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100 Ways to Become More Conscious

100 Ways to Become More Conscious

1. Connect with nature – Go for a walk in the forest, jungle, field of daisies, or wherever you feel like getting a connection with nature. It is possible to feel at deep sense of peace and oneness when you attempt to connect with nature. As you learn to connect and appreciate nature, you allow your consciousness to rise up.

2. Get your body moving – Exercise and dancing will raise your consciousness by promoting healthy brainwave patterns, healthy neurotransmitter levels, and great circulation throughout your nervous system. Help yourself rise up and break the pattern of not exercising by going for a friendly walk with one of your friends or even going to the club to dance. Both examples are: easy, fun, and empowering.

3. Simple meditation – Whether you are an advanced meditator or a beginner, the benefits are tremendous and will allow you to tap into your highest state of conscious functioning if you stick around long enough. It is an act that will definitely raise your conscious awareness and allow you to attain greater focus, discipline, and develop a deeper joyous connection to life.

4. Spending time with true friends – Find only friends that align with who you are, your beliefs, and your values – they will make you more conscious. These are your true friends, and though they can be tough to find, they should definitely be cherished. Give some of your true friends a call and make it a habit to spend more time with them.

5. Have the intention to “raise your consciousness” – If you have the intention to raise your consciousness and state of awareness, you are on the right track. Having the intention alonewill make you more focused on finding ways to raise your consciousness.

6. Tell the truth – Anytime you tell the truth, you raise your level of consciousness. Why do people tell lies? To protect themselves in lower states of consciousness. People in higher states of consciousness don’t lie because they want to be true to themselves, others, and make relationships in humanity more conscious.

7. Find and live your purpose – Searching for a purpose will help you find your true purpose here on Earth. When you find your purpose and are able to share it with the rest of the world, you will continue to raise your level of consciousness.

8. Take conscious control of your decisions – When you take conscious control of all your decisions, you are actually activating certain neural pathways in your brain that help promote self-control, calmness, and inner peace. Every time you allow others to dictate your decisions or you don’t take full conscious responsibility for your decisions, you become slightly conditioned to be less conscious when making choices.

9. Always be open-minded – Being open-minded is a key aspect in the process of becoming a more conscious individual. When you haven’t accepted the diversity that our planet has to offer: ranging from different cultures, religions, wildlife, and beliefs, you will stay in your same state of consciousness or drop to a lower state. Being open-minded doesn’t only need to be for beliefs either. It can be having an open-mind to try something new such as: a new exercise routine, spiritual practice, or trying a new food.

10. Pursue higher intelligence – There are many ways to become more intelligent. Not everyone is intelligent in every area of their life. Some people are more emotionally intelligent, some have a higher I.Q., while some are more spiritually intelligent. All forms of intelligence increases and enhancements will help you on your journey towards expanding your awareness and becoming a more conscious human being.

11. Treat yourself with respect – Having respect for yourself and your actions will ultimately boost the amount of love that you express towards yourself and others. Make wise, respectful decisions that reflect your values and have strong respect for your personal beliefs. Treating others with respect will help you become a more conscious human being too, but before you can respect others properly, you must first learn to show the utmost respect towards yourself.

12. Practice forgiveness – Forgiving yourself can be very difficult sometimes: especially if you are operating in a lower state of consciousness. Realize that in order to rise up, advance, and become a more conscious person, you must be compassionate and forgiving towards yourself. Any hateful thoughts or pent up negative emotions that you may be holding towards yourself need to be released. Negative thoughts and emotions can easily lower our level of consciousness if we do not practice compassion and forgiveness.

13. Cultivate a “high-performance mind” – Cultivating a high-performance mind is a very fun, invigorating process that involves consciously accessing the brainwave state that you consciously choose, whenever you feel it is appropriate for a certain situation. Since their is no single best brainwave state to live life in, it helps to train our mind to consciously be able to “switch” states upon command. For those who want to understand more about developing a high-performance mind, I recommend that you go check out the book The High Performance Mind by Anna Wise.

14. Connect through prayer – The act of simply closing your eyes, folding your hands and saying a prayer will raise your level of consciousness. There are many different ways to practice prayer and there are many different practices, that when combined with prayer, enhance the power of your conscious message. Overall, prayer is a great experience that has potential to aid in your conscious awareness.

15. Challenge your belief system – This one can be difficult for many individuals due to the influence of imprinted beliefs by their parents or guardians during childhood. Some examples of beliefs that you could change include: dietary (changing to a vegetarian), spiritual (from Christianity to Atheism – or vice versa), emotional (from sadness to happiness), etc. By changing your belief system and experimenting with new beliefs, you make yourself more conscious of life’s endless possibilities.

16. Befriend like-minded individuals – On your journey towards becoming a more conscious individual, befriending like-minded people can be extremely helpful. If you are going through many spiritual, emotional, and mental changes without the company of others, the process can be much more difficult and confusing than when you have a guide, guru, or some friends that are traveling at a similar pace to you. Not only is being around like-minded individuals healthy, and optimal for your consciousness, it will ultimately give you more joy in life!

17. Pursue a path of spirituality – Pursuing a path of spirituality and becoming more spiritual will aid you considerably in the process of becoming a more conscious human being. Never be afraid to add a new spiritual practice to your arsenal – you never know what may be most effective or a life changing experience.

18. Express gratitude – Expressing gratitude on a daily basis is a very positive, fulfilling exercise to practice. Ways to express gratitude on a daily basis include: giving thanks for your food, expressing gratitude for yourself and others through prayer (as discussed earlier), complimenting others, and letting another person know that you are thankful for having them in your life. By sharing and expressing gratitude, you feel extremely satisfied and will become more consciously aware of the things that you truly appreciate in life.

19. Make yourself happy – What sort of things make you happy? The answer is usually different for everyone. You can do yourself a favor right now by making a long list of everything that makes you happy in life and acting on your listed items. Feeling and experiencing happiness in your life also will give you the powerful drive that it takes to make yourself more conscious.

20. Act on your desires – Simply having any form of desire will raise your consciousness. Desire encourages us to take action to advance consciously. The state of apathy, or not caring about your consciousness, will naturally lower your consciousness. Desire is a powerful way to raise your consciousness.

21. Boost your brain power and functioning – There are many helpful exercises that you can do to boost your brain power and overall level of functioning. One of my most popular articles, 50 Ways To Boost Your Brain Power, should get you on the right track if you are currently confused about the topic. Raising your level of consciousness will naturally boost your overall brain power, and boosting your brain power will raise your level of consciousness; both affect each other in equal proportion.

22. Take full control of your lifestyle – Are you living the lifestyle that you feel is mostbeneficial for your mental and physical wellbeing? Maybe there are certain bad habits that you need to get rid of or certain good habits that you’d like to implement in your daily routine. Don’t be afraid to act now and make necessary positive changes in your lifestyle to help you take full conscious control.

23. Choose empowering beliefs – In the process of changing beliefs, choose beliefs that are empowering to your soul. A good way to know what belief will be empowering is to simply ask yourself how you feel about adding the new belief. If you feel a strong connection with a new belief, such as feelings of excitement, it will probably be a very good choice of a belief to implement. Make a conscious effort to purge all beliefs that are less than satisfying. Understand also that as you become a more conscious human being, changing your beliefs will become a much easier, more natural process.

24. Avoid physical fighting and abuse – Physical fighting stems from emotional misunderstandings, hatred, and negative emotional expressions. Fighting can be described as the opposite of peace. Physical fighting and other forms of abuse can really do a great job at distracting us from becoming more conscious human beings. Anything that you can do to stop physical fighting and abuse will ultimately make you and the individuals involved more consciously aware.

25. Be aware and accepting of your emotions – No matter your current emotions, you will profoundly help yourself if you are accepting of them. Going through life resisting your emotions and trapping them inside yourself makes life much more difficult. Trying to escape from our emotions lowers our awareness. When you accept what you feel and consciously understand why you feel a certain emotion, your level of consciousness rises.

26. Speak compassionately – When having conversation with others, do you choose your words wisely? Or are you the type of person who could care less what you say? The truth is, people who choose their words wisely and consciously think during conversation are the ones who show greater respect for themselves and more compassion for others. Make a conscious effort to speak compassionately and positive results will follow.

27. Think positive, act positive, be positive – Being a positive influence sets a good example for others and for yourself. Positivity and states of being positive are direct effects of raising your consciousness. I highly recommend trying to be a more positive person in all areas of life; you will notice and feel the beneficial changes in your awareness.

28. Have sex with your partner – Having sexual intercourse is a great way to spread and share your love with another person. The best way to have sexual intercourse is with another positive, healthy, person in which you fully love and trust. Having sexual intercourse is a loving way of transferring and sharing energy with another person. No matter who you have sexual intercourse with, there can be significant conscious benefits.

29. Identify with your soul – Realize that at your core, you are a spiritual being who is living in a physical body. In lower stages of consciousness, this concept may seem unrealistic and may be very difficult to grasp. As you become better at identifying with your soul, you become better at working your way up the mountain of consciousness.

30. See perceived faults as a “mirror image” – When you look at the faults of others and identify faults in other people, use them as a teaching tool for yourself. The people that are in your life weren’t put there by mistake, they were put there to teach you something about yourself. By being able to take personal responsibility for what is being displayed by others into your conscious focus, you can take the information and make very positive changes.

31. Expand your horizons – Trying something new can pertain to any area of your life. Maybe you want to try to add a new healthy habit to your daily routine, shop at an organic store, or even host a block party for the first time. Having courage raises your consciousness and by constantly trying new things, you boost your cognitive ability to adapt and push through any lower states of fear.

32. Face your deepest fears – Are there any fears that you’re holding inside that are prevent you from making conscious advancement? At certain stages along the ladder of consciousness, it can be extremely difficult to face your fears. With that said, facing your fears will equip your consciousness with more empowerment and energy. Healthy fears include: giving a speech, singing in front of others, or throwing a party; this would be a great list of fears to go out and conquer! The choice to face these will help you considerably in your ability to make conscious advances.

33. Use powerful incantations – Incantations are simply words or phrases repeated over and over with emotional intensity for personal or spiritual benefit. They have commonly been used in religious practices to praise certain Gods or deities, but they have also be used for personal development and in the process of becoming more conscious. No matter what way you choose to use incantations, they can be very helpful and a powerful catalyst for helping you become more conscious.

34. Practice positive affirmations – Affirmations are a bit different than using incantations, though the concepts are very similar. Affirmations are used to change beliefs and thinking patterns. Examples of positive affirmations include: “I am healthy,” “I am positive,” and “I am intelligent.” The primary goal of using affirmations should be to replace unhealthy beliefs and thought patterns with healthier ones; making it easier to scale the mountain of consciousness.

35. Be aware of your state of consciousness – Unfortunately, many people aren’t aware of their current state of consciousness or what even defines consciousness. You may not even be consciously aware of the many diverse possible states of consciousness due to the fact that you may have only experienced one primary state of functioning throughout your lifetime. If you are a person who hasn’t experienced other states or most importantly cannot seem to understand your own state, you are definitely missing out some important aspects and understandings of conscious perception.

36. Set a positive example for others – Setting a positive example for others can pertain to any area of life and is highly encouraged. Setting a healthy, positive example for others to follow spreads a direct positive image into the lives and minds of others. Trying to consciously set a good example for others, will further raise your consciousness. Setting a bad example, or unconscious example, will slow, halt, or reverse your current conscious development.

