Repetitive negative thoughts can trigger emotions that sink into parts of our bodies and stay there, causing stress, which leads to DNA damage….and sickness and ageing. Performing a body scan can allow us to detect where there is a feeling of discomfort. These feelings sometimes surface during everyday life – for example, when we are hurt by a loved one, or after a breakup or a conflict at work. We may sense pressure on our lung and stomach area and a heaviness in the heart, almost as if a giant were standing on these parts of the body. More often however, these sensations are drowned out by everyday living, and a body scan can allow us to home in on them and eliminate them before they are allowed to grow into something physical that can harm us.
It is good to do the scan several times a week, because these feelings come back regularly, and can require repeated work before they are dissolved. New ones sink into place all the time. Performing a body scan on a regular basis is therefore good news for our bodies. The image above shows how we can use visualisation and sound to perform this exercise.
For each part of the body, starting from the bottom, we visualise the colour indicated above in that part, and make the vowel sounds at least three times, or as many times as it takes if there is a feeling of unease, until it disintegrates.
It is not necessary to ‘know’ what the issue is. A sensation is enough. If we wish, we can focus on a particular organ or body part – the kidneys, the knees, the back, the solar plexus for emotional pain – and breathe deeply, feeling the sensation become less dense, exhaling the tension and sensing it evaporate. Didgeridoo music or shamanic drumming is particularly effective in dissolving physical or emotional trauma. As we sound the vowels in the image, we imagine that the colours are becoming brighter and more perfect, and affirm that this organ or body part is healing completely and is now in perfect health.
The fourth horseman in the Book of Revelation is Death, astride a pale, greenish, corpse-coloured mount, stampeding across humanity. The Mexican mystic Samael Aun Weor claimed in Fundamental Education that we all bear the electromagnetic footprint left by our ancestors and when they breathed their last they left an imprint on the genes and chromosomes of their descendants. The path of life is therefore beaten by the hoofs of the horse of Death and Death is therefore programmed into our DNA. The pale rider is out there, waiting to move in and stake his claim.
It is only recently that evidence has been emerging that gene mutations can occur very rapidly however (see Spontaneous Evolution), whereas before it was thought changes take eons. Genes are switched on and off by signals from the outer and inner environment. We can therefore engineer our own genes by lifestyle and choosing our thoughts and emotions. We can also go further, and direct our intention towards altering the gene codes bequeathed to us by our ancestors, and this is best done by placing ourselves in a meditative state when our minds and bodies are most open to suggestion.
It is a spring morning and on a grassy place is a maypole. Ribbons fall from the top and flutter in the breeze. We approach and take the ribbons, and wrap them around the pole in the same way as the double helix spirals holding our DNA. We are lengthening and strengthening our telomeres.
When we have created the pattern we desire, we stand back and an onlooker hands us a bow and arrow. We fix our gaze on a point two thirds up the maypole. There is a dark spot there, a concentrated place of dim energy. As we do this we hear the sound of a horse approaching. There in the corner of our eye we see the pale rider, waiting to see what we will do. We shoot the arrow into the dark spot, and on impact there is a burst of energy, and the spot spits and crackles like a sparkler. We feel a surge of youthful energy, a lightening of a burden, a release in our breast. The horse bucks. We have deactivated the gene that set our death date at that of our ancestors. We affirm: I am free of my genetic heritage. I create a new lineage today.
Green shoots appear around the arrow. The pale rider turns the horse around, and is soon gone.
We are now free to choose another age for our death, for the genetic slate has been wiped clean; we may set it at 110 years, 120 years, 200 years or none at all. All disease has been vanquished. Death has no dominion. We have the power to shape our own DNA. We are a new creation
“I had an hour to kill at lunchtime when I was away on business. The venue of the meeting was a big complex by the airport, a bit of a wasteland. Just building sites and the motorway. But I walked, slowly, to fill up the time. Then I saw the flowers. All along the hard shoulder were blossoms in yellow, red and purple. There were wild orchids, poppies, dog roses, thistledown – so incredibly soft – and then I saw the bumble bees. They were digging deep into the petals for nectar, and then moving on, buzzing from one plant to the next, ignoring me, the cars, the noise. I saw how perfect their colouring was, their furry bodies, their complexity, their intelligence. Me and the bees in a strange landscape, hurtling through space on the blue planet at 67,000 miles per hour.”
The words of a company director, away from family and routine work, suddenly becoming aware of his life.
Walking meditation is one of the most widespread forms of Buddhist practice, and has the advantage that it can be done anytime. It brings the meditative experience into our daily activity. The idea is to make the simple experience of alternating the left and right foot naturally into one that takes in all of the senses. Concentrating on our breathing and the contact of the earth with our feet helps to bring a sense of a true present. Normally when we walk we are consulting our watches or fixating on the destination. In walking meditation the goal is the walk itself.
