Myths About Meditation

If you imagine a person meditating, what do you see?

Is he or she sitting on the floor with his or her legs crossed and eyes closed? And do you imagine that he or she has a thought-free, blank mind? If so, then please read on to get the truth about meditation.

Myth 1:
Have an Empty Mind
Truth 1: Our minds are made to think, and we can actually work with our mind’s thoughts and activity to enhance our meditations!

Myth 2:
Meditation Needs to Take an Hour
Truth 2: Some of the most powerful meditations take minutes or even seconds! Dharana (in Sanskrit), or speed meditation, does just that.

Myth 3:
No Moving During Meditation
Truth 3: If pain or discomfort are distracting you during meditation, then by all means adjust yourself to get comfortable and return to your meditation! Also, the body may move itself, called kriyas (in Sanskrit), during meditation. These spontaneous movements may be the body’s way of releasing energy, tension, blockages, and such to aid you to move deeper into your meditative state.

Myth 4:
Meditation is Religious
Truth 4: Meditation is a mode of consciousness, used to train the mind to enter into awareness. Anyone can use it in a variety of ways. It is not religious.

Myth 5:
I have to sit in lotus position (legs crossed) on the floor.
Truth 5: You can sit however you like. Having an erect spine during meditation is recommended as it helps us stay present and provides proper alignment in our bodies. Rather than sitting on the floor, you can try sitting on a chair (leaning on the back of the chair if you prefer) or stacked cushions (supporting your back against the wall, if that feels right).

What Is Actually Creating Your Life

One of the pivotal aspects in personal transformation, and one that reigns in the ThetaHealing technique, is the work with belief systems. Our belief systems function as our internal operating system, much like software operating systems of a computer, and they dictate the thoughts we make and the actions we take. They color our lens and control us on subconscious, unconscious, and conscious levels. In essence, our beliefs create how our real lives play out, from our day-to-day to the years making the stretches of life. That’s huge!

Here’s an example of conscious and unconscious beliefs, to help clarify the difference:

Conscious beliefs are those that you’re AWARE of, that you know you have or know to be true for you. For example:

  • “I live in Bali.”
  • “My name is Stephanie.”
  • “I’m from the U.S.”

Unconscious beliefs are those you are likely UNAWARE that you have. They are often created in early developmental stages such as in childhood, and as a way to cope with and protect from trauma, drama, and pain. For example:

  • “It’s unsafe to be in close relationships.”
  • “I can’t express myself truly because it will upset people.”
  • “I’m not good with money.”
  • “Men can’t be trusted.”

When you say a held unconscious belief to yourself, it will probably not resonate with you. For example, if you have the unconscious belief “I’m not good with money”, you may consciously think something like, “No, I’m not really that bad with money. I want to be wealthy and successful!”  Here, your conscious self registers that this statement or belief  isn’t in alignment with you and what you consciously want, so the conscious side rejects it as true, talking yourself (the conscious part) out of believing it to be true for you.

Here’s the tricky part:

How can it be that in spite of what you say and intend, and even do, the results show something entirely different?  Even if we acknowledge to ourselves consciously what we want- what our conscious beliefs are- and we go for that, if our unconscious beliefs are in conflict with those conscious ones, then, Houston, we have a problem: our unconscious beliefs rule. They win.

It goes like this:

You want something. You’re aware of what you want, you even have a clear intention of it/ your belief/ your goal, and you take the actions steps to get it. And then you take a look at the results. Did you say you wanted one thing, and took actions to make it happen, but get a greatly different result than intended? If so, then it’s highly probable that your unconscious was the culprit here.

Perhaps you have been carrying extra weight and you’ve been telling yourself, and your friends, that you’re going to take kickboxing classes and eat healthier. You get an accountability buddy on board and start going to to the gym together a couple times a week. You make green smoothies stop drinking soda. And then, within a few weeks, these healthy practices begin to fade and before long you’re back into old patterns with the state of your health not feeling any better off.

Or maybe you’ve made a promise to yourself to have more stability and security financially. You actually start to put more hours in at the office and it feels good to see those extra $dollar signs$ rolling in as overtime pay! But after a month of working those extra hours, and feeling the tiredness and strain from it, your bank statement doesn’t reflect the added funds. Apparently you’ve been spending at the same rate that you’ve been earning.

What’s going on here? Again, the results of going for what you want and not getting it is the work of your unconscious beliefs! Realizing that you’re responsible for the self-sabotage can be frustrating and confusing! And, often, it can be too much for your conscious self to bear, so it puts up blinders so you don’t recognize either the self-sabotage and/or where it’s coming from. THIS is where someone gently pointing out and navigating you through the beliefs, along with a practice of compassion and love comes in handy! We have to cut ourselves some slack and remind ourselves that our unconscious set up these beliefs to actually help us. At the time these beliefs were established, it was the safest and easiest way to survive and thrive. Plus it’s very likely that these beliefs were created during childhood when our brains and critical thinking were not fully developed. This is why we can have some very illogical beliefs that do not serve us and what we really want!

So, we’ve seen that we have some un-serving and outdated beliefs, now what?

