Techniques for Healing "Soul Pain” in meditation.
SALVES: METHODS for HEALING MEDITATION PAINS
By Ruth Angela ©2004 (first published in
I embarked on the practice of daily meditation in 1979, I found a world of
bliss. It was a realm in which I could escape the daily frustrations and griefs, the disappointments and hardships of life. My
enthusiasm was great. In just half an hour of meditation on the mantra my
teacher had given me, I could be bathed in ecstatic waves of peace and harmony.
I chose to meditate rather than do many activities and in a way it became an
obsession. After a few months of this, I began to feel discomforting stabs and
constrictions in various places within my body while meditating. I was dismayed
to find that along with meditative bliss and daily insights in the truth of the
universe, I would be feeling these gnawing pains that seemed to be in the body,
but not of it.
As my meditation progressed, these little knife-like stabs seemed lodged in my
heart area. As much as I tried, I could not move them; sometimes they remained
for days. It was sometimes depressing and painful, like a cramp or a "side
stitch" after running. It definitely took the thrill out of meditation and
was an obstacle to my joy in meditation; I resolved to find out how to remove
this pain. Thus began a series of efforts that culminated in a technique that I
call "Parallel Universe" which has turned out to be a technique that
not only cures the "soul pains" but cures physical pains and other negative
issues as well.
As Jack Kornfield says in A Path with Heart "Our worldly education doesn't help much in
meditation"(230). However, I knew intuitively that these pains were not of
physical origin, but were unresolved FEELING trauma from the past rising up to
consciousness to be resolved. I did not want to overpower, ignore or numb the
pain because it was clearly a dis-EASE emerging out
of the darkness of denial and needing to be healed. If it was something that I
created in unconsciousness, whatever it was, I had to face it and accept it. If
it were attachments from other entities that were draining my energy, then I
wanted to be able to let that go also. Over the years, wrestling with ways to
NEUTRALIZE these soul aches, I found strategies for dealing with the pains-- and
some that totally eliminated them PERMANENTLY.
What to DO: Practice until you find one that works. Get into your usual
meditation posture. Do your usual spiritual practice and when you are feeling
peaceful and will be uninterrupted, try these techniques for salving soul
pains. You may want to record this on a tape to play to yourself when you do
- 1. Salve #1 - Parallel Universe This has also been called the Merkaba type salve. (*Update: This method is now used in NLP and a recent
book “The Healing Code” by Alex Loyd has an
identical name for it “Equal and Opposite.” This same technique was published by my friends, the
late Sue Potter and Jack O’Brien under this same title in late 1990’s,
based on my discovery. I do
hope that Mr. Loyd discovered it for himself and
did not plagiarize! However here it is as I discovered it myself in
1979. It works!)
- * a. Focus on the center of the pain and
make every dimension, feel and aspect of it very clear in your mind. Try
to feel the color, smell and whole dimension of the pain.
- * b. When you have a clear template in
your senses of every aspect of this pain, tell your self to "Go -
Find the OPPOSITE."
- * c. You will then feel yourself zooming
out into space very fast (this is your Merkaba)
and with this template in your mind as your guide to where to go. Don't
worry if it takes a while... enjoy the journey. Keep travelling around looking
through space. It is there.
You just have to trust your intuition to find it.
- * d. When you find the opposite that you
are seeking, you will feel a sense of relief and release. Take it into yourself - or grab
it - and bring it back with you. When you get back to your body, bring
the "thing" that you found right into the pain. AHH - there
will be such a relief. You have just neutralized your pain. (Subsequent
to publishing this on the net, people reported it curing many pains
What is so interesting about this method is that it is PERMANENT and it is the
ZERO point that so many people talk about nowadays. This pain is gone-- never
- #2 Salve - No MIND: This technique was given me
by a friend.
- * a. Sit in the center of the pain.
