Thursday, 26 January 2012

[New Year New You]: Maps, Meditation on Self-Honesty

Deb’s post about Maps inspired me to come up with a new internally focused semi-structured meditation. Here is what you need to do:

  1. Sit with your back straight on a comfortable chair.
  2. Close your eyes
  3. Focus on your breathing, guide it to a regular pattern such as for example "breath in for count of 4, hold for 2, breath out for count of 4 and hold for count of 2. Repeat: 4,2,4,2."
  4. Once your breathing is relaxed and regular, become aware of your body as a whole
  5. In your imagination, visualize yourself sitting on the chair
  6. Now mentally – whilst keeping your physical eyes closed – stand up and step back from your body
  7. You should now be looking at the back of your body sitting on a chair
  8. Take a mental walk around your body, noting that its eyes are still shut.
  9. Visualize pulling up a chair and sit down opposite your body.
  10. Wait for your body to open its eyes.

You will now have a one to one with your unconscious mind, the part of you that remains active in your body. The “you” that is sitting opposite your body is your conscious mind.

Your unconscious mind may not speak in words, it may use imagery, sounds, feelings and the initial “dialogue” may be more of an assault on the sense that requires some processing afterwards. This is your opportunity for your unconscious mind to be brutally honest with your conscious mind in a place that you’ve imaged and is safe for such an exchange.

I’ve done this meditation twice. The first time was shortly after watching the film Inception. I learned two things. Firstly that my unconscious mind was militarizing itself using Tyranids as a source of inspiration. The other thing was that I was suppressing certain messages that the unconscious was shouting loud and clean and my unconscious was not happy about the way I’d dismissed its suggestions.  In the second meditation my unconscious mind guided me to finding a way to overcome an emotional block.

That’s it for now. Good luck if you try this meditation. Feel free to pass it on and modify it as you see fit.