26 Apr 2018
April 26, 2018
A CHRISTIAN’S GUIDE TO CHOOSING THE BEST MEDITATION METHOD
COVERED IN THIS ARTICLE:
- FACT: ALL METHODS OF MEDITATION PROVIDE RELAXATION AND HEALTH BENEFITS
- TYPES OF MEDITATION: RELIGIOUS & SPIRITUAL
- MINDFULNESS – THE NEW & VERY POPULAR, ”SECULAR” MEDITATION METHOD
- DANGERS OF NON CHRIST-CENTERED MEDITATION METHODS!
- DANGERS OF RELIGION!
- HOW MINDFULNESS EMPHASIS ON NON-ATTACHMENT, NON-STRIVING & LIVING IN THE NOW DISCONNECTS US FROM THE IMPORTANCE OF WORDS
- WHAT’S THE IDEAL LENGTH OF TIME TO MEDITATE?
- IS OUR CHRIST-CENTERED METHOD OF MEDITATION RELIGIOUS?
- WHAT IS “CHRIST-CENTERED, GLORY2GLORY, TRANSFORMING MEDITATION”?
FACT: ALL METHODS OF MEDITATION PROVIDE RELAXATION AND HEALTH BENEFITS
I want to start by stating a truth: ALL meditation methods work to some degree. So, if you’re not very discerning, if your preference is inner peace, if truth or principles don’t matter to you, then any meditation method will do.
Based on numerous scientific studies we know that all meditation methods impart health benefits. For instance, meditating causes an increase in the release of endorphins in the brain. Those are the neurotransmitter hormones that give us a sense of peace, well-being and pleasure.
And because all meditators seek to quiet the mental noise of our frenetically paced culture, they thereby lower their stress levels, which in turn improves their heart’s health.
Meditation also forces a meditator to set aside time to meditate, so regular meditation can help improve time management and organizational skills.
TYPES OF MEDITATION: RELIGIOUS & SPIRITUAL
On the Christian religious side, we have Catholicism, with its long history of meditation. Some Catholic monks meditate using the Jesus Prayer, repeating over and over the same phrase. However, this method involves the use of “vain repetitions” which Jesus clearly warned against: “When you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.” (Matthew 6:7).
Other Catholic orders of monks meditate using Lectio Divina – Divine Reading. This involves reading scriptures interpreted from a Catholic doctrinal perspective and meditating on them from that perspective. Obviously, this method is meant to promote the Catholic religion and its doctrines, so it prevents the possibility of any new spiritual understanding.
On the spiritual side of meditation, we have the New Agers. However, though they like to promote themselves as spiritual and non-religious, there are groups within the New Age movement, such as Transcendental Meditation (TM), that sit at the feet of gurus like Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and totally embrace their eastern religious form of meditation.
TM promotes itself as providing absolute spiritual happiness and material success. However, there are a number of books that reveal TM’s dark side, including their delusional belief in the ability to levitate. TM Videos on Youtube always reveal the meditator pumping their folded legs against the floor, causing them to be air borne for a split second.
I have a long history of over 40 years as a meditator, during which time I’ve read about and experimented with various religious/spiritual meditation techniques.
However, all the methods I’m familiar with suffer from the same weaknesses: doctrinal intransigence; a desire to get beyond words by focusing on feelings of wellbeing, peace and joy; and top-down management – Pope’s, denominational Presidents, spiritual Gurus or meditation leaders/guides who believe your meditation time is best served listening to their words rather than God’s.
Like I said, all meditation methods provide relaxation and some degree of peace, joy and a general feeling of wellbeing. And since modern meditation methods seek to appeal to the maximum number of people, most eliminate God. One such method, Mindfulness meditation, has been slowly building momentum since the late 70’s and has now invaded nearly every organization on the planet.
MINDFULNESS – THE NEW & VERY POPULAR, ”SECULAR” MEDITATION METHOD
Any path that leads a Christian’s meditations away from God is not to be followed, not if one really believes in the teachings of Jesus Christ.