Now and then we stop, and look at the patch of ground beneath. We examine the patterns it makes and feel who we are, in what times we are living and what other conscious creatures are sharing this space.
Walking meditation is simple, but so alien to the way most of us get about it feels odd not to relapse into the directed walking where the mind is projecting into the past or future. Often it is good to start at home, so as not to feel self-conscious. When we have selected the place, we divide it into 3 sections, and cross the room in a mindful manner. We may find we have not really noticed the details of the room as intensely as we do now. Another way is to walk in a circle, and then to bring circular walking into the outdoors, such as in a park, to remove the connection between walking and destination.
The Buddha described five benefits from practising walking meditation:
1. We are fit for long journeys 2. We are fit for striving 3. We have little disease 4. Our food and drink is properly digested 5. The composure gained by walking up and down is long-lasting.
Mindfulness can also be sought when doing routine tasks, such as washing or preparing a meal. We observe what we touch, its texture (the water, the food) and become aware of the sensations in our body and against our skin.
If the mind wanders we repeat : my steps are those of the most peaceful person on earth. I am healthy, secure and happy. All anxiety has gone, and I claim liberation.
It is not difficult. It begins with a single step.
One of the reasons why our bodies cannot recapture the essence of youth is that youth is so often filled with traumatic events. Subconsciously we sense that to return to who we were then would be to shed all we have learnt, and that we would end up lost again, perhaps bullied, taking the wrong decisions, in pain and fearful of the future. And yet recapturing the vibration of youth is one of the keys to staying ageless.
There is a solution to this dilemma : rewriting the past. Scientists have shown that future actions may influence past events, at least when it comes to the spooky world of quantum physics. Anton Zeilinger of the University of Vienna discovered in 2012 that a decision to entangle particles can affect the past behaviour of other related particles, even though they may no longer exist.
It is now a well-known fact that we stimulate the same brain regions when we visualise an action and when we actually perform that same action. For example, when you visualise walking down the street, it stimulates the same part of the brain that is activated when you actually take that walk. There are documented cases from stroke patients who visualised being able to move their limbs and in so doing saved the corresponding brain areas from death. If blood cannot reach the tissue that the artery once fed with oxygen and nutrients, that tissue dies. This tissue death then spreads to surrounding areas. However, if the patient imagines moving the affected arm or leg, brain blood flow to the affected area increases and the surrounding brain tissue is saved. This is the power of visualisation – no longer a myth, no longer the domain of new age sandal-wearers but a tried and tested technique used by athletes, fighter pilots and entrepreneurs going for gold. Imagining a better outcome for a past hurt actually changes the physiology of the trauma, locked in our cells.
There is something of a contradiction, some might say, in rewriting the story of a painful childhood or youth, since the lessons learnt through processing the pain are often precious; they prevent us from making the same mistakes again. Other benefits of remembering what we learnt through psychological trauma are understanding others, a quick grasp of social situations, an ability to ‘read’ other people and deeper capacity for empathy. It would therefore be unfortunate to give all this up.
The way to rewrite the past then is to see painful past experiences as huge privileges since they were the door to insights and wisdom we would otherwise never have had. Seeing these experiences as positive is the first step. The next is not to feel pain whenever we recall them, perhaps even moving on to see them with humour. Perception is everything, and certain people ascribe more importance to events and are more hurt by some experiences than others. Another method to rewire our brains is to imagine how we would have liked to have felt about a bad situation. This may involve imagining saying what we wished we had said, or feeling “zen” enough not to have let it bother us, or feeling empathy and understanding regarding the ignorance of those who inflicted pain.
No longer feeling the hurt is a crucial step towards rewriting the past while hanging onto the benefits of those experiences. Ultimately our goal is to know the past and the lessons learnt so deeply we no longer have to relive them. And the past always contains happy moments – no one lives a life of unceasing misery. Our experience of life depends entirely on the way we think of it.
This frees us to go back to the vitality of youth.
Recall two memories from youth – one an unpleasant one, a conflict we never resolved. Perhaps we feel guilty for not having stood up for ourselves. In the light of what we know now, what would we have said? Imagine ourselves saying it, expressing our point of view calmly and without fear. We relive the moment but instead act on what we feel, loving ourselves as valuable human beings. We rewrite our story.
The other memory is a good one, a carefree moment from youth – perhaps riding on a scooter in the summer, or a dinner with friends filled with laughter, a lover, a friend, a holiday. Let us fill the moment with our present selves.
