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The power of our thoughts

Like many people, I love meditation. Well, I love the idea of it. Until recently, no matter how hard I tried I never seemed to get much progress in meditation.

A few weeks ago I started a Saturday meditation class to help me along and I have been truly amazed at what I’ve learned so far. I’ve found that chanting is the most effective form of meditation for me. The vibrations created when chanting “Om” or the seed mantras of the seven chakras has an amazing effect. It’s as if I can feel an energetic field around me. The power of vibrations are so immense. We all send out vibrations and energy, especially through our thoughts. On this note, did you know that positive and negative thoughts create vibrations that can affect the giver and receiver in various ways?

Our meditation teacher made us try an exercise (Best if you don’t attempt this one at home. We practiced it in a controlled environment, under the guidance of an experienced teacher and energetic healer). Two volunteers were made to sit in the middle of a circle. Everyone then directed negative energy towards them. Nothing extreme -We were asked to perhaps think about someone who had wronged us or direct negative stress toward those two, (poor) volunteers. So there I was directing anger towards someone I barely knew and it seemed to go on for an eternity (turns out it was just one minute). When time was up, it was unsurprising to hear from the volunteers that they felt cold, like there was a pit in their stomach and even upset. As all us givers shared our experiences and found that every one of us just felt as bad. For me, it was the same feeling when I have butterflies in my stomach.  It was uncomfortable and just not right. We then did an extra long healing exercise and sent positive thoughts of love and light to reverse the process. And you guessed it. A warmer sense of contentment and balance overcame us.

In the 1990′s, Dr. Masaru Emoto, a Japanese scientist helped illustrate the power of our thoughts and the energy and vibrations they create. Emoto performed a series of experiments observing the physical effect of words, prayers, music and environment on the crystalline structure of water. When directing negative thoughts toward the water such as insults, large clusters would form. Positive thoughts of love and affection created beautiful tight, clusters. The results are truly remarkable and the images, even more impressive (view them here – http://www.highexistence.com/water-experiment/)

It really makes you think. If our words and thoughts have this effect on water crystals, what are they doing when we direct them at people (especially if you consider the human body is 70% water)?

When the devastating tsunami hit Japan earlier this year, Emoto asked people around the world to send their positive thoughts of love and gratitude to water at the nuclear plants in Fukushima, Japan. Emoto’s research had of course, illustrated the positivity that can result when it comes to pure vibration of human prayer and thought.

On this note, June 18th an event called the Moment of Peace is taking place. At 8pm, all you need to do is to take an hour to meditate, pray based on your own beliefs or religion, or you can just simply sit in silence and enjoy life.

Our thoughts are powerful and if we can take an hour out of our day to practice silence and send positive thoughts of love and peace to the world, imagine the greater sense of clarity (and real peace) we can achieve within ourselves and potentially give to others. The event is hoping to attract one million participants. Whether you believe vibrations can be sent through thoughts or not, mindful silence is a great way to quiet and centre the mind and let us understand what real peace is.

Find out about the Moment of Peace here


Veronica Joseph

Veronica Joseph is an accredited yoga teacher who loves to share her yogic journey from travels in India, cleansing techniques, her favourite poses and their benefits and tips to remember when practising.