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

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4 thoughts on “Questions on the Essence and Methods of Meditation

  1. I may say that some beginners as I am would have to set goals, or something to gain from it; as a first step to be good at meditation.

    The article is very inspiring, thank you.

    • Yes that is a natural human way to approach meditation which is fine and normal. What I tried to point to is a “supernatural” or supernormal way, that is a way that goes beyond nature. Something of “formal” aspect of this way, a goal, can be understood in the divining the deep meaning of the word “service.”

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