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Guided Meditation - The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide

Joseph Drumheller, Leading Meditation, Healing & Education

Guided Meditation - The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide

Joseph Drumheller, Leading Meditation, Healing & Education

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12 Lessons (1h 29m)
    • 1. Promo Video

    • 2. Introduction

    • 3. Lecture, Deep Relaxation

    • 4. Meditation, Deep Relaxation

    • 5. Lecture, Thoughts

    • 6. Meditation, Thoughts

    • 7. Lecture, Emotions

    • 8. Meditation, Emotions

    • 9. Lecture, Family

    • 10. Meditation, Family

    • 11. Bonus

    • 12. Extra - The Purpose of Meditation

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About This Class

Guided Meditation - The Ultimate Beginner's Guide, Part One is an introductory meditation course, teaching a step by step approach to the basics of relaxation, healing and mindfulness.  

Each section will focus on real-life challenges we all face.  Four different guided meditations will be presented, to help reduce stress, alleviate an overactive mind, heal unwanted emotions, and addresses issues related to family. 

Course material will be presented through video lecture, text summaries, homework contemplations, and guided meditations.  Students will come away feeling better, with a profound sense of inner awareness and expanded consciousness.

The course will include:

  •  Teaching the art of deep relaxation

  •  Meditation techniques to help quiet an over-active mind

  •  Meditations will teach how to release inhibiting emotions and repeating patterns that accompany them

  •  Meditations addressing the deeper aspects of family influences

Through course lectures, students will come away with a clear understanding of what guided meditation is and how it can transform the very essence of their being.  In addition, the meditations will provide profound experiences to aligning them with the very person they are meant to be.

Here's what scientific research is telling us about meditation. Meditation promotes numerous health benefits including:

  • Reducing stress, anxiety and depression

  • Regulating emotions

  • Boosting the immune system

  • Increasing empathy, compassion and emotional intelligence

  • Slowing the aging process

What students are saying:

I'm doing a couple of Joseph Drumheller courses and he's a really fantastic teacher. His approach is very genuine and authentic. He spent many years providing support to terminally ill cancer patients. Highly recommended.

Phil Strong

Your delivery was warm and natural and your sincerity and love of meditation shines through.  I can see how much work has gone into this course and I'm sure it will reach and help many, many, many people. It's so nice to 'meet' someone with very similar views on meditation and an approach to teaching that chimes with my own. I wish you every success!

Linda Hall

"Joseph Drumheller's practical, earthy approach to meditation, along with his soothing voice and approachability provide a comfortable place to begin a new practice or gain deeper insights to those more established. Speaking as a lifelong meditator myself, I recommend his work.”

 Judy Blackwell

I will say that the main thing I look for is someone in such a course is that they exude calm, and joy....and you do......and that they look trustworthy, good energy when you look at their eyes.... when they speak....and you do…  

Marika Marks

Very informative about getting started at home meditation. I am excited to dive into Joseph’s course!  

Kari Moore

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Joseph Drumheller

Leading Meditation, Healing & Education


Joseph Drumheller

I'm a leader in meditation and healing and a four-time, award-winning author with a mission that is quite simple:  To assist people of all ages in becoming the greatest version of who they are meant to be.

I've spent over 25 years working in the worlds of Meditation, Healing, and Spirituality.  Six of those years I spent working as a Clinical Hypnotherapist in a cancer radiation clinic in Bellingham, WA.  Since 1991, I've performed over 2,000 private sessions, led numerous seminars, workshops, online courses and retreats, and published an assortment of books for adults and children. 

I was also born with a deep spiritual connection to nature, which led me to earn a Master of Science degree in G... See full profile

