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Meditation - The Path of Inner Cultivation
I. THE PATH
A. We are in an era of rapid change in the field of religion, a time in which
Each religion adds depth and dimension to our understanding of spiritual values, morals, and integrity. Our ability to be accepting of one another’s difference in practice and study is vital to the overall direction of goodwill in the world.
B. Our path in meditation will not be one way. It will be a compilation of
C. HINDUISM: The path is “Like the sharp edge of a razor, the sages say,
CHRISTIANITY: The path is about “Entering by the narrow gate. For
BUDDHISM: Therefore, if students of the Way only regard seeing, hear-
TAOISM: The man who has learned the Way of Nature has learned to
In the ESOTERIC tradition they refer to the ancient aphorism: “Before
Inwardly, s/he works to create a path that enables a flow of energy from his/her spiritual nature to his/her personality --- a Path that provides him/her consciousness of higher knowledge. This inner path he builds out of himself, and thus he becomes the path. Success in this endeavor results in the true intuitive thinker, who brings down the ideas that change the world and an
attitude of goodwill that encourages their proper application. Treading the path has been defined as “self-conscious participation by man in the fulfillment of nature’s plan.” (Roland Peterson, “Everyone is Right” 1992)
Meditation takes us beyond the senses to a deeper level of insight and freedom
The meditator will seek to find a balance in effort and surrender, to release to the truth of the moment’s experience. Acceptance is necessary which allows the effort to come forth unencumbered. Remember, however, this all takes time and practice.
Softening the mind is difficult to do. It will begin to settle down in a natural way. You will find yourself ‘just being’ in the moment, noticing what you notice from your observer self.
Some of our world religions have different ways of describing meditation.
A. HINDUISM: The self resides within the lotus of the heart. Knowing
B. CHRISTIANITY: Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my
C. BUDDHISM: The wise people, meditative, steady always possessed of
D. TAOISM: Those who know do not talk, And talkers do not know. (56-B)
EFFORT. FOCUS. SURRENDER. ACCEPTANCE. JUST BE. BALANCE. PURITY.
III. PRECEPTS TO DAILY LIVING
A. We are urged to love and serve humanity (the foundation of goodwill).
B. We know that through the scriptures of the world religions that there
C. We also know that through the scriptures that man has a spiritual
D. One’s inner work and focus (the path of inner cultivation) enhances
E. Your point of focus in the PRESENT moment, is key to your inner expansion.
F. All selfish desires and sufferings are left behind to be controlled, purified
of self, known as the soul and our intuition.
If we hold on to the desire to ‘attain’ – it will become a barrier to our
IV. EVERYTHING IS ENERGY
A. We are energy. We are hooked up to the universal generator and run
In the undeveloped person these forces within us are relatively inactive.
1. To vitalize the physical body.
B. Energy Follows Thought.
1. Esotericists say that energy can be controlled by thought. Taoists
2. In agreement with the statement of the Hindu scripture: “God
3. The Christian recognition of God as “Light” [which is synonymous
V. PRIOR TO BEGINNING A MEDITATIVE PRACTICE
A. Be conscious of your lower nature, physically, emotionally and mentally,
1. The practice of DETACHMENT was embodied many sages and mystics of old. Detachment implies something more than
2. Detachment is discussed by Christ in the Sermon on the Mount,
3. Lao Tzu states the concept clearly as shown above in the de-
4. Buddhist scriptures discuss in the Dhammapada, “Let, therefore,
5. Esoterists stress the importance of detachment as the cultivation
6. To Control Thoughts is about being aware of them first and then having the willingness to make a change. St. Paul said, “Be ye therefore transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Quite simply, if we “Guard The One” (as in the Daoist tradition) and stay steady in consciousness by keeping the mind steeped in divine things, we will begin to instill an energy directing us into
C. Again, learn to embody the foundational precepts of goodwill, love and
D. Develop energy (movement of Qi) within, concentration, awareness and
E. As we cultivate spiritual expansion the emergence of wisdom presents it-
F. Prior to beginning a practice in meditation, we should follow the example
The Upanishads sound a strong warning about this, “To darkness are they doomed who devote themselves only to life in the world, and to a greater darkness those who devote themselves only to meditation.” From the Zen monks to Humanistic Transpersonal psychologists, the sacred is in the ordinary, that it is to be found in one’s daily life, in one’s loved ones, friends, family and play time. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT TO BEHOLD.
VI. YOUR MEDITATIVE EXPERIENCE
B. Symbols and recognitions of patterns of behavior will present themselves.
C. Everyone’s experience is unique to them. Try not to compare yourself
D. You are always in control of your experience. BE FILLED WITH GRATITUDE.
Lee Ann Dzelzkalns is an author, teacher, and interfaith minister. The focus of her work is on Personal Integration, Soul Evolution, Vibrational Healing, Relaxation & Guided Meditation, Ritual & Ceremony. She is a lecturer/instructor at The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in expansion of consciousness and integration of self. Lee Ann
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