Feb 7, 1999
Prayer, Meditation and Contemplation
Who among us could say? “You bet! I am as pure as the driven snow…”
Anyone who answers this way becomes suspect immediately by those who hear him. All of us feel within ourselves that we could have done better with our lives for we have all made mistakes and this keeps all of us who are honest from broadcasting any purity we may have. What you have to do is follow your best intentions in tune with the highest within your heart in coordination with the light of your mind and then the day will come that the Spirit of God will rest upon you and speak with the still small voice and say: “Well done my good and faithful servant for in this thing your heart is pure and your mission is being accomplished.”
Only when you feel such an impression as this through your soul can you know for sure that your heart is pure. Until this happens we hope that it is and we do our best to make it so.
The latest question under discussion:
What is the difference between prayer, meditation and contemplation?
I mentioned earlier that there are those who have meditated all their lives and still not received soul contact. The same is true with prayer. There are those who have prayed regularly all their lives, and made sure others did too, yet the closest they have reached to the soul was the solar plexus emotion.
Even those who crucified Jesus were known for their “long prayers.”
So, if many have prayed and many have done meditations all their lives and not received contact should we toss these acts away?
No. The answer is that we must ﬁnd the key that makes them work. One important key we have been discussing is purity of heart. A good dose of this is essential. But beyond this we must realize that all things that have life or create livingness operate in triads or triangles corresponding to the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost; Father, Mother, Child; or Positive, Negative, Neutrality.
Unless these three aspects work together there is no creation and no noticeable effect, as if there were only one hand clapping.
Many of those who pray regularly believe that meditation is a bunch of New Age bunk and many who meditate see prayer as old fashion and outdated. Both sides leave out an important ingredient, or two important ingredients. We must practice the whole Trinity of prayer, meditation and contemplation.
Prayer opens the door of the soul to gain access to the world of Spirit, meditation takes you through that door so you can receive the Spirit, and contemplation brings the things of the Spirit down into the practical realm of the material world.
There are many who follow the ﬁrst two steps and forget the third and thus feel the peace, but cannot put anything they sensed into words because without contemplation the experience soon becomes as if it has not been.
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