There are many different paths we can travel to bring ourselves into the realization of coming home, self actualization, spirituality, and evolution of our “soul” or perhaps connection with “Higher Self” and God or Goddess.
Awakening our consciousness and its true nature takes personal effort. Few may enter, but the rewards are infinite. This is the mission, and the vehicle to the Divine began over 10,000 B.C. when ancient people discovered the practice of Meditation.
Before we begin the discussion of meditation, moreover, the “Twin Hearts Meditation” in Pranic Healing, we shall go through the evolution of meditation techniques with its spiritual roots, religious attachments, and current trends to more secular, and scientifically proven physiological, psychological, and spiritual aspects of an individual.
Taking a look at the history of meditation, we can see how people have always attempted this journey.
The concept of meditation has been around as long as the history of humanity. The first human religion was founded on the basis of meditation and guided spiritual journeys of the mind. This active self guided journey was practiced in Shamanism. This was a world of naturopathic medicine, awakened to those who dared the risk and journey of a Shaman.
Initially, meditation practice began its roots in Shamanism, the oldest religion on earth which venerated Mother Earth and Nature itself as an aspect of Divinity. Unlike the future Eastern religions that followed, Shamanism was surprisingly very different from Hinduism, or Buddhism. This “ism” did not abide by emptying the mind to reach “nirvana”, nor did it require an ascetic, serious self regulatory method of reaching the infinite God. It was an active journey inward.
This passage through meditation techniques was an act of love for nature. To the Shaman it meant diving deeper into an understanding of covert knowledge with Nature and its principles. This was not a public religion. It was for superior men and women within a tribe or community willing to experience reality fully, with all its Light and Darkness. You could say it actually was a “science” that studied nature, not through rigorous, binding objective testing of principles, but rather a meditation of ecstatic experiential journeys into the soul, all through active meditation.
“Shamans shift consciousness to shift reality and then they act out the changes they desire. Shamans enter aware, ecstatic trances called shamanic states of consciousness on purpose in order to shamanize. They quest for visions of beneficial changes alone in a wilderness sanctuary or in their rooms in the city or in group-consciousness shifting performances during community circle ceremonies.
The trances of shamanic meditation are easily and naturally induced through continuous (often monotonous) pulsing or droning sounds such as rattling, drumming, piping, chanting, or singing. Dancing and posture changes are other ways.
Many shamans use all of the above, and there are many” Elizabeth Cunningham Perkins
As society progressed through time, a more structured attitude arose out of the practice of meditation. The more structured viewpoint evolved in terms of specific exercises practiced physically such as Asana (yoga postures), and Pranayama (breath exercises), to reach a steady state of calm in Body and Mind, all in order to ultimately access Spirit. The purpose of Yoga, which began circa 5,000 B.C. as a branch out of Hinduism, was to “enlighten” by serving only the higher class or upper caste system. It was exclusively patriarchal and sexist. Its predecessor Shamanism, allowed females to access Higher Consciousness. This time period in which Hinduism spread, it became one of many so called Patriarchal Religions thus born. At that time, Yoga was a practice granted only to males who qualified, becoming Hindu monks exclusively through their bloodline. Yoga was practiced so that one can “empty” the so-called “monkey mind”, and any thoughts streaming in and out of consciousness, would release, prior to entering the deeper state of meditation.
Zen Buddhist Meditation arose as a different path to enlightenment. In Zen philosophy, it is believed that the truth cannot be spoken in words. There is a well‐known quote which goes, “Those who know do not speak; those who speak do not know.” Only through inner silence can we know Zen.
Zen(1957) Alan W. Watts says, “To practice with an end in view is to have one eye on the practice and the other on the end, which is lack of concentration, lack of sincerity. To put it another way: one does not practice Zen to become a Buddha; one practices it because one is a Buddha from the beginning, and this original realization is the starting point of the Zen life.”
The next progression in meditation practice was a Buddhist offshoot which is known as Tibetan Buddhism.
Loving‐kindness is the Buddhist practice of having compassion for all sentient beings.
Part of the practice of Tibetan Buddhist meditation, is sending intentions of loving‐kindness.
This sending of love and compassion to another in order to ease their suffering was a key point of Tibetan Buddhist meditation. This is a powerful healing tool to bring into a meditation practice. Thus healing of the person physically, mentally, and spiritually can all be attained through a loving kindness meditation. In Pranic Healing at present time, this meditation technique is adapted for the modern world in order to advance spiritually through the “Twin Hearts meditation” developed by Master Choa Kok Sui. He is the Founder of Pranic Healing and Arhatic Yoga. More to come on the modern meditation technique of Pranic Healing, but first we must continue to progress through the historical aspects of meditation.
