by Shakti Gawain: Here are some techniques that can be very effective for healing ourselves and others.
This meditation can help us discover an underlying cause for an ailment and/or begin to release and heal it.
Sit or lie down, breathe, and relax deeply. Starting with your toes, feet, legs, pelvis, and so on, put your attention on each part of your body in turn and tell it to relax and let go of any tension. Feel all tension dissolving and draining away.
If you wish to, do the meditation on opening the energy centers in order to get your energy really flowing.
Now imagine golden, healing light energy all around your body. . . feel it. . . sense it. . . enjoy it.
If there is a particular part of your body that has been ill or is in pain, ask that part of you whether it has a message for you. Ask whether there is something you need to understand or to do, right at this moment or in your life in general. Remain quiet for a few minutes and notice if any words, images, or feelings come to you in response to these questions.
If you get an answer, do your best to understand and follow it. If you don’t get an answer, just continue with the process. The answer may come to you later, perhaps in a different form than you expect.
Now send special loving, healing energy to that part of you, and any part of you that needs it, and see or feel it being healed. You may want to have your guide, or any master or healer, there to help you do the healing.
Picture the problem dissolving and flowing energy away, or whatever image works for you.
Now imagine yourself in natural, perfect health. Think of yourself in different situations feeling well, active, and healthy. Imagine nurturing and caring for yourself so you stay healthy.
I am loving and healing myself on all levels-spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical.
I can get my needs met without getting sick.
I am learning to take good care of myself.
I love and accept my body completely.
I am good to my body, and my body is good to me.
I deserve to be healthy and feel good.
I have now released all patterns of illness. I’m free and healthy!
My body is balanced, in perfect harmony with the earth and the universe.
I am energetic and full of vitality.
I give thanks for ever-increasing health, beauty, and vitality.
It’s natural to feel good.
From now on, each time you do this meditation, picture yourself in perfect health, with golden healing light around you.
This meditation is to be done alone, not in the other person’s presence, unless that person has requested this type of healing from you. You may or may not wish to tell the other person that you are doing healing meditations for them, depending on how well the person would accept that idea on a personality level.
Relax deeply and do whatever type of preparation you wish in order to enter a deep, quiet state of mind.
Think of yourself as a clear channel through which the healing energy of the universe is pouring. This energy does not come from you personally, it comes from a higher source, and you serve to focus and direct it.
Now picture or think of the person as clearly as you can. Ask him if there is anything in particular he would like you to do for him in your meditation. If so, do it to the best of your ability, if it feels right to you.