Using your dreams to improve your health

There are four stages of existence, when you are awake, in deep sleep, in the dreaming state and the last one is the Turiya, the indescribable. Generally all of us experience the first three stages every day of our lives. Reality exists in all these  three states of existence. Neither of them is more ‘real’ than the other. In fact the spiritual texts consider the awake state to be a Dirgha swapna, an extended dream!

Dreams have always fascinated us, it is almost magical that we go to another world as we sleep. Most of us see 5-6 dreams every night. These are the ordinary dreams triggered by whatever you were doing during the day or what was on your mind as you went to bed. If your mind was in turmoil or emotions were agitated or you were more into material/sensual things, your dreams would be haphazard and disconnected. Or you might see too many dreams, thus disturb your rest cycle. (Your body/mind/soul rejuvenates only during the deep sleep/sushupti phase.) If you have had a peaceful relaxing day and were contented as you went to bed, your dreams would be less troublesome and you will experience more deep sleep time.

Using your dreams to improve your health

 

Dreams are special as you are both the actor and the audience. You feel the emotions of only the actor. You feel like/dislike and attraction/repulsion while acting out your dream. But as the spectator you are merely the witness. Thus the ancient Rishis considered the dream phase as an important component for creating the Sakshi-bhav, the mind-set of the Witness. If you can bring this witness-mind-set into your waking state too you have achieved your spiritual goal.

Your dreams are dependent on your personal nature and inclinations. If your mind has achieved steadiness you get prophetic dreams of events to come. People who do regular spiritual practice often get guidance in such dreams. You can see significant events from your past/parallel lives which have a bearing on your present situation. Sometimes you can see your past life’s self telling you what to do. Your sub-conscious mind can give you creative or intuitive hints during dreams. The dreams seen early in the morning are the most useful of the lot. This time before sunrise is called the ‘Brahma muhurt’ and is extremely auspicious. Your ancestor spirits often communicate via dreams. If you are exceptionally spiritually inclined, you can see deities or your source of faith in your dreams. In the Indian context seeing dreams of Rishis or Gurus is very auspicious. Often you will be given valuable guidance in such dreams.

If you can control your mind you can also control your dreams. If you have achieved this you can complete significant karma in this way. Then you take on the role of the puppeteer as you direct your actor/puppet self in the dream scenes. The potential of dreams in this respect is limitless.

You mind plays games with you. If you analyse the working of your mind, you will realise that your mind does only two things 1) Imagine and 2) Discriminate. An out of control mind prefers to ‘imagine’ more than ‘discriminate’. e.g. your boyfriend has vanished, phone unreachable. You wonder why. You think he has ignored you. You start feeling hurt. You get upset. You waste your mental energy. You don’t feel like eating dinner. You meet him the next day and he tells you that he was at the hospital because his grandmom fell ill. You are concerned and you both talk normally. Things are rosy and you feel in-love again! But do you appreciate that you let your mind drive you nuts just because it ‘imagined’ things?

 

Using your dreams to improve your health

Keeping your mind in control starts with not letting it run wild imagining things, but forcing it to discriminate, analyse logically.As per Ayurved, the science of life and the living, there are three tendencies of the mind and body, called Pitta, Vaat and Kapha. Each one has one of these in excess again depending on our horoscopes. You would be surprised to know that your dreams are also linked to these, if you have dreams of light/fire you are pitta dominant. You will experience ‘heat’ in your dreams. If it goes out of balance completely you dream horrifying scenes and your forehead can get hot. If you body is Vata dominant at that time, you will see scenes with sky, winds, flying in space. If you tend towards the Kapha your dreams will be of water bodies. An easy way to balance out your Kapha-Pitta-Vaat is this. If you know from your dreams that one of these is out of balance. Then for one minute before you go to sleep do this tiny thing, Sit comfortably, back and neck straight. Close your eyes, focus at your third eye/ajnya chakra and visualise the following.

  1. A red dot – Pitta dosha will be balanced
  2. A black dot – Vaat dosha will be balanced
  3. A white dot – Kapha dosha will be balanced.

In terms of the vital energy, the udan pran is responsible for vivifying the subconscious mind who creates our dreams. If you engage in activities which regulates udan pran you will see a difference in the dreams you see. Try it out!

If you are suffering from some medical conditions then keeping track of the dreams you see, can help in determining how the disease is going to unfold. Eg if you are suffering from cold and you dream of water, it means your cold is worsening. If you are suffering from diarrohea and dreaming of cold stuff will indicate that it is going to get worse. If you are suffering from problems of the lungs, and you see yourself running or in a windy area etc the condition will get worse. So use the power of your dreams pro-actively. If you are suffering from a medical problem, you can try this simple experiment. Choose one photograph of yourself from your healthier and happier times. You should be smiling and looking visibly happy/healthy. Keep this at your bed-side table and look at it for a minute or so before you sleep. Your sub-conscious mind will ‘remember’ this past healthy state and work to get you back to this. Try this for 21 days and evaluate for yourself.

