“Meditation unfolds all truths to man, and opens him and prepares him for communion with God. God speaks His best things to the soul that is still and open to receive Divine thought.”
Pulpit commentary, Book of Psalms Volume III
Thomas Merton said that the desire for solitude is “to disappear into God.... to be lost in the secret of His Face” and St. Augustine taught the entering into the chamber of the mind - Intra in cubiculum mentis tuae. Down in this deepest inner chamber that is in the mind of man, he meets with himself, the authentic self, and he meets with God. Here, in the core of his being, he becomes oblivious of all personal desires and reaches a point in which his own will is exchanged for the will of God. Submission of will is the aim of the Christian meditator and mystic. “Thy Will be done” becomes his only desire. In this new openness and communication with God, he is introduced to his God ordained purpose in life.
St Augustine speaks of his personal experience in meditation as follows: “I entered into the secret closet of my soul, led by Thee; and this I could do because Thou wast my helper. I entered, and beheld with the mysterious eye of my soul the Light that never changes, above the eye of my soul, above my intelligence. It was not the common light which all flesh can see, nor was it greater yet of the same kind, as if the light of day were to grow brighter and brighter and flood all space. It was not like this, but different: altogether different from all such things. Nor was I above my intelligence in the same way as oil is above water, or heaven above earth; but it was higher because it made me, and I was lower because I was made by it. He who knoweth the truth knoweth that Light: and who knoweth it, knoweth eternity. Love knoweth it”.
Matthew Henry said: “We must keep our spirits calm and sedate by a continual dependence upon God and His power and His goodness. We must retire into ourselves with a holy quietness, surpassing all turbulent and tumultuous passions, and keeping the peace in our own minds. And we must rely upon God with a holy confidence that He can do what He will, and will do what is best for His people. And this will be our strength. It will inspire us with such a holy fortitude as will carry us with ease and courage through all the difficulties we may meet with………..” In Psalm 46:10 we probably find the most direct call to meditation: “Be still and know that I am God”. The word “still” is derived from the Hebrew word raphah, meaning to let go, to cause to fall.....
Christian meditation and contemplation is tightly interwoven with God-love and thus Christ-love. It is love and being loved at the most profound level. It is living a life of protection and security within a Love that breaks boundaries, a Love that spirals into the reality of the Cosmos and fuses with the risen Christ, a Love that lasts beyond death through all Eternity. This Love forced Augustine to cry out: “Oh Lord, do I love thee. Thou didst strike on my heart with Thy word and I loved Thee.... but what do I love when I love thee? Not the beauty of bodies nor the loveliness of seasons, nor the radiance of the light around us, so gladsome to our eyes, nor the sweet melodies of songs of every kind, nor the fragrance of flowers and ointments and spices, nor manna and honey, nor limbs delectable for fleshly embraces. I do not love these things when I love my God. And yet I love a light and a voice ad a fragrance and a food and an embrace when I love my God, who is a light, a voice, a fragrance, a food, and an embrace to my inner man.... This it is that I love when I love my God....” . It is a way in which God's love and grace and the truths of His Word reaches the heart. It is also a much neglected way.
In the fourteenth chapter, second verse of the Gospel of John, Jesus is clarifying to His disciples how it will be attainable for them to follow Him to the Father. By following Him to the Father, each of them will recognize how to discover his own concealed and immanent place where he may meet with God. He says: “There are many rooms in my Father's house........ I am going to prepare a room for you, so that where I am, you may be”. The word room in this verse, is captured from the Greek word koilia which literally means hollow space and is used to describe both the womb and the belly. The ethereal birth will be from the womb, and the belly illustrates the spring of living water that is the Holy Spirit. This room is immanent in every human being. It is the benthos of the spirit. It is the holy chamber in the deepest depths of the innermost self, the cloister that is always available whenever man needs to repose into seclusion with the ALONE. This room has the versatile ability to be in the heart of man, as well as in heaven simultaneously. Inside this room the glory of God reigns and gives birth to the paradise inside man into which the love of God will flow in and out, endlessly and incessantly. No one can enter this room, only God and man himself can. Here, the utmost hermitage is available to man, here in this glorious stillness of his bosom where God dwells, performing His own works. But this mysterious and lavish room can be an unknown place to man, and therefore Jesus wanted to know from the disciples whether they have noticed that He was in the Father and the Father in him. Then He promised to go to the Father to prepare a room, a secret place, for each of them and thus each of mankind, for this secret place in the heart of man, is the way to the Father. To enter this room, man may use meditation of contemplation as his medium.
Nymph completed her L.T.C.L. in music and drama, and obtained a B.A. Psychology and Philosophy a few years later. She trained as formal singer under various renowned vocal advisers and performed in numerous concerts, recitals, and oratorios. After a car accident that lead to a few neuro surgeries, she began investigating the benefits of deep relaxation and wrote a few books and numerous articles on the subject.