For instance, Jesus gave us the “Golden Rule”: “Whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them” (Matthew 7:12). As a Christian do I want to assist a modern meditation method like Mindfulness Meditation, which promotes a non-Christian, and therefore anti-Christ method of meditation? Do I want to fill my subconscious with their eastern religious/New Age ideas, like non-attachment, non-striving, and the ambition killing idea of remaining only in the now? Most meditators are unaware that Mindfulness and other New Age type meditation methods promote those three key anti-Christ ideas, which makes them dangerous to any seeker of real truth, especially Christians.
Jesus gave a clear warning against following what the majority approves: “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits.” (Matthew 7:13-16).
The fruit Jesus is talking about is spiritual fruit. We read more about that in Galatians, “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.” (Galatians 5:22-23).
I especially like the way this idea of spiritual fruit is explained in Ephesians 5:6-11 “Let no one deceive you with empty words… For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.”
DANGERS OF NON CHRIST-CENTERED MEDITATION METHODS!
There are plenty of people who deceive with empty words. Concepts like non-attachment or non-striving and always being in the NOW, these are empty words that deceive, for it’s a fool’s game to believe that one can be non-attached.
Everything that’s important in this life requires attachments: to our spouse, to our children, to our family and friends, to our animals. And if the fruit of the Spirit is “IN all goodness, righteousness and truth”, don’t we want to strive for truth, to manifest in our life whatever is good and righteous?
Of course, when you meet and talk with modern meditation instructors like those who promote Mindfulness meditation, they are all very friendly, and concerned for your wellbeing. They even exude the appearance of love.
However, if a person doesn’t love Jesus, doesn’t care in the least to obey Christ’s commands, do they know REAL love, the love “of” and “for” God?
It’s a historical fact that most of the evil dictators throughout history loved their family and friends. Such earthly love is universal and should NOT be the standard for understanding agape love, the type of divine love Jesus revealed on the cross, and the same kind of love every follower of Christ seeks to know and reveal to others.
Those who are beguiling manipulators of others are especially adept at exuding that kind of visible earthly love that most of the world mistakenly accepts as “love”. The truth is that far too many people are just good at giving people what they want, this appearance of a loving demeanor, and meditation leaders are no exception. Like any organization that depends on attracting enough people to make a living, they’ll do whatever is necessary to attract more converts, even if everything underneath is a deception.
Let me give you a clear-cut undeniable example of deception. Mindfulness instructors like to tell their students it’s a non-religious method of meditation. But, when you go to the source, the original founder of Mindfulness (in the 1970’s), you discover that Jon Kabat Zinn was an avid practitioner of Buddhism. The three main concepts that Mindfulness meditation instructors teach is non-striving, non-attachment and living in the now. Those are Buddhist concepts that Jon Kabat Zinn built into Mindfulness and they are still taught today.
The only reason those concepts aren’t presented as the religious concepts they are, is because religious methods of meditation don’t sell well. So, Mindfulness went mainstream by promoting itself as a non-religious, non-spiritual method. This took it into public schools, universities, the military, corporations, hospitals and other health facilities, psychologists offices… it’s everywhere!
But the fruit of promoting a meditation method like “Mindfulness”, which is totally devoid of the salvation that only Jesus brings to mankind, serves only to lead their practitioners ever farther away from “The way, the truth and the life” that is only found in Jesus Christ. Likewise, Mindfulness instructors never speak of absolute truth, or the healing, life-giving balm of God’s Word.
The meditator who embraces any meditation method like Mindfulness, which incorporates Eastern Religious New Age ideas, is both consciously and sub-consciously creating neural pathways that lead them deeper into its deceptions.
Yes, Mindfulness meditators will receive a measure of peace and a general sense of wellbeing. But at what cost? If they’re already a Christian, their mind is polluted with false ideas that lead them farther away from Jesus. And if they’re not a Christian, their heart and mind is hardened against any possibility of salvation in Jesus Christ.