The birth of Christianity began with the eastern Roman Empire adapting Christianity through the conversion of Emperor Constantine. What followed, was the birth of Orthodox Christianity or the Eastern Orthodox Church, one of the two main branches of Christianity. The Catholic Church was of Latin culture, and thus influenced meditation into contemplation which strictly rendered the practice held honorable only to Monks and Nuns.
Eastern Christianity sprouted first out of the Middle East, and subsequently spread across Eastern Europe and Asia. The Latin Church developed simultaneously and eventually became known as the all Holy and powerful Catholic Church across all of the Western Roman empire up to the borders of Eastern Roman Empire. The landscape was different in the Eastern Roman empire (presently Eastern Europe), since it was ruled by Constantinople, not Latin Rome. Out of Eastern Orthodox Christianity, arose a Christian religion that practices meditation which simply relied upon devotional meditation. Unlike Buddhism, it was not a passive way of accessing Divinity through emptying of mind and emotion, but yet another interpretation of “active meditation”. It was the opposite of eastern meditation which was bereft of any emotional content. This meditation was an emotional “passion” for the all sacrificial “Christ figure” through contemplation of his loving sacrifice, a dedication, and veneration as a meditation path that may lead to communication with the Lord. This would lead humanity to a more all inclusive and compassionate way of including the whole world in contemplation of their Founder and Savior Jesus Christ.
His words ring true to this day reminding his followers that the “Kingdom of Heaven is Within You”.
Meanings out of this can be interpreted as this: through meditation, and inward contemplation, a higher awareness and spiritual advancement may be reached. To be a practicing follower, one must understand the true nature of God as the form of the Trinity meaning: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Thus, Spirit or in the case of Catholicism it is called “Holy Ghost” descends upon man or women only through prayer, fasting, meditation, and good deeds of selflessness, and forgiveness similar to the “loving kindness ideals to humanity” promoted by the Tibetan Buddhists.
Sometime after Jesusʹ death, Christian monks, who became known as “The Desert Fathers,” retreated to
remote regions of the Egyptian desert in unbroken meditation on Jesus. They repeated the “Prayer of Jesus”
continually throughout the day, no different than the mantra technique known to ancient Yoga. They devoted themselves to minimizing worldly distractions, and focusing only on this prayer to Jesus; ʺLord Jesus Christ, son of God, have mercy on me.” These monks were able to directly access the transmission of Jesus Christ through meditation and prayer.
Prayer is also form of “devotional meditation”. This was inherently part of the original Orthodox Christians and later continued as meditation by the monks of the Catholic traditions as well. Meditation is still practiced to this day in the Mother churches of the Middle East: Coptic Orthodox, various Eastern European and Greek Orthodox churches throughout the Eastern Europe, and of course South India which is predominantly Christian, where the Apostle to India’s Christian conversion was limited to the south, and was known to be the Apostle Thomas. The result is a beautiful mix of Yoga and Orthodox Christianity by the Indian Orthodox Church of Malankara today.
The monks of the Catholic Church continue the practice of meditation to this day.
By the way although the United States is known to be filled with many Protestant denominations and charismatic Churches that spawned in the “New World” soon after 1492 Columbus landing. These off shoots of Baptists and Evangelicals are strangely unfamiliar with any form of meditation. This was cast aside when the first division occurred from the Catholic Church through Martin Luther and the birth of the Lutheran Church.
They are mentioned here to emphasize that very little is known about meditational practices of the Protestant denominations which instead had created an emphasis on “literal” interpretations of the Bible as the true path to becoming “Born Again” of spirit. This is in stark contrast with the original church and the Founder Jesus Christ, who spoke in allegory so as to teach us wisdom through symbolism, not literal translation and find the kingdom within oneself through deep devotional meditation.
This ignorance on the practice of any meditation sadly creates the resistance in the United States against the New Age movement through Yoga and Meditation practices in general. Many “Fundamental Christians” with backgrounds in Baptist Christianity, view Yoga and Meditation of secular practice today as a heathen practice based only in Non- Abrahamic religions like Paganism, or Hinduism which naturally is inclined to fall into the “darkness of Satanic illusion”.
Many various Protestant denominations traveled across to the “New World” the North American continent. History always repeats itself showing that the majority rules, and sadly it replaced the Shamanic Native American religions steeped in culture and rich history. Meditation was practiced heavily in the Native American tradition in conjunction with plant induced hallucinogens to alter the state of consciousness through the shamanic meditation journey to the “other worlds”.
This very brief article just brushed over a journey through about 10,000 years of history on meditation practice.
We have reached the present day. The rebirth of shamanism and paganism, or what is known as Neo Paganism through various branches, such as the study of Wicca, the old ancient ways and so called witchcraft of the old pre- Christian era springs forth as the rebirth of healing through energy work, earth veneration, and healing herbs to alter body mind and spirit.
