Meditation is something that has been around forever and yet there is still there is a lot of confusion and misunderstanding about the purpose of meditation.
It’s possible that people meditate for different reasons and with a desire to achieve different results, however, meditation is primarily a doorway to the ‘expanded version of OURSELF’ and all the possibilities that this realization imparts upon us.
It is through meditation that we connect to the part of us that is the creator of the circumstances of our lives, our ‘inner being.’ In doing so, we can take control of our circumstances and overall well-being. And when we learn to appropriately direct our energy, we enable ourselves to create our life as we desire it to be, rather than just living it by default.
What is wrong with the way I am currently living my life?
Currently, the majority of people are ‘human doings’ instead of ‘human beings.’ We may call ourselves human beings but the reality is that we are caught up in, and distracted by, so much stuff that is happening to us and around us every moment of our lives. There is so much going on that we are just automatically reacting to based upon our conditioning, or the internal mind program that we identify with as ‘I.’ We have become used to not thinking most of the time and instead are just reacting and acting in ‘auto-pilot’ mode.
By auto-pilot, I mean that we can carry out many tasks every day without thinking about it. Once we have learned to walk, we do not need to give our attention to walking again. Driving a car becomes automatic once we have mastered the necessary skills, as does swimming and working (for many people who do repetitious work.) Even while talking with family and friends we see many people zoned out and thinking about other stuff.
Our minds resort to auto-pilot mode when we are not actively engaging it with our will. You may ask, “What is wrong with that? This is the way I have been living my life up until now and I’m ok.”
Why is living in auto-pilot mode not the best way to live?
Living in auto-pilot mode is repetitious and in the end, just plain boring!
Ask yourself, “Will I be happy in ten years if time my life is the same as it is now? This is what often happens to people when they have given up consciously thinking about their life’s circumstances and just settle for life as a human doing, going over the same stuff again and again.
We, as humans, are fortunate among all the wonderful life on earth that we have the ability to learn and think beyond our programming and therefore create for ourselves a different or new reality from the life we are currently living. Other life, as we know it, is not so fortunate.
The reality for an oak tree is that it will only ever be an oak tree. A bird will only ever be a bird and the truth is that all life on earth, except for humans, can never aspire to be more than the limits of their programming.
What makes human beings different from all other life on earth?
It seems that many people don’t aspire to more than a life of continuing to live within the consensus reality and the limits that this narrow version of ALL THIS EXISTS prisons them within. If they are TRULY happy with that, then all is good, and they are living a life that has meaning for them.
However, there is a small percentage of people who are never satisfied with being confined, controlled, and manipulated by others. They desire MORE LIFE, MORE EXPERIENCE, and a GREATER UNDERSTANDING OF THE PURPOSE FOR BEING HERE, alive on earth in this physical body at this time. The desire to know more and to experience more is what makes us different from other life forms that we know of. And the truth is that our greatest understanding of life has always come from those who have been able to turn WITHIN to KNOW THEMSELVES.
“There is a presence inside you. It is the life force that breathed your first breath when you were born. It is the life force that is breathing you now. It is a presence of unbelievable harmony, peace, and love, and it is inside of you. To connect with and feel the life presence, stop, close your eyes, relax, let go of thoughts, and focus deeply on the inside of your body for a few minutes. The more you do this exercise, the more the presence of pure harmony, peace, and love will arise within you.”
From: The Secret, Daily Teachings, by Rhonda Byrne. August 19, day 708.
What is the expanded version of my-SELF?
We have access to an ‘inner world,’ or energetic dimension/spiritual reality, which has so far remained out of reach of the majority of people that have walked on the earth. It has remained out of reach simply because people are either unaware of its existence, or have been misled about the way to tap into this infinitely valuable resource.
The truth is that it has always been there and is always available to anyone and everyone who is willing to do what is required to get there. The requirements are simple really, but not always easy.
To access our higher SELF/ inner being or connection to source energy we need to allow ourselves to have no thoughts, allow ourselves to just be, and allow ourselves to just do nothing – and to be ok with that.
We need to KNOW that sometimes it is ok to not need to be productive, to not need to be active, and to not need to do anything at all except just BE!
This means that we should release any need to control our meditation practice, and should not even try to understand it. Instead, let our meditations be a silent space where there is nothing for us to do, nothing that needs to be done, and nothing that should be done.
