Unity and the Path of Life

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Our desire or aspiration toward unity is fundamental, loneliness being the sense that we are as yet far short of that goal. I think in terms of different levels, dimensions, or degrees of unity. We naturally seek a unity in outward things and persons because these mirror the more fundamental spiritual longing for unity, and in a sense these outward things and persons are steps toward the more transcendent, subtle, and fundamental “belonging” that is their archetype.

If we are aware and focused only on the external forms of unity, then we are caught up in the constant flux of that, so our gains and losses leave us always unstable and never fully satisfied. But if we also have more of the deeper sense of unity and belonging–that which arises from the spiritual side of our nature, then it gives a stability and peace that can’t be found in the external forms alone. And the more we feel ourselves grounded in that deeper sense, the more we can live wisely and live joyously live the external life.

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Questions on the Essence and Methods of Meditation

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QUESTIONS:  “As a tip for a beginner, how do you approach meditation? What is your goal? What do you gain from it?”

ANSWERS:

I approach meditation without a desire to get anything out of it.

I find that it is best to think of one’s self as a channel, a receiver of gifts that are then to be passed along.

Meditation can be different things depending on the approach used.  It can be about thought, about love, but fundamentally it leads beyond the mind.

Objectively, the tools are images/visualizations, words (affirmations), and forgetfulness of the physical body.  A few deep breaths and total relaxation are good, but–in general—strenuous breathing exercise are to be avoided.

The fundamental power of affirmation is in the expression as “I am X” where X is God, spirit, life, humanity, beauty, love, spiritual power, order, harmony, etc.  This corresponds to the fact and realization of unity.  Meditation is movement toward consciousness unity.

The gains or effects of mediation vary depending on the type and depth of it, but they include:

*  direct realization of spiritual reality

*  knowledge of one’s purpose in life and of the meaning of life (nonverbally apprehended)

*  detachment and disidentification from the things that formerly bound us

*  realization that there are “More things in heaven and earth than are dreamed of…”

*  sensing of deeper energies on some level, including energize in the body itself

*  relationships with the sources–individual and/or groups–from which great spiritual teachings come

*  consciousness of immortality

*  greater mental clarity and self control

*  the realization of the profound significance of the life of service to humanity