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Enlightenment By Design Discover The Real You

What is enlightenment? How does one design a path by which he or she can achieve enlightenment?

Enlightenment is a vague concept, and that might be part of its power. Debates often rage on the subject when it is actually just a misunderstanding of terminology between the different traditions.

To paint a clear picture of what you are seeking, you have to ask yourself “What is it that I want to be able to do that I can’t do right now?” You might also ask “What is the difference between enlightened and non-enlightened?” The answers to these questions will give you the first steps to take on your journey.

Another important understanding to take with you on your path is the nature of perception. The ancient Hindus referred to the world as ‘maya’, the Sanskrit word for illusion. What we call ‘the real world’ is a phantasm here to distract people from the true inner journey.

Ultimately we all live inside our own heads (and/or bodies). All our perceptions, thoughts, beliefs, etc. are filtered through our senses. In this case, our senses include the five classic senses (feeling, tasting, smelling, hearing, seeing), as well as internal images and internal sounds (the thinking mind). Once we start to make assumptions and beliefs about the world, they tend to affect (distort) all of our senses. Once we are ‘certain’ about something, once we ‘truly believe’, our perception of any future information that we receive will be filtered through that belief. Beliefs are self-confirming! The more we believe something, the more the world around us appears to confirm that belief for us.

An example of this comes in relationships. If we get the notion that our significant other is cheating, then everything they do seems to make it more certain that they are cheating. When they go to the gym or to spend some time with their friends, even if it’s their usual routine, we suddenly assume that they must be going to see their other lover. When we speak to them, they seem suspicious. In actuality, they are likely just carrying out their day-to-day routine, and they might be acting ‘odd’ because we are looking at them in such an accusing manner. For us, however, all of this only confirms the ‘fact’ that they are cheating.

How do we ‘undo’ the driven nature of our perceptions? We have to turn our perceptions back on themselves. We have to bring our sensory experience into sharp focus during meditation, and then begin to bring that heightened focus into our day-to-day life. Direct you mindful meditation to a single sense ‘channel’ (feeling, seeing, hearing, etc.), and just accept whatever arises. If any judgments or assumptions come to mind, acknowledge them, and let them go.

The second method to alleviate this momentum of belief is to fully accept the possibility that ‘I don’t know’. This doesn’t mean you can’t learn. It is important to develop working theories. Just keep in your mind that there is always a better theory, a deeper understanding, and many entirely different methods of viewing the same occurrence.

When you can deeply accept that all you can ‘know’ is the sensory data that exists within your own nervous system, and begin to pay closer attention to it, you are well on your way to designing your own path to enlightenment!

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Using the Internet for Stress Management Anxiety Meditation Hypnosis Relaxation Sleep

Since 1997, Herbert Benson, of the Harvard Medical School, has reaffirmed that “Sixty to ninety percent of [doctor-patient] visits are prompted by conditions related to stress.” Especially in today’s world, stress management is truly vital to emotional, relational, and overall physical health. As a psychologist, I understand that most tend to consider meditative exercises as too difficult to learn; and too time consuming to practice.

Although activities like watching television and listening to music can be relaxing, they do not elicit the relaxation response that is most beneficial for managing stress. In order to de-stress, people need to do something that sounds contradictory, namely engage in activity that is not passive. The Surgeon General recommends physical activity for stress management. One can also manage stress by engaging in self-meditations.

I have had much personal and professional success from my use of audio meditations, many of which can be downloaded off the Internet for free. I recommend a search for “free hypnosis downloads,” “free progressive muscle relaxation,” “mindfulness,” and “free light and sound machine.”

Most people are familar with the availability of self-hypnosis. These hypnotic programs are guided exercises in deep meditation.

Progressive muscle relaxation is a systematic method of tensing and relaxing most of the major muscles of the body. When a muscle is tensed beyond its current level of tension and released, it rebounds to a more relaxed state. This phenomenon helps to create penetrating relaxation, throughout the entire body, within 15 minutes.

A Light and Sound Machine is a relatively new technology that assists its users in achieving near effortless levels of deep meditative states. Relying upon a process known as brainwave synchronization or entrainment, a Light and Sound Machine (or Mind Machine) purportedly uses light and/or sound to alter the brainwave frequency of the user, resulting in altered states of awareness that have been compared to those obtained from transcendental meditation.

