Thursday, November 30, 2023

FAQ on PSM


 

PSM Course with 

1-on-1 Mantra Session

with Lisa Guyman

 


Questions and Answers


What is Primordial Sound Meditation?

“Primordial Sound Meditation is a healing practice that allows us to experience inner calm and deep relaxation. For thousands of years, people have used meditation to move beyond the mind’s busy activity and emotional turbulence into profound peace and expanded awareness.” (Chopra.com)

Primordial Sound Meditation is an easy-to-learn silent mantra-based meditation technique that anyone can practice. It doesn’t require any specific beliefs, postures, or discipline other than taking the time to meditate.

“I didn’t think I could meditate because my thoughts go a million miles a minute, and it’s hard for me to sit still, so I was very surprised when right after instruction, I was able to easily meditate for 20 minutes.  I now meditate most days twice a day for about twenty minutes each time, and the time flies by.  I look forward to taking a meditation break at work – there is a lot by work that I park in, and I sit and meditate there.  It helps so much. Everyone around me has noticed a difference.  Thank you, Lisa!”  Robin


Why Meditate?

As Jerry Seinfeld says, “just being human is hard.” In a speech Jerry Seinfeld was giving on the difference meditation has made in his life, he exclaimed that if he were a meditation teacher giving an introductory talk on meditation and explaining the reason why everyone should learn to meditate, it would be that “simply being a human is hard.” That’s it.

There isn’t a better tool for helping us to navigate the landscape of life with greater ease and grace. The beauty of regular meditation practice is that over time the sense of peace/stillness/relaxation in meditation gets infused into the daily experience of life, helping you to experience calm amidst the stress, chaos, and busyness of life. At the same time, when practicing meditation regularly, one can experience greater flow and synchronicity at work in their lives.

“It’s made a huge difference in my life.  I immediately noticed I felt more calm and relaxed, no longer reacting so strongly when things have gone awry.” – Dana


What is the best meditation technique?

When Deepak Chopra was asked what’s the best form of meditation, he said, “It’s the one you practice!” Here’s the beauty of Primordial Sound Meditation. It’s profoundly beneficial and yet exceptionally easy to learn and practice. And you can do it anywhere and anytime. I enjoy guided meditation; however, Primordial Sound Meditation is my “go-to” meditation. I’m a Chopra Center certified instructor, and I’ve been teaching Primordial Sound Meditation (a silent mantra-based technique) for almost 20 years and practicing meditation for 40 years.

“It used to take me an hour to get deeply into meditation now, it just takes a couple of minutes.”  – Rachel


Where did Primordial Sound Meditation Originate?

Primordial Sound Meditation is rooted in India’s ancient yogic tradition. It was revived by Dr. Deepak Chopra and Dr. David Simon. It is a powerful mantra-based practice for moving beyond the mind’s constant stream of thoughts into the stillness of pure awareness.  As you meditate, you let go of stress and enter a state of restful awareness.

“You may have changed someone’s life today.  This was such a positive experience already.  I came in here not knowing if I could meditate because my mind is so busy now I know I can.”  – Jennifer


When can I Learn?

Learning Primordial Sound Meditation may be the best decision you’ll ever make to deepen your experience of meditation, expand your consciousness, and enrich your spiritual journey. You can now learn online LIVE with me from anywhere in the world. I’ve taught group workshops for 20 years, and now you can learn 1-to-1 with me while also getting the benefits of unlimited access to my online Primordial Sound Meditation course.

“Thank you, Lisa . . . for introducing me to meditation.  You completely demystified the concept, meaning, and practice of it, and for that, I am very grateful.  I am making it an integral part of my life.”  – Sandy



Primordial Sound Meditation

Private One-on-One Mantra Instruction


What mantra-based meditations are there?

Transcendental Meditation and Primordial Sound Meditation are classic meditation techniques that are mantra-based. They are both easy to learn and practice. Being a practitioner of TM for 20 years and a teacher and practitioner of Primordial Sound Meditation for 20 years, the practice is identical with the exception of the mantras used by the two techniques.

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi is the founder of Transcendental Meditation, and doctors Deepak Chopra and the late David Simon are the founders of Primordial Sound Meditation.

Primordial Sound Meditation is likewise an ancient technique from the Adi Shankara tradition of India and does not require any particular beliefs to practice. People from all walks of life and those who are non-religious, and those from many religious traditions practice Primordial Sound Meditation.

I first learned Transcendental Meditation at 16 and attended the Maharishi University of Management for my sophomore year of college (where everyone practiced Transcendental Meditation).  In 2004 I completed the Chopra Center certification and became a teacher and practitioner of Primordial Sound Meditation. I am also certified by the Chopra Center as a Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga teacher.

