A Higher Meditation 4/4

Meditation is the art of divine appreciation. Meditation is the art through which we learn to rightly appreciate each other, and all the products of nature and of man and of art and music and of literature and of scripture. Meditation gives us an appreciation of the outer form, because it gives us an understanding of the divine love that produced the outer form.

Then we find God revealing Itself, uttering the word that is quick and sharp and more powerful than a two-edged sword; that word of God that separates the Red Sea when necessary, that produces the cloud by day, and pillar of fire by night, that which produces the miracles of our experience.

Our meditations should carry us back, through the visible to the invisible—that is the fourth dimension. Those who live in the third dimension live only in the world of height, width, and depth—in other words, the world of form—and they’re completely cut off from the essence or substance or law or life or activity of that which appears outwardly as form.

As we start out from the basis of God, the cause, God, the reality, the substance, and law, then we see that all effect, whether appearing as thing or man, all effect is but the showing forth of that infinite being, God.

All individual being: you and me; all individual form: animal, vegetable, mineral, is but the invisible God-life, pouring Itself forth into expression; embodying Its infinite qualities, nature, and character; and therefore, all of this earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof.

All of it is God appearing as a universe, as man. All of it is immortal. All of it is eternal. All of it is yours and mine: the cattle on a thousand hills are mine, and Son, all that I have is thine. And again, I Am ever with thee… I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.

Now that we’ve touched the invisible realm, we can understand: why, how true, how could the love of that artist ever be separate and apart from that which it created. How can the skill, how can the purity of soul and mind of that artist, ever be separate from the form it created. How can the greatness, the grandeur of nature ever be separate or apart from this form, and how can God, the Father and Mother principle of our being, ever be separate and apart from our individual being? How can we be separated from God? How can we be separated from good? I and the Father are one, and thou seest me, thou seest the Father that sent me.

Thou seest that ivory, you’re also looking at the state of consciousness that evolved it. You look at this plant and you’re looking at the divine nature that formed it. They are one, inseparable and indivisible.

And I and the Father are one, and all that the Father hath is mine. God has embodied Its qualities, character, and nature into my very being, and my being is eternal and immortal, and when I say mine, I mean yours, because mine is yours, as yours is mine, because it’s all God appearing, the one life, the one soul.

Now, you see, the depth of the meaning of meditation. Meditation is not just an abstraction. Meditation is not an occult practice for some mysterious purpose. Meditation is the getting back into God. Meditation is the process through which we keep our mind stayed on God, and the things of God.

Meditation is an activity of our consciousness opening to us the Infinite Invisible so that It declares Itself within our own being, reveals Itself as the health, harmony, and wholeness of our being.

Meditation is the art of divine appreciation. Meditation is the art through which we learn to rightly appreciate each other, and all the products of nature and of man and of art and music and of literature and of scripture. Meditation gives us an appreciation of the outer form, because it gives us an understanding of the divine love that produced the outer form.

You know that when you know the author of a book, that makes the book more valuable to you, more enjoyable, more understandable. When you know the composer of a piece of music, that makes the music much more enjoyable. When you know the painter of a picture, the sculptor, certainly, once you know the mind and soul that produced the goods, you can appreciate more the goods itself.

And so it is with all of us. Oh, if we could only know God. Oh, if we could only taste or touch one drop of God; if we could have an infinitesimal grasp on the divine reality we call God, how wonderful all creation would appear to be. And it is meditation that carries us back; meditation that permits us to go right through the object, or person, back to its creative source, or principle, and then knowing it, come back to the world again.

The Infinite Way will open to you a new dimension of life, because no longer will you be limited to time or space, to height, width, or depth, because instantly your mind, your soul will jump from the appearance, from the three-dimensional form to the fourth dimension of its origin, of its cause, of its source. That’s the fourth dimension.

Spirit, God, the ability not to be dependent on things which do appear, whether it’s person or thing or place—not to be dependent upon them, not to overly love them, not to hate them, not to fear them.

Why? Because if you look through them, you’ll find in every case the source is God, and whatever appears to be evil in the world appearance represents our misperception of the cause.

And when you hear: I will never leave you nor forsake you, won’t you please remember our little figure, and remember that the love and the artistry and the skill and the purity of soul and devotion of the artist cannot be removed from that figure. You cannot do it. As long as that figure shows forth beauty, grace, form, serenity of face, don’t you know that the very mind and soul of the artist is there? Oh, yes. And so it is with us. That which formed us will never leave us nor forsake us. That which formed us is in us—Its very qualities are still here.

To enjoy the life of the soul, to enjoy soul faculties—that is the higher wisdoms, that wisdom which is above book learning, it becomes necessary to get back into the consciousness of soul, into the consciousness of God.

And this is one way, this particular form of meditation, is one way that I have found to do it. Instead of just sitting still and trying to blank the mind or think nothing or make a jump all the way from humanhood to God, try to go back through some visible form to the causative principle, the life, and soul, and then come forward again and see the perfect creation.

Bless you. Thank you.

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