For most of us, the beliefs that we hold about who we are and why we are here controls the direction of our life; the problem is that we don’t really know who we are. We believe that we know who we are based on what other people have told us about ourselves. Many of us also believe that there really is no purpose to being here; we just need to make the best of what life has thrown at us until we die. The fact that most of humanity is stumbling around blindly-not knowing who they really are or their true purpose in being here-is the cause of most of the misery in this world. But that misery can be turned into peace and joy by looking within and discovering our true nature and the real reason that we are here.
There is a Divine spark that runs through
each and every one of us. We are all
part of Infinite Intelligence and as such, we each have a specific function to
perform during our time here in this world.
But most of us have forgotten that we possess that Divine spark and have
spent time existing in an empty shell.
So how do we get to know ourselves and our purpose in life?
The process of self-discovery begins with
using meditation to turn inward. Roy
Eugene Davis defines meditation as the “intentional direction of attention to
the clear aspect of one’s inner nature.”
But how do we begin and what can we expect from the practice of
Meditation has been a part of religious and cultural practices since the earliest times and there are basic types of meditation and many variations on these types that have been taught over the years.
Intellectual meditation uses directed
thought to help transcend thought itself until one becomes clear. Emotional meditation encourages the positive
emotions of love, compassion, etc. to find expression in order to make both the
meditator and the world around him better.
Physical meditation, like Yoga, which focuses on the body/mind
connection, has become very popular recently.
In action and meditation, a very specific skill, such as Qi Gong, is
practiced until one becomes an expert at it-growing physically, spiritually and
Mental meditation is broken down into
structured, which encourages one to focus on a specific technique like
breathing to enhance the meditative state; and unstructured in which the
meditator allows thoughts to come randomly but brings focus back to the basic
choice of subject. Although learning one
of these methods is a good starting point, there is no one “right” way of
meditating; it is a deeply personal experience.
Regardless of the method used, all
meditation has two basic principles; centering and concentration. When you center yourself, you turn inward
and become aware of only your Self. You become relaxed and are able to allow the
meditation to take its natural course.
Concentration means staying focused on whatever skill, task or thought
you have chosen for your meditation to the exclusion of all else. When your mind drifts, as it will naturally
do, you bring yourself back to the area of concentration. Sometimes a mantra-a specific sound used for
its effect on the mind and body-is used to help focus meditation and shut out
Meditation helps us know ourselves and our purpose but studies have shown that it also helps us live more complete lives by lowering stress levels and helping us solve our problems by facilitating clearer thinking. We already have answers; we just need to uncover them.
Another wonderful side effect of
meditation for many people is increased spiritual connection to Divine gifts
including psychic ability and mediumship.
Even if we are not always consciously
aware of it, most of us realize deep down that something is missing in our
lives and spend time searching for it.
The problem is that we usually fill that empty place with things outside
of ourselves; meditation helps us fill that place with inner knowing and inner
peace. Meditation allows us to connect
with the Divine core that runs within us all and helps us to live a life filled
with spiritual knowledge and purpose.
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