Among the hundreds of messages I receive every week, one that frequently arises is the question of meditation. Most people have heard of meditation and have some notion at least of what it is, but many it seems still do not really understand meditation.
One of the most frequent questions is how to achieve deep states of meditation without the years of practice. Well it is possible to achieve profound states of meditation very quickly using brainwave entrainment products such as Binaural Mind Power, and indeed this will enable you to reach deep states of meditation very quickly, but while this is unquestionably useful for situations where deep meditation is required "on demand", it is nevertheless extremely useful to learn the ability to meditate anytime and anywhere.
As this is such a big subject and therefore this will be the first part of a three part series on this important subject.
So what actually is meditation and how can it best be defined? Meditation is without question one of the most worthwhile and valuable practices anyone can undertake on a regular and ideally daily basis. Many people however still tend to associate it with a perceived far eastern mystical practice whereby a person will sit on the floor in an impossible looking position, surrounded by candles and burning incense while chanting a mantra. Although this might well be true in some types of meditative practice, for the vast majority of practitioners meditation is nothing like this at all.
Meditation is in fact a daily habit for millions of people the world over within all cultures and all walks of life, and more people joining the ranks of committed meditators every day as they discover the very considerable values and benefits of this ancient and highly beneficial practice.
Let it be said straightaway that there is absolutely no need whatsoever for such notional complicated postures, candles, incense or any other mystical instrument or practice. It can be performed almost anywhere at any time of the day, providing it is in a place which offers the necessary freedom from distractions.
So what exactly are the benefits? To start with meditation calms the Mind and relaxes and dissolves tension from the body. In the longer term the Mind begins to experience much higher levels of peace, tranquility and serenity, not only during meditation itself but also during daily life. There is a progressive and profound increase in happiness, tolerance, love, understanding, fearlessness, and inner powers and abilities.
Powers of concentration increase and the Mind becomes progressively sharper and more under control, including freedom from unwanted thoughts, emotions and influences, and with a much higher ability to enjoy the present moment. There are many further such tangible benefits, but in short, meditation greatly strengthens the body, Soul and Spirit resulting in a higher quality of life.
There are also other important benefits that might seem less obvious. While in a state of deep meditation you are open to the inner realms of reality and Energy thereby making it possible to contact and communicate with beings of the inner realms. Most importantly you can also communicate directly with your Higher-Self. These contacts can be extremely valuable indeed, with information, intuition, insights, advice, encouragement and much more, all assisting considerably in daily life.
You can ask questions, and receive answers on issues of importance to you. Remember, space and time simply do not exist in the inner realms of life and reality, and accordingly the beings and people dwelling there have access to the past, present and future, as well as to vast repositories of information maintained in huge Astral libraries and of course the Akashic record of the Causal sphere of the Universe.
Most techniques have one ultimate objective; to achieve complete silence of the Mind and therefore to reach the real "I" level of pure awareness, resulting in a more direct channel of communication with your inner-self and a greater, more profound connection with The Source, Our Divine Creator, God.
Again, we must always keep in Mind that when meditating we are focusing inwards to our Soul, Spirit and Higher-Self as well as to the inner realms of life and reality. It should be kept in Mind therefore that the inner realms are actually identical to what are often referred to as the "higher" realms; it is simply a matter of perspective. Most people talk of "higher realms", higher "levels", "planes", "worlds", "spheres" and so on, but these are actually inner states of Consciousness, vibration and Energy, the physical world being the outermost "shell", the physical epidermis of the Universe existing at the highest density and the lowest vibration.
As the great quantum physicist David Bohm succinctly observed, the outermost layer of the Universe, the physical Universe as observed by science is as "frozen light". Although Astral and Mental worlds therefore may be considered to be higher relative to the physical worlds, they are in reality all progressively inner worlds with our The Source Energy, The First Cause, God at the very centre. The observable, physical Universe as known to science is merely a very small fraction of the glories of the entire Universe in all its spheres of life and reality. It is in meditation that we reach far
beyond the ephemeral, maya, illusion of the physical world of matter and indeed the Astral worlds, to focus far inwards towards the source, eventually realizing a complete oneness with The Source.
When performing meditation, Astral Projection or indeed any other journey beyond the physical world, this is really an inner journey to inner states of Energy, vibration and being.
Meditation techniques part 2
Yoga Meditation part 3