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, medit8ionsociety <no_reply@...> wrote:
> Probably due to our high ranking on the search
> engines for Meditation Techniques (#2 on Bing and
> Yahoo, and #5 on Google today), we get many emails
> asking for information as well as those wanting
> to share posts on this forum. One we get often is
> "What's your favorite technique". For whatever reason
> is behind it, we've recently gotten this question
> several times this young year. So we're sharing it
> here, now. For me, I spent almost 20 years "doing"
> this one (before It came spontaneously). Along with millions
> of other people for uncountable ages, I found
> and find it very beneficial. I hope you will too.
> Peace and blessings,
> The Bible tells us that in the beginning there
> was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the
> Word was God. But in the beginning, there were
> no words, no languages, or even sounds of humans
> or animals. So what was the Word that was in the
> beginning. This has been a great mystery, but like
> the solution to many mysteries, the answer has been
> right under our nose all along. And that is Soham.
> Soham is referred to as the "Mahamantra", the Greatest
> Mantra, and is considered along with Om to be the most
> powerful of all techniques. This was the first
> meditation technique, both in antiquity and in our
> own lives. The ancient cavemen, before they had
> invented language or fire, would sit in their dark
> caves and have nothing else to focus on but the
> sound of their breath. Similarly, the first sound
> we heard when we were in our mothers' womb was the
> sound of her breath, and this sound has been with
> us ever since we drew our first breath. It negates
> the need to rely on any of the words of the languages
> of the world to use as a mantra. It has brought
> people to transcendence of worldly limitations from
> time immemorial and continues to do so. It can be
> done even while driving, working, and doing other
> acts of daily life and thereby offers a continuous
> experience of being in the present. This is a great
> present, because Reality takes place now, in the
> present. Soham is a wonder-full meditation technique
> and I hope will bring you the experience of Knowledge,
> Consciousness, and Bliss that is your birthright.
> In the Bible, when God was asked what his name is,
> He answered " I Am That I Am'. In Sanskrit, the most
> ancient of languages, the sound of the inhalation
> is termed So, and the exhalation is Ham. Combined,
> the word Soham is translated as "I Am He/That".
> So, whenever you are doing this technique, you are
> calling on God. Every breath thus becomes a prayer
> and adoration.
> The Soham Meditation Technique
> At the time and in the place where you feel most
> comfortable, place your body in the position that
> you have found to be the most beneficial for meditation.
> Close your eyes. Close your ears by putting your thumbs
> in them, or by using earplugs. This will intensify the
> sound of your breath while diminishing the distractions
> that sight and sound bring. Command your mind to be
> silent, your emotions to be calm, and your body to
> stay relaxed. Focus on the sound of your breath coming
> in. Associate it with the word So. As your breath
> leaves, listen to the sound and associate it with the
> word Ham. To pronounce So and Ham correctly, listen
> to how they sound. As with most pranayama (breathing
> techniques), Soham is done either in 3 cycles of 12
> or 12 cycles of 12. One inhalation and one exhalation
> are one respiration. 12 respirations are one cycle.
> For those just starting to use this technique, it
> is usual to silently say the word So with each inhalation
> and the word Ham with each exhale. When you are focused
> consistently, consciously, you will flow into simply
> listening to the sound of Soham. Soham is by far the
> easiest meditation. It comes to all living creatures
> without any effort. And yet it is the deepest possible
> technique, as it presents the opportunity to meditate
> on the great mystery of life and the life-giver itself.
> No matter how we have acted and reacted, with each
> breath we are forgiven for our so-called sins and rewarded
> with another breath, another heartbeat, and another moment
> of life to cherish. No act of will on our part can give
> us breath. Literally, we are graced with this gift of life
> from a power greater than ourselves. A corpse has every
> bone, every organ, and every bodily system that we have,
> and yet it doesn't have life or healing energy filling
> every cell with every breath, as we have. As you merge
> more and more with Soham, you surrender your reactivity
> to your thoughts, emotions, and sensory impressions. These
> are all just heavy earth-bound suffering-causing limitations.
> The divine energy of Soham is limitless heavenly love
> and light. Witness, surrender all effort, and fill with
> this most precious gift of Grace.
Here's on of the techniques favored by the (fictional) guru in my _Perennial Solution Center_ for those who are suffering from anxiety/sleeplessness.
"Go to your room or another quiet place. Sit or lie down in a comfortable position. Breathe regularly. With each breath you exhale, alternate between whispering "flow down" and whispering "flow out." Do this softly, so even you can barely hear it, but don't just think these things, say them. When you whisper "flow down" try to feel any tension in your chest flowing down to your waist. When you say "flow out" try to feel this tightness flowing down from your waist through your legs, down to the tips of your toes and out of your body. Your feet may begin to tingle. Try not to think of anything else but this flowing of the nervousness from your body, but if you catch yourself being distracted from your relaxation exercise, don't chastise yourself: simply go back to the meditation.
"I think you will find this very calming. This practice may even help when you are having death anxieties, although it is hard to breathe calmly and concentrate only on flowing down and flowing out, when you are in the middle of being very scared. If you do perform this meditation while lying down, you may fall asleep. I take it you don't object to knowing a technique that may sometimes help you fall asleep."
If it doesn't help and the sufferer finds he/she is still revving, he recommends the "Thousand-Petaled Lotus" meditation that's set forth in Lawrence LeShan's book, _How to Meditate_. That's a good one to help determine what may be bothering you. I believe I've posted the relevant passage from LeShan here previously...