Meditation techniques

Meditation techniques

Sahaja Yoga Meditation is about tapping into one’s spiritual energy, firstly by recognizing that it exists through Enlightenment (Self-realization), and thereafter by using it to improve one’s life. It is important to remember that Sahaja Yoga is not a philosophy of blind faith, it is a truth which is physically verifiable by all those who practice it, via the cool breeze or vibrations that one feels on the hands or head.

It may be easier, therefore, to consider Sahaja Yoga as the discovery of a sixth sense – the world of vibrations. Once you have experienced the cool breeze on the hands, it is possible to detect similar vibrations emitted from other objects or even situations.

For instance after Enlightenment (Self-realization), if you should take a stroll around a prestigious art gallery, it is possible to feel the vibrations which emanate from certain old masters such as the Mona Lisa, which were painted with the true love of an artist and not simply for commercial gain as with much modern ‘art’. In the same way it is possible, in fact preferable, to use a photograph of Shri Mataji (which obviously emits the strong vibrations of a deeply spiritual person) in order to assist our own spirit to respond to the meditation in a stronger and deeper manner.

Simply by sitting calmly in front of a picture of Shri Mataji and holding the hands out with palms upwards, it is possible to feel the onset of the cool vibrations over the fingers. If we then symbolize the use of the fire element by placing a candle in front of the picture, this sensation is intensified, with the result that we find it much easier to go into meditation as we settle down.

There are many techniques for clearing any blockage that we might feel in our subtle body. All these meditation techniques are very effective if they are practiced on a regular basis.

Using the elements as a meditation technique

Sahaja Yoga Meditation makes full use of the elements, which in themselves are the basic building blocks of nature. Fire and water are represented in Sahaja Yoga by using a candle when we meditate and by foot-soaking in water which is a very effective way of relaxing prior to and during a meditation (especially after the tribulations of a day at work). In its purest form, fire is represented by the natural flame of the sun, and likewise water by the sea (a day out at the seaside takes on a whole new meaning in Sahaja Yoga terms!).

We use the earth element to help clear our subtle body by putting salt in the footsoaking water, or by the simple technique of sitting on the bare earth or grass whilst meditating. Again it acts as a huge, primal ‘heat-sink’ for the cares and woes of modern day living and can produce a very satisfying meditation.

Footsoaking as a meditation technique

Footsoaking Footsoaking is a Sahaja Yoga Meditation technique which many people will recognise from everyday life. Quite simply it is the Sahaja Yoga version of putting the feet in a bowl (or foot spa) of warm water as a way of relaxing after a tiring day. It is best done in the evening, and the main difference in Sahaja terms is that salt is added to the water (to represent the earth element). In this way we use all the elements – fire (with the candle), air, water and earth.

Simply sit with your feet in a bowl of lukewarm salted water for 10 to 15 minutes in the evening whilst you meditate. When finished, wash off and dry your feet, throw the water away down the toilet and wash out the footsoak bowl. Try not to use the bowl for any purpose other than the footsoak.

This simple routine is one of the single most powerful methods we can use to help our meditation, and most people when they try it report amazing results in that they sleep better and awake more refreshed in every way. If you are serious about going deeper in your meditation you will need to try this amazing meditation technique!

Clearing the energy channels as a meditation technique

Any imbalance in the subtle body due to excessive thinking and planning, unusual aggressiveness and anger, depression and over emotional feelings, exhaustion and lethargy can be easily recovered by using these clearing meditation techniques.

Ice pack as a meditation technique

Ice pack is another effective technique for meditation and a useful tip for those who may be having difficulties in maintaining thoughtlessness in their meditation. Very often the intrusive thoughts are the result of an overactive liver – a ‘hot’ liver in other terms. This is easily remedied by placing a cloth covered plastic ice pack on the area of the liver on the right side of your body during the meditation. You will find this an amazingly effective method of improving the meditation in these circumstances.

Doing this regularly will significantly reduce the excessive heat in the liver and make it easier to enter thoughtless awereness.

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14 comment(s) so far, want to say something now?

  • Mathenkumar
    Jun 19, 2010
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    This meditation techniques are very much useful and this website is too good to see. I have really blessed to see this website. thank.

    Yours lovingly,

    Mathenkumar, INDIA…



  • kanika mohta
    Feb 15, 2011
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    it works wonder.many many thanks to respected shrimata ji.



  • Sailom
    May 19, 2011
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    Thank you very much for Sharing. I really like these Techniques!



  • kk
    Aug 21, 2011
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    i have a roomate and she practices the technique by soaking hers legs in salt water..she thorws the water in toilet after that…my question is..does it harm other people in the same apt or by chance if they see the water in comed or if a droplet is out by mistake and they sit on it?does it harm other person?



