Have you ever wanted to consult a magical oracle for answers to your burning questions?
That’s exactly what this post is about. You will also read about:
- Guided meditation
- The benefits of The Oracle Meditation Technique
- The legend of The Oracle Within
- How to do an Oracle meditation.
What’s guided meditation?
Guided meditation is a type of meditation in which a guide walks a meditator through meditating. The person might be a trained practitioner, teacher, or simply a guide who helps people with meditation. Sometimes, a guided meditation includes music or visualization to enhance the experience, and the meditation technique varies, depending upon the goal for the meditation.
For example, in The Oracle Meditation Technique we’ll be using today, the goal is to consult an oracle for answers to our questions. Your question might be something that’s really been weighing on you or you might be interested in your greater purpose or how you can better serve those who you are called to serve. That might include a higher power or a group of people who are underrepresented or have been historically treated poorly, like in the case of systemic racism. If you don’t know who or how you can serve, your oracle can help you with your planning and next steps.
Is guided meditation hypnosis?
Guided meditation can be hypnosis, but it is not always hypnosis. They are two separate techniques which sometimes merge to create more powerful results.
What is hypnosis?
According to The American Psychological Association, during hypnosis, the hypnotist and participant cooperate throughout the hypnosis session. The participant enters a hypnotic, trance-like, state and responds to the hypnotist’s suggestions. A person can only be hypnotized if they enter the state willingly, and all hypnosis is self-hypnosis. The hypnotist is merely a guide.
What’s the difference between guided meditation and hypnosis?
In hypnosis, the hypnotist offers suggestions, uses keywords or sound, and sometimes touch to bring the participant into a focused trance state so the participant can accept the suggestions within their subconscious mind. The main focus is the trace state and how well the practitioner induces it.
On the other hand, when you participate in a guided meditation, you use your imagination to create the suggested images and situations. This is especially useful in cases of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), when rumination and horrible, nightmarish mind movies play repetitively. In these cases, the suggested images and situations can be therapeutic when they replace the nightmarish mind movies- If you’re going to have a mind movie playing on a loop, shouldn’t you be the one to write it?
When you take control of your mind movies, many things can change for the positive in your life– far too many to put in one post. While there will be more posts about visualization on the blog soon, here are a few of the benefits visualization provides to those who partake in it.
What are the benefits of visualization?
Here are a few of the ways that visualization can help you.
- Reduce your stress.
- Be in harmony with yourself.
- Clear your mind, get clear on what you really want, and what you must do to manifest it.
- Master new skills.
- Enhance your motivation.
- Generate creative ideas.
- Improve your performance- mental, physical, or professional.
William Arthur Ward once said, “If you dream it, you can achieve it.”
Additionally, many athletes and music stars have spoken of how they have used visualization to achieve their wildest dreams.
The benefits of The Oracle Meditation Technique
The Oracle Meditation Technique is fantastic for:
- Receiving answers to questions.
You can ask your oracle anything without shame because she resides within you. She knows everything you’ve been through, all the wonderful things you have done, and the potential you have to change the world- even if it is just one small piece of your world at a time.
Your oracle is there to answer questions and support you. Having her in your corner can be incredibly motivating.
- Feeling the power within you.
The oracle is within your sacral chakra- where your inner power lies. I call her a she because she resides in the area where a woman’s womb is and where the feminine energy is housed.
Did you know? Both men and women have masculine and feminine energy, and your gender does not determine your energy type. You can be a man with a lot of feminine energy or a woman with a lot of masculine energy. Likewise, your energy type can change from day-to-day. Additionally, your energy type can be affected by various things like a full moon. Working with the right energy is key to many spiritual practices. But that’s another topic that we’ll dive into another time.
The legend of The Oracle Within
Legend has it that the oracle within each of us was placed there by God. The Creator was asked many, many questions and, as the world’s population went up, so did the number of questions. Naturally, humans wanted to ask their questions of God directly.
After a while, God decided to hide, but try as he might, humans kept finding him, so he devised a solution.
To help humans have an even more direct line of communication and to stop feeling the pull from human to human, God broke himself into tons and tons of little pieces. Then, he placed himself within the sacral chakra so humans could consult him easily.
How to do an Oracle meditation
To perform an Oracle meditation, follow these steps.
- Find a comfy seat.
- Have a seat with your back straight.
- Take a few deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth.
- Place your hands on your lower abdomen, between your navel and your pubic bone.
- Close your eyes.
- On your next deep breath in, imagine that you are inhaling through your tailbone, and that as you do, the breath travels up your spine, through each of your chakras.
- As you exhale, you see your breath coming out of the top of your head, through your crown chakra. It looks like a waterfall.
- Continue to breathe this way until it feels more natural.
- Now, imagine that you leave your body through the top of your head, through your crown chakra on your next exhale.
- As you do so, you travel down, towards your navel.
- When you inhale again, you will inhale yourself into your belly button.
- Now, open your third eye (located between the eyes) to see, keeping your physical eyes closed.
- After a bit of adjustment, you will see a glowing orb a little way away.
- As you approach the orb, you see that it is an old woman. You can tell she is very wise.
- She motions towards a chair, telling you to have a seat.
- You do, and she has three cards that she flips over.
- She tells you what each of them mean, smiling the whole time because she knows that if you follow her advice, you will be aligned with what you want. She cares about you and has always had your best interests at heart.
- When she is done talking to you, she waves goodbye.
- You get up from the table, turn around, and begin walking back towards where you came in.
- This time, take a deep breath in and, when you exhale, you will breathe yourself out of your navel.
- Close your third eye and hold your hand on your forehead for a few seconds.
- Allow what you learned to sink in while you take a few deep breaths.
- Open your eyes, and you will notice that you now know exactly what you need to do.
Within this post, we talked about what a guided meditation is and the difference between a guided meditation and hypnosis. While they are two separate practices, they can be performed together. We also mentioned all the benefits of visualization and the Oracle Meditation Technique. You read a short version of the Legend of the Oracle Within, and, finally, you learned the steps for an Oracle meditation.