Individual Meditation Practice Introduction

A most useful approach to meditation practice is to consider it the most important activity of each day. Schedule it as you would an extremely important appointment, and unfailingly keep your appointment with the infinite”

Roy Eugene Davis

The individual meditation program is intended for all people. The topics of meditation are drawn from the Universe. The purpose is to help the aspirant to find peace, love, faith, understanding, success, self-confidence, joy and happiness. The fact is that all these spiritual qualities are within us but somehow we got disconnected at some point in our life. Individual meditation practice presents an opportunity for you to reconnect with yourself and in so doing reconnect with all creatures. We want to re-connect with all creatures because we were one from the beginning; we got disconnected because of too much emphasis on our differences. There is no doubt that we live in a world of many differences. If we look around us we see men and women, black and white, young and old, tall and short, rich and poor, humans and animals, insects and birds, trees and plants and the list goes on and on. We are all different because we have different faces and we live in different homes, we have different cultures, our skin colors are different, we believe in different religions and we come from different countries. We have been indoctrinated to believe that the differences are real or absolute and that we should live our lives with those differences in mind. Some cultures even teach their children to despise other people with a different skin  color or religion because they are inferior. Further they are taught to regard animals as lower forms of living things and as such are only good for game. 

Children with this kind of upbringing could grow up to become separated adults. They see nothing unifying in the universe and feel at home only within their ethnicity. Separating ourselves from others may have played a uniting role in the past more so when outsiders were a threat to our survival. We lived in different geographical regions and it was up to us to protect our locality for adequate supply of food and the safe upbringing of our offspring. But even then we were not always self sufficient because other geographical areas produced things that we needed for our existence. Thus we began to trade with people who were different from us but produced the things we needed. From trading came competitive games, intermarriage, interchange of ideas and other cultural values. 

This state of affairs continued till this day in attempts to bring us closer together and to realize our oneness. The United States of America stands as a good example where this oneness is being tested. With due respect to the first nation we have all come to this land from different parts of the world to be under one umbrella irrespective of our differences. No doubt there were problems at the beginning including slavery, lynching, segregation and discrimination but we have come a long way since Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I have a dream” speech in Washington in 1963.

We are still matching and the Universe is leading us. The Universe is leading us to a time when our actions will no longer be determined by our differences but by our compassion for each other. The Universe is also preparing us. The Universe is preparing us to learn the lessons of unity consciousness by bringing us to one place, the United States of America. By living under one umbrella we could discern the truth of our oneness. But the truth of our oneness has always been with us. We were all born through the union of a man and a woman. During pregnancy the fetus and the mother are intimately connected with the help of the umbilical cord. The connection between the mother and the newborn baby, though not physical, continued after birth. The parents and the baby form a family. The three people remain connected in a family. The mother or the parents care for the baby till adulthood. Later a chance for another connection happens when the adult finds a suitable life partner for another opportunity to have a family.

Most of us were brought up to love our families and parents make an extra effort to encourage us to care for our brothers and sisters. As our parents continue to remind us not to hit our siblings and relations but to love them we become used to the idea and grew up with it and family became important to us. Later in life some of the organizations we join also tell us that we are like family and that we should love each other. Since we are familiar with the word family from our childhood we could immediately make the connection and treat our church members for example, as brothers and sisters. 

Could we make the same connection with the global family? The global family does not just contain the human family but all families on the planet. Could we make the connection to include all families on our planet? It is doubtful to think that we could ever become one family when we consider religious violence, racism and nationalism. Differences have always separated us but to consciously use them as a rallying ground against others is a challenge we must each try to address because in the end we have a common destiny and there are no exceptions. Thus let us rise above the limiting effects of religion, race and nationalism and as Dr. Martin Luther King said become 

—-disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood and if we believe that “…….all of life is interrelated. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality; tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. As long as there is poverty in the world, no one can be totally rich…Strangely enough, I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. You can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be. This is the way the world is made. I didn’t make it that way, but this is the interrelated structure of reality.” 

Thus with the interrelated nature of life in your mind march forward and reconnect with yourself and with the rest of creation. Life is a meditation and we become what we think about. Learn a new way of thinking and become what you really want to be. Yes by the creative thoughts you hold you could change your life and that is the secret of life!


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