- Religion and Philosophy
Practical Tips for Inner Peace: A Dedication to MsDora
1. The Essentials
Faith is extremely necessary. I see this as an inner conviction and an unshakeable intuitive feel that at the end of one’s dark tunnel, there is a Greater Light. Even though one may have never seen this before. To a lesser extent we feel this in someone whom we have formed a bond with. A daughter, friend, etc., is accused of doing something which is totally alien to his/her character, but somehow you just know this to be false. Here though, we speak of faith in the unseen, a Source which is available for us to tap into if we but try earnestly.
So far I have given you two tips: humility and earnestness. Stand before God with ‘beginners mind’, and cry like a child would in front of its mom, with yearning and inner hunger.
Prayer. I recently saw a very beautiful article on Hub Pages about prayer. Prayer is an entreaty. We are speaking to God and asking for something. Prayer should involve tears in our hearts, and is most intense when we have ran out of capacity. When we pray, we talk and God listens, when we meditate, God speak and we listen. Meditation is infinitely higher and is what the Saints call silent or interior prayer. This takes place as a communion between our individual Soul and the Absolute Entity which some call Self or Spirit, and others God.
From a profound spiritual standpoint, prayer is an attempt to lay hold of God Itself, which is always here, nearer and dearer than our very special ones.
Meditation. This is conscious self-expansion and a dynamic yet still and serene energy. It is not sleep! Meditation, says the great visionary teacher and Guru of mines, is like being at the bottom of the sea. On the surface there may be a multitude of waves, but the sea is all tranquil, calm and still, beneath the surface. It opens up to the vastness of the sky and communes with Consciousness or Spirit.
So these are the essentials. The real tips are how to integrate them into our lives so as to attract God, that supreme energy or love from within.
Assimilation. When we pray or meditate, the Higher Light has to be assimilated. Sometimes we can feel this and it may last for an hour or a whole day or even weeks! Assimilation is the ability to hold or to absorb the Light. Consequently, it is best to keep our stomach half empty about an hour or so before our sitting. We should not be hungry, and most importantly, we should not be full. This is not useful for our subtle nerves. ‘The Middle Path’ said the Buddha, and I am inclined to believe that He was right.
Purity. It is good to approach our shrines at nights, having minimal turbulence in our thoughts. So this means a lessening of malice, greed, enmity, jealously and the attachment to ego, not to mention negative gossip and ‘life-draining’ ‘fillers’ in our lives. Purity is the inner vessel that holds the Light, and so our vessel needs to be like shining mirrors in order to attract same. We are all shining nuggets, only that we are covered up with dirt and grease. Remove the dirt and grease, and we will shine in all our pristine glory.
Purity manifests like the sun shining through an open window, with curtains drawn. If the windows are shut and curtains closed, then the suns brilliance will be naturally diminished. Purity is the lilly of all virtues, and one of the life-breaths of the Supreme.
Gratitude. Even greater than purity as I understand it, and the first life-breath of God. Man should be grateful to the Supreme; to the divinity in humanity, and this is said to be an unparalleled beauty. I not only like Deergha’s Hubs, but I like her responses even more. She takes a very humble approach and shows empathy and gratitude for those of us who have taken the time to comment on her work.
It is good for all devotees to build their own shrines. Set up a simple table or chair with a clean white or other coloured cloth. Burn incense and keep flowers, they will convince the mind and inspire us to meditate. Light a candle and focus or concentrate on the flame. This increases our intensity and will help us to go deep within sooner or later. Sitting on a chair, we should keep our backs straight. This encourages the spiritual energy to travel up from the base of the spine, and into the higher Centres.
Initially we may wish to practice breathing, or read for 10mins or play light music. Here is a small musical contribution. Click on the temple.
When breathing, on the out breadth, breathe out restlessness and breathe in peace, breathe out sadness and breathe in love. On the in breadth, breathe in the positive and on the out breadth, breathe out the wrong forces that have been acquired during the day. Chant or do mantras or do Hatha Yoga exercises. Souls are all different and various things help different people. Try. Never give up! Keep spiritual friends. Do satsang with spiritual people.
When we do this, then sooner or later we will attract God’s Light, and will receive help in the form of more of the Mother’s loving Grace. Let us give ourselves to the divine and encourage the whole universe to work with us. God speed!
Copyrighted by Manatita (3/8/13).