Since I was a teenager, I have had a (not-so-secret!) secret that often left me feeling embarrassed and inadequate:
No matter how much I tried, I couldn’t seem to wake up at a “normal” time in the morning, like most people.
Nor could I go to sleep at a “normal” time, no matter how tired I was – my bed time was often around 3-5am and I had no control over it. I struggled with insomnia big time and was lucky that I was self-employed and could get up late a lot of the time.
But prior to self employment, I spent half of my life sleep-deprived, and feeling like there was something wrong with me – after all, the people around me did not believe that I could not control what time I fell asleep.
I remember when I lived with my grandparents, my grandmother would shout through the bedroom door, “The early bird catches the worm!” at 1pm as I was just stirring. The usual sleep hygiene tips and pointers just made no difference for me, and waking up at 1pm often left me feeling disconnected from other people, and depressed that I had missed out on so much of the day.
It took me about 15 years of dealing with this, until I was finally diagnosed with a circadian rhythm disorder, and began to treat it successfully using light therapy & restriction.
Out of this struggle, I stumbled onto something really cool that I never would have stuck with, had it not been for the circadian rhythm issues.
To support the treatment, I started to meditate at night.
I’ve always disliked meditation, and it has not played a major role in my path of intuitive development, as it has for many psychics I know.
But now that I have a clear motivation to stick with a meditation practice, and I am benefiting from it in more ways than one, I feel guided to write an article about it.
Because the fact is, meditation is not just good for relaxation and getting to sleep. It is also brilliant for intuitive development.
But is not the easiest tool in the intuitive development toolbox. And so I am writing his article about three of the meditation pitfalls that held me back for years, and how to get past them, to benefit from this amazing tool for connecting with spiritual guidance.
But first, let’s look at why meditation is so good for intuitive development…
How Meditation Can Benefit You As an Intuitive Developer
When you go about your everyday life, you will be operating in the beta state, which is the brain wave that allows your mind to be alert, think rationally and tackle the goals and tasks that you need to get done.
Most people are in the beta state all day long. The thing is, being in beta makes it difficult to access spiritual guidance, because the only input we have access to in this state is the mind’s input. Being in beta is a bit like having a bunch of different tabs open on your internet browser, related to your daily life.
What meditation does is it trains you to close all of those ‘tabs’ and enter a state of stillness. Done regularly, this will make it much more likely that your sources of spiritual guidance will pop in and visit you, because, simply put, they can finally get a word in edgeways.
And meditation is not just good for your spiritual connection – consistently practised, it can also lower your stress levels, help you to sleep better, lower your blood pressure, keep your brain sharp in old age, increase your immunity and improve your mood.
Here’s How to Meditate:
- Sit comfortably
- Close your eyes and breathe normally
- Focus your attention on your breath – just observe it.
How to Avoid the 3 Pitfalls of Meditating to Connect with Guidance
1. Don’t try to eliminate all thoughts while meditating
One of my Intuitive Awakening students recently complained that he was having trouble meditating because he was having too many thoughts.
Many of us who have tried meditation, and concluded it wasn’t for us, see it as an impossible exercise where we have to get the mind to shut up and be completely still.
This is impossible for most people, and so we give up.
But the point of the exercise is NOT to have no thoughts, but instead to bring your attention back to your breath after noticing a thought that comes up. Sometimes this takes a while – if my mind is particularly active, I can go off on a thought tangent for 1-2 minutes before I have even realized it has happened, and have a chance to bring my focus back to the breath. This is normal and you do not have to beat yourself up about it, and conclude you suck at meditating! (which is what I used to do…)
It is actually completely OK to get distracted by our thoughts while meditating!
2. Set the bar low
I used to get discouraged and would give up on any prior meditation practice I had established if I missed one day (or three). Twice a week is better than nothing, just as five minutes of meditation is better than nothing.
3. Try starting your meditation with a prayer
I like to start my meditation with a prayer that invokes certain spiritual beings that I would like to hear from (this is so that I am more likely to receive spiritual guidance during the meditation session.)
Here is the short and sweet prayer I use – this is adapted from NZ based medium Kelvin Cruickshank’s book ‘Walking In Light’:
“I ask to be clothed in a robe of white light, composed of Divine love, power and the wisdom of the Goddess.
I ask for my guardian angels and celestial helpers to guide me. I ask for my ancestors to watch over me. I ask for the help of family and friends in the spirit world to show me what I need to learn today, and for help in strengthening my spiritual connection.
Kia ora; amen.”
Don’t expect fast results with this – the benefits of regular meditation for your spiritual connection may take a while to manifest. Quite simply, the more you meditate and the more accustomed you are to entering the alpha state, the easier it is for Spirit to pop in and give you guidance on your path.
Another great way to train yourself to enter the alpha state is by using binaural beats – I have written about these here.
Do you use meditation to connect with spiritual guidance?
If not, how about giving it a go?
Please leave your comments below.