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1. Promo Video: Hello and welcome to guided meditation, the Ultimate Beginner's Guide. This course has been divided into two parts, which will include a total of eight meditation techniques to help relieve riel life challenges we all face The road from stress to Peace is only a few deep breaths away. My name is Joseph Drumheller, and I've been working in the worlds of meditation and healing for over 25 years. I'm also a three time award winning author and spent six years in a cancer radiation treatment facility using meditation and healing techniques to help cancer patients. And in those years, my life was forever changed because that's when I discovered how powerful meditation can be . Our first goal in this course will be to learn the art of how to deeply relax as we progress will expand into the realms of healing, creativity and awareness. The results you can expect will include a life with less stress, freedom from unwanted emotions, an increased capacity for creativity and an experience of expanded consciousness. What that means is you're going to feel better as we open the path to the most dazzling version of who you are meant to be. There are no prerequisites for this class. All you need is a passionate desire to learn how to deeply relax and now will open the doors to your consciousness. Whoever you may be a fresh beginner or a season guru. I know everyone get stressed out in this rapidly changing world that we all live in. Sometimes it seems like life could be one challenge after another, but that's why I'm here. I'm here to help all guide you into peaceful relax ation as we demystify the mystery surrounding meditation. So rest assured, it's easy to do. It's wonderful anyone could do it. All you need to do is to kick back and relax. I'll take care of the rest. So please join me on this remarkable journey of guided meditation by enrolling in this course, it's easy to do. Just click on the button and I'll see in class 2. Introduction: hi and welcome to the ultimate guide to meditation, healing and spirituality. I'm your instructor, Joseph Drumheller, and I'm very grateful that you decided to sign up for this course. So what we'll be doing in this court is it will be shining a light on your internal world. Open the doors to the higher aspects of living. We'll be focusing on Rhea life topics such as De stressing through deep relaxation, healing and reaching beyond healing into touching the parts of us that are bigger than all of us and the courses designed to help you reach the most dazzling version of who you are meant to be. You know, in order to maximize the benefits that's this class, I'm going to ask that you participate as much as you can, and there's a couple of ways to do it. The first way is to go through each section sequentially through one through 10 and if you do it that way, I just ask that you do the meditations once or twice a day for at least three days, if not a week before you go into the next section, because there's an assimilation process that goes on with meditation. So when we go into the inner internal world, it takes a little bit of time until you see the results in your day to dates. Three D life. Another way to do it is you can focus on a specific section. So let's say you want Teoh. Focus on money if you want to use one section specifically. What I recommend is that you use the meditations once or twice a day for a week or two and really delve into that one topic. Uh, and hopefully we'll start to see shifts and changes in your life within that week to period at the end of each section. There are also summaries and frequently asked questions. So take a look at those. Do your homework. The homework is contemplative and nature, and it's designed to help increase your conscious awareness about your own life. There's also ah, homeworks a homework sheet, a t the end of section three, and I'm gonna ask that you use that homer shaped from Section three on and what it is. It's a verification sheet that's gonna help you recognize the cause and effect nature of meditation, and you're gonna start to see things change and shift in your life. And also keep in mind that there is a theatrical component to meditation. So in order to maximize the benefits of your meditation, set the mood cause this is a very sacred time of self care, so treated as such. Um, you know, make sure you're in a comfortable position where your back straight, you condone be in a recliner chair, You can even lie down. Um, you know, dim the lights if you want ad aromatherapy to your room, something that makes you very comfortable, very safe. And also make sure you won't be disturbed during the time of your meditation and also keep in mind all this is about making life better. So please enjoy the class. Okay, so, welcome. Once again, I'll see you in class. 3. Lecture, Deep Relaxation : in the first section that we're gonna be working on today is called deep Relax, ation and deep relaxation is the foundation toe all meditation. So one of the first questions I like to ask people when starting to meditate, is it? Why meditate? I mean, why should we meditate? Have you ever seen a picture of someone sitting there on Iraq meditating, waiting for enlightenment or whatever? I mean, quite honestly, it looks kind of boring. I mean, why are they actually doing it? Let me answer that question with story From 2000 and 2 to 2000 and 11 I spent six years in that time period working in a cancer treatment facility in Bellingham, Washington, doing meditation and healing work with cancer patients. And that was a life changing experience for me, as it was for many clients that I worked with. But when I wasn't at the hospital, um, I had an office in town, and quite frequently I would go over to the local library to check my emails. That was like for the days of smartphones. It was about half a block away, and I was wandering over to the library on this particular day, and I ran into a client of mine who I had met through the cancer center. And so we started talking on the side lock, and he had been one of the clients that I work with who actually went into full remission. Um, while we were working together and he accredited a lot of his recovery to the work we have done together. So we became quite buddies, were sitting there trip along and sidewalk when all of a sudden this guy, uh, pulls up on his bicycle and this guy was the first client I had at the cancer center. And quite honestly, I don't even know if he was alive anymore. And so the three of us start chirping away on the sidewalk and we kind of go into this surreal conversation, uh, where we realized that we had all been through together and we hadn't been through life and death together. But what we had been through together was death in life. And so, um, they were beaming in this conversation because they had both survived cancer, and I was beaming because I had a hand in helping them recover. And that was a moment in my life that I will never forget. And that is the reason why I meditate. How many of us get to experience joy, peace, gratitude, fulfillment, purpose, abundance a lot of other virtues on a daily basis or even at all. And my answer, that question is not nearly enough. And so what we're gonna do in this class is that we're gonna go into deep state of relaxation. We're gonna open the doors to those worlds and hopefully you'll get to experience them. Now that leads us to our next question. What exactly is meditation? So when I first started meditating, I was quite young and I thought, You know, I have seen pictures of gurus on rocks and stuff, and it's quite intrigued by the mysticism of it. And so I thought you had to sit in a particular position, breathe a certain way, have your hands and a certain, uh, you know, have