The paths of spiritual philosophy and religious doctrine merge on a few points. The first is the existence of the Divine. Another concurrence is that some form of meditation is the path to the Divine. It is the key to the universe. Even though belief systems vary in technique, what they have in common is a shared belief. And that is through meditation, we can achieve higher-states of consciousness and illumination. The ultimate goal being reachable, a personal knowing and experience of the Divine can be had through the sublime experience of meditation. By incorporating a regular meditation period into our daily lives, the veil between the worlds dissolves and each of us can experience a personal and first-hand knowledge of the Divine.
As a byproduct, the psychic senses automatically begin to cooperate and function with the physical body in the course of normal daily life. The spiritual world is often referred to as the invisible world, because it exists beyond the range of the five physical senses. In our equipment as physical beings, by divine plan, each of us possesses five psychic senses which are mirror images to the five physical senses. Just as we use the physical senses to make our way through the seen world, the psychic senses are the equipment given us by Divine plan to travel the invisible world. They are the equipment for first-hand knowing of the true spiritual nature of our universe.
Our first step, to entertain an idea of having the ability to enter into a personal relationship with the Divine, will start to create an immediate shift in our consciousness, deep within us. The soul stirs from its slumber caused by an over stimulated physical body and begins rebuilding the connection to the Divine in our consciousness. This relationship, the core of our being came with our first breath and has not left us. The demands of the physical, earthly life gave us amnesia.
To think we can have direct access to all there is, the knowledge, the energy and power behind all that exists may seem far fetched and beyond comprehension. Yet there is a source within all of us, in the very core of our DNA that urges us to consider the vast and infinite nature of the universe. There is a primal urge to try within the range of who we are, to begin making sense of the world in which we exist. The very idea of having this ability and power is overwhelming for most of us. It takes time to process and assimilate.
Although it is the single most important spiritual practice we undertake, meditation can be demanding and challenging for most of us. During our meditation period, we work to quiet all of the physical senses and withdraw the electrical currents of body into the spinal column. Once we have accomplished this, our physical senses are free of demand, allowing us to open ourselves to the more subtle energy and vibrations around us. As long as we are noisy and restless, feeding the physical demands of the body, this connection cannot be made.
For most of us, when there is an energy exchange between our soul and the Divine, there is little or no impact on the physical senses and little awareness of what has happened. This is especially true in the beginning days and years of developing a pure meditation practice. With time, effort and patience, we become more adept at quieting the mind and moving into deeper and deeper states of meditation. Once this change occurs and the habit of meditation takes hold within us, we start to begin experiencing in our consciousness the affect of the energy exchange between the soul and God. The results will also become very evident in our daily lives.
In the early days of building a meditation practice, a powerful peace can pervade our entire being. The events of everyday life no longer seem to create the same emotional responses. With time and practice, the cravings of the physical body begin to lessen. Many people change the content of their diet, excluding meat and adopting a vegetarian style of eating. And there is an increasing desire for more and more time being dedicated to meditation. With the deepening sense of peace and harmony that comes from meditation, we begin can to also receive information and direction our lives. A sense for the need to change jobs, relocate or end a relationship may become clearly known to us.
We are all adept at maneuvering our way through the physical world. The transformation that comes from meditation requires an update in our thinking and approach to life. One of our biggest tests comes with trusting the information we are receiving through the psychic senses during our meditation period. How do we know if the information is coming from some recessed part of our consciousness or the subtle vibrations of the Divine energy? There are a few ways of checking as to whether the information we are receiving is soul based, or really just our thoughts and desires. Here are some points to consider when evaluating your experience:
· The information we receive is for and about us. We may receive a “hit” about someone else, but it is really in relationship to ourselves and our soul journey.
· The psychic/soul voice will never direct us to harm ourselves or another in any way.
· There is no emotional response by the body in the moment we are receiving a “message.” When we receive information, all is known and the complete picture is received all at the same time, in a matter of milliseconds.
· There is no affect on an ego level or suggestion of self-aggrandizement.
· Universal energy has a quality far different from the nature of human consciousness. In time we are able to differentiate between the energy of self and the Divine.
In the incredibly intense material world in which we live, constantly bombarded with sensual stimulation, it is hard to trust. Yet what we receive can be so important and most often life-changing. Therefore, we must practice being attentive and trusting to the quiet voice. The voice in meditation, the psychic voice is never loud and sometimes overlooked because of how seemingly unobtrusive it is. Once we learn to pay attention to what is going on within us and being received directly by us, we can begin the path of healing our ability to trust and feel safe in the world in which we have reincarnated.