Those few minutes before you sleep are very important. Whatever you do in these few minutes will have the maximum impact on your sub-consciousness. This will be replayed in your dreams. So use this time wisely. A couple more tips. You are in bed and falling asleep, try to visualise a silvery full-moon at your third eye chakra during these couple of minutes. This will increase your life-span. Visualise the gold disc of the sun for an energetic/youthful mind and body.

Dreaming is essential for mental, emotional and physical health. Dreams are an essential self-diagnostic tool. Keep a dream-diary at your bed-side table and write a few keywords as you wake up so that you will remember your dreams. Analyse your dreams over time, you will learn a lot about yourself. If you get negative dreams for extended periods of time, take it as a signal that something is going wrong and actively work to set it right.

 

 

Using your dreams to improve your health

Soul in Sushupti the deep sleep

There are four states of existence, Awake – Jagruti, Swapna -Dream, Deep sleep – Sushupti and Turiya – the fourth state e.g. in deep Dhyan.

The deep sleep is a very mysterious state. Modern science has accepted that the deep sleep phase is essential for the body to rest and rejuvenate. Your body repairs itself when you are in the Sushupti state. The mind and the soul also refresh themselves. And when you wake up you feel that you are reborn. But modern science is unable to explain why and how this happens. Modern medicine generally studies physical bodies and dead bodies, so the secrets of the living body are beyond its practitioners. What is Life? If you want to know how your body, mind and soul function, you have to study the living body composed of the Panch-kosh in which the Pran flow and the Jivatma/soul resides in it.

Soul in Sushupti the deep sleep

A quick recap of the body’s energy structure. The thinnest naadi /energy channel is called the Sushumna. It has 6 energy vertices/chakras from the coccyx to the third eye roughly along the vertebral column. There are 6 more chakras in the head. The Third eye chakra is called the Ajnya chakra and is the seat of the individual soul.

‘Behind’ the Ajnya chakra is the Kutasth कूटस्थ. It is a Sanskrit word शब्द which means, unchangeable, supreme, immoveable, uniform, at the top, located within a multitude, etc. This is the Krishna of the Bhagwat Gita, Vaikunth the abode of Vishnu, Kailas the abode of Shiv, the Bhairav of the Vidnyan Bhairav Tantra resides here. The unknowable ‘dark’ yet ‘self-illuminated’, Parabrahma /Eternal Reality is located at the Kutasth.

There is an oft-repeated story of two similar looking birds, the only difference is in the behaviour. One eats the fruits from the tree and the other just sits and observes the first bird.

  • The bird who eats the fruits is the Jivatma/individual soul with its baggage of karma which resides at the Ajnya chakra.
  • The bird who just observes is Parabrahma residing the Kutasth.

But the interesting thing is that खग does not just mean ‘bird’, it also means wind/ energy of the wind/ vital energy/ pran. And to ‘eat’ is also means to ‘experience‘. The Parabrahma is also called the Mahapran, Great vital energy. (This allegory defines the Jivatma and the Paramatma in several deep ways, so think on what else this simple story tells you.)

The manifested soul/ Jivatma exists outside the Kutasth, at the center of the Ajnya chakra. It cannot consciously enter the Kutasth. The entire purpose of spiritual practice is to get the Jivatma to enter into the Kutasth! You can imagine how difficult this is, you have to rebalance all karma, control your vital energy/pran then set the kundalini free from its sleeping place under the lowermost Mooladhar chakra. Take it up the thinnest inner layer of Sushumna (i.e. the Brahmanaadi within the Sushumna) then navigate the energy whirlpools of all the chakras carefully, open the three locks (granthi) on the way etc. Only then can your soul, Jivatma consciously enter the Kutasth and experience the Ultimate Reality. This is Moksh.

ajnya chakra yantra

This is the Yantra of the Ajnya chakra. The two petals are the Ida and the Pingala naadi in cross-section. The circle is the Sushumna. The downward pointing equilateral triangle is a cross-section of the Brahmanadi. The central dot/Bindu is the Jivatama/individual soul. In some yantra diagrams, Om ॐ is written in place of the dot/Bindu. It means almost the same thing. (The sequence of creation is – Parabrahma – (Purush with) Devi – Naada (of two types Naad-anth and Nirodhini) – Om – Bindu.)

So when you are awake, the individual soul/Jivatma is located in the Ajnya Chakra. It coordinates the movement of pran from the Universe into the body and allocates it to the Ida, Pingala or Sushumna. It orders (ajnya) the inward movement of the vital energy/ pran.

