Keys to Meditation

Meditation is the process of focusing mind, and intention is what makes it work. Intention equates with what one wants to accomplish.


When we think of meditation we generally think about going into a quiet still to experience peace and tranquility, and everyone can achieve at least a degree of serenity on the first try.


Meditation is not about the breath, or breathing. It's about the mind. Concentrating on the breath, a physical object, or a mental image, simply gives the mind something to focus on in order to help clear it of its pervading thoughts.


Clearing the mind of thoughts is a challenge. By nature, our minds are always in action. We are bombarded with thoughts all the time and learning how to quiet them is what makes the difference in how deep we go.


It is important to understand that resisting thoughts inherent to our nature, or creating a wall to keep them out, is counterproductive to deep meditation. Resistance keeps us from surrender, and surrender is how deep meditation occurs. The more we surrender (let go), the more we can experience.


Surrender means letting go of control. When we try to control the energy, whether mental, emotional or physical, we create a state of resistance. All energy, through whatever channel; mind, heart, or body, must be allowed to pass through those centers in order to achieve nirvana (oneness).


Integration is the goal, and integration cannot happen if we deny or resist any of the energy that permeates our space.


In order to reach the highest levels of intelligence and deepest levels of love, we must first believe that everything is love unfolding. Only ignorance, fear and judgment preclude us from our potential.


Recognizing value in the dark side of life's experiences is how we can accept, then let go, of so-called negative energy. Don't confuse acceptance with condoning an event. Understanding why, gives us an ability to accept that there are causes for negative action; it does not mean we approve of it.


There is always a value or lesson to be learned from every event, and sometimes we must look deep within to find it. We are free to release fear, judgment, and resistance attached to a particular event when we recognize the value in it.


In deep meditation, walls of energy built up to protect us from seeing ourselves clearly melt away. We move in degrees, from resistance to nonresistance, and experience more free flowing energy which makes us feel lighter and less burdened.


The teacher is within: the thing we are seeking, is the thing that is doing the seeking.


Because we are the director of the show, we can tell ourselves what to do as we go into meditation. The easiest way to integrate with mental realm energy (thought energy), is to acknowledge it.


See or be aware of the thoughts or images as they bombard the mind and treat them as we would our breath. Simply breathe them in and blow them out. It is not necessary to react to them during meditation. We can actually speak to, and direct our thoughts to do what we want.


Tell the thoughts or images that present themselves, that you will deal with them later, that you're aware they need attention and you accept them. But for now, they're going to move through you and relax on each wave of air you breathe in and blow out. As your thoughts relax, you relax. You relax because you have let go of the need to move them away, and they relax because you have allowed them to come through. You are not dividing the energy of your intention, but integrating with it.


When we treat our thoughts like energy simply wanting acknowledgment and acceptance, we can embrace that energy with love, and love is the prime mover toward our goal.


We should treat any outside distractions such as noises, in the same way we do our thoughts. Don't resist them. Let them enter through the breath and release them that way, until they pass. Once we have integrated with the psychic, or mental realm of energy, we can move into deeper levels of mind.


Now, we encounter patience. It is important that no expectations be placed on what should or should not occur in meditation, outside of feeling relaxed.


Deep meditation requires patience and trust. Be assured something is happening even if it feels otherwise. This is when mind speaks to mind without words; when energy touches energy without feeling, and when healing light frequencies permeate the soul.


Remember, meditation is a state of subjectivity, total surrender to the God of our own understanding. Whatever lies at the core is the same for each of us. How we define it is entirely up to the individual.


Meditation is a process and the more we practice, the easier it gets. We build an attitude of confidence in what will occur by creating a place and time for meditation. This is especially important for beginners.


When we choose a place and time for meditation we reinforce our intention, and that reinforcement creates and builds an attitude of expectation. We expect to relax and let go. In time, the subconscious mind kicks in the minute we enter the appointed space and a state of nonresistance happens without effort.


The time to go into meditation is more important that the time to come out. Meditating by the clock puts an element of resistance into the process and is not advisable. Trust when it's time to end, you will.


The peace we seek is the peace we own and through meditation, we can become what we own.


Linda Joy Crutcher

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