Productivity

“Follow simple instructions”

Anyone who has taken a Pranic Healing course will have heard these words. Follow simple instructions. This captures perfectly one of the things I love about Pranic Healing and Arhatic Yoga – on the winding, long, sometimes thorny path that spiritual development can be, we are spared a lot of trouble thanks to the people who went before, made the mistakes, tried out a lot of various ways and can now help us make at least fewer mistakes. We are given instructions for how to help ourselves and the people around us to be more healthy, we are given tools for relationship improvement, for material abundance, for protection and empowerment.

But still there are people who attend the workshops, yet keep having the same problems that they had years before. Of course, sometimes the law of karma is at play, and then things become more complicated. But sometimes it simply of case of not doing what we know we should: follow simple instructions.

As an experiment, try scanning the basic chakras of the people who, year after year, say “I really should eat healthier/exercise more/meditate more/do more self-healing/stick to my arhatic routine/you name it. You’ll notice they are most likely very weak. Mine is a prime example of this at times, and those are the times when I find myself not getting anything done. If you’ve done even the Basic Pranic Healing workshop you’ll know that the solution to this is to cleanse and energise the basic chakra. The basic chakra is the centre for dynamic activities, the chakra of action (“The Chakras and their Functions”, Master Choa Kok Sui, 2009, p. 35).

But here’s what I’ve run into – in order to be more productive I need to strengthen my basic chakra. In order to do that I need to actually get my salt water bucket and do some healing. But with a weak basic chakra I’m less likely to do that and more likely to watch Big Bang Theory for three hours straight. This makes me feel like I’m wasting the gift that it Pranic Healing.

A dear friend of me once suggested I watch some videos of David Allen, a very popular American productivity consultant. Imagine the basic chakra on that guy! It took me a good few months to actually get down to watching that video – somehow I didn’t seem to have 20 minutes to watch the video… But today I did, and Mr Allen had some very good tips on how to get around that procrastination. I have a feeling I’ll be watching this video many many times…

Of course, watching this video will not remove all procrastination, but it’s another tool on the toolbox. The way I see it, in taking on a project like my own procrastination, it’s a step-by-step process, where I can use many different tools, one after another, and they’ll all support each other. I can watch the video and be inspired by it, then use that inspiration to energise my basic chakra, then use that energy to start that list that David is talking about, then use the sense of control to be calm enough to do a meditation, then use that energy to do a couple of things off that list, which will in turn strengthen my basic chakra. And the plan is to keep going like this. With that flow going I will more likely do the other things I’ve been “shoulding” or wanting for so long – exercise, removing obstructing thought forms, reading The Lord of the Rings, doing self healing so I wouldn’t need my glasses anymore, really progressing on my PhD, writing in this blog more often, doing kriyashakti for the right partner to have a family with and so on and so forth.

We’ll see how it goes!

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Twin Hearts Meditation – like exercising, only spiritual

Often I see people who experience Twin Hearts Meditation (also called Planetary Peace Meditation) for the first time, and are ecstatic about it, they immediately feel the love and elation and power. Then there are those people, like me, whose first reaction is ‘that was nice, I feel sort of relaxed although my mind was racing the whole time’. If I hadn’t seen the effects regular practice of Twin Hearts has, I probably wouldn’t have continued at all. In fact, I almost didn’t. My meditation was sporadic, every time I went to a group meditation I made a decision to start meditating regularly, and a month or so later I realised I hadn’t. It was exactly like my plans to start exercising more. Every time I for some reason manage to get my running shoes on, I promise myself I’ll do it more often, and then I didn’t. Yet.

Then the Finnish Pranic Healers and Arhatic Yogis started doing a weekly meditations via Skype, and it was a lot easier to stay regular. A bit like joining an exercise class, you’re more motivated to go because the hassle of letting people know why you’re not coming makes it easier to just go 🙂 Especially as all you have to do is turn on Skype!

First benefit: the nice feeling of being in a group.

Second benefit: doing meditations in between the Skype meditations got a lot easier. Close door, sit down, close eyes, press play. And remember physical exercises before and after the meditation, especially if you spend your days sitting down at work etc. Just move or rotate all parts of your body (eyes, neck, arms, torso/spine, hips, elbows, wrists, fingers, knees, ankles) 12 times each (in both directions when rotating) and do semi-squats 50 times. This is to prevent the energy from getting stuck. Don’t try to avoid this step, you might thing you don’t need it because you’ve done other kinds of meditation before, but it’s not worth the risk of energy blockages, trust me.