 

“This was so great!!!  Loved it! The biggest shift was the deep rest I experienced in the first meditation using my mantra, and even the second one, and when I slept. So wonderful. I had a ton of thoughts, so I wasn’t sure if I was resting, but I just kept coming back to my mantra. It works!!” – Allison

 


What are mantras?

Mantras are sounds that are repeated internally. They act like an anchor and take us within. 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 activity level to the silence realm.


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. People seek meditation out often because of stress or distress, and meditation is very helpful in empowering and grounding us so that we can navigate life better.

 

“If you were to ask me what was the most important experience of my life, I would say it was learning to meditate. For me, that is the most important thing a person can do to restore harmony and evolve to a higher state of consciousness.”  — Deepak Chopra, M.D.

 


Is this a chanting technique or one that is vocalized?

Primordial Sound Meditation is a silent mantra-based meditation that is easy to learn and practice. You’ll utilize your mantra silently, and thus, you can meditate anywhere. It’s completely portable because it doesn’t require any technology to practice. Anytime you can find a place you can sit comfortably and close your eyes for 20 minutes, you can meditate.

 


Lisa GuymanAbout Your Teacher, Lisa Guyman

Hi! I’m Lisa Guyman. Meditation has been a passion of mine for a long time. In 2004, I got certified as a Primordial Sound Meditation instructor and Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga instructor at The Chopra Center.  And I independently sought out and took a Transcendental Meditation at the age of 16.  (No one else in my family practiced meditation). At 19, I attended the Maharishi International University in Fairfield, Iowa, where everyone practiced Transcendental Meditation. I finished college at the University of Michigan with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. I’ve been guiding meditation and facilitating Reiki workshops since 1998 and leading Primordial Sound Meditation workshops since 2004.

I hope you join me for Meditation and Reiki. You’ll be glad you followed that impulse in your soul…and took the next step on your spiritual journey. I promise you’ll love learning and practicing Primordial Sound Meditation.

“I loved your classes and feel that you are an inspired and inspiring teacher.”  – Carol

 

“I so appreciate your counsel and guidance around meditation that it doesn’t matter how many times you wander off, it only matters that you come back.  You’re a gifted practitioner, and I am grateful you are in my life.”  – David

 


 

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.


What do I learn in the Primordial Sound Meditation Course?

You’ll learn everything you need to know to practice meditation on your own as a regular part of your daily routine. The course ranges from the practical (the four correct experiences in meditation, dealing with a busy mind, what time to meditate, where to meditate, what happens if you fall asleep, the ideal amount of time to meditate, fitting meditation into your life, the research on meditation, the benefits of meditation) to the esoteric (higher states of consciousness and synchronicity).

After taking the course, you’ll have the skills to meditate easily and successfully.

“This was an amazing experience. I love the online format. I realized in my past meditation experience I was always trying to get something done. What a relief to just be still, with no expectations. I am so excited to receive all the benefits of a consistent practice.” – Sharon


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 sit on a meditation cushion or cross-legged or in lotus or whatever is most comfortable for you.


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

No, and yes. You can utilize guided meditation to get started. However, learning a classical form of meditation is very difficult to meditate successfully from an article, or book, or without live guidance. 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 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.

“Thanks so much for a wonderful class- you are the best teacher!  I suspect that this is going to have a significant place in my life, and I am thrilled to have found you.” – Doreen


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 indicate the successful release of stress.

“I got so much out of the meditation class.  I was convinced I would never really be able to meditate for more than 5 minutes.   Since taking the class I have meditated everyday for at least 20 minutes.  I realized I was putting too much pressure into sitting the right way, doing for the right length of time, and trying to clear my thoughts.  I now am able to let myself just BE there.  I stopped working so hard at it.  I have since experienced some of the most peaceful, relaxing meditations.  I am also really enjoying the book Sacred Healing.  I want to say thank you for everything.  Your class really opened a new door for me in my meditation.”  – Jennifer

 

“This has brought everything together for me.  It is faster and deeper than anything I’ve done before.”  – Calvin


Primordial Sound Meditation with Lisa Guyman


How do I receive my mantra?

During this course, you will receive your personal mantra, calculated specifically for you by The Chopra Center one-on-one in your Mantra Meditation Session with Lisa Guyman.


How is the mantra selected?

Your mantra is based on your time, place, and date of birth and is calculated by The Chopra Center according to a Vedic process.


What are some of the things I’ll learn in the class?

