Balancing Your Body, Mind, and Spirit.

Write about your most comfortable mode of expression (body, mind, or spirit). Describe the way you make decisions, organize your life, engage in your favorite activities. Body: Are you instinctual, « grounded, » movement- and stimulationoriented; do you like concrete results? Mind: Are you skilled with verbal expression, good at analyzing, organizing, measuring, and conceptualizing? Spirit: Are you inspired, a visionary, often « not of this world »? Write about your least comfortable (or missing) mode of expression. What do you avoid and why? Body: Do you avoid completing things? Are you afraid commitments or possessions might tie you down? Do you dislike details? Mind: Would you rather hoe the garden or ride your bike than read and philosophize? Do you avoid planning things? Do you feel uncomfortable with people who talk too much and « analyze everything to death »? Are you unconcerned with the reasons for your actions? Spirit: Do you avoid stopping your work and activities and have a hard time letting go and just being? Are you unsure of your purpose? Do you feel that originality and inspiration are lacking in the things you do? Is form more important than content? From seeing which aspects of yourself are most natural and most avoided, which aspects need more development to balance out your nature? (Hint: If you’re uncomfortable with your body, you might do something physical using a familiar mode. For example, do something physical in a mental way, such as exercising and measuring your heart rate, building something, or doing yoga postures, or do something physical in a spiritual way, such as free-form dance, tai chi, or hands-on healing. Use the aspects you know to bridge yourself into the underused one or ones. Write about how you could balance yourself.) To unify the three aspects of your consciousness, you must first merge your mind and body. The mind must come into the here and now and be alert. If you bring your point of awareness inside your physical body and give total attention to your body’s reality, the mind and body will become integrated and you won’t be able to distinguish them. When mind and body become one, you’ll experience a surprising and magical result: spirit, the third aspect of self, instantly reveals itself as having been present all along, throughout mind and throughout every atom and cell of matter. So when you merge mind and body, spirit floods through both. One of the simplest methods for attaining body-mind-spirit unification is a threestep meditation. In step one, you bring your wandering attention inside your body and place it in its natural « home, » the geometric center of your brain. This brings your conscious mind into your body. In the second step, you drop your awareness farther down into your body and establish a conscious link with the earth, integrating the basic life force energy that funds your physical existence. In the third step, you activate your heart, which is the true seat of the soul in the body. As you expand into the world with the soul’s awareness, you’ll perceive everything from that high, yet neutral, frequency. I recommend that you use this technique as preparation for any intuitive work. Once you complete the three steps of the meditation, you can continue to meditate quietly.

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Centering: Sit in a chair with your feet on the floor and your palms resting facedown on your thighs. This creates a closed circuit of energy flow within your body. Adjust your posture so your head is level and so you feel evenly balanced between the left and right sides of your body. Close your eyes, breathe evenly, and bring your attention inside your skin. Draw the energy from above your head into the geometric center of your head, and imagine a point in the middle of your brain between the pituitary and pineal glands. At that imaginary spot, let a pinprick of light break through. Through that white hole, allow the pure diamond light of your soul to emerge and form a tiny crystal ball. Go into that spot and stay there. Imagine the glossy light radiating through your brain in all directions, clearing away old thoughts of fear, doubt, and confusion. Grounding: Shift your attention now to the base of your spine, and imagine a spot just in front of your tailbone. At that imaginary spot, let a second pinprick of light break through. Through that white hole, allow the pure diamond light of your soul to emerge and form a tiny crystal ball. Feel the vibration, or tingling, which begins in that root energy center. Let the vibration spread in all directions, filling the bottom of your pelvis with a pool of clear light. Imagine that the liquid light becomes « heavy » and starts to drop straight down from the bottom of your spine into the earth below you. Watch it melting through the ground, magnetizing toward the center of the earth, and forming a thick column of shimmering clear light. When the light from the base of your spine merges into the clear light in the center of the earth, you may feel magnetized downward or heavy in your chair, as if it would be difficult to even stand up. As soon as the downward connection to the center of the earth is established, an equal flow of energy starts to rise up the column from the earth’s core into your body. As you visualize this, relax the bottom of your feet, see them opening, and feel the energy entering your feet and flowing through your ankles, calves, knees, thighs, and hips. As it rises, you may feel tingling or heat. Let the earth energy and knowledge pour into the pool at the base of your spine. Expansion: Now bring your attention into your chest, to the heart center. At that spot, let a third pinprick of light break through. Through that white hole, allow the diamond light of your soul to emerge and form a tiny crystal ball. Feel the vibration which begins in that heart energy center. Let the tingling spread in all directions, taking the clarity and compassion of your soul everywhere throughout and beyond your body. As the clear light radiates through you, let it dissolve any darkness, tension, or contractions that might be in your tissues and cells. As the light expands incrementally beyond your skin, include your environment inside the ball of your awareness. Let things around you become familiar and personal. You might say to yourself, « The chair is in me, I am in the chair; the house is in me, I am in the house; the tree is in me, I am in the tree; the city is in me, I am in the city.... » Feel the super conscious Presence in everything and look for the light within all matter. BE INTUITIVE TODAY! Get impressions about physical places and spaces. Keep your journal with you so you can jot down notes. Let your body feel relaxed and open as you enter new environments today. Maybe you’ll ride in someone else’s car or on a bus or train. Maybe you’ll go into your garage or out on your porch, or to the market, bank, your colleague’s office, or a new restaurant for dinner. In each new

environment ask yourself: « What do I know about this place? What kind of thoughts are filling this room? What kind of consciousness does this place naturally facilitate? What happened here before I arrived? Does this space need to be cleaned out energetically? Do I feel safe here? And why? »

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