Coptic Inner Connection Newsletter - Summer 2017

The Inner Connec t i on NEWSLETTER

VOLUME 51

JUNE 15

SUMMER 2017

By Hamid Bey

M editation is the process of the mind in which we find our innermost self, our individual spiritual center. Meditation is often spoken as “going into the Silence,” to quietly and serenely enter a higher state of consciousness by quieting the mind, sweeping from it all but one idea so that the full force of consciousness can be opened to receive guidance upon one thought. This means reasoning must stop because as long as reason is working, the mind cannot hear the soul. This requires exiting from the limitation of nature into the infinite world of the Spirit—into the limitless realm of God. Therefore, by meditation an entirely different attitude and an entirely different world can be found by not allowing the inception of negative thoughts. The control of the seeds of thought can be attained, just as shape can be given to the character of a child, when the child is grown the mind cannot be bent so easily. As the mind expands through meditation, it becomes a reflection of Spirit of God, then one can find liberation from limited thinking. The potential of deeper understanding and the basis of peaceful communication and experience may be gained, for the purpose of meditation is to attain the vision of Truth… Meditation is different from concentration in that meditation is a withdrawal from all exterior concepts. It is the cessation of your conscious thinking, thus you cease remembering about anything. It is like going into a state of nothingness and in that state you receive a recharging of energy. This period of mental and physical solitude must be experienced by every individual. No one can express in words how it feels for every individual has a different experience in that state… By going into meditation, you can proceed with this investigation and learn something about yourself which no one else can tell you. By delving into abstract ideas, the mysterious fields of the mental world can be tapped. New ideas can be brought forth and made available for the benefit of the whole world. While ideas brought forth will not be wholly new, they will be new to the world. We must never lose sight of the fact that “there is nothing new under the sun.” When you have established your center in God through meditation, the power of God will flow into you in greater portion because during this particular period your conscious reasoning is in a state of relaxation, in spiritual receptivity. If you want to become God-like, you must become gods first. You must become conscious of God before you can be Christ conscious. The spiritual master that we seek is the invisible core of our being—the “I” of each one of us which relates to the spiritual world.

IN THIS ISSUE

Ideas for Today .............................. 2

Self Independence .......................... 3

My Interpretation of The Coptic Prayer............................................. 4

Positive Ways ................................. 6

Albert Ventres Library .................. 8

News from The Coptic Center ....... 9

A Cry for Love .............................. 10

Coptic Ministers ............................ 11

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