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Easy Meditations

Easy Meditation Techniques

by Curt Remington

You’ve probably heard that meditation is good for you. In fact, it’s very good for you. If you don’t meditate now, you may be one of the countless people that believe meditating is difficult, requiring you to sit still and blank all thoughts from your mind. That would be very difficult, but relax. Meditation can be quite easy. An easy technique is to find a focal point to slow that stream of thoughts that tends to race through our heads. Doing this allows your mind and body to relax, and the relaxation can carry well beyond the time that you spend meditating. This is a wonderful way to reduce stress. Most health issues are related to stress, so this is can go a long way to improving your health.

Focusing on a view is an easy meditation technique, like Mary is doing in the mountains.

Mary Meditating in the North Cascades, WA

Another reason people put off meditating is that they don’t have the time. I can relate to that, but meditators tend to have more energy, think more clearly, and experience more happiness. Meditation can be absolutely blissful, if you’ve put it off because it sounds boring. Believe me, it’s a wonderful experience and well worth your time!

Hopefully you’re convinced that you should meditate. Now we just need to find an easy way to do it.

Simple Ways to Meditate

There are all sorts of easy ways to meditate. You might try a few and see what works best for you. In my book, Simple Meditation, I’ve got a chapter devoted to connecting with nature, and 4.5 years ago, I wrote an article on Meditation to Connect with Nature describing focal points in nature that you can use to meditate on. This technique is as easy as sitting on a beach, listening to waves roll into shore.

True Meditation CD Set

True Meditation CD set by Adyashanti

Meditating at home can be this easy too. There are CDs with nature sounds, so you can bring the outdoors world in. Listening to soothing meditation music is another easy option, and there are CDs with embedded sound pulses that entrain your brain to reach an alpha or deeper theta brainwave state. What could be easier? Another advantage to meditation CDs is that they can drown out the barking dog across the street.

Maybe the easiest technique of all is as Adyashanti, author of True Meditation suggests, “let go of control and let everything be as it is.” This has worked for me and can be a wonderful method, but beginners may initially find it difficult to let go of their racing thoughts.

Of course this article wouldn’t be complete without mentioning a simple breath meditation. For at least 2500 years, Buddhists have focused on their breath while letting go of other thoughts.

More Meditation Techniques and Visualization Exercises

Any of these methods will get you started, and they are all you need to let go of stress, improve your health and clear your mind. There are more techniques and visualization exercises you might wish to advance to for releasing emotional blocks, healing specific health issues, or for accessing your intuition or psychic abilities. These can be found in my book or in my meditations list. Whatever path you follow, meditation is well worth your time.


Transcendental or Spiritual Experiences

Experience Spiritual Moments Through Meditation and Nature

by Curt Remington

Meditation, and connecting with nature, can lead to wonderful  transcendental experiences, moments of awe when we briefly sense our connection to everything around us. The type of transcendental experiences I want to focus on here are those magical moments when the spiritual realm sends us a physical sign, to get a message across. In my experience, the more that you work to have the first kind of experience, the more you build spiritual connections and have the second kind of experience.

Maybe the message is as simple as a reminder that you have guardian angels or spirit guides looking out for you. That message reached me loud and clear during my encounter with a wolf in the middle of town.

Nissan GT-R

Nissan GT-R

The message might be that the Law of Attraction really works. That seemed to be the case, when I got my kayak. That may be the message I received last weekend too. On Friday night, I scanned Craigslist, watching for a bargain car for one of my daughters. The ad that caught my eye was for a Nissan GT-R. This definitely would not be a practical car for my daughter. The reason it caught my eye is that they’re quite rare and very fast. I’d only read about them and had never actually seen one. The GT-R makes the list of fastest accelerating production cars, at #6. It will do 0-60 in 2.8 seconds, with a top speed just shy of 200 mph. For cars on this list, it’s not terribly exotic looking, and it’s quite a bargain, at less than $100,000. It’s still way out of my price range and too fast to be practical, but it is fun to dream.

