The word meditation has been thrown around A LOT and people that don’t know much about it are actively teaching it. I teach kung-fu. That’s it. I don’t teach meditation. I do meditation but I don’t teach it at all.
This is because I am not an enlightened being that can lead you upon the path safely and thus do not offer any personal information, direction or guidance regarding this matter. What I do, however, is guide interested parties to exceptional people whose meditations are practical, secular and actually make a difference in one’s emotional and mental state of being.
I do Pranic Healing so I do the meditations that are given in that system: Meditation on Twin Hearts, Meditation on the Blue Pearl, Kundalini Meditation, Arhatic Dhyan meditation, Meditation on the Lord’s Prayer and others that are within the system.
The purpose of this post is to define what meditation is. So in that regards, I will stop speaking and quote and reference below the definition given in the Pranic Healing system:
A Guide to Meditation for Beginners
Since meditation is a stepping stone for anyone embarking upon his or her spiritual quest, it is important to simplify the art of meditation for beginners. There is a very crucial difference between concentration and meditation. Most people often confuse the two concepts. Concentration can be best explained by your state of mind when you are so immersed in reading a book, that you don’t hear someone beside you calling you loudly. Thus concentration can be defined as ‘prolonged focusing’ or ‘prolonged one-pointedness’. Concentration is a much discussed concept in yoga books. However what sets concentration apart from meditation is that enlightenment cannot be achieved by concentration alone. Simply speaking, if you are unable to hear the person’s voice right next to you, how can you hear the voice of your inner soul? How can you hear your inner OM or the ‘sound of silence’?
A Beginner’s understanding of the concept of meditation
Concentration to achieve spiritual enlightenment takes the form of meditation. Simply practicing prolonged concentration is not enough. It is equally important to practice sensitivity or awareness. This is called meditation. The concept of prolonged awareness is very prominent in the Indian culture and is known as dhyana. However, this concept is not there in the Western culture and hence there is no specific word to describe this state of being. Hence the word ‘meditation’ will be used.
The concept of dhyana is understood very little by most spiritual practitioners. The concept of dhyana was brought to China from India by Bodhidharma and was named Chan in Chinese. Chan was brought to Japan by the Shaolin monks of Southern China and was named Zen in Japanese. The words Dhyana, Chan and Zen all mean ‘prolonged awareness’.
The Concept of Meditation
In the Western culture, the word ‘meditation’ is used rather loosely. It can mean a number of things- from daydreaming to stress reduction to pondering on something. In Sanskrit, the word ‘meditation’ translates to ‘sadhana’. Sadhana can be described as ‘spiritual practice’ and spiritual cultivation’.
Meditation for beginners can be difficult at the onset. When practicing Sadhana, balance has to be achieved between concentration and meditation. While concentration is important to avoid the mind drifting off, meditation is necessary to register and respond to the inner and higher stimuli. The balance required in playing a musical instrument can be compared to the balanced required between concentration and meditation in the practice of Sadhana. If the strings are too tight or loose, the desired sound will not be achieved. Hence, a fine balance needs to be achieves between prolonged one-pointedness and prolonged awareness.
When you practice sadhana, there must be a proper balance between one-pointedness and awareness. In higher yogic practices, it is necessary to use prolonged awareness, prolonged concentration and oneness in order to achieve certain results. The use of these three practices is called ‘Samayama’.
The word Samadhi describes the different levels of consciousness. The term was originally used to refer to yogis who deliberately left their bodies permanently to unite with their higher soul or even with their divine spark. However in popular usage, the term Samadhi can mean anyone who has died. When a person dies, it is said that the person has attained mahasamadhi.
Samadhi, as used in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali means oneness. The combined use of prolonged awareness, prolonged concentration and oneness is called Samayama. Master Choa Kok Sui explains many simple techniques of meditation for beginners all the books he has written from his vast research.
How Meditation Benefits You
Regularity brings with it a whole host of meditation benefits- physical, mental and emotional. A practitioner of meditation will experience a complete transformation of self over a period of time. Stress, negativity, emotional turmoil, anger, physical disorders and ailments can all be treated and cured through the power of meditation. Meditation benefits you in more ways than you can imagine!
Regular practice of Meditation on Twin Hearts ensures better physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health for the practitioner. When practiced by a large number of people, the meditation benefits are amplified and the energy generated can also be used to bless the entire earth and promote harmony and peace.
When meditating on Twin Hearts, divine energy descends upon the person, filling him with divine light, love and power. Divine energy or spiritual energy that passes through the spiritual cord and the centers flows to the aura. This leads to the flushing out of negative thoughts and emotions, thereby cleansing the aura.
Benefits of Meditation on Twin Hearts for students
Students, who are preparing for exams, should practice this form of meditation. It results in greater concentration and increases the ability to study better and understand better.
Benefits of Meditation on Twin Hearts for managers and executives
Meditation benefits include quicker thinking and ensures the ability to make decisions fast. This form of meditation can give people in the corporate world and extra edge. The practitioner will find that his/her thinking has become sharper and faster.
Some of the holistic benefits include:
- Attainment of inner peace.
- Psychological stability through the cleansing of auras and the chakras in human body .
- Meditating regularly accelerates spiritual development
- Meditation energizes the brain cells, making the brain quicker and sharper.
People with brain and nervous disorders are advised to meditate twice a week as meditation cleanses and energizes the heart and the nervous system. Practitioners need to be cautious about over-doing Twin Hearts Meditation as it may cause pranic congestion.
Experiments were conducted in Italy on patients with multiple sclerosis. The patients were treated with a combination of medical treatment, Meditation in Twin Hearts and Advanced Pranic Healing. It was observed that after a span of 6 months, the patients showed remarkable and steady improvement. Many patients who had little movement in their limbs also showed strong improvement.