So you’ve got an important decision to make and you’re wondering how to meditate on a question.
It’s a great way to tap into your inner wisdom and/or ask your spirit guides for guidance.
Answers which come to you in meditation are so cool because they land with the feeling of relief, and of knowing which way to go, and that takes the doubt out of whether your decision is right for you.
Bear in mind you might not always get an answer when you meditate on a question, but it’s like strengthening a muscle and the more you practice tuning in to the inner voice and receiving messages, the more likely you’ll be able to receive the answer.
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Can Meditation Answer Questions?
There are loads of different ways to connect with your inner voice, or spirit guides, or the universe or God, whatever most resonates with you.
You may prefer to meditate with music or without for this kind of meditation.
First of all, sit or lie wherever it is that you usually practise your mediation. (If you don’t usually meditate, choose a place where you won’t be disturbed and where you’ll be comfortable.)
I like to meditate before I sleep, when I’m lying down in bed, but lots of people find that they fall asleep (which I sometimes do too), so they prefer to meditate sitting in a chair.
The other place I like to meditate is on my yoga mat, after a home yoga session.
Where you meditate is up to you, but it’s best if you’re in a quiet environment with no distractions.
Turn off your mobile phone and reduce external noises as much as you can.
You can meditate lying down, sitting in a chair, standing up or sitting outside in the open air, surrounded by nature.
Just make sure it’s a place where you can be at peace and uninterrupted.
Mindfulness Meditation for Answering a Question
There are many different ways to meditate and a myriad of styles, opinions, experiences, traditions, cultures and practical applications. In fact meditation goes back over 2500 years ago, so it’s hardly surprising that it’s steeped in wisdom and knowledge if you delve into its true roots.
But as with most things, you can choose to delve deeper or to take a more modern, easily accessible approach.
And what if you think you don’t understand mindfulness? Don’t worry, with practise you’ll feel the changes and soon find that you understand its power.
Mindfulness was introduced to the western world in the 1960s and ’70s, and is now acknowledged as being a super power for reducing stress, increasing the release of the natural feel-good hormone dopamine, boosting the immune system and more, especially when coupled with meditation.
But how long does it take to learn mindfulness meditation to reap all these benefits, and can you use mindful meditation to get answers to questions?
All types of meditation will help you to be more open to receiving instruction or messages from within as it calms the chatter of your busy mind, and mindfulness is a wonderful way to connect.
But for the purposes of asking a specific question, I would tend to go into a self guided meditation where you visualise your guides and actually voice your doubts to them.
Or you can practise complete stillness and connect with your inner intuition. Remember, there really isn’t a wrong way to practise meditation.
In this way you can introduce your question more directly.
With mindfulness meditation, you may set the intention of your question at the start, then focus on your breath and release the idea from your mind. In this way you may find the answers becoming clear to you after your session, rather than directly voicing them within your practice.
How do You Meditate on a Decision?
- Sit or lie somewhere comfortable and quiet.
- Turn off your mobile and any other distractions.
- Ask the question in your mind before you begin, and then let it go. Notice the question floating away from you as you tune inward.
- Begin to relax your body, starting from your feet and ending at the top of your head, relaxing each body part as you come to it. You can say to yourself, feel your feet relax, now your ankles and legs. Your legs feel so relaxed, they melt into the bed/chair below them. Carry on like this until you’ve covered your whole body, including arms and hands, eyelids and jawbone.
- Now focus on your breathing, inhaling as deeply as you exhale.
- Visualise bright white healing light as you breath in (or another colour that springs to your mind in visualisation).
- Breath out the stress and clutter from you day with each exhale.
- Sit is silence for as long as you like, then begin you inner journey to the magic garden where you’ll meet some of your guides and swim through the lake of clarity.
- From there you will seek out the room of questions where you will meet more of guides along with your own inner voices. You will ask the question and be open to receive answers from the beings in the room.
- Don’t push for answers. If nothing comes, be at ease. Allow things to be as they are.
