The Eyes Open, Eyes Closed Meditation

How does the Eyes Open, Eyes Closed Meditation Work?

Today I would like to share with you a meditation that I often use to center my self, by balancing my thoughts and emotions. This is done so that we can see more clearly with and without our vision. To begin, close your eyes and take a few slow deep breath’s in and then out…in and then out. Relax. Breathe in deeply once more from the pit of your stomach, hold for a few seconds, and as you breath out open your eyes. Now you are reflecting on your surroundings with your eyes open and aware of all that is going on around you. Simply observe without judgement. We recommend 30 seconds to 3 minutes of eyes open reflection, however you can do this part of the meditation for as long as you see necessary.

The next step is to breath in deeply from the pit of your stomach, hold for a few seconds and then breath out as you close your eyes. Relaxing and being completely in the moment, you begin to observe your other senses minus your sight. What do you smell? How do you feel? What do you see without seeing? Let your thoughts and feelings flow naturally during this stage of the meditation. We recommend 30 seconds to 3 minutes of eyes closed reflection, but you can do this for as long as you feel necessary.

Now we will begin the next step by breathing in deeply once again. after holding for a few seconds you breath out and open your eyes once more. Begin to observe your surroundings once again. How does it feel to see after having your eyes closed for some time? What thoughts cross your mind as your eyes are open and observing all that is around you? Remember to relax and simply observe. We recommend 30 seconds to 3 minutes of eyes open reflection, however you can do this part of the meditation for as long as you see necessary.

From here we will take another deep breath in and hold for a few seconds. As you breath out close your eyes once more and really focus on your thoughts. Focus on your feelings. How do you feel? Do you notice a difference when your eyes are open as opposed to being closed? Is your view of the world changing as you participate in this form of meditation? Take a final deep breath in and then release your breath as you open your eyes to continue your day. Or you can simply decide to keep your eyes closed and remain in thoughtful meditation. You should now feel more calm and centered than before.

 

As gold purified in a furnace loses its impurities and achieves its own true nature, the mind gets rid of the impurities of the attributes of delusion, attachment and purity through meditation and attains Reality. Adi Shankara

 

My Eyes Open, Eyes Closed Meditation Experience

My eyes are open and I see…

My eyes are open. I am seeing, observing. Energy is being drawn in as I observer the light, movement, and vibrations all around me. My energy is also being drawn out as I analyze objects with my eyes, my attention is focused. Thoughts are passing through my mind about the nature of reality and the things that I can see. I am interpreting different shapes and spectrum’s of light. Physical reality is open to me as I passively observe. My eyes are open and I see…

My Eyes are closed and I feel…

My eyes are closed. Outer influence has no effect on me. My thoughts are my own and the influence of physical reality has no bearing here. I am am limitless and I am free. Focused are my thoughts without the nuisance outside distractions influencing me. I am what I am, I am all that is me. Everything has a connection that I can clearly see without seeing. Everything is connected and I feel this…know this, even without sight. No, especially without my sight. My energy is neither flowing in or out as I am contained within the wholeness of me. My Eyes are closed and I feel…

 

Life is a mystery – mystery of beauty, bliss and divinity. Meditation is the art of unfolding that mystery. Amit Ray

 

My Take: Eyes Open, Eyes Closed Meditation

Thank you for taking the time to read about our eyes open, eyes closed mediation. I hope you enjoy your experience of the eyes open, eyes closed meditation. Remember this experience is always free. You can perform this particular meditation as many times as you like and whenever you see fit. All we ask is that you please share this valuable meditation with friends and family so that they may benefit from this practice as much as you have. As always, all the best to you and yours.

 




 

 



Hair and Spirituality

Does Long Hair Make you a More Spiritual Person?

There have been times where I have wondered… Why is it that most spiritual teachers, guru’s, and mystics have long hair as opposed to short hair? Is it to simply fit a certain style or look that has become associated with mystical teachers? Or is there some type of unseen connection to spirituality and the length of your hair? Something tells me there is a much broader connection between hair and spirituality than we may realize. Let’s take a deeper look and explore the idea behind hair and spirituality.

