How does Sahaja help one engage in self-reflection in a way that yields benefits?
Actually, one of the key goals in Sahaja Meditation is introspection or self-examination — contemplating your own thoughts, feelings and sensations. They encourage people to be — or become — introspective. And introspection doesn't just work on a cognitive level. Through the practice of Sahaja Meditation, you become able to gauge the state of your own energy centers and feel where the blockages or problems are. Every energy center is also associated with a set of qualities. So a problem in an energy center means a problem with the quality associated with that center.
Self-reflection is a very powerful mechanism for self-healing and self-improvement. When you become attuned to your own energy centers, you have live and constant feedback of where you're going wrong. This self-diagnosis allows you to immediately pinpoint and understand wrong behaviors and take corrective action. So first, you can correct the qualitative aspect, and; second, you can choose the appropriate technique to work on the energy center and remove the blocks.
These blocks can be reflected in physical symptoms and you have to learn to pay attention to those — they're clues as to what's going on with your energy centers. An example… When someone feels excessively guilty, the energy center in the cervical plexus on the left side is affected and, due to the obstruction of the flow of energy, one can feel a pain or prick in the left index finger. The solution is to stop feeling guilty and to work on improving the flow to that energy center.
Another example… When one has a digestive disorder, one can feel a problem in the energy center located in the belly. One can then work on that energy center and eliminate the root cause of the digestive disorder.
These blocks are what we call catches. I feel catches often in multiple centers, ranging from mild to severe, so my constant goal is to keep clearing them out. Spiritual fitness is really about keeping the subtle energy system "clean" at all times. It can get dirty for many reasons — our own actions, our external surroundings etc..
This powerful energy-based introspection ultimately makes a person very sharp and subtle in nature. You can see yourself very clearly and correct your mistakes, or keep yourself from making mistakes. And that is exactly the mechanism that makes personality improvement possible. The inner energy and the centers never lie, so this introspection system is absolutely foolproof. You can trust it to help you heal and improve.
I realize that it may be tough to believe that qualitative behavior can be accurately measured through introspection and simply staying attuned to your own energy. But yes, through Sahaja Meditation, it is definitely possible to become aware of whether you're doing something right or wrong in absolute terms. I think you have to practice Sahaja Meditation for some years or months at least and experience this phenomenon to really understand how real and powerful it is.
How are these blocks you refer to, cleared?
Well, I'll start by saying that it's pretty tricky to write about clearing blocks because the process is very subtle and varies with every practitioner. It's not necessarily a Step 1-Step 2 kind of thing. Sahaja Meditation is not rigidly technique-oriented. The technique of energy balancing clears out blocksand can eliminate powerful negative emotions. Energy balancing is accomplished by moving the energy around with the hands in order to energize specific energy centers. Clearing must be performed from the heart and with a deep focus on the specific energy center. But, as you can imagine, it's difficult to explain or quantify the power or intensity of attention that may be required. t the resulting energy imbalances quickly and perform the balancing techniques necessary for achieving energy balance. One reason that Sahaja Meditation can significantly reduce the occurrence of stress-related problems is that the energy replenishment and vitalization of continuous meditative practices keeps the energy centers in balance and works to keep the root cause of all health, emotional and mental problems in check.
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