This complete guide to self healing meditation techniques reveals the science and spirit of spiritual healing.
Buddhist monks have used self healing meditation techniques for over 2000 years. Through meditation, monks have transcended to a higher state and achieved enlightenment. It is only over the past half century, however, that Western society has begun to catch up.
Over the past fifty years, scientific research has begun to prove the many benefits of meditation for physical and mental health. An astronomical amount of top-end research has gone into validating the effectiveness of meditation as a health and healing practice.
The authors of research published in the July Journal of Psychiatric Practice tell us that, “Zen meditation and mindfulness are beneficial for general psychological health and stress management in those with medical and psychiatric illness.” This includes the relief of stress, anxiety, and depression, three of the most commonly experienced mental health complications.
This is far from the only scientific research to proof the healing power of meditation. The research includes proof that meditation can heal: headaches, migraines, asthma, obesity, depression, anxiety, hypertension, HIV, PMS, IBS, and even breast cancer. Read this list of 110 health benefits of meditation–it is truly amazing.
But why, exactly, is meditation so powerful for healing?
The best answer is given by an old adage. The adage goes a little something like this. If you spent sixteen hours a day running on concrete, your legs would very quickly deteriorate until you were no longer able to walk. If you spend sixteen hours a day stressing, your mind will very quickly deteriorate.
The problem is that that is precisely what many people do. Medical doctor Andrew Thomas Weil says, “We spend all day in a whirlwind of thought. We never allow our minds to rest. And without this precious self-healing time, our minds become exhausted.”
Not only does our mind grow tired, but it is also subject to structural changes.
The mind is moulded and shaped by the items it focuses on. If your mind focuses on negativity, on fear, anxiety, stress, self criticism, or other negatives, your mind will take a negative shape. Rick Hanson, founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience, tells us, “Mental activity requires neural activity; neural activity sculpts neural structure. As new neurons form constantly, changes in the mind associated with changes in the neural system leave lasting traces in the structure of the brain.
This theory has been proven by fMRI studies. The research shows that as little as eight weeks of mindfulness meditation will create positive structural changes in the hippocampus. This leads the mind to calm and helps to heighten the effectiveness of the immune system, leading to improved overall health and less risk of illness and disease.
The truth is that medication and mindfulness is more effective for curing and healing many health complications than prescription medication. Already health organisations around the world have begun to replace medication with meditation. Bruce Smith, associate professor of psychology and University of Mexico, says “Mindfulness-based approaches may effectively replace medications for some patients.”
Perhaps the most amazing revelation is that it doesn’t take considerable effort to see these health benefits. Hanson suggests that even as little as a single minute of mindfulness meditation per day will boost an individual’s health. “One [minute],” says Hanson, “is infinitely more than zero.”
Meditation offers your mind a moment in which to escape from those corrosive doubts, worries, anxieties, and negativities. When you meditate you focus your mind on the present moment. You essentially watch the present moment from a non-judgmental perspective. Meditation can literally be summed-up as “Just sensing.” You’re not thinking, you’re not judging anything, you’re not worrying. You are simply watching the present moment. That is all.
That is all. And yet that little act of non-judgmentally observing the present moment is life changing.
Over the past ten years top-level dialogues have been taking place between the Dalai Lama and brain researchers from the leading universities around the world. One such dialogue was between Dr. Richard Davidson, director of the Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience at the University of Wisconsin, and the Dalai Lama. Dr. Davidson studied the effect meditation has on the brain. His results are as follows.
Negative thoughts lead to extreme activation of certain regions of the brain, including the amygala and the right prefrontal cortex. Positive moods quiet these areas, allowing them to relax, and instead the left prefrontal cortex becomes more active. Dr Davidson researched Zen monks who had been practising meditation for many years. He discovered that monks had higher activity in the brain regions related to positive moods. but more importantly, Dr Davidson’s research shows that through meditation the brain can rewire itself, thereby curing and prior damage.
Meditation has also been shown to strengthen the immune system. Eckhart Tolle says, “The more consciousness you bring into the body, the stronger the immune system becomes… This is a potent form of self-healing. It is not only your physical immune system that becomes strengthened; your psychic immune system is greatly enhanced as well.”
But precisely what type of meditation should you use for healing? It depends on what you are trying to heal.
Eckhart Tolle advocates the use of a specific type of body scan meditation for complete healing.
Though there are many different types of meditation, Eckhart Tolle recommends the following technique on his blog.
- When you have a few minutes in which you will not be disturbed, find a comfortable position lying down flat on your back.
- Close your eyes and begin to focus your mind on parts of your body. Begin with the hands. Then continue to the feet, arms, legs, abdomen, chest, head, and so on.
- Feel life energy (prana / chi / life force) flowing into each of these body regions. Focus on one part of the body for fifteen seconds and imagine prana / life fore / chi flowing into that region.
- Now allow your focus to flow like a rolling river over your entire body.
- Now feel the energy of your body in its totality. Hold on to that sensation.
This is a very powerful meditation for general healing. If you have a specific complication you may find the following meditation techniques helpful. Before continuing, however, be sure to consult a healthcare professional. Do not try these healing techniques without the advise of a professional.
Consult this list for specific spiritual healing meditation techniques:
- For headaches and migraines, please read this complete guide to spiritual pain relief.
- If you are suffering from depression, anxiety, or stress, there are many different techniques you can use. I personally suggest using Anapanasati breathing meditation and Loving Kindness Meditation.
- If you are suffering from a muscular pain, you will find body scan meditation very helpful.
- If you believe in the use of mudras, you will find this list of ten powerful healing mudras very helpful.
- Finally, if you would like to gain complete knowledge and master of meditation you will find my new book Welcome To Silence: A Practical Guide To Mindfulness And Meditation essential reading.
The above are powerful self healing meditation techniques. Consult a doctor before trying these self healing meditation techniques.