 

“I love the feeling of the fresh air on my face and the wind blowing through my hair.” Evel Knievel

A Deeper Look at the Spirituality of Hair

Hair is an extension of the nervous system and can be seen as external nerves, feelers, or antennae. When the hair is cut, sending and receiving information to and from the environment around is hampered. It is believed by many ancient cultures adept in spiritual practice that uncut hair can actually raise your energy / Kundalini life force, leading to increased vitality and intuition. In fact, it was Yogi Bhajan that taught us by cutting your hair, you lose vital energy because the body must use that energy to regrow the lost hair. When the hair remains uncut this vital energy stays within you.

Throughout history it is well known that those who were captured and made to work as slaves were forced to cut their hair as a sign that they no longer possessed their freedom. Chopping off the hair was also seen as punishment as it would deprive the individuality of those who were captured creating a uniform look among all of the enslaved.

Have you ever wondered why the military cuts the hair to very short lengths of all their soldiers? They say that it is to protect soldiers in the rare case that they are captured and tortured by means of their hair. But is this really the case? Could it be that shorter hair makes you more susceptible to being controlled. This is something to reflect upon.

 

“Our hair fashions might be just a trend, but if we investigate, we may find that we have been depriving ourselves of one of the most valuable sources of energy for human vitality.” -Yogi Bhajan

The Story of Sampson and Delilah

This tale can be found within the bible, in the book of Judges chapter 16. The story of Sampson and Delilah begins by introducing us to a a man from Nazarite who possessed great strength, far beyond that of any other man. Sampson possessed a profound love for a woman that went by the name of Delilah. As the story unfolds, Delilah is bribed by the chief of the Philistines to find the source of Sampson’s strength. Initially Sampson is reluctant to divulge the source of his supreme strength because of his covenant with God.

Eventually, through many attempts at persuasion, Sampson gives in to Delilah and reveals the source of his strength which comes from the length of his hair. Upon hearing this Delilah orders a servant to cut the hair of Sampson while he is sleeping. Because he no longer has his long hair and his covenant with God is broken, Sampson loses his God given strength and is returned to that of a mere mortal. Captured and broken by this betrayal Sampson calls upon God to give him strength one final time so that he may topple the palace destroying himself and all of those around him.

My Take: Long Hair and Spirituality

The hair on your head and face can also protect you from the environmental conditions around you. Your hair can help to protect you from extreme conditions such as overexposure to the sun, or harsh weather conditions such as wind, rain, or the cold. All in all, the Creator gave us hair for a purpose and it is meant to be grow naturally. We all have the option to cut our hair and style it as we please because that is our free will. I however intend to let my hair grow freely the way the Creator intended. All the best to you and yours.

 

 






 

Sources:

Bible Gateway: Judges 16

3HO: Yogi Hair Style

Quantum Balancing

EFT Tapping : Emotional Freedom Technique

What is Tapping?

On the most basic level tapping is exactly as it sounds. You take your hand and gently tap against certain areas of your body with your fingers. All of this is done while speaking positive affirmations of your choosing. On a much deeper level tapping is creating movement of the energetic meridians. Tapping is also known as EFT or emotional freedom techniques.

 

I don’t want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them. Oscar Wilde

How does Tapping work?

When executed properly, tapping helps to realign our energy within our meridians. When the energy is flowing properly we feel great in our natural state of being. However, when the energy is not flowing properly we feel out of balance and may incur physical illness and / or disease. Tapping assists in correcting the energy flow within our bodies, realigning us to our natural state of being. Similar to acupuncture in that you stimulate certain points of the human body with needles. By tapping we use our fingers to create a similar effect naturally. Stimulating these meridian points can greatly reduces stress in the body.