In other words, those New Age/Mindfulness concepts create an internal environment of automated censorship against the teachings of Jesus Christ because what Jesus taught is the opposite: Jesus taught loving attachments; His teachings promoted striving for a better life; and if one is not encouraged to review their past sins, so they can repent and receive salvation, then living only in the now is bondage that leads away from God’s greatest gift to mankind, the ability to instantaneously wipe clean past sins and be totally a new person in Christ. Those who live only in the now avoid the required self-assessment Christ’s teachings bring to the mind!
Here’s an example of how the Mindfulness mindset is anti-Christ. Soon after Vonda and I moved to Chattanooga, in August of 2016, I visited the local “Mindfulness Center.” This center promotes itself as being “inclusive” of all religious, spiritual traditions and they said they welcome anyone to teach courses (health, self-improvement, meditation, education, etc.). But I immediately noticed some red flags going up when I mentioned I was a born-again Christian wanting to teach a course in Christ-centered meditation. After I filled out the forms and shared my credentials as an author/speaker, they refused to allow me to teach my course.
DANGERS OF RELIGION!
Of course, there’s danger in following a religion too. The danger of all religions is that they indoctrinate. They create a mental state in which everything is filtered through the lens of their religion. Now that might seem innocuous to most, but given religion’s long history of religious wars, the murder of heretics and their draconian censorship, I find it hard to believe people still buy into any religion, Christianity included!
In fact, the life of Jesus is a life lived in opposition to religion and religious leaders. Jesus whipped Jewish priests out of the temple for using it as a money changing center; He called the Jewish religious leaders, the Scribes and Pharisees and Sadducees “vipers”, and “whited gravestones”, telling them they had on their hands the blood of all the prophets God had sent to awaken them spiritually. Why? Because they still honored their ancient religious leaders, those who once labeled the men God sent them, “heretics”, then killed them in the name of their religion!
The scripture makes clear that none of those Jewish leaders Jesus addressed were guilty of those past murders.
If that sounds familiar, it’s because Christianity has followed this same religious path. Jesus would be horrified to find His name attached to a religion that has killed millions of so-called “heretics.”
It is astounding to me that so many religious leaders within Christianity, whether they’re theologians, Bible school professors, pastors, priests, bishops or archbishops, continue to honor those so-called “pillars of the faith”, through writings, commissioned works of art, and dedications. The fact they do so, with no mention of the past ignoble deeds like putting to death so many so-called heretics (most of them sincere followers of Christ whose only sin was disagreeing with the Catholics or Protestants in charge), is evidence of their culpability.
Let these words of Christ’s to the Jews religious leaders sink in. They are apropos for Christianity’s religious leaders today:
“In fact, you bear witness that you approve the deeds of your fathers; for they indeed killed them, and you build their tombs. Therefore the wisdom of God also said, ‘I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they will kill and persecute,’ that the blood of all the prophets which was shed from the foundation of the world may be required of this generation, from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah who perished between the altar and the temple. Yes, I say to you, it shall be required of this generation. Woe to you lawyers! For you have taken away the key of knowledge. You did not enter in yourselves, and those who were entering in you hindered.” (Luke 11:48-52).
I should mention that when Jesus says, “Woe to you lawyers”, He’s not talking about the kind of lawyers we have today. Rather, Jesus is addressing the legal scholars of scripture, whose lives were totally dedicated to the research and study of the scriptures. Their job was to determine their legal interpretation according to Jewish Mosaic law.
Now we know from Christ’s teachings, that what’s most destructive to one’s spiritual growth is the inability to be guided by God’s Holy Spirit and thereby KNOW God. As Jesus said, His spiritual family is made up of those who, “HEAR the Word of God and do it.” (Luke 8:21). Jesus does not say His family are those who “Read the word of God and do it!”
I now realize Jesus couldn’t have been talking about the New Testament scriptures when He said, “HEAR the Word of God and do it”, for Christ’s words weren’t recorded till years after His death.
Jesus was talking about believers doing exactly what He was doing, hearing the voice of God, the Word of His Heavenly Father, and then doing it!
