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TRUE MEDITATION (or TM). It is not easy, if anyone tells you it is easy then the chances are that they do not meditate. Incidentally if anyone tells you to let your mind go blank do not listen to them as that’s a recipe for disaster. You know it struck me the other day that I can’t teach you to meditate and it can’t be learnt from a book. Of course it is as old as humanity itself and must be the very first example of inductive learning, for you see you cannot learn it until you do it. And as Galileo said: “You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him to find it within himself.” And certainly if anything is within it is HPT Meditation.
And here is how it happens!
The first stage of TM is CONCENTRATION – remember we spoke of concentration at the beginning of our HPT (Highly Precious Time) Posts? And it is a fact, and I don’t want to put you off, but if you cannot concentrate then you cannot meditate. But even that can be acquired through practice so don’t give up yet!
What does concentration mean? It means being able to hold your mind steady on one thought, on one image, without deviation. Now most people cannot do this, without a little practice, because as soon as they concentrate on one thing, other things or thoughts creep into the mind.
If you allow yourself to concentrate on these erroneous thoughts then you are losing your concentration. Most people try to solve this dilemma by saying ‘go away’ but that is a bad mistake. As soon as you recognise a thought and attack it you give it power. It’s a bit like trying to get rid of a cork in a pond by hitting it. The more you hit it the more it bobs back up. You are concentrating on resistance and the thought that you are resisting gains more power within itself; whereas if you ignore your erroneous thoughts, they will just go away as the ignored cork will float away on the surface of the water.
It is very difficult, people say it is easy but it’s not. Playing the piano is difficult. I know through my daughter’s experience if you practice for long enough and hard enough you can play the piano. Whether you become a concert pianist or not does not matter – you can practise until you can play, and the same applies to all the stages of meditation, you can practise until it happens for you.
Imagination is a tool we can use. In fact we use it every day for without it we could do nothing. Before we do anything we have to imagine doing it. In order to imagine you have to want to do something or be interested in it. In order to practice concentration you need to choose something to concentrate on that you are interested in. In fact to remember anything you must be interested in it. Without interest there is no memory.
The best thing to do is to choose something that is dear to you, a favourite flower, plant or china figure, something that you see every day that brings you pleasure – preferably something three dimensional and better still if it is alive. Sit and look at the object and then close your eyes and see if you can reproduce the image in the space behind your eyes in the middle of your forehead. If you lose it open your eyes take another look and then try again. See if you can reproduce the image in every tiny detail of shape and shade of colour. My yoga teacher used to give us a lighted candle to concentrate on. Of course this is easy because the light forms an image on the retina that does not disappear when you close your eyes. Bit of a cheat really I suppose!
If you cannot see things in this way then you need to practice and practice makes perfect. Plants have a very restricted consciousness. Animals can see things in their minds but they cannot create images they can only see reflected images from outside of themselves. You are human, at the top of the tree of consciousness on Earth and fully aware of yourself and able to create images within yourself. So by using your imagination you can master the art of concentration. When you have mastered concentration you will be ready to move on to the next stage.
If you think about it, your mind is so fertile that it is impossible for you to sit there and think about nothing for three minutes. You just can’t do it. Most of us have got more thoughts than we need and it is a job to stop our minds going off at a tangent – as I am sure you have found out! By doing this you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to realise that the art of concentration will be of incalculable value to you in your daily lives. I promise that every facet of your life will be enhanced by the effort that you put in to practice your concentration.
This is not something someone else can do for you, as I said at the outset, this is inductive learning and only you can do it. Practice does make perfect and you will be able to do it on your own in time. When you can reproduce the image of a rose in all its beauty, texture, colour and perfume in your mind’s eye and hold it there, then you will be ready to move on to the next stage.
This practice of concentration will enable you to focus more completely on any task or function in your daily life and you will be more effective in everything you do! Jesus (or Jeshua) said that we would do everything he did and more. I may have said this before, but for my money he was the greatest Healer and Medium that ever lived on earth and I am convinced that he could achieve this through his power of focus and concentration. (Did you recognise him in the Benefits of HPT 2?)
I am sure you can appreciate that you too will benefit on many different levels from this new accomplishment to concentrate and focus including your psychic ability and your healing too, self healing and the healing of others, whether hands on or from a distance. (As in Benefits of HPT 5)
With Love, Hanukah