Transformation programs and healing sessions include guided meditation and hypnotherapy sessions that assist you in releasing what is not working for you, to move on in your life, to come to terms with dis-ease in your body, and to allow your soul to find its expression.
The process of preparation brings these themes, associated memories, and even the energetic connections to the people involved into your outer energy field where they can fully be accessed during our session. Your Transformation session is your time to focus on the issues you choose to release because more than anyone else, you know what is not working in your life.
We could think of Transformational Energy Healing as an expansion of energy healing. This definition describes the aim to transform consciousness or health through the combination of different energy and inner mind healing approaches.
Issues or themes you can release in a Transformation session
Issues include the inability to speak your truth, fear of abandonment, not having enough money, frequently becoming involved with the wrong person, repeatedly taking the wrong job, inevitably saying the wrong thing at the “right” time, or even judging others on first sight. These behaviors go back to wounds from early childhood, or even a past life, that color the way you see and respond to everything around you today.
Results from a Transformation session
Most clients experience an immediate and profound shift in how they relate to the world. Over the following three to six-months, changes continue to unfold as old and limiting behaviors are let go, bringing you to a place of peace within yourself and with those around you—a place of Divine Grace.
The profound changes experienced in a Transformation Session need time to be fully integrated before new issues are addressed. Most clients are actively aware of continuing shifts for as long as four to six months after their initial session. It is not necessary to readdress issues from the initial session, but it is recommended you allow the changes to stabilize before addressing new issues.
Benefits of Transformation Healing
Transformational Healing includes combination of guided meditation sessions which are recommended to you based on the concerns, issues or ailments you are aspiring to get rid of.
Here are some of the proven benefits of practising such guided transformational mindfulness meditation techniques: Mindfulness practices decreases depression
In a study conducted at five middle schools in Belgium, involving about 400 students (13 ~ 20 years old), Professor Filip Raes concludes that “students who follow an in-class mindfulness program report reduced indications of depression, anxiety and stress up to six months later. Moreover, these students were less likely to develop pronounced depression-like symptoms.”
Another study, from the University of California, made with patients with past depression, concluded that mindfulness meditation decreases ruminative thinking and dysfunctional beliefs. Yet another concludes that mindfulness meditation may be effective to treat depression to a similar degree as antidepressant drug therapy”.
Mindfulness meditation helps treat depression in mothers to be
High-risk pregnant women who participated in a ten-week mindfulness meditation training saw significant reductions in depressive symptoms, according to a University of Michigan Health System pilot feasibility study. The mothers-to-be also showed more intense bonding to their babies in the womb. The findings were published in Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice.
Mindfulness Meditation practices help regulate mood and anxiety disorders
This is also the conclusion of over 20 randomized controlled studies taken from PubMed, PsycInfo, and the Cochrane Databases, involving the techniques of Meditation, Meditative Prayer, Yoga, Relaxation Response.
Another research concludes that mindfulness meditation may be effective to treat anxiety to a similar degree as antidepressant drug therapy.
Mindfulness Meditation reduces stress and anxiety in general
A study from the University of Wisconsin-Madison indicates that the practice of “Open Monitoring Meditation”, reduces the grey-matter density in areas of the brain related with anxiety and stress. Meditators were more able to “attend moment-to-moment to the stream of stimuli to which they are exposed and less likely to ‘get stuck’ on any one stimulus. ”
“Open Monitoring Meditation” involves non-reactively monitoring the content of experience from moment-to-moment, primarily as a means to recognize the nature of emotional and cognitive patterns.
There are other studies as well, for which I simply present the link below, to avoid repetition.
Mindfulness Meditation helps reduce symptoms of panic disorder
In a research published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, 22 patients diagnosed with anxiety disorder or panic disorder were submitted to 3 months meditation and relaxation training. As a result, for 20 of those patients the effects of panic and anxiety had reduced substantially, and the changes were maintained at follow-up.
Mindfulness Meditation increases grey matter concentration in the brain
A group of Harvard neuroscientists ran an experiment where 16 people were submitted to an eight-week mindfulness course, using guided meditations and integration of mindfulness into everyday activities. The results were reported by Sara Lazar, PhD. At the end of it, MRI scans show that the grey matter concentration increases in areas of the brain involved in learning and memory, regulating emotions, sense of self, and having perspective.
Other studies also show a larger hippocampal and frontal volumes of grey matter for long-term meditators.
Mindfulness Meditation helps reduce alcohol and substance abuse
Three studies made with meditation in incarcerated populations suggested that it can help reduce alcohol and substance abuse.
Mindfulness Meditation improves your focus, attention, and ability to work under stress
A study led by Katherine MacLean of the University of California suggested that during and after meditation training, subjects were more skilled at keeping focus, especially on repetitive and boring tasks.
