A Stress-Free Life

Sir C.P. Srivastava,  former secretary of Prime Minister Shastri in India and later on secretary-general of the London-based International Maritime Organization, a United Nations agency, gives a glimpse into his life with his wife, Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi at a conference about stress & tension management.

He narrates how the miracle of transformation of people took place in front of his eyes, something he could never believe was possible and a nice little anecdote about a homeless drug-addict his wife brought home one day. He continues with his own sometimes stressful career and how he himself became transformed into a calm and stress-free person.


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Unburden Yourself

Usually our life looks  pretty much like this:

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Sometimes we do not even have a goal but still face the same challenges. Life can be demanding and sometimes simply overwhelming. Many seek medical or mental help which often results in the intake of drugs with heavy side-effects. No wonder that people are searching for alternative ways.

Nowadays meditation has become really popular and rightfully so! But while meditation in general gives a wide variety of health benefits it does not make you completely free of your problems.

Imagine you have to carry a sack full of stones throughout your life: if you have the choice, would you rather learn how to live with it or get rid of it?

Most forms of offered help show you how to live with your problems and still enjoy your life. With the awakening of the Inner Energy the problem can be removed entirely from your subtle system. Because you perceive yourself in a new way the awakening of the Inner Energy is also called Self-Realization.

It allows you to dive deep into your own personality to explore it, develop it or transform it. In the classes of Sahaja Yoga Meditation you can learn for free how to find out where there is a problem, why it is there and how to remove it. You will be able to develop desired qualities easily and get rid of unwanted ones. It gives you complete control over your life and yourself. It gives you Inner Freedom.

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Here is a wonderful experience of a lady who speaks about her “Nabhi Chakra” (the third energy-center) and what happened after she started to bring it into a balance.

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The Inner Energy is the key and Meditation the Door into a new dimension of the Self

Meditation as the state of being in thoughtless awareness is the focus point where everything starts.

Here is a guided meditation to awaken the Inner Energy by the founder of Sahaja Yoga Shri Mataji. But even if you have your energy awakened already this meditation helps you a lot to get into the state of thoughtless awareness. Try it! Experiment with it! It is always for free.

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Although this blog tries to give as much knowledge as possible (see the step to step guide) and to lead you into the experience of your inner being it actually cannot really replace a collective meeting where you meet like-minded people and experience the power of collective meditations. Also every person might need something different or something more specific according to his/her state so the coordinator of a program can give you great advice that fits exactly to what you need or want to know.

Here is list where you can find the nearest Sahaja Yoga Meditation meeting.

It is all about you and your connection to yourself, to others and to life! And if we can experience it together and share it with each other the better!

Hope to see you all there!

Yours, Angi

The 4th Step: How To Feel Vibrations

vibrations in hand)In the steps 1-3 we talked about the Inner Energy and how we can actually feel it, when it is awakened. Although many people do get the experience of feeling the cool breeze and – what we call – the vibrations, there are also many who do not feel it right away. I was one of them, when I started to meditate. I did not feel anything at all, but I felt very relaxed and peaceful inside. This, and that I was never asked for money, made me go on with this meditation. It might sound strange to give importance to the fact that I did not have to pay for this meditation, but I always thought of meditation as something spiritual, where we connect with something higher, be it our own higher self or a higher power, and it always felt dishonest to me when people made a money business out of it.
Shri Mataji, the founder of Sahaja Yoga Meditation, always emphasised that this knowledge cannot be sold.

 A Personal Recollection

My first experience of actually feeling the vibrations was maybe after two years. There were workshops from time to time where someone would sit behind a person and help clearing the energy centers (that will be a subject for a later post where you can learn how to help another person to balance their energy centers). In one of those sessions a lady “worked on me” and suddenly I felt a cool breeze spreading all over my back which was a quite interesting feeling as it was winter time and I was packed in a warm sweater, but the coolness came from under the sweater.

Therefore, please: Don’t give up!

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Helpful Tricks

Luckily, there are some “tricks” to help.

We will make a big jump forward to one of the energy-centers that is placed at the level of the throat, called the Vishuddhi. This center allows us to feel the vibrations, so if we don’t, it indicates that this center is constricted.

VishuddhiWe will have a deeper look into it later on, but for now it is enough to know that one of the main aspects of the throat-center is self-esteem.

If we do not respect ourselves, or are buried in guilt-feelings, this center is very likely blocked.

Let’s do a small test:

Take a paper and a pen.
Within 1 minute write down all your negative sides, your weaknesses, and negative habits.
Turn the paper around.
Now for another minute write down all your positive sides, your strengths and positive habits.

Who was the winner? The negative side, or the positive one? Most of the time it is the easiest thing for us, to find faults after faults with ourselves and feel terribly guilty about them, but when it comes to our qualities, we start thinking…

The 4th Step

We will work on several levels to open up the throat center.