However, the emphasis of Christianity has been doctrinally shifted entirely to the reading of scriptures as the only word of God (when in truth the scriptures are the written word of God about the Word of God as it was first received, by those who heard God’s living Spirit Word and wrote it down).
This doctrine, “The Sufficiency of Scriptures” says all of God’s Word is now contained in the scriptures, so it’s become exceedingly rare to find Christians who believe it’s possible to receive a Word of God by hearing. Even in evangelical circles, where they believe they can hear God’s voice, they refuse to believe what they hear from God is equivalent to the “Word of God”. Logically, this is just another one of Christianity’s word games, invented to remain doctrinally consistent. They call the words they receive from God a, “Word of knowledge”, or a “Prophetic Word”, or anything other than what it obviously is, God’s Word, a living Spirit Word directly from God!
The end result for failing to consider the words they receive from God, as being God’s Word, is that those words don’t carry the same importance, are not of equal value to what they read in the Bible. Thus, when evangelical Christians do hear from God, few are able to “Continue in My Word” as Jesus instructs, to see it through to fulfillment, because the leaven of their religion continuously sidetracks, obfuscates, and filters what was originally received.
Here’s an example that happened repeatedly over the past 45 years of my walk with Jesus. God would send the Holy Spirit in a powerful way to myself and others, clearly revealing the importance of our uniting in Christ, often in Christian community, but also for purposes that weren’t immediately made clear. All we knew was the clear and powerful anointing we both felt. But, time and time again, those “others” were enticed to return to their religious roots, eventually denying what the Holy Spirit had originally revealed. With such a lack of spiritual discernment, is it any wonder that today there are over 33,800 denominational divisions in Christianity?
Of course, spiritual discernment is even more lacking among those yet to receive Christ into their heart, for most have no experience with hearing God’s voice or being guided by the Spirit.
For instance, many New Agers I knew loved the Grateful Dead band. But once, when I was attending one of their concerts at the Fillmore West, God opened my mind, telling me, “I will show you what is behind this group”, whereupon I suddenly saw in the Spirit those evil beings behind them on the stage and knew that this group’s music was dedicated to them. God then told me that if I didn’t stop doing drugs, that would also be my destiny. I was so shocked, I immediately ran out of that concert and vowed to stop doing drugs.
HOW NON-ATTACHMENT, NON-STRIVING & LIVING IN THE NOW DISCONNECTS US FROM THE IMPORTANCE OF WORDS
Those who are told to empty their mind of words, will not seek to focus on God’s word, not just the written word of God, but more importantly, the living Spirit Word of God. And in all New Age/Mindfulness meditation methods I’m familiar with, they’ve eliminated Christ’s call for repentance from sin. So, it should come as no surprise that they teach nothing about being born again by God’s spirit, even though Jesus taught it as a requirement for seeing and entering God’s kingdom within (where God is Present in Power!).
Jesus put great emphasis on God’s voice and words, but this emphasis was on hearing, not speaking. So, when Jesus saw how the prayers of religious Jews were marked by a lot of speaking and little listening, often repeating familiar phrases that would provide an emotional high to their listeners, Jesus called them out: “When you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward… And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.” (Matthew 6:5,7).
But in spite of this wisdom, many methods of meditation appeal to the use of a mental device like an oft repeated mantra or prayer, even a neutral word or nonsense syllable, to keep the mind from wandering from thought to thought.
Matthew 6:6, emphasizes the importance meditatively listening in silence for God’s reward: a living Spirit Word Of Wisdom from God almighty! “When you pray, go into your closet, and when you have shut the door, pray to your Father which is in secret [invisible & immersed in silence] and your Father, which sees in secret shall reward you openly.”
Sadly, it seems to have escaped the attention of those who follow blindly into this “Mindfulness” trap, that Mindfulness is all about self, not God.
Mindfulness is preoccupied with non-attachment because attachment means suffering, and in Buddhism, the religion that gave rise to its creation, it is believed suffering can be avoided by non-attachment. Obviously, if we’re attached to anyone we suffer along with them when they are in pain, when they have an accident or when they leave us.
