I tried a meditation that promised to make me rich and successful
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I have never really been so passionate about meditation. If you ask me to close my eyes and focus on how each breath escapes my body, it will most likely make me feel like I can’t breathe at all. No matter how many Headspace sessions I submit to myself, I just can’t seem to keep my mind focused and relaxed.
Several unsuccessful attempts led me to conclude that maybe meditation was not my thing. That is, until I find one that promises to make me rich and to success.
“Quantum leap”, Apart from a concept you have probably studied in physics, has become a online subculture who claims that you can find a more fulfilling existence by “shifting the deadlines”. With the subject “quantumjumping” which gains more than 90 million views on TikTok, the trend involves Gen Z creators using a “portal” to access another dimension through visualizations and manifestations.
Based on the belief that at one point we exist in multiple dimensions, this technique emphasizes vivid visualizations of these different dimensions to help us hack into an ideal version of our own. The idea is that by visualizing our most powerful and productive versions, we unlock a better understanding of what it takes to be successful. And a shit of money. Kind of like a mixture of The secret – the idea that you can “attract” whatever you want from life – and the Marvel Multiverse.
When I heard about this method of meditation during a mystical YouTube binge-watching session, I knew I needed to know more. So I contacted Teja Priyadarshini, hypnotherapist and regression in past lives, who offers a module entitled “Quantum leap to blissful success“and had previously hypnotized me into a different life to combat my anxiety.
“This technique allows us to access information that we may already have, but that our conscious mind is putting aside,” Priyadarshini told me. She explained that this technique, when practiced repeatedly and consistently, comes with the powerful promise of offering the wisdom to pave the way for us to become our most creative and productive selves, often through advice that we generally tend to ignore.
“Our mind often gives us these intuitive blows, but sometimes we dismiss them because we think they’re not important,” she said. “This technique revalidates what your intuition is telling you, allowing your subconscious to confirm that the information is valid.”
According to Priyadarshini, the more you ‘jumped’ or dived into this technique, the more your visualizations could manifest reality. Basically, this type of meditation is a much more hectic version of the protests trend that is circulating on TikTok and Reels.
Whether the positive results of Quantum Jumping were due to a placebo effect, a reasonably convoluted example of confirmation bias, a manifestation of poor sanity, or just a fun philosophical thought experiment, I was ready to get rich and succeed in the new year.
Attempt # 1
In early December, I felt most unproductive in the midst of the holiday crunch, with the holiday season approaching making even the simplest chores tedious. So, I thought there was no better time to try the meditation that promised to help me find focus, among other things. I plugged in the audio recording that would take me through this guided meditation and embarked on what I hoped was an intergalactic journey (Spoiler alert: it wasn’t).
The meditation began quite simply. Enchanting tunes of a reverberating sound bowl paired with Priyadarshini’s composed voice tried to rock me into a calm and meditative state.
I lay on my back as Priyadarshini’s voice asked me to inhale and exhale before asking me to visualize three numbers with each inhale I took. She then asked me to imagine myself walking down a hallway, insisting with every step that “every day, in every way, I am getting better and better,” a mantra meant to act as an affirmation. As I visualized myself walking down a cold, abandoned hallway, I was told to look for a door that opened up an alternate universe at the end of it.
Here, I was assured, I would meet an alternate version of myself, a person who had their shit together and who would share their knowledge and wisdom to help me, in this timeline, flourish in my best version. But before we could get into this, I was asked to recognize “Kua”, an alternate dimensional being of light who would join me on my journey to become my best self. That’s when things got a little… weird.
Priyadarshini told me that in order to truly believe that anything I visualized would manifest in reality, I had to visualize myself by Googling Kua. I guess she knew that was the first thing my cynical self would do. Next, she asked me to touch the tip of my tongue to the palate of my mouth, a tactic that she said would help me “program” myself to believe that my thoughts would translate into reality.
I didn’t understand much about it, but I did what I thought best. Because that’s life.
I was then finally told that I would come across my best version. I waited excitedly to see what it would look like. Instead, I was greeted by an old friend: Darkness. My mind was blank and buzzing with cheesy motivational quotes instead of life-changing advice. Pity, I thought II’ll just have to try again.
Attempt # 2
The second time I gathered the motivation to try this meditation technique was shortly after Christmas when, despite my positive affirmations, I couldn’t find any money in my stockings. The New Year was approaching and I was hoping this time the best version of myself would come forward and show me the way forward.
I jumped right in and hit play on the audio recording, this time with a calm confidence that I didn’t have before. A state close to trance quickly began to invade my body. Maybe I was just tired of all the holiday binge, but this time around I felt a lot more relaxed and aligned with my thoughts.
So when Priyadarshini’s voice again asked me to visualize my best version, I quickly imagined an older, calmer image of myself. My hair was in a messy bun, I donned a crisp beige blazer, and sat at a marble desk with my laptop. I wasn’t quite sure what my seemingly alternate version was doing for a living, but I felt (or perhaps hoped) that I had an imposing presence and quiet power.
But when it came to gathering game-changing information, all I could record was generic crap: pursue your passion, don’t run after money, work hard. I wasn’t too impressed with the advice I was apparently giving myself and quickly dismissed it. Was this the best my alternate self could do? So disappointing.
But a few days later, as my year-end performance review unfolded, I found myself pleasantly surprised with the results. I mean, I worked pretty hard and racked up quite a bit of wins in 2021, but it felt like I was seeing my own success and self-esteem in a whole new light. Was it me or the protests at stake? I wasn’t too sure, but after a few months of growing anxiety that left me questioning my life choices, I just felt like I was finally coming to terms with my own meaning. by myself. I was aware that factors such as visiting friends, getting downtime in the last week of the year, and having a travel plan around the corner might have helped ease my anxiety related to it. pandemic, but I thought meditation wasn’t too bad a trade. left for what looked like hope and happiness.
Now all I had to do was wait for the money.
Attempt # 3
As the New Year began with a new fear of escalating Omicron cases, my isolation-induced boredom caused all of my 2022 resolutions to crumble in the face of unhealthy coping mechanisms. So I decided to try the Quantum Jumping again, hoping to start the new year by getting some of the money I had blown up during the December holiday season.
I found it even easier to slip into the meditative state this time, imagining I was crossing an alternate universe on a quest to befriend my best version. This time my hair was graying, I wore white sunglasses, and gave instructions to what looked like a movie production crew. As I faced my imaginary alternate version and asked it what I needed to do in order to be successful, the only thought that came to my mind was to keep doing my assigned tasks no matter what. point I felt lazy or demotivated. Basically I realized, when the motivation dried up, that I had to pretend until I could do it, which, given the way the world is now, doesn’t feel like a big deal to me. so bad advice from me.
I didn’t expect to earn more than those mediocre, low-key nuggets of wisdom from my other self. I was almost ready to give up my hopes for wealth when I checked my bank account and found that someone had mysteriously sent me 4000 Indian Rupees ($ 53). I was shaken and asked all my friends who owed me money if they had deposited that amount. They said no, but it also gave me the perfect window to ask them to pay me back, which in turn made me earn more money. I guess I’ll never really know if it’s the meditation that made me earn the extra money or just my karmic wallet balancing itself.
However, upon exiting my last attempt, I had mixed feelings about this meditation. Yes, it helped me focus my mind and put myself in a more relaxed state, but maybe because I had too many expectations, I just didn’t find it as overwhelming as I did. hoped.
Then another thought occurred to me: maybe this was the key to success. Maybe I needed to manage my expectations and focus on finding projects that inspire me, instead of trying to meditate to make a lot of money.