- If you receive an answer (or answers), thank the spirits and your other selves and return to your magic garden.
- Sit in peaceful silence on the grassy bank and return to your breath.
- Listen to, see or feel any intuition which flows to you.
- When you’re ready, return to the room and to your fully awake state.
- If you didn’t receive an answer to the question, it may still come to you in the form of intuition during the day.
- Learning to receive your intuition is like a muscle – it gets stronger with exercise. If at first you don’t succeed, keep practising.
More Detailed Look into How to Meditate on a Question (Using Self Guided Meditation)
You can begin by focusing on your breathing, inhaling deeply and exhaling equally deeply. It helps if you’re familiar with practising mindfulness but if you don’t understand mindfulness, don’t worry, you can still meditate on a question.
Inhale a positive quality such as a healing light, or inspiration or love, and choose a burden to let go of with each exhale. It might be your attachments, worries, ill-health etc. (With each exhale you release the same burden.)
Relax your body by starting from the tips of your toes and working your way up to the top of your head, visualising and commanding each part of your body to become limp and relaxed until your whole body is in a state of relaxation.
Journey to Your Magic Garden to Meditate on a Decision
At this point of my meditation I like to go on an inward journey. This method is inspired by a cross between self hypnosis and shamanic journeying influences.
Count backwards from 5 – 0 and tell yourself with your inner narrative voice that with each number, you’re going to sink deeper and deeper into relaxation. Say to yourself silently, ‘5 . . . you’re feeling relaxed and now as I count down, every part of your body slips deeper and deeper into relaxation. 4 . .. and so on.
By directing your mind with your inner narrator, you’ll help to keep all the other inner chatter quiet.
When you reach the number zero, you see a door. Walk towards a door which you can see before your mind’s eye. Open the door and you’ll find a long winding staircase going down, down, down.
Look at the staircase. What is it made from? Are there plants growing between the steps or is it bare? Begin to walk down this staircase and with each step that you take, feel the sensation of the ground beneath your bare feet.
Look down and see your bare feet and the earth beneath you.
Are you walking through mud or is there sand, or stone beneath your feet? Feel the sensation.
When you get to the bottom of the stairs, walk along the path as it unfolds before you. Look around you. What do you see?
You may find yourself in a tall forest as you walk towards the garden ahead.
Go forward until you find yourself in your perfect magic garden, a place of beauty where you feel completely safe and loved.
This is your special place and you can come back here time and time again in meditation, whenever you need to connect with your spirits or find inner peace.
However it springs to mind is perfect. Look around you. Who do you see?
You may find there are loved ones from another realm, human or animal, or maybe you see shining beings from other realms. If you are approached by any of the beings in the garden, feel free to interact with them.
From the garden, make your way to the water’s edge and walk into the crystal clear water, swimming deep down and down without the need for oxygen. You can swim like this through the underground water-world, exploring the seascape you find below, until you decide to come back to the surface and climb out of the water to lie on the bank.
You’re now on the other side of the lake, on a new shore and from here you can see small round huts. Choose one of them to go into, and know that these huts all offer specific things. You may choose to go into the room of questions where you can receive answers.
If another room appears to you, go with it. Sometimes our subconscious mind wants us to know something even if we aren’t aware of it. So instead of the room of questions, you might suddenly find yourself in the room of love for example.
Within the hut the room may open out to a huge spacious cave-like area, huge compared to the outside. Or it may be a wooden cabin or a brick room. Take notice of your surroundings and look at the spirit beings who are moving within the space. Ask all the fractions of your own self to join the spirit beings in the room.
As you take your seat in the centre of the room, you may see tens or hundreds of these fractions of yourself – your angry voice, your teenage self, your shy voice, your inner child, your defender, your inner critic and more, all seated in a circle around you.
Put up a hand (in your visualisation only) and ask to speak.
Voice your question and listen as the beings who are gathered offer their answers.