The next state of existence is the Dream. When you are dreaming, Swapna, the Jivatma uses the Sookshma sharir (do read the post on Panch kosh) to travel within the astral dimensions and its own sub-subconscious layers. (Astral travel is a variant of this where the Jivatma moves out of the boundaries of its bodies for brief periods.)

Soul in Sushupti the deep sleep

But what happens during deep sleep, Sushupti is very interesting. The Jivatma moves from the center of the Anjya Chakra to the ‘door’ of the Kuthastha and is actually allowed entry. It rests with the Parabrahma! The objective of your entire spiritual practice is achieved in Sushupti! But there is a difference between the two, else everyone would get Moksh in deep sleep.

Deep sleep is defined when you are sleeping, perfectly relaxed, regularly breathing, calm, peaceful and seeing no dreams. In this phase you/Jivatma, become one with the Mahapran/Parabrahma. During this period you are unaware of everything. You are surrounded by nothing of this manifested Universe and are in the embrace of the Eternal. However there exists a thin ‘veil of ignorance’ between you and the Supreme. Thus you have no awareness of your identity with the Supreme.

This rest with the Parabrahma is the reason why the body, mind and soul are completely refreshed after the Sushupti phase of sleep. But then why would you come back from the Kutasth? If Moksh means entry into the Kutasth, you are doing it every night! So why come back to the Ajnya and take over the body-robot again? There are three reasons,

  1.  You are the Jivatma the individual soul, you have a load of karma to work through. When you went into deep sleep, this job was only partly complete, you still have to finish it. You finish in the morning what you had left incomplete the night before.
  2. The veil does not allow complete merger of your individual consciousness with the Eternal.
  3. Moksh is possible only when you are aware and conscious of what is happening. In deep sleep, you are not aware. In the samadhi states/ deepest spiritual practice, you are aware/ conscious of your merger with the Eternal.

When the individual soul enters the Kutasth and rests with the Parabrahma in deep sleep, it is like a a pot full of salt water with a tightly sealed mouth plunged into the Ganga. When it awakens from the deep sleep, the same pot is taken out of the river with the same salt-water in it. Similarly the individual soul is enveloped by its desires. It goes to rest and recover with the Eternal in the Kutasth. During this period it temporarily suspends all senses/ activities/ego etc. It comes out of the Kutasth again to get more experiences. It does not become identical with Eternal Reality. However the soul experiences deep happiness during Sushupti and rejuvenates.

(If you force someone to remain awake or not allow him to enter the deep sleep stage for a few days he will die as soul will not be able to rejuvenate  within the Kutasth.)

Another connected thing. Indians have a habit of having a bath first thing in the morning. If the kids delay having a bath, the elders will scold. Now observe your energy dynamics before, while and after bathing to know why bathing after waking up is essential. (I hope you can see your own aura by this time?) Well, when you are in deep sleep, the individual soul has sort of left the body and gone to the Kutasth. The movement of vital energy/pran is restricted to the upper chakras of the head. The rest of the body gets the bare minimum stand-by levels of pran. This Sushupti phase is like a ‘mini-death’. The Jivatma restarts the body as you wake up, but the naadis are still under the last night’s deep sleep effect so pran does not flow so smoothly in them. When you take a bath, i.e. put water on your body, your aura stops projecting out. Only when you dry your body, it flares around your body again. You feel a ‘warmth’ as you dry yourself, this is your aura enveloping you again. All this resets the energy of the body and ‘fixes’ the rejuvenation that your soul has experienced in last night’s deep sleep, so the entire body benefits.

The human soul is a very strange thing. It knows its Reality (continuously recites Soham) and rejuvenates itself within the Eternal every single night in deep sleep/ Sushupti. But it allows the desire to experience to pull it back to the body/Universe it has manifested. And yet tries to again go back to Itself during its waking state!

(For more reading, the Brahma Sutra.)

 

Soul in Sushupti the deep sleep

Rudraksh Again

I had written a bit on Rudraksh earlier. But there has been a request for more on the different faceted ones. There is a huge market for weirdly shaped higher faceted Rudrakshs which the dealers capitalise on. You might be swayed by your dealer into parting with large amounts of money for beads named, ‘Gauri-shankar’, ‘Ganesha’, ‘Saraswati’, ‘Laxmi’, ‘Trijuta’, etc. But remember the Shiva Puran and the shastra is the basic resource for information on Rudraksh not your dealer. So be very careful while buying this bead. You should buy a round, spherical Nepalese bead not the Indian/Indonesian beads as far as possible.

Rudraksh Again

According to Shiva Puran following beads should not be worn.

