A meditator for over thirty years, Raymond Phelan has undergone intensive training in spiritual philosophy and mind technology in the USA, UK, and Ireland. He trained extensively under the guidance of His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, founder of Transcendental Meditation, in the TM-Sidhi Programme. Living in Dublin, Raymond practices as a life coach facilitator and teaches meditation. Here is an excerpt from his new book, Transforming Your Life...
The universally applying principles of Scripture are intended to guide and free not shackle and bind through narrow-focusing institutionalism. Scripture – to include all sacred books, including the 5000-year-old Bhagavad-Gita – is indeed the quintessence of cosmic knowledge gained by previous seekers of truth; timeless wisdom for every generation of all nationalities regardless of formal religion. Their tenets remain, and always will, the eternal spirit-evoking nectar for self or Christ-realisation.
Cosmic mind functioning, as taught by Jesus as the unifying dynamic to world and personal peace, thankfully is gaining momentum worldwide; the choiceless imperative for spiritually evolving mankind. Through spiritual rejuvenation movements globally, the soul transformation miracle of "water into wine" is happening daily throughout all nations.
And while presented cryptically through symbolism, Scripture is simply saying: Awaken within to one's eternal cosmic nature – to your own inner Christ, your higher self; to "present moment awareness" leading to your inner "sermon on the mount" divine revelation status; thereby fulfilling man's destiny of made in the image and likeness of God; that is, to know – in consciousness – the innately present transcendent within you; thereby expressing His pure love and understanding daily in your life; what could be simpler? Alleluia.
Mantra meditation is the perfect technique of subconscious mind purification. It's the vibrational dynamic which expands the deeper regions of mind, for the mind to know itself fully; the practice frees the mind of psychological time bondage. The subconscious mind is not a separate mind but rather solidified time conditioning and illusory mindsets, which is blocking direct contact with your divine nature. It's this subconscious aspect of mind which is dissolved or integrated, leading to the mind's release of "past-future" time dominance, to full empowering mind functioning. Scripture describes subconsciousness as the fall of man – loss of spiritual identity. Meditation is introducing your awareness to eternity whereby the awareness becomes that cosmic state. But, as was said earlier, "time" is necessary to allow the mind "know" the difference: if you didn't wake up from the dream you'd never know it was a dream, an illusion. It's how the nervous system and the breath are cultured to function in time and "no time" simultaneously.
During meditation, the breath reduces to its lowest possible respiratory rate, thereby rendering the brain and nervous system capable of withstanding direct eternal bliss and time – previous to this the brain could only function in the single mode of awareness – time. The separate identities of time and the eternal now, while identified as being separate, are lived as a converged cosmic state of mind. The two modes, while retaining their separate identities, co-exist as unity consciousness; the relative state supporting evolution with the absolute state facilitating divine expression. The nervous system adapts to functioning in both modes simultaneously. Through regularly alternating from one mode to another this capacity to function in the time-relative world while experiencing eternal "no time" becomes as permanently "set up" in your consciousness.
The experience of heaven, often referred to as "the hereafter" or eternal life, is really the here and now after "psychological time". And while phenomenal existence – the realm of time and the marketplace – is cognised as happening while happening, to the enlightened this marketplace activity is perceived in a natural way as separate from the eternal state – the bliss of being is never lost to outer activity. The "here and after" is experienced within as a tangible presence even within the time-based world. Everyday marketplace life does not liable the senses and nervous system to further conditioning for future acting upon, for future karmic responses, on the contrary, while still participating in it, the 'world' begins to lose its dominance over the mind and senses. The craving for addictive stimulation in all its guises loses its power of attraction. Intuitively, phenomenal existence is "recognised" for what it is: ever-changing, ephemeral as compared with never-changing eternal reality – truth.
The goal of life is not the "accumulation" of psychological time but to grow out of this time-anchored existence and become transformed into infinity awareness. Through ignorance the unpurified mind/ senses/nervous system dabbles in material gratification, addictions and suffering at the expense of the bigger goal – knowing eternal bliss now.
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