Similar to the effect of watching the flicking flame of a fireplace, but more pronounced, the specifically timed flicking pattern of a Light and Sound Machine will surprisingly help to induce its effect, within just a few minutes. Despite their beneficial use, most people also consider Light and Sound Machines to be too expensive. Nonetheless, you can sample the positive effects of these devices, by conducting the aforementioned Internet search. The available freeware actually creates a “virtual” Light and Sound Machine, via your computer monitor.

I also recommend complementing the effect of Light and Sound Machines with soft music or one of the free audio hypnotic downloads that can be found online, as previously discussed above.

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Hypnotherapy Home Study Course To Stop Smoking

Lots of individuals are dealing with the problem on how to stop smoking. This is one of the hard tasks to do and in some cases it takes a little more will power than what some have inside them. However, with a little help, you can make use of hypnosis stop smoking to end your problem with this addicting habit.

Hypnosis stop smoking program is a healthy way to end this bad habit so that you can live a happy and healthy lifestyle. There is just no substantial reason to go on with this problem on your hands. When you have the right help, you can put the cigarettes on trash so that you are able to end a habit that is controlling your life. There is no need to deal with this problem by yourself. You do not have to take on the pressure it brings by yourself. You need to have help to get you through the tough spots of quitting smoking.

Self hypnosis is something you can do to help yourself to escape from the ruining effects of smoking. However, you need to have enough information on what are the things that you need to do in doing this. There are many available hypnosis resources inbookstores in your locality. The Internet also provides revelant information about hypnotherapy home study course.

And, if you want to have a help from others, hypnosis stop smoking is something that you can do with the help of a professional. There are lots of hypnotists that are around to help individuals end their smoking habits. They are very good at what they do and in some cases; they will almost instantly help you in quitting the habit that you want to get rid of so badly. You can find these hypnotists in most places. Some of them have seminars on hypnosis to stop smoking. They will hold these seminars to show individuals what they are capable of doing for them.

If you are trying to stop smoking, you may want to check out these great hypnotists seminars and you may find the help that you need for your problem. You can hear and learn about how they will help you kick the habit and get back on the right track. By joining such seminars, you may realize that you can live a happy life with less stress when you decide to take hypnosis to stop smoking challenge that is offered for you.

Usually the fee is small for the stop smoking hypnosis service. Sometimes the fee is returned if you are not satisfied with the results. If you do not stop smoking as a result of the hypnosis, these hypnotists will refund a full or partial payment.

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Real Meditation The Nature of Liberation

I teach a variety of different skill-sets from a variety of traditions. The goal of the whole thing, however, is liberation… freedom. Currently, most of the people in the world are slaves to their programming… neurological slaves. Whatever patterns are in their nervous system, are basically who they are. Most of us have no idea what patterns we are living out. There are methods of changing this.

Some call it creating ‘space’. Some call it discovering the ‘true self’. Some refer to it as ‘liberation’. I prefer to look at it as ‘becoming free’. Becoming free is essentially retraining your nervous system for the unlimited choices of action and experience that are our rarely realized birthright.

There are three basic skills you have to understand and develop in order to truly develop freedom. There are tons of techniques and variations, and there are many other things that can be added in for quicker results. The core of freedom, however, comes from awareness, acceptance, and de-hypnosis.

Awareness is the most commonly taught skill of meditation. It is also called focus, alertness, or mindfulness. It is essentially paying close attention. With the practice of awareness, we gradually become more perceptive on a holistic level, and we also develop the ability to be much more alert to subtle variations in minor details.

There are thousands of techniques to develop your awareness, but the easiest tends to be focus on the sensations in the body. You can pick just one (feelings associated with breathing, the movement of your spine, the smile on your face, your feet touching the ground, etc.), or you can pay attention to all sensations that arise anywhere in your body. Note the particular sensation (warmth, relaxation, tension, pain, etc.), the shape, and any movement that might occur.

The second skill of freedom is acceptance. Acceptance is also known as non-judgment and non-interference. Acceptance is overcoming the need to force your experience of the world to be a certain way.

