What They Don’t Tell You About Meditation
In one of my earlier posts, Meditation is Chicken Soup for the Mind, I describe the many benefits of having a regular meditation practice and all the wonderful things it can do for you. But sometimes before you get to the peaceful, loving feelings you must work through the painful ones. This post by Shawngela Pierce explains the healing process that often comes with meditating.
Many of you are familiar with the varied benefits of meditation. Meditation helps you to relax, relieve stress, improve your health, focus, etc. What you probably haven’t read about is the emotional, physical and spiritual healing that occurs when you meditate that gets you to the point of experiencing the plethora of benefits.
There is a general myth that meditation somehow creates a mythical “bubble” that surrounds you; and that through meditation you instantly become more peaceful and a better person.
In actuality, what is going to happen as you meditate regularly, is that you are going to go through what I like to call a healing process. You can think of the healing process as a shedding of “layers of your skin” that do not serve you and bringing into light the new you; with emotions, a physical state and spiritual connection that is more in alignment with who you truly are as a spiritual being in physical form.
As an example of the healing process, let’s say you have 10 layers of skin to go through in order to become the person of peace you desire. Now let’s say that you have just begun meditating and have only shed your skin once. As a result, you are at a level of 9 of peace. Therefore, you will attract and be attracted to situations, places and people that are also at a level of 9. Now, of course, 9 is lower than 10, but you may not be able to tell the difference between the two since they are so close together.
You also may not have even consciously noticed any emotional, physical or spiritual releases that occurred in order to reach this level.
Examples of releasing energy could be:
- A surge of anger that flows through you
- Feeling uneasy in your stomach
- Feeling like you have a cold
- Feeling tired
- An old pain that starts to flare up
- Old memories that come back into your awareness
- Tears emerging for no apparent reason
- Feeling a need to figure out your life purpose, etc.
Now let’s say you have been meditating regularly and you shed 7 layers of skin quickly in a short period of time. As a result of the quick shedding, you can release things that cause you to undergo a healing crisis. This results from the healing occurring so fast that you are not able to handle the physical, emotional and/or spiritual consequences of that healing.
For instance, if you suffer from depression, have experienced a serious trauma, or have irrational fears, the surge of all the releasing could cause you to fall deeper into that state or resort back to your old coping mechanisms which may or may not have been supportive to healing.
It is during these times that you may want to consider consulting with a specialist of your choice who will be able to help you deal with the emotional, physical and/or spiritual issues that arise.
Now let’s say you shed 7 layers of skin gradually over a longer period of time. As a result of the gradual shedding, you are able to notice your particular patterns of healing. This allows you time to develop ways to help move the stagnate energy that does not serve you and sustain the healing process. The gradual healing process also gives you more tools that could help you handle a healing crisis on your own.
Note: Through a regular meditation practice, you will begin to notice that there will be times of both gradual healing and quick healing. The two will alternate at different points in your life based on many factors.
Change in Your Point of Attraction
“You cannot travel within and stand still without.” ~James Lane Allen
If you shed layers of skin and release energies that do not serve you, several things involving your environment will change as well. For instance, things that you used to like at a level of 10, no longer feel good to you right now. Or maybe some of the music that you used to listen to will no longer resonate with you anymore. It may feel like the words involve too much conflict; and since you are no longer resonating at that frequency, then it does not feel good for you. This is natural. It is a natural transition to a more peaceful world.