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