Wake Up World’s articles about meditation, yoga, earthing/grounding and other practices for spiritual well-being.

Grounding: The Gift of Being in Your Body

21st July 2016

By Susan Hassen

Guest writer for Wake Up World

“Be here now.” We see this phrase everywhere, but are we actually embodying it? Are we consciously present and in our experience here on Earth? Often, the most simple of phrases hold the biggest treasures. Now more than ever, we need to be here now. We are in the midst of a global ascension and are experiencing a multitude of energetic shifts both off and on our planet. Being anchored into the Earth allows you to go with the flow of these new planetary changes while remaining safe and secure in your body.

As an energy practitioner, I’ve observed that the one thing every client of mine has in common is that they are not grounded into the Earth and fully occupying their bodies.

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Modern Science Confirms Yoga’s Many Health Benefits

23rd June 2016

By Sayer Ji

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

Modern science now confirms why humans have been practicing yoga since the beginning of recorded history: it is good both for the body and mind.

There is evidence in the archeological record that yoga has been practiced by humans for at least 5,000 years. Whereas this would constitute sufficient evidence for most folks to consider it a practice with real health benefits, as its millions of practitioners widely claim, skeptics say otherwise. They require any activity deemed to be of therapeutic value run the gauntlet of randomized, controlled clinical trials before it is fully accepted within the conventional medical system.

This tendency towards scientism in medicine, or what some call medical monotheism, runs diametrically opposed to the standards of lived-experience – so called “subjectivity” – or anecdotal experience (learning from the experience of others) which is what the majority of the world uses to determine if something has value, or is worth doing or not.

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The Art of Dream Meditation

13th June 2016

By Steafan Fox

Guest writer for Wake Up World

I use Meditation like an exercise routine where the muscle I am trying to develop is my focus. I sit down cross legged and hold my focus onto one thing, repeatedly lifting it back to my goal every time I slip into distraction. I am like a bodybuilder doing biceps curls.

I practice this way because it’s said that a powerful focus is the only thing you need to evolve the mind. I am fascinated by this idea, and I am not the first. Many people throughout history have searched for ways to evolve the mind. The practitioners of activities like education, drug taking, yoga, puzzles, and philosophy all hope on some level that these activities will work.

In this article we are going to look at a meditation technique called Active Imagination that uses dreams and focused meditation to evolve the mind, and we are going to look at the psychologist who pioneered it — Carl Jung.

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The Value of Breathing Consciously

10th June 2016

By Fiona Reilly

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

Every minute of every day we breathe, what a joy to feel our breath, to feel our aliveness and vitality. It is the manna or life source that enables us to exist and is essential for our survival.

Conscious breathing is said to be one of the best antidotes to stress, anxiety and depression. For many years I have given much consideration to the food and drink that I consume, yet paid little attention to my breath. We can survive for days without food and even water, though only minutes without oxygen. Our breath is vital to our physical existence, the oxygen we inhale helps to build our very cells. It is a process that continually happens often without our conscious awareness.

Healing Benefits of Conscious Breathing

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You Know the Benefits of Meditation – But What Are the Pitfalls?

By Dr. Itai Ivtzan

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

A few years ago, after I discussed the great benefits of meditation in one of my workshops, a student said to me: “Well, what you’re actually saying here is that meditation is great, and does not have any dangers or side effects.”

That comment made me realise how easy it is to highlight the bright side of meditation while disregarding its potential dark side. Psychological research, as well as our personal experience, has shown how valuable meditation is: it reduces our stress, deepens our meaning in life, eases our pain, and makes it easier for us to sleep. Continue Reading – You Know the Benefits of Meditation – But What Are the Pitfalls?

Healing With Color: Enhance Your Well-Being With Color Therapy

By Paul Lenda

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

Colors… an integral aspect of reality as air and water. A colorless existence is a seemingly-incomprehensible one, minus perhaps what has been described as ‘the Void’ by sages and mystics.

Thanks to the ability for humans to see the visible light spectrum, reality itself seems surreal at times. Even though we see only a narrow band of the full color spectrum, the vast array of colors that exist within the domain of human experience gives life it’s wonderment.

It’s incredible to think not every living thing sees reality in the same way. There are species that only see ultraviolet light whereas others such as snakes and scorpions see infrared light. The ultra-exotic mantis shrimp has 16 color-receptive cones compared with the 4 that humans have, giving way to a much more dramatic and surreal experience of the world.

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Shifting the Brainwave State: 6 Powerful Practices to Expand Your Consciousness and Harmonize Your Brain

By Justin Faerman

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

The brain and consciousness are inextricably linked, meaning that shifts in one of these aspects of the self produce corresponding shifts in the other. This is in large part because consciousness is not restricted to existing only in physical form and is in fact a non-local field of energy [1,2,3,4,5]. This means that the brain is simply an organ which interfaces the mind with the physical reality.

