Can you picture yourself in a quiet cool room with no cell phone, no noise, subdued light, no computer or TV and no one else nearby? Just imagine sitting there for an hour or more and posing questions to your inner mind or as some call it, the soul, and waiting for your higher self to answer. The question or questions you pose concern issues that have been troubling you for quite some time. Suddenly a light comes on in your mind. You discover a solution that just several minutes ago seemed so allusive. A sense of relief overtakes your whole being. You now know what to do and how to solve the challenge. You have no one to thank but yourself. Your higher force was tapped and now you can move forward in your life with confidence and a big head of steam.
It may seem like an episode from a TV show that cannot apply to you. But let me assure you, meditation is real and does work. In fact, over one thousand years ago there was a society in the East that had so mastered meditation that its members could solve virtually any problem that was presented to them. They were able to resolve scientific issues and many other challenges. This group is called the “Followers of the Inner Light”. Their abilities are so great that they even exist today, well over one thousand years later.
You may not have the time for meditation because you perceive there to be no value in it, but if you were to try and see what it can do for you, your view would change. The most advanced form of meditation allows your inner being to reveal truth to your reactive mind. This is how discoverers are made. Did you ever wonder why the answer to a question or problem that confronts you often appears after a goods night sleep. The term “sleep on it” was created for a reason.
Meditation has basic components. Even though there are many versions or types of meditation they all center around core principles. First and most important is the location. A quiet tranquil place is important. Next is your posture. Let’s face it, it is hard to meditate if your body is not in a relaxed position. The third core component has to do
with the subject at hand. In other words, what is the goal of your meditation. It could simply be to free your mind and trying not to focus on any subject, or it could be very complicated, trying to resolve relationship challenges. The fourth core principle has to do with your attitude. You must approach meditation with humility and passivity. All aggression has to be left behind.
When you meditate you must remain in silence. It is impossible to reflect and speak at the same time. An incredible speech given by a world renowned Eastern Divine in London on Sunday, January 12th, 1913 explained meditation this way, and when you consider he said this well over 100 years ago, it is worth paying close attention to:
“There is a sign (from God) in every phenomenon: the sign of the intellect is contemplation and the sign of contemplation is silence, because it is impossible for a man to do two things at one time—he cannot both speak and meditate. It is an axiomatic fact that while you meditate you are speaking with your own spirit.
In that state of mind you put certain questions to your spirit and the spirit answers: the light breaks forth and the reality is revealed. You cannot apply the name ‘man’ to any being void of this faculty of meditation; without it he would be a mere animal, lower than the beasts. Through the faculty of meditation man attains to eternal life; through it he receives the breath of the Holy Spirit—the bestowal of the Spirit is given in reflection and meditation. The spirit of man is itself informed and strengthened during meditation; through it affairs of which man knew nothing are unfolded before his view. Through it he receives Divine inspiration, through it he receives heavenly food.
Meditation is the key for opening the doors of mysteries. In that state man abstracts himself: in that state man withdraws himself from all outside objects; in that subjective mood he is immersed in the ocean of spiritual life and can unfold the secrets of things-in-themselves. To illustrate this, think of man as endowed with two kinds of sight; when the power of insight is being used the outward power of vision does not see. This faculty of meditation frees man from the animal nature, discerns the reality of things, puts man in touch with God.
This faculty brings forth from the invisible plane the sciences and arts. Through the meditative faculty inventions are made possible, colossal undertakings are carried out; through it governments can run smoothly. Through this faculty man enters into the very Kingdom of God.”
Meditation does not only help us solve perplexing problems, it also has a very beneficial affect on how we look and feel. It relaxes you, helps every cell in your body function better and improves your well being. There are hundreds of scientific studies that confirm these facts. Pain is often helped through meditation.
Ravi Shankar, the meditation master states:
Physical Benefits of Meditation
With meditation, the physiology undergoes a change and every cell in the body is filled with more prana (energy). This results in joy, peace, enthusiasm as the level of prana in the body increases. On a physical level, meditation:
- Lowers high blood pressure
- Lowers the levels of blood lactate, reducing anxiety attacks
- Decreases any tension-related pain, such as, tension headaches, ulcers, insomnia, muscle and joint problems
- Increases serotonin production that improves mood and behavior
- Improves the immune system
- Increases the energy level, as you gain an inner source of energy
Mental Benefits of Meditation
Meditation brings the brainwave pattern into an Alpha state that promotes healing. The mind becomes fresh, delicate and beautiful. With regular practice of meditation:
- Anxiety decreases
- Emotional stability improves
- Creativity increases
- Happiness increases
- Intuition develops
- Gain clarity and peace of mind
- Problems become smaller
- Meditation sharpens the mind by gaining focus and expands through relaxation
- A sharp mind without expansion causes tension, anger and frustration
- An expanded consciousness without sharpness can lead to lack of action/progress
- The balance of a sharp mind and an expanded consciousness brings perfection Meditation makes you aware – that your inner attitude determines your happiness. There are lots of great videos on YouTube demonstrating the art of meditation. You can meditate in silence or some like to listen to soothing sounds and music. The early morning hours are usually the most tranquil and offer some of the best times for it.