Londres with your hands. But as I started doing that, it didn't take me long to get very bored and to give up even those those air very valid ways of meditating simply because they didn't fit my cultural experience and they didn't fit who? I wasn't the person, so I was essentially trying to be someone I wasn't. So as we begin to meditate, it's really important to recognize from the beginning that there are as many different ways to meditate as there are people meditating and meditation. Meditative state is actually a natural state of mind that we go into twice a day, and that's once before we go to sleep at night and once before we wake up in the morning. So that's why meditation is often referred to as the suspended dream states, because what we do is we go into that state of mind and we extend it for a period of time. So the definition, after looking up on Google and find a bunch of definitions, I'd like meditation and I have come what with which is actually gonna be. The foundation for this course is that meditation is the act of entering a deep state of relaxation with the intention of increasing awareness to reach the higher aspects of living . So it's really important that in that definition that we understand the foundation of meditation is entering a very deep state of relaxation. So what it is entering a deep state of relaxation is essentially doing nothing on a very deep level. That's important to understand that that could be tricky to do it first, because we're all very conditioned from a very early age to do the opposite at work through our families, you know, playing sports or whatever and then getting jobs were all trained to be very proactive and not only in our activity, but in our mind. So with meditation were essentially learning to do the opposite. And it's important to understand that as we do, that that meditation is a learned skill, so requires practice, and daily practice is ideal. So in a way, learning to meditate in the beginning is like learning toe walk. So at the beginning, you may need someone to help you how you may stumble and fall or not know what you're doing in the beginning. But sooner or later, you're gonna learn how to go into a relaxed state on your own, and then you could begin to run with it. And what I mean by running is that you can start to go into a meditative state while you're on the fly, not only while you're meditating, but maybe at work or when you're going shopping or driving or whatever. So that state of peace becomes more of a natural state of mind throughout your day to day life. So it's important to understand that as you're experiencing that you're such training your mind to behave and act differently. And it takes time because what you're doing is is actually creating new biochemical pathways inside your brain. And so those pathways have to be made first ball, and then they need to be made used on a regular basis so they stay open. But in a short period of time, hopefully not too long. Maybe by the time the end of this course, you'll start to see noticeable improvements in your life and no successes. We'll start to build confidence and some of the rewards you might see where you might feel less stressed on a regular basis. Uh, you might feel more peaceful regularly. You may have clarity of mind in your decision making. The relationships that you have with other people may improve, and there could also be some significant healing that happens, and we're going to get into that later in the class, But it's important to remember that it takes some discipline, takes good habits, and it takes consistency to reap the benefits. And the best way to develop discipline and good habits and meditation is to make it enjoyable so that your meditation is something that you look forward to every day. Also, one note I like to kind of tagged onto the end here is that there is a synergistic component in guided meditation, which is part of the reason why I'm teaching this course. So the principal synergy the best example to me that exists through history, is like the Beatles, Ringo, Paul, George and John. They were, you know, a great group together. But after they split up, each of them went to have their own successful careers on their own, independently of each other. But if you take everything they did independently and added up, it wouldn't even come close to touching what they did as a group as the Beatles. So meditation. It's kind of the same in some regards is that sometimes when you have someone guiding you through or leading you through the experience, the rewards can amp up exponentially, especially in the beginning. So that's part of the reason I'm teaching. This course is to help you go into the zone toe, learn to meditate and to start to reap the rewards through our combined energy. But remember, you have to practice practice breakfast. So also, at the end of this section, there's gonna be some homework and it's gonna be homework at the end of the to the sections , I've made him contemplative and something hope with something hopefully that you will look forward to. But this one is different than the rest. Because I'm gonna ask you to do is to listen to the meditation that is attached to this section and listen to it for at least five times or five different days in a row before you go into section two. So what that's gonna do that's gonna help you go into the zone and start to create those biochemical pathways that create relax ation, And also there's a summary attached with each section, and there are some frequently asked questions that you can look at. And if you have any questions at all, don't hesitate to contact me on this platform so we can begin your process of reaching for the higher aspects of life. So best of luck. And I look forward, Teoh seeing you again that Section two thanks. 4. Meditation, Deep Relaxation: hi and welcome to our first meditation for the section titled Deep Relaxation. And today we'll be using a technique called progressive relaxation. So get yourself situated in a nice, comfortable position. Close your eyes and we'll start to relax. What I would like you to do first is to take a deep breath all the way down the tips of your toes and then just breathe out completely. And as you begin to relax, I'd like you to imagine if you can a warm, secure, comfortable wave of relax ation moving into the top of your head and allow this. Relax ation to drift in, moving into your brain so that your brain becomes very deeply relaxed and very calm. And as your brain relaxes, you can actually feel it start to slow down so that your thoughts are slowing down and you can feel the relax ation as it begins to drift down into the stem of your brain, moving slowly down your spine all the way down to the tip of your spine and allow this. Relax ation to continue by drifting out into your nerves so that from the top of your head all the way out to the ends of your nervous system. You're very deeply relaxed. You're very calm, and you're totally at peace. Now bring the awareness of this. Relax ation back to the top of your head and feel it as it begins to move over the outside of your body. Be aware as the relax ation moves into your scalp into your hair, slowly moving down into your ears and your forehead, their temples, your eyes and your nose into the skin and the muscles in your face. Your entire head is very calm, very peaceful and very deeply relaxed. Now allow the relax ation to continue by moving down into your throat and into your neck, slowly moving down into your shoulders, which are becoming increasingly heavy and feel the relax ation. Continue by moving down into your arms so that the relax ation slowly moves in to your biceps and your triceps gently and peacefully moving into your elbows into your forearms into your wrists and gently moving into