All right, back to transcendental experiences. Saturday morning, the day after contemplating a GT-R, my wife Mary, Riva (our dog) and I set out for the mountains to hike a loop trail in the North Cascades Mountains. By dropping Mary and Riva off at Artist Point and driving down to the national forest visitor center, I could save the last 1000 feet of grueling climbing to get back to our car. All I had to do was hitchhike a couple miles back to Artist Point.

Riva at Herman Pass w/Mt Shuksan in background

Riva at Herman Pass w/Mt Shuksan in background

The first three cars, each with a vacant passenger seat, drove right by my upraised thumb. The fourth car pulled over and believe-it-or-not, it was a beautiful Nissan GT-R. After the driver briefly explained how to open the door, I got a thrilling ride up one seriously scenic section of mountain road, with hairpin curves and stunning views. This experience may have been the work of my spirit guides or an incredibly fast example of the Law of Attraction in action. Either way, it served to remind me that we are eternal spiritual beings having a temporary physical experience. Meditating at Herman Pass, in the middle of our hike, was another spiritual experience.

If you’d like to have more of your own transcendental or spiritual experiences, I encourage you to meditate, get out and connect with nature, and communicate more with your guardian angels and spirit guides. My book, Simple Meditation, can help you with all three of these suggestions.

Meditation Can Improve Your Relationships

Create Quality Relationships Through Meditation

by Curt Remington

Our relationships may be the most important aspect of our lives. If we’re battling with our spouse, can’t get along with coworkers, or are desperately lonely, our lives can be miserable. On the other hand, if we have a loving partner, close friends, and a supportive family, life can be blissful.

Meditation can vastly improve the quality of our relationships, as we let go of stress, anger judgment, all of which can get in the way of good relationships. The meditation exercises you’ll find below will also increase your positive feelings towards others, and their positive feelings towards you. The second exercise can help you overcome loneliness. The third exercise can attract new relationships into your life, possibly even the love or your life.

Improving Relationships (Heart Chakra) Meditation

Curt, Mary & Riva at Cutthroat Pass

Curt, Mary & Riva at Cutthroat Pass

This meditation will increase your positive feelings towards those around you. Once you’ve reached your quiet and comfortable place, take a few deep breaths and relax. With your thoughts quieted, visualize a very important person in your life. This could be a spouse, child, parent or close friend. Holding their image, contemplate one or two traits that are unique and positive about them. Maybe they’re very generous, creative, funny or loving. If positive characteristics are not coming up, remember that person is only human and move through their traits until you find a positive one. Everyone has some. As you’re contemplating that trait, feel your fondness for that person. The feeling is probably coming from the area of your heart or fourth chakra. After feeling the warmth for that person, find someone else important in your life and do the same thing.

As you move from person to person, sense a growing golden glow radiating from your heart, like sunshine. Let the rays of this warmth shine for as long as you like, touching the important people in your life. If you want, you can then expand it farther so it reaches others, like those in your neighborhood, town or even expand it to the world. If everyone did this, we could make the world a brighter, more loving place. When you’re done, take a few more deep breaths and realize that you can continue to radiate that caring light as you go on about your day.

Overcoming Loneliness

Although lonely people may feel like it, they are not alone in their loneliness. A recent national survey found that one fourth of all adults goes through painful loneliness at least once every four weeks.

Often, lonely people are reluctant to get out and connect with others. They may become critical of themselves, seeing their loneliness as their fault. They may also become critical of others, often blaming them for their situation. If you’re lonely, the heart chakra exercise will help by increasing positive feeling towards others and by moving your focus outward.

In doing the heart chakra meditation, you can start by visualizing your loneliness as a dark cloak covering you. As bright, golden energy radiates out from your heart center, let it fill your body with loving energy. It’s hard to love others until you love yourself. Then, see this energy radiating out and melting away the cloak of loneliness. Instead of that dark cloak, bright light now surrounds you.

The next step is to visualize yourself meeting people that are kind and appreciate you.