According to a Wikipedia entry, “Non–attachment, is a state in which a person overcomes his or her attachment to desire for things, people or concepts of the world and thus attains a heightened perspective.” Thus, we learn that non-attachment is directed to everything: people, nature, the things man creates, sex, food, and the words/feelings associated with them.
I once read that in the Buddhist society, people will walk by a person who has been hurt or robbed because they don’t want to get involved with another person’s suffering. Whereas in our Christian society, most will stop and try to help, because that is the example set by Jesus.
By our association of words with feelings we are necessarily attached to the people and things that gave rise to those feelings. So, if one’s goal is to separate from those feelings and prevent their suffering, they must also separate from the words. Words become something to let go; they become an obstacle to our enlightenment.
Richard Alpert, a former Harvard psychologist, was one of those New Age westerners who took LSD and dropped out (he worked on a study with Timothy Leary, which used LSD on schizophrenics and it had the unusual ability to make some of them normal). He eventually took the name Baba Ram Dass and became a spiritual guru to many. In his book, Be Here Now, Ram Dass says, “Stop talking, stop thinking and there is nothing you will not know.”
Ram Dass preached a message of light, but according to the Bible there are dark spirit beings, angels even, who will appear as benevolent and good, but whose purpose is to deceive. He also, like many of the western gurus, talked about “Christ consciousness”. Ram Dass and other New Agers say that Jesus believed in reincarnation, even though Jesus said to the thief next to him, who expressed repentance and a belief in Jesus, “Today you will be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:43). And they twist the teachings of Jesus, quoting Him out of context and giving the appearance that Jesus supports their eastern religious ideas of non-attachment, non-striving and living in the now.
But when Jesus is telling us listen to the Words of our Heavenly Father; when Jesus reveals in His teachings the necessity of striving for truth and striving to continue in God’s Word; when Jesus shows by example that suffering for those who don’t deserve our sacrifice is the highest manifestation of God’s love on earth; when Jesus teaches us to communicate with our Heavenly Father, using words and receiving God’ Word (which of course requires us to THINK), then surely it should be obvious that any person who promotes a philosophy or religion that tells us to “Stop talking” and “Stop thinking” is deceived!
Jesus tells us to watch out for such deceivers, those who talk about “Christ consciousness” but never about repenting of sin; those who say anyone can find this conscious enlightenment by going out in the desert or by meditating in the quiet of their inner room. But Jesus says, “If anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it. For false Christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you beforehand. Therefore, if they say to you, ‘Look, He is in the desert!’ do not go out; or ‘Look, He is in the inner rooms!’ do not believe it. For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.” (Matthew 24:23-27).
Christians should absolutely refuse to embrace any method of meditation that’s not Christ-centered. That means a Christian or those wanting to become Christ followers must first jump start their spiritual renewal by starting where Jesus says we should start: “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God… unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” (John 3:3;5-8).
The scriptures are clear on the danger to one’s soul if they fall away from those things Jesus says are vital to our salvation, to our continued renewal and Christian walk. Christ-believers who follow the teachings of spiritual or meditation leaders that contradict Jesus Christ are crucifying Christ anew. They are opening up the possibility of losing their ability to communicate with God and receive God’s Word; they are forfeiting what enlightenment they’ve already received; and their continued resistance to the Spirit of Christ will manifest these results: “For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame.” (Hebrews 6:4-6).
WHAT’S THE IDEAL LENGTH OF TIME TO MEDITATE?
One thing I’ve learned is that those eastern religion derived, New Age type meditation methods, all cater to the West’s frenetic pace by dumbing down their meditations, recommending short 5, 10, 20 or 30-minute meditations.
However, experience has taught me that it takes a minimum of 45 minutes for the mind to REALLY unwind.
I didn’t discover this until I came across that Biblical story of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus was sweating great drops of blood as he battled His own human desire to avoid the pain and suffering He knew was coming. When Jesus entered this gated garden, He asked the three disciples He brought with him to “watch and pray” with him just outside the garden. Jesus returned three times to check on them. I think Jesus did this because He sensed a lack of empowering prayer energy from them, for each time He found them sleeping.