37. Guide others interested in raising their consciousness – There are many ways to aid others in the process of raising their awareness, especially if you are a more consciously advanced individual. Chances are good that you’ll need to do some personal work with raising your own consciousness before you can put yourself in an effective position to help others raise their consciousness. What you may want to do, though, is encourage others to practice some items in this article or others on 4 Mind 4 Life dot com.

38. Share your unique insight and wisdom – Everyone has a different perspective based on their personal experience, purpose, and personality. Therefore, each individual has a unique form of insight that they can share with others. There are endless ways and opportunities for you to express and share your knowledge with others. All that you need to do is take action towards finding a medium most effective for allowing you to share your insight.

39. Gain wisdom from others – No single person holds all the wisdom of the universe in their brain. For this reason, it is important to study the wisdom of others and try to apply their wisdom to your life. As mentioned earlier, everyone has a unique perspective and knowledge-base to bring to the table. Studying the wisdom of others can be done in many ways. Examples include: meeting face-to-face with a more consciously advanced individual and ask them for life advice, reading positivity and personal development websites from several different sources, or maybe attending different personal development seminars.

40. Keep your ego in check – The more aware you are of your ego, the easier it is to become more conscious. With that said, as your awareness increases, so does your state of consciousness. The reverse also applies: as your consciousness increases, so does your awareness. Letting our ego get out of control and take the driver’s seat in our consciousness has potential to quickly lower our state of functioning. Taking full control and responsibility to keep your ego in check when faced with adversity will allow you to consciously advance in a much healthier manner.

41. Practice personal development – Taking action to better your life through the concept of personal development is an extremely effective way to make yourself a more conscious human being. Think of personal development as the act of upgrading every area of your life to function at the highest possible level: health, finances, relationships, etc. Virtually all aspects of personal development lead to greater conscious development in one way or another.

42. Shift your conscious focus – Being preoccupied with thoughts of past events and of the future has potential to lead your consciousness in the wrong direction. Focusing your attention on this exact moment (commonly referred to as “the now”), however, is a great way to raise your level of awareness. By learning techniques that allow you to shift your awareness to this exact moment, you can work wonders in the process of conscious advancement.

43. Be energetic – Being energetic can be very powerful for advancing your state of consciousness and for inspiring others to become more consciously advanced. Your body can become energized and your brain can become energized. When both are operating in at maximum intensity and energy, you are said to be in a state of peak conscious performance.

44. Make healthy dietary changes – Making healthy dietary changes means searching to find the best possible diet to fit your mental needs, physical needs, spiritual needs; to fit yourneeds. Are you fully conscious of what you are consuming? In order to boost your own level of consciousness, it is important to be fully aware of the food in which you are consuming in your diet and to be respectful and accepting of the diets of other individuals without making negative judgments.

45. Accept others for who they are – As mentioned above in being conscious of what you eat, it is important to be accepting of the diets that others choose to use. Whether they make a conscious decision to have an unhealthy diet or unconscious decision, accept their actions. Accepting others can apply to every area of life. No matter if you disagree with another person’s actions, disagree with their personality, or disagree with their perception of life, it is important to accept them for who they are and not try to force changes upon them. Settle your disagreements with other individuals by purely accepting them for who they are.

46. Accept and love yourself for who are – Life’s journey becomes much easier and significantly enriched if you can learn to accept yourself for who you are. Depending on your current state of consciousness, it may be difficult to love and accept who you are. Take the time to count your blessings, be accepting of yourself and your level of consciousness. Realize that at this current moment you are doing the best that you know how to do in order to advance consciously.

47. Understand your own thought process – An extremely effective way to become more conscious is to take note of your thought process and understand it to the best of your ability. I’ve seen many people run themselves in mental circles due to an ineffective understanding of their own thought process. Being consciously aware of your thoughts and why you are thinking them is a key step towards creating an accurate understanding of your reality.

48. Bless everything that happens – There are times throughout life when amazing things happen to us and other times when upsetting events take place. Just like accepting who you are is a great habit to get into, you should also learn to bless everything that happens in your life. No matter how bad an event, it has potential to make a positive impact on your life in the long run. Your ability to bless and appreciate, even what may be initially perceived as a worst case scenario, will ultimately provide you great conscious satisfaction.

49. Take time for internal reflection – In my opinion, taking time for internal reflection is the single most effective way to learn more about yourself and your current state of consciousness. Internal reflection will certainly help you better understand your thoughts, emotions, spirituality, and provide clarity in your current life situation. If you don’t currently take time to internally reflect, you could very well start up a 20 minute meditation routine each morning and observe the difference it quickly makes in your state of consciousness.

50. Focus on advancing consciously – In the process of conscious development, it’s important to focus exactly on what you are trying to accomplish: the act of becoming more conscious. During this process, it is important to tune out all unhealthy distractions such as: negative relationships, abuse, fighting, illicit drugs, etc. If you allow yourself to become distracted with unhealthy, unconscious habits, then act of advancing consciously will become a much more difficult or slower process than normal.

51. Be aware of your breathing – Being aware of your breathing means being fully conscious of your breathing pattern. Being aware of how you are breathing is important. Unfortunately, many people are unaware that there is actually a proper way to breathe. A way of breathing that is optimal for your body and brain. Proper breathing involves inhaling through your nose and exhaling through your mouth upon every breath. The process of becoming more aware of my breathing through exercises like meditation and conscious breathing have significantlyhelped me increase my overall level of focus, emotional stability, and level of consciousness.

52. Spend more time with yourself – In the fast-paced lifestyle of the 21st century, it is very common for people to spend time with others, yet never take personal time to spend with themselves and focus on their own life. If you are an individual who is currently not taking enough time for yourself each day, try starting up a personal routine. Examples of ways that you could spend time with yourself, contributing positively to your own life include: taking time for internal reflection (meditation), letting yourself know how much you love yourself, going on a walk to listen to your own thoughts, giving gratitude for everything that you have in your life, or getting involved in a hobby that inspires you.

53. Listen more often than you speak – In this day in age, it seems as though there is always someone that wants to be the center of attention; conversations easily become viewed as egoistic competitions. While being the center of attention can feel great and can be a rewarding experience, it can become consciously dangerous to your consciousness if it is motivated by your ego. By practicing the act of listening more often than you speak, you can train yourself to be more consciously aware of others, while still holding the conscious ability to politely contribute to a conversation.

54. Muster up some courage – Being highly conscious means doing what you want to do, saying what you want to say, and living how you want to live at every moment. Somewhere along the path towards developing a highly conscious mindset, you will need to be courageous. Developing a sense of courage is an integral step, possibly a phase that may last several years, on your journey to become more conscious.

55. Always act with compassion – Having complete compassion for others is a direct result of becoming more conscious. Unfortunately, there are few people here on Earth that are honestly able to make the claim that they always act with complete compassion for others. Compassion meditation also allows you to learn how to shift your mental focus from any state into a perspective of pure love for others. As you may have already guessed, practicing compassion can be one of the single most powerful exercises for boosting your level of consciousness.

56. Improve your mental focus – Improving our mental focus helps us get a better understanding of reality and provides us with more inner clarity. As we enhance our level of focus and clarity, concepts that had previously seemed very difficult to understand become general knowledge. We get a better sense of understanding within ourselves and of the world around us. As your level of focus increases, so will your level of consciousness.

57. Think rationally and logically – Being able to think rationally and logically allows you to positively interact with your reality much easier than being irrational and illogical. In fact, being irrational and illogical will actually lower your current level of awareness. Rational thinking is a byproduct of a high functioning brain, particularly the high activity within your left-prefrontal cortex. One great way to increase your ability to rationalize is to strengthen your brain’s level of functioning by boosting your brain power.

58. Purify your body – One great way to become more conscious is to purify your body. You can help purify your body by going on a specific diet, by cutting certain substances from your diet, by decreasing stress and learning to deeply relax, by cutting certain substances from your diet, by sitting in a sauna to sweat out toxins, etc. While following a detox routine, be conscious of what you are doing to your body. Be fully aware that you should choose a detox routine that has been researched and proven effective in order to avoid risking bodily damage in the process. With that said, choosing to purify or cleanse your body can really work magic for your current level of consciousness.

59. Start a personal journal – Starting a personal journal or blog is a great time investment that will allow yourself to become more conscious of your: thoughts, feelings, actions, philosophies, beliefs, etc. Writing entries in a daily journal or on a personal blog can be extremely helpful in the process of understanding your current state of awareness. What is nice about keeping tabs on yourself is the fact that you can watch your progress as you undertake a conscious journey. No matter your strategy for keeping a journal, understand that keeping tabs on yourself and events in your life serves as a great way to develop a deeper sense of understanding, knowledge, and conscious awareness.

60. Make others laugh – Being funny and making others laugh is a great way to ease stress and create a more positive outlook in life for yourself and for others. Though you may not be an expert comedian, being able to make others laugh is extremely rewarding and satisfying. Making others laugh and smile shifts all attention away from pain and negative emotions, towards one of pure enjoyment and happiness. Jokes and the ability to laugh can really change your entire perspective from what may seem like a grim, serious situation, to a happier, more positive outlook.

61. Practice a religion – Practicing a religion is a phenomenal way to become a more conscious person. As you raise your current level of awareness, you will discover that there is really no best religion or Utopian religion to practice. What matters most in conscious advancement is getting a feel for what practices actually make you become more consciously aware. You need to personally determine what works best for you. One of the best ways to do this is via experimenting with many different religions.

62. Respect the beliefs of others – At no time is it loving or respectful to criticize the beliefs of others. No matter how consciously advanced another person is or isn’t, it is important to respect their thoughts and actions. When you try to force others to adopt your lifestyle, beliefs, and force them to become a more conscious human-being, you are indirectly expressing negative emotion towards that individual; you are getting your ego heavily involved. Forcing others to consciously change is not truly accepting them for who they are. If you feel like you should force others to raise their awareness, perhaps you need to raise your awareness some more! It is important to realize that everyone will have their time to advance consciously and will eventually reach the “top of the mountain” on their journey to their higher consciousness.

63. Ask questions about your life – Attempting to learn more about life each day is a great way to increase your overall knowledge base and a great way to become a more conscious person. Nobody “knows-it-all” in life, that’s why asking questions about life and about certain situations in life, will really help you out on your journey. The idea here is to learn as much about life as possible. This will allow you to make your lifestyle more conscious, your choices more conscious, your actions more conscious, and yourself a more knowledgeable person. If you don’t feel like asking others questions, a great way to learn more about life is to ask yourself internal questions. Often times we don’t realize that within ourselves, we hold the answer to every question about our life. Meditation is highly recommended as an exercise for learning more about our inner-self.

64. Understand that everything changes – Whether you realize it or not, everything and everyone is in a constant state of change. Change is undeniable and is happening to yourself and others as you are reading this. There is no way to prevent change, but there is a way to consciously control your change. Be the change that you want to see on this Earth and please: make it a positive, conscious one!

65. Realize that you are not alone – On your journey towards becoming a more conscious human being, it is important to realize that you are never alone in the process. Someone, somewhere is going through the same process and many have already gone through the process. There are likely many individuals that are more consciously advanced than you are: which is a good thing. Look to these individuals for guidance along the way. We can always look to more conscious individuals for personal guidance and advice in life.

66. Push your personal limits – Pushing your personal limits to become the best person that you can be is something that everyone should strive for. Pushing your personal limits is something that you can do in every area of your life: relationships, exercise, consciousness, spirituality, finances, etc. Pushing your personal limits in the areas that you feel most soulfully-connected with are the areas that you should probably put the most work into in order to feel the greatest sense of fulfillment.

