Which of Your 5 Senses Can Interfere with Meditation?

Which of Your 5 Senses Can Interfere with Meditation?
If you’re learning to meditate, you might be wondering how your five senses affect your meditation. Indeed, your five senses play a role in your meditation, especially if you’re listening for guidance from spirit.

Read on for the tip and the technique.

If you’re learning to meditate, you might be wondering how your five senses affect your meditation. Indeed, your five senses play a role in your meditation, especially if you’re listening for guidance from spirit. 

In this post, you’ll learn:

  • How your senses affect your ability to receive messages from spirit 
  • How practicing affects your ability to meditate 
  • The top ways people receive messages during meditation 
  • Which of your 5 senses can interfere with meditation?
  • A story of how following the tip helped someone learn to receive messages from spirit 
  • The “Review Your Day” Technique

How your senses affect your ability to receive messages from spirit 

One way that meditation works for you is that it allows you to clear your mind and receive guidance from spirit. In her post, 6 Types of Spirit Guides & How to Communicate With Them, Tanya Carrol Richardson suggests adding a meditation practice to your schedule to help quiet your mind so you can communicate with your spirit guides.

 I like to use meditation to confirm that I am on track to accomplish my life’s mission, and I’ve found that tuning in and listening during meditation is an excellent tool for doing so. 

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How practicing affects your ability to meditate

The more you practice, the clearer the messages you will receive. According to a 2017 study, “spiritual meditation focuses on developing a deeper understanding of spiritual/religious meaning and connection with a higher power,” writes author Victoria Stokes in her post about spiritual meditation. I’ve found that when I meditate regularly, I have less monkey mind to muddle through before I can have a clear enough mind to receive the message.


The top ways people receive messages during meditation

You can receive your messages in a variety of ways. For example, you might hear the message. It might sound like a loved one or authority figure speaking to you. Or your messages might be visual. Some people feel their messages. Others have an inner knowing or see visions. Gabby Bernstein, New York Times Bestselling author, recommends asking for guidance from your guides and then listening by meditating. According to Gabby, “when we attune our energy to the frequency of love and peace, we can more easily connect to the vibrational messaging of our spirit guides.” I receive my messages in different ways during different times, but I felt my messages as sensations as a child. I could tell how something would play out by how it felt.

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Which of your 5 senses can interfere with meditation?

You’ll receive more precise messages if you meditate with your eyes closed. That’s because your “normal” vision can get in the way of messages from your third eye, says Christina Lopes, Heart Alchemist. If you are a highly visual person, this is especially important for you. I’ve always found that closing my eyes works best because it keeps me from being otherwise distracted.


A story of how closing my eyes during meditation helped me receive messages from spirit 

As previously mentioned, I almost always close my eyes during meditation- even before I knew a valid reason for doing so. For me, closing my eyes is a signal to my brain that meditation has begun. After asking for guidance, I open up to receiving it. It’s like tuning into a radio station; if you tune in to the one you want, you’re more likely to hear the type of music you are looking for.

You might remember the Wildwood Technique that I wrote about previously. The first time I used the technique, I realized how powerful the messages from my third eye could be. After asking my question, I was flooded with images of what life would look like if I chose the first road, and I was flooded with images of the life I could expect if I chose the second road. What I wasn’t expecting was to see a third option that I hadn’t noticed before.

That experience was powerful for me, and I know that meditation can deliver just as powerful of an experience for you, too. I know this because there have been countless other stories of people receiving messages from their spirit guides. For example, Gabby Bernstein frequently receives messages from her spirit team.

“Review Your Day” Technique

Here’s a technique for finding significance in the different parts of your day. You can also use it to process your day and search for ways to empower some of the day’s activities, so you can put into motion the life you want to live.

  1. At the end of the day, go to your meditation spot. Have a seat, set your timer, and close your eyes.
  2. Focus on your breathing for ten rounds in and out. Breathe in slowly and deeply, and exhale completely during every round.
  3. Ask your spirit guides to show you anything you need to pay attention to.
  4. Imagine you are sitting in a movie theatre. You don’t need to worry about being interrupted or someone seeing something private because you are the only one in the theatre.
  5. Let the movie screen come to life and watch the events of your day play on the screen.
  6. As you watch, pay attention to the movie. Are there parts that seem to be on pause? If so, ask your guides the meaning unless you instantly know it. It’s not uncommon for us to have innate knowledge regarding spirit messages, but sometimes we need a bit more practice. Other times, we might be hesitant to believe that something has the potential to be such a blessing in our lives, or we struggle to let go of ego-driven habits or thoughts.
  7. Allow the movie to play to the end, tending to any scenes that seem vital to the message.
  8. After the movie is over, the screen will go white.
  9. Thank your guides for helping you see what you need to see, hear what you need to hear, feel what you need to feel, and know what you need to know.
  10. Open your eyes and take out your journal.
  11. Allow yourself to free-write for 10 minutes (or more if you feel it’s necessary). When free-writing, put your pen to the paper and allow the thoughts and messages to flow through you onto the paper.
  12. Reflect on any messages you received during the meditation or free-writing.