Pagans and Wiccans use Shamanic techniques to include ancient active guided meditations, simultaneously manipulating “energy”, and creating “magick”. This energy manipulation through the Chakra system from ancient Yoga and the ancient Chinese medicine practices known in Acupuncture are to be identified as “Universal Energy” “Ki” “Prana” “Chi” “Holy Spirit”.
This Divine and healing energy has many names, its purpose for access is to resonate and shift spiritually to a Higher Consciousness.
This movement has advanced the practice of meditation to front page news, letting any soul on earth practice meditation. Indeed, whatever race, language, culture, religion, sex or sexual preference, there are no strings attached, just sit down and meditate. What a simple method of access to connect with the Divine, through the practice of a non-denominational more secular meditation technique. Acquire meditation access in the privacy of your own home, and never needing institutionalization or formal authority.
All man-made barriers have broken down, and all Enlightened Beings, Teachers, and Prophets, and Angels are accepted, as long as they are known to have altered mankind for the chance to evolve spiritually.
Sadly, mankind altered the ancient Prophets, Masters, and Saviors original messages of love and higher conscious evolution, all to benefit their selfish political and divisive needs of “my religion is better than yours” attitude.
Today however, this is no longer the case; there are a few exceptions where some people continue to provide resistance to change and evolution of human consciousness. We now have countless avenues to explore a revolutionary method in which one gains the spiritual aspects of attaining contact with Divine through meditation. The altered canvas, through which meditation is sketched, is void of any religious affiliations, or commitments to be honored. Unlike formal religions, in the New Age movement there is no rigorous, judgmental, and punishment undertones of rigid fundamentalist views. All formal belief systems are based on an element of fear and authority and inevitably evolve in all religions which start out as movements or cult followings.
Today we have given birth to the “Age of Aquarius”. That is not to say that rigidity is absent, unfortunately those that abide by the book too much, or by the rules so to speak, are the ones who will get stuck on keeping the tradition going, all at the expense of embracing “change” and eventually run into the risk of going right back into the box, judging others for not doing it the “correct” way, or not abiding by a strict “vegan diet” as an example.
What Pranic Healing offers, if one understands it completely, is emancipation out of the box and accepting the great aspects of all religions, recognizing, and venerating ALL past Saints, Teachers, Masters, Healing Angels, Archangels and Prophets throughout the history of civilization.
In the Twin hearts meditation, calling upon these “Guides” and then doing a shamanistic like, guided and active meditation (no emptying of mental contents required) exhibiting “loving kindness’ as seen through a Tibetan Buddhist perspective is part one. It also includes a Christian viewpoint by calling upon the “Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi”.
The next step is an Eastern Medicine perspective or viewpoint of healing…. complete with energy work based on the ancient Hindu Chakra system and Chinese medicine. In the next step of the “twin hearts” meditation one must concentrate and access through seeing, and feeling, the healing via visualization methods of one’s own chakras, sending white light as an example. With feeling this “energy” we project with our hand chakras, literally visualizing, and seeing the earth getting healed through this white light and thinking of a ‘happy event” with loving kindness, to heal humanity. This is a shamanist view of the earth, and it is back into play in the 21st century. It is this viewpoint of earth as a loving breathing Mother Earth in which one can achieve anything, all through belief and intention, which can release all energy that is considered congestion, and consider salt of the earth as absorbing this energy.
To ancient Celtic culture in Europe, energy healing was “wielding” the energies of Nature: Earth, Air, Fire, and Water. It was inherently part of what was considered Witchcraft by Christianity although it was purely Pagan and Shamanistic in origin venerating nature and healing through energy manipulation.
Across Europe, the peasants continued this shamanist practice of “witch craft” under secretive conditions so as not to arouse suspicion by the Catholic Church which was seen as the ONLY authority when it came to all things of healing.
Such practices in the eyes of traditional Catholicism, is considered heretical. Only Holy Masters, Priests, Monks, and Nuns can, and should provide healings. Who knows what can happen if it is of Demonic origin!
Today we have arrived full circle, but with a modern and more sophisticated approach to it all.
Most conventional knowledge of this modern philosophy is known as the New Age movement which began in the 20th century. It is rapidly growing across the world as a direct discontent with general patriarchal religions which are rigid, sexist, and non progressive.
Today anyone can practice meditation. One does not have to be a Monk or Nun to gain the benefits of meditation. The beauty of the latest evolution is that it is purely secular, and is adaptable into any belief system the individual abides by.
Right now we all think in the box within one religion that is passed down through families, and each family will stick to the script as to why their religion is the true path. Some may wander but most stay conventional, and in their comfort zone.
