Haven’t you noticed how you have different parts of yourself in conflict with each other. The spiritual benefits from meditation practice can settle the conflicts and expand your understanding of yourself.
Sometimes you are afraid and sometimes you feel secure. Sometimes you are angry and sometimes you are calm.
Sometimes you are discouraged and sometimes you are positively hopeful.
You have probably heard that you have a higher self, a soul, a shadow self, a super-conscious mind, and an unconscious mind. Through meditation you are able to integrate all the illusions of separation, and merge your awareness into unity consciousness.
The Goals of Meditation Practice
There are several phases to be keep in mind as you develop your daily spiritual meditation practice. First and foremost it is not an intellectual process, but rather an experiential process of discovering first-hand what your True Self or soul is.
This discovery is not revealed as much by thinking about the subject or analyzing ideas about it, as much as allowing the truths to arise from the experience of direct awareness and realization.
When the reality of the unity of all things becomes your experience you will awaken to a new way of viewing yourself and all life. You will feel as though you have awakened from the dreams of a deep sleep.
Until you have this experience you think you are awake and directing your life through conscious decisions. When you spiritually awaken your awareness pierces through the images that your five senses tell you is reality, and you become aware of the truth that underlies all existence.
You will sense that everything is created out of the same fabric of existence. You will feel more connected with creation and more awake and in touch with everything. You will realize how absorbed in an illusion you youre. You will feel reborn as you awaken into a fresh new view of everything.
Spiritual Benefits from Meditation Practice
The meditative practice was developed as a means of connecting with the divine and the field and consciousness of creation, and to attune to the still small voice which emanates from the infinite presence. Your sense of being connected with and one with the fullness of the divine will become natural and automatic.
With each meditative experience you surrender into the greater awareness of who you are and when you return to your normal every day consciousness your awareness is changed, and with this new awareness your life changes.
You know that you and the rest of manifest creation are not what you always assumed they were, and life doesn’t work the way you assumed it did.
The only way to know this is by direct experience. It is not known by reading, thinking, or any of the other normal ways you have come to know anything. It is by direct experience in consciousness only.
Introducing the Ego
The confusion comes from the fact that there are fundamentally two major components to who and what you think you are. The part of you that you think of as the conscious person is what has been developed since you were born and is called the personality.
The personality is formed from traits you have acquired from your parents genetically and energetically and your experiences in this life.
Underlying the personality are many sub-identities with traits you have carried over from many lifetimes, and they are mostly composed of fundamental beliefs and emotional reactions. This collection of identities and reactions is what is called the ego.
The ego is the aspect of who you think you are that was developed over time and the ego is driven by many defenses to whatever it perceives as a threat to its comfort or existence.
Most of the traits of what you think of as fundamental to be human are actually merely the defensive characteristics of the ego. This includes your emotional reactions, beliefs, and your judgments, criticism, and blame.
Because the ego is a survival mechanism coping with the sense of separation, all human beings have similar reactions and defense mechanisms.
Naturally, each person has developed a unique style and preference for particular defense mechanisms, but the underlying core similarities are similar for all people.
The experience of perceiving separation engenders a number of fears such as fear of abandonment, fear of rejection, and fear of failure.
Because the underlying reality of existence realized through meditation is love and light, the experience of the ego is separate from that. It exists in darkness and void to a degree hard to imagine, and the ego will do anything it can to prevent itself from feeling the terror of this pain.
The ego is terrorized by anything that threatens its survival so it is driven to cling to as many things as possible to give it assurance that it does not have to go into the deep void of separation or come to its end.
This underlying fear drives people with many passions to accumulate, attach to, possess, or control in an attempt to insulate themselves from the pain of separation and the fear of ceasing to exist.
Your spiritual journey is discovering the many ways the ego mechanisms have been operating in your life so you can experience the beauty and truth that lies within. The best method for this discovery is through meditation.
There Is More To You Than The Ego
Beneath the surface experiences of the ego is a deep and aware part of you that is aware of its connection to the divine source of love and light. It is present with you now at this very moment, but it normally operates below your level of conscious awareness.
This is what you call the True Self or soul. It is also called the Higher Self, Master Within, God Presence, Enlightened Consciousness, Awakened Self, I AM Presence, and other such names.
What defines your perception of your spiritual evolution is the gradual bringing to the surface of your awareness of the soul. As it emerges more and more it gradually integrates its awareness into the perceptions of the ego and you experience a merging of your conscious awareness into the awareness of your soul. I refer to this process as soul merging and it is a process that continues until the ego traits completely dissolve.
Whatever role the ego plays can be replaced and managed better by your soul, and this is what makes enlightenment a process rather than a destination. It takes time to discover and get in touch with the many overt and subtle aspects of your ego identities, and therefore it generally takes years for the complete dissolution of the ego and the full emergence of the soul.
Once a person becomes aware of these truths, the process proceeds at a much more rapid pace than it did prior.
Meditation practice enables you to disconnect from the realm of the five senses and realize your inner realities and connections in ways the five senses could never provide.