For centuries meditation practices using the breath have been an important means of quieting the mind, relaxing the body and entering a deeper experience. The Buddha and other great spiritual emissaries throughout history have given teachings on the use of the breath in meditation.
As we begin the New Year let us explore a practice new to our world but timeless in its origins. Today the Teachings and Great Practices of the New Message from God speak to an honored truth and an ancient method of calming, quieting and clearing the mind.
We practice these techniques to enter stillness; the most fundamental of the Great Practices of the New Message, for in stillness all things can be known. In stillness we begin to engage with Knowledge and the unseen, but permanent reality– a place of innate knowing and true union. Humanity is facing a monumental threshold and will need to access stillness for guidance and direction. Stillness is completely relevant for the needs of today.
Once engaged in stillness we can listen to and take guidance and counsel from this Great Source. Through stillness and inner listening we learn to engage with others more meaningfully and avoid that which is not meant for our engagement. It can save us from the cost of poor decisions and lead us to right action.
Here are the words of Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing on stillness and the breath:
Step 8 Begin by taking three deep breaths and then focusing on an internal point. It may be an imaginary point or it may be a point in your physical body. With eyes closed, simply give this your full attention, without judgment and evaluation. Do not be discouraged if early attempts prove difficult. Beginning anything important in life can be difficult at first, but if you persist, you will achieve this great goal, for in stillness all things can be known.
Step 19 Allow your mind to become very still. Breathe deeply and regularly as you gaze upon an object. Allow your mind to settle down into itself.
Step 32 …sit quietly with your eyes closed, breathing deeply and regularly, attempting to feel the truth beyond the constant restlessness of your mind. Use your breath to take you deeper, for your breathing will always take you beyond your thoughts if you adhere yourself to it conscientiously. Let nothing distract or dissuade you.
Step 36 …concentrate in meditation upon feeling the presence of your Spiritual Teachers. This is not something you have to try to do. It simply means relaxing, breathing and allowing your mind to open.The quality of your relationship with your Teachers is essential to give you strength and encouragement, for you may justly doubt your own skills, but you have good cause to fully trust the skills of your Teachers who have passed this way before on their way to Knowledge. They know the way, which they are seeking now to share with you.
Step 71 Sitting silently and breathing deeply, let yourself truly feel the presence of love, which signifies the presence of a greater purpose in your life.
Step 81 Dedicate yourself to stillness and receptivity. By now, you are beginning to learn how to prepare yourself for stillness—using your breath, concentrating your mind, relinquishing thoughts and reminding yourself that you are worthy of such an effort.
Step 129 If you will be still, breathe deeply and not weave fantasies—neither happy fantasies nor fearful fantasies—you will begin to experience what is actually there. Your Teachers are actually there. And today you can practice being with them.
Step 263 …return to being with Knowledge, in humility and simplicity, in stillness and in silence. Breathe Knowledge in. Allow Knowledge to enter and fill your body. Allow yourself to be immersed in Knowledge and all things will become clear, for with Knowledge all things become clear and all questions disappear.
Step 323 Indeed, even in your preparation now you are teaching Knowledge, and you are strengthening Knowledge in the world. Perhaps you cannot yet see this, but in time this will become so evident to you that you will learn to value every moment, every encounter with another, every thought and every breath.