Tree of Life – Level 1, Lesson 2: Meditation 2
Meditation is the second stage of Scientific enlightenment. It follows after Scientific prayer and is not to be considered lightly. But it is to be observed with all diligence.
Meditation should be silent, because you cannot pray through meditation if you have a noisy mind. This is why we recommend concentration first, because through concentration you can gain control of the most unruly mind.
The force and power of concentration is brought about and brought into focus as Scientific understanding.
Contemplation is brought to focus in Scientific Illumination.
The psalmist in Psalm Chapter 119, Verse 15, “I will meditate on Thy precepts, and fix my eyes on Thy ways.”
The Laws of God and nature are so evasive—in order that we may become spiritual, they must be meditated upon.
The precepts of God must be studied, and our eye must become single and observe the works of God.
Meditation is the silent weighing the answers one gets to questions, or the silent waiting for the answers.
When we meditate, we must block the mind of stagnant thought, for the mind of the average person has many scattered thoughts per few seconds. But the mind must not be blank.
The thought process should flow freshly and He who does the meditation should bless—and praise—each thought as it enters into his consciousness.
The 119th Psalm, verse 16: “I will delight in Thy statutes; I will not forget Thy words.” Here the aspirant, the spiritual student tells the Creator that he will be happy and elated in the statutes of God. That he will rejoice over the responsibility and obligation which they impose upon him.
Next, he makes his spontaneous scientific decree, and solemn vow, “I will not forget thy word.”
In the Psalm 119, Verse 34, “Give me understanding, that I may keep Thy Law.” Meditation brings along with it the spiritual and Scientific power of understanding. The results of meditation are shown us in the verses 44 and 45 of the 119th Psalm. “I will keep Thy law continually for ever and ever, and I shall walk at liberty, for I have sought Thy precepts.”
Again we say, he who meditates properly will automatically keep the Law and walk in Liberty.
Because in meditation the person has sought after the precepts of God, in Psalm Chapter 119, Verse 45, “and I will walk in liberty for I have sought Thy precepts.”
Meditation shall teach you good judgment, it will help you achieve the Christ Mind, it will cause you to keep away from transgression and shame, and it will heal your entire cosmic structure.
He who cannot concentrate is not well balanced. He needs to obtain equilibrium, which is the password unto the Kingdom of God.
Fatherhood cannot be obtained without it.
David said, “I will meditate upon your Laws by day and night.” He also said in Verse 97, Psalm 119, “Oh, how I love Thy Law! It is my meditation all the day.” In Verse 99, he makes mention that the Creator’s testimonies are also his meditations.
By meditation on His precepts, testimonies, and His Law, we get divine understanding. Through divine understanding, we get divine illumination. Through divine illumination, through which we arrive at the point of finding the SELF, and finding the SELF is the quest of this course of study.
- Start with concentration. Pick an object in the room and look at it for 10 minutes under full light. Do this every day for four days. The next week for three days, the third week for one day, preferably Wednesday of the week.
- Then we start on the fourth week with a darkened room and concentrate on the same object under the light of three candles. Do this for five minutes every day for four days, the first week. The second week, every day for three days. The third week, every day for two days. The fourth week on Wednesday.
- The final exercise should be done in a darkened room (complete) and start visualizing the same object for 15 minutes for 7 days.
- Then in the light and the dark alternately 10 minutes in light, and 10 minutes in dark, once a day.
This shall establish the power of concentration; meditation is then a retroactive function from concentration—it will just carry you through.
Contemplation is merely a workable way of retrospection, a review of what we have learned in meditation.