You may find that loads of them all come forth with answers, or only one, or none at all. Whatever it is, is fine.
Be aware that when an angry answer comes from one of your selfs, you may choose to thank them for their input and ask them to sit as observers.
Tell them that you appreciate that they have been there to protect you all your life but that for now, you don’t need the angry voice to be present.
You may find that a non-earthly being gives you an answer to your question. It may just telepathically land into your conscious or you may actually see them speak it to you.
It could also happen that you don’t receive an answer when you’re in the room of questions, but it can still come to you later on, when you’re back in your magic garden or even after the meditation is over.
When you’re ready, thank the spirits and your multiple voices and leave the room to come back to your garden.
Your magic garden might be a grassy field, a forest, a mountain top, a tropical beach, a fantastical scenery of another world . . . whatever comes up for you is perfect.
There, you can sit on the grassy bank and clear your mind.
Allow the silence to engulf you. Maybe you can hear the birds chirping in the stillness.
If the thoughts start coming, choose either to bring your focus back to your breath or just say ‘thank you’ to the thought but don’t interact further with it.
Allow yourself to go stay in the zone.
Often the answer will pop into your head and become clear to you.
Sometimes, it might not present itself until well after the meditation, when it will suddenly appear in a way of intuition.
If no answer comes to you, you may choose to repeat the meditation again the following day. Each time you visit the inner journey to the magic garden you may meet new beings or the same team of spirits.
The journey is an adventure which can bring clarity to your life and it isn’t brought to life by thinking but by allowing it to spring up before you spontaneously.
How to Meditate on a Decision (Without Journeying)
- Begin your meditation in the same way. Sit quietly and bring your focus to your breathing.
- Close your eyes and relax your body, starting from the toes and working up to the top of your head, until you are completely relaxed.
- Every time a thought pops into your head, bring your focus back to your breath.
- As thoughts pop up, try not to interact with them.
- Don’t expect your mind to be completely empty of thoughts and don’t beat yourself up that you still have thoughts going through your mind. Just avoid following them down a path. Let them fizzle out.
- Quietly think your question, then let it go. Watch as it floats away from you.
- As you go deeper into your meditation, visualise yourself as you open the inner doors and watch and be open for an answer to appear.
- Keep a clear mind without judgement and without conversation.
- Feel peace resonating from within.
- It takes practise to hear your intuition, so practise on a regular basis and you’ll find it easier to receive.
- The answer may come to you in the most subtle of ways or it may be more clear.
Why isn’t Meditation Helping Me Find Answers?
Mediation is about connecting with the truth, the inner core and spiritual essence of yourself. So when you meditate, it isn’t about getting all the perfect answers for worldly troubles.
- Meditation connects you to your spiritual essence, not to your worldly troubles, so the very act of meditating can release you from the very question you asked in the first place. It’s a great way to connect to your intuition or your spirit guides, but if you’re asking a negative-energy question, it could be that it’s not in your best interests to receive an answer.
- Through meditation you learn to release the importance of outward things and connect with the inner world.
- Many questions are better off left at the doorway, before you enter into the meditative zone or fully released during meditation.
- If you want an answer to a question, choose a question related to your higher good and accept what ever answer comes your way.
- Don’t be despondent if you do not receive an answer.
Using Guided Meditations to Find Answers to Questions
Instead of going deep into the zone with your own private meditation you can also use guided meditations to take you on your inner journey.
Not all guided meditations are built the same and you definitely have to resonate with the voice and whole presentation of the meditation.
I love this guided meditation to answer your questions by Jason Stephenson and it’s very similar to the magic garden journey.
By practising this video, you’ll get a better idea of how to instruct your subconscious mind when doing your own inner journeys without the help of another person.
Jason conjures up vivid feelings, scents, images etc to really involve your senses and take you deep into the meditative state.
Meditation brings with it so much peace of mind.
I hope you enjoyed this post and it helps you to see how to meditate on a question.