I wrote a post recently about how to destroy depression with a meditation practice that uses sound and light, but if have ever felt miserable you will know that even if you do cut through it and fill yourself with light and energy, the depression will probably come back. What is needed in order to keep it at bay is a daily inoculation against depression. Meditation using visualisation of light and chanting or singing is this kind of inoculation.
But first it is necessary to understand that the you that gets depressed is not the real you. Take the analogy of the sky and the clouds. The true nature of your mind is like a sky, endless and open, and with the sun of compassion radiating from its centre. Your thoughts and emotions, for example worries, depression, sadness or anxiety, are like clouds in the sky. They come and go, but they do not remain. They are not the sky, though they may look like it from below; they merely obscure the sky and cut us off from the brilliance and joy of our true nature. To overcome our clouds, we must rise above them so we can see the sky, ourselves, as we really are.
Your daily inoculation is more than just remembering this, it’s experiencing it. Below is the mediation I mentioned in the above mentioned post, but written as a mediation rather than a narrative.
Sit quietly for a moment, with your back straight, limbs and jaw relaxed. visualise a blue sky in your mind. Then set in front and slightly above you a star or a being of light. Warm white light radiates from the star or being. If you have a religion, the body of light could be the Buddha, Jesus or a saint. And you don’t need to stop at one, if you want, you can visualise all the enlightened beings of the of the past, present and future all gathered there. Or it could be one star or an unspecific body of light. Imbue that light with all the love, compassion, wisdom and healing power of the universe.
Around the central light swirl rainbows and different coloured lights, so the image in your mind is of brilliant, energising light.
Set yourself on a vast green plain, as flat as a pane of glass, and the light in the sky before you. Snow-capped mountains surrounded you, and a lake dotted with lotus flowers sparkles beneath the lights. Imagine the most beautiful place and place yourself in it.
Then remember that you are not alone. Whatever ailment you have, many others also have, and many have issues worse than you. So call all the other depressed and hurting people in the world and put them in front of you. Then gathered everyone else in the world and placed them around you, Thinking, everyone needs this, not just me.
Then chant, or sing a joyful song, and imagine everyone chanting or singing with you. Om Ah Hung, is simple and opens up your subtle channels and removes blockages that can make you depressed, or you could chant a short prayer over and over. Or it could be a hymn or just a happy song.
As you chant or sing, call forth your inner being and recognise those lights as none other than your own power, compassion and wisdom. The light pours into you, fills every cell in your body, enlivens, heals and empowers you. Your depression vaporises, for darkness cannot remain in the presence of light.
Then like a flock of birds scattered by a stone, the whole gathering of people fly up and dissolve into the light, which draws into the central point until only a speck remains, then it too dissolves into space, into an endless, crystal clear space. And in that vast inner space shines the brilliant sun of unconditional love, fuelled by compassion, wisdom and power. Your sun, inside you, always.
The clouds that so often obscure this open sky and brilliant sun in you have all been vaporised, and you experience your inner being without all the things that weigh you down. You soar unobstructed by your problems. You have flown so far above them, that they do not even exist. They were merely the clouds that covered this brilliant sky.
Try it in the morning, first thing. It will change the flavour of your day.
For more on using mediation for healing, I recommend a book called, The Healing Power of Mind
by Tulku Thondrup.
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