What is meditation? The word has been misused often to describe other things than what meditation truly is. Meditation is bringing the conscious mind to silence. There are many meditation techniques, and we use a number of them in our courses, but the intent is always, no matter what technique we use, to settle down the thinking mind and actually transcend thoughts.
Meditation is an inward process. Our thinking and activities are outer processes. In order to reach the silence within we must be able to transcend or go beyond our thinking mind. When we are able to do this we merge the conscious mind with the super-conscious or universal intelligence, and our awareness is expanded. Another way to say that is that we are moving into a higher level of consciousness.
We sometimes talk about this in terms of activating or developing our right brain abilities. As we evolve our awareness expands. (see my paper on Self-Actualization & Maslow’s work). First Maslow says we are motivated by our needs, and we grow into the ability to fulfill these needs. Fulfilling these needs requires the abilities of the left brain – reason and logic, linear thinking and verbal communication. Therefore, the left brain is the first developed, and most of us are unaware of our right brain abilities such as creativity, inventiveness, compassion, the ability to see the big picture. These abilities are communicated to us through intuition. (see my paper on intuition). We must remove ourselves from our left brain world and go within to discover what is possible beyond the left brain abilities.
We also discover that this is the spiritual aspect of life, the source of creation, and everything in existence originates from the spiritual essence of life. Maslow says that once we are able to fulfill our needs, we are then motivated by “Being”. We intuitively know how to fulfill all of our needs and we are ready to become aware of who we are, why we are here, and what life is really all about. This is when we become capable of experiencing and knowing our source.
In my book Unlimited Futures: How to Understand the Life You Have and Create the Life You Want, I provide you with a number of meditation techniques and a complete explanation of meditation, what it is, how it works and the value it brings to your life. This book also provides you with step-by-step guidelines for what you need to do in order to create the life you want for yourself.