So you want to begin utilizing spiritual energy and the energies around you to make changes in your life, but you don’t know where to start. You know that you can cleanse or shift the energy of a situation for the better, but you’re not sure how.
Every one of us has the ability to utilize spiritual energy lying undeveloped within us. If we take the time to focus, our ability to communicate with our higher energetic-selves and to the Divine can be sharpened and perfected – allowing us to connect with the spiritual energies in and around us to shift situations to our benefit.
Today I’d like to help you learn the first step to making the energetic shifts you seek: accessing spiritual energy through meditation. The goal of meditation in this instance is to elevate our spiritual energies to where we can make energy shifts on the spiritual plane that can be manifested on our physical plane.
All beings are made of energy, as is everything around us in the Universe. An energy shift is a quantifiable physical change in the Universe. This change can occur around you (e.g. in the environment, in other individuals), and it can also occur inside you. It can be positive or negative.
Meditation is one of the most impactful things you can do to access and focus spiritual energies to create the shifts that lead to the changes you seek in life. You don’t have to be some meditation expert to accomplish your goals, but you do need to meditate to create energetic shifts.
It does not matter if you are engaged in a formal religion or your practice is more about maintaining a relationship with the Divine, meditation allows you to connect with your higher self so you can utilize spiritual energies to:
- enhance your intuition so you can learn intuitively of energetic shifts.
- raise the vibration of your own spiritual energy so you can sense energetic shifts.
- gather energies to yourself so you can make energetic shifts of your own.
Meditation Helps You Move Beyond Consciousness
We often hinder ourselves from reaching our goals due to issues such as fear, skepticism, or outside influence. Meditation lets you overcome such things by putting you in touch with your higher self. You’ll begin to gain clarity on your experience, thus having the ability to move forward in a more purposeful and focused manner. You’ll find that what you once considered impossible, isn’t. You’ll no longer allow yourself to be limited.
Meditation Helps You Enhance Connections
Getting in touch with your higher self through meditation will open you up to new connections, as well. When you approach the world in a more open manner, not held back by fear or societal constraints, you’re more apt to connect with others on a more authentic level. You won’t be held back by limiting factors and can reach for the kinds of relationships and interactions that are important to you. While spirituality can be a solo pursuit that is quite personal, meaningful relationships do nourish your soul.
Meditation Helps You Lessen Emotional Reactivity and Increase Calm
As reported by the American Psychological Association, meditation can decrease one’s levels of emotional reactivity. Researchers studied people with various experiences in the practice of mindfulness meditation. They found that meditation significantly helped participants to disengage from pictures that were emotionally upsetting, focusing their attention on a cognitive task instead. The ability to balance emotions with practical considerations is a valuable skill when it comes to utilizing spiritual energy. You can’t be focused while upset, and if you’re not focused, you can’t make those energetic shifts.
Meditation offers so many tangible benefits. It’s been proven to be good for your body and mind. It also goes deeper by helping to prepare you for spiritual pursuits. Once you begin a practice of meditating, you’ll see for yourself that you will understand and experience spiritual energy on an intuitive level.
Accessing Spiritual Energy Through Meditation
It’s not as hard as you think and gets easier with practice. I’d like to get you started by telling you about the most basic form of meditation, and that’s breathing meditation. Some refer to it as mindful breathing or mindful meditation. It may be a simple process, but it’s a powerful one. Let’s take a look at what breathing meditation is, its benefits, and how to do it.
Here’s the easiest practice I know: Breathing Meditation.
Meditation is all about focusing your mind, and that’s just what paying attention to your breath does. By taking deep breaths and letting them out in a controlled manner, you’re able to reach a state of calmness and serenity.
This state is both physical and mental. In monitoring your breath, you’re controlling your focus. The technique of controlled breathing is an ancient one that has withstood the test of time because it works. It’s the awareness of your breath that will help to return your focus and to center you while meditating.
Benefits of Mindful Breathing
One of the biggest benefits of mindful breathing is its ability to provide stress relief. As I noted above, deep, focused breathing is calming. This is a technique that goes beyond your meditation practice. You can use it anywhere and at any time when you’re feeling stressed. Again, mindfulness meditation helps to focus and center you by making a connection between mind and body. Some say it brings about enlightenment. Being aware of your breath leads you to be mindful of the present moment. This is a powerful skill that not many possess.
In today’s hectic world, our minds often seem to control us, going about in a million different directions. Mindful meditation puts us in control of our thoughts, allowing us to see things more clearly. Finally, breathing meditation teaches you to let go of negativity. You’ll soon learn that you have a negative thought, but simply let it go and to pass you by. This skill can be transferred to other areas of your life beyond your meditation practice.
How to Perform Breathing Meditation
You’ll want to find a comfortable and quiet place to sit. You could choose a chair, while sitting up straight with your back not resting on the chair back. Or the floor in a cross-legged position is fine. Just try to keep your spine as straight as possible. Remember it’s your breathing that’s important in this exercise.
- Close your eyes and evaluate your normal breathing pattern. Notice how many seconds you spend breathing in and how long you spend breathing out. Do this for just a minute or two.
- Now, slowly count from 1-4 as you inhale through your nose. It’s fine to breathe through your mouth if your nose is stuffy. You can breathe deeply through your diaphragm, allowing your belly to expand as you inhale. breathing in a more shallow way in which only your chest rises with each breath is fine, too. Choose which is most natural and comfortable to you. Neither your inhalations or exhalations need to be overly full. Just breathe comfortable, full breaths.
- Exhale for the same 1-4 count.
- Keep the counts of your inhalations and exhalations the same.
- Repeat for 5-10 minutes.
- Be sure to return to your breath if your mind starts to wander.
As with any new activity, it will take time and practice before you’re able to feel in control of your thoughts. That’s okay. Our lives are so hectic and our brains are bombarded with so much constant stimulus that it can be difficult to achieve a true, deep state of meditation without a plan and dedication. Choose a specific time each day to dedicate to your meditation. If it helps you, schedule it in your planner or create a daily event in your phone to remind you to take the time for yourself. Be gentle with yourself and keep trying. Soon you’ll find your rhythm and will begin to see those benefits of breathing meditation in action. You’ll have the ability to focus on those energy shifts you want to make.
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