What is Meditation? How does it facilitate emotional healing?
What is meditation? To meditate on something means to think, ponder, contemplate, focus on, pay attention too.
Each and everyone of us human beings meditate daily in some form or another. We think on and ponder all sorts of negative thoughts, feelings, situations and circumstances, that is a form of meditation. This type of meditation ultimately leads to 90% of all symptoms and disease. It has been scientifically proven 90% of all doctor visits are stress induced. Notice the word disease is dis ease. When we spend the majority of our time focusing on the negative we create more of that, our immune systems become suppressed and our thoughts and feelings get stored in our bodies and manifest in disease. Typically the standard American will seek a doctor who will then prescribe pharmaceutical drugs that do not address the issue but the symptom thus creating an array of other symptoms, and the underlying cause still remains.
The meditation I want to share today is meditating on positive productive thoughts, feelings and emotions. By doing this we re wire our brains and joy, happiness, love, peace, balance, healing... are restored. It is in this place that our bodies can heal themselves like they were designed to.
My personal experience with meditation has varied and how I meditate on a daily basis varies. It is important to me to get to the root of the issue so sometimes my meditation will be me sitting in a quiet room no distractions, no cell phone, children, husband, no noise at all. I will sit with a notebook and pay attention to my body, my thoughts, feelings or present emotions and I begin to write them down, I will acknowledge them, forgive myself, forgive others , release and let go of that particular issue and ask the Lord to fill me with the opposite of what that emotion, thought feeling was.... For example if I am feeling grief over a loss, I do all the above and ask the Lord to now fill those empty spaces where grief has lived in me with Love, Joy, Laughter..... Or if I just let go of anger I ask the Lord to fill me with laughter and joy. Or in general I will ask Him to fill those places with the fullness of His Holy Spirit.
Anytime you release a negative always fill that space with a positive otherwise that negativity comes back and brings 7 more negative friends and your situation becomes worse than it was in the first place.
Another form of meditation for me is to put on what I call soaking worship music, or you can find a very soothing instrumental sound to you and with only the sound of your music lay there and just take in the sound and allow it to resonate with you and bring you to a place of peaceful rest. Just choose an instrumental preference that will allow you to come to that peaceful state. My preference is prophetic instrumental worship or I like prophetic spontaneous worship by Bethel and Jason Upton. By doing this the prescence of God will come and fill the room I am in and I can feel His prescence. That may be an odd experience for some but it is very natural for me to come to that place.
I also like to listen to the native American flute, the gong and healing bowls. I find all these on YouTube.
Another type of meditation I have found very effective for me is guided meditation. A guided meditation can look very different and sound very different and you have to find a meditation that you helps you to relax. At the end of an effective guided meditation it should leave you feeling more love for yourself and others, more joy, lighter, freer and more energized. In this place of relaxation and your ability to remember love, joy, peace your body is able to heal.
In this world today as we live daily in stress mode it is important to find time daily to meditate. To set your day in the morning a good guided meditation is fantastic so your first thoughts are positive ones. If negative thoughts feelings and emotions come up during this time, address them, forgive, release, let go and ask for the opposite to fill you. Then get re focused on your meditation.
For me personally as a Christ believer and lover I do not leave out meditating daily on the word of God. I personally do this before any other meditation for the day and before I close my eyes scripture is the last thing on my mind and I will ponder it as I sleep. To know the promises of God for me have been my hope and what I base my Truth on. Knowing what the bible says has helped me to know who I am and how to live a life of Love and share the fruits of His Spirit, I have learned how to see others through the eyes of love instead of the eyes of judgement and condemnation and to love and accept every person for who they are and where they are in their lives right now yes even when they do not believe what I do. I have learned how to forgive myself and others, I have been encouraged, challenged and transformed inside and out because Christ is my solid foundation and that alone helps me to live in and walk in peace when life is a whirlwind.
So if I am a "Christian" why do I do guided meditations? Isn't that unscriptural?