Another study demonstrated that even with only 20 minutes a day of practice, students were able to improve their performance on tests of cognitive skill, in some cases doing 10 times better than the group that did not meditate. They also performed better on information-processing tasks that were designed to induce deadline stress.
In fact, there is evidence that meditators had thicker prefrontal cortex and right anterior insula, and also to the effect that meditation might offset the loss of cognitive ability with old age.
Mindfulness Meditation improves information processing and decision-making
Eileen Luders, an assistant professor at the UCLA Laboratory of Neuro Imaging, and colleagues, have found that long-term meditators have larger amounts of gyrification (“folding” of the cortex, which may allow the brain to process information faster) than people who do not meditate. Scientists suspect that gyrification is responsible for making the brain better at processing information, making decisions, forming memories and improving attention.
Mindfulness Meditation gives you mental strength, resilience and emotional intelligence
PhD psychotherapist Dr. Ron Alexander reports in his book Wise Mind, Open Mind that the process of controlling the mind, through meditation, increases mental strength, resilience, and emotional intelligence.
Mindfulness Meditation makes you stronger against pain
A research group from the University of Montreal exposed 13 Zen masters and 13 comparable non-practitioners to equal degrees of painful heat while measuring their brain activity in a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scanner. What they discovered is that the Zen meditation (called zazen) practitioners reported less pain. Actually, they reported less pain than their neurological output from the fMRI indicated. So, even though their brain may be receiving the same amount of pain input, in their mind’s there is actually less pain.
Mindfulness Meditation relieves pain better than morphine
In an experiment conducted by Wake Forest Baptist Medical Centre, 15 healthy volunteers, who were new to meditation, attended four 20-minute classes to learn meditation, focusing on the breath. Both before and after meditation training, study participants’ brain activity was examined using ASL MRI, while pain was inflicted in them by using heat.
Fadel Zeidan, Ph.D., lead author of the study, explains that:
This is the first study to show that only a little over an hour of meditation training can dramatically reduce both the experience of pain and pain-related brain activation. (…) We found a big effect – about a 40 percent reduction in pain intensity and a 57 pe reduction in pain unpleasantness. Meditation produced a greater reduction in pain than even morphine or other pain-relieving drugs, which typically reduce pain ratings by about 25 percent.”
Mindfulness Meditation helps manage ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
In a study made with 50 adult ADHD patients, the group that was submitted to MBCT (Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy) demonstrated reduced hyperactivity, reduced impulsivity and increased “act-with-awareness” skill, contributing to an overall improvement in inattention symptoms.
Mindfulness Meditation increases the ability to keep focus in spite of distractions
A study from Emory University, Atlanta, demonstrated that participants with more meditation experience exhibit increased connectivity within the brain networks controlling attention. These neural relationships may be involved in the development of cognitive skills, such as maintaining attention and disengaging from distraction. Moreover, the benefits of the practice were observed also in normal state of consciousness during the day, which speaks to the transference of cognitive abilities “off the cushion” into daily life. The meditation practice examined was focusing the attention on the breath.
Mindfulness Meditation improves learning, memory and self-awareness
Long-term practice of meditation increases grey-matter density in the areas of the brain associated with learning, memory, self-awareness, compassion, and introspection.
Mindfulness meditation improves rapid memory recall
According to Catherine Kerr of the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging and the Osher Research Centre, “Mindfulness meditation has been reported to enhance numerous mental abilities, including rapid memory recall”.
Mindfulness Meditation improves your mood and psychological well-being
Researchers from Nottingham Trent University, UK, found that when participants with issues of stress and low mood underwent meditation training, they experienced improvements in psychological well-being.
Mindfulness Meditation helps us allocate limited brain resources
When the brain is presented two targets to pay attention to, and they right after one another (half a second difference), the second one is often not seen. This is called “attentional-blink”.
In an experiment conducted by the University of California, a stream of random letters was shown in a computer screen, in rapid succession. In each session, one or two numbers or blank screens would appear in the middle, and participants were later asked, immediately after the stream ended, to type the numbers they saw. They were also asked whether they thought a blank screen was shown or not.
Mindfulness Meditation improves visuospatial processing and working memory
Research has shown that even after only four sessions of mindfulness meditation training, participants had significantly improved visuospatial processing, working memory, and executive functioning.
Mindfulness Meditation prepares you to deal with stressful events
A study from All India Institute of Medical Sciences, conducted with 32 adults that had never practiced meditation before, showed that if meditation is practiced before a stressful event, the adverse effects of stress were lessened.
Mindfulness Meditation increases awareness of your unconscious mind
A study by researchers from the University of Sussex in the UK found out that people that practice mindfulness meditation experience a greater pause between unconscious impulses and action, and are also less subject to hypnosis.