Third, and by far the best benefit: increased energy levels, increased calmness and happiness, increased effectiveness, motivation for general life improvement, and so on and so on. It’s something that’s difficult to explain, as the benefits are not simple, definable things. It’s more of a feeling of being more aware, more alive. It’s about being able to understand things, see connections, be inspired! It’s about not wasting time complaining but finding ways to make the best of everything, and once in that mode, it’s hard to see why you’d do anything else, ever! Of course there are down-days too, nothing’s an eternal fix 😉 But even the down-days can be useful, you’ll see 🙂

But again, it’s not always an instant result (although I have seen that happen too, for some people. Rare though) Like with any exercise, it’s tough at first, you get frustrated when you don’t see the results you want, but once you get into it you don’t really know how you managed without it before. So a small warning – if you do decide to take up this kind of powerful meditation as a regular practice, be prepared to make it a lifestyle, as it won’t stay a ‘once in a while’ thing once you start getting the benefits of it. And it’s brilliant!

For more information on Twin Hearts Meditation go see http://pranichealing.com/meditation-twin-hearts There is an audio file at the bottom of the page with a short version of the meditation if you want to try it. For more information on the benefits of Twin Hearts Meditation you can go to http://www.meditationontwinhearts.org/benefits.htm

NOTE:
Twin Hearts Meditation is a powerful meditation technique and should NOT be practice by the following:

1. Persons below 16 years old.
2. Patients with severe heart ailment, hypertension, glaucoma, or kidney and liver problems. (Contact an experienced Pranic Healer and your medical doctor before practicing the meditation)
3. Pregnant women.
4. Heavy smokers.
5. Heavy meat eaters (particularly pork).
6. Persons with excessive alcohol consumption or use of addictive and hallucinogenic drugs.

This is for your own safety.

Self defence

These days spiritual people rarely retire from society and spend their time meditating in remote mountains. Today’s spiritual people often live in cities, surrounded by people, active in society, putting themselves ‘out there’ to promote awareness and help people understand the ‘feelings’ they might not understand. The same goes for anyone openly involved in and promoting alternative health.

copyright: Flickr/Collin Harvey

This also means we are often under attack from those who find alternative health and spirituality bad or offensive or even dangerous. And thoughts and speech are very real, they are made up of energy and they affect the person they are targeted at, not just on an emotional level, but can also cause problems on a physical level in the long term. People who actively speaks up about these issues, especially those who take the step ‘out of the spiritual closet’ and openly discuss these things with people who aren’t always positive about it, are often faced with extremely harsh comments, negative speech and even accusations, name calling and ridicule. Sometimes when people get more sensitive, the whirlwind of energies around them can become very overwhelming, you feel, see and hear things that all demand your attentions, and it can be very tiring.

Luckily we have the tools for protecting ourselves from such intentional or unintentional attacks! I can’t count the times I’ve used the techniques I learned from the MCKS Psychic Self Defense workshop and book to keep myself protected from negativity, intentional or, more often, unintentional. There are other psychic self defines methods and books too, but these are the ones I have found most useful. Working in a restaurant/bar for several summers I’ve been very grateful for being able to protect myself from the emotional outbursts that may happen there. And even when nothing seriously unpleasant happened, I felt less tired, less annoyed and found it easier to leave work behind when I went home!

When talking to friends and strangers about Pranic Healing, about spirituality, I’m also incredibly grateful to have the tools to keep me calm and happy so that I can stay as clear minded and loving as possible in what I say. Knowing what my thoughts and what I say can do to other people, both positive and negative, I try my hardest to make sure I keep the positives outweighing the negatives. Keeping myself shielded from external unnecessary and harmful thoughts and feelings helps me keep my cool more effectively and gives me more time to focus on dealing with my own character building. This does not mean I’m oblivious to what’s going on around me. The best way I can describe the feeling is like watching a favourite film you’ve seen several times – you still get slightly emotionally engaged with the film, you feel the ups and downs of the characters, but the ‘bad’ things don’t drag you down, you just sort of observe yourself feeling these things. This is the effects I feel when wearing energy shields or other forms of energy protection.

