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"Without going outside, you may know the world. Without looking
through the window, you may see the ways of heaven. The farther
you go, the less you know."
"Thus the sage knows without traveling;
He sees without looking;
He works without doing."
The Tao Te Ching
Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary defines "meditation" as:
1: "to focus one's thoughts on: reflect on or ponder over."
2: "to plan or project in the mind: to engage in contemplation
Michael Molinos, the Catholic Priest who lived in Italy around
the 17th century, wrote that there were two kinds of prayer;
outward prayer, which meant you physically prayed with your
voice, and inward prayer which Molinos preferred over the other.
This inward prayer involved sitting in a quiet space and
contemplating God. This angered the church officials because
Molinos was preaching that confession to a priest was not really
necessary if one confessed to God himself using inward prayer.
As a result Michael became very popular with the people of that
era. He became somewhat of a hero because his teachings
attempted to liberate the people from church which attempted to
oppress them and used confession as a tool for blackmail.
Michael Molinos, was jailed for life by the church, his book
banned, and anyone caught reading his book was to be
excommunicated; all because he wrote that inward prayer was more
efficient than outward prayer.
The inward prayer Molinos spoke about was meditation.
To meditate all one must do is contemplate an object and hold it
in consciousness for as long as it is desired. The mind will
start to recall all data having anything to do with the object
being contemplated, and by careful analysis of the data being
recalled one can get deeper meanings of the object being
contemplated. Stress is reduced; it creates nerves of steel, and
it increases concentration. So you see, it's not as hard as most
people think, or is it?
It is perfectly normal for the mind to rebel against you when you
trying to restrain it. If this does not happen at first you are
not doing it right! When this occurs allow the mind to run amuck
for as long as it wants to. Eventually, (after about 6 or 7, 15
minute sessions) you will start to notice that the random symbols
the mind used to overwhelm you with at first have slowed down.
Persevere until you can focus your attention on the chosen object
for at least 15 minutes without interruption, you are almost
It is extremely valuable if the first object you start with is
one which you have a lot of interest in. This will make it
easier for you to maintain focus on it. See PRACTICAL EXERCISES.
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