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.

Crystals are a girl’s best friend

Jag gick Pranic Healing kristallkurs nyligen. Vilken stor hjÀlp man fÄr av dessa hjÀlpredor!
Jag har alltid tyckt om kristaller, Ànda sedan barnsben och hade vÀntat pÄ denna chans redan i mÄnga Är. Nu blev det Àntligen av och förvÀntningarna var höga. Men de infriades helt och fullt!
Nu har jag en hel arsenal nya tekniker att ta hjÀlp av i vardagen, och utnyttja tiden Ànnu mer effektivt. Och sÄ Àr de ju inte helt oÀvna att se pÄ heller.
Jag har redan sysselsatt tvÄ turmaliner, ett antal bergskristaller, samt en granat som kompis pÄ en lÄngresa.
Dessa ovĂ€rderliga medhjĂ€lpare kommer nu att hĂ€nga med överallt 🙂 Kristaller Ă€r denna flickas bĂ€sta vĂ€nner.

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.

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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.

“Gör det dĂ€r som du brukar göra”

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Det Àr sÄ en fyraÄring sÀger nÀr hon vill ha healing.

HÀromdagen föll dottern ner frÄn en stol och stötte sig, naturligtvis. Jag var i ett annat rum dÄ det hÀnde, men hörde smÀllen och sprang till köket för att se vad som hade hÀnt. Dotter grÀt sÄklart, för det hade gjort ont. SÄ jag frÄgade var jag skulle blÄsa, och blÄste. Och trodde att saken var ur vÀrlden med det, vilket det ofta Àr. Men icke denna gÄng.

IstĂ€llet tittar dottern uppfordrande pĂ„ mig och sĂ€ger: “Gör det dĂ€r som du brukar göra” och visar handrörelser i luften. Ja alltsĂ„, jag hade ju inte tĂ€nkt sĂ„ lĂ„ngt som att healing var av nöden, men om dottern ber, sĂ„ klart att jag gör. SĂ„ jag gjorde. Efter nĂ„gra minuter pockade lillasyster pĂ„ min uppmĂ€rksamhet. Jag fixade det som lillasyster behövde och sĂ„ gick jag in i ett annat rum för att fortsĂ€tta healingen. Och efter kommer dottern för att, enligt egen utsago, kolla att jag fortfarande gör healing.

Min Àldsta dotter fyller snart fyra. Och som min dotter har hon ju fÄtt behandlingar Ànda sedan hon föddes, och ja, faktiskt redan innan dess, om man betÀnker att jag gjorde sjÀlvhealing under graviditeten och vi bÄda fick healing under förlossningen. SÄ hon Àr en van patient. Men det var första gÄngen hon bad om en healing. Annars brukar jag göra om jag tycker det verkar behövas. En gÄng har hon bett mig lÄta bli att göra behandling. SÄ hon vet vad det innebÀr och att det har en effekt för henne.

Sanningen fĂ„r man höra frĂ„n barn och fyllon brukar man sĂ€ga. Jag vet inte om det senare stĂ€mmer, men Ă„tminstone det förra 🙂

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

Shower fresh meditation

Pranic Healers know that it’s better to shower before meditating than after, to avoid washing away all the goody good good energies we get. But not only that, it’s also nice to meditate RIGHT after a shower, before adding all the everyday stuff of clothes and thoughts on ourselves.

Beauty meditation - time management!

Beauty meditation – time management!

You know that feeling of freshness when you’ve just stepped out of the shower? Add that to the sense freedom and light gained from doing a Twin Heart Meditation (or any arhatic meditation, for the arhatic yogis out there). I noticed this one morning after I decided to be time efficient and use the meditation time to let the hair rollers do their work (who says spirituality has to mean not wanting to look pretty every once in a while?)

Someone with a degree in shower psychology can try to explain the ins and outs of the ‘shower fresh’ feeling. My layman’s theory is that the sense of ‘me time’ that comes from taking a shower, being on your own, doing something for yourself, is extended by doing a meditation before getting dressed and thereby ‘being ready to meet the world’. Whatever the reason, I’m now loving the feeling of post-shower Twin Hearts, and as a bonus, when I do get out and meet the world (well, the physical world anyway) I’m not only shower fresh, spiritually charged but I also have pretty curls 😀

Have a great day, everyone!