  • linda williams
    Jan 7, 2012
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    do not worry about the odd drop of water, but do use a photo of Shri Mataji and light a candle in front of it.. then it becomes a Sahaja Yoga technique. contact your local sy group for further info



  • MsK
    Jan 16, 2012
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    What kind of salt do I use in the foot soak??



  • gajalakshmi
    Feb 3, 2012
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    stone salt is use in the foat soak


    May 11th, 2013

    Epsom salt or sea salt would be fine, even Himalayan salt. I use salt from the dead sea for my foot soak.



  • Earl
    Jan 12, 2013
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    ~These are things you outta know!



  • JSM
    Jul 7, 2013
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    we want to tell any mantras in foat soaking or simply sit for 15 minutes.



  • Stepheen
    Jul 30, 2013
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    I am completely agree these Techniques! This process if done its helps us mentally, physically and emotionally stronger and healthier. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful post with public.



  • Kieran
    Nov 23, 2014
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    Hello, I’ve been to some of the classes and I can definitely feel that it works, but I can never remember the steps. You know, the things that you say when you put your hand over the different shakras. I want to do it every day, but at the moment its just when I go to the class. Are there instructions anywhere on this site?


    November 29th, 2014

    Dear Kieran,

    as a matter of fact there is 🙂

    This is called the process of Self-realization. Everybody does it the very first time and can do it again and again without any trouble.

    All the best,



  • sahiba
    Mar 16, 2015
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    My frustation level is becoming high, even after the mediatation. i feel like to cry not to talk with anyone .i am doing mediation on the regular basis but still i feel this kind of feeling me. i am practising foot soaking, listening to mother talks everyday but still it is not working on my frustation please help me out!!
    Jai shri mataji..


    March 22nd, 2015

    Dear Sahiba,

    put your right hand and left nabhi (left part of the rib cage) and repeat for yourself, I am truly and entirely satisfied with myself. You can massage that part in a clockwise motion too.

    Also use a candle to clean this same chakra by simply using a small candle and hold it on the same side. You also need to clear your thoughts and take it easy. Repeat for yourself while having right hand on forehead, I forgive everyone and myself.

    Let us know how it goes 🙂



  • Hemlata Agarwal
    Oct 15, 2015
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    I regularly do meditation and foot soaking but my attention is still very poor. Sometime i dont have throughtlessness while meditating.
    Kindly suggest something to grow in Sahaja Yoga

    Jai Shri Mataji


    October 26th, 2015

    Dear Hemlata,

    do you attend a collective center? That’s what you need to keep growing and strengthen your attention.

    All collective center are free of charge.

    Let us know how it goes.




  • Tapas Das
    Oct 5, 2016
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    Jai Shree Mataji,
    I got self-realization about 4 years back. I first felt vibration at my head after six months. Within another few months I got strong vibration once on my palm & fingers; thereafter I did not got it on hand. I almost on regularly basis feel thoughtless awareness (I mean I feel Shree Mataji’s Shree Charan is in my head & I enjoy the same). Sometimes my Kundalini comes up automatically. Many a times we got miracle photos of Shree Mataji in out home Mandir setup. My wife, daughter & son all got their realization. About 20 month back, I was asked to put my registration (where I was working for five years out of my total experience of 24 years). About three month back, I join with a company for a small freelancing job. They are not releasing my payment even after promise. There are many small & big opportunities came but could not materialize. Even my family these days are taking less importance on Sahaja Yoga (during this tough time), but I am sticking to it. All savings are gone & we are in a loan. I do not know what to do now. I did not express my concerns to my known Sahaja Yogi friends. I am a left sided person but always busy with near future planning & how to maintain my family. Attention during meditation is not always good enough. Now a days, it is difficult for me to performed small small commitments. Kindly suggest how to go about it?
    Best regards,
    Tapas Das


    October 23rd, 2016

    Dear Tapas Das,

    It is hard to give a straight answer to your situation.

    There could be many aspects to it that we do not know about and that are affecting your family and job situation. Sahaja Yoga is here to fix that but to a certain extend and that extend is your ability to discernate what is good for you or isn`t.

    And that comes through meditation. When you are in a thoughtless state, when your entire soul is at peace, then you can see clear and take the right decisions and make the right moves.

    Do you meditate every day? Do you footsoak everyday? (Sahaja Yoga treatments to remain balance and at peace)

    If you do not do the above already then I suggest you start now and then things will improve (slowly or rapidly, I can`t tell, but I can tell that it will work either way).

    All the best!




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