Tran·scen·den·tal Med·i·ta·tion noun trademark
a technique for detaching oneself from anxiety and promoting harmony and self-realization by meditation, repetition of a mantra, and other yogic practices, promulgated by an international organization founded by the Indian guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi ( circa 1911–2008).
This is my personal ritual. It has pieces of many thing I’ve learned. Some use meditation to contact spirits. Oddly enough, I don’t. I use it more for pure relaxation and to ground myself. I ban the spirits and they respect that. Spirit voices get mixed like a large cocktail party. You can hear all the conversations, but you really can’t understand individual conversations layered over the top of each other. And some you feel physically, no matter how well protected. That’s really something you need to purge. Do not carry that stuff around. It’s bad for you. True TM practitioners do this twice a day. They meditate once in the morning and once in the late afternoon. I never make that second round. I fall asleep every time.
- Find a quiet place you can be alone and uninterrupted for at least 15 minutes. I sit in my closet. Don’t laugh, it’s the quietest part of the house, it’s comfortable and it has a nice window.
- Some keep a notebook and pen handy. That’s a trigger for me to connect with ghosts, so I don’t.
- No kids. No phones.
- Some like to light a small candle or light incense. Put them dead center in front of you.
- I sit criss-cross apple sauce on the floor on a pillow.
- Breathing. I use the 4,7,8 method. Exhale completely. Breathe in through your nose 4 counts, hold your breath for 7 counts, exhale for 8 counts. I think this is an old Yoga technique. It forces your body to relax and focus. You’ll mess up at first. But breathing is the key. I do this maybe twice.
- As I exhale on the 8, I visualize all the blackness, negativity, anger, frustration -whatever plagues you that day, leaving your body. Out the window and into the ground. Let it go.
- When you’re ready, ask for God for protection and guidance.
- This is the hardest part. Clear your mind. I imagine pure white with just warm sunlight on my face. No sounds, no picture, just pure white. This is harder than you think, but gets easier with practice.
- Little things will creep in. To-do lists. Something you’re mad about. Something that worries you. A lawn mower outside. An ache in your shoulder. Don’t beat yourself up about it. Push it away and go back to the light. You want to be completely blank. Some use a mantra (a repetitive word). Some hum. I have used a metronome in the past. But practice going blank. You are clearing your psyche, your soul and your brain for a higher energy. I stay there a solid 5 minutes.
- After clearing, think about your highest and best self only. Imagine your body healthy. Imagine yourself happy. Imagine yourself rested and focused. Now smile. That’s it.
It’s addictive, simple and free. It’s meant to become a daily habit. It will seem silly at first, but do it. You will be amazed how quickly this comes for you after just a little practice. It’s good for our brains to rest. Even while you’re not meditating, you’ll start to listen to your body. You’ll notice when stress or anxiety starting creeping in and you’ll avoid it faster. I’d love to hear your experiences with meditation. Never stop learning!
Greg, Casey and Calla Saumure, investigate paranormal events in and around Northern California. We love to photograph, film, fly over (with our drone), and write about our experiences in ghost travel. We focus on the history and restoration efforts of haunted locations. We always open and close with prayer, ask for spirit permission and we never provoke. We do this as a family, we do it for fun and we do it in light. Always honor the dead. You can reach Casey at firstname.lastname@example.org.