Meditation – Types & Techniques

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Meditation.  We all know what this is, right?  Ha, think again.  There may be some surprises for you.  Meditation, a very generic term for sure, encompasses a host of different activities.  When most of us first think of it, we probably picture a guru sitting in a cave or on top of a mountain somewhere on his sheepskin blanket in full lotus position, either chanting, repeating his manta over and over, singing OM, or quietly contemplating his navel.  And all the while, trying to empty his mind of anything, only existing in the nothingness of the moment while searching for union with the oneness of the cosmic forces of the universe.  Whew, can’t believe that all got out.  Anyway, that’s not quite the type of meditation we’re talking about.

Let’s examine the different ways people meditate.  Basically, there are five main types of meditation, although some can be hybrids of two or more of these systems.  First, there is the passive type of meditation, which usually involves mostly contemplation on a thought or object, while sitting quietly and relaxing the body and the mind.  Focusing on a candle is an example of this type.  This is like getting on a bus, going along for the ride wherever it goes and not having any control where it really ends up, but some of us do prefer the bus.

Second, there is the devotional type of meditation, which involves a guru or master arrangement, usually like one of the eastern systems.  This is like hitchhiking and riding in someone else’s vehicle, and at the whim of the driver, but then some of us don’t like to drive.

Third, there is the active type of meditation, in which one does a mantra or chants, and sits and relaxes while possibly focusing on a particular chakra (emotional spiritual energy center).  Now you are finally starting to drive your own vehicle, but it’s more like having a learner’s permit, as you’re just figuring out your vehicle works and how to drive it.

Fourth, there is the passive sound current meditation, in which one listens to the inner sound while focusing on a chakra, while sitting and relaxing.  Now you’re starting to drive your own vehicle around and going places, but you will probably not have complete control where you’re going and may also be limited where you’re going

Then finally, there is the active sound current meditation, in which one listens to the inner sound, manages that energy and uses it to travel up into the structures of their inner being, while relaxing and sitting quietly in the physical.  Now your vehicle has morphed into a flying vehicle, airplane or rocket ship, depending on what you can do, and you’re flying, having fun and on the horizon of total freedom.  This type allows you to run your energy and velocity, and thus your consciousness, at light speeds, if you know what you are doing.

Each type involves particular techniques and all provide certain benefits, and at times limitations, for the practitioner.  It all depends on what the individual wants and needs from the exercise and experience.  However, to practice about any system of meditation, you probably need to learn several important traits; discipline, persistence, objectivity, balance, focus and being analytical.  But the most important thing of all, you need to be able to … relax.  Relaxing may seem simple, and it can be, but in today’s furious world it’s not as easy as it once was.  Of all that you learn in doing any techniques, relaxing is first, foremost and last.  Without being able to relax, nothing else will work, because tension obstructs the energy flow through your being.  Once you’ve laid that foundation, which many meditation systems incorporate into their techniques, then the whole experiences within whatever system you choose will be wide open to you.

In the end, meditation allows you to get free of the emotions, the mind and the physical body, as one of the main functions of meditating is to heighten your energy level to the point that you become aware of the higher, more subtle frequencies of creation.  Thus, a functional meditation system is a vehicle through which you can consciously tune into these higher realms of life to acquire and compound your energy supply.  Once you can do that, you are essentially free to go where you want.

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