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Gyan Mudra: the Key to Deep Meditation

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Gyan Mudra, or Mudra of Knowledge, is one of the most important mudras. It symbolizes openness to the wisdom of the Universe. Gyan Mudra practice stimulates wisdom and knowledge and evokes the most expansive version of the self, so you can flow through your life lessons with ease and calm.

In this article, I will share with you how to perform Gyan Mudra and receive its benefits.

What Is Gyan Mudra?

Gyan is a Sanskrit word that refers to ‘Knowledge’ or ‘Wisdom’. Mudra means ‘Gesture’ or ‘Symbol’.

Connecting the fingers in certain combinations, you can activate the meridians and direct energy throughout the body, restore the flow of energy and eliminate “breakdowns” in diseased organs thus improve your health.

Different positions of the fingers have the ability to close or clear the energy channels. In addition, performing mudras, we affect the biologically active points of the palms and fingers.

When performing Gyan Mudra, we use the upper phalanges of our fingers. On the upper phalanges of the fingers, there are a lot of nerve endings, which when connected to each other create something like a “short circuit of electricity”, because of which the energy does not diverge in the outer space, but is concentrated inside. It helps to create the correct redirection of energy in the body, for the control of prana, and for changing the psycho-emotional state.

To perform Gyan Mudra, we use the tip of the index finger with the tip of the thumb. And there is a reason for that.

Each finger of the hand corresponds to certain energy. And each tip of each finger is responsible for a specific part of the body.

The index finger is associated with knowledge, wisdom, and self-confidence. It is connected to our life force.

The thumb is responsible for our ego, will, and logic. Also, this finger is associated with wisdom, mind, and awareness.

By connecting the index finger with the thumb, we create a powerful gesture that activates all the components these fingers responsible for.

Also, it is important to know that each finger is associated with one of the 5 elements.

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Thumb represents the Fire element (Agni).

The index finger is associated with the energy of the Air element.

Gyan mudra mainly works on increasing the Air element inside the body. Increased Air element helps the brain to work more efficiently.

Gyan Mudra Benefits

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This beautiful mudra has lots of benefits. Here are some of them.

The Gyan Mudra:

  • helps to eliminate stress, sadness, and sorrow;
  • gives hope and confidence for the future;
  • improves concentration;
  • helps to process large amounts of information;
  • improves memory and attention;
  • stimulates the Root chakra;
  • heals Kapha and Pitta Dosha;
  • eases tension and depression;
  • calms down;
  • brings spiritual openness and ease in meditation;
  • boosts the air element;
  • stimulates the brain;
  • empowers the mind, nervous system, and pituitary gland;
  • prevents insomnia.

How to perform?

Lightly touch the tip of the thumb with the tip of the index finger, keeping the other fingers straight but relaxed. Do this with both the right and left hand and hold for at least a few minutes. In Kundalini Yoga, this mudra is usually practiced with the hands resting on the knees and the elbows straight.

When performing this mudra, it is recommended to visualize white color. For example, a white wall or a piece of paper.

You can perform this mudra with only one hand. This is especially appropriate during pranayama practice when the other hand is used to regulate breathing by pinching one nostril.

It is best to perform Gyan mudra for 30-45 minutes daily. You can also do this mudra in 3 shifts of 15 minutes.

Morning time is the best time to perform the Mudra of Knowledge.

Side Effects And Precautions

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Gyan mudra mainly increases the Air element in the body. Therefore, if you have any health problems related to stomach or digestion problems, this mudra might increase these problems.

In Vata dosha, the Air element is already present. Therefore, if you have Vata dosha, perform this mudra moderately.

The Bottom Line

It is believed that Gautama Buddha practiced the Mudra of Knowledge during his meditation for the enlightenment, beneath the bodhi tree. Gyan Mudra is a great tool for deepening your meditation practice and enhancing the power of your concentration.

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Pratyahara Practice In The Modern World

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Sometimes, when you try to focus or meditate, there are external influences that won’t let you. Modern life has become so complicated that people can barely focus on their mental well-being. This is where Pratyahara guides your mind away from the environmental factors and external influences that won’t allow you to focus.

And if this is what you are experiencing, you are not alone; many yogis seek guidance in practicing Pratyahara in the modern world. So, in this article, we welcome you to our guide as we answer commonly asked questions about this practice. 

But first,

What is Pratyahara?

If loosely translated from Sanskrit, Pratyahara means “withdrawal of senses.” We would describe it as the intentional withdrawal of energy from the senses. However, the withdrawal is conscious.

It is the fifth limb of the Ashtanga yoga system and serves as the meditation practice’s foundation. With this, you understand how critical it is. You know how vital the meditation practice is to yogis and everyone.