I have learned through reading my bible that we are to think on these things- Whatsoever is pure, lovely, of good report, just, honorable. You will find this in Philippians 4:8. For me guided meditation helps me to do that especially on the days I am not seeing goodness in my life. Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed by this world (stress, worry, anxiety.... but BE TRANSFORMED BY THE RENEWING OF YOUR MIND) I was also taught to let Peace be my administrator and Righteousness my overseer. There was a time not by my own thoughts alone but being taught by the "Christian" community that Meditation was "New Age" and you shouldn't do that because you can allow demonic influence in. It has just been the last couple years that I have been willing to allow the Lord to open my eyes to what is right and wrong and as I learn more about what meditation is for me I am drawn closer to Love, Joy and Peace and I know that Jesus is Love, Jesus is Joy, Jesus is Peace and I am not being drawn away from him in meditating but being drawn closer to know him more deeply, intimately and personally. You will know a person by their fruit/actions. The outcome of mediation for me has been an increase in Peace, Love, Joy, Passion, Energy, Healing and so I know for me meditation has been a very effective and positive tool in my life.
Here are a few resources that have helped me. Because I am who I am you will find my resources are mixed with biblical, or scriptural foundations and some are neutral.
The Bible English Standard Version
Feelings Buried Alive Never Die by Karol Truman
Heal Your Body by Louise Hay
Soaking Worship https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=soaking+worship+jason+upton
I AM morning affirmations https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GnWlERK0UJc
Be Still in the Prescence of God https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbWn-oJ0Oys
Audio Bible Meditations dealing with depression https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhjTi0Sd_WM
Anxiety and Fear Meditations https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=riL_UmSk_MM
Heal While you sleep https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ty6MKNLnqAo
Morning Gratitude Affirmations https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rf3wNxJHlNE
Love Yourself https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJztdmZCqJQ
Have you ever heard anyone say that is "New Age"?
I hear a lot in the "Christian community" Ohhh stay away from that, that is "New Age" well what does that even mean? What is your definition of "New Age" and what do you know about "New Age" ?
Ecclesiastes 1:9 NIV says What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again, there is nothing new under the sun.
What is the definition of New Age anyway?
New Age Webster Dictionary
There is also a strong focus on healing, particularly using forms of alternative medicine and an emphasis on a New Age approach to science that seeks to unite science and spirituality.
What is Alternative medicine?
Alternative medicine is a term that describes medical treatments that are used instead of traditional (mainstream) therapies. Some people also refer to it as “integrative,” or “complementary” medicine.
About 40% of adults in the United States say they use some form of alternative medicine. But exactly what types of therapies are considered alternative? The definition changes as doctors test and move more of them into the mainstream.
Herbs, Essential Oils, Acupuncture, Chiropractic, Stones, Energy Healing, Chinese Medicine.. the list goes on and on using techniques and other natural remedies.
What is medicine?
What does the bible have to say about medicine?
Ezekiel 47:12 English Standard Version
And on the banks, on both sides of the river, there will grow all kinds of trees for food. Their leaves will not wither, nor their fruit fail, but they will bear fresh fruit every month, because the water for them flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for healing.”
down the middle of the main street of the city. On either side of the river stood a tree of life, producing twelve kinds of fruit and yielding a fresh crop for each month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.
Revelation 18:23 English Standard Version
and the light of a lamp will shine in you no more, and the voice of bridegroom and bride will be heard in you no more, for your merchants were the great ones of the earth, and all nations were deceived by your sorcery.
What does it mean the nations will be deceived by its sorceries?
Strong's Concordance Sorcery
pharmakeia: the use of medicine, drugs or spells
Original Word: φαρμακεία, ας, ἡ
Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine
Phonetic Spelling: (far-mak-i'-ah)
Definition: the use of medicine, drugs or spells
Usage: magic, sorcery, enchantment.
