Meditation is the PRACTICE of concentrated and directed thinking. It is designed to develop and maintain a specific attitude of the mind – an attitude that permits you to contact GREATER INTELLIGENCE. The numerous benefits to mind, body and spirit derived from this practice are due to this developed attitude and the subsequent contacts obtained. Meditation is a way of learning to live naturally in FULL RAPPORT with oneself, sensitive to nature’s in-born resources and innate intelligence. It is a way of being in a state of awareness and control of the inner levels of your mind and deepest aspects of Universal Mind.
Meditation can be simple or complex depending on your own knowledge and your specific needs. Meditation is often accomplished by using one or more techniques to withdraw the five senses and the mind from its attention to the world outside oneself and to make contact with the inner mental world of one’s own mind
Types of Meditation
There are certainly a vast number of books, CD’s, DVD’s, courses and programs available that purport to teach meditation. Their value lies in what you as an individual can gain from them. Your own bias, temperament, attitude and spiritual inclination will hopefully guide you to the method most suitable for your needs. Generally, there are four viewpoints from which meditation can be studied.
Success Centered – aiming at personal development for the enhancement of emotional, financial, career and relationship capacities.
Spirit Based – aiming at creating harmony between the soul and the Universal Life Force.
Yoga or Occult Based – aiming at generating directable energy through discipline and force of will.
Mystical – aiming at the soul’s union with Godhead.
Viewpoints 1 and 3 could be thought of as “CONTROL MEDITATION” where one tries to manipulate or expand different levels of the mind through thought control and re-programming. This is primarily the Western approach – acceptable for most of “Corporate America.” Viewpoints 2 and 4 can be described as “CONTACT MEDITATION” where one tries to access inner resources and the central reality. This is typically the Eastern approach – suitable for those interested in austere and secluded lifestyles. The best results, despite claims of various teachers, are obtained by working with a balance of all types. It is true that in some circumstances, while under the strict guidance of a teacher, the greatest efficiency of a system is gained by strict concentration on one path. However, there is a tendency to become one-sided, the sense of proportion is lacking and over all human-life values are lost. Individuals possess many levels of consciousness and the development of all levels in harmonious proportion seems vital for the enhancement of humanity toward perfection. Effort made in all areas for mental, physical, emotional and spiritual advancement, can lead to both inward knowledge and outward success.
Benefits of Contact or Mystical Meditation include the generation of a positive self-image. Through repeated experiences of the deep, innate spiritual nature of one’s mind, the innermost mysteries of life are revealed. Unraveling these mysteries and incorporating them into daily life further strengthens the ego and encourages even deeper explorations.
These explorations and the truths experienced through them create the psychological and philosophical foundation for the techniques of Control Meditation. The benefits of this foundation includes the possibility that the meditator can build the prosperity and satisfaction required for the material enjoyment of life according to the level of spiritual attainment the student has reached.
- opens the mind to possibility in general
- generates creativity
- leads to the expansion of consciousness
- relaxes and focuses the mind allowing more work to be performed with less effort
- attunes the whole being to the rhythm of Universal Intelligence and puts the practitioner into full cooperation and harmony with Universal Purpose
- improves relationships with coworkers, friends, and family
- increases personal magnetism and charm thus drawing more people to you and your goals
- makes you will feel more optimistic, generally, and less threatened by life
- helps you will develop a more positive attitude and makes your reaction to daily events calmer and more secure
- increases intuitive abilities putting you more in control of your life and the conditions around you
- helps you be more flexible and adaptable in your experience of life
- helps you to sense, and finally realize, that a Higher Intelligence is guiding your thoughts and thus your life
- opens you to receive more opportunities, both personal and financial, as a result of the mystical influence of your Higher Mind on your conscious mind.
There are many more benefits to meditation even in its simplest forms. Just learning to relax a few minutes a day can provide wondrous improvements in general health and vitality. Yet, there is so much more that can be gained in the deeper mystical experience. The extra requirements are few in terms of time and even money.
The full benefits of meditation come from ACTING in harmony with the newly developed, inner resources. A strong commitment and desire to achieve your goals is necessary to bring about rapid results.
Deeper, Complex Benefits
Meditation is a form of altered state in which we turn away from outside distractions and focus on our own inner states. Physically, we might become aware of our breathing, heartbeat, blood flow, and even digestion and organic functions. Various self-healing techniques manipulate this awareness and impose voluntary control over these functions. But there are also mental and spiritual levels we can access and become aware of, such as deeper thoughts, emotions, dreams and even value systems. By tuning in even more, we can gain entry to the part of our being that is in natural contact with the Cosmic Intelligence flowing throughout the universe. This Cosmic Flow has been known scientifically as the Ether, the Field in which matter, energy, time and space interact – the “skin” of the universe. It is known in places as Chi, Mana, Nature, Spirit, even “the Force.” It is also often equated with God. Whatever it is called, this Cosmic Flow is always around us, within us and connected to us. However, our awareness of it is usually limited. Meditation puts us into direct contact and awareness of this power and allows us the opportunity to learn how to cooperate with it.
Parts of our mind support the functioning of psychic abilities and the Cosmic Power resonates with those parts more naturally than others do. When we are aware of the contact and resonation, we can participate in strengthening the functioning of the psychic centers and increase our capacity to use these innate abilities. The best use from the mystical perspective is for enhanced INTUITION. The increase of intuitive abilities provides us with a powerful inner self-directing spiritual guide.
Intuition leads us to more fully comprehend our own true nature and thus enables us to dissolve negative thought pattern energy and generate strong, positive thought patterns. The positive attitude thus attained allows us to accept more of the POWER for the healing of others and ourselves. With better health, the power is able to flow more freely through us and we are more capable of responding to it and cooperating with the flow. This gives us the radiance and charm that can attract more good energy into our lives. This lets us do more good, which in turn attracts more good to us and so on.
The serious practice of Meditation will eventually reveal the nature of true SPIRITUAL REALITY. How did the Christ, the Buddha, Lord Krishna and other great prophets, sages and World Servers see it? This will become part of your own experience. The word “Spiritual” itself will take on a new meaning and definition, quite UNLIKE the view of the mainstream religious adherents, whatever their faith or denomination. For example, the standard Christian teachings put forth only the outer crust of Christ’s message; they miss the most fundamental doctrine of Christ, which relates to the contact with one’s innermost self, the Kingdom of God, through the practice of meditation. Without a personal experience of higher states of spiritual consciousness, without the integration of that awareness with daily life with the resultant positive personality patterns, there can be no true teachings or comments on spiritual truth. For so many dogmatic, fundamentalist “believers” there is no frame of reference for spiritual reality.
Faithful practice of meditation can lead the student into a powerful new way of living. The Master Jesus spoke of having life in abundance and that is just what is possible – an increase in happiness, vitality, satisfaction, love, self-expression and awareness of the great potential for spiritual evolvement to which we are all heir.