The Necessity of Meditation
Meditation brings about a time differential that is important in mysticism. You have to focus on what you are trying to neutralize and accentuate the positive. If you are fearful, don’t talk about your fears, rather, think in terms of strength, courage and nobility. Constrictive traits must be neutralized in your head first, before you can work them out in the world.
The Necessity of Meditation:
Meditation is tri-parted. It consists of (1) the object of meditation, (2) the act of meditation, and (3) the one who meditates. Meditation unites all three in a single act of knowing. This is how you come to know the Knower.
Meditation is an internal movement of ego examination. There are many levels of ego. As awareness lifts, ego-consciousness is ultimately transcended at the ajna chakra. The lifting of awareness gradually pulls you away from the forces of the external world. The capacity to transform your life exists in the higher, subtler realms of consciousness. The energy is more harmonious the higher you up go. Thus, your life can more rapidly change for the better. This is the only way to become aware of the Knower or creator of the dream. Wherever your attention is, it will tend to draw energy to it from other places. Life is always seeking balance. Meditation is an adaptogen, in that it will bring to your life whatever is needed in order to establish balance. It is like ginseng in its effect. Ginseng is an herb that can either stimulate weight-loss or gain depending upon the individual who takes it. Meditation is a process that draws energy toward the sushumna.
Meditation is necessary in order for us to realize that we are not the object of our meditation. We are deluded into thinking that we are what we see. There is a direct relationship between meditation and our environment, and our capacity for growth. Everyone needs psychic space. Meditation gives us the psychic space to grow because it enables us to get rid of negative thoughts and make room for healthier ones. Silence is important in your environment. People that intrude in our psychic space annoy us. Likewise, negative thoughts irritate us and litter our psychic space with mental debris. Meditation is a way of cleaning up the garbage. Meditation teaches you how to streamline your thinking which makes you sane.
Meditation moves you to a feeling state of awareness. Everything is meaningless without awareness. You must always be aware of what the mind is emoting. The whole purpose of the path is to become content and happy. Your needs are few when you are content. Desire makes people miserable. All desire is destructive even a desire for God.
The importance of meditation is that it enables you to see yourself differently. The degree to which this occurs is dependent upon the depth, intensity and duration of your experience. Meditation changes us no matter what we “see.” It is not what you see that matters, but your reaction to what you see that is vital. How you react determines how much psychic space you have. The greater your psychic space, the greater your ability to grab hold of the stargate—the void behind thoughts. In yoga, this is called vritti nirodha or cessation of thought. It is a transcending of thought whereby you enter the realm of super conscious awareness. This state of heightened awareness is not a blacking-out or loss of consciousness. In this state, your mental processes continue to function.
Meditation is a way to create positive self-imagery. There is nothing more destructive than feeling bad about yourself and other people. People rob you of your self-worth in order to manipulate you. Good self-imagery lies in trusting yourself. Meditation must be active in order to establish self-worth. Whatever you think, say, and do leaves its mark on your mind. Everything is embedded and stored in the unconscious. They are almost impossible to remove. In yoga they are referred to as samskaras or subconscious tendencies. Positive self-imagery ends the war between you and your shadow people.
Concentration is the first stage of meditation. The object of beauty is one of the best meditation techniques to utilize. Choose an object that is beautiful for you to focus on. Your attention Is less likely to waver if your object of choice is beautiful. Keep re-focusing your attention until you become bored. Boredom is good because it indicates that your mind is surrendering to the process. If you are patient and continue, you will eventually reach a state of pure feeling. Here, you have reached a turning point. Now is the time to begin meditating on the knower of this feeling state. When this union occurs, you have reached a state of mental clarity where there is no distortion. You have successfully moved from a formed state (thoughts) to an unformed state (feeling) where your karma can be dissolved.
Your world really is just a thought form. Everything is mental. We can only know others through our own mind. Spinoza stated, “The Universe is but a thought in the mind of God.” Whatsoever a soul thinks or desires she receives at a later time and in a different place. The problem is that when you get what you want, you no longer desire it. The key is to dream a dream that is so satisfying you will sustain it forever. Then you will be happy no matter your circumstance. The only limiting factor is your ability to think this new thought.
You must meditate upon the good to think a new thought. The good is the infinite potentiality that has not yet manifested. To name it is to partake of some of its essence. The good is infinite in its variations. Every moment you stop to understand its fullness although it seems perfect, in the next moment it is even more complete. The good is anything you want it to be.
Recognize that the inner life has value. Meditate. Close off your senses and go deep within. The deeper you go, the more difficult it is to sustain awareness, especially if your mind is scattered. It is very quiet and still inside.
Om shanti, shanti, shantihi.