67. Invest in yourself – When you make money, do you invest it in stocks? Have you ever thought of investing it in yourself – your purpose, vision, values, and goals? Besides money, we can also invest time in ourselves. In my opinion, investing time in yourself is one of the most effective ways to become more conscious. Investing time in yourself will allow you to discover your true purpose and become a more conscious human being.

68. Be open to exploring consciousness – There are many ways to be open to exploring your consciousness. Several methods to explore your consciousness include: brainwave entrainment, meditation, raising your consciousness, trying new activities, exploring spirituality, exploring different social groups, changing your environment (by traveling), trying neurofeedback, etc. If you don’t know of any healthy ways to expand your consciousness, start with the ones that I’ve listed. No need to unnecessarily kill your brain cells and lower your consciousness by using illicit drugs to “expand your mind…”

69. Develop a deep relationship – Developing deep, trustworthy relationships with other people are not only great for helping you to become more conscious, they are a great way to share love and joy with others. If you haven’t already done so, develop a deep, personal relationship with at least one individual. It could be a good friend, spouse, boyfriend / girlfriend, it could be a good therapist, it could be anyone that you feel is on-the-same-page as you in life, or at the same level of consciousness. Having another person to discuss your personal inner-thoughts with and share your turmoil, joy, and all other emotions with, will actually make you a happier, more conscious person.

70. Call upon your spirit guides – Everyone has spirit guides – whether they believe in them and want to communicate with them or not. Before we are born, we are assigned spirit guides to do just what their name implies: guide our spirit. They can often provide us with valuable advice and some forms of intuitive connection that most of us never imagined was possible. The best way to connect with them is to learn proper meditation. The job of spirit guides are to help guide your spirit in the right direction and they really want to connect with you to help you raise your consciousness. So consider learning ways to connect with them on a personal level, or finding an advanced spiritual seeker / psychic that knows about spirit guides and how to connect with them. It seems as though Erin Pavlina has gotten great reviews discussing her ability to help you connect with your guides. Though her readings are somewhat expensive, getting one could prove to be a great investment in order to accelerate your personal growth and conscious development.

71. Clear emotional blocks – Nearly everyone has some form of subconscious emotional blocks that they have suppressed within their subconscious. Emotional blocks can develop in childhood and can be forgotten by the time a person reaches adulthood. They can drain your conscious control over life if you don’t learn to properly release them. It is not advised to attempt to deal with very powerful emotional blocks or repressed traumatic memories by yourself. Consult a trained therapist or psychologist to help you work through your past powerful emotion. Realize that when you are able to work through your past emotional blocks, you naturally allow yourself to reach a higher state of consciousness.

72. Clear out subconscious “cobwebs” – What exactly are subconscious “cobwebs?” I refer to subconscious cobwebs as any unfulfilling: beliefs and emotions that have been carried around in your subconscious mind for too long. Many times, our subconscious mind is carrying around extra negative emotional baggage and limiting beliefs that need to be released or replaced. If you want to clear out your subconscious “cobwebs” and take conscious control of your subconscious mind, consider trying meditation. Meditation takes your consciousness to a deeper level and makes reprogramming your mind a much easier process.

73. Turn off the T.V. – Depending on your current level of consciousness, watching T.V. may actually be a good thing. For those individuals operating at an extremely low level of functioning, watching T.V. gives them hope, satisfaction, and a boost in consciousness. With that said, to permanently elevate your consciousness, it is recommended to refrain from watching T.V. If you think about the act of watching T.V., it doesn’t reflect your life’s purpose nor allow you to be fully productive. The time that you currently spend watching T.V. could be put to better use by allowing you to accomplish a personal goal, providing you with extra time for exercise, or even giving you time to boost your brain power!

74. Read a good book – Whether you enjoy reading fiction or non-fiction books (or both), reading books is a phenomenal way to help you boost your conscious brain power. Reading books provides you with knowledge, creativity, and allows you to fully expand your intellect. Reading books will also help you become a smarter person, with a mind that is full of new thoughts and ideas. The more credible information that you are able to read, the more information and knowledge your consciousness has to consciously create with.

75. Expand your creativity – There are many ways for us to expand our creativity and abilities to creatively think. Developing ways to creatively think not only boosts brain power, it boosts your consciousness. The use of brainstorming, creative visualization, Zen koans, and meditation have all been known to increase creative thinking skills. Creativity is an important trait to develop when dealing with your reality. Having creativity allows your mind to easily solve even the most difficult of problems. If your creative-side is currently lacking, think of ways to step-it-up a notch to reap the conscious benefits!

76. Develop strong people-skills – Developing strong people-skills will allow you to become more conscious in many different ways. Having strong people skills allows you to be comfortable expressing who you really are in any social situation. Without developing strong people skills, you may be stuck in a state of fear around others in social settings or even worse, you may feel completely uncomfortable expressing your true beliefs, values, and discussing your lifestyle in front of others. Cultivating a strong set of people-skills will allow you to become a more conscious individual and will allow you to share your love with others.

77. Allow yourself to be inspired – Allowing yourself to be inspired helps you to take passionate action. In order for us to be inspired, we usually need to have some sort of emotional connection. Maybe you are deeply inspired by a song that you recently heard on the radio, maybe you are inspired by Barack Obama, maybe you are inspired by Hilary Clinton, maybe you find Pablo Picasso’s artwork inspiring. Everyone is different and everyone is uniquely inspired by different things here on Earth. Inspiration can really work magic in your life if you let it. Taking actions based off of positive inspiration will ultimately guide your consciousness to a higher level of functioning.

78. Be courteous towards others – Being courteous to others is a great way to share love, positivity, and a great way to set a good example for others. Each time that you set an example, you have some influence onto others. Each time that you practice a healthy habit or put courteous actions on display for others to see, they will be much more inclined to follow suit. When you are able to be courteous to everyone that you meet, you are raising your consciousness through compassion.

79. Attend a spiritual retreat – There are many spiritual retreats and spiritual opportunities that can quickly boost your state of consciousness. Meditation retreats and gatherings with your religious group are two of many ways to raise your consciousness. The act of going to church is yet another form of attending a spiritual gathering. Going to an event like a Holosync retreat may also be a great way to connect with a fun, positive group of individuals that could prove to be lifelong friends. You will never truly know nor understand the possibilities of conscious transformation that a retreat has to offer until you actually make it a point to attend.

80. Form a mastermind group – Forming a mastermind group is a great way to help you become more conscious and complete your goals. To participate in a mastermind group, you must first gather up some trustworthy friends. Next, schedule times that your entire group will meet to discuss personal challenges, goals, accomplishments, etc. Meet with each other and discuss your goals. Be as positive and encouraging towards one another as possible. Offer suggestions and serve as a motivation for the rest of your group. Mastermind groups are a form of conscious, positive support that allows you to accomplish your goals much easier. And, social support (i.e. a positive group of friends) is always great to have when working to become more conscious. Do whatever you want with your group, have fun, be positive, and realize that you are raising your consciousness in the process!

81. Be a mediator – There are many situations that arise from negativity in this world. One way to break up these situations in a peaceful manner is to be a mediator. A mediator is a person that is able to resolve conflict between two parties and think of a peaceful solution to a problem that both conflicting parties agree upon. In the end, the best part about a mediation process is the satisfaction that you can derive from helping bring peace to the world. Helping others is a great way to create a true sense of happiness in your life. Anytime that you bring peace, the collective consciousness of humanity takes a step in a positive direction.

82. Build an accurate model of reality – Building an accurate model of reality is a great way to explore the endless possibilities that life has to offer. Gaining conscious control of your thoughts will aid you in the process of creating your reality. When you are able to take control of your focus, building an accurate model of reality becomes an easier task.

83. Be a leader – Being a positive leader is an awesome way to raise your level of consciousness and that of others. If you are able to become a leader who is able to influence large groups of people in a positive manner, you will naturally develop a lot of conscious power. Each person that supports your message, adds to your ability to share your purpose. If you haven’t thought about stepping up and becoming a leader in some way, now is the best time to start thinking about it!

84. Travel the world – Traveling the world most definitely has potential to change and expand your state of awareness. As you travel to different places, you are able to learn about unique: ways of life, ways of thinking, religions, customs, values, etc. This is why it is extremely common for huge changes in perception to occur. Traveling to many different parts of the world is one way of exploration that allows you to experience life on a larger scale.

85. Be empathetic – Advanced empathetic abilities can be cultivated by accessing the lower brainwave states: both the theta and delta brainwaves. Making a conscious effort to become a more empathetic person means trying to understand and relate to others and their emotions in as an effective method as possible. Being empathetic is a great way to spread love and compassion in the world. And spreading love and compassion are great ways to help you become a more conscious person!

86. Set goals and accomplish them – Setting positive goals and working to accomplish them is one of the single most effective ways to advance consciously, without even having the intention to advance consciously. For example: you may set the goal to exercise everyday for one month in order to improve your health. By setting and completing a goal like this, your main focus is improving your health, however, you are also indirectly improving your consciousness.

87. Try brainwave entrainment – Though brainwave entrainment seems like a new-agey, experimental technique, it is a great tool for advancing consciously that actually works. Not only does brainwave entrainment work well, it is an extremely effective way to develop a powerful brain and advanced state of consciousness. By practicing brainwave entrainment, your brain becomes more flexible in the process of shifting to various brainwave states. You can always give brainwave entrainment a trial and evaluate how effective it is at helping you advance consciously! Check out the software featured in my recommended products sectionand give one of those a trial run.

88. Try self-hypnosis – What many people do not realize is that the act of self-hypnosis is very helpful for achieving states of complete, controlled relaxation. During self-hypnosis you develop full, complete control of the beliefs that are implanted in your subconscious mind. Self-hypnosis relaxes your body and takes you into a state of highly-focused, deep relaxation. No matter whether you enjoy self-hypnosis or meditation more, they are both exercises that will allow you to elevate your consciousness. Give self-hypnosis a shot if you haven’t already – it is a perfectly safe, exercise that will benefit your consciousness greatly!

89. Develop your chakras – Learning to clear and cleanse your chakras could prove to be one of the single best investments that you’ve ever made for yourself. Chakras hold the key allowing you to tap into your higher-self and connect with energy from the Universe. Working directly with your chakras will help you become a more conscious person, making you more aware of your body’s energy centers and how they can affect your entire life.

90. Release your Kundalini energy – My definition of Kundalini: a (usually latent) energy force that is coiled at the base of our spine. We’ve all felt Kundalini from time to time during extremely emotional moments, when a certain song plays, or when we have a powerful experience. What does Kundalini feel like? Kundalini the energy that makes our spine tingle. We get goosebumps throughout our body and our entire spine tingles with emotional energy. Kundalini is a completely healthy and powerful method to advance consciously. It is notrecommended to go into a Kundalini experience blindly, though. Do some research on “Kundalini energy” and consider working with a guru or a person who has been through the entire process if you hope to release your Kundalini energy.

91. Appreciate your surroundings – To further allow yourself to develop consciously, it is important to be appreciative and thankful for everything in your environment. Each day and every day, the little things that we may be taking for granted are often some of the most amazing forms of beauty. Simple things like the sunset, a field of flowers, or the face of our neighbors are all beautiful expressions that we may not be taking the time to appreciate. When we are able to realize that everything is connected and that we were truly meant to love and appreciate one-another, we naturally become inherently grateful for our surroundings and what the Earth has to offer – and thus, more conscious.

