychologically, finding inside yourself internal reference of stability. The centering is an act of self-searching, understanding of own being and relationship to the universe. Through centering you can be aware of dynamics of your own consciousness and body.
In the beginning of practice, pay special attention to the full abdominal breathing. Breathing will become deeper unconsciously with practice. Maintenance of passive attitude during meditation helps to achieve meditative state. For beginners to have a lot of thoughts and few moments of clear consciousness isnatural, nevertheless, try to diffuse and become oneness with the universe by gradually mastering switching the consciousness. Starting with a few minutes, you will find meditation comfortable from 20 to 30 minutes.
The most common form of meditation throughout the world is "mantra" meditation. "Mantra" is a use of any words or syllables. The most effective "mantra" is "OM"(universal mantra, that connect our souls with universe). Pronounce it as a music note, "A-A-O-M-M-M…" Let the mantra find its own rhythm as you repeat it over and over again. Chant your mantra mentally or aloud, which ever is more relaxing to you. Listen to inner self. Instead of inner voice, your consciousness has to chant the mantra.
Copyright (c) 2000 by Michael Nudel and Eva Nudel, Ph.D.
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