You will gain an understanding of the variety of experiences you may have in meditation and the benefits you may notice in life, including the higher states of consciousness that unfold through regular practice.

“Just wanted to thank you so much for sharing your wonderful gift of meditation with us. Since this class, I have been meditating every night. I absolutely feel more calm. It has really helped me. Thanks.” – Michelle

 

“Since your class 7 years ago, I’ve been meditating every morning!” – Brad

 


What benefits are possible with a regular practice 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, success and productivity, spirituality, 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 mantra-based practices.

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

There are countless benefits to meditation. The profound rest experienced in meditation is deeper than sleep, thus allowing your body to restore, repair, and rejuvenate. It helps to erase the effects of stress. And helps you experience less stress in your daily life. People often report that they can navigate life challenges better and that things that used to create anxiety, frustration, annoyance, or a sense of hassle suddenly have far less impact.

Meditation has been shown to improve health and vitality, decrease stress, increase creativity, create greater enthusiasm for life, increase happiness, increase intuition, bring greater fulfillment to and from relationships, create a sense of calm and peace, a renewed sense of well-being, and increased synchronicity.

“I am doing the twice daily meditations & plan to continue! I am looking forward to increasing my ability to handle stress and continued improvements in sleeping (I’m already experiencing both of these – yay!) Feeling calmer, more grounded & centered throughout my day, no matter what is going on. I am finding it much easier to stay with the meditation & to bring myself back with the mantra. It is very powerful.” – Kristen

 

“I’m so surprised at how easy the meditation is and how refreshed I feel afterward.  I can’t believe that I notice such a difference in just one week of practice.  My mind is more at ease.  I’m not worrying so much, and I can now leave work at work.”  – Heidi

 

“I didn’t realize how meditation would increase my energy level throughout the day” – Mary


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 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 work on specifically. Listeners of my CD say they use it for chakra work, to help them fall asleep, de-stress, use it while flying, gain insight, and support their manifestation process.

“When I had signed up for the Reiki classes, I was just venturing into anything to do with healing and meditation. I signed up for Reiki first and then Primordial Sound Meditation. This class showed me that my meditation in the past was too intense and that I needed just to relax.  I know now that I do not need to concentrate so much and that I really can’t do it wrong.” – Lisa


What is Lisa Guyman’s background?

Lisa Guyman is a Reiki Master and is certified by The Chopra Center as a Primordial Sound Meditation instructor and Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga instructor.  She independently sought out and learned Transcendental Meditation at the age of 16.  She then attended the Maharishi International University in Fairfield, Iowa her sophomore year of college, where everyone practiced Transcendental Meditation. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and is an author on meditation (Lisa Guyman’s Chapter on Meditation). She has produced two meditation CDs and has taught meditation since 2004 and Reiki since 1998.

“Lisa is highly trained instructor in Primordial Sound Meditation by Deepak Chopra. She is a beautiful shining light that is upbeat and positive and makes everyone welcome radiating the oneness that is all of us. I recommend her as an instructor and believe her classes an asset to any yoga studio wishing to have a great guest teacher for meditation instruction. I can not say enough about her professional qualifications, let alone her deep personable knowledge and self.” – Jennifer Monk – Monk Yoga


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

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 focus in the meditation.  Both of these can be effective practices, but I find that the mantra serves as an anchor helping the new meditator more easily go within.

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.

Taking time to meditate is one of the greatest investments you can make in yourself and in your life.

In theory, meditation is simple. It’s being, not doing. It’s surrender, not control. It’s letting go, not holding on. It’s acceptance, not resistance. It’s being truly present, not reflecting on the past, and not anticipating the future.

In practice, it can also be simple. Contrary to popular belief, meditation is not about controlling one’s thoughts or emptying the mind. It’s simply about gently shifting the awareness back to center.

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

 

“I really enjoyed your class.  The most important thing I learned was that meditation should be easy, thoughts are OK and are stress relief,  and basically you just do it, and you really can’t screw it up!”  – Vivian

 

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Primordial Sound Meditation 

Private 1-on-1 mantra instruction
with Lisa Guyman


 

 

Learn a life-changing meditation practice. After you receive your mantra, you’ll be able to meditate at any time just by closing your eyes!

 

“The concept of building my life around meditation (and I’m adding in exercise and healthy eating.)  I have always tried to do it the other way… building everything else around work.  That is a huge shift! I’m enjoying practicing twice each day. I’ve even added it into my work calendar. I’m looking forward to the relaxation each time we meditate. This is a wonderful workshop!” – Vanessa

 

 

 

“Meditation is not a way of making your mind quiet. It is a way of entering into the quiet that is already there.” Deepak Chopra