Internalize Attention

April 28, 2013

A fleeting episode of being “conscious of being conscious” is not yet Self-realization; a state in which we are completely, spiritually knowledgeable and able to demonstrate it by our actions, but it can be a useful initial stage in the spiritual growth process. It can allow us to choose to withdraw attention from circumstances that may be troublesome, moods, and restless thought processes, so that a degree of inner calm is established and a more objective view of conditions prevails. By knowing that we are not our circumstances, bodies, or minds, we are provided an opportunity to determine to live superior to them instead of being overly influenced by them.

Preliminary meditation processes work directly with this fundamental problem of outer identification that blinds us to the truth of ourselves and to perceptions of higher realities. From the beginning of practice, the meditator learns to sit still and internalize attention, causing awareness to withdraw from sense organs and mental transformations and turn back on itself. It is only when internalized attention flows without disturbance to the chosen focus of concentration or transcendental possibilities that meditation actually occurs. Before this, our endeavors to meditate are preparatory and preliminary.

Speak this positive affirmation:

Disregarding all externals, I sit with internalized attention focused on God.

Have a good day . . . and a great life!