When you start your yoga practice, everything may seem to go smoothly. However, once you get to the senses, things may get confusing. We live in a fast-paced world where daily life feels like we are grinding 24/7. As a result, it may seem impossible to focus and practice yoga. Pratyahara practice allows you to engage with your true self. And it does this by allowing you to absorb your senses rather than trying to analyze them.

The 4 Types of Pratyahara

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Focusing on the below four branches will help you enjoy the benefits of the Pratyahara practice the most. We will also guide you on how to use these sub-types effectively.

Indriya Pratyahara

Indriya pratyahara focuses on the withdrawal of the external stimuli you experience via the five senses:

  • Hearing,
  • Smell,
  • Taste,
  • Sight,
  • Touch.

To withdraw these senses, try concentrating on your natural breathing pattern. This will help create an environment favorable for your mind’s relaxation.

Prana Pratyahara

Prana is the universal energy that flows throughout the body. When practicing pratyahara, you must master the art of letting your energy flow without holding back. This could be as simple as encouraging negative thoughts about your immediate environment or visualizing the death process instead of blocking them. When you learn this, you will focus more on your inner self and not the energy of the senses.

Karma Pratyahara

Karma focuses on control of the action. It is about letting go of all your actions and thoughts in favor of humanity and divine service. You can practice this through Karma yoga. Karma yoga teaches us that happiness is limitless when not attached to the results of our actions.

Mano Pratyahara

This is the last sub-type of Pratyahara. It involves the withdrawal of the mind. In Mano, you not only withdraw the external stimuli but also guide your reaction to them. You also redirect your attention inwards.

How Can You Practice Pratyahara?

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To get started, incorporate asana into your practice.

Picture this: You have just performed a corpse pose (Savasana). You are now lying on your mat after the practice. Take this moment as an observation period. Close your eyes and engage with the sensations in your body. Slowly scan your body and find any holding, pain, or gripping. Try to point out the areas of discomfort. Try to notice every little thing happening in your inner world as much as possible.

With this, see if you can shift your attention from the things happening around you, to focus on your breathing. Bring your attention to your breathing and use it as a constant metronome within your body instead of your external environment.

Through this, you will gradually start to zone out from external stimuli.

Other Tips to Practice Pratyahara in the Modern World

Many people are stressed and depressed today. It is just the life we are living. The situation is even worse for people in big cities as their life is more rushed. It becomes difficult to try and let go of your external influences and focus on your inner self. In short, if Pratyahara asks you to withdraw your senses, you do not know where to start.

Try these tips to help you withdraw your senses and consequently enjoy the benefits of Pratyahara.

#1: Use Yoga Nidra

A great place to start your Pratyahara is yoga Nidra, which is a practice of withdrawing all senses except sound.  

Yoga Nidra is a guided meditation, a form of Pratyahara that allows yogis to scan their bodies and tap into the relaxed state of consciousness. This allows the mind to settle between a place of wakefulness and sleep.

#2: Observe Silence

You can be up and down every day. This is why you need to set some time apart to observe silence. You can organize home retreats or have a period of silence and meditate. Use this period to hold a simple hand mudra and focus on the inward.

#3: Practice Mindfulness

Adopt a regular schedule to focus on your body and the senses. As you go about your day, pay close attention to every sensation your experience. Keep in mind how external forces influence your:

  • Body,
  • Mood,
  • Perception of things

Refrain from participating in idle gossip or any negative remarks. In short, stay away from practices that do not contribute to your inner peace. It is not your business if it does not affect or involve you. Things that deteriorate the state of your inner peace make it difficult for you to focus. You have no business concentrating on it if it is not feeding your soul. 

Final Thoughts

We all want to enjoy the great benefits of Pratyahara. These range from calming the mind, reversing the disturbed flow of prana, and stimulating the mind. It is, however, not as easy to get there. The modern world does not make it any easier for us. The tips above and the principles of the four types of Pratyahara can help you achieve the highest levels of Pratyahara.

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Past Life Regression Meditation: A Dive Back to History

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How many lives have you lived? Can we genuinely discover our past life? If you constantly question your purpose in life or have unexplainable fears, you can gain a lot by undergoing a past life regression meditation.

Past life regression meditation guides us back to the past by exploring previous lifetimes using the wisdom you have in your current lifetime. The technique heals the body, mind, and soul and helps us attain a greater level of purpose, self-confidence, happiness, and health. 

Existence of Past Life and Reincarnation

Science has not yet proven the actuality of reincarnation or a past life. However, human history has accounts of people who claim to know intricate details about their past lives. Think of Greek philosopher Pythagoras who claimed to have been a Trojan Warrior Euphorbos during the Trojan War. Recently, Dr. Jim Tucker of the University of Virginia interviewed children between the ages of 2 and 5 who also recalled a past life.