92. Bring new life to Earth – Each time that you are able to make a contribution to life here on Earth, you bring forth another brilliant expression of our universe. Each time that you bring human life, plant life, animal life, etc. here on Earth, it is something to be truly proud of. Ways that you could contribute to bringing life to this planet include: raising children, adopting a child, planting a flower, or raising an animal. The inner feelings that you may feel as a result of bringing forth new life are perfect for finding true happiness and taking yourself to the next conscious level.

93. Lead a flexible life – Flexibility is a key part of gymnastics… it also is a key part of life andthe process of becoming more conscious as a human being. Leading an overly-structured life often becomes overwhelming and unpleasurable. You need to take time to appreciate the moments of spontaneity and spur-of-the-moment type events. Being flexible is a great attribute to cultivate in your life. Though learning to be flexible is just a small habit that will make you more conscious (by opening up your life to new opportunities), it is a highlyimportant principle to implement into your life and reality.

94. Learn from “consciously advanced” individuals – More consciously advanced people have a lot to offer those who are less consciously advanced. They often provide us with great discoveries, insights, and guide our lives in a positive direction. If you happen to know someone that is at a higher cognitive level of functioning than yourself, spend some time with that individual. Ask them questions about their life, questions about your life, or any questions about life in general. See how these individuals feel about raising consciousness and how they can help you work to increase your conscious awareness.

95. Live a well-balanced life – Keeping a balanced life can be very difficult at times. However, keeping activities in proper balance is a great way to become more aware and involved in many areas of life. Make a conscious effort to focus your energy towards what inspires you most, but don’t forget to be flexible and take time for important people and activities like: friends, family, expression, and exercise. Being well-balanced with activities in life provides us with greater conscious satisfaction.

96. Consider taking health supplements – Supplements have long been known to help aid in mental processing and boost physical functioning. I personally have taken a multivitamin in combination with 3.6 grams of fish oil on a daily basis for almost 2 years straight. Overall, I feel that the combination has worked phenomenal for helping my physical functioning and mental processing. Always be open minded: consider taking supplements if you aren’t already. Do a personal experiment to see what supplements work best for you and how various supplements affect your consciousness. In the end, you may decide that all supplements are ineffective and that they were nothing more than placebos.

97. Celebrate your accomplishments – Celebrating your accomplishments is a form of self-praise and self-respect. When you value yourself and appreciate yourself, you are likely to celebrate your accomplishments – and actually have accomplishments to celebrate! Celebrating is a fun and rewarding activity to do to make yourself happier. It increases your levels of overall self-love and respect: both of which are key factors in the process of raising your consciousness.

98. Always have positive intentions – Positive intentions often arise from having a positive mindset. Having a positive mindset and forming the habit of holding good intentions is a great way to boost your level of conscious awareness. When you intend for positive events to happen in your life and always have positive expectations – your life will naturally attract positive people and will result in happiness.

99. Read and recommend 4 Mind 4 Life dot com to others – Remind yourself of ways to become more conscious by re-reading this series and other articles here at 4 Mind 4 Life dot com. I always try to provide you with the most valuable advice to help you boost your level of consciousness. Though the main focus of this website is boosting brain power, your level of consciousness goes hand-in-hand with how powerful your brain is; the more powerful your brain, the easier time in raising your consciousness you will have. I can only promote my message to a certain extent. Each time that you help me by recommending my website or this series to another person, you will be helping guide others towards positive change. I send blessings to everyone who reads this series, recommends this series, recommends this website, or applies advice from this website to better themselves.

100. [This space is intentionally left blank for you to fill in] – Nobody knows and understands what works best to help your consciousness better than you! Be creative, fill in the last blank already! Choose an activity that you enjoy that renews your sense of wellbeing and resonates congruently with your soul. Blessings to everyone that made it this far down the list!


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Yoga and Vegetrarianism

Yoga and Vegetrarianism

YOGA AND VEGETARIANISM – Ayurveda classifies food not as proteins or carbohydrates etc. but according to its effect on the body and mind. It classifies food based on three qualities or gunas that governs human life – sattva, rajas and tamas.

Tamasic food creates lethargy or sluggishness ex- meat
Rajasic food creates activity or restlessness
Sattvic food, which consists of vegetarian fare, creates lightness, energy and positivity
These three qualities are present in our body in varying degree and have a direct influence on us, our moods, emotions and consequent health. There is an ancient Ayurvedic proverb which sums it up- “When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. When diet is correct, medicine is of no need.”

Yoga says that our system is a seamless blend of the body, mind and spirit. An irregularity in the body affects the mind and unpleasantness in the mind manifests as an ailment in the body. It has been observed that the practice of yoga, accompanied with a sattvic diet, can truly create wonders. This is because when one does Yoga, pranayama (breathing techniques), and complements it with sattvic food, the prana levels in the body increase. This creates a lighter, positive, happy and harmonious state of being. In fact, many yoga practitioners have experienced that one of the major impacts of yoga is an increased awareness of their body and mind. This allows for their natural progression towards sattvic high-prana generating food choices. It is almost as though the body desires to return to its innate mechanism which is attuned to a vegetarian diet . in the patanjali yogsutra there is limb called niyama – Ahimsa (Harmlessness) The word ‘ahimsa’ literally means not to injure or show cruelty to any creature or any person

In Yoga tradition, we call the different organisms one as Jeevaraasi. It means a single life in different dimensions with its own life energies. The food that you eat, should be from the earlier evolutions of life. And so which plants are the best always. If you want to eat meat, we suggest you fish foods because they are the early dimensions of organisms with flesh. In this evolution, the closest on to the humans are mammals (that gives direct birth).Of all the organisms, human body is the most complicated. In the course of evolution, the structure of memory becomes more detailed. If you eat animals that has the similar body structure as yours, you would find almost impossible to completely digest the food. But in case of plants you can digest it 100 percent. This is because it leave all its remembrance and imposes your own.


Source: Facebook — Yoga-Philosophy

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10 Easy Modifications

Sometimes we show up to class and we’re just plain tired. Other times, we want the stretch, but we’re injured. Should we just stay home? Maybe, as in the ‘extreme’ case of being sick, but in many cases, there are ways to modify your yoga practice so that you’ll still reap the rewards of deep breathing and investing time in yourself.

Of course, if you have a specific ailment or condition that needs to be considered, it’s helpful to work with a yoga teacher one-on-one, so you can create a custom sequence that takes your needs into account. Also, it’s best to check with your doctor before starting or continuing a yoga practice.

Having said that, here are my suggestions for 10 easy modifications you can try in your own practice, as you need them:


1. Bend your knees in Downward Facing Dog and any forward fold.

Let’s say you’ve been running a lot and your hamstrings are really tight. While you know the stretch that Downward Dog would provide would be great, it hurts when you actually do it. If that’s the case, keep your knees bent while in the pose.

This doesn’t mean bend them first and then straighten them; it means to keep them slightly bent the whole time. This will relieve some of the stretch on the hamstrings and calves. Apply the same action to forward folds from standing or seated.


2. Drop your knee down in Lunges.

When coming into a Runner’s or Crescent Lunge, drop the knee of the back leg. You’ll still get the hip flexor (Psoas muscle) stretch without all the effort. On a related note, drop your knee in Side Plank to decrease pressure on the supporting arm. This also works if you can’t put full support on your wrists.


3. Use blocks under your hands in Downward Facing Dog.

Sometimes people with wrist tenderness find that using a block (low foam block or high cork block) can decrease the discomfort. This can vary – depending on the person – so if this is something you experience, try it and see if it helps.


4. Skip Low Push Up (In Sun Salutations) and Move directly to Downward Dog from Plank

Just as using blocks can help decrease wrist tenderness, so can eliminating Low Push Up from your practice. When moving through Sun Salutations and coming into High Push Up, move directly to Downward Dog. This also works well if you have a shoulder injury.


5. Skip Upward Dog and replace with Low Cobra instead.

From an overall effort perspective, Upward Dog is a bit more effortful than Low Cobra. It can act as an accessible backbend for someone with sore wrists, a de-conditioned upper body or lower back tenderness.


6. Skip moving to the ground in Sun Salutations and stay on the feet for Warrior Pose

I’ve worked with some students that get dizzy when moving up and down in Sun Salutations. For students with this symptom, staying upright is better. Stay on your feet and hold Warrior 1 a bit longer as the class is moving through High to Low Push Up. If you’re practicing solo, skip moving to the ground and hold Warrior 1 on each side for 5-8 breaths.


7. Use a block for any twisting pose, like Twisting Crescent Lunge and Twisting Triangle

Blocks create steadiness and with increased foundation, we can feel stronger and supported. Use a block on the inside of the foot of the front leg for any twisting pose, like the ones noted above.


8. Use a strap for any bind

Tight shoulders and the constant rounding of the back can create inflexibility around the shoulders and weak upper back muscles. To help strengthen the muscles that draw the shoulder blades together (Rhomboids), and stretch the external rotator muscles of the shoulder (Teres Minor and Infraspinatus), use a strap in any “hands-behind-the-back” bind.


9. Rest in Child’s Pose as much as you want

How many times have you heard this in class and pushed yourself through the class anyway? When you’re coming back from injury or just starting out, or just generally tired, it’s healthy to balance the effort of the practice with rest in between.

As you build up your overall conditioning (and even while you’re doing that), you’ll find moments of rest in the practice. That forward fold in-between poses, or as you come to floor and proceed with floor work, can be moments to catch your breath.


10. Practice 50% physical effort (or anything less than all out pushing yourself)

I was at a teacher training once and about 3 days into it, I had an all-out, full-on breakdown. I was exhausted on all levels and just felt like going home. I called home and my mother said, “Why don’t you practice with less than full out effort and see if you can get through at least the next day?” I had never thought of this.

I tried it…and it worked! I felt better as that next day progressed, and actually felt stronger by the end of the week. We often approach things with an “all or nothing” perspective, and think we’re missing out on the benefits of what we’re doing. But we know that the benefits of yoga practice are plentiful, and many have little do with what poses we’re doing, the pace we’re keeping, if it’s heated or not, and other factors.

The “doing” aspect of yoga is about more than just the poses. Showing up, carving out time for ourselves, being in silence, taking deep breaths — these are all the benefits of the practice. They can be experienced by anyone, regardless of experience level, physical capabilities and knowledge of the practice.

Sometimes, the most illuminating practices happen when we show up with no expectations other than to take care of ourselves. This is, of course, the magic of yoga.

The post 10 Easy Modifications You Can Make to Your Yoga Practice appeared first on by Karen Fabian.

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Why Mantra Repetition Is Powerful And Important To Yoga

Why Mantra Repetition Is Powerful And Important To Yoga

My first visit to the yoga ashram was full of new experiences. Many other languages were spoken there; French, German, Spanish, and Hebrew—I could only follow half of the conversations that took place! Not to mention, all the Sanskrit. In addition, the spiritual energy there was high, so it was also fascinating to observe the traditions of the temple and its grounds.

Pujas, rituals, mantras, and Upanishad scripture study were going on all the time.

My karma yoga assignment was to clean the temple every evening after dinner. At the same time each evening, a woman would sit on a meditation cushion in the far corner of the temple with mala beads strung over her right wrist as she rhythmically repeated her mantra: Om Namo Narayanaya.

I was fascinated by this woman and her mantra. I would often stop what I was doing to look at her, careful not to stare too long. What struck me the most was the times during her practice when she would become silent for a moment as a smile spread across her face. It was the smile of true contentment and joy. She looked peaceful, happy, and radiant.


