Grace is a subject that is hard to grasp. In reality, it is a power of God. Specifically is the power of God to reveal God within you. To liberate and enlighten you. Knowing the self – which is enlightenment, is the purpose of your birth.
Creating a daily structure and toolbox for the unfolding of your spiritual expansion
Each part contains a new treasure chest of Meditations, Contemplations, Affirmations, Sutras, and core spiritual practices
What is Grace? – Teaching on the Power of God
Understanding The Grace of God
These meditations serve as introductions and instructions to allow an easeful entry into different types of meditation. It is suggested that they be the entry point to a 5 to 15 minute meditation that is done in silence.
Each contemplation allows its wisdom to reveal itself. Contemplations are meant to be taken deep inside and allowed to enter your inner awareness. In that silent space, wisdom arises around the contemplation and allows it to be expanded and infused into your awareness.
Affirmations allow the wisdom of the affirmation to become your knowledge and experience. Affirmations are phrases that hold truth, and change illusion and misunderstanding into a more authentic way of understanding your Self and reality. They should be repeated mentally during the day whenever there is a free moment.
Core Practice: Meditation
Meditation is going within and allowing the mind to naturally journey to its source: The Self. Classically speaking, meditation is stopping the modifications of the mind; stilling the mind. When the mind becomes still we experience pure consciousness which always underlies our thoughts.
Our minds are constantly thinking, wandering from one thought to another. This condition of restlessness creates suffering. Meditation allows us to experience and permanently establish peace in the mind, which is free and independent from external factors.
We are made up of four basic levels of existence; Consciousness or Source, feelings or emotions, thoughts or mind, and body or matter. Meditation is the inward experience of subtler and subtler levels of who we are. In meditation we go from an outward, sensory experience to the mind, from the mind to the feeling level, and from the feeling level to a state of pure consciousness, our authentic Self.
Natural meditation is the journey to the Self. Natural meditation is experiencing finer and finer levels of thought until we go beyond thought and experience the pure Self, pure consciousness, pure awareness, pure being. It is transcending the modifications of the mind and feelings and arriving at the state of perfect stillness. Each step closer to the Self reveals a more expanded and blissful state.
It is also helpful to discuss what natural meditation is not. It is not a technique based on concentration or contemplation. Both of these can be meaningful practices, but they are different from formal, sitting, natural meditation.
In concentration we attempt to forcefully stop the mind from thinking. We attempt to hold the mind at a still point. The mind does not naturally want to be chained and forced to do anything. The goal of meditation can be reached through concentration, because any time we stop thoughts or go beyond thought, we find that pure consciousness is there, underlying everything. But it is more natural and infinitely easier to gently lead the mind to the Self.
Contemplation holds a high place in the hierarchy of spiritual practices. But again, it is different from meditation. In contemplation, we direct our attention within and introduce a thought or idea, allowing it to rest in the inner depths. We allow our inner wisdom to bring forth a deeper understanding of that which we are contemplating. This differs from meditation in that in meditation our intention is to go beyond thoughts and feelings and experience the stillness of pure consciousness, the Self.