To draw an analogy, it is a translator of physical sensation and other experiential phenomenon from the body to the mind and from mind to the body. The brain allows the mind to control and move through the body, but the mind exists as an energetic field independently of the brain, which is why scientists have never been able to pinpoint consciousness to any specific part of the brain or to the brain itself — because it does not arise from the brain. Metaphorically speaking, the brain is simply a tool that the non-local mind uses to interface with and experience physical reality.

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Research Shows Just 7 Minutes of Meditation Can Reduce Racial Prejudice

By Christina Lavers

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

“Hatred cannot coexist with loving-kindness, and dissipates if supplanted with thoughts based on loving-kindness.” ~ from the Dhammapada (Buddhist scripture)

Science has just confirmed the Buddha’s teachings in a recent study published in the online journal ‘Motivation and Emotion’. The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Sussex (UK) was designed to measure the effects of practicing a Buddhist meditation called Loving-Kindness-Meditation (LKM) for seven minutes, on levels of racial prejudice.

Lead researcher Alexander Stell, a Doctoral student in Psychology, said: “We wanted to see whether doing LKM towards a member of another ethnic group would reduce the automatic preference people tend to show for their own ethnic group.” The meditation used in the study, seven minutes of love and kindness, is a Buddhist one that aims to promote feelings of empathy and compassion.

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The Great Work: Healing the World with Collective Meditation

By Roger Taylor BSc, BVSc, PhD

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

Collective meditation does have effects in the ‘real world’.

We are living now in the age of Kali Yuga. According to Indo-Tibetan mythology, this is a time when iron birds fly in the air, and the life of the spirit falls to its nadir. The evidence for this can be seen all around us: terrorism, alienation, crime, drugs, degradation of the environment. It is not hard to see how the age of Kali Yuga has arisen necessarily along with the rise of the predominant materialist world-view. This view, of the world being made up of particles, which we envisage as material, could in principle be overturned if we would really take on the implications of quantum theory, which sees the world as made up of insubstantial inter-penetrating waves.

It is now often stated that the basic tenets of quantum theory have never come under serious question. Thus we must accept one of these: that, at some level, faster than-light, or non-local connections can exist. Further, there is much recent evidence that this can be true not only for the particles studied by physicists but for human minds. Further to the thousands of anecdotes of telepathy there are now two very convincing lines of objective evidence. The first concerns brain waves: at least three groups of scientists have shown first (and as expected) there is usually a degree of synchrony between the two halves of a single person’s brain. But what is new and exciting is the finding of synchrony between separate individuals. This occurs principally where there is a close relationship, as with lovers, or mother and child — e.g. [1][2].

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Meditation for Inner and Outer Peace

20th November 2015

By Open

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

In the wake of the saddening loss of life in Europe recently, I feel the most appropriate Openhand response is to encourage quiet internal reflection.

The world is undergoing energetic realignment, which will always undermine the security of those who try to control our world. Ultimately control and terrorism break down, because the driving force of the universe is toward ever higher vibrations of harmony and love. Therefore the best response to such calamity is to unravel our own internal reactions, recognise the bigger picture of light emerging through the darkness, then harness and radiate vibrations of increasingly aligned flow out into the world.

With that in mind, I share this short Tibetan Meditation with you.

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3 Powerful Practices for Experiencing States of Ecstasy and Bliss

By Justin Faerman

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

“Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion.” – Rumi

How often do you experience states of ecstasy and bliss? If I had to guess, I’d probably say far less than you’d like. For most people it’s a fleeting experience that they are lucky to taste a handful of times over the course of their entire lives. And yet states of ecstasy and bliss are remarkably easy to experience, even permanently if you’re really dedicated to doing what’s necessary to remove everything that’s blocking you from experiencing them.

And I want you to focus in on the words ‘blocking you’ in that last sentence because they’re important and hold the keys to experiencing lasting states of ecstasy and bliss in your life. You see, the truth is that we’ve simply lost touch with these exalted emotional states, which are, in fact, our essence. Most people cannot remember their earliest years and so they forget the incredible wonder, joy, ecstasy and bliss we regularly experience as young children, in those moments as close as most will ever be to their truest essence—an authentic and free expression of themselves and the unconditional love at their core.

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Sound Healing: The Power of Sound (Binaural Beats Meditation Included!)

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In the beginning was the word and the word was God. The Hebrew translation for word can also been interpreted as sound. There are ancient mystics and sages who believe that the sound Aum or Om is the sound of creation. So, if the word of God was a sound, could that be the reason for this material creation?

Back in the 1960’s Swiss scientist Dr. Hans Jenny researched the Cymatic frequencies and how they influence physical form. His exploration of the effects of Cymatic frequencies on matter came up with some breathtaking results, and I have included the links at the end of this article. As Cymatics shows us, sound creates form and really does affect our physical condition in many ways. Sound also has the power to heal, and this is what I aim to explore with this article.

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