TĂ€llaista Pranicia tĂ€nÀÀn (1)

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Aamulla herÀsin tekstiviestiin, joka tuli mieheltÀni. HÀn on ulkomailla ja oli lentokentÀllÀ juuri nyrjÀyttÀnyt peukalonsa matkalaukkua nostaessaan. HÀn pyysi kaukohoitoapua kipuun. Tein ensi hÀtÀÀn peukaloon ensiapu-energiakÀÀreen ja sitten menin aamupesulle herÀtÀkseni hoitamaan hÀnen peukaloaan kunnolla. Puhdistelin ja energisoin sitÀ muutamia kertoja toistamiseen seuraavan tunnin aikana ja seuraavan tekstiviestin sisÀltö oli, ettÀ peukaloon ei satu enÀÀ ollenkaan.

Seuraavana Pranic-ohjelmanumerona oli pĂ€ivittĂ€inen itsehoito: jumppaa, hengitysharjoituksia, Super-Brain joogaa, hiljentymistĂ€ ja medistĂ€. Se on pranic healerin tyypillinen aamunaloitus, joka antaa voimaa ja intoa pĂ€ivÀÀn. Niin, ja oman kurkun hiilaamista, kun sinne jatkuvasti kerÀÀntyy stressienergiaa, mikĂ€ nĂ€kyy köhimisenĂ€ ja ”palana” kurkussa…

Sitten herÀttelin poikaani sekÀ sanallisesti ettÀ koputtamalla oveen, mutta kun se ei auttanut, niin myös aktivoimalla tiettyjÀ chakroja, jotta sÀngystÀ ylösnouseminen olisi vaivattomampaa. Kovin aamu-unista kanssaihmistÀ tÀytyy vÀlillÀ vÀhÀn jeesata nÀinkin.

IltapĂ€ivĂ€llĂ€ kĂ€vin hoitamassa tuttavaani, jolla kovia kipuja fibromyalgian takia. Hoidon jĂ€lkeen hĂ€n istui sohvalla ja naureskeli ettĂ€ ”nyt pÀÀ on ikÀÀn kuin kohdallaan siinĂ€ hartioiden pÀÀllĂ€â€. Hetken aikaa hĂ€nen silmissÀÀn nĂ€kyi pilkahdus ajoista, jolloin kivut eivĂ€t olleet jatkuvaa seuraa… Projekti jatkuu…

Illalla vielĂ€ Skypen kautta harjoituksia muiden pranic healereiden kanssa. Porukkaa oli eri puolilta Suomea, illan pimetessĂ€ kaikki osallistuivat nĂ€ppĂ€rĂ€sti kotoa kĂ€sin, varmaan jollakin pyjama pÀÀllĂ€ ja teekuppi kĂ€dessĂ€ 🙂 HyvÀÀ yötĂ€!

Jaloille Pranicia!

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Naisten kymppiÀ juostiin ja kÀveltiin toukokuun lopulla HelsingissÀ.
Mukana tÀnÀ vuonna oli myös erÀs pranic healeri ystÀvineen.
Maaliin saapui kolme iloista ja onnellista juoksijaa, jotka nĂ€kyvĂ€t kuvassa + tietysti kaikki muut Kymppiin osallistuneet iloiset ja onnelliset osallistujat 🙂

Pranic Healing taitoja kĂ€ytettiin apuna jo valmistautumisvaiheessa. Kuukautta ennen Pranic kursseja kĂ€ynyt A auttoi ystĂ€viÀÀn puhdistamalla ja vahvistamalla melkein pĂ€ivittĂ€in heidĂ€n jalkojensa energiaa (jalkapohja-, polvi- ja lantiochakroja) ja aktivoimalla peruschakraa. Peruschakran tehtĂ€vĂ€nĂ€ kehon toiminnassa on mm. viedĂ€ energiaa (“polttoainetta”) kehon kaikille lihaksille, iholle ja luille
 myös sydĂ€nlihakselle. Jalkapohjien ja polvien chakrat taas ohjaavat energian jalkojen lihaksille ja luille. NĂ€in voidaan parantaa kestĂ€vyyttĂ€ ja myös ennaltaehkĂ€istĂ€ mahdollisia rasitusvammoja.
Juoksun aikana muutamat muut pranic healerit tekivÀt tÀlle pikku ryhmÀlle kaukohoitoa.

TĂ€ssĂ€ nĂ€iden juoksijoiden kommentti ennen juoksua: “Emme ole menossa kilpailemaan voitosta, mutta yritĂ€mme voittaa itsemme ja juosta sen verran kuin jaksamme ja kĂ€vellĂ€ loput.”
JÀlkeenpÀin he sanoivat, ettÀ olivat tÀllÀ kertaa parantaneet juoksuaikaansa ja jaksoivat keveÀsti juosta koko matkan. MyöskÀÀn lihakset eivÀt kipeytyneet tÀllÀ kertaa.