Written by Florence Mary on Sept 23, 1999.
The silence of the heart and of the mind is meditation. Everyone must learn to become compassionate to themselves understanding that man cannot give truly to others or be of service, if he first cannot give to himself. To the western mind meditation is viewed with suspicion as it requires you to do nothing but silently examine the condition of the mind and to observe it. By observing our own thoughts upon everything it soon becomes apparent that, I could have, I should have, I would have, form much of our thinking.
Ego constantly criticizes us without compassion or sensitivity to the true value of human life and its potential for transformation and transmutation of energy to consciousness. Only with the practice of meditation can we see ourselves with compassion. Meditation is a safe place for self observation, where we finally see that all consciousness is tied together by the stillness of creation and the silence of the heart which is meditation itself. So it is a circle of energy both filled and bound by silence and self concept. Self concept either rules us or provides the grounding place of physical awareness and conscious experience of the invisible world of spirit.
A further step down the path of self observation allows us to give to ourselves without guilt. Guilt is the controlling agent of the western world where ancestor worship or honour is not present. Guilt is used to extract reverence for things, rituals and personages that may or may not deserve our honour. Inherent in the use of guilt is the holding of myth as fact or truth. Each “ism” has an active mythological base that is portrayed as truth or historic fact. For practitioners of such “ism’s”, finding out that myths are just that (myth), would mean a loss of faith. Yet viewed without the need of ego and personality to cling to, (magical thinking), they would see that certain myths pervade all “ism” thinking. So religious thinking, like so many other systems that loose the purpose of service to the practitioner, become self service and perpetuate themselves for the sake of the system rather than those who embrace it.
Meditation relieves the mind of all attachments to all systems and allows one to embrace their totality of experience within or outside of “ism” thinking. Therefore, even the practice of meditation is not addictive as in clinging to or an aversion as in not doing because of fears. Therefore, meditation in its clearest sense is a basic trust in life. Each soul freed of its fears breathes in deeply, without puffing and blowing but smoothly and evenly, through the nose, observing both the mechanics of the breath and the effects of each breath on the body’s operation. As clarity dawns, practice and concentration on the breath may produce knowledge about the individual functions of the body which allows one to sweep from consciousness, dis-ease that effects each soul according to karma and the ability to forgive and release it.
Further along, one begins to be able to see the moment as the only moment of reality, each coming and going, embracing the impermanence of existence rather than trying to cling to the need to hold onto “good” experiences, but rather releasing them as one releases bad experiences. In the western world we do not release bad experiences but instead deny them. In doing so we create buried disease that takes years to manifest itself in disease. In eastern thinking karmatic disease response is accepted with a fatalistic view. New thinking now being brought to consciousness is the restoration of non-disease and non-disease reality which was once part of our make up as light beings.
In essence, each of us is light, sound and color, made up of both wave and particle reality that resonates to the degree of consciousness attained through living. Meditation can either expand the consciousness of self or limit the possibilities of both the spiritual and physical self through “ism” thinking. But letting go of “ism” thinking does not mean the dishonouring of the “ism”, but the understanding that the “ism” provided and still provides a vehicle for the first steps of spiritual growth. In that respect, each “ism” should be shown respect, study and honour, for the intrinsic values portrayed in its myths, legends and parables. In truly conscious beings, one enjoys the ritual life of “ism” for the energy that moved within them. Singing and toning are a part of many rituals. Outward signs are another means for all of us to focus energy and bring about a sensitivity to subtle energy movement within ourselves and within others.
The silence of meditation becomes a point of attainment and practice for moving energy for specific purpose. That purpose is healing. Healing, in the greatest sense of things is the release of karma to the Universal Source through understanding and forgiveness.