  1. Beads which have been damaged by worms and have visible holes where the worms have eaten them.
  2. Rudraksha beads have natural holes (Nepalese beads) through which the string is tied. This natural hole is irregular and not drilled smooth. Indian and Sri Lankan beads do not have holes and these are drilled artificially to give smooth holes.
  3. Roundness. Beads have to be spherical and smoothly round. Irregularly shaped beads are either not genuine or not good energy.
  4. Rudraksh of faces above fourteen are not mentioned in the shastras.
  5. Buy a bead which looks light for its size. So a light weighted large bead will be good or if you want to wear a small sized one it should be perfectly round in shape and size and the ridges on it should be pleasantly rounded not spiky.
  6. As far as I have seen Rudraksh is not a planetary remedy. (It is possible that some people have had other experiences with the Rudraksh as a remedy for planets, but I have not). So if your astrologer asks you to wear a 1-Mukhi bead for balancing your Sun, do take a second opinion and follow your conscience.

So how can you check out if the bead you have is genuine? It should be first of all round, spherical and pleasing to the eye. Indian beads are elongated. Indonesian beads are small and do not have prominent enough ridges.

  1. Break it open? The bead is a seed-case. The ridges on the outside/the facets correspond to the number of seed chambers inside. But do not destroy your bead, just X-ray it. The number of faces outside should be the same as the number of seed chambers inside it.
  2. Presence of a natural irregular hole is genuine. (not a drilled smooth perfect hole.)
  3. If you drop a rudraksh in water, it should sink vertically straight to the bottom.
  4. Avoid rudraksh on which dyes, vermillion etc has been applied, even if your dealer says it is a puja done to enhance the potency of the bead. More likely it is been done to hide the fake bead till you have paid for it.
  5. And finally for those who can see auras and feel the energy, a real Rudraksh has a silver-gold aura and if you hold it in your hand you can sense its force through your palm chakras.

Now for the question on the number of faces on the bead.

1-face. A rudraksha of a single face is Siva himself very potent and with powerful energies which will grant Moksha. It is a round bead. It is extremely rare and never seen in the commercial markets. ‘Kaju-dana’ (Cashew Shaped) is not an ek mukhi/1-faced bead, it is not even a Rudraksh.

2-faces. A rudraksha with two faces is the Isha form of Shiva. It is also called the Ardhnarishwar as it symbolises the union of 2 forces which results in Creation/manifestation. It will grant you all the desires you want. Is quite rare, recheck before buying.

3-faces. A Rudraksh with three faces is dedicated to Shiva in the form of Agni. It represents the illumination seen at the third eye/Agni. This helps in clearing chakras especially increases focus on the third eye. Is quite rare.

4-faces. A Rudraksh of four faces is Shiva is the form of the creator Brahma. It will help in completing the 4 aims of life Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha. This one is easily available in the market and is never faked.

5-faces. A Rudraksh with five faces is Shiva in the form of Kalagni-Rudra. It helps in balancing the 5 tattvas (Prithvi, Aap, Tej, Vayu and Akash). Is found in all sizes and very common. The smaller this one is the potent its energy.

6-faces. A Rudraksh with six faces represents the son of Shiv-Kartikeya. It is worn on the right arm or the right wrist. It adds to learning and wisdom of all types. This is also quite easily available.

7-faces. A Rudraksh with seven faces is called Ananga and is linked to prosperity. This bead is easily available.

8-faces. This bead is called Bhairva and is easily available. It helps overcome fears of every sort and allows you to do your sadhana with single minded concentration.

9-faces. This Rudraksha with nine faces is also called Bhairav but with a difference. This one is presided over by the 9 forms of Shakti Herself and worn on the left arm. This bead is easily available.

10-faces. This is also called as Janardana and helps removal of all sorts of obstacles, evil eye and negativity. This is also available in the market but should be verified before buying.

11-faces. This bead is the 11 forms of Rudra Himself. It allows control over the vital energy/pran flowing in your body. It is available but is often faked, so be careful while buying it.

12-faces. This bead is linked to the 12 Adityas and is worn on the head in the hair. It is simply brilliant and helps in sadhana. If used properly can accelerate your spiritual progress so that you are able to ‘see’ the Golden Sun in your third eye(Hiranyagarbha).

13-faces. This bead is called Vishvedev. It is often used by religious leaders. This bead in the market is often fake made by cutting more grooves in the lower faced beads.

14-faces. Is the highest energy of Shiva, Tripurari. This bead is worn on the head in the hair, is called the Devmani (jewel of illumination). This bead in the market is often fake, made by cutting more grooves in the lower faced beads.

Now a bit on how to wear. You can wear all the types of beads as a single bead pendant. (wearing the specific faced ones on the arm or head will be obviously better). Or you can make a jaap mala of 108 beads (plus one Sumeru bead) and use it to count your mantra jaap or wear it in your neck. You can also dip them in water, do your mantra jaap over the water and sprinkle the water over yourself and in your house.

