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Contemplative inquiry

"No one can reveal God to another, but by revealing the nature of prayer, we place him in a position to receive the God experience."

— Joel S. Goldsmith

To meditate means to center. The method we're using here is simple; we might call it a listening. Contemplative meditation starts with silent inquiry about a spiritual principle, as a means of moving inward. The central thing is our receptivity; pulled in by truth, we eventually become an open ear listening in the silence.

Meditation is receptive, a communion with God's presence. So I'm not really talking to God. Rather, I'm becoming aware of it. It's difficult, yet also easy and effortless, to join the spiritual reality of my very own being, for God is already here, the life of my own life, in oneness.

This is my origin. An oasis of peace abides deep within me. I trust, return, drop into it again. The reality of myself, the ever-conscious greater self that I am, is looking out through my eyes, through all eyes. It's experiencing my life, knows the workings of my cells. Yet it's always serene because it is this world, a vision of divine creation. It is the all-power; facing no opposition; it is not even a power, for there is nothing else. I rest in this.

My life moves as one hand of a dancer with many arms. My individual life is expressing, manifesting the one divine life. I return to this source again and again. It's background music playing as my day flows on; I feel It enfolding me, even in tumult and crisis.

Now, how to meditate? The method here is contemplative inquiry. We might consider and search any statement of truth that is a "yes" to us. We stop, sit down and close our eyes in a quiet place, take in our principle, are receptive, surrender ourselves, let our inquiry and answers bubble up from inside, and are led into the silence where we meet reality within.

Take the principle, "God is love." Sensing truth in this, I still get angry. What do I do about terrible enemies? How can love protect me? And can God love me with my own terrible faults? Indeed, is God loving me, with all the suffering I have? What is "God?" What is "love?" So there are questions, lines and levels of inquiry. The questions coming up seem impossible to answer. Thankfully, I myself don't answer them, for I am opening, with a listening attitude, 'till the answers emerge from this wisdom within.

We practice meditation with patience and persistence. It may take many steps, take months or more, yet, beloved, be assured, our meeting with the presence of love is prepared for us. Eventually, we feel how God loves us completely, unconditionally, more than we can humanly love ourselves. God is living the thoughts and feelings of myself and every being, yet when it apprehends these feelings of self-condemnation, it never buys into them. It is always loving and honoring us, with all our faults, as we each embody one hand of the dancer. So God is the good parent, healing us. This is how an inquiry and answers from within can work to lead us, lead us inward to experience an omnipotent, self-sacrificing, humble God.

God is totally all-love, totally truth. Paradoxically, it's totally active and totally at rest. It's totally substantial, while totally spiritual. This world is its vision, a spiritual universe. And it is our difficulty, while at the same time it's to our great honor, that we see this world as a physical one. In meditation, we find that our rocky journey yields ever-unfolding relationships within oneness, and all is reconciled into greater and greater love.

This article is based on the "Really Being With You" radio program, heard on KSKQ 89.5 FM, Saturdays 9:30 to 10 am. Moshe's book is available at Bloomsbury or on the Internet.

The Ashland Daily Tidings invites residents of the Rogue Valley to submit articles on all aspects of inner peace. Send 600- to 700-word articles to innerpeaceforyou@live.com. See past articles at www.dailytidings.com.