In the Consciousness Journey, A Journey of Fulfillment, I talk about “thinking Divine Love” and note that a person can think (literally) “Divine Love” as an accompaniment to any other thought. That is one specific example of a broader idea, which is simply increasing the quality of thoughts—the higher the quality of thoughts, the higher the quality of physical experience.
It’s easy to say, “Just think about Love”, and quite another thing to practice it on a day to day, hour to hour, minute to minute basis.
This article gives options to use.
- If your mind is not ready to “go to” thinking immediately about Divine Love, ask yourself, “What is the highest thought I can have right now?” It could be a thought about acceptance, a thought about stillness, a thought about forgiveness…or maybe just a thought about being willing to be accepting or forgiving at some point in the future. Our minds are not always ready to expand; we need to first feel safe and comfortable. Expansion does not always feel safe or comfortable; sometimes it feels threatening, so be patient with yourself, take yourself where you are, and do the best you can.
- Pray. There are beautiful prayers from every Religious tradition, many of which bring the mind toward ideas of forgiveness, gratitude, acceptance, God’s Will, unity, etc. Choose a prayer that you like, that brings your mind higher and pulls you out of the spinning in your own mind; keep it with you, memorize it, say it frequently. Have many of these available for use.
- Do chanting, mantra, or singing. There are beautiful songs of all sorts that will bring the mind to a new place of peace. I love chanting, doing mantras, and singing. There are many Orthodox Christian songs that I love, that lift my mind and heart; there are Sanskrit mantras and ancient chants that also bring my mind to new heights. For me, it does not matter what language the song is in; often, if it is in a language other than English, it actually helps me to “feel” the words and the meaning on a deeper level because I am not caught up in “knowing” what it is I am saying.
- Repeat the name of God. There are so many names of God; every religion has this practice. In the Orthodox Christian church, there is the Jesus Prayer, which is “Lord, Jesus Christ, son of God, have mercy on me a sinner”; in the ancient and Hindu religions the name of God is “Om Namaha Shivaya”. This is the Maha Mantra—the most powerful name of God, in the Eternal Religion. There are many translations for the meaning of this phrase; the one I use the most is “Infinite Being, Infinite Intelligence, Infinite Manifestation.” In the Buddhist practices, the prayer is, “Om Mani Padme Hum” (this is a bit misleading, because Buddhists do not have a God, per se. This Mantra asks Avelokiteshvara, who represents infinite compassion and assistance toward enlightenment for all beings, for assistance and compassion; it also contains the root of all of the 84,000 writings of Buddha). In Islam there are the 99 names of God from the Holy Koran and the hadith. Whatever tradition you are familiar, comfortable with, the one you call your own, the one of your family tradition, simply repeat the name of God. What higher thought is there than this?
There are also options regarding when to use these songs/prayers/names/thoughts. The most direct usage is to use them all the time—every breath a prayer, every thought a prayer (where “prayer” here means the highest thought you can think). In every immediate situation, every interaction, every relationship, if a person is constantly observing his or her thoughts and increasing the quality, those thoughts will act as an immediate effect on that person’s experience.
Another option is to take time every day to increase the quality of thoughts. The 40 day Consciousness Journeys are one such example. Take time each day to meditate, chant, pray, repeat the name of God, read spiritual/divine texts, have uplifting conversations with others, etc. Even a few minutes of stopping and willingly changing the quality of your thoughts will bring benefit into your life and experience.
You probably already know the types of things that lift your mind. For a period of time in my life, reading German philosophers was one of the most uplifting things I was doing. In another period of time in my life, there were popular songs that brought my thoughts to a new high (at the risk of being really cheesy, I will tell you: World Falls by the Indigo Girls and Whenever you Fall by Taylor Dayne….among others!). At other times, it was Mozart or Adiemus (particularly Kayama), sometimes it was the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom (chanted by the nuns at the Holy Nativity Convent), sometimes it is the Goddess Chant, sometimes it is the Aarti for Haidakhan Babaji. Different things will feel uplifting or comforting, or peaceful at different times. Let yourself be lead to what moves your mind into a better place—but do it. Do it consciously. Lift your mind; increase the quality of your thoughts. And keep on, and keep on, and keep on!