STEP ELEVEN CONTINUED: Seek through prayer, meditation, and contemplation to improve our relationship with the Divine, praying for clarity of mind, an open heart, and further ways to heal ourselves and our world from the abuses of religion.
I don’t give a lot of thought to contemplation, and I think others might say the same thing. It seems a little odd to me that we don’t contemplate the concept of contemplation, because when we think about it, this practice makes a lot of sense and can make our lives and our decisions much easier. I like to think of contemplation as the joining together of prayer and meditation. It combines talking and listening. Another way to consider contemplation is the joining together of our emotions and our intelligence, or still another way to consider it is the joining together of our enlightened thoughts with our intuition. All three of these unions help us understand how contemplation is a valuable tool to help us see beyond the physical and into the spiritual. Decisions based on intellect alone can create problems. The same can be true of decisions that involve only our emotions. Our enlightened thoughts can also lead us astray at times, but when we combine them with our intuition, we find our decisions more solid and sure.
Prayer, meditation, emotional intelligence, and enlightened intuition are excellence tools to help us develop the process of contemplation. The concept of “worry” is similar in some ways to contemplation, because it considers a problem from different perspectives. The difference between worry and contemplation is that worry creates anxiety and stress, because it often examines issues from a negative, the-worst-than-can-happen-will-happen viewpoint, whereas, contemplation is useful in problem solving. In fact, contemplation often begins where worry ends. Once we come to the worst case scenario, we can relax and consider what positive outcomes might happen instead of considering the negative ones. Instead of what disaster is approaching, contemplation can help us not only avoid disaster but create beauty where we projected pain and suffering.
Give some consideration today to the concept of contemplation and try it on to see if it feels comfortable. If our first response to a problem is negative, let’s allow it, but move past it as quickly as possible and begin to “contemplate” positive solutions and outcomes. When we move into the realm of contemplation, we are actually becoming co-creators with The Divine.
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