Even the most intuitive healers and gifted psychics can at times feel overwhelmed by problems and conflicting demands. Worry, negativity, and regret can take over and create an inner climate that is inconducive to the clarity required to access extrasensory insights and subtle nuances. For this reason, it's imperative to turn to meditation to clear our intuitive mind, and reach the state of calm that is a prerequisite of clear spiritual connection and discernment.
Why is Meditation So Powerful?
The hard work of researchers across the globe has revealed many important reasons why meditation enhances the concentration required by psychicsand other professionals who work in mentally and/or spiritually demanding fields. They have found that mindfulness meditation, like yoga or Tai Chi, curbs our ‘fight or flight’ response, lowers stress hormone levels, and allows us to enjoy tranquility of mind. In other studies, mindfulness meditation has been found to bring about bring improvements in pain, depression, and anxiety.
Meditation Makes Us More Attentive to Others
One study by Schure, Christopher et al (2008) found that mindfulness can help make therapists better counselors. Meditation builds specific skills that both psychotherapists and psychics rely on regularly, including attentiveness to their patients/clients, greater comfort with silence, and an ability to be more in tune with themselves and those around them.
Mindfulness Increases Compassion and Empathy
Empathy and compassion are crucial in developing healthy and intimate relationships, and studies have shown that an excellent shortcut towards them, is mindfulness meditation. Mindfulness emphasizes the importance of accepting ourselves and others, acknowledging that we all have positive and negative sides to our personality.
Mindfulness not only enhances compassion, but also self-compassion, which is vital for those whose job involves caring for and guiding others. Service providers, psychic and intuitive healers, and therapists can get so engrossed in their client’s problems and issues that they end up neglecting their own well-being. It is important for everyone, but especially those in care-giving vocational fields, to take time to stop and relax, indulge the self, and pursue happiness in the same way we recommend that others do.
Mindfulness Heightens Our Responses to Stimuli
One interesting study carried out on Buddhist monks and nuns found that regular practice of meditation reduces the length of time we react to distracting stimuli. In essence, it enables us to reallocate our attention to something more important, which may provided in our environment or by supernatural forces and guidance.
To be of service, mental and spiritual wellbeing are key. There are many ways we can pursue this: by spending time in nature, taking time to relax, and by engaging in the regular practice of mindful meditation. If we cannot connect with our inner world in a calm, uncluttered manner, it is almost impossible to connect with intuitive and supernatural forces that can guide the human beings who turn to us for help.
Sally Keyes is a freelance writer who gave up a corporate job to focus on writing and well-being. She enjoys hiking and spending time with her family.
Loraine Van Tuyl, PhD, CHT, holistic psychologist, depth hypnosis practitioner, and shamanic healer from the Sacred Healing Well, is devoted to helping wisdom keepers, seekers, healers, and teachers dive deep into their self-healing potential and carve out their sacred dream paths in service of their dynamic whole self and the greater good.
Her memoir, Amazon Wisdom Keeper, is an eye-opening account of her spontaneous shamanic awakening and initiation during her graduate training in the mental health field. What gives her story an added twist is her ability to anchor into her rich cultural background and mystical upbringing near the edge of the Amazon rainforest when standing her ground, challenging indoctrinating double-binds in her field, and placing all bets on her spiritual integrity, intuitive wisdom, and clarity—each one severely tested after escaping the chaotic aftermath of a military coup in her native Suriname and losing almost everything that she knew and loved at the age of 13.