And these are not complicated things we can do, they start from something as simple as discreetly crossing your arms and/or legs, which closes off your aura and protects you from the thought forms coming from other people or the surroundings. Other techniques require basic knowledge of Pranic Healing, and are incredibly effective in protecting us from simple things like the tiredness and tension of fellow travellers during the morning commute to defending us against very powerful thought forms that affect whole countries and societies.

Another simple thing to do is just projecting love and kindness towards anyone who is being negative towards you, whether it be as an intentional attack, or just their own emotions spilling over on you. This helps neutralise the negative emotions and helps defuse the situation easier. NOTE: this of course while still maintaining your own physical safety, walking away from dangerous situations, getting help when needed etc. This is very important.

Creating your own space for inner stillness

Creating your own space is important for many things, and meditation/spiritual practice is one of the things where it can make a world of difference. Of course it’s not essential, and a good meditation can bring you away from any uncomfortable setting if you can tune in properly. But for those times when tuning in is a bit difficult and the right mindset is proving elusive, being able to create the right setting can smooth things along very nicely indeed.

Having been a student for several years, and moving around a lot after that too, it’s been difficult for me to be able to create a permanent meditation/spiritual practice/mindfulness space in my home. Often the bedroom is the only available space that is private in a shared flat, and often that bedroom is not very big. While dreaming about the day when I can have a whole room dedicated just for my spiritual practice, I’ve been finding creative solutions in my quest for that something that will help me find the peace of mind needed for a really good meditation.

My altar/centre of calmness/decorative candle stand/miniature bookshelf/photo display-bedside table.  Copyright: Fanny Johansson

My altar/centre of calmness/decorative candle stand/miniature bookshelf/photo display-bedside table.
Copyright: Fanny Johansson

This picture is of my current bedside table/bookshelf doubling as a place for candles and pictures. It’s not much, but it does the trick. If I’m feeling frazzled and finding it hard to focus on my inner stillness, and the presence of my favourite picture of my teacher isn’t enough to shut down the noise in my head, then I light the candles, turn off all other lights, sit myself down on the bed and drape my meditation scarf over my head so it shuts out all other visual stimuli except for the scene of candles and icons. Nine times out of ten this helps me find my inner peace and be able to enjoy meditation more, whether it is Arhatic meditations or the joyful simplicity/complexity of Twin Hearts Meditation (if you haven’t tried Twin Hearts Meditation, you can find a short audio version of it here, see if it’s to your liking).

Being on the spiritual path in this modern day and age is both a challenge and a blessing. On the one hand, with the internet and the ease of travelling to different places, the availability of spiritual teachings and the possibilities of connecting with teachers are bountiful compared to a hundred years ago. But unless we want to hide away in the mountains somewhere and live like hermits, we have to learn to balance the spiritual practice with the buzz of everyday life. And everyday life can be very loud.

I used to feel that if I let myself be distracted by the hustle and bustle of material life enough to be more tempted by watching TV than by meditating, then I wasn’t really worthy of the live and blessings anyway. And while this in some ways is true (truth comes to those who seek it), sometimes we need to trick ourselves into discipline.  The same way that effectivity-self-help books tell us to create routines at work to get into a productive mood (have a cup of coffee when getting to the office, always sitting down in the same chair, opening the computer/documents in the same order etc etc), the same way we can use routine and audio-visual stimuli to help us get into the inner calmness mode.

If we are coming home from being out in a busy city, or from watching TV or talking to friends, it is very difficult to just plop down in lotus position, close our eyes and find inner stillness. It might not even be that attractive, if what you’ve been doing before was enjoyable. In this situation it is much more attractive to do something active, something material: light a few candles, maybe start playing some mantras, light some incense, while still letting yourself be in that active, material mode. This is a way of tricking our minds, emotions and bodies into this new mode of being, and as proved by advertising everywhere, we humans are pretty easily convinced when put in the right mood. After a few minutes in this setting, it is much much easier to let go of the frenzy of the day and enjoy the stillness.

It’s not really self-trickery, it’s being the master of your own mind

Anna elĂ€vĂ€ lahja: lahjoita verta

TÀnÀÀn, kesÀkuun 14 pÀivÀ, on kansainvÀlinen verenluovutuspÀivÀ. PÀivÀÀ vietetÀÀn Karl Landsteinerin kunniaksi. Tohtori Landsteiner keksi veriryhmÀjÀrjestelmÀn ABO vuonna 1900. Sen takia hÀn saikin Nobelpalkinnon kolmisenkymmentÀ vuotta myöhemmin.