The final step, after you’re done meditating, is to actually go to events that interest you, where you will meet these people. This could be classes, clubs, or any of a variety of organizations. Personally, I’m very fond of Toastmasters.

 Attracting a New Relationship

By regularly using the heart chakra meditation, you will begin to radiate more positive energy, which is definitely attractive to others. While you are doing the heart chakra meditation, hold the intention that a stronger beam of positive energy will reach the ideal person for you. This might mean the love of your life or maybe someone that will become a close friend. That person will feel the connection you’re establishing, on a subconscious, psychic level, and be drawn towards you.

Like the final step in overcoming loneliness, you need to follow this up by getting out into the world where you can meet nice people, by joining organizations or going to fun places.

Author’s Bio: Curt Remington is the author of Simple Meditation: A Spiritual Connection for Transforming Your Life, creator of this website and of

Skiing, Snowboarding or Scuba Meditation

Visualizing Outdoor Activities is a Great Way to Meditate

by Curt Remington

In self-hypnosis, a common deepening exercise is to visualize walking down a flight of stairs. During meditation, you can use this same technique and reach a deeper alpha or theta (trance) state.

Walking down a flight of steps might work well, but skiing down a mountain or diving down to a vibrant coral reef is a lot more fun. Visualizing these activities while you’re meditating will sharpen your visualization skills, deepen your meditative state, and make your experience really enjoyable.

For either of these meditations, find a comfortable, quiet place to sit. Take a few deep, clearing breaths. Close your eyes and relax.

Mt Baker Ski Area, Washingon

Mt Baker Ski Area, Washingon

Skiing or Snowboarding Visualization

For a skiing or snowboarding meditation, I’d visualize rhythmic carved turns through deep, soft powder. Feel yourself gently rising and sinking into the snow, as you make your way down the mountain. See and feel the details around you. Is the sun shining on your face? Is there a cool breeze against your cheeks? Can you smell the freshness of the mountain air?

If you like, visualize coming over a slight rise to find what’s on the other side. As I did this, a rustic cabin came into view. I went inside and found a warm fire and friends drinking hot cocoa.

Scuba Visualization

Tropical Fish at a Coral Reef

Tropical Fish at a Coral Reef

As you may already know, SCUBA stands for self-contained underwater breath apparatus. Since this is a visualization exercise, you don’t need scuba gear to breathe underwater, so leave it at home if you like.

Start your dive in clear, blue water, with depths to explore below. Propel yourself forward and down with smooth, strong kicks. What you find below is up to you. Can you see the bottom, or does it disappear into darkness? You might follow a coral reef with countless fish, or you might follow a gradual sand bottom down. Can you hear any sounds? The song of a whale? The bubbles of your gear, if you brought it? Are there fish? A shipwreck?

Like with the skiing visualization, you might come over a rise to see what comes into view. For me, an underwater city appeared, with glass domes over the dwellings. On my next visualization meditation, I may explore that city.


Releasing Old Fears

Let Go of Fears Through Meditation

by Curt Remington

Maybe you’ve heard, 2012 will be a big year of change and growth for all of us. A lot of people are expecting a shift in consciousness as the planet, and the people on it, raise their energy vibration rate. I am now free of cancer and anxiety, ready for a fresh start. I’d like to share with you a meditation that helped me let go of some old fears. This meditation can help you let go of a variety of emotional blocks that might be holding you back. It can help you feel more confident, ready to face life’s challenges, and it can help raise your energy vibration rate too.

P-51 Mustang

P-51 Mustang

Last year (2011) held some difficult lessons for me. In April, I had a biopsy that turned up positive for prostate cancer. I was shocked! My health had been fine for years. After the shock, fear set in. Cancer is a scary word. My dad died of prostate cancer, and I pictured him the day he died, heavily sedated and moaning in pain. I did not want to die like that.