This is our set point, a return to the vibration of youth, but without the trauma.
Taking ourselves mentally back to our set point takes our whole body back to our set point. The set point is a point of perfect health, perfect appearance and peace of mind.
We are standing at the entrance to a cave. The bright sunlight behinds us slowly fades as we walk into the darkness and our eyes adjust to the light. Before us lies a subterranean lake, and at the shore, a boat bathed in light. We get in, and the boat lights our way as we travel across the lake in a grotto of breathtaking beauty. The glistening white rocks around us display cathedral organs of smooth stone, and there is the sound of slowly dripping water. Huge icicles hang down from the ceiling, and we arrive at the opposite shore, where we get out and contemplate a vast array of weird formations, a magic fairyland of glowing stalagmites rising up from the floor. Some of them seem to have had their tips chipped off.
Suddenly we hear a soft hum, and a myriad of phosphorescent butterflies – purple, green, blue, whatever we choose – flutters into the cave. They seem to be attracted to the damaged formations in this surreal forest. Closer observation reveals they are depositing a resinous nectar on the ends, thick and dripping like treacle. Slowly the missing ends reform, the nectar solidifies and they are restored. The morphic field template that our bodies never lose recreates the original state of our damaged DNA; we have returned to our set point. Our set point is perfect health and youthful perfection. The butterflies are acting in accordance with commands from our consciousness. This is the mind-body connection which performs reverse engineering on damaged telomeres.
Satisfied that the wounds inflicted by accidents, past sickness, insults, abuse and trauma have been healed, we chant the mantra :
Peaceful ocean within me, be restored.
Om Nava Shivaya
(Meaning : “I bow to Shiva.” Shiva is the inner Self. It is the name given to consciousness that dwells in everything. Shiva is the name of your true identity- yourself.)
This seals the repair work.
We then take the boat back across the lake, and go out into the sunlight, and continue our lives.
Here is a meditation that descends deep into the cell at the subatomic level.
We imagine we are standing outside a cell in our body. This may be a symbol for all our body or the cell of a particular area we wish to heal or rejuvenate.
We see the cell wall, penetrate through a receptor crossing the cytoplasm to the nucleus. With an attitude of reverence we penetrate the nucleus where we encounter chromosomes made up of the triple helix – DNA. We become even smaller and see that the triple helix is made up of a chain of molecules (carbon, nitrogen, hydrogen, oxygen..), and that each DNA molecule is made up of atoms.
We picture these atoms, and choose one. Then we enter the atom, the smallest unit of life. We are on holy ground.
Our consciousness has now entered the subatomic level. At this level time is fuzzy and electrons can be in several places at once. The subatomic particles that exist in our bodies can exist as a wave or as a particle.
Picture then, the interior of an atom inside our bodies. The atom is made up of a nucleus of neutrons and protons, bunched together like grapes, and electrons in orbit in what is known as electron shells around the nucleus.
In a flash we find ourselves sitting on top of the nucleus, and we behold the sky above us.
The electrons are in a cloud, and can only be seen if we fix our attention on them, otherwise the sensation is that we are surrounded by a crackling fog. Here and there like forked lightning are the electron trails which slowly fade away like vapour. In the first orbit two electrons can be made out if we fix our focus there. In the second – further out – there are eight, in the third eighteen…
We see ourselves then, on the surface of the nucleus, looking up at the cloud of electrons that appear and disappear from behind the clouds like moons in orbit around a strange planet. We visualise the lights, the colours of the electron cloud above.
The distances are vast – the electron shells extend as far as the eye can see.
This is the subatomic field. We have placed our focus in the enormous empty space that makes up 99.99% of our bodies. We are, at this moment in our meditation, pure consciousness with power over the matter beneath us. And so we repeat:
“Regeneration is more natural than degeneration.”
When we wish to end our meditation, we rise up through the electron cloud and exit the atom, the nucleus and the cell, and open our eyes, gazing upwards imagining the sun and the moon above us and the endless spaces beyond.
Copyright Staying Ageless.
Although most people say inside they’re the same now as they were at any age, consciousness does change, if only because of the expectations we have of what is still to come. It is now well established that people suffering from multiple personalities experience physical changes that accompany the mental switch. The most obvious and dramatic change is in voice quality, but there are other measurable differences such as visual acuity, ocular tension, corneal curvature, asthma, allergies, immune function and medication response (www.dissociative-identity-disorder.org).
