Guidelines for Creating a Meditation

  1. Create safety and success through understanding. Only use meditation after a person understands the concepts of writing on the heart and the Theory of Mind (presented in the Advanced Coach’s training 2013).
  1. Always follow the three basic laws of managing the heart:
    • Personal: it must always be in the first person, i.e., “me”, “my” or “I”.
    • Positive:
      • Focus on the solution.
      • Address issues positively, e.g.,
        • Positive: I only desire those things that promote my health and energy. When the thought or desire to smoke occurs I immediately send it away and make healthy choices.
        • Negative: I am going to quit smoking.
      • Present tense:
        • God, the heart, and reality only operate in the present.
        • This is the I AM principle.
  1. Never use obligatory language.
    • “I ought to”, “I should”, and “I need to” express obligation rather than desire.
    • “I do”, “I am”, and “I have” express desire and faith.
  1. Keep it simple. In meditation, it is most effective to only deal with one issue at a time.
  1. Focus on the end result, not the process. In The Parable of the Sower, it is emphasized that we don’t need to know how the seed grows; it just grows by itself. People don’t need to know how they will reach their destination; they must believe they can and experience being there.
  1. Tailor it for the current meditation experience.
    1. Has the individual ever meditated?
    2. Are there any triggers for which you should be aware?
  1. Use imagery.
    1. Whenever possible, use appropriate images to convey ideas and concepts. Be sure they are symbols that are universally accepted.
    2. Whatever end result the client desires, ask them what they would look like and feel like if they reached that goal. Have them create that mental picture.
    3. This ensures using imagery that is motivational and inspirational rather than distracting or fearful.
    4. Remember: What may be positive to you may not be for someone else.
  1. Always use the Put Off – Put On principles.
    1. Agree on exactly what you plan to do.
    2. Decide what thought/feeling/behavior you intend to stop (put off).
    3. Identify the promise from God’s Word you plan to incorporate (put on).
    4. Provide a scriptural basis showing the right to do this.
    5. Test to be sure the person really want to solve this problem.
  1. Explain personal authority. Make sure the client knows they will only experience that which they choose. Repeating (silently or verbally) and giving consent must occur for them to experience what is being said.
  1. Count Down. When appropriate, use a 3, 2, 1 countdown relaxing the body, the mind, and then entering their heart zone. However, if the person is new to meditation they may be uncomfortable with a countdown. In such a case repeatedly affirm: With each exhale I am releasing stress and tension, with every inhale I am going deeper and deeper into relaxation and meditation.
  1. Prepare for affirmations by leading them in this statement soon after they reach a meditative state: All that I affirm is accepted by every aspect of my being. My heart, soul, and body align themselves with the grace of God to accomplish these affirmations as my reality.
  1. Create appropriate affirmations. All affirmations must be positive, present tense, and first person.
    1. I am healthy and energetic.
    2. I awaken every morning feeling vibrant and full of energy.
    3. I am positive and optimistic in every situation.
    4. When I am confronted with this situation I always respond by …
    5. I desire healthy food that contributes to my energy and health.
    6. I am alert throughout the day.
    7. I always find positive solutions to negative situations.
  1. Create a supportive visualization.
    1. I will now create a mental movie of myself (living my life full of energy) or (handling this situation in a positive, healthy manner).
    2. Allow the client to create the type of movie that supports or represents this type of energy.
  1. Permission: If guilt is a factor have the individual express permission to feel good and be happy.
  1. Create a trigger. Anytime I begin to feel …… or ……., I will simply close my eyes, inhale, and as I exhale I will silently say the word “……….” Then I will feel “.…”
  1. Confirm acceptance of affirmations.
    1. These affirmations are accepted by every aspect of my being.
    2. The things I say and intend either silently or verbally always come to pass.
    3. This is the reality I choose. Everything in my mind, body, and the world around me supports this reality.
  1. Implement the meditation.
    1. Write out the meditation.
    2. Play the alpha waves or other sources to promote relaxation.

Count Up. I will count from 1 to 5. With each ascending number, I will arise to an outer awareness, wide awake and fully energized.