KNOW THYSELF CONSIDER CAREFULLY THE WORDS OF WISE ADMONISHMENT INSCRIBED ON THE GREEK TEMPLE AT DELPHI: “MAN, KNOW THYSELF!” EVEN THOUGH THESE WORDS HAVE BEEN REPEATED FREQUENTLY DOWN THE AGES, IT IS APPARENT THAT WE NEED CONSTANT REMINDERS OF THEM, BECAUSE, UNFORTUATELY, MANY OF US DO NOT KNOW OUR INNER SELF. ST. AUGUSTINE SUMMED IT UP WELL: “MEN TRAVEL TO GAZE UPON MOUNTAIN HEIGHTS AND THE WAVES OF THE SEA, BROAD-FLOWING RIVERS, AND THE EXPANSE OF THE OCEAN, AND PASS BY THEMSELVES, THE CROWNING WONDER.” BECAUSE WE LACK SELF-KNOWLEDGE, WE SUBSTITUTE IDEAS THAT SIMPLY ARE NOT TRUE, THUS WE INSIST WE MUST KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT OUR SELVES EVEN IF IT IS WRONG AND THEN WE BECOME OUR OWN WORST PROBLEM.

 

A DIVINE THREAD OF GOD-CONSCIOUSNESS FLOWS THROUGH EACH ONE OF US. IT IS INFINITE AND ALL-EMCOMPASSING. BECAUSE WE DO NOT KNOW OURSELVES, WE CANNOT RECOGNIZE THE REALITY OF ITS EXISTENCE WITHIN US. UNTIL WE KNOW OURSELVES, WE CANNOT TRULY KNOW ITS PRESENCE. ONCE YOU RECOGNIZE AND ACCEPT YOUR BASIC POTENTIAL, IT IS TIME TO BEGIN THE REAL TASK OF PUTTING YOUR ABILITY TO WORK. SINCE MIND CAN PERHAPS BE CONSIDERED A WINDOW TO THE SOUL, THE ESSENTIAL “KNOW THYSELF PROGRAM”. THIS CANNOT BE COMPLETE WITHOUT A SINCERE ATTEMPT AT SPIRITUAL SELF-AWARENESS. IN FACT, TO KNOW ONE’S SPIRITUAL STATUS AND POTENTIAL IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ASPECTS OF TRULY KNOWING THYSELF.

 

AND SO, HOW DO WE DO THIS? DO WE LOCK OURSELVES ON THE TOP OF A MOUNTAIN AND TRY TO COMMUNICATE WITH THE DALI LAMA? NO. WE CAN OBTAIN AWARENESS AND SELF-REALIZATION THROUGH MEDITATION. BY LOOKING WITHIN, WE CAN BEGIN TO KNOW OURSELVES BETTER. MEDITATION IS NOT A WAY OF OBTAINING A SPIRITUAL HIGH, OR A WAY OF BECOMING HIGH ON ANY RELIGIOUS CONCEPT OR THEME. THIS IS DEFINITELY NOT THE GOAL OF MEDITATION. ONCE YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE, CAN YOU BE ABLE TO ACHIEVE REAQUAINTANCE WITH THE IN-DWELLING DIVINTIY THAT MOST OF US HAVE LOST TOUCH WITH. YOU CANNOT EXPECT TO BE ABLE TO ACHIEVE THIS OVERNIGHT OR IN TWO WEEKS OR A MONTH ETC. IT TAKES PATIENCE, FORTITUDE AND PRACTICE. YES, WE MUST PRACTICE HOW TO MEDITATE.

 

FIRST, WE MUST DECIDE WHICH TYPE OF MEDITATION IS BEST FOR US, WHICH SUITS OUR LIFESTYLE. MEDITATION CAN BE BROKEN DOWN INTO 4 BASIC TYPES: INTELLECTUAL, EMOTIONAL, PHYSICAL AND ACTION AND MEDITATION.

