Meditation is a sacred practice. Shamans, gurus, priests, medicine men and other wise beings have practiced meditation for over 5000 years. In the 20th century, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi popularized one form of meditation he named Transcendental Meditation, (TM). This is a simple form of mantra meditation, easy to learn and to do.
We meditate by sitting quietly, eyes open, and concentrating on an image such as a mandala, or a candle, or sitting with closed eyes, and, in either case, repeating a mantra. A mantra is not a word. A mantra is a sound. Different sounds, repeated over and over and over again, affect energies within the body, each in its own way.
There are many ways to meditate. In most instances, you sit quietly. Teachers may recommend different postures. These include the lotus position in which the Buddha is often depicted. Diverse cultures recommend various deployments of the fingers. (one example: thumbs and forefingers lightly touching, palms up. )
When we meditate, we slow down our brain waves. We change them from the beta state, (22 cycles per second in normal waking consciousness) to the alpha state (11 cycles per second. )
This slower vibration opens up access to the subconscious mind. The subconscious mind, in turn, opens awareness of our otherwise inaccessible higher consciousness. To higher consciousness as well as to universal intelligence.
2. Divine Essence
When a person’s intentions are pure, they surrender selflessly to their higher purpose in life. They surrender themselves in the service of the creator of us all. Diverse cultures variously call the creator God, some Allah, some the Great Spirit, some Our Heavenly Father, some use various other names, all meaning the supreme intelligence, the creator of the universe, of all that is.
In this state of surrender, a person is in touch with their divine essence. Having pure intentions, they are harmless. They are interested only in higher service.
On the other hand, some people who develop access to their higher powers, use their higher powers for selfish, negative and harmful intentions. (Darth Vader types. )
Your intuition may be trusted to inform you, to warn you of people with negative and evil designs. These people are to be resolutely avoided.
3. Bulldog Tenacity
When we unite the practice of meditation with surrender to our divine essence, we are likely to be empathetic, loving, and harmless.
And if we are to advance ourselves in the relative world, the temporal world, the ordinary world of people, places, and events, a third quality is required.
This quality is bulldog tenacity. Do you know the nature of a bulldog? A bulldog is tenacious in defending its master and the master’s property. Their teeth lock onto the presumed invader. Their grip is an iron grip. That iron grip prevails even in death.
This means that when your intentions are noble and worthy, when the outcome of your intentions somehow contributes to making this a better world, you are to never, never, never give up.
You are to “pay any price, bear any burden” to bring your intentions into objective reality. This is the way to justify the space you take up and the resources you consume while you draw breath.
This is the way you make a positive difference in the lives you touch.
This is the way you make yourself a role model for others. And, most important of all, this is the way you leave a lasting legacy.