Then the mantra to be used with the Rudraksh in your puja. This bead like any other is a tool for channelising energy. You need to do some puja daily if you want to derive the benefits of the bead.  For normal householders like you and me the best and easiest way is to recite, ‘Om namah Shivaya’ 108 times (will take 5 minutes of your time every day). Or if you have a bit more time recite the Mahamrutunjai Mantra, Om Tryambakam yajamahe, sungandhim pushtivardhanam, uruvarukmiva bandhanat, mryutor mukshiya maam amrutat. Om’ 108 times (will take 15 mins of your time everyday).

(There are beej mantras different for each type of bead. But beej mantras are to be treated with respect and not randomly used. Pronunciation is paramount in using beej mantras. And rudraksh is a very potent energy. If you wish to find out more they are mentioned in Shivapuran, Padmapuran, Skandapuran and Brahajjalopanishad. I will not give them out in a post.)

 

Rudraksh Again

The energy beauty of sounds

If you have been able to re-learn to see auras, you have now opened for yourself completely new dimensions. You can now ‘see’ sound, ‘see’ tastes, ‘see’ touch and ‘see’ smells, and ultimately you will be able to ‘see’ your own magnificent self too!

The energy beauty of sounds

So where is the real you? In this physical body the real you is located ‘behind’ your third eye in a location called the Kuthastha. This is the seat of yourself, the consciousness, also called the ‘hrudaya’. Now this is the place where all the pran/vital energy, that you pull in from the Universe is brought for allocating it for various activities. Here you decide how to use it best, during the awake phase you allocate it to the organs of sense and action of your robot/body and during the sleeping phase you allot it for rest and rejuvenation of the body and also for your Self. So the point is that the real you is the one who senses everything not your sense organs as such. These sense organs are powered by pran they recieve from the Kutastha. If you have become sufficiently conscious of your Kuthastha Purush/real you, you can just sense everything (taste, smell, hearing, touch and sight) from your third eye, you don’t need the senses of the robot/body.

So enough of theory, back to what this post is about, a look on how sounds ‘look’ like. A small example, you are in bed, the room is dark, you are half asleep and guy in the room above your’s drops a weight on his floor, in your half-asleep state you hear a thud with your ears, but you also see a burst of light in front of your eyes. You ‘see’ the thud! I am very sure this has happened to you at some time. Maybe you didn’t understand what happened but the next time this happens remember it! So here are some very familiar sounds and how they look like. You can practice ‘seeing’ sound by tying a blindfold on your physical eyes and trying to focus on the sound with your third eye. Try it sometime when you are especially relaxed and in nature, with minimum artificial sounds around you. These are tiny exercises which will help you become more aware of the real you. Here are a few examples of everyday sounds to pique your interest.

Thunder looks like a explosion , a sort of a sphere with spikes of energy projections often electric blue and of undescribable color. If you ‘see’ the sound of the wind through trees it looks like a network of glittery stuff undulating in regular curves and loops. Ocean is another beautiful sound, the waves are a series of parallel lines changing colors as they break on the sea-shore. The chirping of birds has typical loops and curving lines of different colors. The birdsongs which sounds sweet to your ears are beautiful, regular loops of light. And the harsh cawing of crows is seen as waves of jagged crests and dips. I once saw the tiger in the zoo roar, it was a terrible blast of energy, am sure its prey animals must be ‘seeing’ it too, thus freezing with fright.

The national anthem and similar music played by the police band for march-past is a powerful pulsing rhythm, very strongly undulating. It affects everyone’s astral bodies so much so that brings in powerful surges of strength. It is so stong and entraining that it stops the mind from independent thoughts. It is needed for soldiers I guess. Now to human speech, when someone speaks in anger the sounds is seen as a high red colored energy wave of sharp highs. An innocent laugh of a young child is seen as loops of softly colored luminous clouds.  Artificial laughter is almost always brown/grey, sharp waves of light, quite unpleasant. A genuine real laugh is rounded clouds of yellowish or bright light.

Then the barking of dogs (almost everywhere in Indian cities) creates highly distasteful bursts of projectiles of light which severely unsettle the astral body. A train screeching loudly is equivalent to a knife of dirty murky light cutting  into the astral body. Repeated exposure to such sounds will damage the astral body beyond its ability to repair itself. And a damaged astral body will result in an illness of the physical body soon. Repeated loud sharp noises are like blows of traumatic energy and irritate the astral body. This discordant energy affects the mind, tiring it and robbing it of its ability to think clearly.  If this continues, physical symptoms are not far behind. The continuous sounds of modern living are damaging us on levels which we cannot even comprehend. Especially for children with their highly sensitive astral and mental selves, such ceaseless noise can lead to a lifetime of problems.