your hands out to the tip of each finger at each thing, so that from the top of your head all the way out to the tips of your fingers you're very deeply relaxed. You're very calm and you're totally in peace now. Allow your attention to drift back to your shoulders. With the relax, ation can begin to slowly move down into the muscles of your back slowly and gently moving down through your back all the way down into your lower back so that your entire back is very calm, very peaceful and deeply at ease. And you can feel the relax ation as it begins to penetrate inside your upper body so that your internal organs begin to feel very comfortable and deeply relaxed. And you can feel your heart as it beats in perfect peace, and you can feel your lungs as they breathe without efforts has he become more and more deeply relaxed, and you can feel this. Relax ation continue by moving into your other internal organs, your stomach and your intestines, so that your entire upper body is so deeply relaxed, so calm, so deeply at ease. And it feels so nice to be so deeply relaxed now allowed this relaxation to continue its journey as it slowly drifts into the lower half of your body so that your legs become very heavy and very relaxed. As the wave of relax ation continues to move down into your thighs into your knees, gently working its way down into your thighs. You're camps, your shins so that your legs are incredibly relaxed, very cool, deeply at peace, allowed to relax ation to finish its journey by gently working its way into your feet and out to the tip of each toe with it from the top of your head, way down to the tips of your toes, your very deeply relaxed. You're very calm and you're deeply at peace. Call peaceful, relaxed, peaceful. Relax. So just go ahead and enjoy this feeling of deep peace and deep relaxation for his longest like. And when you feel like you're ready, and when you feel like you've had enough, you can just slowly and gently open your eyes. 5. Lecture, Thoughts: Hi. Welcome back to Section three. And today's topic is on thoughts. Uh, not those. But before we get started, I really want Teoh. Emphasize that I hope you had a chance to go into deep relaxation because that's going to set the foundation of everything to come, and there's a lot of good things to come. And so as we begin our topic on thoughts today, I want to put out a little disclaimer before we get started. And that is I am not an expert on the intricate and mysterious ways of the human mind. But I have learned a few things over the years that could be quite useful and because thoughts are part of meditation, whether you want them to be or not. So we're talking about thoughts. I'm essentially talking about the conscious mind, and that's our outer mind is kind of our awake state of mind, that state of mind that we're in right now, and the conscious mind is this incredible thinking machine that runs our rational thinking process. It's very analytical. It loves to solve problems, and it's just amazing machine, but it mostly focuses on our external world and parts of our society that are steeped in the conscious mind. Er, certainly like a scientific thought Western medicine and stuff like that. So with the mind, it's also important to understand that we are exposed to a huge volume of thought every day . So I read an article not too long ago, where it was estimated that the number of thoughts that we having stay is about 60,000 thoughts a day for the average person, and that if you do the math on that, it works out to almost one thought every second. So we're actually bombarded by thought throughout the day and night. It just it's our thinking. My just doesn't stop. And I read a book one time called It was called The New Earth by Eckhart Totally. And there was a great line, that book that stuck with me and what do you wrote in there? It was about thought, he says. Thinking isn't something you do. Thinking is something that happens to you, and that made a lot of sense a lot, a lot of sense to me because I thought of how active my mind wasn't just never seemed to stop, and I didn't really have any control over it because there was so much going on all the time. So thoughts can be are great friends that can help us figure out stuff, solve problems, do all sorts of wonderful things in the cognitive thinking process. But when they're not at their best, thoughts could be extremely distracting. That could be noisy. Then it can be to the point where they're debilitating. So it reminds me of the story. And then I went through. About 10 years ago, I had an opportunity to move into a loft apartment that overlooked a beautiful bay when I was living in Bellingham, Washington, it was a beautiful apartment, felt very lucky to get there. But as we're negotiating release, I told the landlord I had a couple of canoes that they needed to store, and I don't know if it be okay with him or not says Yeah, no problem. Just throw him in the back by the shed. So I, uh, took the canoes out there, and when I got back there, I noticed that there were a couple kayaks that we're there already, and they were sun bleached. Um, there's grass growing up through him then been used for a long time. They were very well taken care of and they weren't locked. And so what I did is that I move the kayaks around to the side of the shed. And then I put my canoes where the kayaks used to be because it is a little less visible is actually better place to store the boats. And then I locked him up and went on my way. About a week later, I went out. Teoh, get my canoes. I looked around the side of the shed and I noticed that one of the kayaks was missing. Oh, no. So when I move the kayak around to the side of the shed, somebody saw it. I ripped it off and my mind start going crazy. It's like, What should I do? Should I tell my landlord or should I not tell him he's gonna want me to pay for a man? You know, he didn't lock him up or didn't really use them. They're just sitting there rotting. So it's like so this thing goes on my own and back and forth. So what I'd finally decided to do was to do nothing and so the rumblings in my head went stronger and stronger for about a week. Um and then about a week later, I saw my landlord out in the back. Okay, Better go spill the beans. Hey, is that I was gonna want me to pay for it. So I get out in the back and he has his truck backed up and he's unloading the kayak that I thought was stolen because it's niece and his nephew. We're visiting. So I felt really stupid because first of all, the whole scenario that was playing out for the last week was all in my mind. Nobody knew if there was, ah, missing kayak and nobody even cared. It was just all this drama that played out in my head for about a week. And in that story there was what's called an underlying emotional chart that was really fueling that for me. And that's something we'll get into a little later in the course. So it's really important that we're talking about the mind, especially in terms of meditation, that the human mind wants to be the center of attention. And at its very worst, it can enslave us. And like me. It can even lie to us and had its best. It's just incredible, powerful tool that can be used at our disposal. However, to use it at its disposal requires a little understanding and little awareness and part of the awareness that can really help us in our day Today. Life is to understand that we don't always need toe listen to the faucet running through our mind. So it's important to realize that we are not our thoughts there, something that is happening to us, and we can use them to our benefit as a support system, which I think it might be originally entitled. Are was an intention to be, and they don't need to control us. They don't need to enslave us. But in order for us to use our