Before I start I want to let you know that at first you may wonder how what I am talking about has anything to do with the topic, but if you give me a chance it will soon become clear.
We as human beings have always fought against main stream ideas, and in so doing , it is my belief that is one of the main reasons we have survived. Many cultures in earth's past who were docile and followed THE WAY prescribe by their leaders or religious sects are no longer here ( nor the knowlege they gained ). I believe because THE WAY they were following, though not a negative path ( ok some where ), was not the path they should have been following.
"So what path should they have been following". you ask? Well for those of you who have visited my site, you know, I do not prescribe to any ONE religious view. I believe ALL positive religions start out heading in the right direction, but seem to veer left or right of the mark and then goes off on it's own tangent. For instance stating they are THE ONLY WAY!, or they start using human or animal sacrifice to appease an all knowing all loving god. Or possibly decide another race or religious view or culture is evil so go about ignoring, abusing, or exterminating them, or some other nonsense of this nature.
I will not pretend to know what WAY is the right WAY, but I will say if we look to all the positive religions both past and present the basic similarities between all of them was the message of LOVING ONE ANOTHER. That in my opinion is the answer. I know, I know that sounds way too simple. But if you seriously give it some thought I think you might agree with me. If you love someone unconditionally, you want the best for them, you want to help them prosper and if this was happening on a global level can you imagine the kind of world we would live in? The things that could be accomplished?
OK, OK, I know your wondering what does this have to do with the Paranormal or with learning to use our extrasensory gifts to contact, help, or understand, ourselves, others, ghosts or entities, right? Well again it is my belief and scientific fact that every thing is made up of energy, of one form or another. From the molecule to the material that makes up the material that makes up the molecule and so on. Man has been since the discovery of these energies trying to harness and understand them.
So in understanding the Paranormal we need to try and understand this energy that makes up all things. When ghost hunters go to a site that is thought to be inhabited by an entity what types of equipment do they bring along to detect them? Electromagnetic field testers, infrared thermal scanners, digital thermometers, digital still cameras, electro static charge meters, digital video cam corders, etc. Instruments that measure or detect energy in one form or another. There are even instruments that can read a persons Aura, instruments that measure the reaction of plants when they are put under duress.
Do you see where all this is leading. All of us have this energy inside us, some are more attuned to this energy some have this energy in such abundance that they have very little control over it and some feel they don't have this energy at all, but they are wrong. What needs to be done is to learn to harness, control, and understand this energy. Now I am not really bringing anything new to light here, all spiritualists, psychics, new agers, religious sects, ect all discuss this energy in one form or another, using newly created words or words from other past cultures and the one heard mostly bantered about is Chakra's.
Chakra-doctrines have developed in a multitude of different esoteric traditions in greater or lesser degrees of completeness. So again I am not talking about anything new. I also will state that many of them understand this energy but only to certain degrees. Because once again their belief systems limit what they were able to glean from their own theories about this energy.
OK with all that said, where do we start to learn to harness, expand, strengthen, understand, or even find out how to use this energy. I believe we start where virtually everyone connected with the paranormal and or spirituality agree. With meditation, What Is Meditation?
There are various types of meditation - prayer is probably the best known, but there is also TM (Transcendental Meditation), mindfulness meditation, and from the Eastern tradition, Zen meditation, Buddhist meditation, and Taoist meditation.
Meditation encompasses such diverse methods as:
Formal sitting in which the body is held immobile and the attention controlled. e.g., Zazen, Vipassana
Expressive practices , in which the body is let free and anything can happen. e.g., Siddha Yoga, the Latihan, the chaotic meditation of Rajneesh.
The practice of going about one's daily round of activities mindfully. e.g., Mahamudra, Shikan Taza, Gurdjieff's "self-remembering".
All these practices have one thing in common - they all focus on quieting the busy mind. The intention is not to remove stimulation but rather to direct your concentration to one healing element - one sound, one word, one image, or one's breath. When the mind is "filled" with the feeling of calm and peace, it cannot take off on its own and worry, stress out, or get depressed.
According to Joan Borysenko, Ph.D., a pioneer in the field of mind/body medicine, meditation can be broadly defined as any activity that keeps the attention pleasantly anchored in the present moment. When the mind is calm and focused in the present, it is neither reacting to memories from the past nor being preoccupied with plans for the future, two major sources of chronic stress known to impact health.
So what exactly are we doing with meditation? Well like a Power House we are grounding our selves, insulating our selves from the negative energy that bombards us daily. Can you imagine what would happen if we were to attempt using, or sending out electricity without the benefit of insulted cables or if it were not grounded?
That's exactly what we do each and everyday without the benefit of meditation. In order to be able to understand, use, control, and strengthen this energy inside us we need to insulate and ground ourselves, and in my opinion that can only be accomplished through meditation. Once grounded and insulated we can then start to explore ourselves, experiment with this energy we all have inside us, to heal, have reliable and clear contact with those beyond our spectrum, experience OBE's, etc. does this make any sense to you?
Well now its time to hear from you, what do you think?