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Primordial Sound Meditation Q&A

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Meditation FAQ

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Meditation Questions and Answers by Lisa Guyman, Certified Chopra Meditation Instructor.  Primordial Sound Meditation was developed by Deepak Chopra, M.D.

How do I sit when practicing Primordial Sound Meditation?

In one word – comfortably.  In Primordial Sound Meditation the most important thing is being comfortable. You can sit in a chair with your feet on the floor.  You can sit in a chair with your legs stretched out on an ottoman.   And of course, you can choose to sit on a meditation cushion or cross legged or in lotus or whatever is most comfortable for you.

What is the difference between Primordial Sound Meditation and breathing awareness meditations?

 I consider both of these practices to be classical practices of meditation.   There are two main types of classical meditations, one is breath-based and the other is mantra-based.  For breathing awareness meditation the breath is the point of focus and for mantra practices a sound utilized silently (usually) is the point of focus in the meditation.  Both of these can be effective practices, but I personally find that the mantra serves as an anchor helping the new meditator more easily go within.

What is the difference between Primordial Sound Meditation and guided meditation?

Primordial Sound Meditation is a silent practice utilizing a mantra and is a classic form of meditation that enhances all aspects of well-being.  Guided meditation is a form of meditation practice where you work on or enhance specific aspects of healing or manifestation and is an ‘interactive’ process where you are guided to a place of relaxation with voice and music.

Primordial Sound Meditation is about going to a place of ‘being’ whereas in guided meditation you are led to a place of ‘being and doing’ at the same time.   I view classic meditation as a daily foundation practice and guided meditation as an amazing supplement to that practice and particularly helpful for anything you want to specifically work on.  Listeners of my CD say they use it for chakra work, to help them fall asleep, de-stress, to use while flying, to gain insight and to support their manifestation process.

What differentiates meditation from relaxation?

In meditation, we slow down to a halt. The body settles down into a state of deep rest (deeper than sleep or in eyes-closed relaxation). This allows the body to begin erasing accumulated stress and explains the dramatic health improvements meditators experience. And yet while the body rests in meditation, the mind remains alert.

Do I need a teacher to learn to practice a classical meditation?

No, and yes. I have a breathing awareness meditation that you can start with and of course you can utilize guided meditation to get started. However, to learn a classical form of meditation it is very difficult to meditate successfully from an article, book or a two-hour course. Why? It is not because meditation is difficult, but because meditation is the easiest thing you could ever do! And because it is so simple . . .we complicate it, and find it impossible to do easily and effortlessly. We then think “I can’t meditate.” and we quit. So I believe a course is nearly essential so that the student can both successfully experience meditation and get all their practical questions answered.

How do I know if I’m doing it right?

If you are being effortless and easy with the process and not ‘trying to meditate’ then you are meditating correctly. You’ll also know you’re doing it right if you notice the effects of meditation in your daily life i.e. you’re happier, more relaxed, less stressed, etc.

But my mind is really active and I can’t turn off my thoughts or make it go blank?

Contrary to popular belief, thoughts are actually a part of the meditation process. Yes, there will be moments of quietude in meditation, but there will be times when thoughts seem endless. And this is OK. Thoughts in meditation actually indicate the
successful release of stress.

What are the benefits of meditation?

This is the most difficult question to answer because meditation permeates and positively affects every aspect of our life from our health, to our general happiness, to our success and productivity, to our spirituality, to our intelligence and creativity. In meditation, we get deep rest allowing our bodies to erase accumulated stress. We also become more centered and at peace. There is greater ease within and without. Over 600 studies have been published on Transcendental Meditation, alone.

Even though meditation should not be considered a cure by itself, research has shown that it contributes to reducing stress and we know that stress is a major factor in disease.

What is the best meditation technique?

The best meditation is the one you’ll practice! I personally practice and teach a mantra-based meditation. I teach Primordial Sound Meditation, a very complete system of meditation, in Denver and in Detroit, and I am available to teach at other locales. And, Chopra instructors can be found throughout the world.

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What exactly is Primordial Sound Meditation?

It is a silent, mantra-based meditation technique revived from ancient India by Dr. Deepak Chopra. In it, students receive a personal mantra i.e. primordial sound  which is calculated according to Vedic mathematics which determines a specific sound or vibration of the Universe at the time and place of our birth. Primordial Sound Meditation can be practiced by anyone. It doesn’t require any specific beliefs, postures, or discipline, other than taking the time to meditate.

What are mantras?

