Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Dr Lesley Phillips. Most people understand the concept that meditation can help you relax, focus, and even improve your emotional well being and physical health. However, how many of you realize that meditation can empower you to take conscious control of your life? By this I mean that you can let go of everything that you are unhappy about and create the joyful life you have always wished for. Does this sound too good to be true? Then allow me to explain…
The First Step is to Increase Your Conscious Awareness
If you spend most of your time worrying about the future or dwelling on the past then this is a good place to start. Meditation techniques such as mindful breathing and grounding can help you to become more present. They help focus your conscious awareness in the here and now, so that you can tune into your physical body and the physical world around you, as opposed to the pesky thoughts can cause you distress.
- To ground simply create a flow of energy from near the base of your spine that connects with the center of the earth. If it helps; you could visualize this as a laser beam, a waterfall, a tree, or anything else that works for you.
The Next Step Is To See Yourself and Your Life As It Is
When you are willing to take an objective and realistic view of life you can see what truly is, as opposed to what you are afraid might happen, or the “mistakes” that you have made that you’re judging yourself about. A great tool that I find really helpful is called centering. It seats your conscious awareness in a place where you can have a neutral perspective on your life creations.
- To become centered, focus your attention in the center of your head. That is right in the middle of your brain, where your pineal gland is located. You may experience yourself as a bright spark of light.
Then You Can Decide What to Keep and Let Go
By viewing your life from the center of your head, you can see clearly. It places you above your emotions and other strong forces of the physical body and gives you a 10,000 foot view of your life. In this way you can be clear about what is beneficial and what is not. You can then use your meditation techniques to let go of what is not working.
- Letting go is easy. You can use the flow of energy down your grounding to release stress, pain, tension, limits, memories, concepts and beliefs.
This Creates the Space for New Creations
I like to use the analogy of a closet. If you never threw away your old clothes, there would be no room for a new outfit. In a similar way, by letting go of self limiting beliefs, painful memories and outmoded concepts about the world, you create the space for you to change your life.
- You create your reality through your thoughts. A great way to get the energy working towards your desired change is to visualize what it is you wish to create. Then release it as though it were a petal floating on the wind.
The Universe will Fill the Space with Your New Creations
Of course another ingredient for successful manifestation is that you have to really want what you have envisioned, and you have to believe you can create it. Finally you need to be able to recognize it when it comes to you and allow yourself to have it. Many of us have expectations about the form our creations should arrive in. This stops us noticing or welcoming our new creations when they arrive. So another great practice is to release your limits to receiving down your grounding cord. These techniques have changed my life, and I love to share them with others. I wrote my book “The Midas Tree” to bring meditation to a wider audience. Especially children, as I believe the world would be so different if we could see how bright and powerful we truly are, without having to go through too much suffering first. Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Dr Lesley Phillips. She is a speaker, author, workshop leader, spiritual and meditation teacher based in Vancouver BC, Canada. You can connect with her at www.drlesleyphillips.com or http://themidastree.com.