Meditation Can Help Restore The Wonder
By Barbara Mayer
(August 3, 2014)
Since religion is such a key concept in today’s world, perhaps it will serve to look at its sources from as far back in ancient times as our cosmic clock will allow. While the Abrahamic religions of Judaism, Islam and Christianity take up so much attention — even now as violence rages in the Mideast – all religions have touched many, often for eons of time. Yet, while many people today are walking away from religion, the energies of past eras of worship remain in our cellular memory. They also remain in the rock and the soil, the water and the air of this planet herself.
The thought occurs that while many people are now leaving or not even considering religion, it is the various religions of what they have become in today’s world that people are really leaving. Is it possible, however, that they are not really leaving the reason for religion in the first place, but instead are longing to return to the beginnings of what actually made religion a part of our human race to enlightenment?
Before the busy, self-declared important human mind invented religion, deeply mysterious yet beautifully obvious truths of our planet already existed. Our ancestors simply looked to the sky, to the sun and the moon, to the earth and the stars of mystery beyond. They learned to love the differences of light from solar to lunar. They discovered the consuming purification of fire and let their imaginations dance among the stars. They took delight in naming the figures in constellations they saw, giving them characteristics and energies from our own little planet viewing platform of the cosmos.
From all the universes containing what today’s astrophysicists call dark matter, our ancestors learned to see through the darkness to the many truths all of creation holds. They considered source. They considered the balanced duality of female and male. They sat in primitive sacred circles around ritual fires, and loved the mystery within every thing. From that dark matter of night and its poignant possibilities, they bowed in respect to what is – and wondered through the mystery to what might possibly become. In what we derisively now call the early primitive mind, they actually held the extreme treasure of being able not to think too much.
When the human mind got much busier, it invented many things, including the limiting and separating walls of religions – perhaps now to the burden of overload.
Maybe – just maybe — through committing to a practice of meditation — the silence found after settling the monkey mind of “civilization” — we can again tap the sense of wonder and mystery our so-called progress has all but destroyed.
Could this be the time – as we tiptoe through the beginning stages of the Age of Aquarius and the Shift in rising consciousness — that we return to our roots and to the peaceful harmony this planet and we deserve?
Let’s find time to sit and be silent – so we can discover the balance again. Let us meet once more in The Stillness our ancestors left as their legacy. It was in The Stillness that they learned to be part of all Creation Itself. It is in The Stillness now we can also discover our own true identity.
“In The Stillness, you will know.”
Barbara Mayer is a poet, author and interfaith/interspiritual minister who lives, writes and shares the Spirit in Sedona, Arizona.