Mantras are sounds that are repeated internally. They act like an anchor and take us within. The word mantra can be broken down into ‘man’  for ‘mind’ and ‘tra’ for ‘instrument.’ So a mantra is an instrument or vehicle for the mind.  When used correctly, these mantras guide the awareness from the level of activity to the realm of silence.

What are Primordial Sounds?

The mantras used in this meditation are made up of Primordial Sounds – the basic, most essential sounds of nature. These mantras are personal for each participant. When we silently repeat Primordial Sounds as part of the mantra, they help to take our awareness away from the frenzy of daily activity of the mind to the stillness of our spirit. The effect soothes our entire physiology-mind, body and soul.

What is the true purpose of meditation?

It is to lose the illusion of separateness and to recognize and experience oneness, peace and bliss. It is to become enlightened and almost better, lightened.

Shouldn’t meditation be free?

I understand that the course fee may be a lot of money for some people, but I personally think it is worth every penny and then some.   The course fee I charge for Primordial Sound Meditation is $325 (or private one-on-one instruction -$995) and that includes $70 of Chopra Center materials.  (You can get started for free with my breathing awareness meditation).   And if something is truly free it often isn’t valued as much.  There may be less of a commitment to practice it..  And I think meditation is truly priceless and I want my students to value it and practice it. As a 16 year old  in 1982 I paid $150 to learn Transcendental Meditation.  I consider it the best investment I’ve ever made.  At the time I was making $4 an hour.  In 2004 I learned Primordial Sound Meditation and that is what I practice today.

If you have a difficult time with the tuition, please call me and perhaps we can arrange a payment plan.   My phone is (720) 683-0444.

Warning: Meditation can become so natural that it feels like you are doing nothing. And you are! Doing nothing and yet everything at the same time. And that is great!  I’ll conclude with this great advice: “Don’t just do something, sit there.” Osho.

Note: If any of you know someone that is in prison – there is a great book out – actually pertinent to all of us -“We’re All Doing Time” with a forward by the Dali Lama, by Bo Lozoff. Check out the ‘Human Kindness Foundation‘ for more information.

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Comments

9 Responses to “Primordial Sound Meditation Q&A”
  1. david duncan says:

    I was looking for more information in sound meditation and what you have shared here has been extreemly insightful, thank you

  2. Jose says:

    How do you figure out/ discover the sounds or mantra for your time and place of birth. For example 9am Kelowna B.C. Canada?
    Thank You!

  3. Lisa Guyman says:

    Hi Jose, The mantras are calculated by The Chopra Center according to the birthdate, time and place as part of the Primordial Sound Meditation course so the mantras aren’t given out separate from the course. If you want a universal mantra to use silently in the meantime you can use “so hum.” I’d highly recommend finding a Chopra Center teacher in your area and learning Primordial Sound Meditation if you get a chance.

  4. Lisa Guyman says:

    Hi Priyanka, Thank you for your interest. You can contact the Chopra Center at learn@chopra.com and see what suggestions they can give you or if they offer anytime of long-distance learning opportunity for the meditation. Perhaps that is something to be put in place. Wishing you the best. Lisa Guyman

  5. Frances says:

    How long is the course of Primordial Sound Meditation?

  6. Lisa Guyman says:

    My Primordial Sound Meditation course meets for ten hours. My classes are usually held on the weekend and they meet Saturday and Sunday from 12:30-5:30pm. Occassionally, the class may wrap up a little earlier, but this is the amount of time is I allow for the course. Here is a link describing what is covered in the class: http://lisaguyman.com/classes/primordial-sound-meditation-class/. Let me know if you have any other questions. Namaste, Lisa

  7. Lisa Guyman says:

    Thanks for your inquiry. I practiced TM for many years, until I learned Primordial Sound Meditation and became a Chopra Meditation teacher. At first my TM mantra would appear and in time it faded away and now just my primordial sound mantra is there. I do believe Primordial Sound Meditation is as effective as TM. It would be a great way to get your meditation practice started again. Wishing you the best. Namaste, Lisa

  8. Bonnie Hoffman says:

    I do not know my time of birth nor can I get it. I was born on an Air Force Base, my father was in the service. I called the base hospital and was given 4 different places all around the country to call. No one has been able to help me. Will I still be able to get a mantra and learn the course. Thank you

  9. Lisa Guyman says:

    Hi Bonnie,

    Yes, you can still take the Primordial Sound Meditation course. There are lots of people that don’t know their time of birth. The Chopra Center has us use 6:30am to get the mantra of anyone who does not know their time of birth.

    Lisa