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Our meditation helps all around us

You have been meditating deeply for a long time, sending light and love to the whole world; and then you feel like getting some exercise and you go out for a walk in the street. When you return a short while later, you are unaware of having had the slightest effect on those whom you passed. If you were clairvoyant, you would see the benefit your presence has had, without your knowing it, on the strangers you came across. Some who had planned to do wicked things have abandoned their plans, while others who were feeling troubled or down have found a little serenity and hope. Never forget that when you progress on the path of light and unconditional love, you can have a positive effect on all the creatures you come across. Even if you feel that your thoughts and feelings have no influence on your surroundings, there is always something nearby that stirs, moves or that is stimulated as a result. Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov  Daily Meditations Some more posts on meditation: Why meditate?  …

Miraculous powers of love- effective meditation

When first setting out in the spiritual life, most people encounter a first obstacle: they are unable to meditate because they do not know how to concentrate. Why? First, because they have not learned how to choose subjects for meditation; they throw themselves into it blindly, with no method. The first rule is to choose a subject of a spiritual nature, and the second, a subject that is something heartfelt. The love you have for a person or an object is what attaches you to him or it. When you do not love, you are, if I dare say so, like a stamp without glue: you will not stick! Beginners make the mistake of wanting to concentrate right away on the most abstract, philosophical and mystical matters: truth, eternity, infinity, the Absolute, or the supreme Being… Begin instead by concentrating, for example, on a pure, beautiful image that you love, an image of nature or art. In this way, your brain will become accustomed to concentrating, and gradually you will be able to meditate on …

When you meditate….strive high

“When you meditate, strive to go very high inside yourself and then to remain that high for as long as possible. Going high and remaining there means never failing to be noble, fair and generous, which also implies knowing how to ‘come down’ to help your fellow brothers and sisters. Though you are living and working on the earth among human beings, you should avoid coming down inside yourself, that is to say, avoid giving way to lower tendencies or taking part in selfish, dishonest endeavours. Remaining up high does not mean imitating people who are haughty, unapproachable and hard, people who would think it demeaning to extend a hand to others who are weaker, less gifted, less well educated or of lower social rank. It is quite the opposite. And once again we must use the example of the sun. The sun comes down to us, and through its rays it warms us, brings us light, communicates its life to us and sends us its messages. But the sun itself remains forever on high.” …

Meditation, contemplation, concentration

“Meditation is an activity of the mind- an attempt to deepen your understanding of spiritual truths. Contemplation, on the other hand, is an activity of the heart or soul- you dwell on an image, a quality or a virtue in order to rejoice in its light and beauty and be in communion with it. And on a higher level still, there is the magical activity of identification by which the will and the spirit identify with the creator in order to create. Some days you will feel inclined to work with the mind: to think and search and ponder, this is meditation. On other days, when you are in a state of hamony, peace and bliss, you may feel drawn to contemplation. And then there are other days when your will manifests itself more strongly and you feel the need to do something, to create, to set in motion invisible forces. You have all certainly experienced these three states even though you may not have recognised them or been able to define them. But you need …

Om Tat Sat- I am That

‘If you apply your spirit and all your love, every day, to the practice of identification with the supreme being, the source of life, the first cause, the Father of all creatures, there will be a moment when it will be as though God himself and all his splendour, power, love and wisdom were with you. The initiates of India and Tibet all work on identification. They have this formula. ‘I am That’ which they repeat constantly for years. In this way they try to eliminate any notion of separation between human beings and the Godhead. God alone exists and human beings are simply one of his manifestations. After years of  practising this exercise of identification, an initiate is capable of working miracles. Yes, in fact, it is very simple, but human beings are busy with other things. They never think about identifying with the Deity; they prefer to identify with animals. When they have lived together for years, the master begins to look like his dog instead of the dog looking like his master! So, …

The gentle art of meditation

In today’s Daily Meditation the master gives some advice on how to succeed at meditation by being gentle and diplomatic with our thoughts. It relates to the passage I posted a few days ago on why he recommends meditation as a spiritual practice: Meditation is a difficult exercise, as it requires great control over our thoughts. But thought is rebellious; it tends to go free and wander, and if you try to stop it abruptly your brain will seize up. As the brain is such a sensitive instrument, you have to start it up very gently, just as you warm up the engine in a car for a few moments before moving off. So, when you want to meditate, do not try to control your thoughts straight away. They will rebel and rear up, and you will gain nothing from them. Begin by getting yourself into a peaceful, harmonious state of mind; then slowly and gently lead your thoughts in the direction you want them to go. After a while they will be at your …

Why meditate?

The master Omraam gave many original lectures on meditation and contemplation which I have found really useful in my own spiritual practice. The first one I am sharing focuses on the basic question of why we need to meditate if we want to make progress in our spiritual life: There are many different degrees to meditation. And we must understand that meditation is more than reflection. To meditate means to focus on a subject,  a quality or virtue, on something that you are either lacking, or wish to develop. But you will not have any desire to develop a particular quality or virtue such as  kindness, generosity, peace, light, wisdom or love, (there are so many qualities and virtues), unless you cherish a high ideal. But what is this high ideal? It’s to want to become something better than ordinary- by which I mean purer, more perfect, more intelligent, more powerful, in fact, to become a model, an example. Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov If you do not have this ideal of becoming an example, of perfecting …