Mind & Spiritual Practice

12th September 2012

mind bodyHere we examine the way in which our minds impact on how we connect to energy and the quality of the energy that we are working with. The examples used are Meditation and Healing.

Meditation –

How important is the process of meditation and our mental understanding of what is happening during meditation? For example, do we need to set up the room in a particular way to meditate, or are we free to do it anywhere? Also,

what judgments are we making about our meditation – what “level” of consciousness have we attained and what is our level of proficiency: are we “good” at it? You can see here how the mind ties itself in knots as it tries to understand, control and master what it is experiencing.

Analyzing, judging and assessing is very different from just observing the thoughts that pass through our awareness as we settle into the physical stillness of meditation. It is also different from feeling what is happening within your body as the meditation practice stills the body and mind. The more we connect to our feelings, the more connected we are to what is happening within our body and in the space around us. Feeling is much more important here than thought, or worrying about quietening the mind.

Healing –

If we practice healing and are very focused on the method and process we use, then this has an impact on the energy that we are working with. Energy will always flow through us when we give a healing to ourselves or another, however its quality and nature will vary according to the type of issue we are working with AND where our own awareness is at the time of the healing.

So if we are very much in our minds when we give a healing, we are drawing through energy which is more mental in nature. This will still have an effect for the treatment but the energy of the rational linear mind – found in the solar plexus chakra – is lower in vibration than that of the higher chakras (the heart, throat, third eye and crown chakras). What does this mean in practice? Well, the healing energy will only be able to have an effect on the solar plexus chakra and the chakras below it. This is because an energy that corresponds to a particular part of your energy system – a chakra – can only affect that chakra and those lower than it in vibration. So if we heal using energy from the crown chakra then we can affect any part of the energy system within the body. This is in marked contrast to healing using energy from the solar plexus.

Ritual

There is a way in which our minds, through structure and form, can have a very positive impact on spiritual practice. All religious systems of belief use ritual and form to give themselves character, personality, and self-determination. Prayer is a very good example – whether personal or collective, there is a process and form in use: kneeling or bowing the head; bringing the hands together in prayer at the heart; using a form of words.

Similarly, in Tai Chi or Qi Gong, a form of movement is used to connect with and move energy around the body. And in Reiki we use a form of symbols to invoke energy for a specific purpose, such as to send a healing to someone.

In our own practice, the more we use a form of words or process the more engrained that becomes in our own minds. Our energy system responds to the pattern that we have created in thought and in action, so that the energy flows more quickly the more we repeat the action. Pretty soon, the energy will flow instantly as our thoughts go in a certain direction. The only caveat is that we do not become a slave to the process we use so that it binds us and keeps us in our minds. It is a balancing act between the restriction of form and the freedom to allow the energy to flow, taking our awareness wherever it needs to go.

Story

Whatever our spiritual practice is, the mind is almost always looking for meaning and understanding in the experiences we have. That is what it does. And it is good to allow that meaning and understanding to evolve over time, to recognize that it is fluid rather than static and fixed in time. We will always need to interpret and understand our experiences in spiritual practice, but becoming attached to a particular interpretation can restrict us and hold us back from growing our understanding over time. After all, the understanding we develop is merely a mirror back on who we are at a particular time and where we are in our own evolution and development.

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