When you do not think thoughts that are out of clear alignment with your source energy, you offer no resistance. When you have activated a nonresistant thought, the vibration of your being is high, fast, light, and clear, and the vibrations of your source energy—your two perspectives—resonate with each other. Since ancient times, people have used the practice of meditation to experience the presence of source. A tranquil clarity arises as you quiet the mind and keep present. You align with who you are.
“Sitting still allows us to notice the subtle stirrings of the mind.” —Tao Te Ching
According to Lao-Tzu, the author of The Tao Te Ching, meditation helps to experience a sense of spacious awareness of being, a mindful attention to the power flowing through us every moment. In his teachings, meditation is not to create an altered state of consciousness but to return to an unaltered state. He taught to simply sit quietly and pay attention to the way the breath enters and leaves the body. Allow the mind to start down whatever rabbit hole it chooses and just gently return attention to the breath. Stop following the mind down these trails. Meditation is to learn how to return our attention from its distractions and let it rest in a broad awareness of the reality of our lives. To meditate is to watch.
Imagine a cork bobbing on a body of water. That represents the place of high, fast, light, and clear vibration that is actually natural to you. Now imagine holding the cork down under the water. That is what resistance is like. And now imagine letting go of the cork and see it rise back up to the surface of the water.
If you are not focused upon unwanted things that are the opposite of your own pure desire, you will activate no vibration of resistance, and you will experience your natural state of thriving and well-being.
As always, the intent is to find what works for you. What method will assist you to quiet your mind? What allows your cork to float?
In the contest of Attraction Based Consciousness, meditation is the following:
An effective tool in cultivating clear residence between our physical and nonphysical perspectives.
An awareness practice. By practicing meditation you can raise your awareness of
. your thoughts and feelings;
. you as awareness, the observer, the consciousness, the thinker behind the thoughts, not the thoughts themselves; and
. your ability to choose your thoughts, thus your feelings. A resistance reducing tool.
By training your focus to thoughts that are calming, you create a clear, resistant-free alignment between your two points of focus. A manifesting tool. Since clear alignment is fostered, the attraction of what you desire is allowed. As with all the process suggested, the intention with the practice of meditation is to assist in clear alignment, to feel good. If it does not feel good to meditate, if you are struggling to quiet your mind, do something else for now. Do the meditation practice at another time or think of something that is a delight to think about. If you have a meditation practice that works for you, keep up the good work.
“I am convinced that meditation is the most direct route to a conscious realization of Oneness with Spirit”
—Dr. Michael Beckwith, founder and spiritual director at Agape International Spiritual Center
• Fifteen to twenty minutes a day is usually enough time. You might start with one minute a day and add a minute each day or week until you have established a fifteen-minute practice.
• Doing it the same time every day may help to anchor the practice.
• Choose a quiet, comfortable place where you will not be distract
. One position that works well is to sit in a comfortable position with two feet on the ground, hands in your lap, and palms up with the thumb and index finger touching. Or you might try the lotus position with crossed legs, hands on knees, palms up with thumb and index finger touching. The key thing is to be comfortable.
. Give your mind an intended focus, such as The natural rhythm of your breath, or you could create a cadence by counting three breaths in and five out. This is different enough from your regular pattern to help to maintain focus.
Repeating a mantra—a word or phrase like love or I am love. Doing the mantra along with the cadence of the breath may increase the ability to focus. Silently say, “I am love” on the in breath or Silently say, “I am love” on the in breath for three counts and “Love is what I am” on the five counts of out breath.
When your mind wanders
• appreciate your awareness of your thoughts
• gently bring your attention back to your intended focus
It can be very helpful to attain a clearly aligned state in meditation to know that your mind does not have to be thoughts creates a resistant-free vibrational set point, the intent of the meditation process. Then we have found that by allowing a gentle flow of pleasant thoughts, we often slip into a still place.
You might feel
• a tingling or twitching of a body part;
• a warmth flood through you;
• your body very relaxed and your mind alert;
• the experience of being a presence, an observer, a consciousness as the thoughts go by.