Other researchers include Dr. Ian Stevenson, who investigated and documented his studies of up to 3,000 cases of children with a recollection of a past life. The doctor published his findings that include physical injuries like birthmarks, emotions, and memories passed from one life to another. 

Understanding Past Life Regression

Past life regression is a hypnotic technique that aims at recovering memories from your past life or incarnations. The therapy assists persons struggling with mental health problems like anxiety, depression, mood swings, and gender dysphoria. Hence, the therapist assumes that our past traumatic memories are the origins of our current mental challenges. For this, a past life regression therapy session seeks to address these past traumatic events before we were born in this life. 

Types of Past Life Regression Techniques

There are vast past life regression techniques as follows: 

How Does Past Life Regression Meditation Work?

Past life regression meditation involves guided meditation techniques that aid your past life work and regression. The meditation seeks to access memories and experiences through a gentle and peaceful meditative journey, usually assisted by a regressionist. Here the professional assists their subjects to still their minds, relax and reconnect with their past selves. Other ways of undertaking a past life regression meditation include: 

  • Using guided past life regression meditation videos on YouTube
  • Practicing self-guided past life regression meditation
  • Reading past life oracle cards
  • Using a pendulum

The Benefits

Past life regression meditation is known for the following benefits: 

  • It helps us reconnect with our past life experiences. 
  • The meditation helps us understand why we have a deep connection with some activities, places, or objects.
  • We get to explore our current soulmate experiences concerning our past life.
  • The technique facilitates the identification of any current physical ailments that are remnants of our traumatic past life experiences.
  • The meditation can facilitate shadow work to explore any unresolved emotions that originate from our past life experiences. Such shadow emotions may be the root of our unexplainable fears, phobias, or beliefs.
  • It allows us to appreciate any key lessons we learned through our past life experiences.

What Can I Expect in a Past Life Regression Meditation Session?

A typical session can take participants back to one or several past life experiences. For example, the vivid experiences help participants discover the source of their current bonds with strangers, certain places, or soulmates in a previous life. It also evokes lots of ‘Ahha!’ moments afterward as the participants start to put pieces of their present unexplainable experiences together. 

Hence, the participant may focus on one past life per meditation session.

Still, other participants have no intuitive feelings about their past. See, your belief system concerning past life and reincarnation can facilitate or hinder meditation therapy. For example, if you are a firm critic of past life and reincarnation, you may create a block in your subconscious mind, making it difficult to surrender to the experience. That’s why one should be open-minded, have a healthy curiosity, and be willing to give yourself entirely to the past life regression meditation.

FAQs

Can one remember the regression afterward?

Yes. Unlike traditional hypnosis, where the subject can be unconscious, anyone undergoing a past life regression meditation session gets deeply relaxed but is still awake. Hence, they recall all their past life experiences that come to mind during the session.

What will I need during the meditation?

There is no need for special supplies during the meditation. Instead, participants should set aside one to two hours, undisturbed, with the therapist. They should also wear comfortable clothing to allow total relaxation. 

Can I choose which past life to remember?

No. During the meditation, the subconscious mind recalls past life memories based on your readiness to receive such information. Hence, sometimes what comes to mind might be the opposite of what you had anticipated. 

How does a therapist help during a past life regression meditation session?

A therapist helps you relax during meditation. Then, they guide you using a series of questions to help your subconscious mind release information about your past life. Unlike popular belief, therapists do not impose their thoughts on the subject’s mind. 

Can a past life regression meditation session get me to the time I passed away in my past life?

Yes. Still, since you shall be awake during the meditation session, you have a choice to skip or explore the time when you passed away in a past life. Revisiting the transition from life to death is a safe, non-traumatic experience that provides a deeper understanding of self. 

Conclusion

Would you practice past life regression meditation? If so, find a qualified regressionist to help you relax and guide you through the process. You can also explore other forms of past life regression meditation like reading oracle cards, using a pendulum, and practicing self-guided meditation. Whichever approach you use, let your gut feelings guide you to receiving past life information in whatever form.

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Meditation Frequencies Chart: The Importance of Solfeggio Frequencies

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Did you know that listening to certain musical tones repeatedly can have a positive medical effect, especially on your vital organs? Simply put, music is food for the soul. And while some tunes make you irritable, others soothe you to more profound imagination or restful sleep. Why is this so? A scientist by the name of Dr. Joseph Puleo discovered this phenomenon. What we now call Solfeggio Frequencies. Out of these came the Meditation Frequencies Chart, which we apply to transcend in our meditation with minimum resistance. We will explain how, but first;

A Little History

Documented in the King James Bible, in the book of numbers, Gregorian Monks were said to use these frequencies when they chanted in their meditation. Dr. Joseph Puleo Rediscovered them in 1974. 