Lahjoittaesamme verta me annamme hyvin arvokkaan lahjan tuntemattomalle kanssaihmiselle. “Priceless” on sana jota Master Choa olisi tĂ€ssĂ€ kĂ€yttĂ€nyt. Tuota sana hĂ€n kĂ€ytti usein puhuessaan ihmiselle tosi tĂ€rkeistĂ€ asioista.

Kun luovutamme verta, saamme vastalahjaksi paljon: saamme mielihyvÀÀ hyvĂ€stĂ€ työstĂ€; meille tarjotaan Veripalvelussa mehua ja voileipÀÀ; ja me saamme maailmankaikkeudelta hyvÀÀ karmaa. Sille voi olla joskus suurta kĂ€yttöÀ… 🙂 TiedĂ€n mistĂ€ puhun… kuulun itse niihin, jotka ovat saaneet vastaanottaa toisten luovuttamaa verta… kaksi pussia…

SiitĂ€ kerrasta minulla on myös kokemus jaettavana lukijoille: Puhdistakaa saamanne veri… Pranic healerit tietĂ€vĂ€t mitĂ€ tarkoitan… puhdistakaa veripussillinen energiahoidolla… puhdistakaa sekĂ€ eetteritasolla ettĂ€ astraalitasolla. KĂ€yttĂ€kÀÀ tarkoitukseen sopivia vĂ€rĂ€htelyjĂ€ (= valitkaa tĂ€hĂ€n sopiva vĂ€ripraana) jotta saisitte aikaan oikein perusteellisen puhdistuksen. Ja jos olette itse sillĂ€ hetkellĂ€ liian huonossa kunnossa hiilausta tekemÀÀn, niin pyytĂ€kÀÀ toista pranic healeriĂ€ tekemÀÀn teille puhdistushoito jĂ€lkeenpĂ€in.

Pranic healereille, jotka lÀhtevÀt luovuttamaan verta sanoisin: tehkÀÀ itsellenne verenpuhdistus ennen luovutusta. Silloin on antamanne lahja puhdas energiatasollakin. Ja sekÀ ennen luovutusta ettÀ luovutuksen jÀlkeen on hyvÀ aktivoida omaa peruschakraa, niin ettÀ oman kehon verentuotanto toimii moitteettomasti. Kannattaa syödÀ pinaattia ja nokkosta, niistÀ saa rautaa luonnollisessa muodossa. NetistÀ ja keittokirjoista löytyy mahtavia ohjeita vihersmootheihin, jotka maistuvat hyviltÀ ja ovat terveellisiÀ.

Seuraavan kerran me pranic healerit luovutamme verta taas syksyllÀ. Tervetuloa mukaan!

Ge livets gĂ„va: donera blod

Idag 14 juni Àr det den internationella blodgivardagen. Den firas för att doctor Karl Landsteiner upptÀckte blodgruppssystemet ABO Är 1900. Trettio Är senare fick han Nobelpriset för det.

NĂ€r vi donerar blod, kan vi ge en en vĂ€rdefull gĂ„va Ă„t nĂ„gon. “Priceless” skulle antagligen Master Choa ha sagt. Det var ett ord han anvĂ€nde ofta.

Men nĂ€r vi donarar blod, fĂ„r vi ocksĂ„ mycket tillbaka: vi blir glada nĂ€r vi kĂ€nner att vi gjort gott; vi blir bjudna pĂ„ saft och smörgĂ„s; och vi fĂ„r god karma. Det kan minsann behövas nĂ„gon dag… 🙂 Jag vet vad jag talar om… hör sjĂ€lv till dem som har varit mottagare till tvĂ„ pĂ„sar blod en gĂ„ng…

FrĂ„n den gĂ„ngen har jag ocksĂ„ en erfarenhet att dela Ă„t andra: rena blodet ni fĂ„r… Ni vet vad jag menar… putsa pĂ„sen med blod med fĂ€rgprana… putsa bade pĂ„ eternivĂ„ och pĂ„ astralnivĂ„. AnvĂ€nd de rĂ€tta vibrationerna (fĂ€rgerna) för att göra grundlig rengörning. Och om ni sjĂ€lva Ă€r dÄ i allför dĂ„ligt skick, be en annan pranic healer utföra healing pĂ„ er efterĂ„t.

