Continued from: Feng Shui for Times of Stress
As with many meditations, we will be using the power of mudras and mantras to amplify the healing energy. A mudra is simply a specific hand gesture with the aim to activate specific energy lines in the body to help reach a specific state. Translated from Sanskrit, mudra means gesture, mark or seal. You can see a variety of mudras in many sacred Buddhist paintings and sculptures.
A mantra is a repetition of a sacred sound, man meaning mind and tra meaning to free from. So a sacred mantra is designed to use the power of sound to liberate one from a variety of negative mental states. In this meditation we will be using the Calming Heart Mudra, also called the Dhyana Mudra, in combination with the Calming Heart Mantra.
To begin, find a place with calm and soothing energy where you will not be disturbed by people, animals or loud sounds. Seat down comfortably either cross-legged in a lotus or half-lotus position or simply sit on a chair, legs uncrossed.
Place your hands in the Calming Heart Mudra (pictured above); your left hand goes on top of the right hand, thumbs almost touching. You can place the hands in the mudra on your lap or, as a variation, place the hands in the mudra against your heart.
Next, we will be reciting the Calming Heart Mantra that comes from the Prajnaparamita (Perfection of Wisdom) section of the Heart Sutra, a sacred Buddhist scripture. The approximate translation of this sacred mantra is “Gone, gone, beyond, altogether beyond… Oh, what an awakening!”. It speaks of the realization of a state free of self-imposed suffering and limitations.
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Recite the Calming Heart Mantra 9 times:
Gatay Gatay Para Gatay Para Sum Gatay Bodhi Swaha
Do the inhale/exhale breathing exercises 9 times. You can do the breathing exercises either sitting or standing. The results will be slower, though, if you do them sitting.
In these breathing exercises, we will be using the following visualizations: inhaling all the good things, such as for example, the light of a thousand Buddhas shinning on you. Or, you can visualize two crystal balls moving from under your feet up throughout your whole body. Alternatively, if you are familiar with Buddhist symbols, you can use the Constant Turning Dharma Wheel or the Six True Words.
1. Take a deep breath, breathing in any of the above energies entering your body. Move the breath from the lungs to the dantien (the power center around your navel) and then see it spread throughout your entire body.
2. Visualize that all your cells and pores are open to receive the blessings of this healing light energy.
3. Hold the breath briefly before exhaling.
4. Exhale, letting out the air in eight short segments, completing the exhale with a long ninth segment.
5. Imagine all suffering, grievances, unlucky chi or bad karma being expelled out of your body.
6. See the light of many small suns happily radiating from every cell in your body.
Repeat for a total of 9 breaths.
After completing the breathing exercise, sit in stillness for at least 3 minutes to let this healing energy fully settle in your body.
The BTB feng shui masters affirm that this meditation can help correct imbalances of Fire element in one’s personal field, as well as adjust one’s too talkative or overexcited Chi. On a deeper level, it can help you manifest your goals faster, as well as reduce the number of enemies in your life. If you encounter difficult problems, the recommendation is to do this Uplifting Chi meditation nine times a day for 27 days (with three days interval between the three nine days periods).