thoughts to their maximum benefit, um, the real way to do that is to become detached from your thoughts. So in meditation, it's important to understand that your thoughts are going to be present with you. So eliminating thought for meditation is not the goal. In meditation. It's important to allow them to be and to just let them pass through without effort, because your mind is essentially could be releasing stress as those lots of being released out into the world. Now, one technique that people who are into mindfulness uses that they simply meditate. They focus on their breath, and when the mind starts to wander on, thoughts come through. They simply bring their focus back to their breath. So that's not something we're gonna do. We're gonna do a little slightly different variation of that, and that technique helps center the mind in the moment. It takes about five minutes to learn how to do that. It takes a lifetime to master it. But eventually you will get to experience moments in meditation where you're free from thought and you're in moments of clarity. And that's and also when your thoughts could be. If not, they're not. They're completely they could be very, very slow down. And that's kind of the moment you wanted to get to which we will get to hopefully in this class. So just remember, you are not their thoughts, and if they come through in meditation, we're just gonna allow him to be there. So don't fight him. So let's move on to the meditation. Don't forget to take a look at the summary and frequently asked questions. And if you have any questions, please feel free to send in my way. So thanks. 6. Meditation, Thoughts: Hi and welcome to the meditation for Section three, uh, for the topic of thoughts. And so the meditation we're gonna do today is entitled The Curious Mind. So just go ahead, get yourself nice and comfy and relaxed and comfortable. Man will begin. So when you're ready, just go ahead and close your eyes and take a deep breath and begin to relax and let go of any worries. Concerns of the day. Just leave them on the other side of the door and as you breathe, allow your body to become very heavy. Very heavy. In fact, your body is becoming so heavy it's like it's not even there at all. And as you continue gently breathe, I'd like you to imagine yourself in a very peaceful and relaxing forest. And before you there lies a magical trail leading you through the forest. You can see in the distance the trail winds its way down into a beautiful meadow, so you follow the trail and it takes you down. Each step takes you down, relaxing a little bit further down and down. Down you go, relaxing more and more with each effortless step. Soon you find yourself on the edge of a glorious meadow. The sun is shining and the weather is perfect, and it makes you even more and more relaxed in deep. He's and indeed, peace. You walk out into the meadow and lie in the soothing on the comforting grass as you look above you, see clouds drifting by sinking you into a deeper and deeper state of calm, an effortless piece. As you watch the clouds drift by. Allow it not to gently replace a cloud. Maybe you're thinking about what you will do later. Or maybe it's a thought of something you did earlier. Whatever it iss, just relax and let the thought replace the clown. And, as you're experiencing or thought to say to yourself, isn't that curious? I'm experiencing that thought, and as you observe thought further, you may say fascinating that I'm experiencing that. Then allow that thought to drift on like a clown. And as you relax more and more deeply, take a few moments to be curious of your thoughts and let them drift by like clouds. And if your mind wanders, just let it and refocus yourself with deep relaxing breath. So take a few moments in silence and allow your thoughts to drift by. Yes, you come back to your breath as you continue to relax and to breathe. Just allow your awareness to come back to the present moment. Please take your time and when you are ready, just slowly and gently in your eyes. 7. Lecture, Emotions: welcome back. And I hope you got a chance to look at your homework on the last section. So we'll begin the process of starting to become aware of your thoughts and that if they're distracting or debilitating that you don't really need to listen to him. And we have meditation techniques that can help slow the thought process down and even help us detect from our thoughts. So this section today, we'll be talking about emotions, the roller coaster of life. So this is where meditation starts to get involved in healing and for the next few sections were gonna be focusing on healing. But please keep in the back of the mind is that as we go through the healing process for different areas in our life, that meditation is not limited to, uh, healing. So once. So the healing is actually kind of a cleansing process or clearing out the closet. And so when we get rid of those resistance is and those blocks that could be in our subconscious, then we start to clear those out. Then meditation can open up to a completely new worlds, which are very dynamic and very exciting, so as well you start to talk about emotions. It's important to discuss the nature of emotions, and emotions are essentially born to be experienced, and when they are, they essentially is dissolved into the ether. But when they aren't, they get suppressed into the subconscious mind. You know, everyone has a natural tendency to avoid unpleasant emotion. Nobody wants to feel pain or fear. And girl that, um, you know, unpleasant stuff that we sometimes do experience in life. And so what happens is that wouldn't when we avoid those emotions, they get stuffed into the subconscious. And there they live, like little creatures waiting to get out. And sometimes you can actually feel them in your body. And when you can, they're actually called at that point. They're called emotional charges because sometimes it can feel like electricity. Now, when we talk about suppressed emotions or emotions are based in the past and usually based on some kind of trauma or unpleasant event that we experienced in the past. So in a way, technically they don't even exist because the past doesn't exist, you know, Why did the emotions still linger on? However, it's essentially the suppressed emotion from the pass is essentially triggered by a mental picture or feeling that we carry around inside, and sometimes it could be quite strong. And without awareness they can strongly influence our decision making in our behavior. And so what the subconscious are? What the suppressed emotions do when they're living in the subconscious, like living little creatures, is that they start to create scenarios because they want to be experience so they can complete their life cycle. So what they do is they pull in people of a create circumstances in order to be experienced . And if we continue to suppress our suppress emotion in the past for arms from the past, by avoiding experience, emotion, what will start to see are repeating patterns at the same pain over and over again. The characters have changed. The cast is different, but the story line is still the same. And if you have some of those who you can be aware of, some that you may have, they're from the past, you know, don't worry about it because every single person hasn't Everyone has unresolved emotion from the past that continues to play out of their lives over and over again. So and if we don't have awareness, those repeating patterns can last for a lifetime. So this is where we can start to define what suffering is as a human being. So suffering is actually three experience of those repeating patterns over and over again, because we're gonna experience pain and uncomfortable emotions are life. But when we do, uh, they dissolve into the