För pranic healers som ska donera blod, ger jag hĂ€r en vink: gör blodrengörning innan ni donerar blod. DĂ„ Ă€r gĂ„van ni ger sĂ„ ren som möjligt. Och bĂ„de före och efter Ă€r det bra att aktivera baschakrat speciellt mycket, sĂ„ att den egna blodproduktionen fungerar ordentligt. Ät ocksĂ„ spernat och nĂ€sslor sĂ„ fĂ„r ni jĂ€rn i naturlig form. Det finns fina recept pĂ„ grönsmoothien som smakar vĂ€l och Ă€r hĂ€lsosamma!

NÀsta gÄng donarar vi blod igen pÄ hösten. Kom med!

MCKS 61

Maaliskuussa – tarkemmin sanottuna 19.3. – me pranic healerit ympĂ€ri maailmaa vietĂ€mme pÀÀopettajamme Mahasamadhia. Tuo sanskritinkielinen nimi tarkoittaa sitĂ€ pĂ€ivÀÀ, jolloin pitkĂ€lle kehittynyt henkinen opettaja tai joogi jĂ€ttÀÀ fyysisen kehonsa, eli tavallisin sanakÀÀntein sanottuna ”kuolee”. Moni kokee ihmisen kuoleman ainostaan surullisena, ahdistava tai pelottavanakin tapahtumana, mutta sen voi myös nĂ€hdĂ€ erÀÀnlaisena ”tutkinnon lĂ€pĂ€isyn juhlana”, ”promootiona” tai ”valmistujaisjuhlana”. Homma on tÀÀllĂ€ fyysisessĂ€ maailmassa hoidettu loppuun tĂ€llĂ€ kertaa, on aika juhlia ja hetken levĂ€tĂ€, kunnes on aika alkaa uudet opinnot seuraavalla tasolla 🙂

Monen lĂ€nsimaisen ihmisen on vaikea ymmĂ€rtÀÀ henkisen opettajan roolia, ja varsinkin sitĂ€ syvĂ€lle ulottuvaa vaikutusta, joka henkisillĂ€ opettajilla on niille, jotka sisĂ€istĂ€vĂ€t sen – tai edes osaa siitĂ€ – ja jotka kiitollisina osaavat ottaa sitĂ€ vastaan. TĂ€llaiset asiat kun eivĂ€t oikein kuulu lĂ€nsimaiseen kulttuuriin…

Aasiassa ymmĂ€rretÀÀn tĂ€mĂ€ ja arvostetaan henkistĂ€ tietoa ja sitĂ€ apua, jonka henkinen opettaja voi oppilailleen antaa. Henkiset opettajat ovat itse asiassa edellĂ€kĂ€vijöitĂ€ sillĂ€ polulla, jota me kaikki hiljalleen kĂ€velemme, tietoisina tai ei… He voivat varoittaa henkisistĂ€ ansoista (esim: ”ylpeys kĂ€y lankeemuksen edellĂ€â€) ja opettaa meille ihmisenĂ€ olemisen luonnetta, ja nĂ€yttÀÀ meille pÀÀmÀÀrĂ€mme. Henkiset opettajat ovat itse joskus (aikaisemmissa inkarnaatioissaan) kompastelleet nĂ€iden asioiden kanssa ja oppineet ne silloin. He ovat rypeneet sekĂ€ viidakossa ettĂ€ soissa jo kauan ennen meitĂ€! Siksi meidĂ€n kannattaa kuunnella henkisiĂ€ opettajia.

Aasiassa kunnioitetaan henkisiĂ€ opettajia. Aasiassa kunnioitetaan myös vanhempia ja vanhempaa sukupolvea. MeillĂ€ lĂ€nsimaissa ei aina osata tuota…
Ja viisaat ovat myös sanoneet, ettÀ jotta pystyisi kunnioittamaan henkistÀ opettajaa ja arvostamaan tÀllaista opetusta, tÀytyy ensin tuntea kunnioitusta ja kiitollisuutta omia vanhempiaan kohtaan.
SiitĂ€ siis aloitamme 🙂
Ja tÀmÀn lisÀksi me pranic healerit kiitÀmme Master Choaa tiedosta, ohjeista, viisaudesta, avusta ja siunauksista. Ja me vÀlÀytÀmme ison kiitollisen hymyn maailmalle!

