Be Still and Know by Ellyn Nikkia Gray

Summer Solstice Inspiration 6 /21/08

How can we attain inner stillness?  The bible says “be still and know that I am God.”  That is the key.  Right in that truth we have been given the keys to unlock the gate of heaven.  But how do we find the correct door that matches the key?  What stills the mind so that we can know God?  Concentration and meditation.  Stillness comes after we have practiced the first two.  When we go to church or gather with others or read the scriptures we spend hours upon hours talking of God, reading of God.  But how much time do we spend in deep concentration upon God?  How much time do we spend in deep meditation upon God?  How much time do we spend in that stillness letting God nourish our spirit.  We cannot expect to truly be one with God or to truly know and love God and be able to follow God’s will without silence, without concentration, without deep meditation.

The first door is concentration.  Through concentration we begin to calm the mind and thus calm the body and prepare it for meditation.  Real concentration is that which focuses the mind on God.  It can be through focusing on the breath or focusing on energy, bringing God’s cosmic energy into the body and by practicing concentration techniques.  We bring the body and mind to calm center where by it is prepared to sit in silent meditation. 

MY INDIA by Cole Ragland

A Day By Day Travel Diary
India -- The Parker's Tour
Lead by Bob Polselli
February, 2004

Group:
Verna Black
Teri Persico
Ananda Pate
Jonathan Ward
Ewing Hughes
Michele Kripilani
Bob Polselli
Cole Ragland

Wednesday, February 18th

We've just landed at Heathrow airport and are waiting for a bay to open up.

We had a real nice meditation last night on the flight. I really felt Christ and the Gurus. We did our Energization while everyone else was sleeping. One day, these exercises of Masters will be practiced by all people, everywhere. Why, because they work like "mathematics".  Jonathan says this about coffee and he's right because just about everyone drinks it. And since coffee is a physical experience, it is fully accepted.

But Master's exercises will take a while due to its "meta physicality". It would be and will be neat to see people, at any time, do them as needed with the same acceptability.

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