“I have always loved solitude, a trait that seems to increase with age.”~Albert Einstein
What is the best way to listen to the voice of the Divine, to know what you are and what you are here for, to know all the answers? Meditation. Don’t run away! Just listen for a bit and see why I believe that this is true and why I also believe that you can meditate. Even if you have tried it many times and cannot seem to do it, I can show you how and why it is so important.
How can we listen to the voice of the Divine when our minds are filled with endless thoughts? You are the Divine. There are studies that say we have 70,000 thoughts in a day. I don’t know how they come up with these numbers and I question them but needless to say our minds are always racing. We are constantly thinking. Hindus (or is it Buddhists?) call this never ending mind stuff, “monkey mind.” Hindus and Buddhist are very much alike in their beliefs even though Hindus have many Gods and Goddesses. The Gods and Goddesses represent different aspects of our self. My point is that one thought leads to another as I have just demonstrated. I went off on a tangent. We do it all the time, even when we are “listening” to someone. Something they say triggers a thought and there we are, not listening, but immersed in our thoughts. If we can’t listen to someone standing in front of us talking, how can we listen to the Divine which whispers to us?
Meditation helps us to quiet our minds so that we can hear the voice of the Divine. And, yes, at times it can feel as though we will never be able to quiet our minds, but that is why meditation is called a practice. It takes some time to get there. I believe it is the best way to get there. Some people have had what they call spontaneous enlightenment. I don’t know if I believe in spontaneous enlightenment. Eckhart Tolle said that he had spontaneous enlightenment, but I say that he had been asking himself the question, “Who am I?” He had been obsessed with the question and had persisited with the question until he woke up one morning knowing who he was. He called it spontaneous enlightenment. It is the same with Albert. He was obsessed with the question of energy and thermodynamics. He thought about it constantly. He persisted with the question until one morning he awoke with the answer to the question he had been asking and from there the world changed. We now have Quantum Physics because of his persistence and ground breaking work. We have a science that tells us we are made up of the matrix of all life. We are the matrix.
Who am I? This is a good question to meditate on.
When you meditate find a comfortable position. You do not have to sit cross legged on the floor, but I do recommend being in a straight upright position. Close your eyes. Relax. Silently ask the question, “Who am I?” Be still. Thoughts will come. Go back to the question. “Who am I?” Continue to sit quietly and continue to return to the question whenever you find yourself distracted by thoughts. You may find yourself simply repeating the question over and over and that is okay, that is called mantra meditation. The thoughts may continue. Do not chastise yourself. The thoughts are the habit of a lifetime. Let them float by. Don’t worry about them. Continue to return to the quiet. Whether someone has been meditating for years or just started, the thoughts are there. Don’t feel that you are failing. It happens to everyone. Eventually, maybe not today, you will notice that you didn’t have any thoughts for a while. There was quiet in your mind.
Sometimes it helps to repeat who you think you are:
I am love.
I am the Divine.
I am joy.
I am peace.
I am eternity.
I am infinite.
I am one with the universe.
I am one.
There is a place inside of you that is your soul. It is the stillness. If you are in that place you can hear God. You can be one with your higher self. If you persist with your practice you will start a life of spontaneous right action. You will be guided by your higher self in your actions and will find that life is easier. You will be calmer, at peace, and able to sleep at night. You will know happiness. Your questons will be answered. You will know what to do. You will begin to know who (what) you are. You are the Divine. There are no magic wands. There are no quick fixes here. If you meditate, if you ask the question, it will be answered. If you persist there is nothing you cannot do. Do this for twenty minutes a day. Preferably first thing in the morning. If you can, do it twice a day. I read somewhere that you should meditate for at least twenty minutes a day, unless you are too busy, then you should meditate for an hour.
Meditation changes our frequency. The brain functions at different frequencies for different activities. During meditation we leave the beta frequency, the frequency of the rational mind, and go into the alpha and theta frequencies. These are the frequencies of deep relaxation, the frequencies of intuition and oneness. It is so wonderful for us to vibrate at these frequencies. It changes not only our minds but our bodies. We release stress in our mind and in our muscles. It’s better than a spa treatment.
Wayne Dyer has a wonderful book and CD to help learn meditation. It is the best instruction I have found for people who are just learning to meditate or have a hard time calming their minds. It is called Getting in the Gap. This Gap is your place of silence where you can hear the Divine. You will be bathed in who you are. You will experience peace.
“Within you there is a stillness and sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself.” ~Herman Hesse
Einstein knew that our idea of separateness is an illusion, he knew it from science. I know it from meditation. Become one with the Divine through a meditation practice. Do it for at least a month and see how you progress. You will be surprised. Then do it for another month. Then make it a life long journey. You will start to see that when you feel anxious you can meditate and the anxiety will be gone. You will see that you always feel better after you meditate. Meditate when your body is ill. Meditate when you are uneasy. You will see how your life improves. There are so many benefits to meditation, to sitting quietly with God.
Meditate on these affirmations:
- I am the Divine.
- I am universal consciousness.
- I am love.
- I can hear the voice of God.
- I know who I am.
Imagine if everyone in the world meditated. There would be world peace. Teach others to meditate.