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Devaki Sokaris

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2. Meditation

Connecting with the higher self

Meditation is putting our awareness to the higher self and letting it consciously work through us.

Our beliefs, thoughts and feelings highlight what limits us, thus brings attention to where change is needed. We are not living life as a formless being of light. We are here to experience our true selves as spiritual being living a human life.

Many think they do not need to sit in meditation to spiritually evolve. Bridging the gap between the personality and soul does not happen without conscious attention to the higher self. As a physical being, it is not possible to have soul consciousness 24/7, but sitting with the higher self regularly allows us to bridge the gap.

We are not here to be a slave to the mind’s distortion of the truth. In the stillness we see life more like it is. We experience both worlds of reality and illusion, thus we are swinging between different stages of consciousness as we evolve.

In stillness we are vibrating in our natural state of unity, which allows the personality to experience the flow of awareness where we begin to feel union with all. For this process meditation is essential, yet many think they can get there with knowledge, foolishly thinking it is soul consciousness.

My aim is to give you some tools to experiment with and point you in the right place to use them. Therefore, why I have only provided one meditation for soul awareness, mindfulness, and contemplation. Once you are confident in doing these meditations yourself, you do not use the guided versions. You can then experiment with your own time frames, what time of day you meditate and what you need for your spiritual growth.

You can keep all meditations to a single session or combine all three meditations in any combination you feel will work for you. They will have a differing effect depending on how they are combined. You may want to combine mindfulness and meditation together or contemplation before meditation which may help stop the mind chatter that happens in meditation when we are worried about something.

Doing mindfulness before meditation may help you relax better going into meditation or after to ground more for the day. I advise you just experiment with these meditations and find what works for you in daily life.

What is meditation

When you go beyond the form that you use to get there, you are meditating.

A lot of things have crept into western language as being meditation when they are about relaxation and contemplation.

Things that serve the personality are not meditation, they are relaxation or a prelude that facilitates meditation, but of themselves they are not meditation. Mindfulness is not meditation, as it is contemplating being aware in the present moment.

It’s not meditation unless you’re putting your awareness to the soul (higher self) and letting it consciously work through you. It’s in purifying our hearts and minds through meditation that we allow our higher selves to work through us in daily life.

Some examples of what may compliment or facilitate going into meditation, are:

  1. a.Guided imagery (compliment) - Clarity, healing
  2. b.Yoga nidra (compliment) - pain management, stress, relaxation, anxiety, mindfulness
  3. c.Music - relaxation, some may prefer music to meditate to and others don't need it
  4. d.Mindfulness (facilitate) - conscious awareness, being present
  5. e.Contemplation - offering up questions to the higher self for answers
  6. f.Mantras (facilitate) - help to focus the mind in preparation for meditation. Mantras bring peace and fulfilment and help us to lead happier lives.

Meditation

Connecting with our true self allows us to evolve spiritually and live the life we came here to live.

If you have never meditated before, start with 10 mins and build up to 30 minutes or a time that suits your needs. Don’t be afraid to experiment more if it isn’t quite doing it for you. There is no fast track in being able to meditate well.

It’s not possible to remove all thoughts when meditating so we need to learn to distance from them. Many have an interior dialogue in their heads running that doesn’t stop. Much of these thoughts are meaningless making it difficult to experience the stillness. As soon as you identify yourself within those thoughts, you are not meditating.

As we become more aware of the inner wisdom, we start to experience higher consciousness, allowing the soul to to start expressing itself in our daily lives. Spiritual awareness is the only awareness that raises consciousness. The more you build the connection with the inner, the more you become your true self.

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is conscious awareness to the present as now is all there is. It’s important that awareness is focused in the present, not whether it will be there in the future.

Mindfulness first began as a Buddhist practice and is a good way to focus living in the now and the mind before going into meditation. Today it is used a lot in western culture. However, it has sometimes been altered by therapists to suit western psychology agendas rather than stay true to mindfulness.

Non- judgmental awareness is an important key in finding peace and happiness. It free’s us from attachment, thus suffering the false realities of the past and future.

Mindfulness is a form of concentration, and may include focusing on the breath, what we are feeling, guided imagery and other relaxation practices that create stillness. Whatever is brought to awareness whether it be the body, the breath, or the environment, we remain an observer.

Mindfulness can be used before or after meditation depending on what you want to achieve, so you can also combine them into one meditation. For example, doing mindfulness before a meditation an create relaxation and presence to go into the meditation and doing it after can create grounding and awareness to set the day. Either way all intentions are set in the now and connection to higher self.

Mindfulness can be very helpful on the spiritual journey, when dealing with life issues, anxiety, and mental illness. If we want to heal from our pasts, change can only happen in the present. The past is only a collection of now thoughts, so we are already experiencing the consequence of the past in the present.

None of us will be perfect at practising mindfulness because our brain/personality wants to judge so it will try to work against us, so we need to constantly bring ourselves back to the presence of now. The more we practice mindfulness the more we live from the heart rather than the mind. Aside of mindfulness sessions, try to bring mindfulness into everything you do, whether it is brushing your teeth, cooking, cleaning and so on.

Contemplation

Contemplation is about seeking answers through the higher self for clarity and understanding.

Contemplation is about tuning into your higher self and offer up your concerns or what you want answers for about your life path. Answers may or may not come in the sitting so you allow your question to seep into your subconscious without attachment, thus sleep on it, as the answers will come in their own timing.

They may come while you are going about your daily life. Be mindful that these may be in the form of Archetypes (symbols, images) and words. You can increase your sit time to suit your needs. For those new to contemplation will likely need to visit there question a few times before they recognise the answers given to them.

It is not a matter of just sitting and asking questions. It would be pointless if one has not started to taken steps in shifting their awareness to the spiritual self. The soul is the essence of reality, thus if one cannot put their personality aside, they cannot open to the deeper insights of their inner wisdom.

Contemplation is best done on its own for clarity. It is also good to do before a meditation practice if you have some things that are playing on your mind for answers, as it helps still mind chatter and worry that may happen while meditating. Contemplation can be be very helpful when making major life decisions and transitions.


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