Two Types of Breakthroughs – Andrew Cohen

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You’ll know you’re making progress on the spiritual path when you begin to experience powerful and liberating breakthroughs in the time-honored domains of meditation and contemplation:

  • In meditation, the breakthrough I’m referring to is the exhilarating experience of freedom from time, history, and personality. This feels like peace. But not an ordinary kind of peace. It is a peace in which you are simultaneously awake to the mysterious presence of a depth without end and mesmerized by an overwhelming sense of awe.
  • In contemplation, a breakthrough occurs as the result of focused and intense philosophical inquiry. It is the emergence of a profound and shocking clarity of mind and thought. Suddenly, you are able to see not only more clearly than ever before, but with more depth and perspective than you have ever known. Your mind becomes vast like the sky and crystal clear like a highly polished diamond.

Achieving these kinds of breakthroughs on a regular basis is, I believe, a prerequisite to living a sane, meaningful, and directed life in this often confusing, increasingly chaotic, and sometimes frightening world we share.

—Andrew Cohen

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2 Responses to Two Types of Breakthroughs – Andrew Cohen

  1. bacalove says:

    “Anyone who determines to lead a spiritual life must daily devote some time to meditation. As soon may the physical life be sustained without food as the spiritual without meditation. Those who cannot spare half an hour a day during which the world may be shut out and the mind may receive from the spiritual planes a current of life, cannot lead the spiritual life.

    Only to the mind concentrated, steady, shut out from the world, can the Divine reveal itself. God shows Himself in His universe in endless forms; but within the human heart He shows Himself in His Life and Nature, revealing Himself to that which is a fragment of Himself. In that silence, peace and strength and force flow into the soul, and the man of meditation is ever the most efficient man of the world.” Annie Besant ~

  2. debbymanynations says:

    Reblogged this on cedarridge2007.

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