Once you're easily able to achieve a full meditative state, the next step is to simply ask to become conscious of your spirit guide or your loved ones in the afterlife, through the grace of Divine Power… and just allow yourself to become fully aware of any impressions you may receive. It may even seem as though you are engaging some input from your five senses; for instance, you may see an image of someone in your minds eye, or it might seem like you heard a name… But since this kind of information is telepathic, you will actually be utilizing your intuitive [or psychic] senses. It's also very common to receive information symbolically; if you do, don't analyze it during your meditation. Analysis can take place when you're done; just acknowledge whatever information comes to you. This process requires that you use something I refer to as 'Your Feeling Mind', instead of your thinking mind – that which we use everyday to assess or evaluate things. But in order to use the feeling mind effectively, you have to 'get out of your own way' so to speak – and turn off the normal thinking process. This seems to be the part that people have the most trouble with. If that's the case with you - and you're not quite sure how to accomplish this, there is a great visualization technique that you can use.
Just imagine that sitting right next to you is a special box with your name on it; imagine that everything important to you - including all your important thoughts and ideas, are safely tucked away inside that box. As you continue with your meditation, thoughts may infiltrate your mind... but instead of allowing them to interfere with your meditation, acknowledge them – and then put them inside 'your special box' for safe-keeping... until your meditation is completed. You can rest assured that they will be right there waiting for you when you're done – and you can think freely about them once you've come out of your meditative state...But until then, place all thoughts in your personal box for later retrieval...
Dr. Deepak Chopra
Meanwhile, give yourself permission to fully experience any conversations, emotions and/or sensations you might experience during this part of the meditation. You may begin to sense the presence of someone in the afterlife; if you do, just relax and enjoy the experience. It's a wonderful way for them to 'visit us' and let us know that their consciousness has survived physical death – and that they will always remain connected to us through bonds of love. Naturally, this can be a very emotional experience, but it is one that you will always cherish and remember.
Connecting with your spiritual guides and teachers can be equally impactful, although it's important for you to know that there are two different types of information that may come through. The first type might include personal insight from your spirit guide that is meant only for you... In other words, it will help to inspire you to a higher level of wisdom. One of the really nice things about having this kind of experience is the realization that your guide/s are always there for you; you may find that you'll begin to rely upon their strength and wisdom in ways that will ultimately enhance your own spiritual growth.
But the other type of insight that can come from a spiritual guide is really meant to be shared with others; you will know the difference (between insight for you and information for others) by the type of information they make you aware of. If you begin to receive insights that you feel you should share with other people, it would make you somewhat of a 'messenger' for humanity. This process is often referred to as channeling - and the information usually comes through as a form of direct communication. It would probably be best to keep a journal and actually write the information down as you are receiving it while in your meditation; it would be very much like taking dictation... except that the 'speakers' are very patient – and will take their time delivering the message as you write it down.
How Information Comes Through /
Where It Comes From
If you prefer, you can actually ask for a connection to higher consciousness – or for specific information; just remember to be open to any information as it comes through – and then analyze it later. Any dialog you have can take place telepathically [Telepathy is a universal language of the mind] and it can be heard by higher levels of consciousness. The information that you receive may come from different sources; some of those sources might include your higher self, your spiritual guides and/or teachers, your loved ones in the Afterlife, Divine Wisdom [a.k.a., God consciousness], cosmic consciousness [those in other dimensions]... or any combination thereof.
Always remember that perceiving higher consciousness is a natural ability and is nothing to worry about. If you begin to experience connections like this, you might also like to keep a journal of all of your memories and experiences during your meditative exercises; it's also a great way to keep track of your progress. So think about writing down a few notes about what you experienced while it's still fresh in your mind... This kind of exercise is both relaxing and uplifting - all at the same time.
Things You Can Say / Ask For
If you're wondering what your communication to higher consciousness should be, there are a few things that you could say or ask for; I will share a few ideas here, but you can customize some of these in a way that is more meaningful to your experience:
~ I am open to receiving a higher level of wisdom...
~ I open myself to spiritual growth and understanding...
~ As I open myself to higher consciousness, I am in balance and harmony with the universe...
~ I am open to manifesting healing energy in my life...
~ I am filled with the light of higher wisdom and seek a higher purpose...
Those are just a few examples; as you state your purpose, just still your mind – and open your listening to whatever information begins to come through... If you simply feel 'peace and harmony', that is fine as well; enjoy the feeling. There is a Chinese proverb that says: “When the student is ready, the teacher appears”. So the more prepared you are mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually – to receive higher information, the more likely it is to occur.
Coming Out of Meditation –
To a Full Waking State
To fully complete your meditation, shift your focus back to 'listening to the sound of your breathing'. Count forward from one to five, saying each number like this: “One – As I complete my meditation, I begin to feel refreshed and awake”... “Moving upward to two” and then, “Feeling refreshed and awake”… “Moving up to three”… “Feeling more refreshed and awake”… etc., etc. – all the way to five, saying each number a little louder and more pronounced than the last. * You could even tape record this last part ahead of time and then just play it back when you're ready to end your meditation. And remember: If you stand up and feel slightly light-headed, just ground any excess energy (as I described earlier).
If nothing else, meditation is a wonderful tool for relaxation and in today's busy world, we could all use a little more peace in our lives. It's also very empowering to know that you can induce a peaceful state of mind any time you would like, instead of only having to cope with the stresses that most of us accept as part of our daily lives. The more you practice, the easier it will get… and you might also find that it's a great way to get in touch with a more spiritual side of life.
Our loved ones are always with us... and more importantly, our spirit guides are always ready to share inspirational wisdom with us… We may not have learned how to focus on his or her presence just yet… but with a little practice that could change in the twinkling of an eye!
The insight you can gain from meditation is invaluable; don't be surprised if you also begin to spontaneously sense those you have loved and lost around you (meaning, outside of your meditations). It is a very comforting feeling just to know that they are not only conscious, but that they're still connected to us as well. As a spiritual medium, I also get spontaneous information from time to time, however I'm not able to read for myself (this is the reason why mediums read for each other); so it's necessary for us to seek out someone else to help facilitate a connection.
To that end, every time I'm able to connect with your loved ones, it helps me to know that my loved ones who are now in spirit life - are doing just fine, too. It also empowers me to trust my instincts and also to “know with confidence” that my Spirit Guides are always with me.