As we grow up, society conditions us to experience the world through the lenses of a belief system that is economically most beneficial. A downside of this is that we close our hearts and minds to possibilities that most certainly can become reality, but are stopped because it doesn’t fit in the current system of belief. Those that have added the most value to society, however, are those people that kept their heart and mind wide open. Having an open heart and mind doesn’t only benefit others. In the end, it benefits yourself first and foremost.
In this guided meditation you get the chance to do a technique for opening your awareness more to possibilities that you might not have noticed in your life before. This way you create more ways to enhance your life.
Narrator: Seb Author: Seb (Sebastiaan van der Velden)
We couldn’t have found a more magical and interesting venue for the upcoming course in Transformational Meditation in Salt Lake City. Oh yes! The wonderful people from Crone’s Hollow are opening the doors for us to make this two-day workshop an absolute blast! Many link meditation to Asian traditions, but did you know that many in the pagan community, that Crone’s Hollow serves, use meditation as well? And that elements from transformational meditation, like visualization and setting and holding an intention are common in Witchcraft, Paganism and Magic?
Those that know me well, know I bridge the latest in modern science with ancient spiritual practices to give you a broader understanding of and use for meditation as a tool for personal transformation and manifestation. The 20th and 21st of April you can experience first hand what it is like to be in full control over yourself and your life, how you can heal yourself, manifest your dreams, grow your intuition and use intention to help yourself and others. Transformational Meditation is backed by science and many techniques we teach are used every day at schools, hospitals, prisons, police forces, by firefighters and more. They are also used by athletes, performers and many others that have to perform at their best under stressful situations.
So if you practice Paganism, Witchcraft and Magic and want to explain your practice to your friends and family who do not fully understand you yet, this workshop is something for you. And for those that are keen on learning a modern form of meditation that goes further than relaxation alone, this workshop and course are perfect for you and you might even leave the workshop with some of the products above in the picture that you can surely find at Crone’s Hollow and make your own private meditation space at home.
We have had some technical issues the last months recording Seb’s sessions in Second Life, but now we are back. This is a recording of the guided meditation Seb did the 6th of December after talking about how our conformistic filter shapes our reality. It is a live voice lead guided meditation. Since it was recorded live Seb’s voice might sound a little dull due to the microphone he had to use.
I think many who have meditated for some time recognize themselves in Rudolf Steiner’s description. It is liberating to know that you are more than a human being. At least more than a human being as defined in the dictionary. The knowing this gives expels fear, insecurity and many other emotions that can slow you down in finding your path in life. You know your truth. You know it’s the way you stand in life that determines where your path is going.
A big part of my life I stood up every Monday morning reluctant to go to school and reluctant to go to work. Again a week full of challenges and too many chores. As a thank you, I always received a good portion of challenges from the universe and plenty of things to do.
It was Dr Wayne Dyer who made me try something else. Now I get up every morning and the first thing I do is say thank you for a new day with many new opportunities and I open up for the positive a day can give me. I have to be honest, this is not always easy. But one thing I know now for sure. What you say thanks for in the morning comes to you during the day. So try to thank for all the good the day is going to give you tomorrow when you get up. Let me know in the comments how it went.
Seb has been invited to use the social interactive platform called SecondLife for doing a weekly meditation session for one of the virtual health clinics there. We will record these sessions in audio and edit them for the visitor’s privacy reasons before sharing them with you here online on our website.
The first session was a quick and dirty introduction to meditation followed by a 20 minute session with guidance and music.
Next week Seb will focus on heart-brain coherence so stay tuned and enjoy this first session.
Sometimes people who come to my meditation gatherings wonder if I have taken courses as a yoga or mindfulness instructor. Then I always answer that I’ve done yoga, mindfulness, transcendental meditation, guided meditation, courses in energy movement, clinical hypnosis and some courses that most people in Norway have never heard about, like Morphogenesis and Heart Math Facilitator. The last one is the only course that resembles an instructor course. These are courses I’ve done over the last 20 years and I think this is a background that qualifies better to teach meditation than a week- or weekend course to become a mindfulness or yoga instructor. Not that I am not fond of mindfulness and yoga instructors. I see them as colleagues and they have a very important job as an instructor. I am very grateful that these fine people are spreading joy and dedication in Norway so people can embrace meditation as a health-promoting activity in everyday life.
I believe that being self-taught based on years of personal experience with different meditation, energy and well-being techniques is just as good if not better than a short education to become yoga or mindfulness instructor without having much of a background up front. In order to be a good instructor, you should, in my opinion, be able to understand everything that happens during meditation. And this goes further than telling that meditation is good for your mental and physical health. Please tell about the processes that take place in the body. Tell about telomeres and epigenetics. Tell about our heart and our brain and how they communicate and tell about the body’s electromagnetic field.
What’s even more important to learn before one starts at all with meditation and something that is often forgotten and perhaps is the cause that people stop practicing, is how we humans work on a cognitive level. How do people experience reality, how is this reality created and how do we process this reality? It is important that we understand our experience of meditation. I see too many people who give up because they do not know how to interpret their experiences with meditation so that they can stay motivated. I know this all too well from my own experience with meditation. It was not until I came into contact with a spiritual facilitator with years of experience in mediation that meditation became an important part of my life and a practice that has turned my life upside down in a positive way and saved me from unneeded suffering.
Meditation together with my youngest son. Teaching your child to meditate does not mean that the child has to sit still for half an hour or more. 3 to 5 minutes is enough, also for adults. It is up to the child if it wants to sit longer than that. The challenge is to have a routine. For example, in the evening before bedtime after you have read a book together. Use simple techniques like a short breathing meditation with focus on the heart. Techniques that the child can also use during the day, such as before a test at school. In this way, the child will learn that meditation is something that can be useful for the rest of their lives. Studies show meditation can aid in controlling episodes of ADHD, PTSD, and depression. According to Carolyn Williams-Orlando, PhD., “In clinical practice, many children benefit from learning meditation, including those with autism, trauma, anxiety, and attentional, behavioural, or depressive conditions.” (Williams-Orlando, 2013).
Without water, there is no life on earth. Water is essential, not just for human life but all life. Water is needed for drinking, cleaning, washing, and making crops grow. There is no substitute for this precious resource, and yet we waste it, we pollute it, and we even commodify it! Let’s start anew, and begin by thanking for and sending our best intentions to the gift that is water.
Music: TRUECOLORS MARIE – DEEP Healing Water Sounds With Meditation Music 432Hz – youtu.be/VrQ6HVKOhto
Producing our meditations costs time and money.
We want to offer our meditations for free for as long as possible and will be very grateful for a donation. The money goes to Transformational Guide Seb (about.me/sebvdv)