This first series of blogs are in relation to meditation techniques. Each part will explore as an example, a technique relevant to Personality Function. Acting as a basic guide relating to the eventual exploration of inner-space, one of the main themes of this Meta-Book website. Meditation is a prerequisite for such things.
I will be discussing what I found to be the best tech(nique) suited to psychological function or mode of orientation. I’ve excluded the introvert/extrovert and judging/perceiving dichotomies as this Meta-Book website, in general, is steered towards introversion technologies as they relate to Jung’s four ‘basic’ personality functions/attitudes; Sensation, Feeling, Thinking and Intuition. Each match between technique and function was made in relation to my experience/exploration of consciousness-space, further discussed in Volume 1.
As a novice, I was naturally drawn to this particular concentrative method. Yes, the choices are almost endless. This is just an example but I feel the beginner will benefit.
Remember, it’s just a guide…. but it can be extremely useful. I’m sure the reader has a general idea of what their mode of orientation is. Your hobby and the thing you think about all the time probably has a direct relation to it. If you are unsure, there are plenty of free tests online but the following general examples should suffice. I encourage the reader to do some of their own research first…. or if these examples don’t suit.
“Current research does not support large differences in the health benefits of different meditation modalities. Instead, it appears that the regularity of meditation practice is more important than the type of meditation practiced and preferences are mostly subjective rather than reflecting substantive differences in quality.” (Rutledge).
This blog will offer a meditation technique relative to the first psychological function….
Sensitive types are tuned to visceral influences and tend to gather information directly from the sensory organs. They like to ‘physically sense’ energy and are naturals at it. They are at home with their bodies and in nature. A common attribute of Sensitive types is the ability to perceive internal bodily sensations. “The body as felt and experienced from within.”
Shaman, Tantrikas, Daoist’s and Energy-healers generally use some type of body awareness tech. Nature-lovers, hippies, people with caring or health-related careers etc, are perfectly suited to such techniques.
Binaural beats…. were an essential element for me as a beginner. The repetitive nature of drumming in Shamanism is similar to binaural beating. They share the same fundamental principle. Sound waves can alter consciousness. I used an Alpha state (8-13 Hz) binaural beat track. They can be found in most app stores. Use good stereo headphones and make sure you research them before use for health warnings. They are not a guarantee, or even necessary, but they can increase the probability of success.
“Robert A. Monroe observed, during his early research, that certain sounds create a Frequency Following Response in the electrical activity of the brain. Researchers learned specific combinations of frequencies enhance alertness; others induce sleep; and still others evoke expanded states of consciousness.” Hemi-Sync.com.
Slow breathing…. It doesn’t really matter; it’s just that the science shows slow is more productive and safer. It is very dangerous for some to hype themselves up. Especially if you have anxiety issues. The slower and deeper the better and make sure to focus on your chosen object. In this case the abdomen. “Slow breathing techniques are associated with increases in Alpha activity”, (Gemignani et al, 2018). This is the first significant meditative state or altered state of consciousness, which is exactly what we’re going for.
“Slow breathing techniques act enhancing autonomic, cerebral and psychological flexibility. Producing changes such as increased comfort, relaxation, pleasantness, vigor and alertness, and reduced symptoms of arousal, anxiety, depression, anger, and confusion,” (Gemignani et al, 2018).
Focus is the key here…. we are learning how to focus and take control of the breath. It doesn’t matter what method you use, they are relative to the individual. As long as you absolutely involve yourself in the act. Relax into the process.
Focusing on something allows us to suspend the chatter (internal dialogue/intellect) and calm our minds. Focusing on the body, breath, mantra or visualization also allows us to ‘listen passively’ to the binaurals.
“Meditation is a discipline where you cultivate certain familiarity with a chosen object”. Dalai Lama.
We’ll strip it down for the tech and keep it simple…. For the beginner, the most productive approach/short term objective is just to get an overall feel for it. Get associated with the process and work on focusing on the chosen object. The long-term objective, if you intend on exploring consciousness, is to empty your mind of all unnecessary thought until your perception alters. You’ll start to notice the standard blackness behind the eyelids takes on a new ambience and depth. But this takes a lot of practice (discussed in Vol 1).
A Body-awareness method for Sensation types
Object of Focus – The Abdomen
- Sit with your back straight. If that is not possible, lay down or just get comfortable in a chair.
- Take a few minutes to revise your intent in your mind and get comfortable.
- Play the track. Start with a 10 Hz track and set the volume so you can just hear it comfortably. Set a timer if you like.
- Eyes closed or open. Your choice.
- Hold awareness at the area just below the navel.
- **Slowly and purposefully breathe in healthy energy (nose or mouth) into the area just below the navel.
- Reset awareness onto the whole-body.
- Exhale slowly and focus on pushing all stale/negative energy from the body out through the breath (nose or mouth) and relax.
- Reset your awareness at the area just below the navel.
- Repeat **.
Be aware of kin-aesthetic responses. Try and physically sense energy in the body.
If your concentration breaks, start over.
10 minutes at least 4 times a week…. is the general consensus but it’s completely up to you. Just make sure you give yourself a decent chance (a good three months). It’s the same as anything, the more you do it the better you become. You know the drill…. be sensible.
If you are using binaurals…. just use them for training purposes. Gradually use them less.
If you are a novice it might pay to follow the structure and examples given. Simplicity is best. Once again, I encourage you to do some research. In part 2 of this series, I will be discussing an efficient technique for Feeling types. Until then, there is plenty of information in the library section to keep you interested…. Thank you for your time.
Please Enjoy…………………………………………………………………………………..Don’t Panic