Sacred Smells: Incense has been valued for thousands of years for religious and spiritual ritual, cleansing, and bringing about altered states of consciousness. You can buy incense or joss sticks from any New Age shop, as well as many mainstream outlets. Incense also comes in small cones. My favorite place to get incense is PartyLite. It may be a little pricey, however, the quality of the product is one of the best that I have purchased.
Ambient Aromas: Aromatherapy oils, too, are an excellent aid. Frankincense, jasmine and sandalwood are particularly suitable, either individually or in combination, but you can make up your own blends and experiment. I love lavendar and violet essential oils - I use these fragrances most every day for the house. I keep a curio cabinet in my bedroom with some of my favorite oils.
Heavenly Sounds: Good music, playing softly in the background is relaxing. There are many New Age CDs and tapes designed specifically for use as meditation aids. Some people find that classical music, especially Mozart, raises the mind to a more spiritual level. I have very large collection of music and I choose the music based on my current mood and needs.
Subconsious Way: Subliminal tapes work by bypassing the conscious level of mind which often acts as a barrier to deeper mental levels. They are programmed with instructions which are too quiet for the conscious mind to hear; but which are received and acted upon by the subconscious. Subliminal video tapes are particularly powerful because they combine spoken suggestions with visual images.
Flowers on the Brain: Flower essences are increasinly being used by meditators. In addition to the popular Bach flower remedies, there are numerous other adequate ranges now available. These operate on a subtle level, increasing spiritual awareness.
Keys to Remember:
ATMOSPHERE - Oils, incense sticks, and
flower essences can all be used to create
a perfectly relaxing and yet stimulating
atmosphere for meditation.
HELPING HANDS - Meditation aids can
help you to focus, but they are not a
replacement for simple will power and
persistence. You still have to do the work.