Thursday, June 9, 2016

Why meditate? – The Emotional Cleanse!

Why meditate?  – The Emotional Cleanse!
Meditation seems to be ever more en vogue (well, I might be prejudiced as I work  in the industry, and mainly hang out on e.g. spiritual Facebook forums, but it seems to be featuring more in mainstream media too!). Meditation is said to have many beneficial effects, e.g. :
-  It can help to calm the mind, help us manage stress
-  heighten one’s senses and intuition,
- we can learn to view emotions and thoughts more detached (to not be drawn in as much anymore,  especially by negative thoughts and emotions),
- and ultimately it may supposedly help us reach  some state of enlightenment.
The benefits of meditation can even be measured physically, as the practice causes beneficial long term changes to our brains. 1)
I’d like to talk about another potential benefit of meditation though – The Emotional Cleanse!
On my spiritual journey I had plenty of epiphanies. Moments when things suddenly just come together, I reach a higher understanding, ranging from e.g. understanding why I or someone else behaved in a certain way, to more life altering understandings about life, energies or The Divine. Such moments are usually great, they often feel quite empowering. E.g. I might have understood that anger is a very uncomfortable energy, and that as such forgiveness is not only great because some guru told me so, but because should improve my overall wellbeing! I therefore decide to apply forgiveness to all my troublesome relationships here and now  – past, present and future-  and look forward to a life without anger.
My rational mind got it, but somehow the next time I see an ex-lover, there is still all those feelings of e.g. anger, disappointment or hurt. Should they not be gone now that I practiced forgiveness? Why am I still apparently dependent on ‘time’ to heal my wounds?  - Over the years I have come to understand that just because my rational mind understands something, that does not necessarily translate to my emotional body processing those comprehensions. It feels like emotions are stickier than rational thoughts. Some emotions might actually really have dug in and refuse to heal, change or leave. Such emotions do not give a hoot that your rational mind has decided to forgive and let go. Luckily though there is tools we can use to speed up emotional healing processes – e.g. meditation!
Why does meditation speed up emotional healing? For one, as mentioned above, it can help the regular practitioner learn to become more detached. Learn to view his/her emotions with a bit of distance, a bit like watching a theatre play, and with this not have emotions envelop him/her, and or dig in, as much in the first place. Mainly though, the way I understand it, with an attuned meditation2.) we connect to a higher source of Energy, Love and Wisdom; through this connection we get healing energies flowing  ‘in’, which help dislodge and dissolve stubborn emotions, plus when we then release such emotions,  they are taken up and disposed off safely.  Depending on what you are working on/ trying to release – not everything is going to vanish with a 30min meditation. More complex and or traumatic energies can take a few sessions. E.g. getting over my last ex, who turned out to be quite a nasty narcissist, and with the relationship only lasting circa 3 months, took a good 5 weeks of intense cleansing. That can feel like a lot, but then I remind myself that in pre-meditation times any break up took a minimum of 6 months to heal, with the initial pain being much more all-consuming…
And why meditate regularly? Well, most people’s lives can be quite stressful. There might be  that bit of road rage on the commute to work, that impossible co-worker, plenty of bad news on the news channels, a troll on your social media feed, etc, etc.  Meditation can be a bit of an emotional reset button, getting rid of day-to-day emotional turmoil too.
Meditation is not the only spiritual tool available to optimize emotional healing - other (spiritual) tools are e.g.   – Spiritiual Healing/ Reiki, special visualizations, special prayers, or EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique).
Alexander King is a Spiritual Healer and author living and working in London, United Kingdom. He promotes free critical thinking about all things spiritual, and teaches practical and realistic tools to use on our spiritual journeys. You can read more posts like this on his blog  or buy his book – Tours and Cures of a Lightsoldier; Surviving the Path to Enlightenment.

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Title: Tours and Cures of a Lightsoldier
Author: Alexander King
Publisher: O Books
Pages: 370
Genre:  Self-Help/Self-Discovery/Spirituality

