How to Quiet Your Mind

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“The Psychic Pathway” by Sonia Choquette was the first book I ever read that made me realize I could really tap into my intuition and use it to gain valuable insight about my life. In that book, one of the biggest things she stresses is that to become psychic, or intuitive, you HAVE to learn how to quiet your mind.

I have what they call a “monkey mind” that goes a mile a minute. I can think about things for hours and hours and hours on end. I’m amazed that I did so well in school, because I am not the type of person who likes to focus on just one thing at a time (unless it’s a really great book or movie). I CAN do it, but I don’t really love to. I’m so good at getting caught up in my mental chatter that I can be somewhere, but not really be there. In New Age terminology, that’s called “not being present.” And I’m really, really good at it! This is a valuable way to pass time during office meetings, boring adult conversations, and workouts at the gym. However, it’s not good when you want to get all spiritual and experience “being present.”

Learning how to quiet my mind was one of the hardest things for me to do. Basically, it was nearly impossible. I decided that being psychic was worth the trade off, though, and besides, I was at the place in my life where I really needed some inner peace, which Sonia said meditation could bring.

I tried at first to just sit there and not think about anything, but that didn’t really work. I could meditate for a minute or so on counting breaths in and out, or as the famous medium John Edward instructs, breathing in plus signs and breathing out minus signs. Then, I discovered the world of guided meditations. All I had to do was sit or lie there and listen to music and whatever the person was saying, and this made all the difference in the world for me. My favorite guided meditations are the ones by Brian Weiss, Sonia Choquette, Colette Baron-Reid, and John Edward. Once I started listening to a guided meditation daily after I got home from work, I began to get the hang of the whole “quieting your mind” thing. And then, I learned how to follow guided imagery in my mind, using the written meditations by my teacher, Debra Lynn Katz, which I memorized and played back to myself mentally. Finally, I was able to switch my mind off from the static of my monkey mind chatter and onto the wavelength of energy, guided imagery, and just being present. Now I employ a combination of these methods, depending on what’s going on with me. If I feel like I’m buzzing with too much mental chatter, I listen to a guided meditation. If I feel more quiet, I can do do my own.

If it worked for me, trust me, it can work for you! And it’s so true; once you learn to meditate and quiet your mind, you can get much more into the flow with your own intuitive awareness – and then a whole new world opens up to you!