In reality however, there is no “true path”.
Only a path, and that path can be reached through many roads, but truly verily we say that the path to God is through prayer; a vehicle of communication with God. Meditation is in essence known as “listening to the Divine speak”. The most significant achievement in humanity is the “magick” of altering and shifting the energies toward positive healing through accessing that Divine energy.
In the Catholic Church they are celebrated as Saints with their miraculous healings.
In the world of Shamanism whether in the rainforest of South America, or the Siberian plains across mother Russia, a Shaman shifts the energies towards healing. In Europe it was the female “wise ones” and infamously called “witches” that the gift of healing was rewarded only as burning on the stake for being “evil” and for shifting energies that supposedly may come from the ‘dark demonic side’. Whatever the case may be, the whole world has been interested in healing and meditation since we crawled out of the ocean and started hunting for food!
Finally we rest upon the laurels of achievement and have grounded our history of meditation not only as a deeply spiritual practice, but also simultaneously rooted in scientific study, analysis, and conclusions of some major physiological benefits. The beauty is that modern meditation is without all the religious trimmings, and the side chatter of all the groups claiming rule over meditation as being the “true owner” of such a philosophy! Just as no person or nation can take over ownership of dance, such is the fate of meditation.
Meditation is an art form, and no, it is not passive, unless one is a Buddhist. It is active, and it takes effort to achieve the benefits of meditation. All souls on earth can practice meditation, no membership, no fasting, no veganism required, nor any religious conversion required! These are human attachments added to make it more exclusivist and separatist in my opinion.
Here are just a few of the scientifically measured benefits:
· Deep rest as measured by decreased metabolic rate, lower heart rate, and reduced work load of heart
· Lowered levels of cortisol and lactate (two chemicals associated with stress)
· Reduction of free radicals (unstable oxygen molecules that can cause tissue damage)
· Decreased high blood pressure
· Higher skin resistance (low skin resistance is correlated with higher stress and anxiety levels)
· Drop in cholesterol levels (high cholesterol is associated with cardiovascular disease)
· Improved flow of air to the lungs resulting in easier breathing (helpful to asthma patients)
· Decreases the aging process
· Higher levels of DHEA in the elderly, an additional sign of youthfulness
· Psychological Benefits
· Increased brain wave coherence
· Greater creativity
· Higher Test Performance
· Higher Work productivity
· Balanced and calm parenting in the face of chaos
· Better leaders grounded calm and ready to handle daily life stresses
So after all this discourse on the history of meditation you might be saying…. When is the discussion of Pranic Healing and the Twin Hearts Meditation occurring? It is pure and simple. The Founder in his infinite wisdom, has taken the best out of all belief systems and practices; “loving kindness of Tibetan Buddhist beliefs”, and Arhatic Yoga out of ancient Yoga practices. World awareness and healing through the eyes of loving thy neighbor, and forgiveness as a Christian ideal, and finally energy healing through the chakra system of yoga, and the ancient Chinese medical practices. The foundation is based upon Shamanic principles of energy shifting, to come up with a complete healing practice that is non-denominational, non- judgmental. It may however have followers who become too “dogmatic” and begin the process of rigidity all over again. I do not believe the Founder intended it to become a formal religion. It is a legitimate form of Holistic medical treatment. Anyone has the power to heal. Anyone has the power to self-heal body, mind, and soul. Finally, everyone has access to the Divine, no strings attached, no priest, no rabbi or swami, no animals sacrificed, no self flagellation, no stoning of women, no fasting, no confessing, judgment-free zone.
Ah yes catharsis! Experiencing the Divine with no restrictions! Now this is Meditation. Listening to the Divine and acting upon the answers given through the journey inward. The kingdom of heaven is not a “physical location”, other than knowing that it has always been there for us, waiting for us to dial in, tune like a radio station, and begin to resonate with the Divine Word: LOVE. Love of ALL. The ALL is within Union of the Divine. The Beatles said it best: ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE. Body Mind and Spirit healed through loving kindness used in Pranic Healing and its Twin Heart Meditation!
This is the modern way of practicing meditation with the backbone of basic moral principles, based on loving kindness, acceptance, forgiveness of self and others, healing, and self realization, all through the path of Pranic healing and accessing “HIGHER CONSCIOUSNESS” for the benefit of all!
In Love and Light
Dr. Dacia Milescu DPM RYT PhD Candidate
Associate Professor, General Education-Science
Herzing University Orlando Fl campus
Founder & Owner Serenity Now Yoga Holistic Wellness Center
Reiki level 2 Energy Medicine practitioner
Advanced Pranic Healing Practitioner
Yoga Teacher, Mother of three precious souls