There are some simple physical exercises and treatments we can use.

Regular meditation helps a lot. When our Inner Energy is awakened, she starts going into all those energy-centers that are constricted and starts removing all negative energies there. With time we start feeling an inner freshness and lightness,  when more and more of these inner blocks are dissolved.

It is also important to become more mindful about how we deal with ourselves. Are we kind, loving and patient with ourselves and forgiving when we made a mistake? Or are we harsh and aggressive to our inner being, throwing one unkind guilt-feeling after the other on us, never being good enough for anything? Here is your new slogan:

How you want others to treat you, so treat yourself.

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The Goal

We want our throat-center to open up more and more which will result in

  • feeling vibrations (at the beginning it can be very faint, sometimes cool, sometimes warm)
  • to be mindful towards oneself
  • to let drop-out all guilt feelings

It is very important to see how we deal with mistakes we might have committed.
When guilt feelings are pressing down on us, we tend to justify our actions, thus not really facing what we have done wrong, and most of the time continuing with it, feeling more guilty, needing more justifications, and soon we are trapped in a vicious circle.

Sometimes we also have the misconception that we think if we have done something wrong, the only way to repent for it is feeling guilty – that is very wrong and one of the main reasons, why our throat center is blocked.

If we have done anything wrong, the best way is to face it, take up responsibility and never do the same mistake again. If we have accepted a mistake, and are committed to never repeat it again, there is no need to feel guilty anymore – we have learned a lesson that made us richer in our experience and it is time to go on. .

Sometimes it can happen, that we feel guilty without having done anything wrong at all. If this is the case, ask yourself again and again, why you feel guilty, and confirm to yourself with full confidence: I am not guilty at all!

The Exercise 

For those who have not done yet the meditation to awaken the Inner Energy, please do that first, as all the other exercises will only work efficiently if the Inner Energy is awakened. You can find it in step 1.

Do the following twice a day if possible, in the morning and in the evening – it takes about 20 minutes.

Repeat these exercises as long as it takes to feel the vibrations in the hands and over the head.

  1. Take the small test from above, counter all negative aspects with positive ones and write them down – read the positive qualities of yourself every day as a loving reminder
  2. Gargle with lukewarm salt water
  3. massage your neck and shoulders with a little bit of olive oil
  4. Press your chin to the chest-bone, roll the tongue back, breathe relaxed and slowly in and out for 1 minute.
  5. In the following short video Shri Mataji showed some simple exercises to help the throat-center open up more

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  6. Vishuddhi affirmationPut the right hand on the left side of your neck, turn the head to the right and say 16 times aloud and with full confidence: I am not guilty !
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  7. Meditate

I wish you a wonderful week with beautiful meditations and maybe the first hints of the cool breeze in your hands!

Your´s, Angi

The Power of Meditation

‎”…if I see a problem, immediately I go into meditation – immediately – and the problem is solved. “
~ Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, October 1989

In our programs we are asked every now and then: “How do I meditate?” followed by the question: “In what way is Sahaja Meditation different to other meditations?”
Although the word “meditation” is quite common nowadays the actual meaning of it seems often unclear and vague. And it is true – there is meditation and meditation. It can be everything between simple breathing exercises to deeply spiritual retreat. Some of the common associations are certain breathing techniques, focusing, visualizing, chanting mantras and/or concentrating on a specific energy center.

Why Sahaja Meditation is different is simply due to the fact that our Inner Energy is awakened. This gives us the advantage that we do not only meditate, but that we can actually “use” meditation in our day-to-days life. The awakening of the inner energy enables us

1) to feel the state of our inner being
2) to direct this inner energy to any problem we face (inside or outside) and let it be worked-out for us
3) if we have exhausted ourselves too much, to have access to the unlimited universal energy around us
4) to awaken this inner energy in others as well

I would like to share a story with you (and there are many many more) what Sahaja Meditation is capable of – to just give you an idea that it is also something really practical.  This was a mail I received some years ago from a friend and I believe it is worth sharing, specially in times where there are threats hanging over our heads like Fukushima.

I’ve got a friend. His name is Victor and we have always called him uncle Vitya as he came to Sahaja Yoga Meditation at the age of 45-50.

He worked in Chernobyl, Ukraine, at the concrete casting of the nuclear reactor: after the explosion he was pouring concrete in the containment. Among those who worked with him, there was nobody alive then as they had got large doses of radiation. And Victor also got a disease which the doctors could not diagnose – he was, literally, a disabled person. After getting self-realization (the awakening of the inner energy) he got up at 4 am every day and cleaned his subtle body changing 5-7 basins when doing foot-soaking.
In several months there appeared improvement in his state and in 2 years he completely recovered.

