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Favorite Meditative/Energy Practices?
« on: March 02, 2013, 09:18:39 am »
Hi everyone!  Firstly, I really could not find a subforum that seems quite appropriate for this topic, so please move it if there is a better place for it.  Thank you. :confused:

Anyway, I see lots of different techniques and schools of thought concerning meditation/energy practice.  A relative of mine recently gave me a book that centers around Taoist practices of sensing and moving your own energy, which I think can be easily adapted for energy use in ritual/magic.  

But, I was wondering what types/schools of meditation everyone on here finds most useful/likes the most?  I`m really quite curious, if you don`t mind sharing. :)

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« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2013, 10:04:03 am »
I started with meditation.  Later, I added in moving my own energy. Then I learned Reiki. For the last 10 years, I have been doing Reiki while meditating.

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Re: Favorite Meditative/Energy Practices?
« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2013, 10:20:33 am »
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But, I was wondering what types/schools of meditation everyone on here finds most useful/likes the most?  I`m really quite curious, if you don`t mind sharing. :)

 
I do origami. It's not a traditional meditation, I give you that. But sitting down and trying to clear my mind makes me figety and filled with negative thoughts.

Origami puts me into a very focused, meditative state. I often fold a shape relevant to what I'm meditating on. Once I've folded, I'm normally in a calm place to do more traditional meditative activities.

You could substitute knitting, or playing an instrument perhaps - I don't know what creative hobbies you have, or if you experience making things in the same way I do. I've a friend who does Tai Chi as another form of "active" meditation.
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« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2013, 10:26:47 am »
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I do origami. It's not a traditional meditation, I give you that. But sitting down and trying to clear my mind makes me figety and filled with negative thoughts.

Origami puts me into a very focused, meditative state. I often fold a shape relevant to what I'm meditating on. Once I've folded, I'm normally in a calm place to do more traditional meditative activities.

You could substitute knitting, or playing an instrument perhaps - I don't know what creative hobbies you have, or if you experience making things in the same way I do. I've a friend who does Tai Chi as another form of "active" meditation.

 
I like that idea, I never considered something like that as a way to meditate!

For me, I started with T'ai chi, learning to open my chi points and feeling energy. Then I learned to practice. no I can call energy most of the time, when I want, and I will just sit there and play with it, almost like a cats cradle, it is a very restful way to work it and makes me feel refreshed and focussed too. :)

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« Reply #4 on: March 02, 2013, 11:24:43 am »
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But, I was wondering what types/schools of meditation everyone on here finds most useful/likes the most?  I`m really quite curious, if you don`t mind sharing. :)

 
I know that doing cross-stitch puts me in a kind of meditative state - I often do it to calm myself when I'm feeling anxious. Tai Chi is also useful for me for meditation purposes

Also, if I have to do sitting meditation for various reasons (for a class for example), I've found that having prayer beads in my hands to handle and focus on helps me with being able to keep the rest of my body still since most of my restlessness centers on not knowing what to do with my hands.

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« Reply #5 on: March 02, 2013, 11:41:29 am »
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I do origami. It's not a traditional meditation, I give you that. But sitting down and trying to clear my mind makes me figety and filled with negative thoughts.

Origami puts me into a very focused, meditative state. I often fold a shape relevant to what I'm meditating on. Once I've folded, I'm normally in a calm place to do more traditional meditative activities.

You could substitute knitting, or playing an instrument perhaps - I don't know what creative hobbies you have, or if you experience making things in the same way I do. I've a friend who does Tai Chi as another form of "active" meditation.

Definitely crafting in many forms can be active meditation. I too find peace when I knit or crochet or hand spin wool. Spinning is particularly hypnotic to me, and I often take my spindle and a bit of wool along if I must be in a particularly stressful situation such as a hospital waiting room.

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« Reply #6 on: March 02, 2013, 09:30:13 pm »
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« Reply #7 on: March 03, 2013, 03:21:53 am »
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Anyway, I see lots of different techniques and schools of thought concerning meditation/energy practice.  A relative of mine recently gave me a book that centers around Taoist practices of sensing and moving your own energy, which I think can be easily adapted for energy use in ritual/magic.  

But, I was wondering what types/schools of meditation everyone on here finds most useful/likes the most?  I`m really quite curious, if you don`t mind sharing. :)


for me energy work is feeling myself occupying a space, through the reflection of sound by using some type of instrument and feeling/hearing the echo. if you go deep enough into a cave and clack two rocks together in a rythm you will infact be able to hear and visualize that sound with time and practice going through all the different tunnels. moving around and seeing/feeling the landscape change to the rythm is a perticular type of journeying that i practice.

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Re: Favorite Meditative/Energy Practices?
« Reply #8 on: March 06, 2013, 02:20:45 pm »
Quote from: Violet Skies;99161
Hi everyone!  Firstly, I really could not find a subforum that seems quite appropriate for this topic, so please move it if there is a better place for it.  Thank you. :confused:

Anyway, I see lots of different techniques and schools of thought concerning meditation/energy practice.  A relative of mine recently gave me a book that centers around Taoist practices of sensing and moving your own energy, which I think can be easily adapted for energy use in ritual/magic.  

