Seven Social Health Benefits of Meditation

Meditating is not the act of having an empty mind.

When you meditate, you get to stuff your brain with lots of experiences to introspect.

Meditating is not only happening when you sit in lotus position.

Meditation can come handy by just sitting in a couch. It may not be for an hour since small doses of meditation will also be effective.

Research shows that practicing meditation helps in maintaining blood flow, regular bowel movement, reduces anxiety, depression and insomnia, and lessens the severity of acute respiratory illness. Read more of this post

Self-Healing Through Meditation

Science,  and particularly the field of epigenetics, is proving that your mind, intention and focus are far more powerful than ever previously imagined.  So powerful, in fact, that they can very easily lead to incredible levels of self-healing. Read more of this post

How to Expand Your Psychic Awareness Through Meditation

HJ: Meditation can be a powerful means for connecting to your higher self and expanding your psychic awareness and abilities. This powerful technique from Stephen Barrett at the Chios Healing Institute is a great primer for expanding into the higher states of consciousness. Read more of this post

How To Reconnect The Conscious Mind to The Higher Self

HJ: Your higher self will always lead you down the path of your highest success, expansion, fulfillment and growth. Your higher self is like your compass for navigating life in a way that always leads to more beauty, peace, health and abundance.  Sounds pretty amazing, no?  It is. And being strongly connected to your higher self is truly the only way to live. Read more of this post

How to Tune Into Messages From Your Higher Self

The Higher Self is morally perfect, wise, and is guiding you through this journey as you pretend to be a human being for a little while. It is constantly sending us signs that will point us in the direct of evolution, love, and truth. These are signs that are from you beneath the conscious level, to you at the conscious level.

Here are 3 signs that your Higher Self has been giving you: Read more of this post

The Holy Trinity of Mysticism

I have chosen to preface this article with a short paragraph that I wrote years ago after a deep meditation. I came out of it, went straight to my computer, and wrote this out word for word as you see it now in less than a minute.

“The universe sprang forth through a cosmic outpouring of energy from a single, non-existent point derived in void. This outpouring was nothing more or less than the One Thing opening its eye to observe itself. Past and future are false concepts, for only this one moment exists always present. After the One Thing has finished observing itself in this moment, it will collapse in on itself, and fall back to the void from which it was first issued forth. This process repeats for infinity with no beginning or end.” Read more of this post

6 Powerful Techniques for Developing Your Intuition

HJ: Developing your intuition is more a process of rediscovery than anything else and that is because your intuition is an immutable part of your being that cannot be destroyed or lost.  We are all born with strong inner connection to our intuitive senses but as we grow older we typically surpress or ignore these messages in favor of logical/rational thinking.  This is reinforced by a society which generally places little value on intuition, thinking it is nothing more than a crude emotional reaction to external stimuli, which could not be further from the truth.

Intuition is actually vastly more powerful, accurate and complex than rational/logical thinking, which is highly limited by the belief structure of ones mind.  Intuition, on the other hand, taps into a larger, multidimensional field of awareness/knowledge to give us highly specific guidance as to what is best for us at any given moment.  It can see into the future and guide us to avoid calamities or towards those things which further our personal development and dreams.  However, in order to take full advantage of this incredible skill we all posses, we must trust it deeply.  Doubt is the enemy of intuition and it the single biggest hurdle we must overcome when learning to embrace and trust our inner guidance.

The article below presents you with six powerful techniques for developing your intuition and successfully overcoming any lingering doubt and distrust that may be holding you back from accessing its full potential. Read more of this post

Healing Your Chakra System: A Complete Guide to the Emotional, Physical, and Spiritual Aspects of The Chakras

HJ: The development of your Chakra System directly relates to your level of consciousness and is not necessarily linear, meaning you can have partially developed/opened/blocked chakras. If, for example, you are generally operating at a high level of consciousness but have self expression issues, your throat chakra can be partially blocked while the third eye and crown may be much more fully open/active. The chakras are also dynamic, meaning that they can change over time moving from blocked to open and blocked again as one has various experiences that effect the self emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually.