Mindfulness Mindfulness meditation fosters creativity
A research from Leiden University (Netherlands) demonstrates that the practice of “open monitoring” meditation (non-reactively monitoring the content of experience from moment-to-moment) has positive effects in creativity and divergent thinking. Participants who had followed the practice performed better in a task where they were asked to creatively come up with new ideas.
Mindfulness Meditation reduces risk of heart diseases and stroke
More people die of heart diseases in the world than any other illness. In a study published in late 2012, a group of over 200 high-risk individuals was asked to either take a health education class promoting better diet and exercise or take a class on Transformational Meditation. During the next 5 years researchers accompanying the participants found that those who took the meditation class had a 48% reduction in their overall risk of heart attack, stroke and death.
They noted that meditation “significantly reduced risk for mortality, myocardial infarction, and stroke in coronary heart disease patients. These changes were associated with lower blood pressure and psychosocial stress factors.”
There are also other researches pointing out similar conclusions, about related health conditions.
Mindfulness Meditation affects genes that control stress and immunity
A study from Harvard Medical School demonstrates that, after practicing meditation, the individuals had improved mitochondrial energy production, consumption and resiliency. This improvement develops a higher immunity in the system and resilience to stress.
Mindfulness Meditation reduces blood pressure
Clinical research has demonstrated that the practice of Zen Meditation (also known as “Zazen”) reduces stress and high blood pressure. Another experiment, this time with a technique called “relaxation response”, yielded similar results, with 2/3 of high blood pressure patients showing significant drops in blood pressure after 3 months of meditation, and, consequently, less need for medication. This is because relaxation results in the formation of nitric oxide, which opens up your blood vessels.
Mindfulness training decreases inflammatory disorders
A study conducted in France and Spain at the UW-Madison Waisman Centre indicates that the practice of mindfulness meditation produces a range of genetic and molecular effects on the participants. More specifically, it was noted reduced levels of pro-inflammatory genes, which in turn correlated with faster physical recovery from a stressful situation.
Mindfulness meditation decreases cellular-level inflammation
In the three studies below, the group that undertook mindfulness training had better results at preventing cellular level inflammation than the control groups.
Mindfulness practice helps prevent asthma, rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease.
In a research conducted by neuroscientists of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, two groups of people were exposed to different methods of stress control. One of them received mindfulness training, while the other received nutritional education, exercise and music therapy. The study concluded that mindfulness techniques were more effective in relieving inflammatory symptoms than other activities that promote well-being.
Mindfulness Meditation and meditative prayer help treat premenstrual syndrome and menopausal symptoms
This is the conclusion of over 20 randomized control studies taken from PubMed, PsycInfo, and the Cochrane Databases, involving the techniques of Meditation, Meditative Prayer, Yoga, Relaxation Response.
Mindfulness meditation reduces risk of Alzheimer’s and premature death
Results from recent research, published online in the journal Brain, Behavior and Immunity, states that just 30 minutes of meditation a day not only reduces the sense of loneliness, but also reduces the risk of heart disease, depression, Alzheimer’s and premature death.
Mindfulness training is helpful for patients diagnosed with Fibromyalgia
In a study published in PubMed, 11 participants that suffered from Fibromyalgia underwent an 8-week mindfulness training. As a result, the researchers found significant improvement in the overall health status of the participants and in symptoms of stiffness, anxiety, and depression. Significant improvements were also seen in the reported number of days “felt good” and number of days “missed work” because of Fibromyalgia.
Mindfulness Meditation helps manage the heart rate and respiratory rate
In a study published by the Korean Association of Genuine Traditional Medicine, practitioners of “Integrated Amrita Meditation Technique” showed a significant decrease in heart rate and respiratory rate for up to 8 months after the training period.
Mindfulness Mindfulness meditation may even help treat HIV
Lymphocytes, or simply CD4 T cells, are the “brains” of the immune system, coordinating its activity when the body comes under attack. They are also the cells that are attacked by HIV, the devastating virus that causes AIDS and has infected roughly 40 million people worldwide. The virus slowly eats away at CD4 T cells, weakening the immune system.
But the immune systems of HIV/AIDS patients face another enemy as well – stress, which can accelerate CD4 T cell declines. Now, researchers at UCLA report that the practice of mindfulness meditation stopped the decline of CD4 T cells in HIV-positive patients suffering from stress, slowing the progression of the disease.
Creswell and his colleagues ran an eight-week mindfulness-based stress-reduction (MBSR) meditation program and compared it to a one-day MBSR control seminar, using a stressed and ethnically diverse sample of 48 HIV-positive adults in Los Angeles. Participants in the eight-week group showed no loss of CD4 T cells, indicating that mindfulness meditation training can buffer declines. In contrast, the control group showed significant declines in CD4 T cells from pre-study to post-study. Such declines are a characteristic hallmark of HIV progression.