To begin developing your acceptance, think of someone or something you don’t like; you can even use a concept that you don’t care for. When you think of the disliked thing, notice the sensations that arise in your body. Tension is the most common. If possible, notice the internal images and internal talk as well. Whatever arises, simply allow it to be. There is no need to fight it or resist it. You may choose to redirect it, but you have to fully experience and understand it in order to do this.

Once you begin to develop your acceptance, you can add it in to the practice of awareness. When you are noting your body sensations in day-to-day life, you can just allow them to be: accept them! Eventually your perception and your experience will start to flow.

The final skill is de-hypnosis. De-hypnosis is nothing more than the awareness and acceptance that we are hypnotized, and the desire to examine that programming in order to discard what doesn’t serve us. De-hypnosis is a very involved and potentially complicated process, and it can’t be fully explained here. The best way to start, however, is to consider a philosophy or belief to which you are ardently opposed, and pretend for a while that you believe it. Use your skills of awareness and acceptance with whatever thoughts or feelings that come up.

For your next step on the path of de-hypnosis, you can take some daily task you perform (your job is a good example), and consider all the possibilities that could occur if you didn’t do it. What opportunities would end? What opportunities would open? If it all seems too obvious, then use your awareness to look a little deeper.

Achieving true freedom is a real challenge. But for those who are prepared to meet the challenge, it is incredibly rewarding. The skills of awareness, acceptance, and de-hypnosis will guide you on your path!

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Real Yoga Voyage Into The Self

Yoga has become an interesting fitness trend in America. Incidentally, Yoga can be an excellent way to get in shape, lose weight, etc. If this is all you do with Yoga, though, you are missing quite a bit.

Yoga is another method of contacting and expressing the self through the body. If you pay attention, going through these exercises will give you a chance to become more familiar with your body. When you learn to maintain a state of deep focus (through Yoga or any other exercise), you will begin to gain deeper and deeper insights. Properly focused Yoga practice will not only make your body more limber, it will also create greater flexibility of perception. Increasing flexibility of perception is how we start to open the doors to true freedom!

So how do we use our focus to deepen our Yoga practice? There are a variety of methods, but I will give you three to start with. To have a deeper experience while practicing Yoga, you can focus on the muscles being stretched, the breath, or the feet.

Focusing on the muscles being stretched is very powerful. As you relax into the posture, you can smile into these muscles, and deepen the stretch. Sometimes (particularly for beginners) focusing on the active muscles seems to amplify discomfort. If this is the case, then you can loosen your focus to the general area of the stretch, or choose one of the other objects of focus.

Focusing on the breath is a classic meditation as well as an excellent method of deepening your practice of Yoga. Breath-work in Yoga is typically referred to as Pranayama. If you are doing a Yoga workout, switching asanas (positions) to work up a sweat, the best thing to do is mindful diaphragmatic breathing. Breathe deep into the belly and pay attention to the sensations that arise in conjunction with the breath. If you are holding a single asana for an extended period of time, you can use the same breathing method, or you can play with the breath of fire. The breath of fire is rapid diaphragmatic breathing; see if you can use your abdominal muscles to draw in a deep (not long) breath and exhale the breath quickly. Start slowly with the breath of fire, and add speed as you grow more comfortable.

The final point of focus that we will cover for Yoga practice is the feet. Focusing on the feet has a very grounding effect; it reminds you of your connection to the Earth. If any of the other methods are too uncomfortable, or if you find yourself getting distracted, you can always bring your focus back to your feet. Pay attention to your feet, and how you connect with the Earth as you transition through asanas.

Regardless of which point of focus you choose, you will gradually develop more and more mindfulness. This can transform your experience of Yoga. One of the many benefits of having an active meditation (Yoga, a martial art, walking meditation, etc.), is how easy it is to bring it into the rest of your life. Still meditation (sitting or standing) is also very useful, but the state of insight gained there is a bit more difficult to carry into your day-to-day routine.

Yoga is a powerful method for health and growth. As you develop your focus and insight in your Yoga practice, you will be able to enjoy more insight and awareness in every moment of every day!

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