Meditation could be described, rather readily, as the absolute basis of the awakened life. It’s been practiced by virtually every religious icon through history. Buddha, Lao Tzu, Jesus Christ. . .all of those figures spoke of an inner peace, Nirvana, or Heaven that’s available to humanity. All these figures spoke of insights discovered through the practice of looking inward. It might be argued here that figures like Mohammad or Jesus Christ didn’t meditate, but this debate is based on a misunderstanding of Prayer instead of any real argument against meditation.
Meditation and Prayer
Meditation and Prayer are, in actuality, the exact same thing. There’s a whole lot of mysticism around both of these terms but the cornerstone of both practices is the Mind. Both prayer and meditation are only methods of looking inward. Whether you believe you’re communicating with your Higher Self or God, you’re doing this through your mind.
In actuality, to realize that the effects of the practices are ultimately the same, one just needs to read or talk to people who have been practicing for several years. When speaking about prayers lots of individuals think that prayer is a means of asking God for what they need in their own lives. Many men and women pray for their families, for their friends, or for their own country. These prayers are usually made by people who would use their idea of God as another method of controlling their own lives. These aren’t actual deep prayers.
Deep prayers are prayers that ask for nothing. In actuality, the deepest prayers do not have an internal dialog so much as a huge willingness to just maintain the mind. Deep prayers are silent. . .deep prayers bring spiritual experience and bliss in place of the belief that God is there to give wishes. Those who exercise deep kindness are those who believe the existence of God, not those who speculate about it.
An example. Saint Joseph of Copertino was observed countless times in states of deep prayer. During these episodes people not only commented upon the calm and ecstatic expression on his face, they also noticed that he literally levitated in the floor. Not through praying for levitation. . .but through feeling so attached that he became literally weightless. Everything, even gravity, was lifted from his shoulders.
Meditation is much the same, actually. Those who start in meditation frequently have problems maintaining the tradition of it because they have to confront their own thoughts. In actuality, the practice of meditation is the answer to our misunderstanding of prayer. Meditation is essentially the practice of celebrating ones ideas and ridding yourself of the impulse to request anything. Buddha himself said it best when he stated that Desire is the root of all misery. In a country of non-wanting we locate that the “being” that Saint Joseph was feeling.
Hundreds of years have passed since many of our religious icons walked into the world and a lot of the messages are lost. Wars are fought over something as straightforward as misunderstanding what Christ meant when he said “The Kingdom of Heaven is Near” and because the practice of deep meditation/prayer was largely lost in society. In practicing this condition of “not asking” or”non-wanting” we’d no more twist the words of faith to suit our own needs, we would no longer use a random quote or sentence as justification to pursue our own ends. As opposed to worshiping these icons from needing to have a better belief than many others we’d imitate these icons by knowing what they knew.
Confronting our deepest thoughts
What did they know? Many things. All of which you may understand through precisely the exact same practice they were so fond of. Sitting quietly and confronting ones deepest thoughts. Sounds easy at first, but in a world where our wants and desires are the very root of our economy, political system, and even day to day interaction it is often very tricky to put into practice.
Luckily, though we might have failed our inner self, humanity has developed some very interesting technologies. Among these apparently non-spiritual technologies we’ve developed methods of changing our brainwave activity through the easy process of adhering to different frequencies in each ear. Sounds complicated, right? It’s not.
Basically we’ve discovered a way to generate Alpha, Beta, and Theta states from the head through listening to certain music CD’s. Just what are Alpha, Beta, and Theta states?
Alpha, Beta, and Theta states
A Beta State is when our mind is at its most alert and prepared. This is the condition produced when we are energized and functioning.
An Alpha State is the exact opposite to the Beta State. It’s the state of non-doing that’s often spoken about when talking meditation. Alpha state is, in actuality, a meditative state.
And of course the Theta State would be an even deeper state of non-doing. A state where the brain is in this abstract frame of mind that in non-doing the brain is doing a excellent deal. This is the state generally associated with dreaming or hallucinogens.
I want to point out that, though these CD’s work very well, they’re only supposed to be a stepping stone to separate meditation/prayer. For those people who find it tough to look inward while we are surrounded by visitors, skyscrapers, and the bustling of people this technology is best. I promise you that after a very short while you won’t only have the ability to tune out the sound, you will wonder how it ever bothered you.