Develop Your Awareness of God-Presence

Whether for the purpose of a contemplation sitting or at any other time, remember to acknowledge, invoke and invite the Spirit of God within you to come forth from within to fill your awareness and life with the experience of its presence.  Always begin your contemplation practice by acknowledging the indwelling presence of God within you.

… close your eyes and notice that there is a black void in front of you, an emptiness.  Begin to realize that right there ‎in that black emptiness is the presence of God.
– Joel S. Goldsmith –

Realize that right there in that black emptiness, when your eyes are closed, is the presence of God.

The following video is a contemplation inviting the presence of God into your awareness. Watch the video and simply surrender yourself to the experience of what you are seeing and hearing.  If at any point during its playback you feel like closing your eyes and just listening to the chant, do so freely.  More importantly, become aware of and remember the feelings of quietness, interior silence, peacefulness, or stillness you may be experiencing during or after your practice.  These feelings mark the beginning of true meditation — a simple resting in God’s presence, in God Itself — what the Christian tradition calls contemplative prayer.  Try it. 

— A Practice Contemplation —[Acknowledgment: Our appreciation and gratitude to mysticoversoul for posting the video on]

"Consciousness Is What I Am" by Joel S. GoldsmithLearn to acquaint yourself with the awareness that you are not a material physical being. You are a spiritual being functioning through a mind that expresses as and through a physical body. You are consciousness.

We recommend the book titled "Consciousness Is What I Am" by Joel S. Goldsmith (pictured at the left) to help you increase your knowledge and awareness of selfhood as consciousness.

You are consciousness — the very same consciousness that God is. To experience God as pure consciousness within you, is to experience your true Self — your God-Self, the Son or Sun of God.   And to realize this in human awareness is to enter the state known as Christhood.

Listen to the following talk in the two-part video of Fr. Thomas Keating about “living in the presence of God.” He speaks of a very effective way of developing the awareness of God-presence in our lives.

[Acknowledgment: Our appreciation and gratitude to Contemplative Outreach (coutreach) for posting the video on YouTube.]

(Note: The preceding article is an excerpt from our site page titled “Contemplative Meditation.”)

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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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