A common mistake people make is focusing only on the physical aspects of healing the chakras.  While this is certainly important, it is really only one layer of 4 main layers (physical, emotional, mental, spiritual) that affect each chakra.  Always remember that energy moves downward from the spiritual realms into the mental, emotional, and ultimately physical experience, so dealing with spiritual issues has powerful effects that echo throughout the other aspects of the self.  From this context one can see the fallacy of focusing solely on the physical aspects of the self and chakra system.  However, as we primarily identify with the physical, this is usually seen to be the cause of and solution to many problems that are actually spiritual, mental or emotional in nature.  So it is with the chakras.  They are the interface between the higher etheric, spiritual realms and the physical body.

As always, do the internal spiritual, mental and emotional work and everything will naturally sort itself out.  In this sense, working with the chakras offers an amazing innate bio-feedback mechanism to help one identify what areas of their own consciousness need the most attention and work.  Understanding the chakra system will give you a roadmap for how various mental, emotional, physical and spiritual issues and imbalances (as well as those things that are in balance) manifest in the body, allowing you to better understand how to approach the healing of your mind body spirit triad. Read more of this post

9 Easy Ways To Tap Into Your Inner Spiritual Warrior

By Elana Miller, M.D.Zen Psychiatry

Only as a spiritual warrior can one withstand the path of knowledge. A warrior cannot complain or regret anything. His life is an endless challenge and challenges cannot possibly be good or bad. Challenges are simply challenges. The basic difference between an ordinary man and a warrior is that a warrior takes everything as a challenge, while an ordinary man takes everything as a blessing or a curse. — Don Juan, as quoted by Jack Kornfield in A Path With Heart. Read more of this post

How to Use Your Mind to Move Energy — The Simple Way

HJ: Mind energy is like any skill — use it or lose it. Since most of us do not consciously use our minds to move energy, we have lost touch with the ability to do so. However, that does not mean it is impossible, as many rationalists would have you believe. It simply requires you practice diligently with some expert guidance, which this article offers, leaving it up to you to practice diligently.

The ability to control and direct mind energy is well-known in Taoist schools who have long practiced powerful Qi Gong techniques for this very purpose. The legendary Taoist Qi master John Chang was filmed demonstrating his incredible ability to harness and direct Chi in this IMAX documentary many years ago — watch a clip here: Qi Gong Master Demonstrates Unbelievable Powers

The above mentioned video gives an idea of what is possible for those who are able to master this skill. However, even without this level of advanced ability, the benefits of learning to harness and direct mental energies are truly incredible. The fantastic article below by Ilchi Lee is an excellent primer to get you started learning to work with your own innate, powerful talents. Read more of this post

Stepping Out of The Matrix With LifeParticle Meditation

Recent discoveries in quantum physics have caused a major paradigm shift not only in science but also in the way we view our world. No longer are we limited to the solely material concept of atoms whirling about the universe in structured movements like soldiers in formation. Instead, our comprehension is challenged to include something much smaller and, in the end, far more fascinating, because it is the very substance that makes up everything and anything—and it has opened our eyes to how the universe really operates, who we are, and how we can gain a deeper awareness of not only the universe but also our own potential for creation.   Read more of this post

You Live in The Sims

“The Sims” is a popular video game series that I used to enjoy playing at a young age. As I have grown older, I look back at my “playing” experience and realize that the “game” I was “playing” is in fact a mere simulation of my conscious reality. Read more of this post

What is Your Ultimate Message to The Universe?

At 24 years of age, I can say that I have experienced a lot of ups and downs, much like every other person I know. It has taken plenty of time, effort, and experimenting, but I have learned how to maximize the positives in my life while also being able to simultaneously consciously ignore any perceived negative external influence. Having reached this stage in my temporary, yet abundant life, I find it crucial to share my feelings with everyone I come into contact with. I hope that they choose to do the same, and I have trouble seeing why the would not want to. Everyone benefits in the end game, teaching awareness is the least selfish endeavor available to mankind. My ultimate message that I find a desperate need to share with the universe at large is simply: radiate, receive, and share positive energy unconditionally. Read more of this post

Brain Files: Why Meditation Feels Sooo Good

The brain is a magical tool that enables us to access different parts of our psyche, different states of consciousness, and experience the world around us. In any given moment (waking) our brains are processing thousands and thousands of elements in our environment. This constant processing lends our brains to an immense amount of stress. But through meditation we can resolve this stress allowing for this processing to increase agility.