With surgery scheduled for the end of the summer, my wife and I worked on healing meditations to reduce the cancer. A family road trip to Minnesota served as another excuse to put off my prostatectomy. Shortly after returning from the trip, I checked in for surgery at the U of W Medical Center, on August 29th. The surgery went smoothly, and they only found one cc of cancer. It appeared contained within my prostate, and they took the whole prostate. The most frightening aspect of my experience seemed to be over.

For some reason, it wasn’t. I had gone into surgery unafraid, and I made it through surgery fine. A few days after surgery, they sent me home with a catheter bag and a long list of symptoms or problems to watch out for, including signs of infection. I came home from the hospital feeling weak and vulnerable, afraid that I’d tear something open. I especially worried that in my weakened state, I’d get an infection or pick up some other illness. Once the catheter was out, I found myself dealing with a bad case of incontinence.

The whole experience triggered an enormous amount of anxiety, something I don’t usually have. I don’t even remember what all of my fears were about. Some seemed to be from childhood, and some were related to past lives. For example, being strapped to the operating table triggered a past-life memory of an ancient torture chamber.

My prospects were always good. Stage II prostate cancer is very treatable, but having a disease brought up past-life memories of miserable deaths from one illness or another. Having this old stuff dredged up led to a lot of irrational fear and some long, miserable anxiety attacks. Having this stuff dredged up also gave me an opportunity to work on letting go of it. Releasing old fears, anxieties and other emotional blocks is a powerful way to clean out your energy system, raise your vibration and advance your spiritual growth. I believe this is one of the reasons I got cancer, so I’d have the opportunity to clear out old stuck energy. An even more important benefit I received was some very valuable spiritual lessons that I’ll cover in another blog.

To let go of the stuck energy, I used a very effective meditation technique that clears blocks from your aura and chakras. As author of Simple Meditation, I admit that you may find this meditation to be a little complex. It is well worth your time and could lead to significant spiritual growth.

 Meditation for Releasing Old Fears

Sitting in a comfortable chair will make this exercise easier, although you could even do this in bed.  Grounding and Running Your Energies is important. I highly recommend that you read up on those exercises. If you don’t have the time, at least be sure to ground yourself by visualizing a beam of light extending from the base of your spine to the center of the earth. This will act as your grounding cord and give you a place to release any blocks you’ll be letting go of.

Once you’re done running your energies, you should be in a calm, meditative state. If you only have a vague idea of what you want to release, you can simply hold the intention to bring up images of what needs releasing. For instance, you might think to yourself, I’d like to release the energy from old experiences that make me afraid to speak out in a group setting. You might see an image appear of a bully making fun of you during elementary school. As you hold that image in your mind, see it as a picture in front of you. Attach a grounding cord to it by visualizing a cord that extends from the bottom of the image down to the center of the earth, like the grounding cord you created for yourself. This cord will allow the energy from the picture to drain out, releasing the energy of this old memory. After you’ve drained the energy from a picture, you can even blow it up, to further release energy. Your intention (visualization) to do these things is all you need to create results on an energy level.

When you’re done with the first picture, work on finding another and another, draining the energy from each of these old memories. When you’re done grounding these old pictures, the next step is to bring some very high vibration energy into your chakras and aura, to burn out the remaining remnants of troublesome energy from these pictures. You can do this in a very similar fashion to the exercise I used to Target Cancer with High Vibration Energy. Visualize a beam of very high vibration energy coming down through the top of your head and targeting any old fears or other emotional baggage that you want to release. Let this high vibration energy burn up the lower vibration blocks, with the remnants running down your grounding cord. The first, second or third chakras are likely places for these energy blocks to be residing. Becoming familiar with the chakras is helpful.

The first (root) chakra relates to security and survival, so fear pictures are likely to be here. The second (sacral) chakra relates to emotions, and the third (solar plexus) chakra relates to issues like self-esteem.

When you feel that you’ve cleared out enough old emotional baggage or low vibration energy for the day, take a deep clearing breath and move onto more meditating or finish up and go on about your day. You might feel a bit out of sorts for a day or two, as your body continues to release old stuff.

