Meditation is a focusing or concentration of your mental energy until you have reached a perfect stillness of mind. With practice, meditation will allow you to realize your true self. Meditation should always be done for the self. It is a wonderful tool to allow you to fully explore your inner consciousness. It is an opportunity to recapitulate your experiences and to learn and to grow from them (on a subconscious level). Meditation should be done with a full surrender to the stillness it creates.

Routine meditation (over time) has the ability to completely transform your outlook on life. Meditation, combined with the proper intention, can aid you in a complete spiritual evolution. Meditation will allow you to become the pure, perfect, being of the universe that you were meant to become.

There are several steps you can take to promote a successful meditation. First, you should create a sacred space in which you are comfortable. Your environment can greatly influence your success in meditation. “Sacred Space” may mean a different thing to each and every person. Typically, creating some sort of routine or ritual to perform prior to meditation can help to enhance it. The repetition of ritual will eventually send subtle cues to the brain that can help to prepare it for the meditative process. The brain and the subconscious will begin to learn from the experience that after you have gone through the motions of the ritual, there is an expected thing to follow. In this case, this thing is meditation-a clearing and stilling of the mind.

Correct posture can also significantly contribute to your meditative practice. You should sit in the posture that is most comfortable to yourself. When you are not comfortable, the discomfort can become distracting to the mind and can disrupt your focus. You may prefer to sit on the floor with your legs crossed (Lotus position). However, this is not necessary. You can sit on the ground, in a chair, or however you feel most at ease in your body.

Next, you should begin focused breathing. You should focus on slow, even breathing and begin to relax. The circular breathing technique is very effective for focus and relaxation (this technique is discussed further in the following exercise). Once relaxation and focused breathing have been achieved, you can begin concentration. You should attempt to hold your attention on the present, transitory, moment. When the attention is held and stillness is achieved, you should retain it as long as possible until the end of the meditation session (at least 10 to 15 minutes). If you find yourself becoming distracted while attempting to maintain the stillness, you should return your attention to the breath. You can always return to the focus on the breath to return the concentration to the meditative practice.

The true benefit of meditation is found in the stillness that it provides to your body, mind, and spirit. This stillness alters your conscious awareness and connects it with the divine. This altered state of consciousness benefits your higher spiritual self. In this state, guidance is often received (consciously or unconsciously). This is a gift from the divine to your higher self (your own divine nature).

Most importantly, you should release all expectations you have of the meditative process and outcome. You should be completely open to the experiences of the meditation, but not expect more than what is. You should be open to any guidance or messages that may come from the stillness. However, you should not be discouraged if this does not happen. Instead, you should search for the benefit in the tranquility of the meditation.

Crystals can be used in meditation to help you to more clearly concentrate and to focus your mind’s energy and to enhance the quality of the meditation. Crystals amplify your intentions and thoughts which raise your energy vibration, promoting conscious awareness. Your thoughts become more pure through meditation with crystals; they become filled with love and light for the good of all beings. This clear, pure thinking helps you to remain in the moment and focus on the stillness at hand.

The following meditation was developed to send healing energy to the earth. When done with proper intent, it can combat the effects of pollution, global warming, and other negative environmental conditions in order help to return Mother Earth to a more wholesome state of being. This meditation is most effective when utilizing a Chrysocolla stone or one Azurite stone and one Malachite stone.

Earth Healing Meditation:

Sit or stand in a comfortable position with the soles of your feet flat on the ground (no shoes please). Center yourself; begin to attune yourself to the earth’s energy (you may wish to use a picture or some other symbol).

Begin circular breathing. Breathe in healing white universal light through your root chakra. See the light traveling up your chakras to the crown chakra. Exhale the light through your tcrown chakra back down to the basal chakra and breathe in the light again. Imagine the light like a wave. Imagine this wave of light moving in and out of your body like the tide. Now, expand the light so that it is a continuous loop of healing energy moving through your ethereal and physical bodies.

Imagine your chakras opening. Begin at the base chakra and picture a red swirling vortex of energy. Focus your attention on making this red energy very bright. Next, move up to the sacral chakra and imagine an orange energy vortex. Proceed through the chakras in this manner using yellow light at the solar plexus, green and pink at the heart, blue at the throat, indigo at the third eye, and violet at the crown.

Pick up your stone(s) (or place them in front of you) and begin to focus your energy on earth-healing. Imagine the earth being covered with trees and flowers, with beautiful, flowing rivers, and being in a great state of health. Imagine it surrounded by white, healing light. Begin to further connect yourself to the earth by focusing on the two crystals. Start to pull in white healing light energy through your crown chakra. Next, imagine your legs and feet turning into roots and growing deep into the earth. Begin to transfer the white light from your crown, down through the chakras, and through your legs, out the roots, and into the earth.

Focus your attention on energizing the earth and on sending it love and healing light. Thank the earth if you wish. Spend some time sending these healing energies while continuing your circular breathing.

When you feel you are ready, imagine the roots loosening from the earth and resuming being your legs. Slowly come back to conscious awareness.

*Crystal Healing is not meant to replace conventional medicine, but rather to complement and enhance it. The information within this guide is purely metaphysical in nature and is by no means medical. Crystal Healing should only be used with the understanding that it is not an independent therapy, but one that is a part of a holistic healing approach.

Author's Bio: 

Ashley has been drawn to work with crystals and stones since childhood. After years of self-study, she began earning a number of professional certifications in crystal healing. Ashley Leavy is a Master of Crystology and is Certified and accredited in Melody’s Level I & Level II Love is in the Earth Workshops. She has also studied with Master Crystal Teacher DaEl Walker of the Crystal Awareness Institute. Ashley has earned many other certifications over the years and considers continuing education on the subject to be a top priority. Ashley is also a member of the Global Spiritual & Holistic Association, which strives to support a professional approach and a high standard of practice for ethical and conscientious holistic therapists. In addition to offering healing sessions, Ashley loves to teach and presents a number of in-person workshops as well as correspondences courses on crystal healing. She is also an accomplished, published author and is currently writing a book on crystal healing.
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