The Connection Between Mantra and Sound

Mantra repetition is a powerful tool for yoga practitioners who wish to deepen their study. The idea is to use sound to focus your mind on something bigger than yourself.

“Just by repeating the name, that which cannot be understood will be understood .
Just by repeating the name, that which cannot be seen will be seen.”

This ancient technique originates in Tibet and India. The idea is that mantra is intrinsically related to sound. Mantra is sound, and sound is echoing in everything in the universe. When water flows, the gurgling sound it makes is mantra. When wind blows through the trees, the rustling sound is mantra. When we walk on the earth, our footsteps produce sound, and that is mantra. The breath which repeats itself and symbolizes life itself, is also mantra.

Sound has enormous power. In fact, it has the power to create an entire universe. It is written that God originally manifested as sound. According to ancient Indian belief, in the beginning there was sound, which reverberated as Om (Aum), and from that sound everything came into existence.


The Importance of Words

When letters and syllables come together, they form words. Both our spiritual and our mundane life are possible only because of words. Each word we use has its own power and produces its own reaction.

A mantra is no ordinary combination of letters and syllables, but a living force. The name of God is not different from God. Mantra has been called the sound-body of God: It is God in the form of sound. If you have not yet had experience with this simple, yet powerful practice, here are two simple mantras to try.


Two Mantras You Can Try

To get ready, find a comfortable seated position either in your meditation space or any other quiet, undisturbed area where you feel safe. If you have mala beads, you can use them to count the repetitions of mantra, working your way up to 108 times. Close your eyes, take three deep breaths in and out through your nose, and begin.


1. Soham: (So-hum)

The So Hum meditation is a simple but powerful technique that uses the breath and the repetition of a mantra to quiet the mind and relax the body. This meditation helps take your awareness from a state of constriction to a state of expanded consciousness.

The yogic mantra “so-hum” is not only a reflection of the sound of the breath but also carries a contemplative meaning: “I am that” (so = “I am” and hum = “that”). Here, “that” refers to all of creation, the one breathing in us all. This contemplation meditation is an opportunity to focus your “thinking mind” on the mystery of being and to reflect upon the interdependent nature of all phenomenon revealed by the sages and proven by science.

On the inhale, focus on “so” and say silently to yourself “I am.” Contemplate on its meaning, visualizing the connection of yourself with the countless beings on Earth. As you exhale with “hum,” inwardly say “that” or “all that is.” Visualize your exhalation leaving your body through your nostrils and then merging back into the atmosphere, back into infinity, back into “all that is.”

Stay with this contemplation until you naturally begin to settle into a state of unified consciousness (which may only be for a few brief, refreshing moments at a time). If a thought (vritti) arises, come back to the simple mantra, “so hum.”


2. Om Namo Narayanaya

The mantra of Vishnu (aka Narayana) is chanted to invoke his all-pervading power of mercy and goodness. Repetition of this mantra confers infinite love, prosperity, power, glory, wisdom, and total liberation. It gives the ability to dissolve obstacles resulting from egoism and ignorance. It is a mantra of peace, bringing balance to an off-centered world.

A mantra is there to help you, and to give guidance, comfort, love, strength and focus. Some people are initiated into a mantra that has personal meaning, and are instructed to stay consistent, never straying from it. Other yogis have a practice of changing their mantra with the tides, choosing one that suits their needs at that particular time. Whichever practice you choose, speak your mantra with clarity and intention. Set a goal for a certain number of repetitions, or a set amount of time.

Close with a moment of gratitude, reflection, or prayer to soak up the energy of your meditation into your being and life.

Om Shanti.

The post Why Mantra Repetition Is Powerful And Important To Yoga appeared first on by April Saunders.

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The Benefits Of Grounding

Your body is capable of generating electricity, and this ability is actually a key part of your achieving health. Electricity allows your nervous system to send signals to your brain. These signals are actually electrical charges that are delivered from cell to cell, allowing for nearly instantaneous communication.

The messages conducted via electrical signals in your body are responsible for controlling the rhythm of your heartbeat, the movement of blood around your body, and much more.

Your biological clock even uses electrical activity in order to help keep your circadian rhythms in order.1 You are, quite simply, an electrical being. If electrical activity stops in your body, you cannot survive. But how, exactly, does this electrical activity take place?


How Does Your Body Produce Electricity?

The video above, from The Medicine Journal,2 gives a concise explanation of the complex process your body uses to generate electricity. Inside your body are atoms that are made up of positively charged protons, negatively charged electrons, and neutrons (which are neutral).

An atom with unbalanced charges will become either positively or negatively charged, and the switch from one charge to the other allows electrons to flow from one atom to another. This is what is referred to as electricity.3

Your cells generate electrical charges via electrolytes like sodium and potassium using a mechanism known as the “sodium-potassium gate.” As Discovery Health explained:4

When your body needs to send a message from one point to another, it opens the gate. When the membrane gate opens, sodium and potassium ions move freely into and out of the cell.

Negatively charged potassium ions leave the cell, attracted to the positivity outside the membrane, and positively charged sodium ions enter it, moving toward the negative charge. The result is a switch in the concentrations of the two types of ions — and rapid switch in charge.

…this flip between positive and negative generates an electrical impulse. This impulse triggers the gate on the next cell to open, creating another charge, and so on. In this way, an electrical impulse moves from a nerve in your stubbed toe to the part of your brain that senses pain.”

It is because of your body’s electrical activity that defibrillators, which deliver an electric shock to your heart, may work to restore heart rhythm and why receiving the wrong type of shock, like an electric shock or lightning strike, can essentially “fry” your body’s electrical system. The opposite also holds true in that you can actually harness the electrical charge of the Earth to positively influence your health in numerous ways.


Your Body Can Absorb Free Electrons from the Earth

The Earth carries an enormous negative charge. It’s always electron-rich and can serve as a powerful and abundant supply of antioxidant and free-radical-busting electrons.

Your body is finely tuned to “work” with the Earth in the sense that there’s a constant flow of energy between your body and the Earth. When you put your feet on the ground, you absorb large amounts of negative electrons through the soles of your feet.

The effect is sufficient to maintain your body at the same negatively charged electrical potential as the Earth. This simple process is called “grounding” or “earthing,” and its effect is one of the most potent antioxidants we know of.

Grounding has been shown to relieve pain, reduce inflammation, improve sleep, enhance wellbeing, and much, much more. When you wear rubber- or plastic-soled shoes, however, you are effectively shielding yourself from this beneficial influx of electrons from the Earth.


Why It’s So Important to Stay Grounded

Grounding’s potent antioxidant effect helps alleviate inflammation throughout your body, a potentially life-saving benefit since inflammation is at the root of most diseases, including heart disease.

According to Dr. Stephen Sinatra, a prominent cardiologist, inflammation thrives when your blood is thick and you have a lot of free radical stress, and a lot of positive charges in your body. Grounding effectively alleviates inflammation because it thins your blood and infuses you with negatively charged ions through the soles of your feet.

Grounding helps thin your blood by improving its zeta potential, which means it improves the energy between your red blood cells. Research has demonstrated it takes about 80 minutes for the free electrons from the earth to reach your bloodstream and transform your blood.

Hypercoagulable (thick, slow-moving) blood contributes to chronic inflammation, because when your blood does not flow well, oxygen can’t get to your tissues. Grounding’s effect on blood thinning is so profound that if you are taking blood thinners, you must work with your health care provider to lower your dose otherwise you may overdose on the medication. You can see my interview with Dr. Sinatra below.

Grounding Helps Neutralize Free Radicals

Interestingly, grounding research has now discovered that if you place your feet on the ground after an injury (or on a grounded sheet, or place grounding patches on the balls of your feet), electrons will migrate into your body and spread through your tissues. Any free radicals that leak into the healthy tissue will immediately be electrically neutralized. This occurs because the electrons are negative, while the free radicals are positive, so they cancel each other out. As noted by Dr. James Oschman, an expert in the field of energy medicine:

“So really what is happening with grounding or earthing is that you’re protecting your body from — I call it, collateral damage… Damage that was not intended to take place but does take place because we have disconnected ourselves from the Earth by putting rubber and plastic on the bottoms of our shoes.”

Free radical stress from exposure to pollution, cigarettes, insecticides, pesticides, trans fats, and radiation, just to name a few, continually deplete your body of electrons. Simply by getting outside, barefoot, touching the Earth, and allowing the excess charge in your body to discharge into the Earth, you can alleviate some of the stress continually put on your system. Walking barefoot can help ameliorate the constant assault of electromagnetic fields and other types of radiation from cell phones, computers, and Wi-Fi. It’s also thought that grounding may actually facilitate the formation of structured water in your body.

Furthermore, grounding also calms your sympathetic nervous system, which supports your heart rate variability. And, when you support heart rate variability, this promotes homeostasis, or balance, in your autonomic nervous system. This is important because anytime you improve your heart rate variability, you’re improving your entire body and all its functions. If you want to learn more, check out the Grounded documentary (in which I actually appear). You’ll hear first-hand accounts from residents of Haines, Alaska who have overcome chronic pain, sleep apnea, and much more simply by getting grounded.


How to Reconnect with the Earth’s Electrical Charge

Many Americans spend most of their waking hours wearing shoes with rubber or plastic soles. These materials are very effective insulators, which is precisely why they’re used to insulate electrical wires. Yet, they also effectively disconnect you from the Earth’s natural electron flow. Wearing leather-soled shoes will allow you to stay grounded with the Earth, as will walking barefoot, but you’ll need to do so on the proper surface. Good grounding surfaces include:

  • Sand (beach)
  • Grass (preferably moist)
  • Bare soil
  • Concrete and brick (as long as it’s not painted or sealed)
  • Ceramic tile

The following surfaces will NOT ground you:

  • Asphalt
  • Wood
  • Rubber and plastic
  • Vinyl
  • Tar or tarmac

Like eating right, exercising, and sleeping, grounding can be described as yet another lifestyle habit that supports optimal health by supporting your body’s “electrical” connection with the Earth. It’s supported and backed by prominent medical doctors, scientists including Dr. David Suzuki, NASA astronauts, and was used by ancient civilizations who placed strong value on their relationship to the Earth.

As mentioned, simply taking off your shoes as much as you can when you’re outdoors will help you take advantage of natural grounding opportunities. When indoors, using a grounding pad or sheet is an excellent way to stay grounded while you’re working or sleeping. (For frequent travelers, I typically bring a grounding pad with me when I fly, too.)

Source: Dr. Mercola via Waking Times

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The 20 Universal Laws

In an ideal society, all current UCC Maritime laws would be replaced with the 20 Universal Laws:



1. The Universal Law of Harmony

This law supersedes even the fundamental law of Karma, for harmony is the supreme potential of balance.

The purpose of Karma is to attain harmony.

The Universal Law of HarmonyIf you throw a rock into a pond you disturb the harmony of the pond, you are the cause, the effect is the splash and the ripples that flows out and back until harmony is restored.

Similarly, your disharmonious actions flow out into the Universe and back upon you, lifetime after life time, until eventually your own harmony is restored.

Also see: The Universal Law of Harmony



2. The Law of Reincarnation and Karma

Until you have resolved your Karma and fulfilled your Dharma, which are the deeds you must do, you will continue to reincarnate into sequential lifetime upon the earth. Neither God nor the Lords of Karma bestow suffering upon you during these lives, you and you alone decide what you most need to learn and in your earthly sojourns, and for each life experience you seek out other souls, often with shared histories, and always with Karmic configurations matching your needs. Whenever you act with intention you create Karma. Actions are considered to be thoughts, emotions, words and deeds, and the motive, desire and intent behind each. Disharmonious acts must be balanced in the future in this life or in a future lifetime, to have Soul growth.