 

How to Perform Tapping

Our first step is to take a deep breathe all the way into the pit of our stomachs, hold for a few seconds and then breathe out. Here you are trying to gauge your current stress levels so that we can see how we feel before and after a tapping session to measure our results.

We begin by gently tapping certain areas (pressure points) within our body while speaking our affirmations. The choice of words are yours to make, the important part is to feel the emotions and choose the right affirmations that will help you become a better you over time as you are tapping. Some examples could be, “I am going to have a great day today” or something along the lines of, “I choose to love and accept myself”. A common technique when tapping is to repeat an affirmation several times as you are tapping a specific point, before moving on to the next area.

After going through the process of tapping various points and speaking your affirmations, you may want to repeat the cycle again. This is fine, just be sure to stay relaxed and let the experience flow naturally. Before you begin the cycle remember to take a deep breathe and gauge your current state of being. You can tap with two fingers, your whole hand, or both hands on opposite sides. The important thing is to do whatever feels most comfortable and natural to you while tapping the correct pressure points on your body.

 

Potential Benefits of Tapping

  • Enhances well being
  • Enhances state of mind
  • Lowers cortisol (stress hormone)
  • Drains energy clogs within the body
  • Realigns meridians
  • Increases energy flow
  • Realigns the emotional body naturally
  • Clears possible fears and anxiety
  • Motivates through positive affirmations
  • Helps with letting go
  • Reduces stress
  • Assists in relaxation
  • Rebalance certain energies

 

In order to move on, you must understand why you felt what you did and why you no longer need to feel it. Mitch Albom

 

Tapping is a powerful tool that has been proven to work through clinical reports, research studies and more. However, it is up to you to take full responsibility for your own well being. Tapping can released suppressed emotions so please take the necessary precautions when it comes to your health and well being. You can reference some of these studies in the links below.

 

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Sources:
Brad Yates EFT Tapping
EFT Tapping Research / Studies
WIkipedia EFT Tapping

Om – Reverberating Source

Om or Aum, is a sound created by humming. The sound that is created with Om while humming is considered sacred by many religions around the world. The sounds dates back to ancient times and can be found in its written form on many manuscripts within temples and monasteries across the globe. Om is a Sanskrit word meaning source or universal consciousness. The first appearance of Om is believed to be from the Upanishads text, but can also be found in other dated Hindu texts such as the Vedas. The Om sound is a sacred incantation that is often used during chanting, meditation, or when reciting advanced spiritual text. The actual sound created when chanting the word Om is believed to be the sound of creation or the sound of source.

 

“Om is not just a sound or vibration. It is not just a symbol. It is the entire cosmos, whatever we can see, touch, hear and feel…” Amit Ray

 

How to chant Om

We all have our own preferences when it comes to our meditation practices, and practicing the OM chanting with meditation is no different. What we are presenting here is an outline that can be followed until you become proficient in your own style of OM chant. Feel free to use this as a simple guide for now, while adding in your likes and taking out your dislikes as time goes on…

 

  • Begin by relaxing just as you would for a normal meditation session.
  • Be sure to relax the neck and jaw muscles before you begin practicing the chant.
  • The ooohhh sound originates in the belly, rises up through your vocal cords and out through the mouth.
  • The mmm sound should create a reverberation feeling throughout your head, mouth, and back of your throat.
  • When practiced properly, the mmm sounds should last twice as long as the ooohhh sound.
  • There is a pause on the final exhalation of Om followed by a slow deep breath back into the pit of the belly where the process can be repeated once again.
  • Do this for as long as you feel comfortable. It can be 2 minutes, 20 minutes, or 2 hours. Just remember to stay relaxed and let the sound flow naturally through you like the waves of the ocean. In and out, then out and back in again.