What is pharmakeia? Pharmakeia definition
On the term pharmakeia--an abstract noun meaning sorcery, magic, the practice of magic arts. The concrete noun is pharmakon whose primary meaning is poison; its secondary meaning is magic potion or charm to achieve a desirable objective; and its tertiary meaning is medicine, remedy, or drug for healing.
Pharmaceutical drug definition
Pharmaceutical drug. A pharmaceutical drug, also referred to as medicine, medication or medicament, can be loosely defined as any chemical substance intended for use in the medical diagnosis, cure, treatment, or prevention of disease.
Pharmaceutical drugs are controlled substances made by man in a laboratory, they do not contain life and can not produce life as well as causing a significant amount of side effects. They disrupt intercellular communication and confuses cellular memory and block receptor sites. Drugs are potentially thought to treat a symptom while the cause of the symptom does not get addressed.
Ok lets discover more on the topic of medicine in the bible and see how it fits in with American/Western Culture
* Proverbs 17:22 “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”
* First Timothy 5:23 “(No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments.)”
* Luke 10:34 “He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him.”
* Job 5:18 “For he wounds, but he binds up; he shatters, but his hands heal.”
* Isaiah 38:21 Isaiah had said to Hezekiah’s servants, “Make an ointment from figs and spread it over the boil, and Hezekiah will recover.”
* . Luke 10:33-34 Then a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw the man, he felt compassion for him. Going over to him, the Samaritan soothed his wounds with olive oil and wine and bandaged them. Then he put the man on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him.
* Numbers 19:18, Psalm 51:7 Hyssop oil was charged by God to Moses to be used as a purifying agent. Hyssop oil has been shown to contain 50% antifungal and antibacterial agents
* James 5:14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.
* Matthew 10:8 Heal the sick raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.
* Luke 8:48 48 Then he said to her, "Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace."
* Luke 17:19 And he said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.”
Isaiah 60:17 has become a rule of thumb for me when making a decision. I have to have peace.
And I will make peace your administrators And righteousness your overseers.
What is Peace?
\ ˈpēs \ Definition of peace
1 : a state of tranquility or quiet: such as
a : freedom from civil disturbance Peace and order were finally restored in the town.
b : a state of security or order within a community provided for by law or custom a breach of the peace
2 : freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions I have been in perfect peace and contentment— J. H. Newman
3 : harmony in personal relations The sisters are at peace with each other.
4a : a state or period of mutual concord between governments There was a peace of 50 years before war broke out again.
b : a pact or agreement to end hostilities between those who have been at war or in a state of enmity offered the possibility of a negotiated peace — New York Times
5 --used interjectionally to ask for silence or calm or as a greeting or farewell
: in a state of concord or tranquility The problem was settled and his mind was at peace.
What is righteousness?
righ·teous | \ ˈrī-chəs \ Definition of righteous
1 : acting in accord with divine or moral law : free from guilt or sin
2a : morally right or justifiable a righteous decision
b : arising from an outraged sense of justice or morality righteous indignation
May this be helpful in clearing up any mis understandings on what you thought, believed or perceived about Natural God Given health practices being "New Age" in a derogatory way.
And enlighten you to what the scripture has to say about pharmaceutical medicine so that you can make an educated decision about your health and what measures are best for you.
Matthew 7:1,2 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
Proverbs 15:3 Man looks at outward appearances but God looks at the heart.
May this be an encouragement to those who profess they are believers of Jesus to BE the light to the world?
Matthew 5:16 Let your light shine before others so they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.
How are you being a witness and a testimony to others you falsely accuse of practicing witchcraft and sorcery ? What kind of light are you shining when you make snide remarks like "I am praying for you"... with a condescending, critical, judgmental heart.
It is your LOVE that will draw men to the Father of Lights and if someone is practicing witchcraft and sorcery by all means pray for them in and with Love not judgement. And remember if you are partaking in pharmaceutical drugs you to are also partaking in witchcraft and sorcery.
Luke 6:42 How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the log that is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother’s eye.