Also see: All About Reincarnation



3. The Universal Law of Wisdom, Wisdom erases Karma

If you have the wisdom to learn your lessons through love and wisdom you can mitigate your suffering. Sadly, we seem to learn the fastest through pain, through directly experiencing the consequences of our actions. As an example, you greedily take from others, and instead of learning through wisdom and love that this is wrong, you have to experience from others someone greedily taking from you, whether later in this life or in a future lifetime.

Example: In your last life, you were married to a Soul who is your mate today whom you cruelly left for another in that previous lifetime. Before you were born into your current life, you agreed to be left by your mate, under similar circumstances. This will allow you to balance your Karma and directly experience the pain of abandonment. If through the wisdom of Master-Life-Awareness it is easier to detach consciously from the relationship with love, you will ease the pain of parting while also passing your own test, and thus absolving Karma and evolving from within.

Related: How To Remove Past Life Karma Through The Universal Law Of Wisdom



4. The Universal Law of Grace

Karma can be experienced to the letter of the law or in mercy and grace. In other words if you give love, mercy and grace to others, you will receive the same in return.



5. The Universal Law of Soul Evolution

Everyone on Earth shares the goal of Soul evolution whether they realize it or not. We have reincarnated because we desire to evolve spiritually. By rising above all of our fear based emotions and in so doing learning how to express unconditional love we raise our vibrational rate, and move closer to a state of harmony. Even where it appears that we are not evolving we are in reality making progress. We learn through the pain of our disharmonious acts, which can be viewed as our mistakes or failures. This is the law of Soul evolution.

Related: Raising Your Vibration Through The Universal Law of Soul Evolution



The 20 Universal Laws | | Esoteric, Spiritual and Metaphysical Database6. The Universal Law of Bodhisattva

Bodhisattva is a Sanskrit term commonly accepted by most Metaphysical adepts today. It means one who has transcended the need of Earthly incarnations but who has chosen to return to the earth to support others in achieving enlightenment. A Bodhisattva knows he will never really be free until all souls are free. Most serious students of metaphysics have entered the Bodhisattva Development Stage of their evolution.



7. The Universal Law of Vibrational Attainment

The entire Universe operates on the same principle of vibrational energy. When Einstein discovered that “matter is energy” he opened the door to merging science and metaphysics. The scientists have proved that energy cannot die, it can only transform (reincarnate), and, by its very nature, energy must go forward or backwards, it cannot stand still, for to do so is stagnation, resulting in transformation. You are energy. Your skin, which appears solid, is actually trillions of swiftly moving molecules orbiting each other at a specific vibrational rate; a physical life rate you have earned in the past as a result of how harmoniously or disharmoniously you have lived your past lives and your current life up until this moment in time. When you are harmonious for a lifetime, you will have attained the highest vibrational rate the God level.

Related: All About The Universal Law Of Vibrational Attainment



8. The Universal Law of Free Will

The law of free will operates in three ways.

1. Although many of the major events in your life are Astrologically predestined, you always have free will to mitigate the impact of the event, or to transcend it entirely. This will result from how you live your life up to the situation you have destined for yourself to experience. If you give grace and mercy to others, are positive, loving, compassionate, and demonstrate by your action that you have learned past lessons, you can minimize disharmonious experiences!

2. As you obtain Master of life awareness and develop conscious detachment, you will be far less affected by worldly events than in the past. A Master of Life enjoys all the warmth and joy that life has to offer, but detaches from the negativity by allowing it to flow through him without affecting him.

3.You always have free will in how you respond to any situation. If you respond with positive emotions, compassion and integrity, you have probably learned your karmic lessons and will not have to experience a similar situation in the future.



9. The Law of One

Every Soul, living and discarnate, is connected at the level of the collective unconscious, deep within the Higher-Self. We are all part of a great energy gestalt called God, and because we are part of God, we are God. It is the goal of the gestalt to move the energy forward, creating more energy. So, in living harmoniously, we each increase our vibrational rate and intensify the vibration of the entire gestalt. When we are disharmonious, we decrease the vibration of the entire gestalt, because we are one, everything you think, say and do, affects every other Soul.



10. The Universal Law of Manifestation

Everything manifest begins as a thought, an idea. Ideas and experiences create beliefs which in turn, create your reality. If you are unhappy with your current reality, you must change your beliefs and your behavior. Beliefs can be changed when you recognize those that are not working for you, and begin programming what will create success and harmony in your life. The unlimited creative power of your mind, through dedication, awareness and training, can be the wisdom to rise above your Karma. Within physical and spiritual laws, you can manifest any reality you desire to experience. In regard to changing your behavior, you must decide which disharmonious behavior you want to eliminate. Then be aware that you don’t have to change how you feel about something to affect it, if you are willing to change what you are doing.



11. The Universal Law of Conscious Detachment

Buddha’s earthly teachings are best summarized with one of his statements, “It is your resistance to what is that causes your suffering.” and by suffering, he meant everything that doesn’t work in your life; relationship problems, loss of loved ones, loneliness, sickness, accidents, guilt, monetary hardship, unfulfilled desires, and so on. When “you accept what is, you accept the unalterable realities in your life without resisting them. Some things are facts. They exist, and no matter how much you resist them, there is nothing you are going to be able to do about them. Change what you can change, but have the wisdom to accept unalterable situations as they are, without wasting mental or physical energy attempting to change what you cannot change. Out of acceptance comes involved detachment. The ability to enjoy all the positive aspects of life, but to allow the negative to flow through you with out resistance and without affecting you.



12. The Universal Law of Gratitude

From the perspective of Karma and the Law of One, the more you give, the more you will receive. The more you assist others, the more you will assist yourself. The power of this Law also works in your day-to-day life.



13. The Universal Law of Fellowship

When two or more people of similar vibration are gathered for a shared purpose, their combined energy directed to the attainment of that purpose is doubled, tripled, quadrupled or more. This esoteric awareness has been used by covens, esoteric religions, healing groups, and recently, worldwide meditations for world peace.



The 20 Universal Laws | | Esoteric, Spiritual and Metaphysical Database14. The Universal Law of Resistance

That which you resist you draw to you, and you will perpetuate its influence upon your life. Resistance is fear, so it is something you need to Karmically resolve. The Law of Resistance assures that you let go of the fear by encountering it until you are forced to deal with it by learning conscious detachment.



15. The Law of Attraction

“Where your attention goes, your energy flows.” You attract what you are and that which you concentrate upon. If you are negative, you draw in and experience negativity. If you are loving, you draw in and experience love. You can attract to you only those qualities you possess. So, if you want peace and harmony in your life, you must become peaceful and harmonious.

Also see: The Secret



16. The Universal Law of Reflection

This Law says that the traits you respond to in others, you recognize in yourself, both positive and negative. It has four primary manifestations:

1. That which you admire in others, you recognize as existing within yourself;
2. That which you resist and react to strongly in others is sure to be found within yourself;
3. That which you resist and react to in others is something which you are afraid exists within you; and,
4. That which you resist in yourself, you will dislike in others.

In other words, you have chosen to incarnate upon the manifest plane to learn to rise above the effect of fear. Those fears will always be reflected in your reactions to others, Thus your goals are very obvious once you recognize how to perceive them. As you let go of the fear, you automatically open to expressing more unconditional love.



17. The Universal Law of Unconditional Love

The expression of unconditional love will eventually result in harmony. Unconditional love is not romantic love. It is the acceptance of others as they are without judgment or expectations. It is total acceptance of others without attempting to change them, except by our own positive example. The law of unconditional love says, “If you go out of your way to express unconditional love, you automatically rise above fear, and, as you transcend your fears, you automatically open to the expression of unconditional love.



18. The Universal Law of Magnetic Affinities

By Astrologically choosing the time and place of your birth, you determine the nature or the effects you will experience in your life. On the other side, before we are born, we make decisions about the lifetime we will be entering into. You chose your parents, other souls to interact with you, and the Astrological configurations of your birth which determine your character, personality, abilities, restrictions, and timing for strengths and weaknesses. If all of this seems too complicated to be real, be aware that you are only using five to ten percent of the capacity of your brain. And the brain-mind researchers say the human brain has 200,000 times the capacity of the greatest computer ever built. Such calculations as I’ve just described would be no problem for such a computer.

Related: FREE Comprehensive Detailed Birth Chart



19. The Universal Law of Abundance

You have within yourself everything required to make your earthly incarnation a paradise if you choose to accept that which is your divine birth-right. We live in a Universe of abundance, although the majority of those populating our planet appear to view it as a Universe of scarcity.



20. The Universal Law of Divine Order

If you seek to understand the Law of Divine Order, study the natural balance of nature, for it works very much the same way. Everything is as it should be, although mankind (our energy gestalt) is far from experiencing its potential of total harmony. There are no accidents. Your energy, translated into thoughts, words, emotions, and deeds, causes all your experiences. This assures that you always have the learning opportunities you require to resolve your Karma, and, as with you, the collective thoughts, words, emotions, and deeds of mankind create the environment for us all. If enough souls focus their energy upon peace, we will have peace. If the majority of souls are filled with anger, may all have to experience war. We are all one, and like the many sub-personalities within you, the dominant traits of mankind (the entire gestalt) will emerge to resolve our group Karma.


Also see: A New Age for Humanity: Luminous v. 1.0


Source: in5d



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Opening the Seven Sacred Chakras

“Meditation is nothing but withdrawing all the barriers; thoughts, emotions, sentiments, everything that builds a wall between you and existence. The moment they drop, you suddenly find yourself in tune with the whole; not only in tune, you really find you are the whole.” –Osho

“Remember you don’t meditate to get anything, but to get rid of things. We do it, not with desire, but with letting go. If you want anything, you won’t find it. You won’t be able to find it. But when your heart is ready, peace will come looking for you.” –Arjahn Chah

The seven chakras are an enigma to many people, but the more conscious we become of how energy moves through our body, the more we discover that which is healthy, superior, infinite, and unconditional within us. The more we meditate on this type of energy, the more we allow our personal frequency to resonate with the greater orchestra of the cosmos. And the more we allow our frequency to resonate, the more balance and health we will experience in our lives.



Opening the Earth Chakra:

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” –Anais Nin

This chakra, also known as the root chakra, deals with survival and is blocked by fear. In order to open this chakra we must be able to let go of fear so that it can go through the alchemical transformation into courage. The earth chakra doesn’t just ground us physically it also grounds us temporally by keeping us in the present moment. Those with open earth chakras tend to be healthier and more balanced than others. They tend to be less fearful and more centered. Those with closed earth chakras are often imbalanced and disconnected, and they tend to be fearful and lack in focus.

To open the earth chakra, focus meditation on the base of your spine. Imagine a bright red energy moving down your spine and branching down into the earth like the roots of a tree. Visualize yourself receiving the full bounty of the earth’s primordial energy. Relish in this most ancient of connections. Embrace your fear. Let go of your fear. Breathe the sacred breath of survival.