Someone who is at the beginning of their life may not imagine they will one day be fearing decline, and someone who is ‘over the hill’ of retirement age, or getting there, has perhaps forgotten what it is to feel they have their whole life ahead of them. It is this feeling of potential that keeps us young, and as we have all been young, it can be brought again to the surface with a simple mindfulness technique. Our thoughts and emotions are crucial to epigenetic changes in our bodies, and so learning to recapture the vibration of youth can make a huge difference to our health and well-being, as well as our appearance and lifespan. This simple meditation can be adapted by anyone to bring back not only the pictures, but the sensations, emotions and essential vibe of youth.
Let us with closed eyes cast our mind back to our schooldays.
Let us feel the sensation of being back in that building, sense the light from another time streaming back through the windows.
We picture ourselves in a classroom, with a memorable teacher.
Who is sitting around us? Recall those personalities.
What are we wearing? Feel the sensation of the material between our fingers, the pen in our pencil case, the smells of chalk dust, rubber, the fresh ink of photocopies, the school bag (what is inside?). Do we recall the colour of the school books? The form of our handwriting?
What smells are there? Mown grass? Canteen smells? The smell of chalk dust, an eraser, the wood of the desk?
Look at the desk – what marks are there? Recall the colour and shape of the chair.
What sounds are there? Cries from another classroom? The bell signaling a change of class? The sound of a sports game in the field? The voice of a teacher? What subject are we learning? Are we straining to understand what may now seem easier in later life? Is it boring, fascinating, or easy? What school trips, holidays or leisure activities are we looking forward to? Recapture those feelings of confidence or frustration.
Visualise a small area in the building. A corner by the radiator? The pile of exercise books on the teacher’s desk? A window with a view in the stairwell? Try and recall as many details as possible.
What are we working towards? A test? A national exam?
What are our primary emotions? A crush on a teacher or another student? Are we smarting from a hurtful comment? What complexes do we have, and what fears? How do we feel about going home to our families when the day is over? What is the weather like as we walk back home? Is it a winter’s day, the light already fading? Or is the heat of the day still strong?
Feel what it is to have a young body, and above all a young face. Recall the onset of menstruation for women, the rising sexual power of the adolescent boy. Do we feel attractive or ungainly?
What are our hopes? How did we feel about future employment or college, how did we imagine it before we found out what it really was like? Sense the anticipation and uncertainty of that time.
Now sink deeper and deeper into the vibration of youth until we feel we really are our younger selves. We stay with that vibration for as long as feels natural before rising up to the present time, with the sensation still with us.
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Stress changes the chemical composition of our bodies. The science of epigenetics suggests it may therefore be possible to consciously engineer our cells by sending them signals created by thoughts and emotions. Beliefs can trigger or de-activate genes. As aging is caused by DNA damage, here is a visualisation exercise to help the body to repair the strands of DNA that have been imperfectly reproduced. Select a piece of inspiring music and close your eyes.
Visualise a dark forest, at the end of which is an expanse of ocean, glistening in the moonlight. Walk to the edge of the forest. There are orbs of light entering and exiting the forest.
This is the outer cell wall. The orbs are oxygen and carbon dioxide.
There are two tall trees either side of the path – one with a silver bark on the right and one with a dark bark on the left. We ask permission – of God, “Source”, our higher self – to get into a boat moored on the shore. Acknowledge the right silver tree as Jakin, greet the left-hand darker tree as Boaz, and then get into the boat and row out onto the water.
The water is choppy. The sky is stormy, full of white and dark clouds of different shapes and sizes and birds swirl above your head.
The cell is a place of frenzied activity. The water is the cytoplasm, the white clouds are chains of amino acids, changing their shape like contortionists, the dark clouds are the mitochondria, full of energy waiting to be spent, the birds are the proteins, the workers in the cell.
Eventually in the storm we see a light. It is coming from a lighthouse; our boat is washed against the wall of the lighthouse. We alight onto a step. Knock three times on the door and it will open.
This is the cell nucleus. Inside it is the stuff of life, our DNA.
Inside we see a magnificent tower of spiral steps, the double helix, stretching up as far as the eye can see. Climb those steps and stop at a rung marked with the body part we wish to regenerate – skin, heart, liver etc. Repeat three times, “Regeneration is more natural than degeneration”.
In our mind’s eye, feel the wind enter the lighthouse. It swirls and howls around the spiral steps. It has a fresh, pleasant smell, it is refreshing, not cold, and it is carrying glistening strands of algae, which slot into place where there is damage, restoring the DNA to its original form. Repeat three times, “DNA damage is being reversed”.
When the algae have restored all the damaged strands we picture ourselves descending the stairs, taking the boat back over the sea, now calm, to the shore. We re-enter the forest, and open our eyes.
 Jakin and Boaz were the 2 columns at the entrance of Solomon’s temple. In the Kabbal Jakin and Boaz are the 2 pillars of the tree of life.