Jesus said, “What? Could you not watch with Me ONE HOUR? Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Mathew 26:40-41).
Now I know that in the Jewish culture meditation is often an unspoken integral part of their lives. The Old Testament scriptures are filled with its importance, the words “Meditate” or “Meditation” appearing 20 times.
Those words appear only twice in the New Testament but that doesn’t make meditation an option, as it is commanded in both the Old and New Testaments: “These things command and teach… Do not neglect the gift that is in you… Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all.” (1 Timothy 4:11-15).
Christians who are mature in the faith understand that all meditation is prayer, but not all prayer is meditation. Praying to God is mostly about talking to God, whereas meditation is mostly about listening to God. Prayers are usually short, because we are asking for specifics, for help in an area of our life, for victory over some obstacle, for healing, etc.
But in meditation we are waiting on God, we are seeking to hear God’s voice, and it takes time to quiet the mind, it takes time to concentrate all our energies upon listening, it requires us to discipline our flesh and our mental image of self, and these two things, the flesh and the mind, are often at odds with God’s will.
For all these reasons, meditation is more powerful than simple prayer for understanding God’s will and empowering us to overcome this world. So, given the context of Christ’s situation, wherein He was grappling so greatly with the temptation to avoid the cross that awaited Him, it’s safe to say that Jesus was counting on His three disciples to offer an energy assist with the most powerful form of prayer, meditation. So, when Jesus says, “Watch and pray”, I’m certain Jesus is talking about meditative prayer.
After all, if it was just prayer Jesus was requesting, wouldn’t He have simply said, “Could you not PRAY with me one hour”, instead of “Could you not WATCH with me one hour?” To “watch” implies an increased vigilance, an increase focus, an increase in concentration and reflection, just as is the case with meditation when compared to prayer.
When one chooses to “Watch and pray”, they are in a battle for territory, to preserve what they have and not give any of it back to the enemy. And that is what I see as a primary function of my meditations, I am fighting to not only preserve what I have, I’m also fighting to take back the mental and physical territory the enemy has stolen; I’m fighting to KNOW God’s prophetic, revelational wisdom, so I can foresee future pitfalls not yet on my radar screen.
No, I must modify my statement. I don’t just believe that Jesus is telling us to meditate when He said, “Watch and pray”, I KNOW this is what Jesus was telling us. I know this because during the time of God’s special visitation, when I was homeless, when God answered my 10 year long prayer for a powerful Christian meditation method, God gave me a deep sense of KNOWING regarding this “Watch and pray” passage, revealing to me that Jesus was indeed meditating and expecting His disciples to do the same, so as to help empower Him. Anyone familiar with the Bible knows it presents empowerment in this way: one can put to flight ten enemy soldiers while two will send 100 running!
Likewise, when God visited me and gave me that passage of scripture from Matthew 26, God made one thing crystal clear. When Jesus said, “Could you not watch with Me ONE HOUR?”, Jesus was indicating “One Hour”, as the minimum Christ expected.
Still, it goes against commonsense to tell everyone an hour is a minimum for maintaining fruitful meditations. Should it really be a universally applied principle? Or was the understanding I received, just for me?
However, after I began to apply the one hour minimum to my own meditations, I was astounded by the greater results… more focus, more ability to sense God’s Presence, more peace and joy, all happening around the 45 minute mark.
Ultimately, after spending many times meditating about a one hour minimum, I determined it was Christ’s request, not a command. And, there is strong logical reasons as to why Jesus would emphasize a one hour minimum meditation time. The truth is that all humans are similar in their mental and physical makeup. We all require time to mentally unwind, to quiet the voices of this world rattling around in our head.
Simply put, it is the nature of all flesh to be preoccupied with the physical things we see and hear, and it takes time to shift our focus from them, to God’s invisible realm.
I think this would be the appropriate place to tell a sad but true story. Recently, in the summer of 2017, my spiritual writings were discovered by a woman who said she was a sister in Christ. And by all appearances it seemed that she was. Like me, she wrote about the hypocrisy of Christianity, its preoccupation with appearances and its lack of understanding regarding Christ’s Spirit-centered teachings. We enjoyed weeks of comradery and amazement over how we had at last found someone who shared the same deep spiritual insights.