But, I was wondering what types/schools of meditation everyone on here finds most useful/likes the most?  I`m really quite curious, if you don`t mind sharing. :)

 
I meditate in several different ways, depending on my intent, mood, and surroudings.  

Crafts have always put me at calm, but I don't do them in the quiet; I usually have some sort of background noise going on, from a movie, the radio, a youtube video, music... something.  I sketch, draw, color, do origami (though not traditional origami), etc.  I'd love to get into knitting, but I've never gotten around to purchasing the supplies.  I use this as a way to de-stress and relax.  

Another way is through yoga.  I don't really reach a meditative state during yoga, but immediately afterwards, I hit a zen point.  I usually light some incense after a yoga routine, sit, and choose an affirmation for the day.  Then I simply repeat the affirmation over and over as a chant (silently).  If I happen to have a crystal that aligns with the energy I want to invoke or meditate on, I'll hold it while doing this.  I'd like to incorporate some form of prayer beads into my practice, but I haven't found anything quite right; I think I'll end up making one for myself rather than purchasing it.  Anyway, I typically use this to focus on bringing specific energies in or transforming energies already within my life to work for me.  

A third way is through a meditation technique that I picked up from the Temple of Shamanic Witchcraft by Christopher Penczak, which involves pure visualization.  You basically use breath to calm yourself, then visualize a screen within your mind - you're mind's eye.  The screen counts down from 12 to 1.  Then whatever it is I want to meditate on or visualize, it appears on the screen.  You can even step through it and make your surroundings anything you wish; this is particularly helpful for an exercise that involves creating an inner temple (also in the same book by Penczak), which is a great starting point for branching out into journeying.  This is the method I usually use when I want to dig around deep within to find answers to various questions that I can answer - essentially, shadow work.

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« Reply #9 on: March 06, 2013, 04:29:01 pm »
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Hi everyone!  Firstly, I really could not find a subforum that seems quite appropriate for this topic, so please move it if there is a better place for it.  Thank you. :confused:

Anyway, I see lots of different techniques and schools of thought concerning meditation/energy practice.  A relative of mine recently gave me a book that centers around Taoist practices of sensing and moving your own energy, which I think can be easily adapted for energy use in ritual/magic.  

But, I was wondering what types/schools of meditation everyone on here finds most useful/likes the most?  I`m really quite curious, if you don`t mind sharing. :)


My original mediatative practice was Zazen Meditation (sitting meditation, silence, breathing, and "mushin", aka "no mind", emptying oneself of thoughts). This I  linked with Karate as "meditation in motion". I did that for many years in my youth, and I have found it has provided a strong basis for other forms of breath-focused meditation.

I have tried Tai Chi, but have had difficulty getting good instruction.

Lately, I have been practicing grounding magickal meditation that is based upon chakras and power centers.

My Zen practice and martial arts background has helped me charge up pretty easily, but chakra clearing and balancing has been a little more challenging. I have good power, but still am learning balancing and subtle control.

I am doing a more serious study of Hinduism and Yoga in the hopes that I can increase my mastery and control of my power centers. Becoming more physically fit should help and go hand in hand with improved energy function and control.

I also do candle/flame meditation, and will occasionally used colored stones and other items as magickal foci.

That is where I am at right now with basic meditation and personal energy work.

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« Reply #10 on: March 16, 2013, 05:40:31 pm »
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Hi everyone!  Firstly, I really could not find a subforum that seems quite appropriate for this topic, so please move it if there is a better place for it.  Thank you. :confused:

Anyway, I see lots of different techniques and schools of thought concerning meditation/energy practice.  A relative of mine recently gave me a book that centers around Taoist practices of sensing and moving your own energy, which I think can be easily adapted for energy use in ritual/magic.  

But, I was wondering what types/schools of meditation everyone on here finds most useful/likes the most?  I`m really quite curious, if you don`t mind sharing. :)


Mine is Taijiquan and Qigong work.

I study Lee, Sun and Yang style Taijiquan and they all have a different focus in energy work for instance Sun is faster and Yang is more expansive. I meditate better in Lee style.

I also practise Daoist meditation which focuses on moving energy between the three Dan Tians (located at the head, chest and abdomen) which is very good for focus although you don't sit still in that.
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« Reply #11 on: March 24, 2013, 05:21:10 pm »
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But, I was wondering what types/schools of meditation everyone on here finds most useful/likes the most?  I`m really quite curious, if you don`t mind sharing. :)

 
I've tried several times to meditate with the "traditional" methods of sitting and breathing and so forth, but my attention span doesn't seem to last quite long enough :) I'm still trying, though.

What seems to work best for me in terms of a meditative state is writing poetry. The best way for me to get into a meditative state is to sit somewhere peaceful with a pen and a pad of paper and just sit and write whatever comes to mind.

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