Your brain functions on four different wave frequencies, they are:

This means that we have several levels of functioning outside of the normal Beta state, which is how most people think of our brain as a whole. Furthermore, we can be conscious during each stage of these brain wave changes. This is done through meditational practice and sleep studies.

Buddhist monks have meditated for thousands of years, exploring these subtle realms of the brain. They’re extremely familiar with positive effect of meditation, including the way it works to instill the inner strength and insight needed for spiritual practices; meditation, or “sitting,” is to a Buddhist monk as to what prayer is to Christians, or even pre-game is to a football player. But instead of trying to self talk your way into a peaceful state of being, monks know the value of just letting things be as they are. This is the first key in achieving conscious awareness during one of these states. You must let your ego (sense of self) and other thoughts fade into silence. What happens next might surprise you.

Neuroscientists observing MRI scans have learned that with a meditation practice strength in the brain is achieved by reinforcing the connections between brain cells. In a recent 2012 study showed that people who meditate exhibit higher levels of gyrification — the “folding” of the cerebral cortex as a result of growth. The scientists suspect that gyrification is responsible for making the brain better at processing information, making decisions, forming memories, and improving attention. What this also does is confirm the argument regarding that meditation aids in the individuals ability to cope with stressors. Excitingly, science has now proven the validity of mediation in neuroplasticity.

When relating to the actual activity of brain wave function during meditation, study results have been linked to dramatic and positive changes in electrical brain activity, namely increased Theta and Alpha EEG activity, which is associated with wakeful and relaxed attention. These two states are most desired but the hardest to achieve due to our over-chattering of internal mental noise. In order to achieve levels of conscious Theta waves we must first learn how to navigate in silence. This doesn’t mean in the absence of noise, but rather that there is internal mental stillness. Once we have mastered in entry point and technique that helps us to achieve stillness, we can then venture in deeper to deeper Theta and Delta waves.

A very interesting  study from earlier this year showcased that meditators have a different expression of brain metabolites than healthy non-meditators, specifically those metabolites linked to anxiety and depression. This is very interesting considering how often we actually take time to sit in silence. The drug industry would be in trouble if we all starting sitting in silence for 30 minutes every morning – is it that simple?  Yes, it is that simple. As you sit in silence, your brain activity will start to calm. As it calms your level of operating brain wave will shift lower and lower, depending on your level of skill. And your level of shill is based on your ability to descend into stillness itself.

When you lower your brain waves via meditation you feel more relaxed and centered. This keeps us on track and refreshed. In fact, many have said that after a meditation session they feel as though they have slept for 8 hours. This is why meditation feels SOOO good! It’s because have let ourselves go into the vastness of stillness, allowing our brain to function on lower fluctuating wave frequencies, i.e. your brain relaxes.

Take time each day to try to reach the state of Alpha brain wave. You will know you have reached it when the wondering of your mind has ceased. Don’t try to force it, just let your thought be as they are. For the more you try to push them away the more they will solidify. Allow your thoughts to come and go, establishing a firm root in stillness. Look and “Listen” for silence. That will help your mind quiet. As they say, “seek and you will find…”

What is Your Ego?


All I can be is who I am right now; I can experience that and work with it. That’s all I can do. The rest is the dream of the ego. -Charlotte J. Beck

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What is your ego? I mean really, what is the bottom line to what your ego is? Amongst philosophy books this can be a very complicated questions, and an even more complicated answer. Many believe that your ego consists of memories, aspirations, and habits. In this article we will break down what you ego is and sum up what you can do combat it’s influence.
Simply stated the ego is a collection of habitually thought, thoughts. Meaning, your ego is constructed of thoughts that have been operating in your mind since you were a child. This is where our limiting beliefs, daily habits, and thoughts about everything stem from. We always relate back to this collection of thoughts to identify what we believe and how our lives should play out. Furthermore, we always claim these ideas to me “ours”. When, in actuality they are just a collection of gathered thoughts from friends, family, peers, and society. To come up with a strictly “original” idea takes deep contemplation and internal quiet. With all of the noise and distractions available to us, we find it hard to do this so we just go along with what is given to us. Choosing to go along with popular fashion, ideals, and religions. This means that when someone comes along with a challenging belief or idea they are scowled at as “outcasts” or even worse “weirdos!” . This is unfortunate due to the authentic nature of their thinking. We usually back up our stances with statements such as, “But everyone else thinks…” or “That not what they said…”, always referring back to, what psychologists call, “The Herd Mentality”.