ether. But when we don't, they repeat over and over again. And there in lies the definition of human suffering. So suffering isn't experiencing pain because we all get to do that. Suffering is actually the avoidance of pain because we when we avoid pain unintentionally and without knowing, it will start to repeat our lives over and over again. This brings me to a story, uh, like I met a few years ago. So I'm a whitewater kayaker and acted out badly as often as I can. And I have a little group of people that I paddle with and this guy that moved into town not too long ago. He wanted to join our little group, which was great because I liked him from the start. And so we went off, apparently together. And as I got to know him better. I found out he was from a family where his father was an alcoholic. Hey was treated very abusively as he's growing up. And as soon as you hit 18 he joined the military to get far away from his father as he could. And so I met him. You know, many years later, Um but when I met him, I was living on the West Coast and his father was still living on the East Coast. So he was still trying to be as far away from his father as he could. I think, uh, you know, he couldn't wait to get away from New England, which was where it was from. And then one day we're loading up boats. Uh, you know, I was loading up on gear and I heard him talking to one of my other paddle buddies and I wasn't really eavesdropping. I couldn't help it over Hear the conversation? I thought for sure. I was talking about his dad based on his emotional demeanor and the words he was using and you know, the tone of his voice and whatnot. But later I found out he was actually talking about his boss and a few days after that, I talked to said, You know, I'm out of here. I can't stand my boss. And so he up and moved, which I guess was a pattern of his that he doing for quite some time. The last I heard from him, he was in Australia. So what he was doing, he was essentially having emotional, suppressed emotion coming up the past that was based with his father, and he was essentially projecting it onto every authority figure he ever met. So he was living out this repeating patterns of pain over and over again. So what we want to do is we want to become aware of those patterns and stop them. And how we can do that, which is not too difficult is that we can do it with the emotion are not with emotional but with meditation. Excuse me and so well, you might be thinking Well, Gee is after relive all my past childhood trauma and stuff, it's like No. So once you go into a meditative state, releasing suppressed emotion could be very easy. And how you do it is that you go into a deep state of relaxation or meditation. And then you allow the emotion to come up from the past. You can actually feel in your body. It's pretty easy to pinpoint it, and then essentially, there's a lot of techniques you can use, but essentially, you just let it go and then you replace it with something that is more beneficial, desirable to your life, something that feels good. So when we do these techniques, what the results of the of the healing and the meditation can be is that those repeating patterns will stop or they will diminish in their frequency, or their intensity will fall off to um, And then we may experience an increase of energy like this energy that has been lost to us all of a sudden starts coming back into it, so we start feeling more energetic. Um, it also increases our awareness to stop future patterns from happening in the future. And so overall the quality of our life essentially improves. So what I would like you to do after this section after this lecture, let's check out these summary and the frequently asked questions. And then there's a supplemental page on there. It's a pdf file, which is Ah, homework card and what I'm gonna ask you to do for this session and all the sessions rest of this class is to print out that homer card because what it is the verification sheet. It has a list of stuff our list of things that you may experience after meditating. So once we meditate, things will start to shift and change in our external three D world. So when you start toe, connect the dots that does a thing called increasing awareness, we want to increase awareness. Also another reason why I like to use the homework. She because I had a client one time she came in for anxiety attacks. I never saw her again, like a year later, and she said, You know, it's sitting in the coffee shop that one day, and, uh, I realized, G I haven't had anxiety taxes. It's one session. See, I guess it really worked. So yeah, so let's increase our awareness, become aware about when we meditate, how it affects our external life. So thank you very much and we'll move on to our meditation 8. Meditation, Emotions: Okay, So let's begin our next meditation for emotions and the technique we're gonna use is called the flower. So before we began, whatever like you do is to yourself seated or again, a comfortable position. I'd like you to take just a moment to think about a time in the past, Um, when you were experiencing a difficult situation, maybe it was at work. Or maybe your argument with somebody else or, um, you know, maybe got some bad news or whatever. And if it's a repeating pattern, that would be even better. Um, and I like to take a moment. Just imagine that you're actually there. And then I want you to pay close attention to any emotion that you may feel and where you feel it in your body. And if you could put a word or two on that emotion, what would it be? Okay, so as we begin, I'd like you to take a deep breath. Welcome back to that emotion. Later, as you take a deep breath and begin to relax, I'd like you to let yourself go. As you begin to sink into a state a very, very deep peace. Imagine yourself floating on a cloud or maybe floating on an air mattress in a very comforting lake or very relaxing swimming pool. Just relax, floating into a state of extreme deep peace. No cares, no concerns. As your body becomes so light, it feels a Ziff. It's disappeared, completely relaxed car deeply at ease. Peaceful, tranquil, serene, rest and deeply relaxed. And I should continue to relax. And when you are ready, I'd like you to call up that feeling that a suppressed emotion that we talked about earlier Not so it's overwhelming. But just so it has your complete and for attention notice where you feel it in your body, it may be in your stomach, your heart or your head wherever it iss. I'd like you to continue. Observe your emotion. And as you continue to relax, I'd like you to imagine in front of you a beautiful flower. We're a sacred object and imagine it so fully you can actually feel its presence right in front of you. This flower where this object has an incredible healing quality, but and what it does that it pulls suppressed emotion out of your body just like a magnet, and the more you let go stronger the object pulls and the stronger the flower or the sacred object polls more effortlessly you let go. But the flower were the sacred object Continue to do its work Pulling emotion out of your body you need to do is relaxed and let it go. And as you continue to release emotion, you may notice other things releasing as well like people. Events from the past circumstances, objects, colors or even symbols, you know, whatever it iss just let it all go and continue to relax completely allowing the release process to deepen. Take a few minutes to rest and just allow the process to work for you in silence. - Just continue to relax and to breathe, allowing your awareness to slowly come back back into this present moment. So please take your time. There is no hurry. But when you are ready slowly, no, gently open your eyes 9. Lecture, Family: Hello. Welcome back once again. And if you've made