The 7 Types Of Meditation And Why They Should Be A Daily Practice For Everyone

I’m so thrilled to see world famous people now using Mindvalley’s free 6 Phase Meditation program.

This article (pic below) has been all over Billboard Magazine, Ebony Magazine, and LA Weekly. It’s about how Miguel, one of the hottest R&B stars today (you’ve probably heard the song Adorn) uses 6 Phase Meditation to start his show.

I’ve been speaking a lot on Meditation and accessing altered states lately, and with the huge press we’re getting with this article, I wanted to go deeper into the topic of meditation.

We often think it’s about ‘clearing your mind’. But this is one tiny slice of the spectrum. In reality, there are 7 types of meditation that I’m currently researching.

“Meditation” is such a loaded word right now that I actually prefer to call these “Transcendent Practices.” Because that’s exactly what these practices do — to transcend means to “go within.”

Here’s a useful map of the 7 types of meditation/transcendent practices one can practice, including the practice that Miguel and his team use to spread positivity to billions.

1. Creative Visualization

Creative visualization is commonly used to visualize goals and is scientifically validated for performance improvements in sports.

When entering this type of meditation, you are basically turning on an incubator for your dreams. But creative visualization isn’t just intensely visualizing your dreams, it’s using all of your senses to see, smell, taste, hear, and feel as if they have already been manifested.  

2. Directed Healing

Directed healing can be paired with energy work. Doctors sometimes call this ‘imagery therapy,’ and it is used to alter the thoughts, behaviors, sensations, and beliefs of patients.

It is an ancient technique that helps induce a deep state of relaxation where healing can take place. In this state, you can connect with yourself more deeply and contemplate solutions to specific physical or emotional issues you are experiencing.

3. Intuitive Meditation

This type of meditation is used for tapping into intuition/inspiration.

Intuitive meditation is often about entering theta brainwave levels and drifting into a semi-sleep state to access intuitive thoughts.

The hypnotic, psychedelic, and dream mind-states are common theta brainwave states. In these states, the subconscious information we store (but cannot consciously recall) can be accessed.

Theta states are crucial for tapping into intuition.

4. Shadow Work

Shadow work meditation is used for healing past issues, forgiving, and solving inner-conflicts.

Every human casts a shadow when standing in the light. However, we cannot always see our shadows. This metaphor holds true for shadow meditation — a process that recognizes, accepts, and integrates the darker parts of our thoughts and behaviors.

By using this meditation, we can heal ourselves, become more self-aware, and express ourselves more genuinely.

5. Connection Meditation

This meditation establishes and nurtures a deeper connection between two or more people by tapping into higher levels of compassion. This is what Miguel does with his team and for the millions who love his work as compassion is part of the 6-Phase Meditation technique that I teach.

Miguel on stage (source: zimbio.com)

Connection begins within yourself. As you get centered, you can begin to expand that sense of compassion onto others. This type of meditation dissolves the illusion of separation — the separation created by the labels of society — and bring forth unity.

6. Re-Programming 

This is a type of inner work used for reprogramming past beliefs or breaking behaviors that no longer serve us.

Hypnotherapy is a type of reprogramming that brings one into an alpha level of the mind. While being in this state, they recall and re-wire their memories, often from a very early age that shaped their mental patterns.

7. Passive Meditation

Passive meditation can be used in situations where active forms of meditation are not ideal. They are simple techniques that lower your brainwaves and deeply relax you.

Awareness of breath is the most common form of passive meditation. The simple act of observing your breath reduces stress, clears the mind, and calms the body. You can try it out the next time you’re stuck in traffic or in a long line at the post office.

Now, you can search “Why meditation is important?” in Google and you’ll find millions of articles, videos, quotes, and photos on why meditation should be included in your daily life.

But at its core, meditation is a set of practices that bring out virtually any positive outcomes you need for your mind, body, soul, and spirit.

If you want to go deeper with meditation, the 6 Phase Meditation is a free 7-day program on the Mindvalley Quest App.

And if you’re a little more daring. You might want to join me in LA for a 2-day class I’m leading where I’m teaching advanced meditation to tap into (please keep an open mind) advanced states of consciousness that lead to waking theta states and the emergence of intuition.


What type of meditation do you practice? Is there anything I left out? I’d love for you to comment below.

Vishen Lakhiani

Vishen Lakhiani

Vishen Lakhiani is the Founder and CEO of Mindvalley; the transformational education company which brings the world's best teachers and authors together to revolutionize education worldwide.

He leads a team of 250 people from 49 countries building personal growth programs with cutting-edge learning technology and real-world events across the globe.

Vishen is an entrepreneur, speaker, philanthropist, and a former board member of the XPrize Foundation. He is also the author of the New York Times bestseller and #1 book on Amazon, The Code of the Extraordinary Mind.

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