Just BE and allow source energy to flow through every cell of our body to refresh and uplift us, filling us with love and vital life force. NO thoughts, no actions, just BE.
Why would you want to journey into this ‘inner world?’
This inner world is the space that connects us to our ‘True SELF.’ Our true self is the energetic SELF that has existed since the beginning and will continue to exist forevermore. This true self is the creator of worlds and at the moment has chosen to create this life so that it can experience what it is to be alive in physical reality and play a ‘game of life’ with many other souls who have come here for the same reason.
While most souls inhabiting bodies now are completely distracted by all the feelings and emotions that having senses of touch, taste, smell, sight, and hearing have (which is really fun and exciting), there have always been a few ‘Enlightened Souls’ that have sought out this internal world to gain an understanding of the greater purpose of life. Those that have woken up to the truth of it have left clues for the rest of us on how we can also achieve an enlightened state of being, just as they did. Jesus Christ and Buddha are just two examples of who most people are aware of.
Meditation, contemplation, and prayer, are basically the same things and are an important step to finding out who we are and therefore the purpose of our life. Becoming enlightened is the bigger picture, however, what is more important for most people is “How can I benefit RIGHT NOW from a meditation practice?”
How will meditation help me in my daily life?
There are many advantages to establishing a regular meditation practice and no disadvantages. The goal of the practice should be to become more aware of YOURSELF and to learn WHY YOU ACT AND REACT in the ways you do, and to use this expanded awareness to help you in every aspect of your daily life.
So, to be useful to us, a meditation practice should reveal to us our own mind as it is our mind that is the source of all our thoughts that cause us to act and react, and leads us to feel certain ways. The results of these things then create the circumstances of our lives.
One of my previous posts, ‘how do I learn to meditate: The 2 biggest secrets to help you learn meditation that actually work‘ will provide you with the basic information you need when learning to meditate.
Meditation allows the observation of the mind, and once we come to understand that a lot of the time we are just reacting based on past habits, we can choose to continue with these habits if they serve our highest good, or we can begin to consciously change our habits to actively change our lives for the better.
When our mind is free from reacting in auto-pilot mode and is functioning with deliberate intention, we can become powerful creators of the content of our lives. There is nothing we want that we cannot create for ourselves, so why not begin to deliberately create things that are of benefit to us and that support our long-term goals? To do this, we need to become mindful of and considerate of our thoughts and the results they create.
With mindfulness or awareness of what is happening at the moment, we will also experience being present for conversations, being in tune with how we and others are feeling, being aware of what is happening around us or likely to happen, and so much more. This is made possible because the ‘whole of us’ (mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual aspects) is engaging, instead of just the mind of a semi-distracted, multi-tasking human doing.
Actively trying to achieve something while meditating can block access to our inner guidance.
While using focused thoughts to create desired outcomes in our lives is a valid way to meditate, and I do encourage it in the beginning as a way to strengthen our mind, (if you wish to take this path), it is not the ultimate goal of a meditation practice.
Once we begin receiving the life we have been deliberately creating, we can move our focus from our human desires of accumulation, conquest, lust, etc. to focus on the reason our soul chose to come to earth at this time to experience life in a human body.
Our soul came here to have fun and to be a deliberate creator, and we are able to tap into what our soul wants us to learn once we let go of what our ego wants and quiet our mind. In this way, meditation allows us to hear our loving soul whispering to us.
This inner voice, or Soul Wisphering, will guide us to seek experience, adventure, and a life filled with love, joy, and fun. It will never guide us to live within a routine, day in and day out. Our Inner Voice is spontaneous and playful and is available to ALL OF US, but only when we have quietened our mind enough so that we can hear it.
Meditation puts us into a ‘receiving mode’ where we can access information from our whole or blended SELF.
Many people already receive signals or impulses from their Inner Being as gut feelings, intuition, inspiration, etc. The signals will be subtle at first but with practice, we can expect to receive ideas, feelings, and thoughts that we know have not originated from our normal thought processes more often. These messages come from our source energy or Inner Being, and our Inner Being wants us to know that we are not here alone and that we are intimately connected to the source of creation at all times. It simply cannot be any other way!
Knowing that we are an extension of Source energy allows us to live with confidence, a sense of freedom, and power, and the experience of living as a limited human doing simply cannot compare in any way!
Shared with light and love in the hopes of making the world a better place one soul at a time.