The key takeaway is that you can receive messages from spirit during meditation or free-writing. Your messages might be perceived visually, so ensure that you close your eyes, so you don’t interfere with any messages sent by spirit.

If you like this technique and want more techniques, check out these posts:

Take care.


A Meditation for Negative Energy

Why is a meditation for negative energy necessary for entrepreneurs?

A meditation for negative energy is essential for entrepreneurs because everything begins with energy- not just your health. It takes energy to manifest the things you hold dear, like your business.

Recently, I realized how many people are suffering the results of negative energy. It seems like a fantastic time to share a meditation for negative energy with you. 

Did you know you can transmute your negative energy into positive energy and use it to heal yourself?

Energy transmutation is the act of changing the valence of energy within the energy body- a part of our bodies that is both within and surrounding us. Typically, negative energy is changed into positive.

You do not need to be a shaman to transmute your energy, although shamanic training enhances shamans’ abilities to work with things like energy superiorly. So, let’s talk more about energy transmutation.

Identifying Negative Energy

The following are signs that your energy is negative:

  • Being overly critical of yourself or others
  • Lots of complaining
  • Poor health
  • Insomnia.
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Why would I want to transmute my energy?

There are plenty of reasons to transmute energy. One of which is to feel better- to heal. Since all disease starts within your energy centers (chakras), it makes sense that tending to your energy can improve your mental and physical well-being. This doesn’t mean you should cancel your next doctor’s appointment and replace it with meditation. If you are suffering from chronic disease or suspect you might be, keep that doctor’s appointment. What it does mean is that tending to your energy can lead to healing.

One example of energy healing is Reiki. Reiki Masters can use Reiki to heal all kinds of things. For that reason, I started learning Reiki and became certified as a Reiki Practitioner. Part of being a Reiki Practitioner is performing daily Reiki healings for myself. I have noticed a big difference in my back pain, and I believe that Reiki made my move from Texas to Washington much less stressful.

How Negative Energy Affects Your Health

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Negative energy and negative emotions go hand-in-hand. Both cause stress, which negatively affects your health. Hormone imbalances, ineffective immune systems, and even heart dysfunction can be caused by stress.

Thankfully, you can transmute your energy, regardless of any formal training. All you need is the know-how.

Why is a meditation for negative energy necessary for entrepreneurs?

A meditation for negative energy is essential for entrepreneurs because everything begins with energy- not just your health. It takes energy to manifest the things you hold dear, like your business. Your business is important to you, and part of that importance is because of the creativity involved. While you might not think your business is creative, if you had an idea and made it happen, you did so through creativity.

The type of energy you have determines:

  • Your level of creativity
  • How your day will go
  • If you will manifest the things you want
  • What happens to you
  • Your health
  • How you affect other people
  • And a multitude of different situations.

Now that you know that, you can see how transmuting your negative energy into higher energy can make a phenomenal difference in your business.

 The Science of Negative Energy

Sound like a bunch of woo-woo to you? It’s not. In fact, scientists termed the energy body “the biofield” and have investigated the frequencies. They found electric fields and magnetic pulses made by tissues and cells on the surface of human skin.

Some devices and techniques can be used to measure the frequencies, such as:

  • Magnetocardiography
  • Electrocardiograms
  • Magnetoencephalography
  • Electroencephalograms

Armed with this knowledge, you might be imagining all the possibilities attached to transmuting your energy- not just in your business but also in your personal life.

 But, before I get into the technique, I’d like to share a story of energy transmutation through meditation with you.

My Energy Transmutation Story

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I had a lot of negative energy surrounding me throughout my childhood and a large portion of my 20s and 30s. Thankfully, I came across the knowledge to change that. However, that doesn’t mean that I’m not often bombarded with an influx of negative energy and that sometimes I don’t let it in- unintentionally, of course.

I probably don’t have to tell you how worrisome moving can make a person. Until the last ten or so years, worry and anxiety were my typical mindset. So, of course, when my roommates and I found out that the house we had lined up before moving to Washington was no longer available, and we all had jobs set up, it caused me to suffer from massive anxiety. Where would we live?!