Tours and Cures of a Lightsoldier is a revolution in the Self-help book world. It shakes up the status-quo, by questioning and uncovering the illogical, cold-hearted or incomplete in spiritual teachings. But Alexander King then attempts to find understandings which allow for the Divine and the basis of Life to be truly loving and intelligent again. Perhaps to keep ascending on the spiritual path one has to keep evolving ones self-help literature as well? Tours and Cures of a Lightsoldier does not just stand still, and repackages existing esoteric teachings – it is moves forward with brutal honesty, but thorough positivity!
Tours and Cures of a Lightsoldier tells the true story of one person’s incredible quest for self-discovery, and the answers to why we are here and what exactly we should be doing with our lives. From an inquisitive childhood, full of promise and expectation, we follow Alexander down a much murkier path to the all consuming world of a modern day cult. And then a battle for identity ensues…
Initially Alexander King, studying for a medical degree at the time, did just want to learn about Spiritual Healing, but the Teacher/Guru he found turned out to be the manipulative and sociopathic kind. A great battle for survival, to de-mask the Guru, and ultimately to de-program himself again ensued.
From this baptism with fire a stronger, more grounded Alexander emerged. All was not all well yet though, as after the cult, a few years of Chronic Fatigue followed. They gave Alexander the chance though to really test all sorts of spiritual tools and teachings on himself, to see which could actually stand up to the often so high flying promises they come with. In recent years Alexander King has worked as a full time masseur and healer and, through his dealings with many different clients, has learned even more about energies, and how they appear to work on this planet. In his practice Alexander King endeavours to help his clients to better health, healing and ‘enlightenment’ in a realistic manner.
Tours and Cures of a Lightsoldier starts as a personals story but finishes as a most unique and encompassing encyclopedia of esoteric practices and teachings.

Book Praise:

This is a fascinating book because we get inside the thoughts of the author, who is himself a healer. It is a kind of journey we travel with him, as we learn how he arrived at where he is now, all the pitfalls and all the logical thinking processes ( yes, this author reasons with logic - his early training was in medicine). We are taken thorough all the weighing up of facts and possibilities, and the battles. It is a very frank, honest, and for a book of this kind of topic - strangely realistic. The author avoids merely restating in repackaged form material which is covered in other books. What we get instead is his own unique insights and perspective, and his own application of methods. Reading this book has led me to modify my own practices, and to substantially reconsider some of my own views.

There is much to be applauded in this book, from the courage it takes to follow your dream, to the bravery of standing up to those who seek to destroy it and to then speak up about the great untruths that still exist in this world, masquerading as fact. Take encouragement and guidance from this book and live your truth today!
Barbara Meklejohn-Free, author of the bestseller The Shaman Within  (Moon Books)

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Book Excerpt:

Why I Had To Tell This Story…

It has taken me years to begin to write this book, because I had to test and retest my beliefs/conclusions and their effects on my life, before committing them to paper. I am sincerely hoping that this book shall bring more clarity, and not add to the tangled mass of confusions out in the Mind-Body-Spirit (MBS) market, which often lacks open, critical thinking. People seem afraid to question esoteric or spiritual teachings, especially if they are claimed to have been channeled by Angel X, Spirit Guide Y or enlightened Alien Z; forgetting that these teachings have been channelled through human beings, and we are not infallible.

I don’t doubt the ultimate goodness of the Divine, but I am cautious about people’s perception, understanding and teachings of all things divine. That is why I have my mind to filter out the true, good and wise intuitions, from all the other input I receive when opening up. I urge you too to keep your head screwed on, feet planted firmly on solid ground, while perusing my thoughts, explanations and beliefs. Feel free to question and test them as often as you like. I have seen and felt too much suffering coming out of what first seemed liberating esoteric or religious ideas to be offended by any caution on your part.

I write about my experiences, my thoughts and ideas, which have shaped my beliefs and understandings. I am aware it’s not a ‘movie star’s’ life, still I believe it has interesting and entertaining elements, that might just help you to understand how I have come to see the world and what life on this planet is about. The examples I use in this book are just that, examples. In the past, maybe because of my German heritage, I would take many things very literally, which sometimes led to unnecessary fears or feelings of guilt. So please read my examples with a pinch of salt and consider that ‘exceptions make the rule’ i.e. examples that may be suitable for some might not be all applicable for another. The same applies when trying to find a balance between connecting to you the reader and not sucking you in, but leaving you room to make up your own mind, whether you choose to agree with my conclusions or have your own – if I do say ‘we’ and you do not feel comfortable seeing yourself as a part of that ‘we’, please feel free to assert your own belief.

Whereas many prominent esoteric authors, healers and lecturers lay claim on having been born with the gift, having had some life-changing spiritual experience, such as a visitation by an angel or perhaps having ‘hooked up’ with some spiritual being during an automatic writing session, I am one of the many more who just happened to start reading about ‘Lightwork’, ‘Spiritual Healing’ etc. and decided to learn and understand more about it.

On my path I have encountered countless, seemingly bottomless abysses of guilt and doubt. Were it not for my innate stubbornness and a good deal of help from ‘Above’, I might have given up on Spirit or Life altogether, long ago. The main reason for this book is to hopefully spare you a few of those mind traps and feelings of paranoia that can be so debilitating. And if you have come to the same conclusions as I already, then perhaps you will get comfort from discovering you are not alone.