Opening the Water Chakra:

“Why do you stay in prison when the door is wide open?” –Rumi

This chakra, also known as the sacral chakra, deals with pleasure and is blocked by guilt. In order to open this chakra we must be able to release all blame and guilt. We must be able to forgive ourselves our past transgressions in order to delve fully into life’s many unique pleasures. Those with open water chakras tend to be full of wonder and awe for their connection to the greater cosmos. They tend to be more adaptable, happy, and are able to go with the flow of life. Those with closed water chakras are often confused and disoriented about their place in the world, and they tend to suffer from autoimmune deficiencies.

The water chakra is fairly easy to transform as it responds to emotional and creative self-expression. The moon planet is a very powerful symbol with this chakra, as it controls the moving “tides” of our inner-waters. Meditate on the naval area. Imagine your psychophysiological “fluids” flowing out into the cosmos like rivers into a mighty ocean. Visualize yourself moving with the “tide” of your body’s natural rhythm in balance with the greater cosmic waves of the universe. Let go of your guilt. Feel the sacred process of pleasure. Breathe.



Opening the Fire Chakra:

“There can be no transformation in the world outside unless there is transformation from within. It is our responsibility to bring about a radical transformation within ourselves.” –Krishnamurti

This chakra, also known as the navel chakra, deals with willpower and is blocked by shame. We must be able to let go of past letdowns and disappointments. Or, better yet, transform them into steppingstones toward higher awareness. We must embrace our insecurities and our doubts. Dance them into something worthwhile. Dance with the fire. If it burns us to ashes, then we will rise like a phoenix. Life is too short to live it second-guessing our authenticity. Those with open fire chakras tend to lead their lives with dynamism, power, and authority. Those with closed fire chakras tend to feel unworthy and they have a low self-esteem.

To open the fire chakra, focus meditation on the solar plexus. Imagine a bright yellow light spinning there, like a brilliant sun. Imagine it bathing you in healing light, burning away the shame and replacing it with a will toward healthy power. Notice how you feel as the benevolent power of the universe blesses you with a self-esteem and a confidence to engage the world like only you can. Let go of your shame. Embrace your willpower. Breathe.



Opening the Air Chakra:

“As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people the right to do the same. As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others” –Marianne Williamson

This chakra, also known as the heart chakra, deals with love and is blocked by grief. We must be able to release our sadness and loss in order to transform our ego into soul. We must let the pain from loss flow away like water off a ducks back. Learning how to love is learning how to let others love is learning how to let go of the egos attachment to love. This is the secret of attaining happiness despite grief. Those with open air chakras tend to be filled with unconditional love for self and others, what the Buddhists call Mahakaruna “the Great Compassion.” Those with closed air chakras tend to experience poor circulation on the physical level, lack of empathy on the emotional level, and a lack of devotion on the spiritual level. They have trouble loving themselves, and they are paranoid and afraid to love others.

To open the air chakra, focus Meditation on your heart. Imagine a brilliant green light spinning there and emanating vibrant oxygen that connects you to all things. Feel this life-giving force invigorate and rejuvenate you. Imagine this connection nourishing your soul and healing your heart and skin. Touch is important with this chakra, so “feel” the cosmos pressing against your skin. “Feel” your skin absorbing the cosmos. Circulate with the Great Circulation. Let go of your grief. Allow love to wash over you and transform you into a being worthy of love and light. Breathe.



Opening the Sound Chakra:

“The mystical is not how the world is, but that it is.” –Ludwig Wittgenstein

This chakra, also known as the throat chakra, deals with truth and is blocked by lies. Honesty is very important with this chakra. It is essential that we be impeccable with our word. We must be able to release ourselves from whatever we might be in denial about, and accept who we truly are. Those with open sound chakras tend to be able to say what they mean and mean what they say. Their speech is uplifting and wise and they communicate clearly their intent. Those with closed sound chakras tend to experience poor communication on the physical level, codependency on the emotional level, unclear thoughts on the mental level, and insecurity on the spiritual level.

To open the sound chakra, focus meditation on your throat. Visualize a blue sun rising up from your Solar Plexus and moving into your throat. Imagine it washing over your vocal chords and emboldening divine expression. Let the Divine Breath to activate your vocal organs. Allow your numinous voice to resonate in the sacred ether. Let go of the lies you’ve been telling yourself. Embrace the truth. Breathe.



Opening the Light Chakra:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” –Marianne Williamson

This chakra, also known as the third eye chakra, deals with insight and is blocked by illusion. The illusion of separation is the greatest illusion. It is essential that we understand this, and move past the illusion, in order to actualize the Self in accordance with greater cosmic frequencies. The majority of people are unable to open this chakra. Those with open light chakras tend to see themselves and others as spiritually interconnected beings. They have great intuition, a strong sense of identity, and the ability to self-reflect. Those with closed light chakras tend to lack in imagination and have weak intuition, resulting in poor decision making and self-deception.

To open the light chakra, focus meditation on the forehead. Imagine a luminous ball of warm indigo energy emerging from your pineal gland and spinning slowly at the center of your forehead. Visualize it shooting powerful bands of light down and through your lower chakras, filling your entire being with divine light. Picture your third eye opening and reflecting aspects of the universe that you weren’t aware of before. Let go of all your illusions. Allow your intuition to guide you. Breathe.



Opening the Thought Chakra

“Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics.” –Albert Einstein

This chakra, also known as the crown chakra, deals with enlightened transcendence and is blocked by earthly attachment. We must be able to let go of all attachments, especially love, in order to open this chakra. This is very difficult to do. Because of this, only a very small percentage of people are ever able to open this chakra. Those with open thought chakras tend to experience divine union and cosmic love, stretching out forever. Their unique frequency is in tune with the greater cosmic orchestra. Those with closed thought chakras tend to be nihilistic and disconnected spiritually, doubting everything they know to be true.

To open the thought chakra, focus meditation on the top of your head. The goal is complete surrender and dissolution; a letting go of the hold that the physical world has on you. Imagine an infinite crown of violet energy showering up into the cosmos like a mighty fountainhead connecting you to all things. Feel the powerful energy pool up from your roots, passing through the sacred waters of the sacral, basking in the fire of the solar plexus, breathing in the vital breath of the heart, absorbing the ethereal voice of the throat, pouring through the dissolution of the Third Eye, and spilling up and out the crown of your head into a thousand-petaled lotus. Feel the boundaries of your mind body and soul dissolve into all things. Let go of earthly attachment. Let go of love. You are now love itself. Breathe.





About the Author

Gary ‘Z’ McGee, a former Navy Intelligence Specialist turned philosopher, is the author of Birthday Suit of God and The Looking Glass Man. His works are inspired by the great philosophers of the ages and his wide awake view of the modern world.



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Meditation for Self-realization

This article is in essence a guide to breathing meditation that will help deepen your practice. There are three practices in meditation (once you have established a solid meditation posture) which will help you get deeper and deeper into your meditation, and into a new awareness and experience of yourself and the universe. These three practices are:

  1. Following your breath into the universe. By paying attention to our breath and experiencing it fully and consciously we are able not only to achieve a deep sense of inner peace, but also a more relaxed, aware, and energetic state.
  2. Practicing patience. By patiently bringing our attention back to our breath every time our mind wanders we develop our attention and increase our personal mastery. The third practice is …
  3. Letting go and allowing. When we meditate we connect to creative consciousness and to our higher selves. With consistent practice, and ample patience, we can learn how to let go of our egos and our need to interfere and instead learn how to allow our infinite nature to express itself through us. This is the highest achievement in meditation, and is the true meaning of power and mastery. When we can reach this stage our lives will transform and we will find ourselves living an inspiring, blissful, peaceful, loving, and beautiful life – in short we will find ourselves to be living in a perfect world.

In my previous articles of meditation I have covered topics such the meditation posture, meditation tips for establishing your practice, and how to meditate, but this is the next step once those specific areas have been somewhat mastered (or at least have become natural).

There are many different forms of meditation for many different purposes. In some you recite mantras, or visualize, or gather, channel, and circulate energy. This article is not necessarily a guideline for meditation per say, but a way to use meditation for self-realization. That is, instead of using breathing meditation to do things, this outlook on breathing meditation is about experiencing your true nature – universal consciousness – directly and allowing it to be the creative source of your life which you live from.



Following Your Breath Into The Universe

The breath is the teacher which guides you into your body and aids you in the mastery of your mind, helping you to transcend its seduction and consciously unite with spirit. Every breath we take is literally a breath of life. The only time this body ceases to breathe is in death. Simple enough. Yet how often during the day are we actually paying attention to our breath? Is it shallow or deep? How does it feel to breathe?

Are we appreciating each breath for how it feels and the life that it provides us?

The fact of the matter is that the majority of people barely pay any attention to their breathing. Yet if we use our breath as a focal point, it is the fastest way to bring our awareness into the moment, as well as to cleanse and calm our minds. Our breath acts as a continuous flow of higher energy that will wash away our negativity, pain, and disease in the same way that a river washes impurities from our clothes and bodies.

Whenever you get too stressed, or are about to explode in rage and need to calm yourself down, just breathe. Feel your breath and focus on it to the exclusion of all else. Inhale energy, peace, and awareness, and with the exhale let go of all your tensions and worries.

Our breath has a magical quality of instantly getting us into a deeply aware meditative state, if we consistently practice breathing meditation. It can act as a trigger for higher states of consciousness and meditative states so that the moment we remember to focus on our breath, we balance and center ourselves in spirit. That it is one of the most fundamental meditation techniques, regardless of what type of meditation you are practicing.

Breathing is a perfect representation of the yin & yang aspects of the universe, and is a testament to the universal state of change, harmony, and balance. As we attune to our breath, we tune into the flow of the universe and the sea of energy, prana, or chi which we are breathing and moving through in each moment.

As you practice breathing meditation, with your tongue on the roof of your mouth and your eyes looking between your eyebrows, breathe in and out deeply through your nose. You don’t need to count your breaths, just experience them and allow them to teach you about your body as your breathing takes you deeper and deeper into the stillness within, and your inherent connection with creative consciousness. They are directly related.

Breathe from your stomach like a child, and do it naturally without effort or struggle. Focus your attention on your breath, and feel the tensions that arise in your body as you inhale, and release them as you exhale. If you have any pain or injury then breathe energy into them, and feel the energy of your breath releasing those pains. At first it may feel ridiculous to do this, but in time it will become profound. As you cleanse your body with your breath, so too do you cleanse your mind.

Your mind will wander off on its own away from your breath, but don’t get frustrated or angry, just calmly return your attention to your breathing as many times as necessary. As you progress your eyes will become clear, and you will be radiant as your mind calms down and joy erupts from the silence. This is the exquisite feeling of being truly alive.



Practicing Patience

At first your mind will be chaotic and thoughts will appear seemingly from every corner of your mind at a rate that is unbelievable, frustrating, and potentially overwhelming. As a result you will want to move around and open your eyes to distract yourself from it, but don’t allow yourself that indulgence. Move if you are in physical pain or if there is a fire, but otherwise, do not get up.

Even those who have cultivated peace within themselves for years will still sometimes close their eyes and enter into a world of loud and chaotic mental chatter and disturbance. This is one of the byproducts of life.

We cannot always control what happens to us in life, and that is not the point. We do however have complete control over how we react to life, and that is our true power.

Experienced meditators experience internal conflict just like the rest of us. The difference is how they react. An ordinary person is effected by the world and thus enters into an internal state of conflict, and when they do, they become slaves to their unconscious thoughts and emotions and become unbalanced, confused, stressed, and frustrated. Then they look outside of themselves for the cure in food, drugs or alcohol, shopping, relationships, or in anything that can distract them temporarily from what they are feeling.

