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Spiritualism, A Guide for Those Who Seek ~ Part 4
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By Ethel Rowe and Norma Bright
Feb. 11, 2012
Spiritualism, A Guide for Those Who Seek ~ Part 4 Meditation (Feb. 11, 2012)
The purpose of meditation is to attain union with God. Once this union is attained in a measure, it takes over our experience and lives our lives. It makes the crooked way straight. We no longer live by bread alone, but by an inner peace. We can never reach this union with God so long as we seek it for the purpose of power or greed. That is, seeking God in order to possess some person, place, or thing. Meditation is for the purpose of realizing God. In achieving this realization of God, our good appears as whatever our needs may be.
Jesus told us that the kingdom of God is within us, within our individual being, not in the mountains, nor yet in a temple at Jerusalem, but within. As we begin to recognize our good as a gift from God, we let the reasoning, thinking, planning mind relax. We listen for the still small voice, the angel of the Lord, the Christ, the God within.
This listening is the art of meditation. In the learning of this art, we come to a place of transition - a place where truth leaves the mind and enters the heart. In other words, there is no longer merely and intellectual knowledge about truth. Truth becomes a living thing within our being!
A feeling arises of something other than ourselves operating in us, through us, and for us - something greater than ourselves. This is the experience of all who meditate.
To know the truth as just so many words, quotations, passages, or theories is one thing. It is an entirely different thing when, through meditation, the Word takes root in our consciousness and comes forth as spiritual food. Our objective is to attain a measure of that mind which was in Christ Jesus, then let It do with us what It will.
Instead of seeking or desiring something already existing as form or effect, let us learn to turn within. Let our good unfold from the Divine Source, the Infinite Unseen. Let the business and professional man look to the Divine within. Let the sick and the sinner seek healing and perfection from within. Let each one of us always be alert - watching consciousness unfold as new and richer forms of good - experiencing the abundance of life. The Soul is the eternal storehouse of all good, and will permit the activity of the Christ to function in our experience. Let us draw our good from the infinity of our being.
This consciousness of God's presence is developed by patience and perseverance, in quietness and in confidence, by abstaining from the use of mental power or physical might, so that Spirit may function. "Be still and know that I am God."
There are many forms of meditation leading to the awakening of the sleeping Christ within. There is no one way appropriate for everyone. Each. person must find the way which appeals to his particular consciousness.
All methods call forth that deep sense of humility which knows, "I can, of mine own self, do nothing." Satisfactory meditation requires a letting-go of personal selfhood with its egotistical claim to possessing a wisdom of its own. We must let go in order that the power, which we call the Father within, can take over. This power is within us, not within our body, but within our consciousness, Through meditation, we permit it to escape from within, that it may act on the without and become the savior to our experiences.
Our objective is to develop a state of receptivity to the spirit voice within. In meditation we do not think about our problems. We turn within and wait, and wait, and wait. The thoughts that race through our mind does not cOI~cern us. We are not interested in them. We are waiting until we feel the activity of Spirit stirring within. If necessary, we must practice meditation for years. If we persist, the day will come when there will be an inner response. This response will give us the assurance that there is within us that which the Master called "the Father," that which Paul knew as "the Christ."
The beginner should meditate three times a day. If that is not possible, at least twice a day - in the morning and at night. There is no one who should find this too difficult to do. Everyone gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night.
Meditation is the only way one can make progress in developing spiritual gifts. It may seem a long and sometimes impossible task. However, if one perseveres, the rewards are eternal
Early Spiritualists called it "going into the Silence." Sitting relaxed and quietly awaiting the touch from God, they learned to accept the positive touch of peace, a beautiful vision, the touch of a loved one, or an idea.
Upon coming back to physical awareness, they knew with inner conviction that they had been blessed.
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