The essence of meditation is to place our undivided attention upon what is Real. We turn away from what is transient, we turn away from what is always changing, always in a state of flux, and instead we focus upon that which is the same yesterday, today, and forever—Pure Consciousness, Unconditioned Awareness, Pure Spirit. We turn to our inner filling station so to speak, reminded that within us is all we could ever need. Then, as we head out into the world, we are no longer pulled around by circumstances and conditions. The quality of our consciousness is no longer determined by what is happening in the so-called external. We experience moments of peace, moments of tranquility, even when what is happening on the surface level of our lives doesn’t seem to warrant it. We have transcended the turbulence of condition-based happiness, and we have returned into alignment with our True Self. And when we live from that space, we are able to bring peace, healing, and compassion into all those areas of the world where suffering is still taking place. We no longer wait around for a miracle to happen. Instead we make ourselves available to let the miracle happen in, through, and as us. We have become willing and receptive, ready and available to be used by God in a powerful way.
Being the spiritual image and likeness of God means that we contain within us all of the sacred qualities of the Infinite. So within every single one of us truly lies the totality of the All Good. In order for us to experience this, we must first embody it. What we embody in consciousness we become. Choose to begin every day by feeling into your innate wholeness through meditation, affirmative prayer, and contemplation. Realize that as a spiritual being there could not possibly be anything missing within you. You are whole, perfect, and complete at the center of your being. As you contemplate and feel into this on a regular basis, it becomes ingrained into your subjective awareness, meaning you are literally reprogramming your mind. You are allowing the Truth of who you are to take you over. So today, embody your wholeness. Know the Truth about who and what you are, and make the decision that your life will become the living demonstration of that.
Observing yourself, noticing your thought patterns, your habituated reactions and acquired mental attitudes is truly the beginning step of higher awareness. It is only once you become aware that you actually gain the ability to change whatever patterns no longer serve you. As long as you are unaware, the conditioned mind is running you. Once you become aware, you have a choice. So the cornerstone of an effective spiritual practice is to simply raise our awareness, and one of the most effective ways we may do this is through meditation. As you learn to quiet your mind and turn within, you find that all the stuff that was previously below the level of your conscious awareness begins to bubble up. When this happens, rejoice! For you now have been given the option to free yourself from the self-inflicted bonds of the conditioned mind, and to return into a realization of your true identity as a free and limitless being, here to reveal nothing less than the face of God in all that you do.
It may not always seem obvious that the answers to all questions can be found in the stillness. When you quiet your mind and allow yourself to just be with yourself, you will find that out of the no-thingness of the stillness everything you need is ready to come forth. The world may try to convince you that power is found in that which seemingly exerts force over something else. Yet this is not power at all. It is merely the result of an erroneous perception of separation. True power is to return on a regular basis into the realization that all you could ever need already lies within you. Meditate on this. Allow yourself to feel into it. Don’t try to rationalize it, just give yourself permission to sense it. And then know that as you are making yourself available, you are giving whatever you need permission to show up in your life—either in the form of a sudden insight, a revelation or a good idea; or perhaps in the form of synchronistic events, so called good breaks and apparent coincidences. You have at that point tapped into the vast and infinite organizing power of the Cosmos, which is always seeking to take your life into the realm of the miraculous.
When you become aware of your true nature as an individualized expression of All That Is, realizing that the infinite potentiality of the All-Good is within you, it becomes self-evident that you already have everything you could ever want, hope for, or desire. Yet what we endeavor to do is to move beyond a mere intellectual understanding of this truth into a conscious and experiential realization of it. So today, give yourself permission to contemplate that you are not your body, that you are not your thoughts, and that you are not what happens to you. Become aware that beyond all of that there is a silent witness, a conscious observer, ever present. This silent witness is pure consciousness. It is timeless, formless, birthless, and deathless. This is the Real You. It is free from all false sense of lack or limitation. Let yourself get in touch with this aspect of your being today. Commune with it, live from it. As you do, you will find that you no longer get carried away with the surface mind’s preoccupation with what appears to be missing, and instead you remember to simply “be still and know that I am God in the midst of you.”
The purpose of a daily spiritual practice is for us to remain constantly aware of that which is Real. As we take time each day to turn inward, as we listen to the sweet sound of stillness within our own being, we are in that moment breaking free from letting the world of phenomena and effects control our state of consciousness. Instead we are communing with that timeless, formless, and eternal essence out of which all good ultimately flows. So just as you take time each day to tend to the affairs of your body temple, to shower, to brush your teeth, so too take time each day to do your inner work. Take time daily to be reminded of your true nature which is nothing less than a totally unique and individualized expression of the All-Good—the very spiritual image and likeness of God. And then with this awareness go about your day, shining forth the luminosity that is within you seeking to be expressed and revealed regardless of where you find yourself.
In the sweet stillness, in those moments of beautiful inward-gazing, our attention turned from the world and rooted deep within the interiority of our being, we find there is a place of absolute peace, well-being, and profound wisdom. Whereas before the world may have been scattering our attention, we have now returned to that place of quietude out of which answers to all questions flow. There is enormous power in turning our attention to this inner sanctuary which is home. As we go about our days, involved in our activities, we may find that we still carry with us that awareness of peace, that inner sense calm that accompanies us with an ease and a grace, ever reminding us that regardless of where we go, regardless of what we do, in truth we have never left home.
As we commune with Spirit by withdrawing our attention from the world of effects and turning inward, let us approach each moment of prayer, each period of meditation, and each “high invocation” as if it was our very first time. Let us stray away from succumbing to rituals and feeling like we’re just going through the motions, and instead allow the Divine Presence to make all things new as we cultivate an all-things-new-mentality. We do this through intention, through attention, and through listening with our Inner Ear. Each moment of our lives marks a new beginning. May we resolve to never let the time we spend communing with Divine Beloved become ritualistic, but instead allow it to always maintain that fresh, all things new flavor. This is how we derive the greatest benefit from our regular inward glance.
When we take the approach that things are always working together for our good, regardless of what appears to be happening on the surface level of our lives, we soon begin to see blessings in even those experiences that at first we may have labeled undesirable. When we learn to look for the hidden blessings, the ones that aren’t always apparent at first, we are no longer merely reacting to what is happening but instead have chosen to respond from a deeper dimension of our being. Rather than acting out old mental patterns that may take the form of blaming, complaining or faultfinding, we instead are choosing to grow. We are giving ourselves permission to evolve, to become more of ourselves. We are remembering that all of Life is for us, and that each new moment presents us with the opportunity to consciously respond with love, compassion, and appreciation.