The Guide to the Other Side


Part 13: Does meditation help heighten our intuition and ability to develop psychically?

Kirk: Hello, Alana. We have a question for you today from a person who is a little frustrated with their ability to meditate.

Question: I live in a 160-year-old house and I sometimes sense a lot of spiritual activity. However, when I meditate I have trouble focusing my mind. I often get this feeling of frustration that seems to be holding me back. When I'm "in the zone" I feel like I'm getting close to something, like I'm about to take off (but never do) or some huge release is about to happen! I can even see a light blue energy surrounding me. Also, sometimes the energy causes a ringing in my ears, which makes it hard to me to focus. How do I take off, so to speak? I feel as though I'm so close to this certain feeling but can't quite get there.

Alana: As I address this question I would like to discuss how the effects of the environment in which we are meditating could aid our connection to heightened sensitivity. Even though our questioner is eager to tune into the energies within their home, they do not have to be in the home to gain awareness of the spiritual activity there. When some individuals attempt to meditate in an environment that is very busy energetically, it can keep them from fully finding their center. After listening to the question, I have a sense that the questioner might do well meditating in different types of environments. They can discover what spaces really support them in quieting their mind and allowing them to relax. They can learn to enter a watchful state that does not judge that state through dualistic observations.

For example, they might want to try sitting outside in nature. Nature may be an ideal facilitator for them. I sense that perhaps sitting next to a bubbling spring that has many negative ions moving about in the air might heighten their sensitivity. It may help them attain a deeper meditative state where they are engaged fully in the process, rather than fragmenting the process because of an expectation for it to be any certain way. It may support them into moving into a heightened sensitivity, which gives comfort to all results. This allowing may support them in going even deeper within.

Now, there are also some individuals who can meditate even if they are on a busy subway or while sitting underneath an electrical light fixture. They do not pick up distractive wavelengths as easily. It is like their system is able to automatically sort out sources of interference and distraction. Everyone is different, which is wonderful.

Part of learning to meditate, or access intuition, is to pay attention to our sensitivity and then honor and embrace wherever we are in the process. If we try to hard, we get more trying. Do you see? Sometimes it is our perceptions that we are not "there"--in a meditative state--that keep us from knowing that we are!

Kirk: Alana, I want to clarify that for you, the process of meditating is the same as accessing your intuition. Correct?

Alana: Why yes, Kirk. It is going into one's center, calming the mind, grounding, and moving into a state of openness for allowing our greater wisdom to merge with our consciousness.

Kirk: So, the first four stages of our six-step intuition practice is essentially a meditation practice. We then follow the first four steps with the steps of asking and receiving, which add intuitive accessing.

Alana: Yes, that is correct.

Kirk: Is there anything else you would like to comment on regarding our questioner's frustration with feeling like they are not "taking off" in their meditations?

Alana: Yes. I wish them to relax and trust that they are in the perfect place in their growth process. Their willingness to peacefully observe their remaining tension will gently open the door to other awareness. As I previously mentioned, they may wish to also try different environments to find elements that supports their learning process.

Kirk: What are some other good locations a person might want to include when working with their intuition?

Alana: Here are a some ideas to spark everyone's creativity:

Sitting at the base of a large tree. This is very grounding and might provide an extremely pleasurable capsule of energy.

On top of a hill or mountain where there is an expansive view. The energy may feel as if it is lovingly ascending upward taking them with it.

Soaking in a warm bath can create a womb-like state. But remain aware that it is easy to fall asleep, so be conscious of that. A steam bath or sauna may also be wonderful.

Sitting by an ocean where they can hear the waves moving about may facilitate becoming one with the universe.

Some people may be able to meditate in a park where children are playing. The children's laughter and playfulness may create a wonderful hum, which can blend with the other external sounds.

They can meditate while receiving massage or other forms of bodywork. The practitioner may create a very safe and nurturing space for relaxing into a heightened state of awareness.

A person might create a sacred space in their home. They will be guided in knowing what to bring into the space to make it sacred to them.

The sense of smell can also aid building their intuitive abilities. Burning essential oils or other forms of aromatherapy can create a lovely environment.

A person can nurture themselves through meditating and centering most any place they intend. Allowing time for calming and centering is such a wonderful way to practice self-love, as well as bring much love and light into the collective consciousness.

Kirk: Thanks, Alana, for all your suggestions. I think you have given us some good ideas for possible supportive environments to aid in heightening our ability to meditate.

Alana: You are so welcome, dear ones.

Kirk: Now it's up to us to move beyond thinking and enjoy taking action, if it feels good to take some practical steps toward learning to meditate and build our intuition.

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