The term "Meditation" means to reflect deeply in a spiritual state of rest by going into the alpha state, such as when dreaming or daydreaming. It is a state of being in which the active mind has ceased its activity. This state is often referred to as "going into the silence".
Meditation is a way of getting in touch with your higher spiritual self, your super conscious. It is a very peaceful and restful state, that is thought to be equal to a night's sleep in revitalizing the physical body.
There are many ways to meditate and the student needs to discover what is best for them by trial and error. Personally, I believe the ability to go into meditation is greatly enhanced when participating with a group of dedicated people, or when it takes place in a spiritual setting such as a church, a beautiful nature setting, or any high energy place such as the "Indian Mounds", "Woodhenge", etc. Of course this does not hold true for all people. Many say they do better going into the silence completely alone.
Some ways of getting into a meditative state are considered easier then others. I agree with Eastern philosophy that deep breathing and breathing exercises help speed the process. The way you sit also enhances the ability to go into the altered state of meditation. A straight spine aligns the "chakras" in the body, allowing the flow of kundlini up and down the spine to go unhampered.
Laying down works for many people,although some find there is a tendency to go to sleep. Lighting candles also helps set the tone for meditation. Many, including myself, prefer music designed for meditation, as well as chanting or drumming tapes. Chanting, when done either by yourself or in a group, is an excellent way to meditate, and one of my favorites. Still many find guided meditation the easiest way to go into the meditative state, Guided meditation is having someone talk you into relaxation by the suggestion of images you envision in your mind.
You must begin by allowing your self to float in nothingness, in the darkness will come the light. Be still...no eyes,... no ears,... no voice. Let go and let God. Release all conscious thoughts, forget about responsibilities, opinions, desires and fear.
One way to meditate is "Contemplation". This is when you think of a word, for instance the word "kindness", and then simply let thoughts come to you. You will find that you often get a deeper insight into the meaning, rather than just letting your conscious mind immediately give you a definition.
"Stillness" is accomplished through the act of "stilling the conscious mind" to all outside stimuli. Continuous, contemplative thought given to truth. A steady effort of the mind to know and hear the voice of God within the being. The temple is the body and finding God in the temple is the act of meditation. It is the act of "not doing", in an attempt to expand the awareness of "being."
Once you are "plugged in", the power is activated. The energy begins to move. Anything you need to know, you will know. If there is something you need to do, it will come to you. You may see things, and you may hear things, or you may not. No matter what happens you will be activated, energized, and renewed.
You will know.
The proof will be there for you although it is not the same for everyone.
How each person experiences the meditative state can vary greatly. Many people feel tingling or a sensation in their hands, and others will experience their heads involuntarily being pulled backwards, and their eyes drawn upward. It is also not uncommon to lose all sense of time while meditating. I have had experiences when a 30 minute meditation seems like only 10 minutes. You may experience all or none of these examples, and you may find that each time you meditate you have a different experience. Sometimes you may find that you are simply in a pleasurable state of peace and rest and you may receive no messages at all, while other times you will feel as if you have actually traveled places.
One of the most important requirements in attaining a meditative state and becoming aware of its advantages and power, is patience. People who are new to meditation often give up too soon, assuming that they they can't meditate, when in reality they simply haven't given enough time to discover what relaxes them , and what will ultimately take them into meditation. Although with the rising of the earth's vibrations, many are finding it easier to learn how to meditate.
The ultimate goal of meditation is reaching what the yogis term entering "The Bliss", a state of ecstasy in total connection to the Godhead. Meditation increases your spiritual life, psychic ability and your creativity. You will notice more of an appreciation of others and nature. You will experience increased awareness and find joy in the small pleasures in life, as well as deeper feeling for the beauty in everything. You will attain a deeper connection to God, and to other living beings and other dimensions.
Prayer is our form of talking to God and meditation is God's way of talking to us. A prayerful state sets the stage for communication with the Divine. It shows our eagerness to communicate through our higher self, spirit guides, angels or the Higher Power. Prayer is an act of reaching to the Higher Self, which opens a two way communicaton. Instead of saying prayers for everyone in their group, some people find it helpful to envision those in their meditation circle as being surrounded by the "Christ White Light" before going into a meditative state. I personally do both.
Meditation has definitely increased my spiritual life in the deepest way. The more you meditate, the more you will begin to experience the presence of the Divine in your inward temple, a feeling of peace and a true realization that you are not alone.