Thursday, January 16, 2020

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Jewish Meditation Questions


   by Reb Gutman Locks  

 

PJ Asked;

     After I completed the meditation, I felt as if within a safety bubble through which no darkness could enter. It was just me and God inside that canopy. At which time I became aware that reality was condensing on the outside of my hands, so that I could have an inner sanctum there inside the bubble. I saw that this energy flowed through everything, and that if I would focus, I would probably be able to move things in the room with my mind by directing the inner-energy inside any given object.

     Is it Kosher to experiment with this further? Or is it a distraction and a corruption of how this world is supposed to be interacted with?

     And, what do you think is the number one easiest beginner's meditation method? Just sit and focus the mind on the Oneness of God for 10 min every day?

     Also, what do you think is the minimum age to begin meditation? Some encourage children to do so.

Thanks

 

Gutman's reply:  

     Meditation can magnify our thoughts in such a way that we see them as visions. All this should be ignored and simply return to focusing on your meditation subject.

    The question is; after meditating, do you want to serve Hashem better? After meditation, and you do a mitzvah, does the mitzvah bring you more spiritual awareness and joy? These are the goals we should seek when we use meditation as a tool. If your experiences are bringing you to greater service of Hashem, then they are working fine.

     It depends on the child, but the best, simplest method for children and for adults is to remember that Hashem is everywhere at all times, and to speak to Him softly, and lovingly, as you go through your day.

     There are two overall goals to Jewish meditation; to become more spiritually sensitive, i.e. aware of Hashem's Presence, and to direct your heart to Heaven. A loving conversation with Hashem can do both of these.

     

1 comment:

  1. Sorry, but this is not Judaism. We pray and talk to H'. As Reb Gutman says, H' is everywhere. This seems to be a new sort of practice because Jewish people have in the last century and especially in the last number of decades abandoned Torah and Judaism, in general. They seek the avodah zorahs of the East and for me it is almost impossible to think that Jews need to look elsewhere when we are the only ones who are connected to the Eternal Truth, H' and His holy Torah. And for children to be guided in such a wrong direction is really crazy. We don't need all kinds of practices when we can speak to H', to daven b'kavana, learn Torah, and recite a lot of Tehilim. We do not have prophets today who had the holy spirit on them where they had visions and dreams. We are now at the lowest level, so just let's try to be the best Jews we can be by connecting to H' the Jewish way.

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