| The Key to Healing & Self-Realization |
Meditation is the instrument by which Truth becomes conscious awareness. This is true no matter what path to higher consciousness we take. When we meditate, we quiet our mind in order to allow Spirit to make Itself known to us. Meditation is a state of silent receptivity that allows the Word of God to unfold in our consciousness. When we quiet the little “i” and ask God’s grace to be revealed to us, we open the door to healing and become a channel for Truth.
An attitude of prayer is necessary for meditation to be truly effective. Not the kind of prayer we typically think of; beseeching, begging, pleading for God’s intercession in our affairs. Rather an attitude of devotion wherein we surrender all material sense and take up the mantle of higher consciousness.
The Buddha tells us that through meditation we gain “insight” which enables us to see, explore and discern the phenomena that we call the material world. It is the quality of “insight” that reveals to us the thoughts, beliefs and opinions that separate us from God’s presence and power. The second aspect of meditation described by Buddha is that of “serenity” which when developed, allows us to move past the hindrances that are revealed to us through “insight.” When we have emptied ourselves or rid ourselves of these hindrances, we become an open vessel into which Spirit pours. Christians describe the resulting state of consciousness as Christ consciousness found by seeking the Father Within.
Joel Goldsmith, spiritual healer and teacher of practical mysticism, tells us that there is a place in consciousness where we are instantly one with God and with all spiritual being and creation; where we touch upon the divine Soul. In the moment we experience this consciousness, divine Love begins to flow into expression in our lives bringing with it the abundance of all that is Good. When we live in a state of grace we are enveloped in the consciousness described by the apostle Paul, when he spoke of the need to “pray without ceasing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
Meditation is a gift given to anyone who wishes to experience the expansion of consciousness and the abundance of Grace. It is the key to healing and the path to self-realization.