Investera i dig sjĂ€lv

Vi Àr mÄnga som glömmer att ta hand om oss sjÀlva nÀr arbete, familj och andra plikter pockar pÄ oss under vardagen. Mat, motion och vila Àr viktiga för att vi ska mÄ bra. Men ack sÄ lÀtt vi glömmer detta. Jag, liksom mÄnga med mig. Och vi lider alla av det. För egen del har jag kunnat konstatera att det Àr en fin balansgÄng mellan att Àgna tid Ät sig sjÀlv och att Àgna tid Ät min familj och mina Ätaganden. Som det sÀgs i Bibeln; allt har sin tid. Grand Master Choa sÀger att man inte ska göra nÄgot till överdrift. Man ska sköta sig sjÀlv, men ocksÄ sina Ätaganden.

Jag har nu ett intressant livsskede med tvÄ smÄ barn; min energibalans har inte stora marginaler. Jag mÄste avsÀtta tid för andliga övningar, meditation och motion regelbundet för att mÄ bra och orka med vardagen. SlÀpper jag pÄ detta mer Àn 2 dagar, lider hela familjen för min energinivÄ sjunker och min stressnivÄ stiger mycket och snabbt. Kort sagt, barnen tycker inte att jag Àr sÄ trevlig att vara med, och maken trivs inte heller.

Men nĂ€r man har mycket annat, hur ska man dĂ„ fĂ„ tid för “lyx” som meditation?

Min erfarenhet Àr att följande tips fungerar

  • Börja i liten skala. Jag har mĂ„lsĂ€ttningen att Ă€gna en kvart varje dag Ă„t meditation, yoga eller andliga övningar. Vissa dagar blir det mer, andra mindre. Hur trött jag Ă€n Ă€r nĂ€r jag Ă€r klar pĂ„ kvĂ€llen, sĂ„ kan jag Ă€gna 2-3 minuter Ă„t nĂ„got, kanske en kort kontemplation, att vĂ€lsigna, en snabb behandling, lite gymparörelser.
  • Gör det till en rutin nĂ€r det passar dig. Jag har mĂ€rkt att jag mĂ„r bĂ€st av en liten stilla stund mitt pĂ„ dagen. Det fungerar bra nĂ€r jag Ă€r hemma med barnen och de sover middag eller vilar. DĂ„ har jag en liten stund för mig sjĂ€lv och kan ladda batterierna.
  • Rutin Ă€r nyckelordet; gör det samma tid varje dag i tre veckor sĂ„ fĂ„r du en bra grund. DĂ„ kĂ€nner du ocksĂ„ effekterna av det. Om du tar paus, mĂ€rker du skillnaden ganska fort.

Efter en liten tid mĂ€rker du resultat. För min del fick jag rutin och kĂ€nsla för det pĂ„ ca 3 veckor. SĂ„ mycket, att jag gĂ€rna fortsĂ€tter och hela familjen mĂ€rker ocksĂ„ effekten. Och vill att jag fortsĂ€tter 🙂

Det sÀgs att en timme meditation motsvarar en timme sömn. Det Àr sant. Jag sover bÀttre och effektivare nÀr jag mediterar och motionerar regelbundet. DÄ kvaliteten pÄ sömnen Àr bra, orkar jag bÀttre Àven dagar dÄ nÀtterna blivit kortare av nÄgon anledning. Jag har ansett 9 timmars sömn som normalt för att vara utvilad. Nu klarar jag mig riktigt bra pÄ 6-7 timmar om jag bara mediterar regelbundet. Det ger mig mera tid för annat ocksÄ, men sÄ fÄr jag ocksÄ tid för andlig utveckling, motion och meditation. Det Àr alltsÄ en cirkel som föder sig sjÀlv.

Försök du med! 🙂

A quick post about how to do all that stuff you ‘should do’

Greetings from a recovering procrastinator!

Here’s a somewhat less serious post, although it can be seen as a serious issue when thought about in context. While this issue is not exactly Pranic Healing per se, it is very much related to something that the effectiveness of all the techniques we learn hinges on.

I’m talking about the issue of how to do all those things we know we should do but somehow find ourselves not doing. Eating healthy, exercising regularly, meditating regularly, doing self healing regularly… They key here seems to be the word ‘regularly’.

It is true that most of us are very good at doing these things on occasion. Usually this occasion is coupled up with some big event that inspires us to change our lives and do better. And most of the time this inspiration last anything from a day to a few weeks.

