I am so excited you are here! Why am I redefining meditation? Well, it has only been just recently that I realized that my meditations would not be actually considered meditation, in the classical sense. The short definition of meditation is that one centers and calms themselves and through various methods they attempt to keep their focus on the now moment. I have been going on journeys of consciousness for about 9 or 10 years now. In the beginning, I thought I was going on guided meditations because I would come up with a scenario and then go into the meditation and let it unfold. When I looked up the definition to guided meditation, I learned that it meant that a listener uses someone else’s voice to keep that focus in the now moment. So that wasn’t what I have been doing. I looked up astral travel which is basically Out of Body Experiences. I am not doing that either. I am firmly in my body when I meditate even when I am visiting other worlds. I am literally taking my consciousness and becoming more, becoming Everything, and experiencing it all as I choose. I am very aware that I am in more than one place at a time or have more than one experience at the same time. I also am well aware that I am not the only one having these experiences. I thought about trying to come up with a new name for what I have been doing but instead I kept getting prompted to “redefine meditation”.
So what is wrong with classical meditation? Nothing! Absolutely Nothing! As a matter of fact, it is a fabulous skill to have. In the very beginning of my self discovery I tried to do it. I could never get in to it. I sucked at it! I would fall asleep or spend the entire time trying not to think of how much longer I needed to go before I was done. It was work! It wasn’t fun for me. More power to anyone out there who can do it. I don’t have the discipline…or the desire to discipline myself! 🙂
Lucky for me, I started doing my own thing.
I had no teacher. I just started doing it. This does not make me a genius. I have always been a very active daydreamer. Meditation and daydreams go hand in hand. To me, there is a natural evolution from one to the other. Meditation is easy, it is just stepping into a daydream. The difference between this redefined method of meditation and a daydream is that in a daydream we are controlling the unfolding of the imagining and experiencing what makes us happy (or even imagining what we fear will happen). In a meditation the experience unfolds for us and we observe or interact or both. During these meditations we are conscious and will interact but we are letting the experience unfold, as it will. We do not control it. The hardest part is trusting yourself and understanding the information that you are receiving. But both of those things are a continual process and we will always be working on them. I will post my own meditations here and any that get shared or sent to me as well. I hope to illustrate that the possibilities are wild and amazing and endless. Your guidance can and does communicate directly with you. All these inner journeys carry the possibility of amazing Ah Ha moments, healings, personal growth, and conscious creating.
An important point to make at this juncture is that individually you will receive information during meditations in different ways. All are correct ways of receiving! So far I have learned of the following ways of receiving information.
- Visual: This consists of seeing in your mind what is happening energetically in the form of images both moving and still.
- Sensory: This is experiencing information through all your senses. Feel the texture of the ground under your feet, the taste of a blueberry, the scent of the woods, hear the birds overhead, and of course sight. You might have one sense that picks up things stronger than others.
- Auditory: This consists of hearing the information either coming from yourself internally or seemingly externally.
- Knowings: This is information that just pops into your head.
- Vibrational: This is hard for me to understand, so my friend Melissa explains. She wrote this for me, “I “see” in those sine waves. The electrical energy of it – of all. I hear in vibration. Every vibration has a tone to it like a note from an instrument. Emotion has a tone – every single emotion has a different tonal quality. You will be playing more than one note at a time. I experience each person as a song. People together are an orchestral movement. I “see” us as those sine waves. Each tone has an accompanying sine wave. Those sine waves weave together to form the image of you. Each of you is a tapestry. Together a huge mural playing out. I feel those sine wave connections from one BEing to the next – like the spider web. I can ride that sine wave forward or backward.”—She had to figure out what she was getting at the beginning. It was like learning a new language for her.