He always had a beautiful quality – he loved people. I have always tried to develop this quality watching him. Victor came to Togliatti, Russia, 2 years ago. He was a man of 70 at that time. And he made washstands for 400 people in the camp where International Sahaja Yoga Festivals are held now.

I asked him, “Isn’t it difficult for you?” And he answered, “BUT I’M ENJOYING!”
If there is love and devotion, negativity is powerless.

So here I am, promoting the same again and again: meditate! – 10 minutes in the morning, 10 minutes in the evening. And in your meditation really try to connect to your inner energy and to the all-pervading universal energy around you. If you are a religious person, hold out your hands – after the awakening of your inner energy – and ask whomever you worship if he/she is there with you. If you do not believe in anything hold out your hands and ask if this is  the life force itself.
To have faith still means you “only” believe – but this is about the knowing, about the connecting, about a deep relationship that can only be understood in the heart, not by the brain. To pray means to express ourselves, to meditate means to listen.

I wish you a wonderful week with deep meditations!

Yours, Angi

A 10-Minutes-Meditation to bring us into our inner balance

  1. Awaken your Inner Energy (if you have not done it before):
    Here is a guided meditation (approx. 10 Min.) to awaken your Inner Energy by the founder of Sahaja Meditation, Shri Mataji.  If you went through it already skip step 1). When your Inner Energy is activated it will stay so, there is no need to repeat the affirmations (although you can do so if you like).
  2. At the beginning and the end of each meditation we do what we call “raising the energy” and give ourselves “a shield of protection”.
    Here is a nice animation how to do it: charlie.swf
    You can also find a detailed description in our Meditation Tips on page 4 and 5: Meditation Tips
  3. The following guided meditation is about 10 minutes long. Please keep your eyes open (at least for the first time) as the instructions are in written form.

The Magnetism Within

gpb_geodeticDid you ever wonder how it is possible that the earth is moving through space with a speed of 66,660 miles per hour and a rotational speed on the outer axis of about  1000 miles/per hour and we are not thrown off?  Now we know that there is this thing called gravity and we have all the formulas and descriptions at hand how it works. But we do not really know what it is. I mean – we do not have magnets in-built in our feet, do we?

Now, also here we cannot give the answer to what it is, but we can explore how gravity is working in us as well. In the same way as gravity is a quality of our Mother Earth, it is also a quality within us, reflected in our first energy center, the Mooladhara (or root). Gravity is the power in us that pulls us into the center of our own being, thus giving us the capacity to settle down within. It comes very natural to human beings, but it has to be maintained.

It can be looked at as standing in the center of a rotating wheel. Everyone outside the center will be thrown around, but the person in the center will not be affected by the movement, nor lose his balance. That is exactly how gravity acts. There might be any turmoil going on around us, but as long as we are standing in the center point – in our own position, in charge of ourselves – troubles have no effect on us. Specially in times of a crisis it can be quite helpful if we are capable to jump to the gravity point within. From there – pulled into our own inner balance – we can see everything clearly and thus we are much more capable to deal with the problem. If we were  outside the center on the outer parts of the wheel, we would be tossed around and it would be hard to see anything.

Try to find out how many people you have met who were emitting these qualities of gravity. Such a person would be completely content, dignified, generally joyful and compassionate. You might realize that such people are like living magnets, their own gravity attracting everyone else towards them. People might not consciously know, why they are drawn to such a person, but it is part of the peace and content that such a person emits, and the own seeking for balance.

So how do we find this gravity within? Of course – you know the answer already – through meditation: 10 minutes in the morning, 10 minutes in the evening, that is all you need. The element of the first energy center is “earth”, so meditating on the first energy center and connecting with earth will help you to establish and maintain your own gravity.

A 10-Minutes-Meditation to strengthen the first energy-center, the Mooladhara

This meditation is an easy way to establish gravity within, and connect to your own innocence and wisdom

  1. Awaken your Inner Energy:
    Here is a guided meditation (approx. 10 Min.) to awaken your Inner Energy by the founder of Sahaja Meditation, Shri Mataji.  If you went through it already skip step 1). When your Inner Energy is activated it will stay so, there is no need to repeat the affirmations (although you can do so if you like).

    Guided Meditation – Hilton Hotel, Sydney_(360p)
  2. At the beginning and the end of each meditation we do what we call “raising the energy” and give ourselves “a shield of protection”.
    Here is a nice animation how to do it: charlie.swf
    You can also find a detailed description in our Meditation Tips on page 4 and 5: Meditation Tips
  3. The following guided meditation is about 10 minutes long – please keep your eyes open (at least for the first time) as the instructions are in written form. The music, mantras and the image of the Uluru in Australia in this clip are all related to the Mooladhara and will help to activate the energy of this center.

I wish you a wonderful week, charming everyone with your inner magnetism!

Yours, Angi

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