Meditation Frequency Chart Analysis

There are nine Solfeggio Frequencies with a series of six repetitive codes deduced from the verse in Latin as follows:

With loosened voices, your servants may (Ut queant laxis Resonare fibris) 

UT – 396 Hz and RE – 417 Hz 

396 transforms grief into joy and guilt into forgiveness, while 417 removes and clears subconscious blockages and negativity while preparing you for the future.

Resound your wonderful deeds (Mira gestorum Famuli tuorum)

MI – 528 Hz and FA – 639 Hz 

528 stimulates love and restores equilibrium. It is also responsible for miracles and DNA repair. 639 strengthens family and community relationships.

Lose the guilt from our stained lips (Solve polluti Labii reatum)

SOL – 741 Hz and LA – 852 Hz

741 is a toxin cleanser. It awakens your natural instincts and awakens your intuition. On the other hand, 852 helps restore spiritual balance, inner strength, and stability.

Saint John (Sancte Iohannes)

The Other 3 Frequency Combinations Based On the Same Pattern

174 – makes you more grounded, which calms you down and gives you more trust.

285 – this works on your subconscious mind to revive your beautiful memories and visualize your goals.

963 – activates your energy to concentrate on your third eye

Nikola Tesla, the electrical engineer, physicist, and inventor, also knew this secret. He referred to the numbers 3, 6, and 9 as the numbers holding the key to the universe. And these are the three numbers we see above forming the root vibration of the Meditation Frequencies Chart.

What Is the Importance of the Meditation Frequencies Chart?

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#1: They Help Deal with Fear and Loss

We all have our fears in life. An easier way to overcome them is by tuning into 396 or 417 Hz during meditation. If you combine this with intentional chanting and mantras, slowly, your fears will start leaving your subconscious mind. You can tune into 528 Hz for clarity, peace, and DNA healing to occupy this empty thought space.

#2: Relieving Pain and Tension

174 HZ frequency is fundamental in pain management. You feel very relaxed as you control your breathing and drift off to quiet meditation. Consequently, the healing frequencies will relax your muscles, reducing tension and pain. 

Combining this with the miracle frequency, 528 Hz, you start experiencing total DNA healing, eliminating other underlying medical conditions. 

#3: Enhancing Safety, Energy, and Survival

Frequency 285 Hz is linked to the root chakra. Located at the bottom of your spinal cord, the root chakra is the primal energy center. It draws energy from the universe and aligns you with it. Therefore, depending on what frequencies you’re emitting, you get them back in multiples. 

For this reason, it’s essential to always keep your root chakra in mint condition for your safety and survival because you attract what you think in your mind. 

#4: We Get to Achieve Better Inter-Personal Relationship

As we meditate, the frequency 639Hz can improve our relationships. You not only get to work on yourself and your emotions, but you can also tune in to other people’s emotions. Consequently, you love better and more profound without fear of being hurt.

To further enhance this virtue, you tune into problem-solving 741 Hz frequency, which allows your mind to diversify. You can discover various solutions and new ways of self-expression. Consequently, you think freely. 

The Steps to Using the Meditation Frequencies Chart

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As with any other guided meditation, the first step is to find a quiet and peaceful spot free from distractions. A place where you feel welcome and free to explore without the fear of being judged.  

The next step is to further enhance your comfort by adding soft paddings such as a pillow or cushion. Also, find a comfortable sitting or lying position before you tune in to your playlist. Note that you can also meditate while walking or standing.  

Listen to the healing music and try to relax. Once relaxed, play thoughts that are in tune with the particular frequency you are playing. Say, for example, you are on frequency 396. It would help if you had a positive flow of abundance thoughts to counter the emotional loss you’re trying to eliminate. You can also add chants and mantras as well as positive affirmations during this period.

I must also mention that for some of these frequencies, you can listen to them while sleeping or doing light duties that don’t require all of your attention. 

Scientific Advancement on the Use of Frequency Charts

Have you ever heard of the 11th harmonic? Well, science has proven that to feed a living cell with the right frequency, you must have a combination of both low and high frequencies where the higher frequency is 11 times higher. This frequency combination shatters microorganisms like a high-pitched sound shatters glass into a thousand pieces.

This is the same concept used to shatter cancerous cells. At a particular frequency (100,000 Hz to 300,000 Hz), the cancer cells would not survive. 

In today’s medicine, we also see the use of a resonant frequency device, which induces a resonant vibration in a living organism. If we feed the living cell, it will respond with 100 pulses and so on. 

The Bottom Line

We can tap into the same medicine potential if we observe our meditation frequencies chart and provoke meditative thoughts that are in tune with whichever frequency we choose. Now that you understand the nine frequencies practice using them each day and identify the ones that work best for your current challenges and situation. 

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