it this for in the course, I want to congratulate you cause you're doing great. So keep up the good work, and I really want I would like to remind you to remember to use your homework sheet, because that's gonna help. Continue to increase your awareness, and it's also gonna track your progress and your healing in your growth. So here's the homework sheet again. Thanks. Now this section is entitled Family. And here's where we get into the nitty gritty and important. It's important to understand the dynamics of family. In order to do that, we need to understand how the subconscious mind works in relation to meditation and healing . So what is the subconscious mind? First of all, well, the subconscious mind is the home of the non physical aspects of the human experience. It's the home of our imagination, our intuition, our dreams, our creative insights and our emotions. And it's also the home of our perceptions, and our perceptions are who we think we are as people and how we think the world operates so between the conscious and the subconscious. Mind there's a protective barrier in this protective barriers called the critical faculty of the Mind. And what it does is that it protects our perceptions that we hold inside of us. So when we have a pretty, um, uh, perception thrust our way from somebody else, if it's in alignment with what we hold or believe about ourselves, the critical faculty of the mind let down and allow that perception to enter, making that perception that we have inside of his bigger. So if we have a perception inside of us, like I am a great person, if someone tells us where a great person, critical faculty of the mind let down and a lot of perception to growth. But if we get a no perception like someone thinks, well, you're an idiot, but your perception is no, I'm a great person than the critical faculty will remain up and just reject that perception as an untruth. So it protects what's inside of this already. Now it's important to understand that the critical faculty is almost fully established by the time we're about four years old. Wow! In the first time I heard that Oh, man, it made sense it in the second thing that was like My, that's a disaster. So who we think we are as people and how we think the world operates is well established at a very early age, and those perceptions are heavily influenced by the environment in which we are raised. So that's like our immediate family. So let me tell you a story about a little boy named Joey. He's a two year old boy, and today's a very special day for joy because he gets to drink milk out of a glass cup. It's not one of those little plastic sippy cups, but it's a really nice a glass cup that big people get to drink at him. So it's easy there in the kitchen, sipping away on his milk. His mom's at the stove and she is cooking dinner, and she just got home for work and a job where she barely makes ends meet. She's been divorced for a year and 1/2. She has two other Children, and she doesn't receive a dime of child support, so her stress meter is on absolute overload. And so what happens? Well, Joey, of course, lo and behold, drops the glass and glass and milk shatter on the floor and go everywhere and mom at her wits and spins on Joey and says, Damn it, you'll never amount to anything. Blink. All of a sudden, a subconscious perception has been created. Enjoy that, say says he is worthless now. Is he going to grow up to be worthless? Of course not, however, if he gets the message that he's worthless over and over again as he grows up, the critical faculties of the mind continue to let down to allow that perception of worthlessness to grow until finally one day starts to work itself out in the events of his life. So he may go from one job to another. He may go from one failed relationship to another. Whatever it is we'll be carrying around this perception of that, I am worthless. That will begin to create its repeating patterns in his life. So we have to understand that everyone who becomes a human being is subject to those early emotional charges that are created and our early family experiences. So it's really important to recognize that in that situation that those early childhood formative subconscious charges are not your fault. They're not your fault, and they're essentially placed in there by someone else when you were young, when you were innocent. When you're open to the world before their critical faculties, the mind was developed. And so you've essentially inherited suffering from your family. But it's important to recognize that even though your parents are, you're your siblings are whoever may have planted charges in side of you that it's not their fault, either, because they were only operating at their level of development time. It happened, and they inherited from their parents, who inherited from their parents who inherited from their parents. I mean, you could take it as far back as you want to go. But for some bizarre reason in the human condition, suffering exists and it's nobody's fault. It just ISS. However, when and if you become aware of your own suffering, you are not absolved from the responsibility of healing yourself and in healing yourself, you're going to prevent the future suffering of other people. So what are some of the common inherited core issues that develop in the context of our family? And these are universal and everyone gets to experience him in some form or another maybe not all, but at least everybody gets one or two of them, and the 1st 1 is abandonment. So at some point in their lives, everyone feels abandoned because a child is born into the world completely dependent on the needs of other people 24 7 And there is no way anyone could be there for you all the time. Even in the midst of a loving family. Of course, some people are abandoned much more difficult or horrendous circumstances. But abandonment is something that almost everybody gets a taste of. The next one is unworthiness, so essentially all grew up competing for love. We have two parents that don't have enough time in the day to fulfill our needs and give us all the love we need. If you had in a few more kids, there's no way they could meet the emotional needs of all of them. So we all grow up kind of competing for love and not getting all the love that we needed. So it gives us this feeling of unworthiness that we're not good enough because we're not loved enough. Even in the midst of a loving family. The next condition that many of us are subject to in our immediate families. His conditioning. Well, our all of our family was fishermen. So you're gonna be a fisherman, too, or our family never does that with money. Or, you know, the list goes on and on of all the conditioning that we received when we're growing up and it's not always from our family, but sometimes it's from our schools and our religions also, and then the last one is kind of a natural charge that all of us get exposed to. And that's a grief. And that's because being human beings, people die and so were subject to grief in the grieving process. And if we don't recognize grieving as an essential thing to do that can essentially get stuffed in the subconscious and start to recreate, create repeating patterns of suffering Also, so throughout history, I'm sure the masters of religion, the masters of spirituality have, um, you know, thought about the purpose of suffering. I've thought about it a lot, too. It's like you know, everyone that comes into the human experience get subject to suffering at some time or another, in my opinion, is what you can take with a grain of salt is that if there is a purpose to suffering, it lies in healing, because healing leads to growth and growth leads to the personal evolution and raising your own personal vibration. And that personal growth, if it's