- * b. Now as you keep the pain in your
awareness try to imagine that you have to describe a flower to a blind
person. ( If that doesn't work as a topic try to
describe a taste of a peach to a person who has never had one.) What will
happen is that the pain will drop out of your awareness and you will be
left with NO MIND... a very profound state to be. No pain!
- #3 Salve - Neti Neti
This technique is similar to the #2 where you sit in the pain and
concentrate on every aspect of it.
- * a.You do not
try to resist the pain or ease it, but you stoically face its full
- * b. Then when you have a clear full
sense of the pain say "I AM NOT THAT," and wait. You will feel
a shift, and then say it again, " I AM NOT THAT!" which is
in Sanskrit I believe. You continue to feel the shifting energy to your
statement... it feels as if a layer of an onion is peeling off and
underneath each layer is a new level of it. So repeat this until there is
no more pain left.
- #4 - Dharana This technique comes from
the Vijnaanabhairava - an ancient text from India which gives glimpses of the truth. The book has
many more such techniques such as: "Towards whatever object the mind
goes, one should remove it from there immediately by that very mind, and
thus by not allowing it to settle there i.e. by making is[sic]
supportless, one will be free from agitation (of
the mind)." Verse 129.
So everytime your mind tries to rest on a
subject, make it switch to something else.... i.e. as it tries to keep
returning to your pain, force it to think about your big toe, or the
noises in the street or something. It is as if you are training a dog.
Every time it disobeys you, jerk the leash and pull it back. This will
leave you in a state of great bliss and definitely no pain.
- #5 Salve - Hungry Ghosts This technique is Tibetan. It worked in
10 minutes for me with a person who was attaching to me and draining my
- * a. Imagine the person or thing which
is pulling on you very clearly and in full sensory images. I.e. colors, shapes, smells etc.
- * b. Ask this entity - "What do you
want?" * c. Listen for the answer. It will be a feeling of lack that
they have about themselves which they are trying
to get from you. Feel what they are answering and if you can't hear it
then ask again and again until you have a clear picture. You can ask them
to clarify what it is also.
- * d. When you have the answer - because
you are infinite and connected to the divine-- there is no limit to what
you can do. So you SEND to this entity as much of this "stuff"
or this quality that they need. With me it was about beauty..my former friend wanted my beauty. So I sent
him tons of it... Just pour it in to this entity.
- * e. When you feel they have had enough
of this quality... ask "Is that what you want?" and they will
answer "Yes." and then you say, " So you do not need to
come to me for it any more now." And they should then disconnect
from you since they have their own "supply."
It sounds bizarre.. but...
the rules are not the same in the etheric realms as
any shaman will tell you. As soon as I did this to a man who had been bothering
me for 8 years, he was out of my field! What a relief. I have never looked back
from that day. This is the technique that I believe helps Monks go into
epidemics and not get sick
- #6 Naming: This one comes from Jack Kornfield's
book" A Path With Heart." He says that naming one's demons can
have the effect of making them disappear. I quote from p. 100. "
Choose one of the most frequent and difficult demons that arises in your
practice, such as irritation, fear, boredom, lust, doubt ... for one week
in your daily meditation, be particularly aware of each time one of these
arises. Carefully NAME it. Notice how it begins and what precedes it.
Notice what triggers this state. Notice how long it lasts and when it ends.
Notice what state usually follows it. ...Finally sit and be aware of your
breath, watching and waiting for this demon, allowing it to come and go,
greeting it like and old friend.
are just some of the techniques that I have found which
have helped me deal with "soul" pain as I call it. It is really the
soul trying to stretch to its full capacity in a way and finding itself
constricted I think. I hope these are useful and helpful. You are welcome to
use the ideas, forward the letters to others, and pass them along to others
with attribution for the ideas to either me or the mentioned
The best thing by far is using EFT (http://PainFreeEFT.com) to resolve issues
that come up in the body. The manual is free. It works so well to clear out the
subconscious. Write me for more information Ruth@PainFreeEFT.com
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