- Emotional: This consists of feeling the emotional energy, often very strongly, of the experience. Tears are often present and not at all a negative reaction. There is a lot of nuance and information that can be perceived in the emotion and it is similar to Knowings in the sudden overall understandings that emotion brings in. Here is how my friend Jennifer describes her personal experience. “The emotion for me is always right on top. I feel the swell within my heart space, and right after that, I go with the feeling I receive regarding a person, place or circumstance. I find it most beneficial to let myself just sit, or be in that feeling, and am often led to deeper innerstandings just by hanging out with that emotion. For me, it is emotion that connects everything together. We all have different sensors that go off, showing us what our particular strength is at any given time, and they can vary from day to day, week to week. Emotion, or feeling, is my grounding connection to understanding.”
- Physical: The physical way of receiving or feeling energy is through the body itself. It often will be exemplified by needing to move the body in some way, whether it is dancing, drumming, rocking, jerking, moving the limbs, or the need to get up and move in general. It is also exemplified in body temperature. For example becoming hot or cold or having just one area of the body obviously change temperature. There is also the goosebumps or chills that can race through your body or part of your body. Another one to keep in mind is pressure, pain or uncomfortable sensations that can also be present. These are not to be feared but understood as energy moving, often staying in the meditation and moving the energy as needed will bring relief of the discomfort.
- Vocalization: The need to speak, sing, hum, tone, or create sounds is another way of receiving the energy, interacting with it, and bringing it fully into the individuals experience. This can be in a language that you know or don’t know or create sounds that are not a language at all.
I’m sure there are other ways out there. So if you are not listed above please let me know and I will add it to the list. I don’t want anyone to feel they are alone and frustrated in what/how they are experiencing energy. You also could easily be a combination of any of the above. THERE IS NO WRONG WAY! Also know that you are not locked into the way you receive energy. For example, I have been very visual for years. My visuals combined with knowings are how I communicated and tried to understand what was being presented to me. Then I learned how to hear, which for me is an internal stream of words. I have to deliberately seek out feelings, both sensory and emotional or they usually don’t surface for me to receive them unless I concentrate on it. I could learn to “see” vibrationally if I wanted but it would take a lot of effort so I will focus on what comes naturally. Just choose the easy path! Humans like to make things hard. LOL!
The next point that I want to make is that what comes to us is encoded with meaning. These codes are often based on YOUR personal experiences, understanding and beliefs. When it is not based on you, as in it is completely unknown to you, it is usually based on a meaning that they know you can easily search out and discover. What “appears” to you is never random and accidental. There are layers of meaning in everything. Anything and everything can be referenced. You have your own internal library of songs, colors, memories, associations, TV shows, movies, books and experiences for the information coming to you to access. What means one thing for you, could mean the complete opposite to someone else and their life experiences. So always go with your associations first for your own meditation decoding. And when someone else is telling you about their experiences, be careful not to inject your personal understanding as theirs. Always ask them, what it means to them first. This will usually change your own personal view on what is happening.
The only thing you need to do at this point is find some quiet time and get comfortable, or take a walk in nature, or play a musical instrument, or pick up your current art project. We all have different ways of getting out of our head. Center yourself and pay attention to what unfolds for you, remember the different types of ways that energy could show up for you that are listed above. Choose a specific focus for where you want to start. A few examples might be, “What does my personal energy look/feel like right now?”, or connect to the Sun or Moon or Earth, or connect to Source/God/All That Is, or the tree in the middle of your garden or the bird on your balcony railing. There is no wrong place to start. Know that you can ask questions at any time. If you are not understanding something, ask for it to be presented to you in a different way, or think of a way to phrase your question differently.
If you get interrupted during a meditation, don’t worry. There is no time. I have often stopped or been interrupted and then picked up right where I left off, sometimes within minutes and even the next day. I would recommend that you keep a journal of what you experience. I wish I had started keeping one sooner. There are so many times that I have read my own record of an experience and it is full of details and information that I had forgotten. Your biggest issue will probably be the fact that you won’t know the difference between your own imagination and information received. This is only something that is resolved with continual practice and building the trust in yourself. This is still something that I experience! I find validation when my meditation unfolds in such a way that is so out of left field that I know that my mind didn’t jump there all by its self. So write down what you experience and you will have a record of how your consciousness is expanding and your abilities are growing. Have fun and please let me know if you have any questions.