done collectively, can lead to the growth of society at large. And at this day and age, that's something we're seeing a lot of right now, especially with all the, uh, the interest in meditation and all the people actively engaged in their inner journey. So it's quite an exciting time to be alive right now. So this brings us to meditation and healing family issues. I'm talking about those central core issues that I mentioned earlier, and meditation could be very effective and healing our primary issues with our family because it's similar to releasing a suppressed emotion that we did earlier. With the flower technique, you simply relax going to meditative state, do nothing as deeply as you can, and then imagine yourself in that meditative state going to back to the very first time we experience that uncomfortable emotion or that core event in your family life. Maybe when you're quite young and all you have to do it's experience or release that initial event fully, and you can do it in a deeply relaxed state, Um, very effectively. And then, if you want to really put the icing on the cake, you could just go through that experience again in your meditative state with the outcome that you desire. So that's family and how the subconscious influences us in the context of our family. So please feel free to take a look at the at the summary that comes with this section and do your homework, and then we'll move right into our meditation, so thanks again. 10. Meditation, Family: hi and welcome to our next meditation for this section entitled Family. Now, the meditation that we're gonna do now, Um, I've used a lot of times over the years with a number of clients, and this one could be pretty profound. It could be actually life changing. So now that we know how to relax and go into a deep state of peace and relax, ation, I'd like you to really let yourself go there during this meditation so you can maximize the full benefits. But before we get started, what I would like you to do is for just a moment, think about a challenge that you have in your immediate family. It could be something like, Oh, my mom never listens to me and my dad really frustrating or my kids don't respect me or something like that. Just take a moment to visit that to be there as if you're actually they're experiencing that moment. See if it arouses any emotions or sensations in your body. Just focus on it for just a sec, and then we'll come back to visit a little later in meditation. So get yourself comfortable. A nice relaxing position. Close your eyes and will begin to relax. So go ahead and take a deep breath all the way down to the tips of your toes. Just let your breath out, allowing yourself to begin the process of relaxing very deeply. I've always enjoyed camping because it's an activity where Aiken deeply relax and feel completely at ease. I love to camp next to a soothing stream, just listening effortlessly and I can really let go. Sinking into a state of incredibly deep peace and a night, I can stare for hours and hours into the hypnotic campfire, relaxing so deep as the embers glow and the fire sparks and dances and gentle piece. Now and again the fire will pop and a spark will float up toward the sky, rising up, end up and uh, up toward the infinite display of stars and the sound of the soothing stream in the background, with the spark of the mesmerizing fire and the peaceful grand your of the infinite night sky relaxed, calm, deeply at ease. Boundless, endless, extremely at peace, eternally rest ful. No cares, no concerns, just peace and stillness. Flores de as the sole can feel, and as you continue to relax. I'd like you to remember an emotion from your past on emotion from your family. And when you are ready, I like you to drift back in time to the time you first experienced that emotion. Just use your imagination and go there. Now just go with your first impression. As you continue to relax, and as you slowly become aware of yourself in that past experience, I'd like you to be there as if you were actually there. Notice your age. Notice your surroundings. Now be aware of the emotion that brought you here. Not so it's overwhelming. But just so it has your full attention and notice where you feel it in your body without effort and without trying, just release the emotion back into that experience back to where it was born. Allow it to release as deeply as you can feel in your body, in your mind and in your soul. And when you are finished, allow yourself to go through that experience again. However, this time it turns out the way you desire you may be with the ideal and perfect parents. You may be endlessly supported and unconditionally loved whatever it ISS let it be far better and you can possibly imagine. As you go through that new experience again, pay attention how you feel and notice. It is the exact opposite how you felt before. Perhaps you feel endless love, tremendous confidence or magnificent self acceptance. Or maybe it's simply incredible feelings of joy and endless peace. Go ahead, enjoy those sensations for his long I should like when you're finished and when you are refreshed, simply open your eyes and drift back in to the conscious world. 11. Bonus: Hello, I congratulations on finishing the course. I hope you got more out of the class than you anticipated. In case you didn't notice. There are some fabulous music in this course. And most of my meditations are used music by Richard Taylor from his album fathoms. And the contemplations are used for eclipse from Ben And in a few spots, I used yoga meditation by Eric cartel. If you're interested in more personalized healing and awakening, then I'm available for private sessions to take you deeper into the mysteries of spirit. I also have an assortment of soul inspiring books in non-fiction, award-winning fiction and children's books. And of course, all this can be found on my website at Joseph As you continue along your path of growth and fulfillment. Please remember, I am here for your questions and comments on the topics of hypnotherapy, meditation, healing, and spirituality. Please don't hesitate to contact me at anytime. And of course, if you enjoyed this class, a positive review would be endlessly appreciated because they are what keep my courses alive. And don't forget, I have numerous other courses on a variety of topics in this platform. If this one was a benefit to you, then I may have more you'd be interested in. So please check those out. So thanks once again for enrolling. I'm honored to have you as a student and I hope to see you in another class very soon. 12. Extra - The Purpose of Meditation: I think this is great. This is great. This is life, man. We're doing life right now, so I know nothing. Meditation will bring passion into your life. So doing this, this passion. So this is We love what we're doing right? And so that's a direct reflection of hooking into because meditation is about helping you be who you are. So it's not about trying to be something else. It's about being who you are to the highest capacity that you're capable. And that's where Joy comes in. So that's where this is heading. That's where meditation is heading. It's heading Teoh Joy to being yourself. Yeah, it's what it's what it's all about. That's the bottom line. It's not about Nirvana, where maybe Nirvana is being yourself. I don't know, I don't know. But it's like taking the mystical out of it. You know, the mysteriousness and that meditation is about being who you are. Everyone and everyone is here to be something specific. You know, maybe people have all sorts of things we're gonna do in their life. But people are born with certain personality types are born from certain cultures. They're here to do something that's uniquely them. And meditation could help get them there on that track.