Excerpt from Awaken to Superconsciousness, by J. Donald Walters
Meditation is not so much a process of stilling the mind as of perceiving realities that exist beyond the mind. There is an inner world that can be perceived only when the attention has been turned away from material involvement and redirected toward the divine source within. “Listening” entails much more than listening with the ears. It means, among other things, the stillness of expectation, and complete mental absorption in whatever inspirations come. It means receiving as opposed to generating uplifting thoughts with the mind.
Thus, “listening” clarifies a misconception people frequently have who imagine that yoga teaches self-effort, but scorns the need for divine grace. Divine grace is forever impersonal. It is not, like the human will, dependent on personal choices or inclinations. It has no favorites. Like the sunlight, it shines impartially everywhere. What keeps sunlight from arriving equally everywhere is the presence of obstructions: clouds, buildings, the curtains covering a window. What keeps grace from reaching us is obstructions in our consciousness.
We may not be able to do much about obstructions to grace that are put there by Nature or by other people — illness, for example, or negative thought forms — but we can draw back the curtains that cover the windows of our minds. These obstructions are our mental restlessness and worldly desires.
This, then, is the benefit of practice: It draws back our mental curtains; it helps us to listen more intently to the divine call within. It is like turning the chalice of thought and feeling right-side up, that the wine of grace may fill it. If, instead, the chalice is turned upside down, grace, which (unlike the sunlight) is superconscious, will simply be withheld. Why should it spill uselessly to the floor?
(With gratitude to sensei:)
“My daily activities are not unusual,
I’m just naturally in harmony with them.
Grasping nothing, discarding nothing…
Supernatural power and marvelous activity -
Drawing water and carrying firewood.”
Act boldly and unseen forces will come to your aid.”
American writer and editor
but try to keep close in mind that
Ability will never catch up with the demand for it.”
and enjoy a warm tea, peacefully celebrating the consciousness of the limitations which shall always be there
while human you remain
“What you resist persists.”
― Carl Jung
“THOMAS AQUINAS: If all the predestined knew they were predestined, then all those not predestined would know they were not predestined from the very fact that they did not know if they were predestined. This would, in some way, lead them to despair. Now, considering those who are predestined, security is the mother of negligence; and if the predestined were certain about their predestination, they would be secure about their salvation. Consequently, they would not exercise so great care in avoiding evil. Hence, it has been wisely ordained by God’s providence that men should be ignorant of their predestination or reprobation.”
“Words have the power to both destroy and heal. When words are both true and kind, they can change our world.”
Friends, avoid the darkened chamber,
Where one pinches off the light,
Which must bow in lamenation
While distortions mock out sight.
Through the years there’ve been enough;
In the noggins of your teachers
Reign illusions, specter-stuff.
“One of the primary laws of human life is that you become like what you worship; what’s more, you reflect what you worship not only back to the object itself but also outward to the world around.”
“Death is extraordinarily like life when we know how to live. You cannot live without dying. You cannot live if you do not die psychologically every minute. This is not an intellectual paradox. To live completely, wholly, everyday as if it were a new loveliness, there must be a dying to everything of yesterday, otherwise you live mechanically, and a mechanical mind can never know what love is or what freedom is.”
“The last of the human freedoms: to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”