All of the Great Teachers of Truth have clearly understood that there is a Universal Energy or pattern of Intelligent Impulses present in all of the Universe. Einstein called this reservoir of seemingly “empty” space, from which all matter manifests, the “zeropoint field”. Buddha Sakyamuni, some 2500 years earlier, understood this energy field as “emptiness”.
Socrates called it “the human spirit”, while Rabbi Jesus used the metaphor “my Heavenly Father”. This is the same principle which some mystics have called Atman, and others call God, Goddess or Creative Intelligence, Spirit or Light.
I choose to simply recognise it in the terms Buddha Sakyamuni is said to have used in the Dhammapada 5, when he calls love “the eternal principle”.
If all phenomena are recognised as being impermanent, and arising as a result of interdependent causes and conditions (ultimately being “empty” or zeropoint energy), then one must logically conclude that anything that is “eternal” is not part of the phenomenal world, but is the numenal reality.
Therefore, if the numenal reality is this pattern or emptiness… this Universal Intelligence, or Thought, which the primitive minds called by the various names ascribed to their gods, goddesses, saints and saviours, then we must conclude that It is One and the same as Love.
We have other clues telling us this is correct. Rabbi Jesus, who recognised that the metaphoric “god the father” was not this mean, spiteful, jealous and petty tyrant found in the sacred legends (scripture), revealed: “God is Love…” He taught us that if we “abide in love” we are One with “God” (One with Love) and Love is One with us.
In the Buddhist vernacular, we call this numenal reality our “Buddha Nature”. In the Jesus Movement, it’s called “Christ Consciousness”. For the student of the Kabbalah, it is the realisation of our inner perfection, tranquility, unbounded enjoyment and the ability to transcend the limitations of time and space while still living in this world.
Neither you nor I are ever limited by the Principle of our Being. Limitation is the result of our delusional perceptions and unhealthy thoughts. You are limitless potential, because this thing you perceive as “you” is merely an aggregate of systems, conditions and appearances. The real essence that functions as your mindstream is Pure Energy, Limitless Compassion and Wisdom expressing Itself in form.
By meditating on these things, we can realise healing, improve our physical and emotional experiences, and reveal your limitless potential.
Meditation practice enables us to learn to refine the mind, and cultivate single-pointed focus. Mantrayana allows us to use mantra as a means of sharpening that focus, and allows us to use the vibrational qualities of the ancient primal sounds (which we call seed syllables) to balance and restore your body through the sound frequencies.
After you’ve practiced concentration and learned to focus on one thing at a time, you can proceed to the next stage: no thought at all. Achieving a silent mind is difficult, but when to attain it the experience is powerful. Over time you realise that you are capable of allowing or rejecting thoughts, and simply viewing them without judgment or attachment. Your real “I” is not this collection of thoughts and aggregate of senses, but something far deeper. This is the most significant realisation of meditation – that you do not have to be a slave to your thoughts.
It opens the door to allow us the freedom of living our lives for the purpose of helping to eliminate suffering. And I can think of no better reason to live life to it’s fullest, and to take every opportunity we can to alleviate suffering wherever possible.