Contemplation

A Vital Support for Your Meditation Practice

Contemplation goes hand-in-hand with meditation. The reason for this is simple. If you have an experience in your life, but don’t recognize its significance, then does that experience have any meaning for you? Probably not. Similarly, if you have an experience in meditation, and afterward you don’t contemplate its significance, then you don’t receive the full power of the experience. It’s one thing to see a light, or hear a sound while meditating; it’s another to understand the significance of that experience.

Contemplation offers a method for understanding the deeper meaning behind everything you experience. It opens your connection to the Spirit, which reveals the profound and often simple truth behind our existence. It opens you to the experience of hearing God speak in your life, and there are so many ways She speaks!

For example, the other day, a gentleman left my place of work and shouted, “Praise the Lord, brother.” At first, I was taken aback. How could someone just say that? How could he impose his beliefs upon me? But I recognized my resistance to what he said, and so I contemplated what was said, and how I felt. Through that, I came into the experience that this was God’s way of reminding me to praise him through every thought, word and action I performed that day. Suddenly, I went from being taken aback, to feeling uplifted and remembering God.

Each experience will be different and unique. Sometimes your experience will be simple, and sometimes profound. For instance, seven years ago, I felt a very deep feeling of love expanding in the center of my chest as I meditated. The experience was so intense, I wept for hours, and the feeling stayed with me for several days before it began to lessen. However, I’ve continued to contemplate the significance of that experience to this day. In this way, this experience has not lost its power. Instead of forgetting about it, or letting it get lost in the currents of time, I have kept it in the forefront of my thoughts through contemplation and I use it as a stepping-stone for my spiritual practice.

Of course, not every experience is positive. Sometimes you encounter something negative, like someone shouting at you or saying something that irritates you. You might feel irritated for hours about it or you might use some meditation techniques to get over it quickly. Although these can be very effective, there’s more to it than that. Sally Kempton once explained to me that transcending an experience through meditation is only half the story. She described people who spend 2 hours a day meditating and then wonder why they’re suffering from disease. The answer was simple; they aren’t really dealing with the things going on in their life. They certainly aren’t contemplating the significance of the events of their life. I should know…I was one of those people…

They complain about how terrible their job is, or their girlfriend, or their car. And the minute they get a new job or become free from that person or buy a new car, they find something else to complain about. You see, even though they’ve changed the external circumstances of their life, they never changed their internal state, so they just keep revolving around the same issues. I’m sure you know someone like that…’cause you and I aren’t like that, right?

Well, maybe we all are, to some extent. That’s why contemplation is such a vital component to living a healthy life. There is a golden path, by following which you stay in alignment with the divine will. It is divergence from this that is the root of all dis-ease. When we feel separate, we experience dis-ease. When we experience union and connectedness, we are living in the light of God. In that space, there is no dis-ease.

The good news is, we always have a choice. Spiritual healing takes place on many levels and anything is possible. Of course, all I can do is share my experience with you. But if you never put forth any effort, how will you ever know what’s possible for you?