Fundamental Christians of various denominations continue to debate the dangers of mediation, yoga, etc. The fear of the secular New Age stunts a lot of good-hearted, God-seeking people from allowing the Holy Spirit to truly rule and reign as Scripture teaches. If only we could swallow the meat and spit out the bones when it comes to spiritual awakening and mediation. There would be so much more empowerment within the church, within believers. Romans 8 is a great chapter for defining spirituality.
One of the most significant things that happens during prayer, meditation, healing, etc. is that the human spirit, mind, and body literally STOP WORKING SO HARD. Jesus tells me to come to Him, that He will give me rest, that His yoke is easy and His burden is light. He calls me to take His yoke (His requirements) and learn about who He really is, to taste and see that God is good.
When I stop trying to be my own source, and allow God to be my source instead, miracles happen. Power increases. Love is established. The mind must retreat from being a ruthless taskmaster in my life and take a subservient position. Power and might come from the Spirit, they cannot be conjured up by willpower. If I try to force spiritual energy, it only drains me. I become tired, mentally and physically. My body develops sickness and weakness.
Those who study Satanic practices and religions will find that it’s all about accumulating power for one’s self, and gaining control in one’s life. This is where we can draw the line with New Age philosophies and practices. Jesus taught the opposite of personal power and control over one’s destiny. He gave up His will and His life for the will of the Father, and through the power of God – overcame death and the grave. True spiritual connection and meditation is not about seeking power, it’s about surrendering.
Meditation is all about shutting down the chaos, and grounding myself in the silence and stillness of the Presence of God. As I clear away all distractions, noises, and desires, that still small voice can be heard. Maybe it’s just one word. Maybe it’s a verse, or a feeling, or an epiphany that changes everything. Most of the time, it’s just an act of faith – knowing and believing that as I surrender my striving and warring, God will enter in and heal what needs healed, build what is broken, and save what is lost.
Meditation is the opening up and allowing God to be and do the things that only God can be and do, so that I can be and do the things that I was created to be and do.
In this world, in this life, so much dirt, distraction, and discouragement cloud my pathway to freedom and abundant living. Meditation brings me back. It clears the fog. It drains the sewage. It realigns my spirit with God. It opens the door to the eternal, which was closed by the things of the physical dimension.
Romans 8 says that the mind governed by the flesh is death, but that the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. Philippians 2 says that it is God that works in me both to will and to do of His good pleasure.
This is the essence of meditation. This is how I “pray without ceasing,” as it’s commanded in Thessalonians. This is how I live in the presence of God.