Why Meditate?

Why should we practice contemplation or meditation?

          “As revealed in Scripture, God is in the “still small voice,” and so the only form
          of true prayer is the inner listening ear. It is for this reason that the most
          important part of our work in The Infinite Way is meditation
          , because
          no one has access to the inner sanctuary of his being, his inner consciousness,
          except through the listening ear. Meditation is the practice of listening
          for this still small voice, creating within one’s self practically a vacuum
          in which the presence of God can announce Itself.”

          (Joel S. Goldsmith, from Realization of Oneness, p.17; emphasis supplied.)            

We get into a contemplative practice to experience the Oneness that is God.  In so doing, we experience our oneness with God, in God.  In that experience of oneness with God, we realize our true Selfhood, the true Self, to be the very same Selfhood of God — we realize God and we are one.  We practice contemplation for the experience of Self-realization or God-realization.

. . . And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them? And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM . . . this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations. (Exodus 3:13-15, KJV)

Practice contemplation
for Self-realization
(or God-realization).

Our spiritual practice, that is, our contemplative practice, is the process by which we progress in our individual spiritual journey. As we work our process, we move along the journey to oneness and wholeness in God. For this reason, our process is very important and key to our spiritual development or mystical unfoldment. Hence, the process must be both right (or correct) and true, i.e., Truth-based.

Paradigm Model for The Spiritual Journey (600x600)

A Paradigm and Model for The Spiritual Journey
(Your process moves you and takes you along the journey.)

Contemplating the letter of Truth in silence eventually allows you to experience the very Spirit of Truth (spiritual illumination through the realization of Truth). This is the process of contemplative meditation or “contemplation” simply, as it is referred to mainly in the western Christian tradition (“meditation” in the eastern spiritual traditions, by and large). It is the inner journey in consciousness which the mystic takes through the medium and landscape of the mind. As Joel Goldsmith said: “Life is consciousness, and to be consciously aware of life is to live it.”  This then is the spiritual journey: to become consciously aware of Truth.  This is the mystic’s practice and devotion. This is our spiritual practice.

Practice, practice, practice, PRACTICE.


That is how we progress along the mystical path, by doing our spiritual practice, by practicing contemplation or meditation and anything else that may become necessary to prepare us for it.  It does not matter how long or how brief your meditation sittings and contemplative moments are. Practice as many times as you can throughout your day.  Zen teaches that the true value of our spiritual practice does not lie in reaching the summit of the mountain but in climbing the mountain persistently and consistently. After all, the heights of infinity do not have a summit.

Visit our page Contemplative Practice for more information.

About Marc of Contemplative Pathways

Marc teaches contemplative meditation in the context of "contemporary mysticism" under the style of "Contemplative Pathways." His spiritual work is backed by a profound understanding of mystical teachings and the mystical life, that is rooted in fifty (50) years of personal study, practice and spiritual unfoldment (inner realization and spiritual experience).  In the course of his spiritual journey, he has received the gifts of mystical discernment and spiritual transmission. Marc has been conducting classes and meetings on contemporary mysticism and meditation at the San Francisco Bay Area for over fifteen years, usually in a classroom, lecture, seminar, workshop, online meeting, or group practice setting. He has facilitated study groups and workshops for centering/contemplative meditation practice meetings since the 1980s. Marc's teaching work meaningfully shifts consciousness in students through the process of spiritual transmission and mystical transformation.  He enables others to embark on the spiritual journey by understanding the Truth teaching and by living its principles in their daily lives. His methodology of instruction is divinely inspired and firmly rooted in pure, authentic mysticism.  Marc's approach to the subject of contemporary mysticism is essentially nondenominational, nonsectarian, culturally interfaith, transreligious, definitively unitive, and unequivocally nondualistic. Within the context of the great shift in consciousness presently occurring all over the planet, Marc’s work focuses on individual and collective spiritual instruction and transformation. He promotes the practice of contemplation or meditation as the vehicle for spiritual transcendence and ascension to the higher dimensions of mystical consciousness. His other contributions to worldwide spiritual awakening and the global contemplative movement include spiritual mentoring, spiritual direction, and spiritual healing work. Marc is firmly committed to the vision of a global spiritual awakening and the divine promise of humanity’s mystical illumination. His brand of mysticism is the only true contemporary mysticism born of 21st century illumination and spirituality.  
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