During my recovery, I had plenty of fears and blocks to release, so I used these meditations quite a few times. They helped me get my life back on track quickly.

Although much of what I went through was an awful experience at the time, I’m grateful for what I’ve learned and for the growth I’ve experienced. I’m now back to being calm and confident, but I now have an even greater appreciation for life and am more compassionate and understanding toward others that may be going through their own difficulties. Releasing old fears or other emotional blocks is a wonderful way to start the New Year. This may be especially important this year, with potentially big changes coming in 2012.

Healing Meditations for Cancer

Meditations for Decreasing Cancer Cells

by Curt Remington

In last month’s blog, I briefly described my own situation with cancer, along with providing healing visualization meditations for clearing toxins and energy debris, the stuff that can lead to cancer. This article’s exercises are for targeting the cancer itself, and they are good for your physical and spiritual health, even if you don’t have cancer.

Sunset over Lake Whatcom, WA

Sunset over Lake Whatcom, WA

To update you on my experience, these exercises are having a positive impact. Over the past few years, my PSA (Prostate-Specific Antigen) had been steadily rising, which is why my doctor recommended a biopsy. The biopsy results showed cancer. A pathologist at the University of Washington gave it a Gleason Score of seven.

Although I scheduled surgery for the end of August, my wife and I began alternative approaches to improve my health ourselves, changing to a more alkaline diet, taking supplements and using energy-healing meditations. I recently got another PSA test, and my score had dropped 18%, into the high end of a normal range for my age (51). According to a lab tech that I spoke with, it’s quite unusual to have prostate cancer and see a drop in PSA. My plan is to continue what we’re doing, check my PSA again, and make a careful decision regarding surgery.

If you’re dealing with cancer or another illness, these healing meditations can help. If you’re in fine health, they make a good preventative step.

These techniques work on a quantum energy level, because energy responds to our thoughts. When you visualize quantum energy moving or changing, you are actually causing it to do what you envision. These changes don’t always manifest immediately on the physical plane, so please be persistent. Meditating has the additional benefit of releasing stress, which can hamper your immune system.

Target Cancer with High Vibration Energy

It is best to do this exercise sitting upright. Grounding and Running Your Energies are a beneficial way to start. If you don’t have time to read those exercises, start by visualizing a beam of light extending from the base of your spine to the center of the earth. This will act as your grounding cord and give you a place to release any unwanted energies.

For Running Your Energies, you bring high vibration cosmic energy through the top of your head (crown chakra). For this exercise, use even higher vibration energy. I ask for spiritual help at creating a beam of very high vibration and pure energy/light that looks like clear water with bright white light shining through it. My clairvoyant training was not based on any religion, but we referred to this vibration as Christ Force Energy, the energy vibration that Christ healed with.

See this beam of intense energy focused down through the top of your head, lighting up the area that you are working to heal. For me, this is my prostate. Visualize the intensity and brightness dissolving away any unhealthy tissue. You might think of this beam like radiation treatment, or a laser beam, except it’s not harmful to your healthy tissue. Watch as the energy and light disperses from its initial target to the rest of your body, so it can heal other areas. Let any unwanted energy debris flush down your grounding cord.

When you feel ready, move on to another exercise or take a few deep breaths and finish your meditation.

Reprogramming Your DNA

The energy debris or toxins, mentioned in my earlier article, can cause mutations in one of your cell’s DNA. If your immune system is not working well enough to catch this, the mutated DNA can be the start to cancer, as the mutated cells continue to grow and divide. As the cancer grows, it looks less and less like normal cells. That first meditation targets the severely deformed cells, while this exercise’s purpose is to replace mutated cells and to correct faulty DNA before they start causing trouble.

Once you’re in a meditative state, hold the intention of finding an ideal cell with perfect DNA. Hold the intention that your other cells match this cell. Visualize this taking place throughout your body. I even visualize a whirring noise as this takes place in cell after cell. When you feel as if the job is complete, move onto another meditation or take a few deep breaths and go on about your day.