Jesus, Mary, and all the Saints and Angels are real. We receive their blessings in our prayers and in church service. And we come to know them more deeply through study and contemplation. Catholic guided meditation offers another dimension to our experience, and proveds the chance to explore our relationship further.
What is Guided Meditation? Simply put, Guided Meditation is story telling combined with relaxation. The words and music help us relax, and invite our imagination to explore. But why do we need this?
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|The Intellect||The Spiritual Heart|
|Limited Resources||Unlimited Resources|
The human brain includes the left side, which specializes in logic and analysis, and the right side, which specializes in creativity and imagination. The left side helps us to solve problems, but only by putting together pieces of information we already know. The right side allows us to grasp new ideas, appreciate beauty, and experience love. It’s closely connected with all matters of the heart, including spirituality.
In Western culture, human beings learn to lead with the left brain. The analytic brain says, for example, “Saint Francis died 800 years ago, and dead people are dead. Believing otherwise is crazy.” Well, based solely on the experience of the left brain, that’s entirely true. But fortunately, we have more to work with than our intellect!
See Through The Eyes Of A Mystic with Catholic Guided Meditation
Mystics easily experience the presence of Francis and other spiritual figures as being alive and well. And they do this not through the intellect, but through the heart. We all can do this, but most of us need a little help getting started. Guided meditation provides a jump-start for the process.
Catholic guided meditation coaxes the left brain to relax and take a back seat for a short, often entertaining inner journey. The colorful imagery stimulates the imagination, and encourages us to explore parts of our feelings we don’t usually pay attention to. These are often feelings we experience as a matter of course, but don’t necessarily identify. For example, that lofty sense of peace one experiences in church, or the serenity that comes over one looking at a beautiful landscape. If we begin to focus on those feelings more intentionally, they can lead us into deeper states of spirituality. Then a dimension opens up for us that we don’t normally experience through our intellect.
Let Your Heart Lead The Way
If we relax and allow our heart to lead the way, the experience of great spiritual figures like Francis can become real and immediate. It begins in the imagination, with inklings, perhaps a sense of warmth. As we continue to open into the experience, we can begin to tap into a deeper experience of Francis, and even receive his love. Over time, repeating the exercise, the picture fills in, and our relationship deepens, more and more becoming a real fellowship.
All of this happens by relaxing, listening to a story, and imagining. It’s not complicated, it’s just a matter of allowing the heart to lead. Guided meditation isn’t magic. It’s simply a tool to help us access our hearts, and a gift we can all enjoy.