Through a space of compassion, love, and healing, we can work with the ThetaHealing technique and meditation to release the old, outdated beliefs and their associated feelings, and replace them with conscious, positive, self-serving beliefs! And then see the results: Your reality now reflects what you actually want!

The Top 5 Reasons to Meditate

Why meditate? Here are some of the top reasons:

1. It boosts your happiness. Meditation increases positive emotions, while decreasing depression, anxiety, and insomnia.

Click to view supporting evidence from the Journal of Biobehavioral Medicine and Psychology Today

2. Meditation is the most effective way to manage stress.

Click to view supporting evidence from the American Psychological Association and the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine 

3. Meditation changes your brain for the better! It improves brain function, including focus, memory and ability to learn. It also increases grey matter in the brain.

Click to view supporting evidence from PsychoSomatic MedicineScience Direct and The National Center for Biotechnology Information

4. Meditation increases compassion, which is a huge contributor to happiness.

Click to view supporting evidence from Stanford Medicine, Psychological Science and Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center

5. It amps up your creativity and productivity.

Click to view supporting evidence from Consciousness and CognitionHarvard Business Review and Cognitive, Affective & Behavioral Neuroscience (Kropinger & Baime)

The ThetaHealing® Technique

I’m a certified ThetaHealing® Practitioner. The ThetaHealing meditation technique provides an effective framework for creating your life in the highest and best ways possible. 

What does the ThetaHealing meditation technique do?

ThetaHealing dissolves negative beliefs with ease and grace. It releases old emotional bonds and bad habits. It removes blocks and sets you free, creating the space for you to live in your potential!

How does it work?

ThetaHealing works by utilizing the natural theta brainwaves, which grant us access to the subconscious. While operating in the powerful subconscious, we create a positive, deep change instantaneously.

All of your beliefs are actively and passively creating your current life. While the empowering beliefs are creating fulfillment, the limiting belief are creating obstacles and difficulty. These limiting beliefs are responsible for the lack you feel in any area of life, inducing your career, relationships, finance, health and life purpose.

Once the limiting beliefs are uncovered, we use the ThetaHealing meditation technique to instantly substitute and install empowering and positive beliefs in their place. During the ThetaHealing session, the client experiences a deep, positive change immediately, and usually feelings of peace and contentment. Clients often notice the positive changes in their lives within only a couple of days after a session.

If you’re interested in learning more about how ThetaHealing works and how I use it with clients, then feel free to read my blog post “How What You Don’t Know Commands You”

What is the ThetaHealing®  Technique?

Directly from the ThetaHealing® website:

“The ThetaHealing meditation technique was created by Vianna Stibal in 1995 during her own personal journey back to health.  Her original book details her personal healing journey and her connection to the Creator utilizing her meditation technique.  She did not start teaching the ThetaHealing technique until 2006 or so, after she had perfected the technique on herself.

The ThetaHealing technique is a meditation technique utilizing a spiritual philosophy with the purpose of improvement in mind, body and spirit while getting closer to the Creator of All That Is (our God has many names and we call him Creator).  It is a focused prayer to the Creator and allows you to train your mind, body and spirit to clear limiting beliefs and live life with positive thoughts, developing virtues in all that we do. Through meditation and prayer, the ThetaHealing Technique creates a positive lifestyle.

The ThetaHealing technique is always taught to be used in conjunction with conventional medicine. It teaches how to put to use one’s own natural intuition, relying upon unconditional love of Creator Of All That Is to do the actual “work.” We believe by focused prayer utilizing a “Theta” and “delta” brainwave (incorporating physics and quantum physics), you can actually witness the Creator Of All That Is create instantaneous physical and emotional wellbeing. We have learned that through the ThetaHealing Technique intuitive abilities can be used to bring about spontaneous changes and physical and emotional wellbeing.”

To Learn more about the ThetaHealing technique, visit the official website thetahealing.com

 

ThetaHealing® and ThetaHealer® are registered trademarks of THInK at www.thetahealing.com

What Is “Theta”?

What is a theta state?

The theta state refers to theta brainwave, measured at 3-8HZ. It is the state where the body is in deep relaxation while the mind is conscious, as found in a deep mediation or the in-between sleep and awake “twilight” stage.
 
What’s important about the theta state?

Visualizations in theta states are strongest and the creativity of your unconscious mind is easily accessed. Here we can retrieve information beyond our normal conscious awareness, which we can use to create fulfilling changes and healing on all levels of consciousness.
 
How can I enter a theta brainwave state?

You can enter the theta brainwave state quickly in a guided meditation, like the one I use during sessions. Experience it yourself by listening to this video. The founder of the ThetaHealing Technique, Vianna Stibal, instructs us through a pithy debut of the ThetaHealing meditation technique. Have a listen and participate, if you fancy.  ThetaHealing® 7 Planes of Existence Meditation
 
You can also enter theta by listening to certain types of tones and beats, like these found on YouTube:

Lucid Dreaming Sleep Track

And “Pure Theta Waves: Meditation

 

And here are some useful and interesting articles related to the theta brainwave topic:

Understand how your brain contributes to your state of mind.

Read: “Meet Your Brainwaves

Learn more about brainwaves and what they mean for you.

Read: “What Are Brainwaves