Basics of Sahaja Yoga
Sahaja Yoga Meditation is based on the Self-Realization experience – an awakening of inner energy that resides in a potential state at the base of the spine of every human being. The benefits of regular meditation can be seen in every aspect of life – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. The inner energy, when awakened, nourishes the nervous system and the organs controlled by the nervous plexuses placed along the spine, alleviating stress and engendering a deep state of peace and inner balance. This process is achieved by accessing a new state of human consciousness called “thoughtless awareness”, where one is fully alert while relaxed at the same time, without any thought activity. Such a state is normally difficult to achieve but it is made possible and deepened through the activation of the inner energy residing in the sacrum bone. The daily practice of meditation gradually enhances the initial experience and the growth of our awareness begins to take place.
Evidence from several clinical and neurological studies demonstrate the impact that meditation has on influencing brain chemical activities that regulate attention, mood, and emotions in positive ways. Studies indicate that Sahaja Yoga Meditation increases positive emotions, reduces negative emotions, improves emotional flexibility and coping skills, and overall psychological stability. Scientific research in England, Australia, India, Russia, Romania, Italy, and other countries, has shown remarkable health benefits of this meditation practice for alleviating a host of illnesses ranging from high blood pressure, asthma, menstrual disorders and epilepsy to depression and ADHD. In Washington D.C., the National Institutes of Health hosted two international symposiums on the health benefits of Sahaja Yoga Meditation and has been offering weekly programs for its staff and patients since 1998.
Researching Meditation/Brain Waves
The researchers had measured the quality of life, anxiety, and blood pressure before and after the treatment with Sahaja Yoga meditation.
The Subtle System
The Subtle System is the network of Energy Centers and channels through which your Inner Energy flows. Sahaja Yoga Meditation helps you learn to feel, understand and ultimately use, the Subtle System to achieve Self Realization. This process is all started by raising your Inner Energy. Starting in the sacrum at the base of your spine, the energy is raised through all the Energy Centers, opening, clearing and activating them. After the energy has combined in the final Energy Center at the crown of the head, it is released through the area where the fontanelle at the crown of the head used to be. At that time, you can actually “feel the energy within,” in the form of a cool, or sometimes warm, breeze, on the palm of your hand.
Your Inner Energy, or Kundalini, (again from Sanskrit,) is the power of pure desire, soothing spiritual energy that lies dormant at the base of the spine above the first Energy Center. When awakened, it rises through the central channel, piercing the six Energy Centers and is released through the fontanelle – often feeling like a cool breeze, is what is known as Self Realization. Experiencing Self Realization is what it is to “feel the energy within.” Tapping into and raising your Inner Energy is the key to improving your life in every possible way across every level. Even if you don’t achieve Self Realization immediately, you will still feel calmer, more relaxed and less stressed.
There are seven Energy Centers (also known by their traditional Sanskrit names, chakras) in the human body. Energy Centers are fulcrums that control most aspects of our physical, mental and spiritual lives. Often difficulties in life can be traced to imbalances or blockages in one or more of the Energy Centers. The Energy Centers are connected by channels that are sometimes referred to by the Sanskrit name, Nadi.
When the Kundalini rises and nourishes the chakras, our bodies automatically become dynamic, creative, confident. Each chakra has a quality. The chakras always exist in the body and can never be destroyed but they do not manifest themselves until the Kundalini is awakened.