Deep meditation occurs when we enter an altered state of consciousness in which we are profoundly relaxed and at peace. And it feels utterly divine. I once went so deep I astral projected. So it’s fair to say, you might experience some craziness. And if that sounds good to you, let me show you how to do it.
Here are my favorite meditation techniques. Be ready for an unforgettable experience.
The Deepest Meditation
To prepare, you will want to warm up your body. You can do this with gentle yoga stretches like Child’s Pose (Balasana) and Easy Pose (Sukhasana).
You will definitely want to sit with good posture to stimulate the flow of prana. The founder of philosophical Taoism, Lao Tzu, would recommend placing your tongue lightly against your hard pallet too. Overall, you should feel relaxed, stable, grounded, and energised.
2: Use this mudra to start accessing “Deep Mind”
The best mudra for this is Prana Mudra, which is done by lightly pressing the tips of the fifth and fourth fingers on the pad of the thumb. Now gently reach out the index finger and third finger. This is said to heighten the flow of prana.
3: Take 25 mindful breaths
Close your eyes. Take at least 25 mindful breaths. Observe the breath moving through your nostrils, through your throat, into your diaphragm, and then returning. This will activate your parasympathetic nervous system and reduce amygdala activity, so you are relaxed and ready to go deep in meditation.
4: Recite the koan “What am I in this moment?” Investigate the self
Begin to recite the koan “What am I in this moment?” Say it slowly in time with your breathing.
You will observe that your mind attempts to answer this question. Your mind will scan for evidence of your own existence in the present moment. For instance, your mind may be directed to a thought. And so, your mind is saying, “I am this. I am this thought.” (like Rene Descartes said, “I think therefore I am”…. supposedly).
Now say to your mind, “This is just a thought and nothing more.” Observe the thought like you would in Buddhist Vipassana (insight meditation). See it for what it is – just a momentary thought.
Continue to recite, “What am I in this moment?” Your mind will again search for evidence of your existence. Perhaps you become aware of bodily sensations, in which case say to yourself, “This is just a sensation and nothing more”.
As you continue asking, “What am I in this present moment,” your mind will continue to find evidence. By observing this evidence, you will notice that you are simply a combination of mental phenomena and sensations. The more you observe these phenomena, the more you will peel away the layers of kleshas and samskaras, undoing your dualistic existence, ultimately achieving oneness.
5: Meditate on the emptiness at the centre of your consciousness
As you continue to investigate the self, you will notice that there is complete emptiness at the centre of your being. Meditate on that emptiness.
To enter a deep meditation state requires practise. British-Australian Theravada Buddhist monk Ajahn Brahm says that “[It] is like a gym in which you develop the powerful mental muscles of calm and insight.” The more you train those muscles, the deeper you will go in your meditation practice.
7: Watch for these signs of deep meditation
The signs of deep mediation are a feeling of disconnection from your day-to-day life. Things that usually bother you suddenly don’t even seem relevant. As Zen Master Hsing Yun says, “Meditation will not carry you to another world, but it will reveal the most profound and awesome dimensions of the world in which you already live.”
Another sign is an out of body experience, almost like an astral projection. I once felt like I was drifting over the world looking down on myself from far off. That was a powerful experience that I will never forget. Or you might just feel the most profound sense of stillness and inner peace.
More Deep Techniques
Full chakra dhyana: The traditional and deepest chakra meditation technique.
Kundalini: Traditional meditation used in Kundalini Yoga to activate kundalini energy.
Self-Inquiry: The deepest meditation according to Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi is Self Inquiry, which he called the most efficient and insightful way of uncovering oneness. This method is also the one that New York Times bestselling author Eckhart Tolle advocates in his books.
Merkaba: A spiritual method in which we activate the light field known as Merkaba. Said to bring us to the 5D state.
Sound baths: Immerse yourself in sound and meditate on the energy of sacred sounds.
Tukdam: Meditation used at the point of death.
Yoga nidra: Mantra based meditation that is very beneficial for sleep.
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Paul Harrison BSc is a qualified meditation teacher who believes in genuine, authentic meditation. He has more than 15 years experience in teaching meditation and mindfulness both to individuals and to corporations and is the author of four books on meditation. He has been featured in Psychology Today, Breathe Magazine, Healthline, Psych Central and Lion’s Roar.
Paul studied meditation in beautiful Oxford, UK, and Hamilton Ontario Canada, and earned his degree at Staffordshire University.
Paul’s biggest inspirations include Thich Nhat Hanh, Jon Kabat Zinn, and Jack Kornfield.
“My goal is to provide the most authentic meditation sessions so you can harness the power of your own mind for personal transformation” – Paul Harrison