An experienced meditator on the other hand is not effected by the world and can live in gratitude, peace, and loving kindness because they are connected to source instead. When they are effected by the world, or when the reach a point of internal conflict, they are conscious of it, and instead of running and distracting themselves, they sit down to meditate.

They face their internal world, breathe, and connect to creative consciousness. As they practice returning to source they are flooded with higher energies – peace, love, kindness, inspiration, and so on – and these energies dissipate lower energies, and thus their internal conflict. All conflict and suffering is the result of being disconnected with spirit, and thus  breathing meditation (and meditation in general) is a practice of returning.

Experienced meditators are masterful not because they never experience conflict or stress, but because they know how to realign themselves with spirit and consciously return themselves to an experience and perception of perfection, peace, and balance.

Face your mind with as much attention as you can gather and detach yourself from your thoughts. You are perfect and you are pure in your natural state regardless of what you’re thinking. Identify with that pure awareness by observing what the mind has to say without getting attached to it, and then letting the words wash away.

Your mind will be chaotic at first but over time it will become quiet as all your suppressed thoughts, memories, impulses, and emotions have the opportunity to surface so that emotional processing can occur. As they surface, this will occur naturally if you remain emotionally detached from them.

The only reason our minds are so cluttered is because we don’t take the few minutes each day which is necessary to take out the garbage. That is what breathing meditation is – the process of taking out our mental and emotional garbage. Looking within is all that it takes to empty our minds, because in time as we look within ourselves we will learn to process and let go of our thoughts as they come, instead of allowing our minds to become cluttered in the first place.

As you observe your mind, realize that your mind is not who you are.  Notice that you are not your thoughts, and that you are actually the conscious awareness that is observing your thoughts. Your mind is only a tool, it does not define you. Your true nature is above and beyond the mind and if you are quiet, patient, and have simplified your mind impeccably over time, you will get an opportunity to experience that other aspect of yourself.



Let Go & Allow Yourself To Be

One of the most wonderful benefits of meditation is that it is a practice of self-discovery. When you sit down to meditate you are learning to master your mind, but more importantly, you are learning to be yourself again and embody your divine nature which is unlimited potential.

Accept that you are not currently being yourself because if you were you would be infinitely blissful, loving, kindhearted, balanced, and peaceful. If you are … then please email me so that I may learn from you. But if you are not, then you have to accept that you do not know everything about yourself, and that you are not being completely honest in how you perceive, and express yourself.

Meditation will be different every time, and it is not always what you need to have an absolutely silent internal reality. Thoughts come to the surface because they need to be dealt with in some way or another. Become conscious of all that comes through your mind, but remain detached from it by becoming an impartial observer.

As an impartial observer you are free from the emotions that come with certain thinking patterns which gives you the opportunity to think and live consciously. You can then choose how to feel, act, think, and perceive the world so that you are completely independent of the circumstances of your life. Things in life only become negative or positive once you see them as such. You get to choose, and that is the true human worth.

This is the only way to dissolve our egos and all our mental limitations. By not being affected emotionally by your lower level thoughts you negate their power over you which is the path to true freedom and self-realization.

Allow what is within you to come through you because it is what you need to process to become yourself again. Allow everything that is within you to come through you, and then choose to focus on that which is pure and a reflection of your eternal divine self, then cultivate it through silent contemplation of this superior aspect of yourself.

“If you bring forth what is inside you, what is inside you will save you.
If you do not bring forth what is inside you, what is inside you will destroy you.”
– Jesus of Nazareth

Just patiently observe it all streaming through your consciousness and know deep in your heart that the permanent aspect of yourself is the pure awareness you are using to observe reality. Accept the knowledge and inspiration you are being presented with as guidance for your life path of embodying infinite potential, but always remember that your divine self is the awareness which you create your life with, not the manifestations of your magnificence.

If negativity comes through you, you can waste your energy battling it, or you could just allow it and practice non-attachment, and then readjust your mind to a positive perspective. In place of the negative thoughts you may want to then consciously think some positive thoughts and affirm your desire for positive thoughts in your mind. Then when positive thoughts come, thank them! This is programming yourself to become a more positive, optimistic, and joyous person.

Instead of trying to control everything that goes on within you, make it your focus to become aware of everything that is going on within you, and allowing the inspiration, the love, the happiness, and the potential to come through you and prosper instead of fear, negativity, and self-doubt.

(Self-doubt is the most crippling force that a human can experience, so learn how to eliminate it in my article about how to gain confidence.)

As you develop your breathing meditation practice using these meditation techniques that I have here provided you will learn how to be yourself once again. When you are yourself you will have no limitations, and you will live a blissful, abundant, serene, invigorating, and inspired life because you will have tapped into all those qualities and allowed them to come through you. In the words of the sage Pantanjali:

“When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.”

This great, extraordinary purpose that you are inspired by is returning to your true, infinite nature, and when you look inwards through the practice of breathing meditation you will “dormant forces, faculties, and talents” within yourself that you did not know were there. Then all conflict and suffering in your life will subside because you will cease to resist the magnificence that you really are by pretending that you are small.

You are a master of creation, and breathing meditation is the realization of that fact.



Source: Powerful Breathing Meditation for Clearing Blockages and Finding Emotional Peace

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Ayurveda Tips To Live In Harmony With Nature

Living in harmony with nature is an expression we hear so much in the health and wellness sphere. But what does this expression really mean, and how can we actively start to do this in our daily lives?

Ayurveda, the sister science of Yoga, and a full medical system of healing from ancient India, can greatly help us in our quest to be one with nature.

The word “Ayurveda” stems from the root words “Ayush,” which means “life,” and “Veda,” which means “the study of.” Ayurveda, therefore, is the study of life. Unlike many modern means of study, however, the way Ayurveda was learned was by living it. As a spiritual science, Ayurveda is believed to have been ‘revealed’ to the revered Rishis (sages) of lore, in the depths of their profound meditations in the forests and mountains of ancient India.

These Rishis studied every aspect of nature. They spent time learning from animals, plants, trees, and the sun, moon, wind, and stars – and generously shared the knowledge they acquired with anyone fortunate to encounter them and/or read their words in the various sacred texts they recorded.


Dinacharya – Your Daily Self-Care Rituals

One of the discoveries these Rishis have carefully penned down for the benefit of humanity is a set of daily self-care rituals called Dinacharya. “Dina” means “day” and “charya” means “to follow,” so Dinacharya literally translates as “following the rhythm of the day.” The rhythm of each day is closely connected with the natural cycles of the sun, moon, earth, and other planets. Hence, we learn through Dinacharya how to keep our own daily cycles in sync with the natural world around us.

In Ayurveda, we learn that we are a living composite, or microcosm, of the entire universe. What goes on around us has a great influence on what goes on within us – and vice versa.

Part of the brilliance of the medical science of Ayurveda is that it provides incredibly detailed protocols for not only how to counteract disease, but also how to actively protect, promote, and increase our health. There is a beautiful Shloka (poetic verse) that defines the purpose of Ayurveda as:

“Svasthasya svasthya rakshanam
Ayurasya vikara prashamanam cha”

Ayurveda protects the health (Svasthya) of the healthy (Svasthasya), first and foremost, and also effectively treats diseases (Vikara). The reason for Ayurveda’s effectiveness in treating diseases is that it addresses the root causes of why ill health occurs in the first place.


Harmonizing With Nature

Dinacharya is considered one of the best ways to protect the health of the healthy. Not following it is often a causative factor for disease. The Ayurvedic Rishis discovered that one’s daily routine is a much more powerful source of healing and well-being than even the strongest medicine a doctor could possibly prescribe. And while it may seem intuitive that one’s daily routine is a good medium for disease prevention, what’s even more amazing about Ayurveda is that it provides such detailed descriptions in its traditional scriptures of what this daily regimen entails.

I have been grateful to learn many of these practices, and to now teach them to beginner Ayurveda students. Here are some of the ancient Rishis’ discoveries to live in greater harmony with nature:


1) Wake Up Early

We are all solar-powered creatures. In Ayurveda, the sun is deeply respected and regarded as the source of health, power, strength, and spiritual well-being. Awakening between 4-6am gives us the opportunity to greet the sun, appreciate it, and welcome its amazing qualities into our lives.

The time between 4-6am is also known by Rishis and Yogis since time immemorial to be a spiritually elevated and charged time, during which it is very auspicious to meditate and develop a more positive mindset. I can speak from personal experience in saying that I have seen a great positive change in my overall state of mind from waking up early.


2) Develop A Morning Practice

Wonder what to do once you start waking up earlier? There are many morning practices recommended by Ayurveda to help ground you, and give you more strength and clarity to go through your day. Having been a rather ungrounded person in the past, these morning practices have really changed my life and provided me with a greater connection to my inner source of wisdom and peace.

One of my favorite morning practices is gazing at my hands immediately upon waking up. It is amazing to consider just how much our hands allow us to do; we use our hands to work, create, and connect with others through writing, typing, gardening, cooking, shaking hands, and much more. By living according to the wisdom of Ayurveda and Yoga, we have the opportunity to really take our health and lives into our own hands, and so I always acknowledge the power, possibility, and freedom that resides in my very own two hands as soon as I wake up each morning.

Other morning practices ideas include taking a walk, doing Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutations), other Yoga Asanas (postures), meditation, journaling, chanting mantras, and repeating positive affirmations.


3) Make Lunch Your Biggest Meal

We often hear about the merits of breakfast, and how it’s the most important meal of the day. According to Ayurveda, however, lunch is actually the most important meal of the day. The sun is at its peak between 12-1pm, and so is our digestive fire, which is called Agni in Ayurveda.

We learn from Ayurveda that we are not just what we eat, but what we actually digest. The health of our entire body is greatly reflected by the health of our digestive fire, and therefore, we are advised to eat the most when we have the most capacity to digest the food we’ve eaten. Having grown up making dinner my heaviest meal, and having struggled for many years with digestive challenges, the practice of making lunch my biggest meal has greatly improved my digestion.

Following Ayurveda’s Dinacharya recommendations has made me a healthier and happier human being. I encourage you, too, to try one or more of Ayurveda’s daily routine recommendations and feel the joy of living in greater harmony with nature.

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Brainy Benefits for Meditation

When we think of meditation, we may think of relaxation, breathing, and emptying the mind of stressful thoughts. It may be surprising to learn that the act of quiet meditation increases mental acuity and makes us more productive at work. Instead of meditation emptying our minds, it actually helps fill them with improved concentration and creativity.

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Psychology Today reports on a plethora of benefits from including meditation in your routine. Decreasing stress is one, and improving physical health is another. Some of the benefits, however, are directly related to work productivity.


Improved Attention

A study published in 2007 found that after three months of intensive meditation (“intensive” may mean daily) test subjects were able to notice and pay attention to more stimuli than before. This means if you implement a daily meditation regime, it may help you pay closer attention to more detail which may greatly help your productivity at work.


A Sharper Memory

A report of another experiment published in 2011 compared the effects of meditation, body relaxation techniques, and mindfulness training on the ability to multitask. (Mindfulness training has to do with being in the here and now.) Of the three groups, the meditation group is the only one that enjoyed greater productivity with work tasks. While they did not necessarily learn to multitask, this group’s memory skills did improve. They also increased their ability to focus on a task for a longer period of time, and increased attention.


A Better Brain

Psychology Today reports that meditation even helps to increase gray matter in our brains. This helps us think better and increases our attention spans.

Whether you make time to meditate once per day or once per week, it won’t hurt and it may help you in many ways, including doing better at work.

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