The most important meditation tools are:
Mantra – this is constant reciting of a spiritual phrase. This raises your spiritual vibration and gives something to redirect your mind away from depressive, negative thoughts or fearful thoughts.
Mudra – these are hand gestures that you do in a sequence. I have been using them for many years. Mahatma Gandhi recommended them to his niece before he died as an invaluable spiritual tool. Another word for these is the Gayatri Mantra Mudras. I learned the sequence by memorizing them from Baba Hari Dass’s book, “Ashtanga Yoga Primer.
Mala – or Working with beads. This is used in many spiritual traditions. This helps you stay in the present moment, because you synchronize moving one bead at a time with chanting your mantra or watching the breath. It is very comforting to hold a wrist mala, because it reminds you to stay in the present moment. I hold one as I fall asleep at night.
Breathwork or Pranayama – This is another very important spiritual tool. I combine it with mantra and mudra in my meditation every morning.
The question arises, “Why is there a need for meditation and spiritual practices?”
The answer is that people suffer in large measure from their thoughts. Their suffering causes them to look for a solution. The solution would be a way to control the thoughts that are causing them suffering. Spiritual training and meditation training are the tools. They are an invitation to grow spiritually and to heal from the pain of the thinking mind.
You are exploring homeopathy, because you are on a healing journey. Now it is time to work at breaking life long faulty thinking habits. It is not an easy process to break these habits. It is also not easy to suffer the consequences of not breaking them. Reduction in anxiety and depression are the reward for breaking them.
People often believe that if they take homeopathic remedies they do not have to take personal responsibility for their thought processes. They believe that the remedy should take care of this. This is a fallacy. The homoepathic remedy can help, but it is not a substitute for developing self awareness and healthy life-style practices. It is for this reason that I put so much emphasis on the importance of meditation and spiritual practices with my clients, and it is also why I prioritize them in my life.
Talking to God
When you talk to God who do you talk to? Where does the answer come from? The answer comes from inside you? Wisdom is to know that God is in you, as well as in everyone else, and that it is impossible for you to be separate from God, because you are one with God. Some religions try to make you believe that God is outside of you and that you are separate from God, but this is not the truth.
From my experience the Indwelling God communicates with you in yes, no and neutral. You can put all your doubts and questions before God and you will receive the answer and guidance. You need to formulate your questions so that they can be answered in yes, no and neutral.
The way I have found that works for me to communicate is to make myself a pendulum. If I lean forward the answer is yes. If I lean back the answer is no. If my body does not move it is neutral.
It is necessary to practice to deepen this relationship with the One who has always been there with you and for you.
Wishing you health and happiness,
Deborah Olenev CCH RSHom (NA)