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By Dr James P Urban
Each morning, I devote about 30 minutes of my day to sitting erect in a comfortable chair closing my eyelids, shifting my eyes in an upward position while focusing at a tiny point just above my brow, slightly inward to perform my daily meditation practice.
Sounds rather uneventful huh! Well, not really.
There is a real purpose to this "meditation thing" after all. I have been practicing meditation for several years now. I can remember my very first experience with meditation. I received instruction in a meditation technique called "Transcendental Meditation". While practicing this technique, I quickly learned how to calm my mind and touch upon a deeper awareness of myself that I had never experienced before.
Why was this so important?
This was a time in my life when I was looking for something more. Deep down, I knew that there was some deeper meaning to my life that I wished to experience other than what scientific or religious dogma proposed. I felt it was time for me to have some one-on-one time with my "maker". From what I was told by all of the books I was reading at the time, the practice of meditation was going to get me there.
It seems that very few people fully understand the true benefits of meditation... just my own observation. I was on a mission to spend as much time necessary to really understand and learn this ancient art. How was it going to affect or alter my spiritual nature?
To let you know how naive I was, when I was younger, I use to think that meditation was only for those people living in a monastery deep in some remote mountain village or for those people limber enough to sit for hours at a time in a lotus position with their legs all wrapped up like a pretzel. I had no idea as to the real purpose or benefits that would result from a daily practice of meditation.
The following are three important insights in which I have come to know and understand about meditation that I would like to share with everyone:
First, not all meditation practices are the same. Many of the major meditation practices differ in many ways. They may differ in regards to their goals, beliefs, mental activities, content, and use of breath, imagery and visualisations. I've learned not to label all meditations within the same category. Check out the book - THE EXPERIENCE OF MEDITATION by Jonathan Shear. This book gives a more accurate review of each of the world's major meditation practices and what makes them different.
Second, meditation is indispensable to spiritual development...I'll even goes as far as to say, "Without a meditation practice achieving and functioning at higher states of consciousness is virtually impossible". I have come to learn that the more that you can repeatedly expose yourself to higher awakened states of being (psychic, subtle, causal and nondual states) the quicker you will climb into higher stages of development. No other single technique has ever proven to have such an accelerated rate of development than meditation.
Third, in order to achieve and function at a higher state of consciousness a meditation practice must provide you with more than just a deep state of relaxation. It must provide you with the ability to awaken the multidimensional energy that resides at the base of the spine of an individual (commonly referred to as Awakening the Kundalini) and draw this energy upwards through the spine and throughout the individual's subtle energy fields.
** Refer to Complete Human Being and its ATP program to learn about the incredible Radiant-Current Meditation. This advanced meditation practice teaches how subtle energy moves through the body and reveals why this higher energy dimension is so important to real meditation.This meditation practice will lead to greater psychological maturity, emotional balance, personal strength and spiritual awakening.
Also, you may get a better understanding of subtle fields through the book, SCIENCE AND HUMAN TRANSFORMATION by William A. Tiller. His 40 years of research and experimentation surrounding the subtle energy fields helps to present to the reader the efficacy of this new science.
I feel very fortunate to have spent many years with an advanced practitioner of meditation. The information that I learned has been extremely invaluable to me. I will forever continue to practice my meditation daily...it's just that important!
Do yourself a favor! If you have not yet started a meditation practice, start one today. Just see where it takes you. You might be surprised by the outcome. I hope that this has been helpful.
Dr. James P. Urban, is the president of Natural Healing Tools Inc, a company providing health and wellness tools and current up-to-date information geared towards a healthy lifestyle. Urban has been teaching seminars on health, fitness and wellness solutions for the last 10 years. He has been on the cutting edge of holistic healing approaches and continues to research and develop integral models of personal growth and healthier ways of living. Urban is also a practitioner of jiu-jitsu and pankration for the last 12 years.
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