Meditation for Transformation

Meditation for Transformation

There are a variety of reasons to meditate. Some meditate for stress reduction. Others do it to improve their sleep; while others strive for more mystical benefits. But another good reason to meditate is that it is a great tool for anyone seeking to make a transformation. And this is why I use it in my work as a coach and teacher.

With my life and spiritual coaching clients (and with some career coaching clients), I teach a basic, five minute meditation practice that they can do once a day and that fits into the busiest of lifestyles. This meditation practice complements the other standard coaching techniques that I use in my practice.

Meditation as a tool for coaching serves dual purposes:

  • It expands the horizon of our self awareness so we become aware of beliefs and thought patterns that may be blocking us from moving forward; and
  • It provides a vehicle for communicating to the subconscious mind where deeply engrained beliefs and thought patterns are embedded

When clients come to me for coaching, they are trying to get from point A to point B but for some reason, they aren’t getting to point B. Though they may be 100 % committed to getting to point B, they just can’t seem to get there. This is because another part of them, or another part of their consciousness, is going to point C, or D. And in some cases, it’s going nowhere.  This subversive part of them resides in their subconscious mind.

As a coach, I’ll spend some time talking with my clients about why their subconscious mind is running a different program. It’s usually because there is an underlying fear of something and a corresponding commitment. In coaching parlance, we call this a “UAC”  – an “Underlying Automatic Commitment.” A UAC is a commitment to something that we haven’t consciously chosen and it’s happening involuntarily. Furthermore, it’s overriding the conscious commitment because it’s stronger.

For instance, if a career coaching client comes to me and says he wants to leave his corporate job and become a writer. He has a conscious commitment to become a writer. But he hasn’t taken a step forward to becoming one. A common UAC is that he is more committed to staying safe. A less common UAC is that he is committed to proving something about himself to be true. In other words, he may be reinforcing a belief that was instilled in him as a child which told him he wasn’t creative or some variation of that theme.

UACs can be tricky to uncover. Some are deeply embedded. This is where meditation serves a very useful purpose. It expands the horizon of our self awareness – not during the meditation – but throughout the day. As we go about our day, we become increasingly aware of the subtler streams of consciousness (our thoughts and emotions) that are flowing through us. And as a result, we uncover these UACs.

Once we discover these Underlying Automatic Commitments, it’s just a matter of shining the light of our awareness on them and then balancing them. In order to balance them, you need to speak the language of the subconscious. This is where meditation plays a pivotal role because the subconscious is most receptive when the conscious mind is most calm. It’s like the lines of communication are open for business.

So after clients get acclimated with the basic, five-minute practice and once I get to know what may be blocking them, I give them a technique for speaking to their subconscious that is tailored to address their particular UAC.

This is deeply transformative work but it doesn’t have to be hard.  When the conscious mind and the subconscious are on the same page, transformation can happen quickly and more importantly, it will be sustained. It’s actually pretty effortless once you unlock the keys to your subconscious mind and communicate to it in a language it understands. Meditation is a great tool for doing both.

 

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