 

INTELLECTUAL MEDITATION USES THE WILL AND DIRECT THOUGHT PROCESS TO TRANSEND SELF. IT FOCUSES ON THE MIND, HOWEVER FOR MOST PEOPLE IT IS DIFFICULT TO USE MIND TO TRANCEND MIND; THEREFORE IT IS OFTEN A STEPPING STONE FOR MOST OF US. TRUE MEDITATION ACCEPTS AND HONORS ALL FACETS OF OUR BEING- MIND, BODY, SOUL, AND SPIRIT- AND AN INTELLECTUAL COMPREHENSION OF THE PRINCIPLES OF MEDITATION IS HELPFUL AS WE DEEPEN OUR MEDITATIVE AWARENESS. YOU WILL NOTICE AS YOU CONTINUE THIS PRACTICE OF MEDITATION, YOUR INTELLECT BECOMES SHARPER.

 

THE EMOTIONAL PATH TO MEDITATION ENCOURAGES AN OPENING UP AND EXPANSION OF THE EMOTIONS. THIS WILL HELP THE MEDITATOR BETTER RELATE TO OTHERS AND THE UNIVERSE

 

PHYSICAL MEDITATION STRIVES TO ENHANCE BODILY MOVEMENTS IN ORDER TO FOSTER ACUTE AWARENESS OF THE BODY.TAI CHI AND THE DERVISH DANCES OF THE SUFI ARE PRIME EXAMPLES OF PHYSICAL MEDITATION.

 

ACTION AND MEDITATION HAS ONLY BEEN RECENTLY INTRODUCED TO WESTERN CULTURE. IT INCORPORATES SOME TYP OF SKILL OR EXPERTISE. THE EASTERN ART OF FLOWER ARANGEMENT, AIKIDO, QIGONG, AND KARATE ARE EXAMPLES OF THIS TYPE OF MEDITATION.

 

MEDITATION DOES HELP US TO KNOW THY SELF. IT HELPS WITH THE CENTERING AND STRUCTURE NEEDED TO START WORKING WITH OUR GUIDES AND TEACHERS. IT IS IMPORTANT FOR OUR WORK IN MEDIUMSHIP TO NOT ONLY BE SOMEWHAT AWARE OF WHOM WE ARE AND WHAT WE ARE ABOUT, BUT TO BE AWARE OF OUR SPIRIT TEACHERS AND GUIDES. FOR THE MOST PART, WE LIKE COMING TO THIS PLACE OF WORSHIP, AND WE ARE WORSHIPING HERE, BECAUSE AS PART OF THE RELIGION OF SPIRITUALISM, WE BRING MESSAGES FROM THOSE WHO HAVE PASSED OVER ONTO THE NEXT PLANE. AS MEDIUMS WE, IN SPIRITUALISM, PROVE THE CONTINIUITY OF LIFE. WE ARE ABLE TO BRING YOU MESSAGES FROM LOVED ONES AND HAVE THE MESSAGE CONFIRMED BY YOU. ONLY YOU CAN GIVE US THE CONFIRMATION WE NEED, BECAUSE ONLY YOU CAN ACKNOWLEDGE THE INFORMATION YOU HAVE BEEN GIVEN, AS BEING FROM YOUR LOVED ONE.

 

BECOMING A MEDIUM DOES NOT HAPPEN TO US WITHOUT MANY LONG HOURS OF STUDY AND PRACTICE.

 

AS MEDIUMS WE ALWAYS ASK FOR THE HIGHEST AND BEST TO BE WORKING WITH US, THAT IS, OUR GUIDES BRINGING FORTH TO US THE HIGHEST AND BEST. AS YOU KNOW, THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE WHO CAN GIVE “MESSAGES”. SOME ARE PSYSIC; SOME ARE FROM THE OTHER SIDE. ARE SOME BETTER THAN OTHERS? WHO CAN SAY, BUT IF WE CAN START WITH KNOWING WHO WE ARE, AND WHAT WE ARE ABOUT, WE CAN ONLY HOPE THAT OUR MESSAGES ARE PURE, AND FROM THE HIGHEST AND BEST. THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME TO SERVE SPIRIT.