 

“You are a cosmic flower. Om chanting is the process of opening the psychic petals of that flower.” Amit Ray

 

My Experience with Om

When done correctly, chanting Om during meditation has been a tremendously euphoric experience for me. When I am able to let go of all that sourounds me and delve deep into the feeling of Om I feel my omnipresent connection with source. Everyone’s experience with Om is a personal one and you may or may not experience it in the way others have. That’s okay! You are meant to experience what is right for you at the time you are experiencing it. Chanting Om is not about experiencing what others have but about creating your own enriching experience. There is no need to worry or stress, just enjoy yourself through the process. Practicing with Om this should be a fun experience that teaches you how to be a better you. Om…the reverberation of source!

 

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Sources:
Om Wikipedia

 

Isolation Tank Therapy

What is an Isolation Tank?

Developed in 1954 by John C Lilly, an isolation tank is a large pod or a small room that is both light proof and sound proof. The pod or room also known as a tank, is filled with epsom salt and warm water which creates buoyancy, allowing you to float on top of it. The water is very close to the temperature of your skin so it is relaxing and feels very comfortable. Floating on the water provides your body with the needed support while helping you to feel weightless, allowing you to relax more deeply than you normally would. The absence of light and sound also enhance your experience by giving you clarity of thought, something that can be hard to find from the over stimulation of senses in every day life. An Isolation Tank is also known as, flotation tank, sensory deprivation tank, sensory deprivation chamber, sensory deprivation flotation, or simply float therapy.

 

“It is nice finding that place where you can just go and relax.” Moises Arias

What to expect from an Isolation Tank

If it is your first time using an isolation tank be sure to arrive a few minutes early so that you can be given a proper orientation. This should include a breakdown of the tank, how it works, and the potential experience you will be having. To begin the flotation, you will need to undress and take a quick shower with the use of soap and shampoo before entering the tank. You can chose to float with a swim suit or naked as the flotation experience is private. Next you step inside and close the door behind you. This may be a little scary at first with no light or sound, but you will soon become acclimated to your surroundings and realize there is nothing to be afraid of as the experience is actually quiet enjoyable. Some people prefer using earbuds to prevent water from entering their ears and / or to completely shut out any potential noise occurring outside of the chamber. You float weightlessly for about an hour (longer if preferred) until you hear a knocking on the door acknowledging your float session has ended. Your finish the process by taking another shower to remove any epsom salt that may still be on your body and get dressed. You are given the option of ending the experience by drinking a cup of warm tea or water which can help to bring you fully back into your surroundings. The relaxed sensation you feel from the flotation should stay with you throughout the rest of the day, the mental benefits should last much longer.

 

Benefits of an Isolation Tank

There are many benefits associated with the experience of an isolation tank. Here are a few of the benefits that I have experienced from my several trips to the flotation tanks in my city.

 

  • Deep Relaxation
  • Stress Release
  • Calm Mind
  • Speeds up the process of natural healing
  • More at peace with myself and surroundings
  • Letting go is much easier
  • Centered Feeling
  • Less pain
  • Clearer Thinking
  • Increased Flexibility
  • More laid-back and carefree attitude
  • Out of Body Experience
  • and much more

 

 “The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.” Sydney J. Harris

 

My Thoughts on Isolation Tanks

Floating has been a tremendously positive experience for me and can be for you too. Aside from all of the benefits listed above, I feel like a more complete person, ready to take on just about anything after a nice relaxing float. If I was to suggest some things for a first time floater, my recommendation would go something like this…

You will probably want to abstain from taking caffeine or alcohol the day before your float as doing so can help to enhance your flotation experience. Personally, I avoid eating breakfast that morning of a float because a heavy stomach is not the best feeling while floating in water. Instead, I choose to go out and each lunch after my flotation is complete. That’s not to say you can’t eat before a float, I just wouldn’t recommend doing so at least one hour before your session. Now, if you must eat before your float I recommend eating something light like fruit, or a small salad.

Ultimately, sensory deprivation tanks are a good way to relax and clear your mind. I recommend everyone give it a try at least once and decide for yourself if isolation tanks are right for you.

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Sources:
Isolation Tank Wikipedia