I went into my meditation space and meditated. Throughout my meditation, I imagined myself on the phone with someone, telling them all about my new life on the island, specifically that I “just loved my new house.” Then, I sat a bit in silence to let the amazing warmth and assurance I was receiving set in.

When my meditation was complete, I felt better. And things are now moving forward amazingly well. 

An Energy Transmutation Meditation

There are many ways to transmute your energy through meditation, but the following technique is one of my absolute favorites for changing my energy quickly and positively.

  1. Take your journal with you into your meditation space.
  2. Allow your feelings to wash over you, and write down how you feel. Pay attention to your emotional and physical sensations. They can give insight that leads to shortcuts to a fantastic experience with an Energy Transmutation Meditation.
  3. If you know why you’re feeling negative, write that down. If you don’t, spend some time journaling until you identify a thought you would like to focus upon improving. For example, you might be feeling nervous about the pandemic. If so, write that down.
  4. Once you’ve journaled and you’ve singled out what you want to transmute, start your meditation breathing and close your eyes.
  5. Breathe a few rounds, in and out.
  6. Imagine you are surrounded by a blue-and-white protective light.
  7. Optionally, you can ask Archangel Michael to protect you while you are in this spiritual state.
  8. Use an affirmation like, “The Violet Flame purifies and cleanses my mind, body, and soul.” Repeat it three times.
  9. Imagine you are sitting in front of a pink, violet, and purple bonfire.
  10. Feel the warmth coming from the fire that is here to transmute your problems into solutions and heal you.
  11. Imagine that you step into the fire, and it surrounds you- filling your thoughts and every cell of your body.
  12. Stand there, soaking up the beautiful purple, flickering flames. While you stand there, imagine the situation haunting you is turned around into a blessing. You might like to envision scenes like telling your mom about your new boyfriend and how you think he will propose or how you love your new job.
  13. Allow the positive feelings you will feel when the situation occurs in real life. Using the previous example, imagine the love you will feel for the new boyfriend (or job). Imagine the excitement you will feel when telling your mom and best friend about how you think he will propose. Really feel those feelings.
  14. Ask the Violet Flame to bless you and your loved ones and anyone else that is on your mind. A good example here is the fires on the West Coast. I have been asking the Violet Flame to bless those affected by the fires and heal the Earth.
  15. Don’t forget to thank God or the universe, or even the Violet Flame itself.

According to the Daily Om, closing with gratitude is especially important when invoking the Violet Flame because it is a powerful tool. The gratitude close provides closure for your meditation and ensures that you don’t remain connected to the flame throughout the day, possibly misusing it unconsciously.

This meditation is a powerful one for transformation. You can use it to heal physically, emotionally, and spiritually. After using it, you might feel the warmth of the flame on your face, reminding you that the Violet Flame has erased your troubles and transformed your negative energy into positive energy.

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Penny for Your Thoughts: Is this the Best Meditation for Making a Big Decision?

Did you know that American adults make around 35,000 decisions per day?

Many of these daily decisions go unnoticed, but they still take a toll on the person. And sometimes, making all these decisions can lead people to have difficulty making decisions in general, cause attention deficits, and affect the person’s self-control. The term used to describe this phenomenon is “decision fatigue,” It can be incredibly taxing for people. Studies show that around 50% of people struggle with decision fatigue.

But what if you had help?

Imagine consulting powerful, ancient beings and receiving the knowledge necessary to make your most important decisions and the power to get things done.

Did you know that American adults make around 35,000 decisions per day?


Many of these daily decisions go unnoticed, but they still take a toll on the person. And sometimes, making all these decisions can lead people to have difficulty making decisions in general, cause attention deficits, and affect the person’s self-control. The term used to describe this phenomenon is “decision fatigue,” It can be incredibly taxing for people. Studies show that around 50% of people struggle with decision fatigue.

But what if you had help?

Imagine consulting powerful, ancient beings and receiving the knowledge necessary to make your most important decisions and the power to get things done. That’s what this post is about. Within the article, you will find a brief history of The Wildwood Meditation Technique, followed by the walk-through of the technique.

How did ancient Celtic shamans receive guidance?

While reading one afternoon, I came across a meditation technique that I found interesting. One reason for the intrigue is that I have come across a variation of it before. But this time, the idea behind the meditation technique was that Celtic shamans imagine the Wildwood when they want to receive guidance.

The meditation is the Spirit of the Wildwood meditation. Before exploring the technique, let’s start with a brief backstory of the Wildwood in Celtic lore.

What does the term Wildwood mean?

The Wildwood refers to the pre-Viking and pre-Celtic world- a forest world that once covered most of the world. There, primal forces resided. These primal forces appeared in the form of birds, fish, and animals, and they roamed free. The forces opened the doors to the primal world of the Ancestors- the Underworld. 

