To Attain Him: Step 2
Make time in your schedule for this isolation of silent worshipful meditation and follow through.
But the greatest of all methods of problem solving I have learned from Jesus, your Master. I refer to that which he so consistently practices, and which he has so faithfully taught you, the isolation of worshipful meditation. In this habit of Jesus’ going off so frequently by himself to commune with the Father in heaven is to be found the technique, not only of gathering strength and wisdom for the ordinary conflicts of living, but also of appropriating the energy for the solution of the higher problems of a moral and spiritual nature. But even correct methods of solving problems will not compensate for inherent defects of personality or atone for the absence of the hunger and thirst for true righteousness. ~ Rodan of Alexandria (a great philosopher) 160:1.10
Jesus is always our role model and the highest example of what and how we should be doing things. He encouraged His group to go out into the hills by themselves and in the near silence of nature He taught this technique of gathering strength and wisdom for the ordinary problems and conflicts like we face in our own lives today. Could we use some spiritual strength to help us face and maneuver through the conflicts in our lives? Do we wish for more energy to deal with the challenges of our daily living? We, ourselves, need help from above that will show us the solutions for these higher difficulties that require better moral responses of a more spiritual nature. This is what Jesus did all of the time. This is what is available for us any time that we need it.
The only question is: Will we carve out the time in our lives to do this and find Him?
The effort toward maturity necessitates work, and work requires energy. Whence the power to accomplish all this? The physical things can be taken for granted, but the Master has well said, “Man cannot live by bread alone.” Granted the possession of a normal body and reasonably good health, we must next look for those lures which will act as a stimulus to call forth man’s slumbering spiritual forces. Jesus has taught us that God lives in man; then how can we induce man to release these soul-bound powers of divinity and infinity? How shall we induce men to let go of God that he may spring forth to the refreshment of our own souls while in transit outward and then to serve the purpose of enlightening, uplifting, and blessing countless other souls? How best can I awaken these latent powers for good which lie dormant in your souls? One thing I am sure of: Emotional excitement is not the ideal spiritual stimulus. Excitement does not augment energy; it rather exhausts the powers of both mind and body. Whence then comes the energy to do these great things? Look to your Master. Even now he is out in the hills taking in power while we are here giving out energy. The secret of all this problem is wrapped up in spiritual communion, in worship. From the human standpoint it is a question of combined meditation and relaxation. Meditation makes the contact of mind with spirit; relaxation determines the capacity for spiritual receptivity. And this interchange of strength for weakness, courage for fear, the will of God for the mind of self, constitutes worship. At least, that is the way the philosopher views it. 160:3.1
Thank you Rodan, a GREAT philosopher ~ Marin DeJohn