All You Need is Within You Now!
All You Need is Within You Now!
Metaphysical Mind #57
Welcome to the latest issue of Metaphysical Mind. The issue will be about “going within”. The majority of us have been conditioned to look outside ourselves, to external situations, people and other things, for the truth. The truth is a lot closer than most people think. All that you could ever need is within you right now.
When I was much younger I became very interested in motivational speakers. I was studying a lot about personal growth, and my father had some Tony Robbins’ CDs that I really enjoyed in particular.
Tony really recommended the use of affirmations in that particular course. Being a good student, I began to repeat affirmations out loud and in my head many times a day. This definitely had a big impact on my life. One of my favorite affirmations, which was mentioned by Anthony Robbins in those CDs, was All I need is within me now. I remember I use to repeat this hundreds of times each day for quite some time. As you can imagine this was extremely empowering.
Not only was it empowering, the basis for that affirmation was also very practical. Since all you truly need is within you now, you are to look within for the answers you seek. This is where your true power lies.
Going within is something only you can do. Each person is different and will therefore have different experiences. But as you travel along your inner path of self-discovery you will begin to truly know yourself. It is through this knowledge of yourself that in a very real way you will become whole again.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar puts it this way in his book Wisdom for the New Millennium:
First we need to attend to our spiritual needs. The basis for spirituality is simply knowing ourselves better. Spirituality is not pondering something that is outside this world, it is recognizing that spirit underlies everything in this world. A spiritual experience is not something out of this world, it is feeling the intimate connection one has to everything, and every person, in this world.
As I said before, knowing yourself is a very personal journey. Each person may use different practices to take them along the journey. Personally I have found going into silence, either through meditation or through being alone in nature, to be the best ways for me to do this. Also, more recently, I have found writing to also be very powerful in this process.
I have included a related article below that you may find helpful:
Going Within to find Peace of Mind by Kathryn Watson
How is this going to help me find solutions to my problems?
During the day we are constantly subjected to sensory input. Our minds are always in the process of thinking. We have conversations, write reports, read, watch TV, and solve problems, etc., etc. As we do these things we engage in a mental commentary, a sort of inner “The Drama of Me”. Most people aren’t aware of all of the mental thought activity that we are engaged in until we try to quiet the mind during meditation.
We are so busy doing, doing, doing that we don’t take the time to really listen to our soul.
What exactly does meditation do?
Let’s look at meditation from a scientific perspective. The EEG, a test that measures brain wave patterns, shows that when doing our normal everyday “thinking activities,” our brain wave patterns are about 20 cycles per second. This is called the “Beta” level. The beta level is associated with concentration, alertness and cognition. It is also associated with anxiety, disharmony and disease. Adults spend most of their time at this level.
Between seven and fourteen cycles is referred to as the alpha range. This is the range where sleep and dreaming begin. Children spend most of their time at this level. Alpha is associated with super learning and the ability to process, store and recall large amounts of information quickly and efficiently. This explains why children pick up a foreign language so easily.
Alpha brain wave activity is an indication that a person is using both brain hemispheres to think with. That is the person is able to think (function) with the creative, intuitive right brain hemisphere as well as the logical, rational and scientific left-brain hemisphere. It’s kind of like dancing on one leg. You can do it but it is much easier with two. When you function with both brain hemispheres you can accomplish far more than when using only one.
Slower still is the theta range. This is best known as the dreaming state. Learning to enter and hold this pattern is associated with creativity. This is the level where you may suddenly have an inspiration, when the “light bulb” goes off and you suddenly have a solution.
Have you ever spent time looking for an important paper? Because there was so much clutter on your desk, you couldn’t see what you were looking for. When you took a few minutes to clear the clutter, suddenly there it was. It had been staring you in the face all along. It is almost as if you have tunnel vision when in beta. When you are trying to figure out a solution or decide which road to take at the beta level, your choices may seem rather limited.
By slowing your brain waves down through meditation your mind begins to expand.
As you clear your mind of the “clutter” inside you allow room for “possibilities to emerge”. Suddenly ideas you never imagined existed are at the forefront of your being.
So how do you “go within” to find your answers?
If you have never meditated before it would be helpful to work with someone who has trained in various meditation techniques.
This is not necessary but would be helpful. There are many books and tapes on the subject, however much like riding a bike or playing golf you can read and study for years but until you get out and practice you will never develop the skill. As my mother used to say, “Practice makes perfect!”
Though I don’t feel there is such a thing as perfection in meditation, it will certainly get easier with time. Often people tell me they simply cannot get their mind to quiet. Thoughts keep popping into their head. Shopping lists, what’s for dinner, did I feed the dog and so on and so on seem to defeat the purpose of sitting quietly and going deeply within.
I have found a method, that when used is almost fail proof for quieting the chatter. Everyone I know who has ever tried this method has found it successful for quieting the internal chatter or “monkey mind” as I like to call it. It is so simple! It’s called “practice”.
For thirty consecutive days simply sit and meditate for 15 minutes each day.
You don’t have to sit in a certain position. You may sit in a chair or on the floor, whatever is comfortable for you. You may have background music or silence. You may sit indoors or outdoors.
None of this matters.
What does matter is that you be consistent. Pick a time that you can keep the same schedule every day. Most people I know choose mornings. Evening activities vary and you wouldn’t want to miss a party to meditate. Also, first thing in the morning your brain wave patterns are just emerging from a slower state so it might be easier to go into alpha or theta again.
I begin by sitting in a comfortable and quiet space with no distractions. I take a few deep breaths and in my mind recite a simple prayer.
Dear God, I ask today that my mind become still like a stone mountain. I ask that my body be surrounded and filled with a deep sense of relaxation. Allow my ears to open, hearing the voice of my soul and to know the truth. Allow my eyes to open to the wondrous beauty that lies deep within me and all living things. Bring a sense of peace to my inner being as my feelings and emotions flow through me like a river and fill my heart with an abundance of love energy that I may share with all living things. And so be it.
I find that saying this prayer silently helps to center and ground me. My mind then opens to the infinite possibilities that lie within. Use this prayer if you like or write one of your own. The words are not important. What is important is that they resonate with your soul.
Kathryn Watson is a Life Coach and Hypnotherapist. She has been teaching meditation and other relaxation techniques for over 15 years. Kathryn developed Mainstream Meditation through her studies of various techniques. The first rule of Mainstream Meditation is “there are no rules!” She teaches individuals and groups both over the phone and in person.
Kathryn sees herself as a meditation guide and coach. Together she will help you to explore and chose the methods that work best for you. Contact Kathryn for a complimentary consultation to find out more.
Kathryn has created a number of guided meditations that can be found at The Relax Store at http://www.relaxforsuccess.com She also offers Meditation for Monday, a few minutes of guided meditation perfect for those manic or marvelous Mondays. Go to http://www.relaxforsuccess.com to register.
You absolutely do not need anything,