What is the significance of the Wildwood to Celtic shamans?

The Wildwood meditations were intended for initiating a powerful connection with the Wildwood spirits. Personal encounters with the Wildwood spirits provided Celtic shamans with knowledge and helped them make decisions.

Celtic lore states that the Wildwood spirits taught Celtic shamans through the connection. While the meditations can be used in various other ways, Celtic shamans classified the meditations as Wild Magic, which conjures the energy of the Wildwood and the living spirits of the forest.

This meditation is powerful for making big decisions, making it incredibly valuable to entrepreneurs and anyone else needing to make big decisions.

The Wildwood Meditation Technique

Envision the Wildwood and imagine that you are walking through it. As you walk along, imagine that you come upon a clearing with a path that forks. Standing there, ask the spirits of the Wildwood about the decision you are facing.

Then, spend some time listening for an answer.

*Optionally, you might like to set a timer before starting the meditation.

Try this technique, and let me know what you think.

Looking for other similar meditation techniques? Check out the Oracle Meditation Technique.

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Got Questions? Ask the Oracle. How to easily do an Oracle Meditation.

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
  • Visualization
  • 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.

  • Motivation.

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.

What do the Loving-kindness Meditation and Anger Management Have in Common?

What do the Loving-kindness Meditation and Anger Management Have in Common?

Are you looking for a new meditation technique? If so, check out the Loving-kindness meditation. It has many benefits, one of which might surprise you.

Read on to find out.

Woman standing with her arms up and outstretched, indicating a connection with nature and freedom.

Are you looking for a new meditation technique?

If so, check out the Loving-kindness meditation. It has many benefits, one of which might surprise you.

There are four parts to this post:

  • What is loving-kindness meditation?
  • What are the benefits of loving-kindness meditation?
  • How to do a loving-kindness meditation.
  • Suggested phrases for a loving-kindness meditation.
  • What is Loving-kindness meditation?

    Loving-kindness meditation, AKA Metta Meditation, is a Buddhist meditation practitioners use to improve and enhance feelings of kindness, compassion, and acceptance of oneself and other people. You might even use it to meditate on sharing love with animals.

    It’s done by reciting phrases filled with love and positivity towards yourself and others. Remember to be mindful and to fully immerse yourself in the positive energy you are sending out. Really feel the love.

    According to Healthline, since the purpose of loving-kindness meditation “is intended to promote compassion and kindness, it may be ideal for those holding feelings of anger or resentment.”

    It’s great for those with anger issues or PTSD, but most people benefit from loving-kindness.

    What are the benefits of loving-kindness meditation?

    Practitioners receive the usual benefits of meditation, plus the opportunity to develop and nurture:

  • Trust
  • Compassion
  • Empathy
  • Connectedness
  • Kindness
  • Love
  • Infographic- multi-toned blue: "Since pain is an adaptive emotion, depression and anxiety often contribute to it. One benefit you might not expect from the loving-kindness meditation is pain relief. "


    How to do a Loving-kindness Meditation:

    • Select 2 phrases for your meditation- 1 directed towards yourself and another directed at your friends and family. You can use the same phrase and alter it for the “who” if you’d like.
    • Find a quiet spot.
    • Have a seat with your back straight.
    • Begin focusing on your breathing. Feel it fill your chest when you inhale and empty your chest when you exhale.
    • Turn your attention to your heart space.
    • Optional: Place your hands on your chest to keep yourself mindful of your heart. You might also want to visualize your chest glowing green (like the Heart chakra) when you recite your phrase.
    • Begin repeating your phrase, and focus on what it means. How does it make you feel?
    • Repeat the phrase ten times.
    • Turn your attention to your loved ones.
    • Visualize them.
    • Repeat your loved ones’ phrase ten times while focusing on the meaning and the way the phrase makes you feel.
    • You can continue to repeat your loved ones’ phrase, directed towards acquaintances and neighbors, then your town’s community, etc.- as far out from you as you would like, or you can stop at repeating the phrase for yourself and loved ones.
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    Suggested phrases for a Loving-kindness Meditation

  • May I find peace.
  • May I feel safe.
  • May I love myself as my creator does.
  • If none of the phrases above are appealing to you, you can create your own. You can start by considering an emotion you want to focus on- love, happiness, etc. Then, build your phrase from there.

    Key takeaways

    The key takeaway is that the Loving-kindness meditation is a great technique for anyone wanting to improve their self-image, increase their self-love, be kinder to themselves and others, or deal with anger issues or PTSD. Lastly, the effects of loving-kindness meditation go beyond emotional benefits and can even help with chronic pain.

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