So it is important to take a break from city life as frequently as possible by being in nature, by the sea-shores, in the mountains like the Himalayas, near rivers of high positive energy like the Ganga etc. But not all of us can do this very often, so it is important to fortify ourselves against this non-stop cacophony polluting our cities. You can do this by listening to classical music performed by a master who has immersed himself in the music (not amateur musicians). The quality of such music is divine, beyond beautiful. Amateur music is dull bursts of energy. Stringed instruments and wind instruments are the best sources of such light bright energies. Religious chants are also very good for the astral body’s health. Especially Mantras in Sanskrit are the best way to repair your astral self.

Listen to uplifting soothing music, it not only soothes your soul but repairs your astral, mental and physical bodies in the process.

We are surrounded by sound, everything even our thoughts create sound vibrations. Just maybe if we can cut past the discordances that we have created for ourselves we just might hear the sound of ourself, Om!

 

The energy beauty of sounds

How to do Dhyan

I have written about doing Dhyan as the first step towards self-realization or Moksh. I have put up a small 10min audio on youtube here. However it seems that I will have to write a proper post on it detailing the process. So here goes this technical jargon heavy post.

Dhyan is not ‘meditation’ , it manipulates the movement of pran/vital energy in your body, specifically it manipulates the pran and the apan.

There are 2 steps in Dhyan, first is more of a Pranayam phase and the second is the actual Dhyan. Dhyan is a Sanskrit word so has lots of meanings but at the simplest it means focus.

The physical requirements will be

  1. A silent dark room, no sound and no light, pitch dark. In modern cities it may not be possible, so manage the best you can with curtains and closing the windows etc. Do not use ear-plugs or eye masks. You should be alone in the room.
  2. Your asan, this is a four layered mat, have written about it in detail in this post. This asan is the foundation of all your spiritual practice and energy work. As the 4-layered mat may not be available at least use a wool blanket with a piece of silk. It should be about 3ft X 5ft in size. It should be set up facing the east or north east or north.

How to do Dhyan

Your preparation will be to get ready by going to the toilet, having a bath/washing hands, legs, face/sprinkling Ganga-jal on yourself as per what is available. Then wear loose fitting cotton clothes. Men should ideally wear a dhoti and women a sari, but it may be too much. So men can tie a cotton lungi around their waist and women can use a light coloured loose cotton nightie (but then don’t wear this for sleeping!). You should be barelegged, no socks/shoes. Do not eat a heavy meal for about 2hrs before Dhyan else your energies will be engaged in digestion and you will derive limited benefit. A small snack or tea is ok.

lungi.jpg  cotton nightie

  • Now sit on your Asan with all your body parts/dress tucked inside the mat.
  • Fold your legs in the Padmasan or Siddhasan (or if cannot do either then at least Ardhpadmasan). You need to perfect only one of these yogic postures. You are doing Sadhana/spiritual exercise not physical exercise.

 

How to do Dhyan Padmasan

ardh padmasana Ardhpadmasan

Siddhasana Siddhasan

  • Your hands should either be in the Gnyan mudra or the Bhairav Mudra.

 

How to do Dhyan Gnyan Mudra

 

bhairavi-mudra-7456.jpg Bhairav Mudra – right palm on left

  • Now first put your hands in Namaskar position and think of your Guru or favourite deity. Request help and guidance.

How to do Dhyan

  • Recite Om aloud, three or more times as you feel. The sound should come from your belly and resonate inside your body. Drag the ‘mmm’ part of Om.
  • Now stretch your body in the Mahamudra. First stretch out the right leg, fold the left leg inwards, with your left heel touching the joint of your legs and inhale. Bend down in the Mahamudra posture and count to 12. Straighten up and exhale. Then similarly stretch out your left leg, fold in your right leg and inhale, bend down and count to 12, straighten your back and exhale. Repeat this three times for each leg. Remember while doing the Mahamudra, your legs should not stretch outside the mat/asan. Thats why you need a 5ftX3ft asan.

