God-Self recognition is everyone's ultimate outcome. This is recognized in some belief systems and it's generally believed it will take time.
Consider that time is part of our collective worldly illusion and you eternally remain as your Creator created you as an extension of Itself.
In remaining as God created you as an extension of Itself, you are already in a state of God-Self recognition. It's a matter of recognition.
Participating in a daily meditation practice will benefit you as you are on the path to Self recognition. It doesn't matter what form your practice takes. I will not tell you how to worship God.
Engaging in a daily meditation practice is now widely known to be very beneficial regardless of the belief system associated with it. This fact has been empirically studied and proven.
"Practice" is used here intentionally. You don't need to obsess about whether what you're doing is working. You probably will.
Worrying and obsessing about it "working" is ego-mind trying to instill doubt in a sometimes desperate attempt to get you to stop meditating.
Nearly everyone self-identifies with ego-mind and ego-mind wants it to stay that way. That's why it's hard to focus when you start meditating.
The more anxious you get the more ego-mind is controlling you. Just hold your intentions lightly and let everything that happens be okay. Let all those busy thoughts go past without judgment.
Gradually you'll gain control of ego-mind by not trying to control it, and eventually you will realize it is not you.
Following is what my daily meditation practice involves.
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It's helpful to keep your attention focused on watching your internal and external experiences nonjudgmentally as your God-Self's Witness. It may be a bit hard to imagine at first.
This is called practicing mindfulness meditation these days.
Mindful meditation has become very popular and there are a lot of people trying to cash in.
This is an excellent example of a spiritual fad which people attempt to monetize. Back in the 1980s trance channeling was very popular.
At least with mindful meditation practitioners are looking into themselves and not looking for some disincarnate entity to tell them what to think.
If paying money to learn how to practice mindful meditation is what you believe you need to do that's fine.
You should realize that practicing mindfulness is very simple but not easy. It requires you to be persistent and disciplined habitually in a nonjudgmental fashion.
Meditation is essentially disciplining and disassociating from ego-mind in a focused manner. Witnessing your thoughts and experiences nonjudgmentally is worth doing even when not meditating.
Practice watching your thoughts nonjudgmentally and meditate persistently. Eventually you will self-identify with a part of yourself that is your nonjudgmental Witness, which represents your God-Self.
While you're at it, you may enjoy practicing being unconditionally happy. It's free, not terribly challenging, and it is very much worth the effort involved. It just takes practice.
Do you want to be unconditionally happy? Just stop setting preconditions. Simple, not easy. Remember God wants you to be happy, so be happy for God's sake.
Repetitive chanting is a very ancient form of meditation.
Many are familiar with chanting AUM or as it's very often written, OM. That symbol above represents the sacred sound AUM as well as "Namaste" which seems a bit odd, but there it is.
AUM is more accurate in my opinion as far as pronunciation goes. It's a three syllable word. The A, U, and M should be pronounced distinctly.
Mouth position makes a big difference. Be slack-jawed with the A, pucker-up with the U, and closed-mouthed with the M.
A is pronounced as a long AH, the U is pronounced short but not quite and like the sound made when admiring something. The M is pronounced normally. Lingering over the syllables is nice and relaxing.
Some people believe the various sounds mean different things, the "A" being undifferentiated potential energy, The "U" being what is being created or creative energy, and the"M" being what has been created.
Whatever repetitive chant you are doing, try to make it come from your solar-plexus, and try to make it resonate, vibrating your core.
Repetitive chanting accomplishes two things. One, it gently disciplines and focuses the ego-mind on a relatively simple task, which I believe is really the intent of most meditation practices. And two, it promotes healthy breathing.
Repetitive chanting is an active form of meditation and requires no training to get benefit from it, although you'll see a lot of stuff warning about injuries and side effects.
Much of this injury and side-effect stuff appears to be put out by gurus in an attempt to get people to attach themselves to a guru. Shocking!
Don't hyperventilate and fall down. If you include deep breathing or pranayama, do your meditation seated or reclining. Seated is widely recommended, posture erect and unsupported etc. Reclining or seated works for me equally well, probably because I believe it does.
Do not chant and/or meditate while driving. When driving, just drive. Maintaining a running internal dialogue about all the things you observe while driving will keep you focused on driving and in the present moment. Multi-million mile safe truck drivers do this kind of mindful driving. Few are aware of the spiritual context.
Side effects of excessive deep breathing are believed to include manic behavior and attachment to material possessions. This may be ego-mind stirring up trouble to get people to stop meditating.
Simply continue to watch ego-mind's antics as your God-Self Witness regardless of what distracts you. A great discipline is to ask yourself constructive questions. "What is this teaching me?" is a great one.
Belly-breathing, as opposed to breathing from the upper chest, is calming in all circumstances and is essential when doing meditation.
You may have noticed when you are emotionally upset, fighting, or winded your breathing tends to be in your upper chest. It's evidenced by the expansion and contraction of the rib cage.
When you are relaxed or sleeping your belly expands and contracts. Actually your diaphragm is doing the work.
Belly-breathing is a nice way of describing it because our diaphragms are inside our thorax between the lungs and digestive organs.
Diaphragmatic breathing seems a bit obscure for those of us who are not students of anatomy, so belly-breathing it is.
The most important part of any meditation practice is persistence.
Whether it's being mindful, chanting, praying, looking at a spot on the wall, watching or counting breaths, gazing at yourself in the mirror, looking at the flame of a fire or candle, directing your attention on a real or imagined thing of any kind, it's all about disciplining and gaining control of ego-mind. As you persistently practice doing this you will naturally be strengthening your awareness of your God-Self.
Just remember to be as persistent, gentle, patient, and nonjudgmental as possible no matter how busy your ego-mind gets while practicing meditation. Let whatever happens be okay.
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Most believers need to believe their beliefs are the best or in some systems, the only beliefs which are "real."
None of the stuff we believe in is "real" in the ultimate sense.
The nondual entity called God and Its extensions are the only reality.
Everything we see and believe in is a representation, including defined representations of God..
All individual and collective representations of God and religious constructs are products of individual and collective belief.
Belief is a fundamental force.
Defining and sharing your beliefs here will broaden and deepen your beliefs and the beliefs of the people who read your submissions.
There is a growing percentage of the world's population that claims to be spiritual and not religious. This site is targeted particularly toward this particular group of believers.
In the U.S.A. about 20% of the population claims to have no religion. These folks are referred to as the "nones" which from my point of view is misleading.
Everyone has beliefs and values which determine their experiences. We should make an effort to channel the beliefs of the "nones" with a positive and unifying belief system that is all-inclusive.
Pantheism is not a new concept and the time has come to fully embrace it in all its ramifications.