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Did Jesus Meditate?

Jesus spent a substantial amount of time alone, in the wilderness (in nature), praying, as it says in scripture. It even says that he spent an entire night alone praying in nature on a mountain (Luke 6:12). Now, I may be wrong on this, but when Jesus would spend large amounts of time in solitude, in nature, “praying,” I highly doubt he was solely praying in the form of supplication and thanksgiving for 12 hours straight. No, I think his “praying” looked much more like what we know today as contemplative prayer and meditation.

We know that Jesus grew in “wisdom and stature” (Luke 2:52) throughout his life, and I think one of the most important aspects of his growth was his time spent alone, in nature, connecting to the earth, in deep meditation. I’m highly convinced of it. I also believe that it was through extensive meditation that he came to realize “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30), which is the greatest realization of all: Unity Consciousness. And when you experience Unity Consciousness, you start saying things like this: “On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you” - Jesus (John 14:20).

Jesus didn't realize this by seeking God (the Father) outside of himself. He realized this by going within, perhaps through his many years of meditating in the wilderness. And when someone has a true experience of Unity Consciousness, it doesn't just end with them and them alone. A true experience of Unity Consciousness takes you beyond yourself. From here, you don't just see yourself as one with God; you see everyone and everything as one with God. The days of any sense of separation consciousness are over!

Thus, Jesus didn't limit his awakening to Unity Consciousness to just himself. He said it was for anyone to experience and realize, and earnestly prayed that the whole world would “be one” (John 17:21). And here’s the thing about “be one”: it’s a state of being, not a state doing. We can't “get” there, we can only be there. It's a spiritual realization, not a spiritual regeneration.

Meditation is the rope that pulls back the curtain to what's always been true. All it does is remove the veil. With the curtain closed, we live in the illusion of separation, but when the curtain is slowly pulled back (through meditation), we realize that there was never any separation to begin with. From here, the notion of “the kingdom of heaven being within you and all around you” (Gospel of Thomas) goes from being a futuristic hope to a present reality.

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