How to do Dhyan

  • Now settle back in your chosen yogasan posture and set your hands in your chosen mudra.
  • (If you can do the Mool Bandh, start doing it now onwards, it is optional but if you can do it, it would help. I have written a detailed post on all the five Mudra/Bandha mentioned in this post, do read it)
  • Your neck should be very slightly lowered. (The young woman in the Padmansan posture above is doing it perfectly, try to copy her neck angle. This is called the Jalandhar Mudra. There are some sites/images where they show the neck literally drooping, that is incorrect.)
  • Deep breathe a few times, and relax. Remember when you breathe in and out your abdomen should also move not just your chest.
  • Now breathe in, focus your attention on your (greenish colored) Anahnata chakra/energy vertex in the center of your chest, and breathe out in a sharp exhale. This fixes your Dhyan posture in the energy sense.
  • (If you know how to do the Khechari mudra, start doing it now onwards. It is optional, but would help if you can do it.)
  • Now focus your complete attention on the Third eye chakra, Ajnya chakra, in the center of your eyebrows. You will now be focussing your entire concentration here, do not waver from this point.
  • Now breathe in and in your mind recite the sound ‘so’. Breathe out and in your mind recite the sound ‘hum’. This is one set of ‘so-hum‘. This set will be recited in your mind 108 times on 108 breaths.
  • (You can also mentally recite one single ‘Om’ as you breathe in and one single ‘Om’ as your breathe out.)
  • (Or you can mentally recite ‘ham’ as you breathe out and ‘sa’ as you breathe in.
  • (There are just these 3 options Soham, Om or Hamsa, as the Dhyan mantra. These are the safest, mildest and yet the most powerful.) (Do read these posts on Soham for details.)
  • To keep count of the mantra, you can use a Jaap-mala of Rudraksh. But better would be to learn to count on your fingers.

How to do Dhyan

  • This is how you count on your fingers. Refer to the diagram above. When you do your first ‘so-hum’ set, you will have your left thumb placed on the ‘1’ position and your right thumb placed on the “1-10′ position. When you do your second repetition, your left thumb will move to ‘2’, right thumb will remain steady on ‘1-10’. Thus you will count to 10. When you have to count to 11, your left thumb will touch ‘1’ again and your right thumb will move and touch ’11-20′. So you count the ‘units’ with your left thumb and the ‘tens’ with your right. So when you reach 100, your left thumb will be on ’10’ and the right thumb on ’90-100′. Now shift the right thumb to ‘gnyan mudra’ by touching it to ’70-80′ again. And continue counting 8 more ‘so-hum’ with your left thumb. You will complete 108 with the left thumb also coming into gnyan mudra at ‘8’. Thus you have counted 108 breaths – 108 ‘so-hum’ and your pranayam phase is complete. (Initially you might finish this phase in 20 mins, it will later extend and will keep on extending, till you will sit for hours!)
  • After the pranayam phase, you are supposed to do the Yoni mudra. (Do it only if you have been taught by a competent Guru). However just in brief to generate interest, first inhale then shut both your ears tight with both your thumbs tightly, place your little fingers below the lips, ring fingers above the lips, close both nostrils with your middle fingers tightly and press the index fingers to the point slightly above where the inner edge of your eyes meets the nose. You have inhaled and you are retaining breath. Start retaining breath for 12 counts to begin with. You might see darkness, colored clouds, burst of light at your third eye or whatever it is. Observe it maximum to the count of 20 no more. Take away your hands, keep them in their mudra position again, exhale and continue. (Yonimudra is to be done ONLY once a day, no more. If you sit for Dhyan 3 times a day do the Yonimudra only once not thrice. In my opinion, this is the most dangerous mudra in all of Yog, so be very very careful doing it)
  • After you finish the pranayam phase (and yonimudra if applicable), you will now continue sitting in this pose and attitude of ‘attentive relaxation’ (no other way to describe it!) for some time till you feel your body getting stiff. During this phase you will not recite any mantra in your mind or think of anything. Try to be blank as possible concentrating at your third eye.
  • Then you should perform the Mahamudra again, right leg stretched out first, stretching your back for 12 counts, then with the left leg stretched out. 3 sets.
  • After you finish the Mahamudra, again sit in relaxed attention for as long as you can. Do not recite any mantras in your mind and do not think of anything, focus on your third eye.
  • When you feel that it is time, you will open your eyes, think of your Guru/favourite deity, feel gratefulness and love for the Parabrahma (your own higher self) and slowly get up. (Release your Khecharimudra and Moolbandh if you have been doing them.)
  • Do not eat anything heavy for 30 mins at least after this and do not go to sleep for 30mins after this either.

This was just the bare-bones on how to actually do the Dhyan. There are several points here where you move the energy/pran in specific ways. I have described it a bit in the audio, may write on it in a later post.

This is based on one of the techniques given in the Vignyan Bhairav tantra, and have written more about some of the experiences during Dhyan in this post.

 

 

Magnified healing tweaked with Reiki

Reiki is a type of energy available from the Universe discovered by Mikao Usui in the last century. He linked the various aspects of this Reiki energy to different symbols. So when you get initiated into Reiki the teacher ‘puts’ these symbols into your sub-conscious. You then use these symbols to trigger their associated energies in your work. Reiki can be used for anything that requires a positive Intention and focus.