The Herd Mentality & Ego:

Defined: Herd mentality, describes how people are influenced by their peers to adopt certain behaviors, follow trends, and/or purchase items. Examples of the herd mentality include stock market trends, fashions in apparel, cars, taste in music, superstition, religion, home décor, etc. Social psychologists study the related topics of group intelligence, crowd wisdom, and decentralized decision making.

Let me give you an example: “Would you jump off a cliff if your friends did?”, our parents always used to say. We always say, “NO! Of course I wouldn’t!”, with resounding anger that they even asked the question. But here is the truth; the truth is that we have a 80% increased possibility to follow our friends off a bridge then if by ourselves. Why? Because when we make the resounding “NO!” rebuttal to our parents unsightly question we aren’t thinking about it in context of the actually situation. In the actual situation we would be in a different state of mind, altered by our friends’ influence on us. We are simply thinking about, well, dying if we were to jump off a cliff. In context our state would be very different. Friends, just like in herd mentality, are trusted individuals we deem worthy of sharing our time with. The more time we spend time with them the more trust and moral we build with those trusted individuals. As this happens, we bestow increasing value upon our friends’ opinion of reality, society, and us. This is where we fall short. At this juncture our friends now have the ability to manipulate us, and us them. This is done numerously, on varying levels, in every relationship. Why? Because of this evaluation of our counterparts’ opinion. This opinion isn’t good or bad, right or wrong. That isn’t the point. The point is that by entrusting value on another individual based on how must we know them isn’t solid enough evidence to do so. In business, this would be as if I invested money in a company I had great and trusting relationship with the owners of the business – ONLY! You wouldn’t do that. You want to know the products or services, inner mechanics, long term goals, and so forth. You want to know everything about where you are placing you money before you do so. With our ego, which is more valuable, we tend to just give it to the quickest sale – or – who will take it first.

Don’t Trust – Your Thoughts:
It’s okay to trust people once you’ve gotten to know them. But our thoughts, since we have discovered aren’t all our own, should never be trusted – nor ignored. The ideal that thoughts can be ignored for a peaceful mind is complete fallacy. Do not ignore your thoughts. As the samurai’s creed states:  “Hug your enemy so that he can’t grab is sword.” This simple principle should be applied to our thoughts in the same fashion. Embrace each and every thought that enters your head. The difference?: Don’t trust that it’s the correct thought. Thoughts come and go like the passing of clouds. I always tell fitness clients that they should wait one hour before they indulge in a food they are craving. Every time the craving passes. Why? Because they don’t REALLY want the craving, it’s psychologic. Thoughts should be handled in the same way. Wait, and see what happens in the next couple of moments before saying that word, tell off that coworker, or going through that drive through.

Rapid Thought:

One of the hardest things to understand and master is our rapid thoughts. These are the thoughts that come to us in times of stress or “knee-jerk” reaction moments. Someone says something and we rapidly fire back with a stream of phrases that could have been delivered differently and calmer. We know what these retaliation style comments are accomplishing: Hurt. Therefore, we need to become skillful in watching these thoughts come and go rather than letting them manifest in our reality.

Quick Tip: The more rabid the thought comes in to our mind, the more rabid it will leave.

The next time you have a knee-jerk reaction to a person or situation. Stop for a moment, or three breath-lengths, and look for other options to answering the demands of the situation. You will find it refreshing and empowering to know that you don’t have to hurt anyone anymore, shocking them with your calm focused response.

In Conclusion:

If you had to select original ideas over implanted ideas from others, which would you choose? Obviously most of you would like to have original thoughts creating the reality you want. In that case, I suggest you do the following:

  1. Every day, chant an internal mantra of ONE word, for at least 30 minutes. Pick a word that is positive in nature and that you can remember easily. This will help to quiet your inner monologue. 
  2. Meditation is key. This is something that is slammed over the head with a stick – I know. Nevertheless, spend time every day in silence. Silence renews the soul and cleanses the mind.
  3. Turn off influence. Look to turn off the radio, tv, etc. When some one says something, filter it through before you hold on to it. Then, remember that it was their thought on the matter and not yours.

If you follow these three simple steps every day, I promise you will start noticing new and ORIGINAL ideas randomly popping up in your mind. Some may sound crazy, but they might be just what you need.