I am aware that, from say a psychiatrist’s view, some of my experiences could possibly be diagnosed as bipolar, paranoid and/or schizophrenic – but then one just ends up with the same old debate of whether there are divine powers/spirit(s) (which one can communicate with) or if we live in a purely materialistic world. I am not a radical creationist. I do see the merit and worthiness of science. However, if we look at scientific history, we will often find many a scientific accomplishment would never have been possible without scientific visionaries, who pursued their ideas against all odds. If something cannot be measured yet, that does not disprove its existence; it just points out that the proper measuring tools are yet to be discovered.

I hope that this book will help you get some fresh perspectives or give you healing tools you might not have considered yet. For me the spoils of wandering the spiritual path are diminished fears, serenity, having fewer questions and knowing who, what and why I am. I’m much less likely to be shaken up, by what seem unfortunate events now, because there is a certainty, rooted deep inside me, that all is going to be good. My spiritual path has also taught me greater patience and to manage my expectations. ‘Ultimate Good’ is working full speed on the fulfillment of my harmonious dreams, and they are allowed to be ‘big’, but for all sorts of reasons they can still take time to manifest. It’s not that miracles don’t happen, just that they can take a lot longer to manifest than one is often led to believe when reading other esoteric books.

The spiritual tour can be stressful and sometimes perilous. My own journey definitely got worse before things started to come together and improve. Initially I ended up in a cult and afterwards for almost ten years I suffered from ME, so my experiences with spiritual tools and techniques could be said to have gone through some good stress tests, which have helped me to sort the wheat from the chaff. I often feel that I am in the midst of a battle between ‘Lighter’ and ‘Darker’ energies. I feel though that with Ultimate Good support I am as safe as can be during these battles, but that does not mean that they are always pain free. This book may well shake up your belief systems and rattle your peace of mind. If you bear with me, I hope you will find peace in my conclusions. To those who might get upset about my writings and criticisms – I am sorry. I pray you’ll come to forgive me, as I have forgiven all those who have caused me upset and pain with some of their spiritual wisdoms, beliefs and ideas, which I found to be wrong or incomplete.

I am a great optimist and think all suffering can be overcome with the right approach, help and patience. Spirituality, spiritual healing tools are complementary forms of healing though. So if you are ill in any shape or form, this book does not suggest you flush away all your medicines and shout, “I’m healed!” never to set foot in a doctor’s practice again. If you believe you have been healed, get it verified by a doctor. I studied medicine and saw the compassion in my fellow students and our teachers. Furthermore I spent a year in a medical research facility and saw the love and unpaid overtime that went into research by doctors and scientists there too. There are ongoing developments for medical treatments to become less invasive, more effective and with diminished potential side effects etc. I do not think that generally doctors are out there to poison their patients.

Where medical treatment of one’s physical body should be one’s own decision (where possible), I would never recommend ditching your doctor. Sure, educate yourself about your ailments, different treatment options, do not just trust blindly, get a second opinion etc. In my opinion it’s likely though that medical treatment, if one is sick, will often buy time, give more strength or diminish some pain and hence enable you to resolve other issues causing the dis-ease, which might have to be approached with complementary means.

I see that the true purpose of our being is simpler and far more positive than many religions/belief systems purport. It is perfectly alright to strive for happiness in life. That includes striving for, affirming and living creational essences, such as intelligence, creativity, beauty, abundance and sex. Our bodies were primarily created for us to enjoy and to experience the world around us on physical, emotional and sensory levels. On this planet we can choose to take our bodies on a roller coaster of suffering, but once we decide that we have had enough, we are allowed to fully utilize their potential for joy. My moral compass points to the notion that what I do not want others to do to me, I do not do to them. And this book is my tour of discovery, which I hope in some way will make your journey less fearful and ultimately more joyful as well…

About the Author

In 1995 Alexander King encountered ‘spiritual healing’ whilst studying medicine and now resides in London, England working as a healer and masseur helping people to better health, healing and ‘enlightenment’ in a realistic manner. To date (2015) Alexander has treated well over 1500 clients, and his work has featured in several publications including the Sunday Telegraph. In this book he aims to make his discoveries about Energies and complementary healing tools as transparent and transformative as possible in order to support others who are seriously considering their wellbeing and/or are negating the growing minefield of ‘alternative’ remedies. Alexander enjoys good health and an active social life despite the many challenges he has faced and surmounted.

His latest book is the self-help/self-discovery/spirituality book, Tours and Cures of a Lightsoldier: Surviving the Path to Enlightenment.

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