And even if you are not initiated to Reiki you can use the energy from the Universe. I have written about it in my earlier post here on trying to sense your Chakras. Reiki is rather a short-cut! Later there came up variants of Reiki, which add more symbols, like Karuna, Kundalini etc.

Magnified healing tweaked with Reiki

Today will write on ‘Magnified healing’, it is a registered energy process developed by Gisele King. There are all sorts of angels which are invoked and some summoning phrases, a mix of essential oils, and a tiny ritual which is required to be learnt by rote. She has classes and levels and payment structures (My brother has got himself initiated so I know about it). It is quite powerful but I get the same results using Reiki. You can ‘replace’ the energies of diseased organs of the body with the energies of fully functional normal organs using Reiki like Magnified healing. I once changed the energies of my mother-in-law’s food pipe (it was seriously damaged and she was ready to die!). This is how you do it.

  • Always remember your energy work will be more effective if you are Grateful. There should be some energy which inspires your faith, your favourite deity/the universe/your higher self/your Guru/reiki/anything. There should be something that you know Loves you and you take comfort in and are grateful to. This Gratefulness is the source of all your energy. (You can set up a small altar too, if there is image/moorthi/geometry that inspires your faith. You can also keep your energy tools on your altar).
  • There should be preferably a place which you call your own, actually your Asan. At its simplest, it is a piece of 1mX1m pure silk piece on which you will sit. It helps insulate you and all the energies you invoke will be directed into your work not grounded to the earth. No one else should put their feet on this silk, so store it carefully after you are done. Sit facing north or east as always. (If you cannot sit cross legged then sit on a stool, put a piece of silk on your stool and a piece of silk under your feet. You should be preferably insulated from the earth., If you don’t have silk, use pure wool.)
  • Keep a glass bowl of sea-salt or 1 lemon in a glass bowl in front of you.
  • I have found Tuesday and Saturday twilights good for these things, but of course everyone can have their own preferences.
  • Now close your eyes, focus on your third eye, breathe deeply and relax. Say ‘Om’ a few times, drag out the last ‘mmm’ part. Breathe some more, remember your abdomen should move in and out with your breathing not just your chest.
  • Fold your hands in the namaskar position, feel the energy of your palm chakras. If you know Reiki draw all the symbols you have been taught on your both palms first. (Drawing the symbols, means using the index and middle fingers of the right hand and draw the symbol with these 2 fingers on your left hand and vice versa).
  • When your palms get whirring/warm/hot/surging with energy, intend that you will be now removing the abnormal energy of the diseased organ, eg the food-pipe, and replacing it with the correct normal energy of that body part.
  • Request the Universe to help you and provide you the proper energy of that body part. Visualise that part, eg the new food-pipe, floating in front of you, filled with gold/silver energy. Feel its positive healthy energies.
  • Now, with your both hands visualise the sick body part and remove its energy, it will look/feel, red/black/grey/slimy/sticky/greasy/bad. Firmly grab it with your charged palms and pull it out, release this unhealthy energy immediately into the sea-salt bowl or the lemon in front of you.
  • Then pick up the floating new energy and set it into place in your body. Cup both your palms over it and charge it with energy for a few minutes. Visualise gold/silver energy from the Universe settling over it and it joining it to your body’s energy. Draw reiki symbols over this new part also.
  • Finish by visualising a pearl like silver/gold shield of energy all around you. Visualise this shield to be connected to the source of the Universal energy continuously and adding a layer of healing around you throughout the day. Relax for a few minutes and open your eyes.
  • When you finish, dispose the sea-salt carefully without touching it, wash it down the drain. If using a lemon, cut it carefully on a paper. Do not touch it or spread the juice everywhere. Dispose it carefully in a trash can outside your house. You can wash the knife and bowl carefully, no need to throw them too!

Now this new energy is a part of your astral body so will take a maximum 6 months for it to manifest in the physical body. So to make the healing faster you can do basic healing over this part for 5 minutes every day. You simply rub your palms a few times, draw reiki symbols on them and then cup them over the body part. Draw the reiki symbols on the part too. You can if you want make a healing crystal grid and leave it undisturbed for a few days to help the new energy heal.

This energy replacement will work 100% depending on the strength of your intention and the visualisation. I know because it has worked for me and my MIL and my MIL was a couple of thousand kilometres away from me.

Energy work is all about Intention! Not fancy invocations and and complicated rituals, though they might help sometimes. So power your intention by doing some spiritual practice for at least 5mins everyday. When your conscious mind stops thinking your sub-conscious becomes active and you get connected to the energies of the Universe. Energy work is a complete life-style where you try to increase the vibrational level of everything around you, your food, the water you drink, the thoughts you think, the words you speak, everything you do!

 

Magnified healing tweaked with Reiki