The most common way to experience psychic phenomena is to go into altered states of consciousness through meditation. Today, I’m going to start by suggesting some meditation technique basics that can help you hit those altered states and, hopefully, allow you to experience your own psychic phenomena.
Meditation Basic #1: Set the Stage
It should be obvious, but it often isn’t, that anyone who plans a meditation session, particularly if you’re just learning, needs to understand that you have to optimize your surroundings to learn. This means:
- no television
- no radio or iPod
- no telephone–turn it off, or set it to go straight to voice mail; your messages will wait half an hour.
- no distractions–this means find a quiet place and time where people aren’t likely to disturb you.
What to do with the kids during your meditation
Of these, I’ve noticed that many people have the most difficulty with the last two. For some reason, people are absolutely terrified of not being instantly reachable by phone. If you’re worried about that, you’re not in the proper state to meditate. TURN IT OFF. I promise you: the world won’t come to an end if you are not reachable for half an hour while you do your meditation. Really.
As for the no distractions, that’s equally difficult, particularly for busy parents with active kids of any age. Generally speaking, if your kids are old enough to be on their own for half an hour or so, I recommend you find a place where you can lock the kids out of the room while you do your meditation. If they’re toddlers or infants, however, feel free to meditate with them in the room–as long as they’re down for a nap. Or you can ask your partner to watch them for half an hour. If neither of these quite fit your situation, the other suggestion is that you plan your meditation for early in the morning before the rest of the family is up. Do not plan your meditation for late in the evening unless there really is no other alternative–you’ll be tired and thus far more likely to fall asleep during your meditation!
What about pets during a meditation?
Pets are different than kids. While you can tell a child of reasonable age not to disturb you for half an hour, you can’t exactly explain that to a dog or cat. I’ve found if I lock my pets out of the room where I’m doing my meditation, they whine and scratch at the door and make a pest of themselves. On the other hand, if I simply let them in with me, they settle down (usually on my lap) and join in with me in accessing their own altered states of consciousness. Thus my rule is:
Lock the kids out; let the pets in when doing your meditation.
Meditation Basic #2: Get comfortable
Have you ever seen someone meditating in a yoga posture? How comfortable do they look?
In fact, they feel more comfortable than they look. Nonetheless…for many of us, pretzel positions are not practical, much less comfortable.
Instead, I’m going to suggest the following:
- Sit in a comfortable chair.
- Find a way to prop up your feet, perhaps on an ottoman. If you have a recliner, use that, and tip it half-way back, but not into full-recline position.
- Make sure you have some kind of support for your head and neck. A recliner’s back usually is high enough to provide that. If you’re not in chair with a high back, use pillows to support your neck and shoulders.
- Take off or loosen any clothing or shoes that are tight and restrictive. The ideal clothes for meditation are comfortable jammies, but if that’s not practical, loosen your belt, unfasten any tight waistband, slip off your shoes, maybe loosen your tie.
Of course if you’re used to zen-style meditations, feel free to sit on the floor with highly erect back, balance your head directly over your spine, and go for your meditation like that. The rest of us will veg out on our comfy recliners, thank-you-verra-much.
Next time I’ll offer some more meditation basics.
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