But then, in the course of one phone conversation, when I mentioned the need to follow Christ’s example and meditate for at least an hour, she suddenly became a different person. Suddenly, I was the enemy. She railed that I was no different than the religious people she abhorred, that by making up this rule to meditate for at least an hour I was creating a religion. She insisted that people who are truly spiritual would never impose an artificial timeline regarding meditation.
When I insisted I was only offering Christ’s prescription, which God clearly revealed was a universal rule for breaking the hold of this world on our mind, she continued to rail against me. When I insisted that I was not imposing this one hour minimum as an absolute command, only offering it as the ideal, which believers could of course incorporate or modify at will, she still continued to be upset.
This experience was extremely vexing. If this fellow believer in Christ couldn’t understand my motivation wasn’t religious, that it was a suggestion I would emphasize but never try to enforce, how could I possibly succeed in my desire to help enlighten fellow believers about the necessity of daily Christ-centered meditation?
Well, as it turned out, this woman was not a fellow believer but an imposter, a “Wolf in sheep’s clothing”, and a deceiver.
After this shocking event took place, I began researching her social footprint. To my horror I realized she was extremely liberal, spewing vile hatred of President Trump, someone who I’m absolutely certain God chose to lead this nation (reinforced by the prophetic utterances of Mark Taylor who predicted Trump’s rise to presidency back in 2011). Many of her posts also included impossible conspiracy theories and rants that often made no sense.
And even though I sincerely continued to try and explain her conclusions about me were false, she soon told me to never contact her and blocked me on Messenger. The same thing was done by a friend of hers, whom I was also communicating with.
This follow-up research made it obvious she and her friend were confused and deeply troubled people. As a result, I’ve since vowed to at least do a Google search on anyone who appears to be a fellow believer and is considering joining us.
IS OUR CHRIST-CENTERED METHOD OF MEDITATION RELIGIOUS?
By now you may be wondering if I’m recommending the start of a new religion, one that incorporates our method of meditation. I am not.
In fact, what I’ve learned through my meditations and research is that the institutional religion of Christianity, which has been practiced at least since 325 A.D., has been a force that’s done more evil than good, killing between 1 million and 8 million souls (the number depends on which historian you trust, but the smallest number is one million). 325 was the year the Catholic church united with the Roman government, making it the Roman Catholic Church. That was the year their institution gained legal authority backed by military might. And for the first time in history, allowed a religious institution to equate disagreement with their state backed doctrines as sedition and treason.
However, I should issue a disclaimer here: I am a born-again Christian who can attest to the salvation power of Jesus Christ, and I still consider myself a Christian. But now that I know the true history of Christianity, I cannot align myself with that religious institution or any of its 33,800+ denominations!
Most people have no idea that this church-state alliance continues to this day. The only thing different is that Christianity can no longer put heretics to death!
Especially in America, with its Constitutionally backed separation of Church and State, people are brainwashed in two ways about this separation.
The liberals believe separation of Church and State means there must be no mention of religion within government when in truth the statement about such separation, attributed to a letter written by Thomas Jefferson, was meant to keep government from interfering with religion and supporting one that was state sponsored (like they did in England with the Anglican Church and like some of America’s early colonies did, like Catholicism in Maryland and Quakerism in Pennsylvania).
Christians, on the other hand, believe this separation was accomplished long ago. The problem with that idea is that some of the mainline Churches have gotten in bed with the State in other ways, in ways that promote and empower their church financially instead of spiritually.
Several Protestant denominations, along with the Catholic Church, have created charitable organizations that gives them access to billions of taxpayer dollars. I’m talking about charitable programs that help refugees, immigrants and illegal aliens. Just the Catholic Charities and U.S. Conference of Bishops charitable groups raked in over 2 billion over the eight-year period from 2008 through 2015.