Mindfulness Meditation may make you live longer
Telomeres are an essential part of human cells that affect how our cells age. Though the research is not conclusive yet, there is data suggesting that “some forms of meditation may have salutary effects on telomere length by reducing cognitive stress and stress arousal and increasing positive states of mind and hormonal factors that may promote telomere maintenance.”
Mindfulness Meditation helps manage psoriasis
Psychological stress is a potent trigger of inflammation. A brief mindfulness meditation-based stress reduction intervention delivered by audiotape during ultraviolet light therapy was found to increase the resolution of psoriatic lesions in patients with psoriasis. Thanks to the reader Maricarmen for pointing out this fact.
Health benefits of Transformational Meditation
There is an abundance of studies around the health benefits of Transformational Meditation (a popular modality of meditation). In a nutshell, TM is found to
- Reduce metabolic syndrome (American Medical Association’s Archives of Internal Medicine, June 2006
- Helps manage the effects of Trauma (Hindustan Times)
- Extended longevity (American Journal of Cardiology, May 2005)
- Lower blood pressure in at-risk teens (American Journal of Hypertension, April 2004; and DoctorsOnTM)
- Reduce atherosclerosis (American Journal of Cardiology, April 2002)
- Reduce thickening of Coronary Arteries (Stroke, March 2000)t
- Reduce myocardial ischemia (American Journal of Cardiology, May 1996)
- Help manage and prevent anxiety (here & here)
- Helps manage cholesterol (DoctorsOnTM)
- Help treat epilepsy (DoctorsOnTM)
- Helps you stop smoking (DoctorsOnTM)
- Creates a state of deep rest in the body and mind (Hypertension 26: 820-827, 1995)
- Increases skin resistance (Phyysiology & Behavior 35: 591-595, 1985)
- Clarity of thinking (Perceptual and Motor Skills 39: 1031-1034, 1974)
Loving-kindness meditation improves empathy and positive relationships
In Buddhist traditions we find the practice of metta,or loving-kindness meditation, where the practitioner focuses on developing a sense of benevolence and care towards all living beings. According to a study from Emory University, such exercises effectively boost one’s ability to empathize with others by way of reading their facial expressions.
Another study points out that the development of positive emotions through compassion builds up several personal resources, including “a loving attitude towards oneself and others, and includes self-acceptance, social support received, and positive relations with others”, as well as “feeling of competence about one’s life” and includes “pathways thinking, environmental mastery, purpose in life, and ego-resilience”.
Loving-kindness meditation also reduces social isolation
In a study published in the American Psychological Association, subjects that did “even just a few minutes of loving-kindness meditation increased feelings of social connection and positivity toward novel individuals, on both explicit and implicit levels. These results suggest that this easily implemented technique may help to increase positive social emotions and decrease social isolation”.
Mindfulness Meditation increases feelings of compassion and decreases worry
After being assigned to a 9-week compassion cultivation training (CCT), individuals showed significant improvements in all three domains of compassion – compassion for others, receiving compassion from others, and self-compassion. In a similar situation, the practitioners also experienced decreased level of worry and emotional suppression.
Mindfulness meditation decreases feelings of loneliness
A study from Carnegie Mellon University indicates that mindfulness meditation training is useful in decreasing feelings of loneliness, which in turn decreases the risk for morbidity, mortality, and expression of pro-inflammatory genes.
Mindfulness Meditation reduces emotional eating
Scientists believe that Transformational Meditation help manage emotional eating, which prevents obesity.
Mindfulness For Kids
Mindfulness is the hottest thing in education since the advent of the blackboard.
In a huge compilation of studies made about mindfulness in schools, MindfulnessInSchools.org presented research evidence for the following benefits for kids:
- reduced depression symptoms
- reduced somatic stress
- reduced hostility and conflicts with peers
- reduced anxiety
- reduced reactivity
- reduced substance use
- increased cognitive retention
- increased self-care
- increased optimism and positive emotions
- increased self-esteem
- increased feelings of happiness and well-being
- improved social skills
- improved sleep
- improved self-awareness
- improved academic performance
There were also numerous reports of benefits for teachers and staff, including:
- increased personal qualities of open-minded curiosity, kindliness, empathy, compassion, acceptance, trust, patience, and non-striving, and the skills of focusing, and paying and switching attention
- improvements in physical and mental health that tend to follow the learning of mindfulness, including conditions particularly relevant to the teaching profession such as stress and burnout
- improved teaching self-efficacy
- improved physical health
- increased ability to give more appropriate support for students by through being more motivated and autonomous
- decreased stress
- increased work motivation
- improved spatial memory, working memory and sustained attention
In a nutshell, science confirms the experience of millions of practitioners: meditation will keep you healthy, help prevent multiple diseases, make you happier, and improve your performance in basically any task, physical or mental. However, in order to experience most of these benefits you need to practice meditation consistently (daily).