Monday, February 25, 2013

In The Beginning: Meditation in Genesis 1.

"In the beginning, Elohim created the heavens and the earth.  Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of Elohim was over the waters.  Then Elohim said, 'Let there be light,' and there was light."  Genesis 1: 1-3

This creation account in Genesis 1 tells an amazing story.  The earth is a wasteland, formless and void.  Then Elohim speaks, and suddenly things come into being.  "And Elohim sees it is very good!" 

What can this teach us about Meditation?  Consider this:  What is speech?  We might see speech as an extension of thought; concentrated and focused thought.  Before you speak, you probably think about what you are going to say.  There is a thought process that goes on, however basic, as we engage ourselves in the process of speech.  In the Genesis text we might see the process going something like this:  Elohim has a profound Thought about Creation.  Elohim focuses that Thought and collapses It into physical reality.  He/She Thinks in a skilled and focused way, Speaks the thought which becomes thought in action, and it all comes into being.  This can be seen as a form of Meditation. 

In Meditation we focus our thoughts and concentrate on just one simple thing.  As our thoughts become more focused we come to a more conscious awareness of our own being, and our connection to Universal Consciousness as well.  Slowly, over time, what we concentrate on comes into being.  This is our perspective of things.  With Elohim the process is much more centered, potent, and profound.  The Thought is focused, the Word is spoken, the deed is done - no time lapse required.  Indeed the creation account of Genesis 1 can be seen as an account of the most perfect Meditation session in the Universe; the time beyond time in which the Heavens and the Earth were spoken (Thought) into existence!


Frater Ralph