How to Expand Your Psychic Awareness–Pittsburgh lecture

How to Expand Your Psychic Awareness

Friday, March 4th, 7-8:30 PM

Journeys of Life

810 Bellefonte St, Pittsburgh, PA 15232

$5

Everyone has psychic ability. It can be a gut feeling, a premonition or ability to connect with those who have passed. Learn about the different skills and abilities used by professional psychics. Get simple tips and pointers that anyone can use to improve.

$5. Please call 412-681-8755 or EMAIL us (jean@journeysoflife.com) to reserve a seat. There is limited space. This is a community event, a great opportunity to get a feel for Victoria’s work. Bring your questions!

The Benefits of Meditation

The benefits of meditation grow over time as a cumulative process, even when you are not meditating. More of the brain is being used while you meditate and this encourages additional utilization of the brain even when you are not mediating. For an introduction to meditation please read my post, What is Meditation? I recommend that you regularly visit this information as motivation to start or continue a meditation practice.  One of the services I offer is meditation guidance and coaching, in addition to custom-designed guided meditations.  Meditation is good for so many things, in addition to its use for increasing intuitive ability.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) offers the following list of benefits achieved through meditation, both physiological and psychological:

Physiological Benefits of Meditation

  • Deep rest-as measured by decreased metabolic rate, lower heart rate, and reduced work load of the heart
  • Lowered levels of cortisol and lactate-two chemicals associated with stress
  • Reduction of free radicals – unstable oxygen molecules that cause tissue damage
  • Improved blood pressure
  • Higher skin resistance. Low skin resistance is correlated with higher stress and anxiety levels
  • Drop in cholesterol levels. High cholesterol is associated with cardiovascular disease
  • Improved flow of air to the lungs resulting in easier breathing. This has been very helpful to the asthma patient
  • Slows the aging process.

Psychological Benefits of Meditation 

  • Increased brain wave coherence—electric activity of the brain becomes more organized.  (There are several types of brain waves which correlate with different states of mind—beta, alpha, theta, delta.  Beta is the normal, everyday state of waking consciousness that the average person is in most of the time.  Alpha begins to happen when you close your eyes and begin to relax.  Theta is a deeper state beyond alpha that occurs just after waking from sleep and just before falling asleep, also called the hypnagogic state.  Theta is a deep state of relaxation that can be achieved in mediation, it is also the state from which many intuitive insights arise.  Delta is a deep state of consciousness that is reached in sleep.)
  • Greater creativity
  • Decreased anxiety
  • Decreased depression
  • Decreased irritability and moodiness
  • Improved learning ability and memory
  • Increased self-actualization ( self-actualization is a psychological term referring to the goal of becoming more fully oneself and expressing one’s full potential)
  • Increased feelings of vitality and rejuvenation
  • Increased happiness
  • Increased emotional stability

 

Spiritual Benefits of Meditation (not derived from the NIH, but important)

  •  Meditation helps the practitioner see the bigger context of one’s life and to keep small things in perspective.  Emotional reactions are typically not as dramatically expressed, emotions are dealt with a greater sense of control.
  • Increased compassion for others.  An awareness of one’s emotional responses in the body as well as emotional reactions allows for a greater understanding of the emotional realm, which helps to create compassion for others. Compassion is also created from an expansion of the heart and heart chakra.
  • Deeper understanding of yourself and others and emotional clearing.  As mentioned, emotional clearing is common in many forms of meditation and is very beneficial energetically and ultimately, physically.  Emotions or stress that are held in the body tissues and not dealt with lead to disease.
  • Meditation creates a deeper relationship with God, however you choose to understand that.  It directly puts you in touch with ‘Source’ energy which plugs you in to the Universe.
  • Through mediation it is possible to attain enlightenment/self-realization
  • Meditation helps the practitioner to live in the present moment
  • Discovery of the power and consciousness beyond the ego (here the ego can be understood as the ‘individual I.’)
  • Experience a sense of “Oneness” and peace
  • Better intuition and enhanced psychic ability.  In the Hindu literature, the “side effects” of meditation are referred to as “siddhis.”  Some of these results include things like psychic ability, levitation, and bi-location.  They are not in general encouraged by the literature (as they can be viewed as attachments and obstacles to enlightenment) but it is known and demonstrated that meditation develops intuition.  This is the number one practice that I encourage my students in my Psychic Development Mentoring Program to have in order to develop their abilities.
  • Studies of Transcendental Meditation (TM) in Washington DC have demonstrated that a group of thousands of meditators acting together can actually lower crime rates. Meditation can affect the world around one in a positive way. (TM meditation is one of the most scientifically studied forms of meditation, it involves focusing on a mantra, which is a sound or series of syllables.)

Happy Meditating!  🙂

What is meditation?

Meditation can be broadly defined as the process of learning to concentrate your attention on a single point of focus.  There are many ways of doing this, it is a matter of finding a method that works for you and that you personally resonate with.  Many people have a misperception of meditation as an impossible exercise that requires you to completely clear your mind.  Beginners state that they cannot meditate because their mind is too full of thoughts.  In reality, a completely clear mind does not happen all the time, and it is easiest especially for the beginner, not to insist that this is the goal of your practice. In fact, many unconscious emotions, thoughts, and other psychological information can be dealt with (and cleared) in the process of meditation, and this is completely normal and beneficial. The benefits of mediation accumulate over time as a result of the process of meditation.  So the important thing to remember is to stay disciplined and to go back to the point of focus when your mind wanders.  Think of a thought as an item to put aside in a “basket” in your mind (or another image that works for you.)  You notice the thought, emotion, insight, etc and set it aside, returning to your original point of focus. With practice and time, this process becomes easier, and you will notice your ability to focus improves, in addition to many other benefits. Remember that the “goal” is not necessarily to have a blank mind, the goal is to sit down and meditate, to be with what is, and allow the process to work for you.

 

There are many types of meditations from different spiritual and religious traditions from around the world.  Meditation is especially significant in Buddhism and Hinduism, but there are contemplative traditions in the more mystical versions of Western religions also (Judaism, Christianity and Islam.) Techniques range from noticing and focusing on your breathing, to cultivating a sense of body awareness (for example, of bodily sensations), to focusing on a single external point such as a candle flame, or walking meditation, which focuses on movement.  Not all meditations are still, silent, or internally focused.  Meditations can also be “guided” which involves someone else taking the participant through a visualization for a specific purpose (such as clearing a personal issue, connecting with your guides, exploring past lives, balancing the chakras, or simply for stress relief and relaxation.) I do offer guided meditations that are custom designed to your needs and interests–you come to my office and go through the meditation as I guide you, in a peaceful and relaxing environment.  One of the services I love to offer, that gets you in touch with yourself, and I so enjoy being a facilitator for that! 🙂

 

One of the primary results gained from meditation is the ability to focus and concentrate, but depending on the tradition of the form of mediation practiced, meditation can be said to have different goals (even though many of them have similar effects.)  In the Eastern religious traditions that goal can be said to be enlightenment (or achieving a union with the Divine.)  Meditation however achieves many things and has an amazing list of benefits.  Your goals and reasons for mediating do not have to involve any spiritual or religious ideas or be focused on enlightenment, and you will still gain the benefits. I also coach my psychic development students in meditation, as it is the number one means of developing your ability.