By Michelle Walling, CHLC
One of the biggest fears some people face is seeing ourselves for who we really are. Without the title given to us from our career or the title of being a parent or someone’s child, we fear the loss of identity of who we are. We have been programmed from an early age from television and school to “grow up and be someone”.
Those who have yet to awaken to their true identity will do anything to keep the mind distracted and occupied. These people seem to fill their calendars with almost more they can handle until they collapse at night only so they can go to sleep to get up and do it all over again. They derive a false sense of accomplishment from all of the things they “do”. It defines who they are in their minds, and it is the ego’s job to keep the charade up.
Once a person awakens to the fact that they are a spirit having a human experience, questions begin to arise about the real meaning of life. The questions of “Who am I” and “What is my life purpose” inevitably come to mind. In order to drill down to the core of who you are, you have to still the ego driven mind and clear your calendar for some alone time.
What does it mean to go within?
To go within simply means to be with yourself, to listen to yourself and your higher self, and to feel yourself by calming the mind and clearing the clutter, allowing more space for your higher thoughts to enter your being.
Going within usually involves some form of meditation. There are many forms of meditations available to you with many intended results. In fact, there are so many that it may become overwhelming and confusing to try them out and to choose which is best. However, the best suggestion is to simply create your own from the beginning. To go within simply means to hear your true self- your true thoughts, separate from the mundane chatter of what you still need to do on your list for today or what you will eat for dinner.
Have you ever caught yourself daydreaming? Perhaps you were driving and you catch yourself lost in thought- not really paying attention to the road. You wonder how you have been driving for the last few minutes without fully paying attention. Maybe the mundane task of washing dishes lulls you into that place of stilled thought, and maybe you daydreamed of that vacation you would like to take where there aren’t any dishes to wash. This form of meditation is called waking meditation.
The daydream state is a preface to going within. Although that state of being calm is a great way to listen to yourself (you just told yourself to take a vacation while washing dishes) it is not deep enough to get to where we need to be for this discussion.
How do I go within?
Ironically it takes focus to steer your mind to this place of just being with yourself at will. Having an un-cluttered place of your own to sit and be with yourself is essential. Some like to go into nature and some like to find a room in their house that is quiet and set up an ambiance with soft music, candles, and incense. If you have a full house you could let everyone know that you are spending some time to yourself to unwind, and perhaps you hang a sign on the door letting people know you wish to not be disturbed.
Any meditative practice begins with a few key principles: placing yourself in a comfortable position, closing your eyes, breathing, and grounding. Meditation doesn’t necessarily require sitting on the floor in the lotus position, although many use this practice to go deep within without falling asleep. If you are unable to sit in this pretzel-type position, you can sit in a comfortable chair or you can lie down on the bed or the floor. You may want to try all three and see what feels best for you. If you lie down, you may fall asleep and that’s ok, but if this happens each time you may want to try sitting up.
Once you are comfortable, take a couple of deep breaths, inhaling through your nose and exhaling from your mouth. Breathing invokes the invisible force of life that keeps our bodies going. By expanding our lungs we set the flow of blood and oxygen into motion, and we get more oxygen to our brain. Our subconscious keeps us breathing without having to think about it; however conscious, deep breathing clears the mind and relaxes the body. Have you ever notices yourself sighing? It is usually at a time that you need to calm and center yourself.
Use whatever method you prefer to become grounded. If you are already outside in nature, you are probably already grounded but it doesn’t hurt to ground some more. You can imagine yourself as a tree, and your legs and feet are the roots, merging with the soil of mother earth. We are all made of the elements of the earth, so we can imagine ourselves melding with the earth below us. By doing this we are anchoring ourselves which will allow for better exploration within.
Once you have relaxed and have grounded yourself, simply sit there and feel yourself. Place your attention to any part of you that is uncomfortable or stiff, and work though adjustments to make sure you are feeling relaxed. Then place your awareness on your thoughts. We cannot make our minds stop thinking, but we can begin to change the thought focus, allowing some thoughts to come in and letting them go as quickly as they came in, without dwelling on them.
The next step in going within is to begin to connect with yourself with your heart chakra. This involves shifting your focus to within your chest area. If it helps, you can imagine a “mini me” version of yourself sitting inside your heart. Simply observe and feel what it is to be merged with your heart. This is your safe space and is where you will find your true self. Truly make this part whatever you want to, use your imagination to create a space within your heart. Some people envision sitting inside a room, decorated just the way they like it.
Inside your sacred space, sit with yourself, clear the clutter from your mind, and observe your experience. When you are finished with your experience of getting to know yourself, slowly open your eyes and take a few more deep breaths, bringing yourself back into the state we call our reality. That’s it, it is that simple. Congratulations, you have just learned what it feels like to go within!
What if I do not experience anything?
Do not have expectations about some great epiphany from going within, however do not be surprised at what may come to you. Some people have no experiences in meditation other than a sense of calming love. Some people see colors and/or geometric patterns, some feel sensations throughout their body, some people hear voices (sometimes their own), some people meet their guides, and some people even see images on a television-like screen. The biggest mistake you can make when learning to go within is to try to make one of these things happen. This is truly an individualized experience and yours will be like no other. Don’t get discouraged or disappointed and don’t think you are doing it “wrong”. Just keep practicing, and with time you will find that you can get to that place of calm waters within your heart center quicker with each sitting. They key to a successful mediation is to bring thoughts from within, even if you think it is your imagination.
As you visit yourself within your sacred space, you will begin to know your true self better. How do you feel in your space? You should feel love within this space, and there is no greater pleasure that feeling this true love for and from yourself. As you progress with your own meditation technique, you may want to explore some advanced techniques that involve a series of breathing, hand mudras, or chanting or ohming. You may also want to ask your guides and angels to begin to help you go further within. There may be some clearing or blockages that you need to do and we will explore some of these things in a later segment.
Ascension is a step by step process, although you create the steps based on your awareness and by following your inner guidance. There is no better instruction manual that following how you feel, and trusting yourself will lead you to the doorway of light. No matter what anyone can offer you on how to go within, it is all your own personal preference on how to meditate and find that comfortable routine that will allow you to move the rest of the insignificant thoughts out of your mind in order to hear what your true self has to say or how it makes you feel. Keep trying and you will get there.
As spiritual beings on a human journey, we realize that we are visiting the human body, and are housed within our hearts. Moving your consciousness to your spirit within your heart center is one of the first exercises of ascension. We will discuss how to take your consciousness up your hara line to your monad and then to your Creator in the next segment- “How to Ascend– Part 4- Loving Yourself”.
To read the prior articles in this series, please choose from the following menu:
How to Ascend, Part 1 – Ascension 101
How to Ascend, Part 2 – Intention and Awareness
How to Ascend, Part 3 – Going Within
About the author:
Michelle Walling is a Certified Holistic Life Coach. She has devoted her life to being a bearer and grounder of the light in service to others. As a truth seeker, she is committed to share her experiences with the world. She is also a hands-on healer, a distance healer, an empath, and an intuitive. Michelle has recently joined forces with Gregg Prescott as an admin for the In5d Facebook page, as an assistant for In5d Events and as a contributing author for www.in5d.com. Michelle also supports Gregg’s endeavors in many other areas including alternative and holistic healthcare. Their next project is a walk in clinic under the name AHH- Alternative Holistic Healthcare to be launched in 2014-2015 in the Sarasota, Florida area, and then subsidiaries will be opened around the world based upon that model.