Looking back at myself for the past years, I found myself having done exactly that a great deal of times. And then I thought of the times that resolution has actually yielded results. The difference between the times it works and the times it doesn’t seems to be the amount of involvement of other people in the decision making moment, and the continued participation of those people in the process of doing *insert exercise/meditation/self healing/etc*.

The most effective thing so far – apart from actually signing up for group meditations and healing evenings, which make you go because you’ve already paid for it – has been an excel sheet I created, in which I write down every time I’ve done my exercises. I created a calendar in excel, and a column for the different things I wanted to keep doing. Then I shared the document on google docs. With my mother. And she started marking down the days she had done the things she wanted to keep doing.

A normal week.

A normal week.

And now it acts as inspiration because every time I get up and do my exercises I get to reward myself with putting a little ‘x’ in my column! And the best part is, looking back at the calendar and feeling good about all the days I’ve done it! Without some visual representation, it can easily feel like all the times you did it didn’t matter, they just disappear. This way, they spur me on every time I look at them!

And another point – START SMALL!

Trying to do everything you should is only going to make you stop because other things come in the way. I started off with just one simple exercise which takes about 7 minutes to complete. Now I’m up to roughly 15 minutes of things, a nice mix of self healing techniques (and some sit ups, spring is coming even if it’s just January :D). And sometimes I find myself inspired and keep going for an hour, but only because I get myself out of bed and to the salt water bucket by allowing myself to do the minimum if that’s all I feel like!

TITHING IN THOUGHTS

We can also practise generosity in thoughts. It is often considered that tithing is related to charity solely moneywise. However, it is possible to plant tithing thoughts towards others.

GMCKS’ advice was to tithe 10% in minimum of the income after taxes were reduced. It is said that we have over 60 000 thoughts per day. And the kind of sad news is that 85% of those thoughts are less productive. The good news is that we are in control of our thoughts although some training may be required. But there are no taxes in thoughts: we could all have 100% positive thoughts!

The only “tax” is the karma. If we project our worries and calcified ideas fed by the society and social background towards other people it will only add to our own anxiety and negative energy in the aura. When we wish all the goodness in the world to other people it will boomerang back to us. Double.

The real test lies in being generous to the persons who regularly test our patience. The thoughts tend to stumble there much more often than with the people whom we cherish. The Great Teachers say that when you project something towards an ordinary person it will come back to you at least double. Since there’s no guarantee what slipped across our minds in the past lives it would be a really smart thing to do to rectify the thought patterns A.S.A.P. GMCKS encouraged to generate at least one good thought a day about a person you like less.

However, tithing should not be done in thoughts only. As Finns we are immensely blessed with several things. There’s a schooling system and even financial support is offered if needed, we have clean water and nature, central heating in our houses and excellent transportation system just to name few. I recently heard that in India if you want to really have a seat on the train you have to travel in the first class because even if you paid for the seat in the second class there will still be someone’s butt literally on your face so you can’t sit straight and someone else laying under your bench. So, as we are so blessed (at least in this life) we can afford monetary mercy to the ones who have to pay for schooling, have no clean water even to drink or have to travel far to get it. If you are always tithing tomorrow clean your ajna, basic, solar plexus and heart chakras – now. Guess what the higher teachings say about tithing towards a Spiritual Teacher’s causes? It will profit you at least 10 fold and manifest more rapidly.

You would most likely wish that someone wishes you to be successful. There is a story of American envy and Russian kind of envy. In US, when your neighbour has a bigger car than your family, you strain to get an even bigger one. In Russia, when the night comes one goes and pierces the tyres from his neighbour’s car. The correct behaviour might be to use the neighbour’s new car as an incentive to realise what are the things that you really need in life and begin to bless everybody else with those thoughts. It’s treacherously built into our systems (lucky you if are not one of them!) that if I am not happy no one else should be happy, if someone is rich in something we become jealous without a good cause. The truth is that someone else’s happiness should be part of ours. Instead of realising what we are missing someone’s fortune should make us even happier.

It is quite common to laugh when someone seems (temporarily) dumber than us. Instead we should straight away be blessing that this person will be blessed with divine intelligence. The tendency to laugh at someone else’s misfortune only signals about our own poor self-esteem. By blessing generously whenever, whatever and as frequently as possible we insure the constant flow of blessings to our direction.

GMCKS said that thoughts are the seeds. Let’s invest in the right kinds of seeds so the trees that will grow out of them will be of the likable kind.