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About Healing Meditation
Deepak Chopra calls the body the greatest pharmacy in existence, and adds that we can provide ourselves with mental and physical healing. What does that mean? It means that through healing meditation, by relaxing, shutting out the outside world while getting rid of negative thoughts and sending positive energy inward, you could be healed of both mental and physical sicknesses, according to studies by the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) and the University of Wisconsin's Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience. Learn about the several methods used in meditative healing, including visualization, spiritual healing through meditation, mantras and more.
Visualization in healing meditation
There are several different methods of meditative healing. A main form of healing meditation involves visualization. With visualization, some people imagine, or visualize, a white light running through their bodies and healing diseases or clearing their minds of stress or uncertainties. Healers often use the transfer of energy to heal diseases or physical conditions.
Thomas Ashley-Farrand, a Sanskrit mantra expert, gives the example of reciting a mantra during healing meditation while imagining a diseased internal organ bathed in light. The power of the mantra can be concentrated on that organ and is believed to be able to heal it.
Meditative healing and chakras
Chakras are energy processing centers. There are six chakras along the spine with a seventh on top of the head, according to Ashley-Farrand in his book, Chakra Mantras: Liberate Your Spiritual Genius Through Chanting. Each chakra has a mantra associated with it, and chanting its mantra activates that chakra point to increase energy flow and reenergize your life force. To perform meditative healing involving visualization and chakras, you chant mantras and visualize colors moving beneath your palm while placing your hand over each chakra site.
Spiritual healing through meditation
Spiritual healing through meditation involves an appeal to a higher power to heal through meditation and sending energy to someone who needs it. It can involve self-healing or a separate healer. Spiritual healing involves the channeling of energy from a spiritual source to someone who needs it. The channel is usually a person, a healer, and the energy is transferred through that person’s hands. The spiritual healing doesn’t come from the healer, just through the healer.
According to IONS, spiritual healing through meditation can help both physical and emotional problems. A goal of spiritual healing using meditation is to eradicate problems, usually starting in the mind, to restore balance to the person and continue along the spiritual journey. Physical and emotional ailments hinder our spiritual progress and therefore must be cleansed before spiritual healing can progress.
What healing meditation does
According to Diana Armstrong, a metaphysics teacher and healer, illness is often an indication that something is a bit off, or imbalanced, internally. According to Armstrong, meditative healing can help us figure out what’s going on internally in order to clear our energy channels of any blockages caused by stress, anxiety or disease. Healing meditation then helps energy flow freely and through all levels of our physical and mental beings.
According to Ticia Agri, who leads the meditation group at the Light & Healing Center in Exeter, N.H., just 15 uninterrupted minutes per day of healing meditation can help you boost your immune system and clear your mind and body of any negative thoughts or energies.
According to Phylameana Lily Desy, who is certified in Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki and the Science of Intuition from the Holos Institutes of Health, the repetitive sounds of the mantras used in healing meditation bring about a change in consciousness because the vibration stimulates certain parts of the brain and changes the brain’s chemical balance. This change in the brain’s chemical balance promotes healing because it can lead to a reduction in blood pressure and an alleviation of pain and stress.
A study by Michael Murphy and Steven Donovan of the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) found that meditation has positive effects on the cardiovascular system, brainwave activity, hormone levels, cholesterol, muscle tension, body temperature and more. The study also discusses research related to the positive effects of meditation on the treatment of various diseases and the reduction of physical pain.
A study by the University of Wisconsin's Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience reports continued changes in brain and immune functions after meditation. That stimulation of the body’s immune system can account for the physical healing effects that have been reported, such as being cured of cancer or other diseases.