I’ve had my share of health problems over the years. High-blood pressure, high-blood sugar. Gallbladder problems. But it’s been longer than I can remember – perhaps decades, since I’ve been sick for longer than a single day with a cold or flu.
I attribute this spell of good health with regards to cold and flu viruses to a self-healing meditation that I developed when I was a teenager – mostly by instinct or intuition. It’s always worked for me, and as the season for winter colds and flu approaches, I thought I’d share it with you.
As I said, I developed this technique from intuition. I don’t know which parts of it work and which are superfluous. It may even be some kind of unique gift, either spiritual or physiological, that depends more on myself than on the technique. But it’s worth a try.
First of all, you need to watch for the first signs of a cold or flu. The technique is harder when you’ve run yourself completely ragged and ignored your symptoms. It’s still POSSIBLE to self-heal at this point – but it’s harder. Notice any tell-tail signs of low energy, or a funny feeling in the nose or throat that portend the onset of illness.
At the soonest convenient time, you need to get into bed. You don’t have to rush to bed immediately, but don’t go to bed late. This is a meditation, and you have to be able to stay awake for at least a few minutes and have some energy. If you wait till evening, go to bed EARLY.
Gather your warmest blankets – more than you would usually use. You want to be warm to the point of being a bit uncomfortable – even sweating. Lie down in bed, on your back, and arrange the blankets tightly around your body, cocooning yourself in mummy-like fashion. Pull the blankets up to your ears so that your head is warm and your breath is directed under the blankets.
Now relax, and let your breathing slow. Oddly (at least I think it’s odd) shallow breathing seems to work better. Breath out through your nose, if possible, and when you exhale, let your throat resist the exhale slightly so that there is a feeling of slight tension and a slight windy sound (think Darth Vader).
Now comes the part that is a bit hard to describe. Focus your attention completely inward, within your body. Imagine your body is full of a warm, golden glow. Focus on feelings of rest and stillness. At each exhale, imagine that the windy sound is the sound of warm golden flames that are burning away all viruses and disease. Imagine the exhale is the sound of a bellows stoking the inner flames of golden healing.
Continue this visualization, focusing deeper and deeper within your body. Let the external world cease to exist. Continue on with your breathing and imagining until you (hopefully) fall into a restful sleep. When you wake up, either after a brief nap or from a long night, you should find your symptoms completely gone.
I’ve now gotten to where I can recognize a cold or flu early enough (usually) that I can simply bring up the mental picture and alter my breathing while awake and going about my business and the symptoms quickly disappear.
Give it a try the moment you feel an illness coming on, and let me know how it works for you.