“I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways.” -Psalms 119:15
If you’ve been mediating for a while now, but have not found your center or learned to ground your energy, this post is for you.
The center will be somewhere between one’s navel and the center of the chest. Everyone is different so one should focus and feel it out. The Lord has given us guidance on how to do this.
But, behold, I say unto you, that you must study it out in your mind; then you must ask me if it be right, and if it is right I will cause that your bosom shall burn within you; therefore, you shall feel that it is right; But if it be not right, ye shall have no such feelings, but ye shall have a stupor of thought, that shall cause you to forget the thing which is wrong.” -Avahr 17:10-12
While this refers to Oliver Cowdery translating using his divining rod, it teaches us about identifying the Holy Spirit. This “burning” is the Holy Spirit we wish to focus on as one meditates. Remember, we are meditating not merely to empty ourselves, but to fill ourselves with the Holy Spirit. This will enlighten us, purify us, and build a stronger relationship between ourselves and the Lord.
The next question many ask is, how does one know it is the Holy Spirit? Again, Oliver was taught the answer when the Lord advised him how to use his divining rod.
Behold, thou knowest that thou hast inquired of me and I did enlighten thy mind; and now I tell thee these things that thou mayest know that thou hast been enlightened by the Spirit of truth… cast your mind upon the night that you cried unto me in your heart, that you might know concerning the truth of these things. Did I not speak peace to your mind concerning the matter? What greater witness can you have than from God?” -Avahr 13:29, 40-42
One will know it is the Holy Spirit filling us and speaking to us, as we will find God’s peace in our minds.
Now that we know what to look for, and where to look, it should be noted that the center is in the bosom. In most people, it is found in the hollow spot below the chest, above the stomach. Once it is found, center to move your energy, binding it with the Holy Spirit. Move it around both inside and outside your body.
Some people say they see a light, or hear a noise, or other things when they find their center. Personally, I do not physically see a light when I move my energy around, but I can feel it. That feeling allows me to “see” a spiritual light, using the spiritual eyes. However, it took time to see it. It is felt it first. The energy It is like a combination of air, water and fire. It is warm like fire (sometimes hot) and light, and easy to penetrate like air, yet heavier – like water.
Although I cannot physically see this energy, imagine the color being the emotions you feel and/or base it on what the energy is doing, or how you’re moving it. Sometimes it is a yellow energy flowing in and around – expanding outside the body. Other times it spins tight inside, closer to the center, hot and red. Still other times it flows through every part of the body without going outside and is blue. And, occasionally it can be a slow moving green.
These are my experience and the experience of others I’ve worked with. As one gains control of their energy, they will find a similar experience, albeit uniquely to you. If one needs an aid, they can use a seer stone, as Joseph did, or a divining rod like Oliver. One may also use hand signs to control how the energy moves and what it does.
After getting the hang of it, push a chain of energy up rather than down into the Earth. When grounded to the Earth, you can felt the energy strongly stabilize. Plant the energy, like a tree; like the tree of life.
Prayers and meditations should be daily practices. By doing this, in conjunction with scripture study, one’s faith will grow. With it, spiritual gifts will also grow. Remember, these are teachings Joseph Smith used to divine the Book of Mormon. But, also remember that Oliver Cowdery failed due to his lack of faith and understanding. Be patient. Oliver was later able to use his divining rod to gain powerful revelations from the Lord. In time, so will you.
For now, try finding your center and grounding your energy.