However, even though we’re not trying to start a religion, we are starting a spiritual movement (as God has instructed), something I’ve written about in my book, Make Christianity Great Again!
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The title doesn’t mean “Great”, as in keeping institutional Christianity, but “Great”, as in a return to the original Spirit-centered teachings of Jesus Christ. I’ve identified 9 Spirit-centered Principles, each being one of Christ’s promised Kingdom Keys.
Unfortunately, those 9 principles have either been twisted away from their original meaning or were never taught within Christianity (because teaching them would undermine their religious institution).
As an example of a principle teaching of Jesus, which Christianity has never taught, Jesus says: “And they shall ALL be taught by God” (John 6:45). In my book I share the story of how God spoke to me shortly after taking to me to Heaven, telling me I was to forego my plans to attend Bible college, because I was to be taught by God. I obeyed and the Godly wisdom that’s been unlocked through my meditations is incredible, something I never would have experienced had I gone the traditional religious route.
This new spiritual movement promotes our equality before God as individual Priests of the Lord, male and female (no laity here!); it promotes an understanding of the important distinctions between the written word of God and the living Spirit Word of God; it promotes the necessity of our three most powerful spiritual weapons, Christ-centered meditation, living in Christian community, and abiding as one with God’s Perspective, Purposes and the sharing of God’s healing/transforming Power. However, since this article is focused on meditation, I’m only going to speak about our method of Christ-centered meditation.
WHAT IS “CHRIST-CENTERED, GLORY2GLORY, TRANSFORMING MEDITATION”?
One of the things I’ve realized over the years since I was taken to heaven, is that God gave me that experience to influence everything I think, say and do! This especially applies to the meditation method God led me to create.
However, before getting into why it’s the best meditation method for Christians, you should know how its development has been influenced by what I saw and experienced in heaven. More important to you, what’s it really like in heaven?
Nothing on this earth can compare to what awaits us in heaven. Everything there is alive, filled with God’s thoughts and understandings. Nothing is hidden and each entity (angel or person) is an open book.
By comparison with heavenly things, all earthly things are neither “Holy” nor “Sacred”. That’s because in Heaven things vibrate with an intensity of life that is unknown on the physical plane.
Yes, God created things on the physical plane and as it says in Ephesians 4:6, “God… is above all, and through all, and IN you all.” This is a great mystery, but God is both outside of this physical creation and “Through” it, as in sustaining it. But except for mankind, God isn’t IN created things, not in the same wayd. While in Heaven I saw and experienced this distinction and realized that those who call earthly things “Holy” and “Sacred” do so without understanding this truth. And it’s especially absurd for us to call any book, “Holy”, including the Bible!
Likewise, it’s absurd to call a field or a mountain or a special grove of trees, “Sacred”.
On this earth, those words should only be applied to God’s kingdom within each human, the place where we can stand in God’s Presence and receive God’s Power.
Christ-Centered, Glory2Glory, Transforming Meditation” (CC-G2G-TM) is the only Christian meditation method that meets all these important qualities:
CC-G2G-TM is Christ-centered and provides direct access to God.
It allows direct receipt of God’s revelational Spirit Word.
It provides the means by which EVERY believer can be taught directly by God, eliminating the need for religious middlemen.
CC-G2G-TM therefore helps us overcome religious indoctrination.
CC-G2G-TM is also the fulfillment of this passage from the Lord’s Prayer, “God’s will be done, on earth as it is in heaven”, imparting to the meditator the three primary qualities of Heaven I experienced, making God’s will more easily discoverable and doable here on earth:
The sense of KNOWING God. This accompanies the ability of a CC-G2G-TM meditator to enter God’s kingdom within, to pierce the fleshly veil that prevents most from entering the “Holy of Holies”, and to stand in God’s Presence.
The easy, instantaneous communication with God. that comes with waiting on God long enough to receive God’s living Spirit Word.
The sense of oneness with God’s Perspective, Purposes & Power. Christ prayed in John 17 for us to have the same kind of oneness with God as Jesus did, and it is this abiding oneness that creates our unity with one another, and our true witness to the world.