As more and more time is being spent in meditation, the qualities of a meditation period will transition. With it come so many changes in ways of acting and being. There is an inner-sense that begins to expand, guide and direct the activities of daily life. The voice of the soul which before was quieted by the physical senses regains it’s strength and power in everyday affairs. Whether we choose to listen and follow the dictates of our soul-heart or act in a contrary way is our first-born right, which is life action based in our free will. Free will and the desires it creates is what continues the cycles of reincarnation.
In time, with persistent in our practice, the next step will ultimately bring us to a place of communion with the Masters that reside on the astral. These are the energetic forms that remain of the greatest spiritual teachers of all time. No longer will we need any form of earthly teachings in material form, because we are granted direct access to the true laws that govern the operation of our universe. Sitting in a meditation period will provide all the knowledge we could ever desire to acquire through books, workshops or lectures.
I have had countless experiences over the years of first-hand communion with a number of spiritual Masters. Although I may have held a deep desire in my heart to have such an experience, it was never anything I was consciously working on creating. In truth I am a very skeptical person and each time I have had an experience, my nature has required me to work hard on integrating the event and not discarding it as never happening. One of the earliest events happened with Paramahansa Yogananda. It was some two years later that I learned who he was, coming across his book, The Autobiography of a Yogi in a bookstore in New York. Recently I had an experience with the Master Jesus.
What is important for me to share with you and that in the instant of those experiences, when I have had the first-hand meeting with these great souls, I was never given any commandment or message to go out and save the world. There were no ego-based, worldly significance. Instead, those experiences changed me in a profound way, deep within my soul. I have no question the effect of such an experience will follow through the remaining days of this lifetime and travel on with me in all the lives to come. In my own meditation practice, it is to those types of experiences I aspire, for the spiritual path is the inward path to the Divine.
On an immediate basis, I can say the random, chance meeting in meditation with a Master made aware on one level of the change that had gone on within me. It wasn’t fantastic, as our society today demands for something to be of value. My experience was far beyond that. In those seconds, I changed and became a different person. For me it never seemed important to know what or how that was, but rather finding peace in knowing that I am growing as a soul in this incarnation.
Why I share this part of the evolving process and experience of meditation is not to in any way hold myself up as an example of a highly evolved and deeply spiritual man. I can only claim truth in the second part of this statement. I have spent many years trying to explain to people the importance of meditation, while leaving out much of what I have shared here. Surely I could recount for you the details of these experiences, but it would only serve to add one more story to our world which is already overfilled with information. My intent is to motivate you to create a heartfelt knowing of what can be achieved in and through meditation.
A Meditation, Chant, and Breath Retreat Developing an Approach to Meditation that Works for You August 16th to 20th 2007 Sedona, Arizona
A Spiritual Journey to Sedona: September 6th-10th, 2007 With Steve Thomson
This weekend retreat is a life-changing pilgrimage to one of the most powerful energy centers in North America. Set in the high desert mountains of Northern Arizona, Sedona is a magical wonderland of red rock monoliths, rolling desert land, and the grandest view of heaven you can imagine. The energy vortexes located in the Sedona are ideal for experiencing all types of spiritual activities. Added to this are overwhelmingly breathtaking vistas, both day and night. Our work is facilitated by the energy and visual beauty of this incredible place on the earth.
For questions regarding The Sedona Retreat or to register, email Steve Thomson at Steve@stephenthomson.net or call 973-746-9266.
Stephen will be going to Peru this fall.
The teachers in Peru, as well as wisdom teachers around the globe including the Dalai Lama, now refer to the Andes as the new spiritual energy center of our planet. For this reason, Peru is the perfect place for us to focus on planetary service. In return, the vibration of our personal light will be raised by the new energy that is pouring into our planet through the portal of Peru. This invokes a vital Inca teaching, the process of anyi —giving and receiving.
Mystical Peru: October28 to November 10, 2007
Our Pilgrimage to the Sacred Andes is guided by Shaman Jorge Luis Delgado, Steve Thomson, and Francine Hayden and joined on occasion by native healers and other shamans. Together they will guide the group in specific rituals, meditations, and shamanistic practices to experience and honor the energies of these powerful places.
To join Stephen for these events, please visit: www.stephenthomson.net or call (973) 746-9266.
Read more about Stephen in Merryn’s Musings: Stephen Thomson Psychic/Teacher