SILENT AWAKENINGS, Meditation Moments
“O’ Great Spirit
help me always
to speak the truth quietly,
to listen with an open mind
when others speak,
and to remember the peace
that may be found in silence.”
~ Cherokee Prayer
What is meditation?
Meditation is a tool for the re-discovery of the body’s own inner intelligence. Practiced for thousands of years, it’s not about forcing the mind to be quiet; it’s finding the silence that’s already there and making it a part of your life. From this field of pure potentiality we get our bursts of inspiration, our most intuitive thoughts, and our deepest sense of connection to the universe.
Meditation is a place we can go inside of ourselves, a place of spiritual refuge and mental and physical healing, a place to get answers and guidance by asking spiritual beings, our Higher Self, totem animals, the Creator (Source) and Mother Earth for the needed wisdom and power to continue on our path.
How can we develop heightened attention? The Indian spiritual teacher J. Krishnamurti told us to just do it. That intention is certainly helpful, but for most people the intention alone is not enough. With our brain wired the way it is and lifelong patterns of inattention already in place.. A very effective meditative practice centered on attentiveness goes by the names mindfulness, vipassana, and insight meditation.
The way mindfulness meditation is normally taught, you first develop attentional steadiness or concentration by spending time paying attention to physical sensations, especially those that arise in connection with breathing.
Once you are able to watch breath sensations continuously for modest periods without your attention wandering, you then widen the focus of attention to include other mental objects — physical sensations, feelings, sounds, incipient thoughts — and ultimately, whatever arises in the mind.
Now, in our present circumstances, we want to understand the deeper truth — YOUR ABSOLUTE truth. Because we are attempting to use the human cognitive system for something other than its intended purpose, this deep understanding is difficult — but not impossible.
A quiet mind brings inner peace, but identification with awareness, Spirit, the ground of mind, takes us even further — to a profound, unshakable happiness. When we have seen, profoundly and deeply, that we are equanimous subjectivity itself, then we can pull back at any time from our informational existence. We can simply BE, totally happy, totally at peace, identified with the ocean of Spirit, and undisturbed by its informational waves. We can bring to it a new perspective. We can come to understand that we really are Being, we really are Spirit…
(Edited version of text that appears on pgs 170-79 of Copthorne Macdonald’s book Matters of Consequence)
Meditation and slowing the chatter of the mind reconnects us to the fullness of the universe as it reconnects us to the fullness of our beings and of who we are. It is considered to be able to reconnect us to the universe and to our very essence. You are CHOOSING this for yourself. This process is about reconnecting with your core, your higher self, those around you and the ancient knowledge and power you hold with you, known or unknown.
Universal Mind Meditation:
The universe is infinite… That which is infinite cannot be many, for many-ness is a finite concept. To have infinity you must identify or define that infinity as unity; otherwise, the term does not have any referent or meaning. In an Infinite Creator there is only unity… You are every thing, every being, every emotion, every event, every situation. You are unity. You are infinity. You are love/light, light/love. You are. This is the Law of One.